Saturday, 14 December 2013

Schools in Jurong, Boon Lay & Tuas

Jurong Road is one of the oldest road in Singapore and was constructed in 1852 - 1953 during the colonial era to link the rural area of Jurong to the rest of Singapore. It was extended in 1929 to Bukit Timah Road, which branches off from 7 1/2 milestone Bukit Timah Road (intersection of Jalan Jurong Kechil and Bukit Timah Road), close to Pei Hwa School and the former Seh Chuan High School.

For the local Chinese population, Jurong was formerly called peng kang, a reference to a gambier plantation located in the area. After 1906, rubber plantations dominated the area — Bulim Estate, Lokyang Estate, Chong Keng Estate, Seng Toh Estate and Yunnan Estate, giving rise to many of the local names for areas in Jurong. The majority of the Chinese immigrants living around the villages in Jurong came from Fujian Anxi and worked as rubber tappers and plantation workers. As there was a severe lack of schools in the 1900s, the pioneers of the Ann Kway (An Xi Clan) Association villages visited villages across Singapore, including Jurong, to encourage them to set up their own  schools on the wayang (chinese opera) stages within the villages.

Of which, schools which were set up by the Ann Kway (An Xi) immigrants in Jurong includes Joo Hwa Public School, Joo Koon Public School, Sin Nan Public School, Joo Long Public School, Fu Hua Public School, Pei Teck Public School and Loke Yang Public School (Lim Chu Kang area). 

With the establishment of the Jurong Industrial Estate in the 1960s, housing estates such as Teban Gardens, Pandan Gardens, Boon Lay Gardens and Taman Jurong were built at the fringes of the industrial estate to encourage workers to move to its vicinity. This also brought about the establishment of schools within the housing estates to cater to the educational needs of the children, such as Jurong Town Primary and Jurong Integrated Secondary. 

The villages along the old Jurong Road gradually gave way to the newer housing estates, such as Bukit Batok, Yuhua, Jurong East, Jurong West and Boon Lay. As of now, the only stretch which remains untouched is the one running parellel to PIE from Hong Kah Flyover to Bukit Batok Road.

Schools in Jurong, Boon Lay and Tuas (Click to Enlarge)

SN School  Motto
1 Pei Hwa School (Pei Hwa Presbyterian Pri) 培华学校 忠诚 / Loyalty & Honesty
2 Toh Tuck Primary School 笃德小学 Tread The Path Of Service
3 Bukit Batok Primary School (East & West) 武吉巴督小学(东、西) Strive For The Best
4 Wei Sin Public School 公立维新学校 礼义廉耻 / Courtesy,  Righteousness, Integrity, Sense of Shame 
5 Joo Hwa Public School (Yuhua Pri) 公立裕华学校 勤朴诚勇
6 Pei Teck Public School 公立培德学校 勤朴诚勇
7 Sin Nan Public School (Xingnan Pri) 公立醒南学校 诚毅勤朴
8 Joo Rong School (Jurong Pri) 裕廊学校 Forward
9 Boon Lay Garden Primary School 文园小学 Strive For Perfection
10 Joo Long Public School (Rulang Pri) 公立孺廊学校 礼义廉耻 / Courtesy,  Righteousness, Integrity, Sense of Shame 
11 Boon Lay Primary School 文礼小学 Behold The Light
12 Fu Hua Public School (Fuhua Pri) 公立辅华学校 (Frugality & Honesty)
13 Joo Koon Public School (Yuqun Pri) 公立裕群学校 (Strive & Shine)
14 Jurong Town Primary School 育园小学  From Each His Best; Maju Jaya
15 Yung An Primary School 永安小学 Progress Forever
16 Pulau Merlimau Primary School (Merlimau Pri) 美茂小学 Strive For The Best
17 Pandan Primary School 博仁小学 Perservere, Progress & Serve
18 Princess Elizebeth Estate School (Princess Elizebeth Pri) 伊丽莎白公主学校 Patiente Et Sapientia / Patience & Wisdom; Each His Best
19 Seh Chuan High School (Shuqun Pri/Sec) 树群中小学校 亲善忠诚 / Fraternity, Loyalty & Honesty
20 Toh Tuck Secondary School 笃德中学 知行合一 / Match Knowledge With Deeds
21 Jalan Lama Secondary School 育明中学
22 Jurong Integrated Secondary School (Jurong Sec) 裕廊混合中学 忠勤诚爱 / Loyalty, Industry, Sincerity, Love
23 Yuhua Secondary School 裕华中学 Towards Excellence
24 Yuan Ching Secondary School 耘青中学 今日耕耘,明日长青 / Efforts Today, Rewards Tomorrow
25 Boon Lay Secondary School 文礼中学 爱与恕 / To Love & To  Forgive
26 Jurong Junior College 裕廊初级学院 Plus Ultra 
27 Bulim Primary School 广渊小学

Map of Schools in Jurong, Boon Lay & Tuas (Click to Enlarge)

Realigned Jurong Road (Starting from Bt Timah Fire Station instead of Beauty World Junction); Bukit Batok East and West School; Wei Sin Public School (Next to St Mary of the  Angels Church)
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Former Jurong Road between Jurong East Central and Jurong Town Hall Road; Joo Hwa Public School; Jalan Lama Secondary School (Current Location of Crest Secondary/Former Commonwealth Secondary; Pei Teck Public School (Present Location of Heavy Vehicle Park)
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Jurong Road between Jurong Town Hall Road and Hong Kah Flyover; Jurong School (Present Location of Green Haven Home); Sin Nan Public School
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Former Jurong Road at 18 milestone; Joo Koon Public School
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  1. do you have have Hong Kah Sec profile :) ?

  2. West View Primary in Bukit Panjang uses Wei Sin's chinese name.