Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Xinmin Primary/Secondary School 新民小学/中学 (Formerly Sin Min High School - Hougang 前新民中学/公立新民学校 - 后港)

1945 - 1986; 1987 - Present


叶帆风先生有这样一个梦想:他想为后港、实龙岗一带的学子提供接受教育的机会。日据时期,许多人没有机会接受教育,目不识丁,有些人则中途辍学。当时的教育体系,上至高等学府,下至幼稚园,招生人数都很有限,而且只有家境富裕子弟享有受教育的机会。 当时,大多数学校都设立在新加坡的中心商业区,为了让居住在偏远地区的学生有机会接受教育,叶帆风、王振翥、陈春霆三位先生萌起创校壮志。由于大部分家庭一贫如洗,收入微薄,仅够支付日常生活开销,因此筹募创校基金困难重重。为了实现兴校办学的梦想,叶帆风先生卖掉家中养的五头猪,以此租下了实龙岗上段的三间旧洋楼,当年招收了六百二十名学生入学。 1945年11月1日,公立新民学校正式创校。

Chapter 1: It all started with a bold dream. 

 Mr Yap Fun Fong had a dream. He wanted to provide education to the predominantly Chinese community in the Hougang-Serangoon area. During those times, many people were uneducated or had their education stopped halfway, due to the Japanese occupation. Schools, including kindergartens and high schools, were limited and only those who were considered “rich” among the rest were able to attend classes. Together with Mr Heng Chin Soo and Mr Tan Choon Teng, Mr Yap planned to set up a school for the needy and those who lived far from the central district, where most schools were located. At that time, raising funds was not easy as most people were poor and would rather use their money for the daily necessities. Determined to turn his dream into a reality, Mr Yap sold his five pigs to rent three bungalows along Upper Serangoon Road to accommodate 620 students. Thus, Sin Min School was born on 1 November 1945.

Click here for the full history of Sin Min High School.

Sin Min High School School Song (Former) 
新民中学校歌 (旧版)

Sin Min High School/Xinmin Secondary School Song (Current) 
新民中学校歌 (新版)

Click here to listen to the school song.

Chart showing  the dialectal composition of Sin Min Public School students in 1946

Sin Min Public School 1st Anniversary Commemorative Magazine (1946)
Sin Min Public School 8th Anniversary Commemorative Magazine (1953)

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