Victoria School

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Victoria School was founded in 1876, and had its origin in an early English Class organised by Mr M. Hellier while Singapore was still a colony under the British Crown. Today, it is one of the very few remaining all-boys institution, and holds the status of an autonomous government secondary school. Since its inception, Victoria School has proudly produced Queen Scholars, Members of Parliament, ministers, military officials, businessmen and athletes. In fact, the institution prides itself on being the former institution of the incumbent President of Singapore, His Excellency Mr S R Nathan.

The school also has a strong niche in several sporting events and has achieved solid gold in the performing arts scene, just as its affiliated sister college Victoria Junior College (VJC), is. It also prides itself in hosting students and scholars from both locally and abroad, as part of its mission to 'provide a stimulating environment that promotes life-long learning for high-calibre students from Singapore and abroad'.

The school has moved five times from its first campus in Kampong Glam; well-known VS campuses include the Tyrwhitt and Syed Alwi (Victoria Bridge) campus, of which the latter is featured on the reverse side of the Republic's S$2 bill alongside the former Raffles College (King Edward VII College of Medicine). The institution's new campus is located at Siglap Link in Marine Parade, and was designed to face the East Coast, thus earning the Victoria institutions (VS and VJC) the status of ‘schools by the sea’ as both institutions receive much sea view and breeze, even occasionally conducting lessons and activities at the East Coast beach. The VS Siglap Link campus was officially declared open in 2003 by the President, H E Mr S R Nathan.

The state-of-the-art Siglap Link campus boasts of excellent sporting and aesthetic facilities including a boarding house (Victoria Hall) aside from the Learning Metropolis blocks to complement outdoor and holistic learning, despite controversies over costs and expenditures. To name a few, the school currently houses a 500-seater auditorium, a digital media laboratory and art studios, a three-story multi-media resource library, a self-sustaining 150 metre ecological pond-cum-garden, an air-conditioned hall and several other air-conditioned studios and resource rooms for CCA and student use. In fact, the current campus also houses SPRINT @ VS, the Southeast CDC Sports Performance, Research and Injury Treatment Centre. The VS Siglap Link campus also represented Singapore in the biennial Vienna architectural convention in 2004.

School website:
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School Address/Contact:

2 Siglap Link
Singapore 448880
Tel: 6291 2965
Fax: 6445 2609