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History of CHIJ Schools

School History

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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 John, who was the Rev Mother Superior at that time, approached the Bishop of Malaya 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 students 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 students 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. Since the completion of Project Dream in end 2019, our students have been able to enjoy new facilities such as the an Indoor Sports Hall, an Outdoor Experiential Learning Space, a Fitness Playground among others. The enhanced facilities have allowed us to better support our teaching & learning programmes. At the same time, we have taken the opportunity too to enhance our girls’ understanding of our school history and to reinforce that what we enjoy today is largely due to the work and love of those who have gone on before. To that end, we have renamed our buildings after our founder, significant persons who started and led the school and places that mean much to us, namely Fr Nicolas Barre, Mother Mathilde, Mother St. John, Mabel Dodampe, Nativity and Punggol.

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