It then occurred to some of the ex-students, especially those in the group that had celebrated the school's 25th Silver Anniversary in 1979, that the math simply didn't add up.
If 1979 was the 25th anniversary, then 2012 would not be the 60th anniversary, they queried.
If their calculations were right then it would only be 58, right?
Some had also celebrated the 30th anniversary in 1984, so that confirms the founding of the school to be in 1954. If it was founded in 1954, then the 60th anniversary should be in 2014?
How is it that they are celebrating it this year 2012?
I am not an authority on Princess Elizabeth school and the best people to answer this apparent shift in dates would probably be the current staff from PEPS at Bukit Batok.
However, by my own reckoning, I figured out that the dates are based on the following facts:-
1. Princess Elizabeth Estate School (PEES) started out as Bukit Panjang Afternoon School 2 (BPAS) in 1952. It used the premises of Bukit Panjang English School and conducted classes there whilst the building at P.E. Estate was being constructed.
|PEES started out as Bukit Panjang Afternoon School at Woodlands Road.|
2. BPAS shifted to the new building at P.E. Estate in September 1954. The Principal then was Mr Ponnusamy.
3. It was renamed Princess Elizabeth Estate School on moving to the new building in 1954.
However, the school was officially opened with the start of the new school year in January 1955. (The official opening date was 10th January 1955, if that matters in any way)
It was re-christened as Princess Elizabeth Primary School and was officially opened by the MP for Bukit Batok, Mr Chai Chong Yii, on 24th July 1987.
So how old is PEES?
If you base it on 1954, the year it moved from Bukit Panjang into the building at Hillview, then celebrating the 25th Anniversary in 1979 was correct. But the school would then be only 58 this year in 2012!
If you based it on 1952, the year the school started functioning as BPAS, then 2012 would be the 60th Anniversary. But this would mean that the 25th and 30th Anniversaries were celebrated in the wrong years!
If you base it on 1955, the year it officially opened, then PEES/PEPS would only be a young 57 this year!
Anyway, this is just my own calculations and is not a problem for me to resolve. I leave that to the celebrations committee. Good Luck.
If it can't be resolved, then maybe they can celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the opening at Bukit Batok instead ? or would that be the 26th, hmmm???
|Princess Elizabeth Primary School. 25 years at Bukit Batok.|