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History of CHIJ Schools
Originally known as CHIJ Ponggol, the school was renamed as CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity in 2001. It is one of the eleven CHIJ schools in Singapore and is located in Upper Serangoon Road, next to the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Established in 1957, the school celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2017.
CHIJ Ponggol arose from Rev. Mother St John's love for children and desire to serve the educational needs of girls residing in the Ponggol area. Rev. Mother St Johm, who was the Rev Mother Superior at that time, approached the Archbishop of Singapore who readily agreed to her proposal to set up another Convent school in Punggol, and he provided the land for the project. This led to the establishment of CHIJ Ponggol in 1957. Its first principal was Ms Mabel Dodampe and she was appointed in 1960.
The school grew quickly from just one P1 class of 38 in 1957 to 32 classes and 1216 pupils in the 1990s, and its original building was no longer adequate to house the growing enrolment. As such, plans were drawn up for a larger school located at the former Montfort School site at Upper Serangoon Road. The new building was completed in 2001, and officially opened on 28 May 2004.
The objective of CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity has always been to provide a nurturing and supportive learning environment where pupils are developed to their fullest potential and with a readiness to serve others. To achieve this, the school puts emphasis on improving its curriculum as well as facilities. To this end, it embarked on Project Dream in 2016 with the support of its Board of Governors and the Ministry of Education (Singapore), and renovation works began in 2017. When completed in late 2019, Project Dream will provide the school with an Indoor Sports Hall, an Outdoor Experiential Learning Space, a Fitness Playground and other new facilities. The enhanced facilities will better support its teaching & learning programmes.
|PRINCIPALS - PAST & PRESENT|
|1960 - 1971||Ms Mabel Dodampe|
|1972 - 1985||Mrs Noreen Galistan|
|1985 - 1991||Sister Joan Tay|
|1992 - 2002||Mrs Dorothy Francis|
|2003 - 2009||Mrs Liu Seok Noi|
|2010 - 2012||Miss Agnes Chew Geok Kim|
|2013 - 2016||Miss Debra Saw Hoo Yong|
|2017 - to date||Ms Christina Teo|