SINGAPORE: River Valley (RV) High School celebrated its diamond jubilee, as well as its 10th year of the Integrated Programme, on Saturday (Jan 16). The high school is a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) and Autonomous School offering the Integrated Programme.
More than 1,200 students and staff - past and present - attended the gala dinner, including alumni from the 1956 pioneer intake as well as Acting Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng.
Mr Ng Chee Meng at RV High School's jubilee celebrations. (Photo: Yeo Kai Ting)
The highlight of the celebrations was a mass display put up by 1,500 students, depicting the school's 60-year history.
"I'm very proud to be able to be part of the 1,500 students, participating in the mass display tonight,” said Year 5 student Stefan Liew. “(The display) is a gift to our school as well as to our alumni. It's our way of showing them how we continue to exhibit the RV Spirit."
Mass display put on by more than 1,500 students. (Photo: RVHS)
In his address at the dinner, Mr Ng drew attention to the qualities of River Valley's students and traced its transition from a Chinese-medium school to a SAP school.
"Over 60 years, the school has nurtured a distinctive brand and quality in its students, called the RV Spirit,” he said. “The RV Spirit encompasses five attributes like passion for leaning, humility yet confidence, and an innovative and entrepreneurial disposition. The fortitude and drive of the staff were evident as the school progressed through the years.
“During the 1970s, the school underwent the transition from a Chinese-medium school to a Special Assistance Plan school with both English and Chinese as first languages. Students then had to travel to another secondary school in the afternoon for additional English lessons, but they persevered and overcame the challenges of the times.
“We continue to see the RV Spirit manifested today, exemplified in the dazzling mass display which we just enjoyed and I am honoured to have unveiled the brilliant RV Spirit Sculpture earlier this evening."
Mr Ng Chee Meng visiting the RV Spirit Sculpture. (Photo: Yeo Kai Ting)
Founded in 1956, River Valley High School was the first Chinese secondary school set up by the Government. In 1979, it was selected as one of the nine SAP schools and admitted its first batch of English stream students. After becoming a single session school in 1993, RVHS was among the first six schools to assume autonomous status in 1994.