Raffles Girls' School (Secondary)
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|Raffles Girls' School (Secondary)|
Sekolah Perempuan Raffles (Menengah)
இராஃபிள்ஸ் பெண்கள் பள்ளி (உயர்நிலை)
2 Braddell Rise
|Motto||Filiae Melioris Aevi|
(Daughters of a Better Age)
|Sister school||Raffles Institution|
|Chairman||Hon Justice Judith E J Prakash|
|Colour(s)||Green, black, & white|
Established in 1879, the school is one of the oldest in Singapore.
It provides students with a 6-year Raffles Program which cumulates in the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate in Education (GCE) 'Advanced' Level Examination.
It was a member of Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia.
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Before RGS became a school in its own right, it existed as a part of Raffles Institution (RI).
The department for girls was opened in the RI campus of Bras Basah Road on 4 March 1844 with 11 students, 5-day-scholars and six boarders, who were clothed, fed and instructed by the institution itself. The demand for education grew and in 1847, the school moved to RI's eastern wing, extending towards Bras Basah Road. Governor of the Straits Settlement, E.A. Blundell described RGS as "a female school designed for the education and religious training of the children of poor Protestant parents" in 1855. In 1871, the school moved into a house, the George Family's Old Mansion at the corner of Bras Basah Road. In 1879, the school separated from RI and Miss Nelson was appointed the school's first headmistress. Together with three assistants, she ran the school which had an enrolment of 77. Since then, 1879 has been officially regarded as the year of the founding of RGS.
School culture and identity
The usual school uniform is a belted, deep blue pinafore and a white collared blouse. Students customarily fold their sleeves on most shirts (except Physical Education Shirt), which also requires a colour-coded nametag (colours Black/Green (green as of 2019) Blue, Red and Yellow inherited by first-year batch to graduating batch respectively), along with the school badge, on the top left of the uniform, right below the name tag. There are also school culottes, worn with the PE shirt.
Awards and accolades
- Amy Khor – Member of Parliament for Hong Kah North SMC
- Ang Swee Chai, orthopedic surgeon and co-founder of Medical Aid for Palestinians
- Annabel Chong (born Grace Quek) – former pornographic actress and current web developer
- Carrie Tan - Member of Parliament
- Chua Sock Koong – Group Chief Executive Officer, SingTel.
- Corrinne May – singer-songwriter
- Denise Phua – Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency
- Emma Yong – actress
- Faizah Jamal – Nominated Member of Parliament, 2012–present
- Intan Azura Mokhtar - Member of Parliament
- Jackie Yi-Ru Ying – Nanotechnology researcher and a Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors
- Jane Lee (mountaineer) – first female from Southeast Asia to have scaled the Seven Summits
- Joanna Dong – singer, actress and television host, also finalist at the Sing! China (season 2) competition
- Judith Prakash – first female justice to be appointed to the Court of Appeal of Singapore
- Kit Chan – singer and actress
- Leaena Tambyah – founder of Singapore's first school for children with multiple disabilities
- Lee Choo Neo – first female doctor to practise in Singapore
- Lee Tzu Pheng – award-winning poet
- Lim Hwee Hua – Singapore's first female Minister in the Singapore government
- Margaret Leng Tan – pianist
- Quah Ting Wen - Singapore national swimmer
- Rahayu Mahzam - Member of Parliament and a lawyer at Heng, Leong & Srinivasan.
- Sim Ann – Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the ministries of Education and Law, and a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency.
- Siow Lee Chin – violinist
- Stefanie Sun – singer-songwriter
- Stella Kon – playwright, best known for her play, Emily of Emerald Hill
- Tang Pai Wah – Singapore's first female Olympian
- Tay Kewei – singer-songwriter and founder of Sparkle Life Music
- Zhang Jingna – photographer and Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia honoree
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