Monday, September 3, 2012

A new revelation about P.E.E.School.

Recently, I got my hands on a copy of the original school magazine of 1962.
The year 1962 was when I enrolled into Primary One at Princess Elizabeth Estate School.
I had never seen this school publication before and it was a real joy to connect with something  from my past.

This magazine was the 1st issue published although the school had started back in 1955. It was the inaugural issue and had a No. 1 printed on the front cover.
Inside, it began with congratulatory messages from the Director of Education, Col SC Leong, messages from the Principal Mr George Catherasoo, and also a special message from the 1st ex-Principal of PEES, Mr Ponnusamy.

Photos of staff and school activities followed and these immediately brought back memories for me. I saw my ex-form teacher Miss Tan Gek Eng and my Chinese language teacher Miss Foo. I recalled how I had always hated the Chinese lessons because I was extremely weak in this subject and most of the time couldn't understand Miss Foo's teaching at all!

There were reports from the various uniform groups and finally came reports from the Sportsmasters.
It was then I made a surprising discovery which I hadn't known till then.

In previous blogs, I had mentioned about the school Sports Houses that all the students belonged to.
At the time, they were known by their sponsored names instead of colours. These were Hume House, Guttas House, Gammon House and Kiwi House. There was also a report from Tong Liang House, this was one that I had forgotten and only later blogged about after being reminded by a friend.

Then I read a report from a sixth Sports House, which till then I never even had an inkling of !
This house was called EVEREADY House. Here is the actual report from the magazine by the Asst. Sports Housemaster, Mrs J. Wong.

Obviously, Eveready House would have been sponsored by the Union Carbide Company located at Hillview Road. In fact, both my parents actually worked there and I have been meaning to write an article about this Hillview landmark. I am just hoping to get a picture of the factory  first.

The magazine ended with lots of well-wishes from sponsors and advertisements from companies located along Hillview Avenue. In fact, the vintage advertisements were so interesting that I will blog about these in a later article.

Related links:
The house that vanished at Hillview
Malayan Guttas Company

1 comment:

  1. Hi James, PEES celebrating Diamond Anniversary. Want to come along? I append details from PEES website.

    My brothers and sis will be going -that's 4 of us. Maybe can form a table.

    I look forward to meeting my classmates from Primary 6A (1969) and any past teachers - Mr Tirlok Singh (he's my Pri 4 teacher), Mrs Lim (she is my Pri 6 teacher), Miss Elizabeth (she is my Pri 1 teacher), Miss Patsy Lee (Scouts), Miss Kwek? (Scouts).

    YUM Shoen Liang

    From PEES website:-
    60th Anniversary Celebration
    9th November 2012 (Friday)
    Princess Elizabeth Primary School (PEPS) is turning 60 years old this year!
    To commemorate this significant milestone in our school’s rich history, a Diamond Anniversary Musical Concert and Dinner will be organized.

    The details are as follows:
    Date: 9 November 2012, Friday
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Guest of Honour: Dr Tony Tan, President of Singapore
    Venue: School Hall
    Dress code: Smart casual
    Ticket: $60 each (choice of Chinese/Muslim/Vegetarian food)
    For ticketing details, please contact our General Office during office hours at 65655111.