CHUNG CHENG HIGH SCHOOL (YISHUN)
Chung Cheng High School boasts a rich history since its inception in 1939. As we reflect on the trials and tribulations that we had encountered over the years, we pride ourselves for overcoming the odds. Our students uphold the Chung Cheng Spirit "Success through Diligence & Perseverance", "when drinking water think of its source; to remember where one's happiness comes from" and "To make unremitting efforts to improve oneself". Today, not only did we make laudable achievements, we are also looking forward to the future and challenges with eager anticipation.
Chung Cheng High School was established in January 1939 at Kim Yam Road, Singapore. The school with only male pupils enrollment, attracted students from Asean countries in its early years. It ceased to function during the Japanese Occupation and resumed operation as a co-educational school in September 1945 after the Second World War.
In August 1947, to cope with the increased student population, part of the school moved into a new school building in Goodman Road. The school located at Goodman Road is named as Chung Cheng High School (Main) while the old school at Kim Yam road continued to function and was renamed Chung Cheng High School (Branch) and subsequently in May 1969 was relocated to Guillemard Road.
In 1981, following Singapore's emphasis on bilingualism, the school began to take English stream classes. Currently, the school offers secondary education courses in the express, normal academic and normal technical streams for pupils.
In the late 90s, there was an urgent need to upgrade the school facilities and to move to a spacious location. In January 2003, in preparation for its move to Yishun, Chung Cheng High School (Branch) started to operate at two campuses, namely the current Guillemard site and the holding school at Sembawang Drive. In 2005, when the new building was finally ready for use, Chung Cheng High School (Branch) was renamed as Chung Cheng High School (Yishun).
On 30 June 2006, the school held its opening ceremony for the new site.
Photographs taken during the time when the school was located at Kim Yam Road
Relocation to Yishun
Chung Cheng High has through the years consistently kept to its philosophy of optimising the student's potential and achieving both academic and personal success through a caring, supportive and stimulating learning environment. Credit and recognition must be accorded to the collaborative efforts of the SMC, Alumni, staff, parents and students. Together in partnership, they exemplify the true Chung Cheng spirit and remain invaluable members of our society and nation.
Before the 1990s, the physical amenities at the school were adequate and provided a conducive environment for both teaching and learning. However, as the years rolled by and with new initiatives introduced in education, the need to upgrade the school facilities and to move to a spacious location became a pressing concern. As rebuilding the school on the current 0.6 hectre land was not feasible, the school opted for relocation to a more spacious better-equipped school to ensure its competitiveness.
In 2002, the school made further progress with its plans to relocate to Yishun. Floor plans for the site were firmed up after a series of consultations with the MOE, School Management Committee (SMC), architects and school staff. Construction of our new home in Yishun was expected to be completed in 2004. Meanwhile, every effort is being made to ensure that our new premises will facilitate teaching and learning to realized the school's vision of becoming a prestigious and premier educational institution.
In January 2003, in preparation for its move to Yishun, the school operated at two campuses, the current Guillemard site and the holding school at Sembawang Drive. Chung Cheng High (Yishun) with its staff and eight classes of secondary one cohort of pupils made their presence felt in the north. The school took on the challenge to co-ordinate programmes and functions at the two campuses and to ensure that the Chung Cheng spirit and traditions will remain intact when the school completes its move.
The groundbreaking ceremony on 30 March 2003 at Yishun symbolized the charting of a new chapter in the history of the school.
Despite the mobility restrictions created by the SARS outbreak, the School Management Committee members led by Chairman Mr Wee Cho Yao, laid the foundations for the new school witnessed by the staff from the two campuses at Guillemard and Sembawang.
Chung Cheng High School (Branch) was renamed as Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) with effect from 2005.
Official Opening of New Campus at Yishun on 30 June 2006.
(left to right):
Mr Yap Juye Long (Principal), Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam (Minister for Education & Second Minister for Finance), Mr Wee Cho Yaw (School Management Committee Chairman), Mr Lim Meng Wei (Vice-Principal)