Welcome to Raffles Girl's School
In 2019, RGS will turn 140 years old. It will be a proud moment for many generations of RGS girls as we pay homage to our legacy and the giants who came before us. From a small class of eleven girls as part of Raffles Institution in 1879, we have come a long way, becoming a full-fledged girls’ school that believes in the education of females and enabling them to live out their full potential. Today, our notable alumnae make an impact in every field and contribute to the service and advancement of society.
As we look ahead, we remain steadfast in our mission to nurture high-ability girls. We recognise that in order for these girls to thrive during the often tumultuous teenage years, they should be provided with a caring and supportive environment, replete with encouragement from teachers and affirmation from friends. As they seek to discover themselves through a wide range of curricular and enrichment offerings, they will learn the enduring understanding of the various disciplines and shape their outlook towards life, towards one that enables them to think critically, embrace diversity and give back to society.
And we have worked tirelessly towards this goal, lofty as it may sound. In the last few years, we have kept our ears close to the ground, and refined our approaches and programmes in response to feedback from students, staff and parents. We now have a more flexible and responsive programming, catering to the wide range of talents and interests among our students. Raffles Academy 2.0, our talent development programme, allows our students to choose and embark on different modules and programmes as they deem fit. Our 1:1 programme, where all our students are equipped with a laptop for learning, also offers our students the opportunity to harness technology for education and collaboration.
In addition, we pay close attention to character building and values inculcation. From activities that allow our students to mix with those from other schools and backgrounds, to career talks and job attachments that expose them to the latest possibilities in the workplace, our students acquire skills to navigate a complex and uncertain world. It is our sincere hope that they will lead purposeful, fulfilling lives.
Indeed, 2019 promises to be a year of excitement and anticipation. Not only will we be celebrating our school’s 140th anniversary, we will also be commemorating Singapore’s Bicentennial, two hundred years after Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in Singapore. Unsurprisingly, the Bicentennial commemoration holds special meaning for us, our school having taken the name of Raffles, and it will be a powerful reminder to us of the significance of education to Singapore, just as how Raffles saw it when he established the Singapore Institution (later renamed Raffles Institution in his honour). Raffles had found it beneficial, if not necessary, to develop and advance Singapore through educating the children of the local residents. That was the basis on which the Raffles schools were founded, and it has continued to be our raison d’etre till today.
To top it all, we will be relocating to a bigger, newer campus in October 2019. This will be another milestone in the school’s history, much anticipated but also very emotive for cohorts of students who had studied in the current campus. Hence, the school will be organising a major Homecoming on 17 Aug 2019, for all our alumnae, staff and students, parents and friends, to reconnect with one another in the current campus, walk down memory lane and bid a fond farewell to the current site. A series of activities will also be organised to allow our students and alumnae to express their love and nostalgia for their time in school.
But as the saying goes, “Once a Rafflesian, Always a Rafflesian”, I am confident that the Rafflesian spirit will remain strong no matter where we are. The new campus, designed to capture our fine traditions and to provide for multi-modal learning, will undoubtedly offer exciting learning opportunities to our students. Its close proximity to Raffles Institution and Braddell/Toa Payoh residents will also enable our students to collaborate with our partner school and the immediate community on meaningful projects. Possibilities abound as we enter the next phase of nurturing “Daughters of a Better Age”.
2019 will be a momentous year, and I look forward to celebrating it with you.
Filiae Melioris Aevi
Mrs Poh Mun See