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Congratulations to RGS alumna Cao Yuqing (class of 2019) for winning the Excellence Award for her story 《满天星,而不是玫瑰》for the National Creative Story Writing Competition 2019. Yuqing is one of 36 students nation-wide recognised for their creativity and writing skills during the virtual prize presentation ceremony last weekend (10 October 2020).

The competition is jointly organised by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning and the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language (SCCL), and aims to instill in students an interest in the Chinese language, and produce local reading materials for secondary students. The competition saw the submission of around 400 entries for both the Student Category (for students from secondary schools, junior colleges and Millennia Institute) and the Open Category (for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents).

The winning entries from the competition have also been published as a set of eight Chinese Graded Readers by the NTU-SCCL Press under SCCL, which was launched by Minister of State for Education, Ms Sun Xueling at the virtual prize presentation ceremony. The Readers are designed to be used as supplementary reading materials for secondary students, and features original illustrations by local artists. The Readers will be distributed free to all secondary schools in January 2021.

international mathematical olympiad 2020

Congratulations to RGS Year 4 student Hu Xinghui who clinched a silver medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) 2020! She was part of a six-person team that represented Singapore this year for the Olympiad, making her the first RGS student to be part of the Singapore team in the competition.

IMO is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for high school students and is held annually in a different country. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with seven countries participating. It has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from five continents.

21st international elementz fair

Despite the challenges faced due to COVID-19, five RGS Year 4 teams presented their work in an online format for the 21st International Elementz Fair and attained commendable achievements. Congratulations to the teams and Dr Lim Ai Khim from the RGS Science department who mentored the girls!

Team MembersProject TitleAward
Divyasree Sekhar
Srinithy Nagarajan
Krystal Tan Yu Qiao
Effect of krill oil on accumulation of β-amyloid in Caenorhabditis elegansGold
Hong Wan Jing
Yvette Teo Jin Yin
Bay Kai Fen, Kylie
An investigation of Lactobacillus casei in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease in the nematode model Caenorhabditis elegansGold
 Aw Si Yu
Maggie Yao Chai Yinzhi
Kathryn Chia Songqi
 Supplementary DHA ameliorates motor dysfunction in Drosophila melanogaster model of Alzheimer's Disease Silver
 Joey Hoe Si-En
Olivia Li Yingyue
 A study of the effects of Astragalus membranaceus root extracts on cell division in garlic rootsSilver 
 Celyn Chng
Low Iing
Tay Li Ann
Lactobacillus casei improve locomotive functions of Drosophila  Bronze

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The 21st International Elementz Fair is an annual event that is organised by Anderson Serangoon Junior College to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for local and overseas students at the upper secondary and junior college levels. This event provides opportunities for budding young scientists to exchange views and experiences with local and overseas peers on their research projects.


Congratulations to Year 4 student Sarah Wong Ee Min for receiving the Commendation Award for the A*STAR Talent Search (ATS) 2020!

ATS is an initiative from 2006 to reward students who have performed well in scientific research. It is part of the A*STAR Graduate Academy's Youth science outreach to schools with the aim to inspire and sustain a passion for science in the young in Singapore, and is organised with the support of Science Centre Singapore. Click here for more information.


Congratulations to the following RGS teams for their achievements at the Future Problem Solving Program Virtual International Conference 2020:

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                                 Civic and Cultural Education, Community Problem Solving - Middle Division, 1st
          Project deVICE (Clockwise from right): Tan Gin Juat (Chen Renyue), Lau Jia Shing, 
Coach Mr Jason Yan, Lim Xuan Qi, Aisyah Nur Humrya Binte Mohamed Riduan, Atiqah Zahra Ahmed,
Megan Kwek Tze Ying and Foo Chloe (students are all in Year 3)

image001.jpg                    Global Issues Problem Solving - Middle Division, 1st (Presentation of Action Plan) and 8th Overall
                         (From left) Coach Ms Tiffany Cheong, Sun Xiaoqing, Goh Xin Ru Karin, Wee Jie Minn Phoebe,
                          Sarah Wong Ee Min with former RGS Principal, Mrs Poh Mun See (students are all in Year 4)

Watch a recap of the virtual awards ceremony below:

singapore young physicists' tournament 2020

Three RGS Year 4 students Wang Yifei, Sun Xiaoqing and Tham Yun Xin represented the school in Category B of the Singapore Young Physicists' Tournament (SYPT) 2020, and after many months of preparation, the team emerged as the Gold Award winners and champion team, a historical win as they are the first all-girls team to have won the accolade!

In Category A of the tournament, RGS alumnae Yang Liu, Tan Wei Tian Mireille and Selina Peh Yuet Ning received the Bronze Award. They had taken part in the revised format of the finals due to the COVID-19 situation, where they had to present their reports and posters via a video conference with the jurors.

Congratulations to the teams and also to our teachers from the RGS Science department Ms Angel Lim, Mr Tan Hup Yew, Mr Yang Kian Hong and Ms Cheong Szu Chuang who mentored the girls.

Photo 1 (Cat B).jpg                   Congratulations to (from left) Yifei, Xiaoqing and Yun Xin for their historical win in Category B of
                   the SYPT 2020!

Photo 2 (Cat A).jpg                    Congratulations to Selina, Yang Liu and Mireille for achieving the Bronze Award in Category A of
                    the tournament!

Photo 3 (Cat A).jpg                    The team presenting their report to the jurors via video conference.
Photo 5.jpg                    The teams together with two of their teacher-mentors from the RGS Science Department
                    Mr Tan Hup Yew (far left) and Ms Angel Lim (far right).

SYPT seeks to bring students through a process of what physicists do, from research to modelling, experimentation and finally to an oral defence before peers and experts. It provides authentic learning experiences in the learning of physics. Participants of the SYPT stand to represent Singapore in the International Young Physicists' Tournament.

young defence scientists programme congress 2020

Three RGS Year 3 students were awarded the Young Defence Scientists Programme (YDSP) Scholarship this year. They are:
  • Alysa Lee Mynn
  • Isabelle Ong Li Xin
  • Cheyenne Tan Sze Yi

The scholarship is awarded to talented individuals with outstanding academic achievements and a passion for science and technology. As the YDSP Congress goes virtual this year, the students, along with other recipients of the YDSP Scholarship, were recognised here.

The virtual congress also featured the projects completed by students over the past year. Click on the links below to read more about the projects by our alumnae:

Name of Student Project Title Report Poster
Duan Ning Xin Analysis and Prediction of In-Orbit Lifetime of Satellites in Low Earth Orbit Duan Ning Xin_Report.pdf 
Duan Ning Xin_Poster.pdf 
Zhou Xinyan Automatic Recovery Systems for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Zhou Xinyan_Report.pdf 
Zhou Xinyan_Poster.pdf 
Pan Yongjing Object Recognition: Real Time Person Detection with Deep Learning  Pan Yongjing_Report.pdf  Pan Yongjing_Poster.pdf

Watch the video below for highlights of the YDSP activities that were held in 2019!

The YDSP is an initiative by the Defence Science and Technology Agency and DSO National Laboratories, which aims to cultivate student interest in defence science and technology.


The Singapore Science & Engineering Fair (SSEF) is a national competition organised by the Ministry of Education, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Science Centre Singapore (SCS). A total of 19 RGS projects were shortlisted for the judging round this year, which was modified due to COVID-19 measures that are in place. The modifications include students doing a video recording of their ‘elevator’ pitch and a series of online Q&A correspondences with the judges assigned to their project in place of the usual four to six rounds of presentations.

The following is the list of achievements by RGS students and alumnae from SSEF 2020:

Junior Scientist Category

Name of Student

Project Title



Yu Hanzhang

Assignment of Competition Teams to Judges


Ms Carmen Hoo

Senior Scientist Category

Name of Student

Project Title



Selina Peh Yuet Ning

Changing Eigenfrequencies and Sound Characteristics of Resonant Cavities Filling Up with Water


Yale-NUS Award

Ms Cheong Szu Chuang

Pang Hsien Teng Elody

Loi Zi Xian

Biodegradation of Bisphenol A (BPA) by Chlorella Fusca


Dr Lim Ai Khim

Jiang Chen

Sarah Wong Ee Min

Development of An Intelligent System for Monitoring Birds’ Health in the New Mandai Bird Park


Ms Carmen Hoo

Janessa Valencia Guo Jiaxuan (with students from other schools)

HoneySurfer: Intelligent Web-Surfing Honeypot


Mr Shaun De Souza

Zhou Xinyan

Automatic Recovery Systems for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs)


Mr Shaun De Souza

Tang Yun

Magdalene Lim Yong Qi

Mitigating the Threat of BPA to Animals Using Vegetables


Yale-NUS Award

Dr Lim Ai Khim

Charlotte Chua

Lucia Li

Chloe Lim Xuan

Biopurification Using Plant Xylems


Yale-NUS Award

Dr Lim Ai Khim

Yeo Jia Ying (with students from other schools)

Compact 3D-Printed Spidron Antenna for Drones


Mr Shaun De Souza