Tao Nan School, one of the earliest schools founded by the local Hokkien community, was first established in 1906 as a private school. Its excellent performance paved the way for it to be accorded the status of a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school in 1990. Since 1996, it has offered the Gifted Education Programme. In 2009, Tao Nan School was first conferred the School Distinction Award by the Ministry of Education (MOE). In 2013 – 2015 the school underwent extensive works to increase facilities in line with the MOE Primary Education Review and Implementation (PERI) standards with the aim of going single-session after the 2-year upgrading program.
Ai Tong School started in 1912. In 1950, it opened its doors to girls. Over the years, its students have won the Prime Minister’s Book Prize time and again. In 1989, it was among the pioneer batch of schools to be accorded the status of a SAP school. It was first conferred the School Distinction Award in 2008. In 2011, it was awarded the “Good Progress in PSLE” Award by MOE for its excellent PSLE results. In 2013 – 2015 the school also underwent extensive works to increase facilities in line with the MOE PERI standards with the aim of going single-session after the 2-year upgrading program.
The Huay Kuan was ahead of its times when it made it possible for girls to be educated in an era when females were considered less worthy than their male counterparts. In 1915, it set up the first girls’ school – Chong Hock Girls’ School. The school has since been renamed Chongfu School. Chongfu School is well-known for its Chinese Opera CCA. It received the first School Distinction Award in 2007. In 2012, it went single-session.
In 1941, the Huay Kuan set up the Teachers’ Training College to meet the shortfall of locally trained teachers. In 1942, the college ceased operation because of World War II. By 1947, the college reopened and was renamed Nan Chiau Girls’ High School, with an ancillary primary school. In 2001, the school moved to Seng Kang and operated as two distinct schools: Nan Chiau High School and Nan Chiau Primary School. In 2011, Nan Chiau Primary School joined the FutureSchools@Singapore programme. The MOE designated Nan Chiau High School as a SAP school from January 2012.
Kong Hwa School was established in 1953 to meet an urgent need for more schools and educational opportunities after the war. The school was originally named after Lee Kong Chian but upon his request, it was renamed as “Kong Hwa School”. By 1992, it rose to join the ranks to become a SAP School. The school received its first School Distinction Award in 2008. Its niche is in Chinese Orchestra and has won numerous honours at the annual Singapore Youth Festival. In 2012, it was expanded under the MOE Programme for Rebuilding and Improving Existing Schools (PRIME).