Hwa Chong Institution which is located in Singapore is an independent institution offering secondary and pre-university education. Previously it was known as The Chinese High School and Hwa Chong Junior College until 1st January 2005 when it merged. The institution operates under the Special Assistance Plan which was designated by the Ministry of Education to offer school-based gifted education program and integrated program. This school has been a top feeder school for University of Cambridge and University of Oxford students. Hwa Chong Institution is located near to Bukit Timah Collection by Allgreen Properties. It is the former Royalville Enbloc.
Hwa Chong Institution Bukit Timah
Tan Kah Kee founded the Chinese High School in March 1919 which was Singapore overseas Chinese middle school. It was the first institution to cater for Chinese dialect in Southeast Asia where it was later moved to Bukit Timah campus six years later. Despite its movement, it remained under Tah Kah Kee until world war II. Later in 1934, Lee Kong Chain who was Tah Kah Kee son in law became the school’s board chairman until 1955. the school faced closure threats during his tenure due to financial difficulties but survived due to the strong foundation from both Tan and Lee. In the 1950s and 1960s during the battle of Singapore many students, alumni and teachers participated in the anti-colonial riots. Its predominant Chinese education was resumed after the war. Following Singapore independence, the school came under the Ministry of Education in 1965. it achieved the independent school status in 1988. In March 1999 the school’s tower became a national monument since it served as Allied defenders headquarters.
Hwa Chong Institution Management
Hwa Chong Junior College was inherited from the university section of the Chinese High School in 1974. it remained under the same management and was the first college to be aided the government. In 1980s structural problems were discovered which led to its movement from Bukit Timah Road. The rebuilding of the campus was completed in 1992.
There are wide varieties of courses offered which have led to the high population of students. In addition, there are special programmes offered such as:
School-based Gifted Plus Programme
Language Elective Programme
Science and Math Talent Programme
Bicultural Studies Programme
Malay Special Programme
Art Elective Programme
Hwa Chong Institution Activities
Different extra-curricular activities offered include rugby, soccer, table tennis, basketball, water polo, volleyball, judo, gymnastics, canoeing, fencing, and shooting. Every year the teams have won championships in most divisions. The school organizes competition both for its students and external participants. Students across Asia-Pacific merge and share their experiences in the scientific field. The Young Leaders Summit is also hosted annually by Hwa Chong which brings students to discuss global issues.
Notable alumni include Ong Teng Cheong who was the fifth Singapore president, Grace Fu (Minister in Prime Minister’s office), Ministers of State such as Sim Ann, Sam Tan, and Lee Yi Shyan.