She's leaving. Mrs Lim Lai Cheng, the head of Raffles Institution (RI), broke the news at morning assembly.
Who's her successor? Where is she heading to next? The students didn't know. "I heard her saying an official announcement will be made (today)," said a Secondary 2 student, who wanted to be known only as Ben.
The New Paper understands RI's first female principal is resigning at the end of the year. She and her successor did not answer calls to their mobile phones. The Ministry of Education did not reply by press time. Ben and his Secondary 4 senior called Mrs Lim a dynamic woman who presided over many changes.
Among her achievements:
The Raffles diploma - a certified programme that recognises student participation and achievements in five areas like character and leadership - was introduced on her watch.
Presided over RI's re-integration with Raffles Junior College in 2009
Spent six years at the helm: Five as principal of RI and another year as principal of Raffles Junior College.
Awarded French knighthood, the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of the Academic Palms) for contributions to French national education and culture.
Another student, 18, called Mrs Lim, a former Raffles Girls' School student, an articulate speaker.
Get The New Paper for more stories.