Date(s) - 20/07/2019
2019 was a landmark year for SCGS, with many events commemorating our school’s 120th anniversary. A special edition of our Homecoming Event on 20th July 2019 coincided with the re-opening of our newly revamped Heritage Centre that celebrates our storied history. Ms Chang Hwee Nee, Chief Executive Officer of the National Heritage Board was the Guest of Honour.
Inside the brand new 2000 square-foot Centre, situated at the front of the school lobby, quaint Peranakan-styled galleries in aesthetically pleasing shades of green took guests on a nostalgic walk down memory lane, guided by docents relating interesting facts and anecdotes with exuberance. Through a tour of carefully curated artefacts and memorabilia, visitors learned about our esteemed founders, our Peranakan heritage, our school’s development and achievements including those of our illustrious Kim Gek and their diverse contributions to Singapore, to name a few. Prized artefacts such as two letters penned by Her Majesty Queen Mary to the school during WWII were also on display, as well as an exhibition on the evolution of our famous blue uniform, undoubtedly one of our favourite highlights. Our visitors’ enthusiastic appreciation of our school’s unique and captivating history – as revealed through the many Peranakan design elements, furniture, newspaper clippings, audiovisual presentations, and even a mock up of an old classroom – added atmospherically to the excitement of the historical tour. Displayed outside the Centre that day, was a traditional rickshaw specially brought in for photo opportunities as keepsakes of the joyous occasion. After the tour, our Guest of Honour was treated to a delightful Peranakan tea in the school’s canteen, and even sampled our famous mee pok.
The launch of our new Heritage Centre, indubitably, provided an enriching and memorable experience for our visitors, current and old students alike. As were our guests that day, future visitors will also find themselves truly immersed in the rich legacy of SCGS and leave with an indelible impression of our treasured past.