SINGAPORE: The new campus for Raffles Girls' School (RGS) along Braddell Road is now expected to be ready in 2019, barring delays in construction, a spokesperson said on Thursday (Oct 20).
The campus will be built on the site of the former Braddell-Westlake Secondary School.
The prominent girls' school first confirmed plans to move from its long-time home at Anderson Road in 2012. In making the announcement, RGS alumnus and Singapore's first female Judge of Appeal Justice Judith Prakash had then said the new campus would be ready by 2018.
On the reason for the delay, the RGS spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia on Thursday that "more time was needed to develop the design parameters to fully support RGS’ programmes by working with the authorities to ensure the most optimal solution for the school".
According to RGS, the new campus will be about six hectares in size to take into account the student population and "provision for key programmes".
"The new campus will allow us to have new learning spaces that are student-focused, environmentally friendly and inclusive of the community around us," the spokesperson said.
Location of the new RGS campus at the site of the former Braddell-Westlake Secondary School.
"Students and parents will be updated on the expected completion timeline after the building contract is awarded," the spokesperson added.
The independent school's history dates back to 1844 when a single class of girls was started in a corner of boys' school Raffles Institution (RI). It was formally established as a school 137 years ago, in 1879, and its enrolment has since grown from just 77 students to about 1,800 students, according to its website.
The expected move will bring RGS back in the proximity of RI, where many of its students attend pre-university education under the Integrated Programme.
COST OF 'NON-STANDARD FACILITIES' TO BE BORNE BY SCHOOL
It was previously reported that the total cost of the new campus would be around S$50 million, with S$45 million paid by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
RGS said on Thursday that the cost of the building project was still being finalised.
Its spokesperson said the project would be co-funded by MOE and RGS, but clarified that "non-standard facilities" would be fully borne by the school.
Non-standard school facilities typically include amenities such as swimming pools or tennis courts.
"Fundraising efforts by the school have largely been through our Board of Governors and network of partners including our alumni," the spokesperson said.
According to MOE data, the school had raised a total of S$5,186,308 for its building fund as of the end of last year.