On the evening of 11 April 2019, we were honoured to join alumni from Catholic High School and CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School at Capitol Theatre for the premiere of “From Victoria Street To Ang Mo Kio”, a documentary-drama that pays tribute to the contributions of former educators from St Nicholas Girls’ School. This special event was commissioned by the school’s alumnae association to commemorate their 85th anniversary in 2018, with Education Minister Ong Ye Kung as the Guest of Honour.
The 70-minute long documentary was directed by former St Nicholas student Eva Tang, featuring a cast of 11 students and 1 teacher. Set in the 1950s, the film addresses the socio-political conflict that existed between Chinese and English medium schools at a time when an English education was deemed superior under the British government. As such, in 1979, Special Assistance Plan (SAP) Schools were created to elevate the status of Chinese medium schools and to preserve the traditional Chinese school cultural environment and rich heritage.
There was a definite buzz in the theatre as JJMM, as their alumnae are known, reminisced about school days and took selfies with friends and teachers in front of the red carpet backdrop, with Minister Ong joining in. Certainly a night to remember, with kachang puteh served in traditional paper cones adding a nostalgic touch to the event. After the film, alumni from the three schools were interviewed by former television presenter and St Nicholas alumna, Diana Ser for our thoughts on the film.
We look forward to more years ahead of attending and organising events with our Catholic High and St Nicholas brothers and sisters, and sharing the SCGS spirit to forge closer ties and cooperation among us.