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posted: 28/01/2018

Name : Johar Norain
Year of Graduation:

TKGS CIS
What I found most interesting from the information shared by my guide was that TKGS has a very long history and that it was the first post-war colonial Singapore. TKGS also started with seven classes and a very small number of teaching staff. The school also first opened on 12 January 1953.As a proud TKGian I would want to live up to the motto ‘Moribus Modestus’ and the values. My aim is to be a leader who acts with determination, serves with humility, leads with integrity, grows in graciousness and builds on the past to meet the challenges of the future.

posted: 28/01/2018

Name : Raman Nishta
Year of Graduation:

A wonderful trip to the original TKGS campus.
Going on a learning journey with my classmates was truly awesome. I got to know some of my classmates a bit better, and I could bond with them more. On top of that, being able to go to the original campus for TKGS was honestly a privilege for me. For most schools their original campus would have been torn down or renovated if it were to be used by another school. However, the original site for TKGS still remains as it is or at least with a few modifications at the most. This truly brings me pride over my school. It shows how strong the relationship is between our principal and the CIS principal, and the trust and respect they have for each other. Therefore we are able to maintain our original campus.
Furthermore it is a historical site, as it was the first girl's school to be built after the awful war with the Japanese. Knowing that it can never be demolished I feel happy and grateful to be a TKGian. I also think that this shows the pride and respect the tkgians have for women.These are some of the interesting historical facts that I got to learn about.
The tour guides also shared with us their different experiences they had with their classmates and seniors. Through their sharing I am really looking forward the wonderful experience that I will have with my friends and seniors in TKGS!

posted: 02/07/2014

Name : Sing Queenie
Year of Graduation:

Non-OBS Program
Being part of the non-OBS program 2014, I was involved in various CIP activities that benefited different elderlies in the Dakota Crescent Neighborhood. Such activities were a huge eye-opener to us, and being able to interact with the elderlies was an extremely meaningful and touching experience. As we all know, not all families are as fortunate or blessed as we are, us, not needing to worry about our main meals of the day. Through this experience, I’ve learnt many different values, and it has given me an opportunity to realize how sheltered and fortunate we are. Such real life experiences, such real, genuine people around, and it’s the simple little effort to put a smile on their faces that counts. This program has taught me what textbooks will never, and people whom I’ll never forget.

 
posted: 02/07/2014

Name : shreya sridharan
Year of Graduation:

shreya 3E7, 2014 NOn-OBS
I am shreya from sec 3E7. I am going to share about my non-OBS trip to willing heart’s soup kitchen. It was a really fun experience all though we had to clean up a lot. Despite, this I had a great time helping out by cutting the vegetables, peeling and even putting them in the fridge.(which by the way was humongous).Peeling lettuce was quiet fun.some where so rotten that we had to throw the whole thing away. We also cut veggies like radish. This is the person who is in-charge of the whole kitchen. I think it is great that he actually helps a lot of elderly. This picture was taken at Dakota cresent before our bread distribution . we had a lot of fun distributing bread to the elderly’s and seeing their smiles as they welcomed us warmly. I really had a great time.

 
posted: 28/06/2013

Name : Chee Bee Phaik
Year of Graduation:

My recollection of the life at TKGS
The school had a very high reputation for the academics, and was strong in the performing arts. Assembly featured choral reading, girls making impassioned speeches, invited performances in modern dance, ballet, TV personalities, etc Then there was Miss Bandara. An imposing figure to behold & with a keen eye on every student, she noticed every detail she set eyes on. She knew the girls by name. She knew their ECAs, and often she would stop and engage them along the corridors. There was the personal touch, the jocular humour, the flashes of wit. There was the school. The spacious grounds in front of the Hall block were where we parked our cars. Nobody really looked at kind of car you had. They were more interested in the back porch bordering the sweeping driveway entering from Haig Road. What mattered was, Was "Miss B's" trusty beigeToyota Corolla parked there? Then she was In. The old staff room was on level 2: It had old whirring fans, louvred windows along its length, with a side view of Tanjong Katong Road... also Katong News Agency (KNA), supplier of all TKGS texts & affordable stationery with reputable brands - Swan-Stabilo, Steadtler, Mars, Luna - before Elsoon & other local brands crept in. Next to KNA was "Dirty & Delicious", an otherwise nameless coffee shop that didn't sell coffee. We young teachers/trainees went there for our sar ho-fun with 'wok hei'. We sat on faded wobbly coffee-shop chairs and ate off cracked, greasy marble table tops. A rat or two would scuttle along the open drain outside, a cockroach would venture out from behind the old clock. None of this stopped us enjoying the hor-fun. Then there was the field. The girls wore bloomers, had obstacle races, hopped in sacks, balanced rubber quoits, threw javelins, competed at Captain's Ball, basketball. That was PE. The lessons ran themselves, you didn't need physical prowess or muscles, or a fitness cert to teach PE.

 
posted: 28/06/2013

Name : TKGS Partners
Year of Graduation:

My memories of my TKGS students (II)… by Mrs Caroline Loe (aka Miss Au aka ‘Mother’)
Do I remember students? Yes. Vocal Arti who went on to become a journalist, laid-back Suhaila who became a teacher, earnest but funny Shahida who also worked in Mediacorp, ‘basketball Peggy’ who’s still with the Sports School, I believe; petite Meriel (who promised to bequeath her Saab to me!), music-loving Winnie (Liang), effervescent Eugenia and the 3 Amys whose class I taught 11 periods a week! (there was a subject called Religious Knowledge then), sensible Jaclyn (Lam) with her long flowing hair, Winnie ‘the Poo’, ‘kan-cheong’ Hema who, last we met, conducted enrichment classes in schools; bright-eyed and bushy-tailed lawyer-to-be Sofeen and her classmate, Adelene, who’s now a mother of two; hard-working and the epitome of courtesy Siswi; soft-spoken and genteel Claire (from the very warm and accepting class of 4/3, 2007) and her cousin (my rumoured lookalike) Sharon, 'Yaya-papaya' Syazana. From the more recent batches, the wonderful class of 4/2 (2009) whose ‘O’ Level results stunned everyone: easy-going Arra, Energiser-bunny Deniisha, (small) Ayeshah, football-loving Sijia (whose mind worked at a different wave-length from the rest of us mere mortals), sleepy Krystal, animal-loving Samantha (thank you for introducing me to the otter video), outspoken Elsa (and, of course, her more serious sister Emma), earnest Deborah, level-headed Tiffany and delicate Rachel. So many more whose names I may have left out here but will recognize should we meet again. Just don’t ask: "What’s my name?"

posted: 28/06/2013

Name : TKGS Partners
Year of Graduation:

My memories of my TKGS students (III)… by Mrs Caroline Loe (aka Miss Au aka ‘Mother’)
Then, there are those who ‘made’ me a ‘grand-teacher’; ex-students who have become teachers themselves and have children of their own: Malvina, Norhayati (Hassan), Angie (Sew), Angela (Foo), Samsina and Sandra (Liew). How can I forget the April Fool’s Day prank Peggy’s class played on me so that I had to climb into the classroom through the window (it was a ground floor classroom in the old school and I taught PE then)? Handing out rubber-bands as girls ran their 2.4 km run around the square field shared by Haig Girls’, Haig Boys’ and TKGS? Taking part in soccer matches and telematches against students in the sometimes soggy field? Conducting air-rifle practice at our very own range? Helping out with the school musicals, holding our Sec 4 Prom in the school hall, attending the Staff Retreat at Batam with our families in tow, having my car crushed by a falling tree branch on the school grounds, sending VP Mrs Chua Yen Ching off to hospital when she went into labour with her third child? Feeling so proud when our first batch of Core Lit girls scored over 60% distinctions and even prouder when the 2009 batch scored 84% distinctions? Those were different times; when students showed more respect and consideration and teachers had more time to get to know each other …

posted: 28/06/2013

Name : TKGS Partners
Year of Graduation:

Pleasant Memories of TKGS (II)
(Dr. Eunice Wong Eng Lan, Former staff of TKGS, Year left: 1977) While the brightest shone in the top Science stream, academic performance aside, the less capable answered the call to join various activities that were introduced to develop them into healthier, stronger, more sociable, more creative and more humane future citizens. There were the Red Cross Society, the National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC), the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and the Brass Band. Even in these areas, TKGS girls brought notice and fame to the school by winning numerous gold, silver and bronze medals. As Sports Secretary, I introduced the ‘throwing events’ and later, one of our girls won a gold in javelin in a combined-school event. Our 4x100 m runners also shone in practically all the invitation relays of schools in the district in the late 1960s and early 1970s. For better rapport and fun between teachers and students, I organised badminton and netball matches which were held for a couple of years. The staff badminton team shone with the help of a couple of male teachers. However, the girls were thrilled at the defeat of their slow-footed, clumsier teachers in successive netball matches.

posted: 28/06/2013

Name : TKGS Partners
Year of Graduation:

Pleasant Memories of TKGS (IV)
(Dr. Eunice Wong Eng Lan, Former staff of TKGS, Year left: 1977) Of the three heads, Mrs. Tan was the kindest and most vocal in her appreciation of the hard work put in by all of us. To her, we were ‘the Pillars of TKGS’ responsible for the great strides the school had made not only in the academic area but in sports, games, band competitions etc. Among those who had contributed effectively and selflessly, to name a few of the ‘pillars’ were: Mrs. Irene Seah, Mrs. Kate Ng (deceased) Mrs. Chee Keng Soon, Mrs. Neo Chook Siew, Mrs. Poon Soh Choo, Mrs. Chao Yoke Choy, Mrs. Rosalind Lim, Mrs. Dolores Chia, Mrs. Khor Poh Kim, Mrs. Vivienne Goh, Mr. Tan Song Mong, Mrs. Lillian Aroozoo-Chia, Mrs. Janet Fu and Miss Irene Joseph. To Mrs. Scott, all former and present staff and students should hand her the accolade for composing one of the most meaningful school songs which remind us to always be a viable force in our society, contributing selflessly to assist those less fortunate than ourselves. As we move on in life, we should always be humble, modest, caring and dedicated in whatever field of work we become entrenched in, as her motto: ‘Moribus Modestus’ (Demure & Resolute) reminds all of us to emulate.

posted: 28/06/2013

Name : TKGS Partners
Year of Graduation:

Pleasant Memories of TKGS (III)
(Dr. Eunice Wong Eng Lan, Former staff of TKGS, Year left: 1977) The crowning glory of our school was when we were selected in 1969 to participate in the celebrations, commemorating the 150th year of the founding of modern Singapore. Together with a number of other schools, we put up an item emphasizing the benefits and energising results of exercising regularly. Our 800 strong Secondary One, Two and Three students performed the mass drill on both important occasions that year: the Youth Festival at Jalan Besar Stadium and at the Padang on National Day. Although by the 1990s, a number of us had left the school, either on promotions to higher posts, on study leave, on transfer to other schools or on retirement, many of us still kept in touch with one another. However, sadness filled our hearts when we learned of the demise of three of the heads that we had served under namely, Mrs. M. Scott, Ms. See Tin See and Mrs. S.H.Tan.

posted: 28/06/2013

Name : TKGS Partners
Year of Graduation:

My Teachers, my friends.
Tay Mui LAN Ex-TKGian (Pre-U) Year Graduated (1973) The best memories we have of School days are not the class lessons, now forgotten nor the programmes, now foggy, but the teachers who became our friends. After more than 40 years, they continue to be our friends. Caption for photos: Top: taken with Ms Koh Sauk Yee and Ms Low Yoke Lang in 2012. Left: taken with Ms Koh, Ms Low and Ms Tan in 1971 on trip to Lake Toba after our Brass Band won the Youth Festival championship. Note the same students in both pictures. Right: Ms Low and Ms Koh in 1972.

 
posted: 27/06/2013

Name : Ching Yee Tan
Year of Graduation:

Life at TKGS as I remember it!
We had the privilege of being part of the school when it celebrated its Silver Jubilee. There was a big party, in the form of a fun fair and many other activities. I managed to find some photos including those of our Sec 3 camp at St John’s Island – see our special T-shirt . Of course I can’t forget the teachers. The photo I included was taken during the Teachers’ Day celebration in 1979 – Do any of you recognise the teachers? Looking back, I realise how important and precious the four years of our lives at TKGS were. In the ensuing 30-plus years, we have kept in touch, as you can see from the last photo. The amazing thing is that, when someone in our group runs into personal or career problems, her confidant is still likely to be one of us.

 
posted: 22/06/2013

Name : Felicia Chin
Year of Graduation:

Softball and TKGS
At 15, I was a pitcher in the national softball team. I achieved the Colours Award and the East Zone School Sports Council award in 2000.

It was a lot of hard work. I wasn’t that good a pitcher but I didn’t give up and trained during the school holidays and at home. Sometimes I would damage the furniture but feigned ignorance when my mum noticed. I even worked out at the gym and went for night jogs.

I thank my coach and mentor Ms Josephine for spurring me on to achieve greater success.

I certainly can’t forget the school spirit shown by TKGians, especially when I remember TK girls cheering and supporting one another all the way during national competitions. TKGS has definitely enabled me to be a well-rounded person,as it gave me opportunities to venture beyond the classroom.

 
posted: 22/06/2013

Name : Eunice Wong Eng Lan
Year of Graduation:

Pleasant Memories of TKGS
The December of 1959, was no different from the many end-of-year dull and unexciting holidays for me, except for a letter with a Ministry of Education (MOE) heading on its envelope. With a sense of trepidation, I tore it open, expecting a notice sending me to some unknown, distant location to carry out a new assignment.

“Please report to Tanjong Katong Girls’ School, Haig Road, on the last week of December for a staff meeting, was the note. On 2nd. January 1960, I began my long journey of 16 years of trials and tribulations with the school.

Imagine how I felt in the midst of experienced graduate and senior non-graduate teachers, for among the entire staff, I was practically the youngest qualified, trained teacher. However, I soon felt at ease as the majority were approachable, friendly and unassuming. An atmosphere of camaraderie soon prevailed by which all of us worked with one aim, that is, to give off our best for all our girls regardless of race, creed or academic ability.

Batches of these pretty, sweet lasses after their Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE), provided a fillip for the staff. They were eager to learn, were generally well-mannered and pleasant but above all, determined to contribute to the uplifting of the standard of the school.

From the first batches of these secondary one students, came the best results the school had ever achieved – an 8 As in the ‘O’ level examinations and several of the same cohort who scored not less than 5 As in the middle 1960s.

posted: 22/06/2013

Name : Caroline Loe
Year of Graduation:

My memories of TK … by Mrs Caroline Loe )aka Miss Au aka ‘Mother’)
25 years in one place is a long time … so, how did I survive? I’d say it was the people. There were the senior (in age) teachers when I was a beginning teacher: Mrs Janet Fu, whose beautiful soprano voice made the rest of us pale in comparison and whose flowing cursive writing could put any calligrapher to shame! Mrs Rosalind Lim, a veritable chili padi but with a heart of gold; Mrs G (for Gabriel), scary when she looked at you unsmilingly (usually to students) but motherly when she flashed her toothy smile; soft-spoken Mr Kwan who was not capable of ever raising his voice in anger; Mrs Hong whose hearty laugh constantly rang through the Staff Room …

Fast forward 20 years. Mrs Shirley Yeo whose ‘motherliness’ and patient guidance made being a Year Head less daunting; Miss Terry who was more a friend than a VP; Amizah – always glamorous and immaculate – and who still makes time to listen to my tales of woe; Haryati – who can usually see the lighter side of things – another confidante; Wee Jin – my ex-fellow sufferer; Mrs Guna, with whom I could share my woes about my children; no-nonsense Adela; Ling Seem who constantly reminds me of my maternal responsibilities; KK whose honesty and earnestness inevitably lightens the mood and Rita, witty and adaptable, whose capability puts many of us ‘oldies’ to shame.

posted: 22/06/2013

Name : Sharon Yeo
Year of Graduation:

Friendships are formed right here.
It has been more than twenty years since I first entered TKGS, fresh out of primary school. Never could I have imagined, on that first daunting day of secondary school, that I would be bestowed with the best friends anyone could ever ask for.

Two decades on, the four women that met as awkward 13 year olds still giggle and gossip when we meet. It is as though no time has passed and we were still lying on the field outside out secondary one classroom, sharing earphones, listening to ‘Take That’. It is still like we were swinging on the monkey bars, laughing at each other when we failed to execute a flip.

Every so often when we get together, we cannot help but reminisce. We talk about our shared experiences, the days when we were hauled out of class to help paint props for school musical productions, group projects we got together to do out of school hours, the fights, the tears and the laughter. Being a TKGian provided us with memories we now hold dear.

The school building is nothing but a shell. The people give the school life; the students, the teachers, for the four years of secondary school, they become your family, your world. Family, children, jobs and oceans separate the four of us now, but being from TKGS Class of 1992 Sec 1/7 connects us always.

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