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We decided that the most appropriate way to celebrate the millennium was to look back into the rich history of our school through the eyes of RGS' former students. So Tribune willingly locked itself into a dark, musty locker for four back-breaking months and sifted through archives of countless sepia photos. We talked and bargained our way into getting interviews with a host of old girls who were willing to share with us their memorable experiences in RGS. The result is what you see before you - a collection of fond memories of their alma mater which they can still recall after all these years. Take our hand and follow us through RGS' humble beginnings as a tiny department in Raffles Institution to the IT forerunner that we are today.

- Joycelyn (Ed.)

"School life back then was mostly a Mon-Fri session. Saturdays and Sundays were the days when we were free to do our own thing. RGS was a part of my growing up years where teachers and classmates forged links of friendship, care and love. Even up to now, we meet regularly every year on the 1st May for a Reunion Lunch with present and past pupils plus the teachers. I was actively involved in Netball, Badminton and Guides. I was in the Green House then. There wasn't really much pressure nor stress as compared to now."

Mdm Ong Moa Neo
Retiree who enjoys travelling, knitting,
crochet, quilting and making desserts.


Miss Nelson becomes first Headmistress of RGS. Along with three assistants, she runs the school with an enrolment of 77.

4th March 1844

RGS begins as the girls' department of RI. It acts mainly as a shelter for eleven poor girls.


School moves to eastern wing of RI; then later to two houses in Bras Basah Road and Beach Road.


RGS becomes a government school. Headmistress Miss Tarbet opens a teacher training school for locals.

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