New principals for 52 schools

New principals for 52 schools

Fifty-two schools will be headed by new principals next year under the annual Ministry of Education (MOE) reshuffle - including three primary schools that will open after mergers.

Angsana Primary in Tampines, formed from Griffiths and Qiaonan primary schools, will be helmed by former Greendale Primary principal Foong Yin Wei.

Lianhua Primary in Bukit Batok, a merger of Hong Kah and Lianhua primary schools, will be led by Mr Willy Tan from Edgefield Primary, while the new principal of Damai Primary - formed from Damai and Bedok West - will be Mrs Lay See Neufeld, the former head of Kheng Cheng School.

The principal of Catholic High in Bishan, Mr Lee Hak Boon, will move to Loyang Secondary in Pasir Ris. He will be succeeded by Madam Soh Lai Leng, the former head of Holy Innocents' High. She will be Catholic High's second female principal in the boys' school's 79-year history.

MOE has also named the new heads of the School of Science and Technology (SST) and a junior college that has yet to be named.

Mr Hoe Wee Meng, 36, will lead SST after two years at Yishun Junior College as vice-principal.

He started teaching in Jurong Secondary and later served in the Education and Manpower ministries before going to Harvard University in the United States to pursue a master's degree in public administration.

"I started out teaching in a secondary school, and now I'm back at one," he said. "Since this is the School of Science and Technology, and I'm a maths and chemistry teacher by training, I feel like I'm back on home ground."

Former Serangoon Junior College (SRJC) principal Cheang Mei Heng will head the new junior college, which will recruit its first batch of students in 2017 from the integrated programmes in Catholic High School, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School and Singapore Chinese Girls' School.

Mr Manogaran Suppiah, former executive director of the Academy of Singapore Teachers, will take over as SRJC's principal.

Of the new principals, 20 are taking up the position for the first time. The youngest is 34-year-old Ms Winnie Tan, an alumnus of Cornell and Harvard universities, who will head Woodlands Primary.

She hopes to build on her predecessors' work and grow the school in music and sport. "We want to give pupils a rounded education," she said.

"When they graduate, it won't just be about their PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination) score."

Changkat Changi Secondary will also get a new principal, Madam Sharma Poonam Kumari, 40 - previously the vice-principal of Loyang Secondary.

She said: "We want to groom students to be useful, capable individuals and harness their potential."

The principals will assume their positions officially at a Dec 30 ceremony.

leepearl@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Oct 22, 2014.
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