River Valley High School

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River Valley High School
Sekolah Tinggi River Valley
Opened 1956
Address 6 Boon Lay Avenue, Singapore 649961
Principal Mrs Teo Khin Hiang
Vice Principal Mr Lau Wai Chi
Mr Steven Tay
Mr Gay Choon Lin
Abbreviation RVHS
Vision 为国家培育卓越领袖的世界顶尖学府
(A world-class institution that develops leaders of distinction for Singapore.)
Mission 培养品行端正,慎思明辨,融贯中西,具环球视野的国家栋梁
(To nurture in students bicultural acumen and moral integrity; to empower students to be thinkers, leaders and achievers with a global perspective.)
Motto 立德立功、化愚化顽
(We shall uphold virtues and contribute to society. Through personal growth, we shall guide others in the quest for knowledge and wisdom)

River Valley High School (RVHS) is an autonomous educational institution that offers the Integrated Programme in Singapore. Founded in 1956, it is one of the Special Assistance Plan high schools designated by the Ministry of Education in recognition of its heritage and excellence in education.


Singapore Government Chinese Middle School[edit]

River Valley High School was founded as Singapore Chinese Middle School. It was the first Chinese middle school set up by the government, occupying the premises of Seng Poh Primary School, it was later renamed Queenstown Government Chinese Middle School and subsequently River Valley Government Chinese Middle School when it was moved to Strathmore Avenue.

Designation of Special Assistance Plan[edit]

River Valley High School admitted its first batch of English stream pupils when it was selected as one of the nine Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools in 1979. It shifted from River Valley to West Coast in December 1986. Due to the smaller school campus at the West Coast site, the school became a double-session school. It reverted to a single-session school in 1993 after adding new blocks to the West Coast site. It was among the first six schools in Singapore to assume the ascendance to autonomous status in 1994. For its achievements in its CCAs, it was also one of the first schools to receive all three available Sustained Achievement Awards when it was first offered by the Ministry of Education in 2001.

Introduction of Integrated Programme[edit]

In 2006 River Valley High School was officially designated a 6-Year Integrated Programme school. Under the programme, students follow a six-year Integrated Programme curriculum which allows students to sit for the GCE 'A' Level examinations at year 6 without taking the GCE 'O' Level examinations. The final batch of GCE 'O' Level students graduated from River Valley High School in 2007.


Principal Years Served
Suen Yi-Chern 1956 – 1960
Lim Hui Eng 1960 – 1962
Wong Cheong Chie 1962 – 1964
Wong Bing Chie 1964 – 1974
Leong Fan Chin 1974 – 1993
Tham Tuck Meng 1993 – 2003
Ek Soo Ben 2003 – 2009
Koh Yong Chiah 2009 – 2012
Teo Khin Hiang (2012 – present)

Co-curricular activities (CCAs)[edit]

Performing arts Uniform groups (Years 1 - 4) Sports Clubs, academies and societies
  • Chinese Literary, Drama and Debate Society (CLDDS)
  • Chinese Orchestra
  • Chorale
  • Concert Band
  • Dance Society
  • English Literary, Drama and Debate Society (ELDDS)
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Street Dance
  • String Ensemble
  • Girl Guides
  • National Cadet Corps
  • National Police Cadet Corps
  • St. John's Ambulance Brigade
  • Scouts
  • Athletics (Cross Country/Track & Field)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Floorball
  • Football (Year 5 & 6)
  • Netball
  • Shooting (Year 5 & 6)
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (Year 5 & 6)
  • Volleyball
  • Wushu
  • Aesthetics Council
  • Bicultural Academy
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Leaders' Academy
  • Infocomm & Robotics Club
  • Mathematics Leaders' Academy
  • National Education Council
  • Photography Club
  • Science Leaders' Academy
  • Students' Council
  • Student Editorial and Library Club

Notable Alumni[edit]

Government and politics[edit]

  • Ang Mong Seng: Former Member of Parliament
  • Peh Chin Hua: Former Member of Parliament
  • Goh Meng Seng: Founder and Secretary-General, People's Power Party; Former Secretary-General, National Solidarity Party


  • Kym Ng: Television host and actress
  • Marcus Chin: Television presenter, actor and comedian
  • Wendy Cheng (Xiaxue): Prominent blogger


Junior Colleges ViewTalkEdit
Junior Colleges Anderson Serangoon Junior CollegeAnglo-Chinese Junior CollegeCatholic Junior CollegeEunoia Junior CollegeJurong Pioneer Junior CollegeMillennia InstituteNanyang Junior CollegeNational Junior CollegeSaint Andrew's Junior CollegeTampines Meridian Junior CollegeTemasek Junior CollegeVictoria Junior CollegeYishun Innova Junior College
Others Dunman High SchoolHwa Chong InstitutionNUS High School of Mathematics and ScienceRaffles InstitutionRiver Valley High School
Defunct Innova Junior CollegeJurong Junior CollegeSerangoon Junior CollegeTampines Junior College