Welcome to Hwa Chong Institution!
Whenever I meet a Hwa Chong alumnus, each one of them never fails to speak fondly of his/her school experience and how Hwa Chong has made him/her into who he/she is today. Indeed, the Hwa Chong experience is a unique one, and every student who passes through the Hwa Chong gate has encountered episodes in school that are endearing and even life-transforming.
It is therefore most heartening to see former Hwa Chongians of different ages rejoice in annual home-coming occasions like the Founders’ Day Dinner or the Mid-Autumn Festival (MAF), often bringing along their children and family members. This is a hallmark of an institution that embraces a strong family culture and a distinctive school spirit that has generated a sense of pride that binds generations of Hwa Chongians.
So, what constitutes the Hwa Chong Spirit?
Firstly, it is the undaunted spirit of strength, resilience and tenacity, as espoused in the school value of “自强不息”. Guided by the continual quest for excellence and continual self-improvement, it is manifested by an innate entrepreneurial dare and the determination to persevere and never give up. Indeed, “自强不息” has its roots from the ancient Book of Changes or I-Ching, and describes a philosophy of life derived from the Qian （乾）hexagram, depicting the ceaseless evolution of nature and flow of the universe. (天行健，君子以自强不息。)
Secondly, it is the enduring spirit of community and service to others, as espoused in the school value of WIN-WIN or “己立立人，己达达人”. Guided by a deep sense of humility and gratitude to others who have nurtured or developed us (饮水思源)，it is to consciously seek a virtuous and meaningful cause larger than oneself, with an innate understanding that the greatest self-worth that one can achieve is the selfless and wholehearted contribution to the greater “I” (大我), by bestowing self-worth and success to others and the community. I-Ching also offers a similar worldview as captured in the Kun (坤) hexagram which depicts how nature nurtures life and supports growth. (地势坤，君子以厚德载物。)
Together, “自强不息” and “己立立人，己达达人” complement each other and form the Yang （阳）and the Yin (阴) of a balanced disposition and character. It also describes how the cultivation of one’s heart and mind should not cease at the personal mastery level, but should be extended to an active contribution towards the betterment of society and humanity, including the family, nation and the global community (修身、齐家、治国、平天下).
Indeed, these values are exemplified by the life stories and outstanding work of our forefathers, including Mr Tan Kah Kee and Mr Lee Kong Chian, whose statues stand tall in the school campus and continue to inspire generations of Hwa Chongians. As one of the earliest industrial pioneers in Southeast Asia, our founder, Mr Tan Kah Kee, made a profound impact in Singapore and China through his resilience and enterprising spirit. The commitment in devoting his life and fortune wholeheartedly to establishing the school as well as many other education causes encapsulates the enduring spirit of community and service.
Likewise, Mr Lee Kong Chian spent much of his time and wealth in education and other philanthropic work to carve out a better future for the Chinese community during his time. He made significant contributions to Hwa Chong in many ways and served in the school board for 38 years. Even till today, generations continue to benefit from the legacy of our founders, through their selfless contributions in entrepreneurship, philanthropy, social reform and education. Their passion and courage to rise above social norms and seek out a better life for all in the face of multiple challenges continue to be an inspiration not just for Hwa Chongians, but for all Singaporeans.
Today, as Hwa Chong remains anchored on values education, we are equally committed to the quest to spearhead innovation and lead change so that we continue to stay current and relevant in a fast evolving world environment, with groundbreaking work in various fields. Our focus on critical thinking, entrepreneurship and leadership will equip students with the skills they need to thrive in this changing landscape. Equally important is bilingual proficiency and a bicultural outlook that Hwa Chong seeks to inculcate in all of our students, so that Hwa Chongians are adept at learning the best from both the East and the West, develop a holistic worldview and navigate confidently across different cultures.
In 2019, Hwa Chong reached another important milestone at her 100th Anniversary. While we celebrated our involvement in Singapore’s nation-building journey, we honoured our pioneers, teachers, alumni and stakeholders for their dedication in nurturing the hearts and minds of all Hwa Chong students. We also took stock of our achievements and what we stand for, and reinforced our sense of pride and commitment to the Hwa Chong cause as one big family.
2020 heralds a new beginning at the turn of our centennial milestone. We are well poised and look forward to another exciting and fulfilling journey ahead.
Our founders’ firm dedication towards the betterment of Singapore inspires us daily, and urges us to put forth our utmost in each endeavour. We also acknowledge the unyielding support of MOE and the commitment of our board members, alumni, parents, school leaders, staff, educators and partners, both past and present, who have contributed generously and travelled alongside the school through the years. It is this strong family spirit, passion and belief by all members of Hwa Chong that has made us more than a school.
On this note, I wish all an enriching and rewarding experience with Hwa Chong!
Mr Pang Choon How
Corporate Social Responsibility
At Hwa Chong, our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme is inspired by our school vision.
We believe in improving the lives of needy children through holistic education, inspiring our staff and students to give back to the community, and to be environmentally responsible.
We have always contributed to the local and global community in many ways. During their time in school, our students have initiated and spearheaded Overseas Community Involvement Programmes (OCIP) and local Community Involvement Programmes (CIP) that have reached out to numerous beneficiaries.
To create an even more robust and sustained social advocacy framework, we initiated a CSR taskforce in 2012. Through this, we sought to provide a pillar of support to needy children from Pertapis Children’s Home, our adopted charity, on top of continued community efforts by both staff and students.
Since then, we have supported Pertapis Children’s Home in their fund raising efforts through the Walkathon (4 Nov 2012), and Flag Day (27 April 2013). Our staff and students have also been actively involved in homework coaching, green mentoring, experiential learning journeys to museums and the Science Centre, organizing recreational activities and also sponsorship of various basic necessities for the children of the home through the ‘Back to School’ programme.
Hwa Chong has also been actively involved in environmental activities that are built into the fabric of school culture. The student-led Green Council was initiated to coordinate efforts at environmental education, waste management and conservation efforts.
Driving school policy within Hwa Chong, the Green Council hopes to reduce the consumption of energy and promote more eco-friendly habits (such as using alternative appliances that consume less energy). In addition, the Thrift Shop was created to inculcate Thrift” in our students by advocating the reuse of resources.
Moreover, Clean and Green Week is an annual event aimed at increasing awareness about environmental issues and the importance of environmental conservation. Through activities such as assembly talks and game shows, movie screenings and the sale of plants and eco-friendly products, students and teachers alike are exposed to the myriad of ways in which they can do their part in conserving the environment. Students are also reminded about the importance of keeping the school compound clean tidy - and how they can do so in the most environmentally-friendly way!
Increasing Environmental Awareness at Clean and Green Week
Furthermore, hundreds of students visit Hwa Chong yearly to attend the Primary School Green Camp. This day camp for primary school students aims to expose students to environmental issues through hands-on and educational activities. Through this, students can learn more about environmental conservation and what they can do within their individual capacities to reduce their impact on the environment.
Engaging Students in Environmental Conservation
Outside Hwa Chong, a group of volunteers from the Green Council believe strongly in making the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve a better place for everyone. The activities conducted range from raising awareness of the native species of macaques in the nature reserve, to reminding visitors of the nature reserve not to litter or make too much noise. They are a dedicated group of individuals aiming to preserve a piece of nature that is all too rare nowadays.
Affiliation & Partners
Hwa Chong has built strategic partnerships with more than 100 schools and universities in over 20 countries across five continents. This has created unrivalled opportunities for student development, and greatly enhanced student experience.
The network of partners includes global companies and leading governmental agencies, top universities and research institutes. These include:
- International Science Youth Forum, involving Nobel Prize-winning scientists;
- Cross-border research collaboration with the Loudoun County Academy of Science (Virginia, US) and the Westport Schools District (Connecticut, US);
- Hwa Chong-Beijing Satellite Campus supported by Beijing Normal University 2nd Affiliated School and Hwa Chong alumni;
- The Hague International United Nations Conference @ Singapore, supported by THIMUN;
- Global Learning Alliance with Columbia University and Scarsdale Public Schools (New York, US); and
- Positive Education with the University of Pennsylvania.
Hwa Chong is a gateway to the best of the East and West. It is one of the leading Peking and Tsinghua entry centers outside of China. It is also one of the world's leading Oxford and Cambridge entry centers for the Humanities outside the UK.
Besides the Hwa Chong-Beijing Satellite Campus, Hwa Chong offers numerous opportunities for students through immersion programmes in eight other cities in China including Xi'an, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Guizhou, Wuxi, Shanghai and Hainan.
To date, both local and overseas universities have also welcomed the Hwa Chong Diploma for admission purposes including Peking, Tsinghua and local universities such as the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (including the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine), and the Singapore Management University.
Hwa Chong: At the Forefront of Educational Change and Innovation
Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) is Singapore's premier independent school, with a rich history of 100 years. The Institution is the culmination of the watershed merger in 2005 between the former Chinese High School (founded 1919) and Hwa Chong Junior College (founded 1974).
For achieving world-class standards of excellence in education, HCI is the first GCE A-Level Integrated Programme School to be conferred the Singapore Quality Award (SQA) in 2010 and the SQA with Special Commendation in 2016. The Institution was featured as one of the world's most innovative schools in 2009 by the South China Morning Post — Hong Kong's premier English daily. Nature, the world’s most-cited scientific journal, also showcased HCI as having one of the “most innovative science-education programmes” globally on 16 July 2015.
Drawing from the best of the East and West, Hwa Chong provides a broad-based six-year Integrated Programme (IP) that caters to the needs of the top 5% of students from Singapore and the region.
As a trailblazer in education, Hwa Chong is the first and only independent school to set up a Beijing Satellite Campus and pioneer the FutureSchools@Singapore initiative.
Developing Global Leaders
A commitment to excellence is a hallmark of the Institution whose mission is to develop leaders for the nation. The Institution prides itself on having produced 58 President's Scholars (the country’s most prestigious scholarship) to date.
The strength of Hwa Chong’s programme is in its ability to combine scholastic excellence with an outstanding range of opportunities beyond the classroom. Every Hwa Chong student receives a rigorous curriculum that emphasises leadership, character building, academic excellence, and creativity.
Between 2006 and 2019, Hwa Chong students brought pride to the country and school by bringing home 56 World Championship titles in various fields. These range from future problem solving, creativity, mathematics, entrepreneurship to research.
Even after graduation, our students continue the Hwa Chong tradition of excellence. Between 2009 and 2019, 29 of our alumni topped Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Cornell, Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College London, University College London, King’s College London, London School of Economics, Shanghai Fudan, the world-renowned U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Hwa Chong is more than a school that produces top scholars but one that nurtures leaders with a heart for Singapore and values community before self. We seek to develop students holistically to embrace the values of hard work, integrity, continual improvement, passion and compassion. Our vision is to see all our students graduate as confident and caring individuals, ready to take on leadership roles in both the local and global communities.
Mission & Vision
Our Vision 华中愿景
Empowering our students to
Live with Passion and Lead with Compassion
Our Mission 华中使命
We nurture leaders in Research, Industry and Government to serve the nation
Our Core Values
自 强 不 息 [Tireless self-improvement with tenacity, innovation and passion]
己 立 立 人, 己 达 达 人 [WIN – WIN]
饮 水 思 源 [Remembering our roots and honouring our benefactors]
Our Strategic Values
The Institution’s strategic values are aligned closely to its core values. These values are Passion, Innovation, Integrity, Empathy and Responsibility (see below). This set of strategic values can steer the Institution to break new frontiers in providing holistic education for the 21st-century. In practice, these values guide school leaders and teachers in their selection and design of key initiatives to achieve the desired student outcomes (as illustrated in the table below):
|Core Values||Associated Strategic Values||Guiding Principles|
Tireless self- improvement with tenacity, innovation and passion
Teachers and students are reminded to maximise the opportunities in HCI when exploring their interests. They should seek to develop these interests into life-long passions. The HCI research-based curriculum hones students’ Disciplined Minds to further develop their passions.
The pre-requisites of a Creating Mind are curiosity, innovation and a quest for excellence. Teachers and students should learn to explore possibilities and create platforms to forge breakthroughs in a knowledge-based economy.
Both Passion and Innovation lead to constant self-renewal and improvement, which is essentially the spirit of 自强不息.
Collaboration is an important skill in the 21st-century. People are expected to collaborate to solve multi-dimensional problems. The philosophy of ‘Win-Win’ is a key value that enables collaboration.
To achieve a ‘Win-Win’ situation, one must have Integrity and Empathy. Integrity is an integral part of the Ethical Mind. To win the trust of other people, one needs to learn to be ethical in thought, speech and action at all times.
Empathy helps teachers and students develop a Respectful Mind by valuing diverse perspectives and understanding the feelings of others, particularly those from different social and cultural backgrounds.
Remembering our roots and honouring our benefactors
Society has given ample opportunities for our students to flourish. Thus, much is also expected. Hwa Chong students have a social responsibility and duty to serve the community and nation.
Social responsibility is not confined to serving only the disadvantaged. Teachers and students must also anticipate, and be accountable for, the consequences of their actions on self, community and the environment. In the 21st-century, it is vital for them to develop a Synthesising Mind, i.e. to draw, process and transform salient and reliable information from different sources—both offline and online—into practical knowledge that benefits the larger community.
The institution is the culmination of the watershed merger in 2005 between the former Chinese High School (founded 1919) and Hwa Chong Junior College (founded 1974). With the merger, the Institution became a mega school with a total student population of about 4,300. The combined staff strength has exceeded 500, approximately three times that of a typical government secondary school.
Over 80% of the school’s close to 400 teachers hold advanced degrees (Honours or higher). About 35 staff members have PhDs, or are pursuing doctoral studies.
Teachers are at the centre of everything we want to achieve in Hwa Chong.
This is reflected structurally, where teachers form the core of the organisation. They demonstrate professional expertise in developing students holistically, and display strong pedagogical skills and content mastery. Some will be curriculum specialists, while others are care givers and researchers.
Teachers in HCI are also organised within Consortiums and Faculties. The Consortium-Faculty System not only provides opportunities for teachers to innovate. The system also effectively empowers teachers to discharge their duties with minimum bureaucracy.
Teachers are given the space to seek alternative pathways and take personal responsibility. The sole aim of Organisational Support is to provide vital administrative support that enables teachers to discharge their professional duties well.
The Chinese High School Principals
|7.||刘公武||1931年 - 1932年|
|8.||张礼千||1932年 - 1933年|
|9.||林耀翔||1934年 - 1936年|
|10.||薛永黍||1937年 - 1948年|
|11.||郑安仑||1948年 - 1968年|
|12.||郑金发||1968年 - 1972年|
|13.||王卓如（代）||1972年 - 1974年|
|14.||江禄森||1974年 - 1976年|
|15.||潘明智||1976年 - 1978年|
|16.||吴从干（兼代）||1978年 - 1978年|
|17.||杜辉生||1978年 - 1999年|
|18.||许永正||1999年 - 2002年|
|19.||潘兆荣||2002年 - 2004年|
Hwa Chong Junior College Principals
|1.||林乃田||1974年 - 1975年|
|2.||吴从干||1975年 - 1979年|
|3.||林钦蕴||1979年 - 1980年|
|4.||冯福泽||1980年 - 1988年|
|5.||陈腾芳||1989年 - 1993年|
|6.||梁环清||1993年 - 1998年|
|7.||洪伟雄||1999年 - 2004年|
Hwa Chong Institution Principals
|1.||洪伟雄||2005年 - 2009年|
|2.||潘兆荣||2010年 - 2017年|
HWA CHONG: DEVELOPING LEADERS
THE MISSION OF HWA CHONG INSTITUTION (HCI) is to develop leaders for the nation. The institution is the culmination of the watershed merger between the former Chinese High School (founded in 1919) and Hwa Chong Junior College (founded in 1974) in 2005.
A premier independent school in Singapore with a rich history of over 95 years, HCI has produced 56 President's Scholars to date.
Indeed, Hwa Chong is more than a school that produces top scholars. We also want to empower our high ability students to achieve their potential and live their aspirations, while embracing the values of hard work, integrity, passion, and compassion.
RICH HISTORY & DISTINGUISHED HERITAGE
Founded in 1919 by Mr Tan Kah Kee, The Chinese High School was established to cater to the needs of overseas Chinese primary school leavers in South-east Asia.
Today, it is one of the finest educational institutions for high-achievers and the gifted in the region. Its reputation as a premier school is based not only on the academic excellence of the students but also their determination to excel in all other areas like leadership, sports and games, co-curricular activities, science research, and service to the community.
The Chinese High School has been a school of choice amongst the best and the brightest. Every year it attracts the top 3% of the national PSLE cohort and the top 1% that forms the Gifted Education Programme.
This is not confined to only the high achieving students from Singapore but also those from countries like Malaysia and China. With the merger in 2005, The Chinese High School now forms the High School Section of Hwa Chong Institution.
Hwa Chong Junior College is Singapore's first government-aided junior college (JC) to be established in 1974. More than 3 decades later, the College remains committed to offering students an unrivalled holistic education.
In 2004, Hwa Chong became the nation's first JC to turn independent. The College was ranked 1st for the last 4 years of the Junior College Ranking Exercise, based on the university point system.
STUNNING ENVIRONMENT & TOP-CLASS FACILITIES
Built on a 29-hectre (72 acres) landscaped site, the comprehensive HCI campus boasts of a top-class sporting complex, Olympic-sized swimming pool, gymnasium, shooting range, and outdoor courts.
The school is the first institution in Singapore to build a Science Research Centre and the Ong Teng Cheong Student Activities and Leadership Training Centre.
The new multi-storey Science Research Centre has 10 state-of-the-art laboratories and special culture rooms for biotechnology projects, while the Leadership Centre enables students to develop their special interests in various new Co-Curricular Activities venues.
In addition, the campus houses a modern boarding school that is designed by the world renowned Kenzo Tange and built to accommodate up to 1,000 students.
INNOVATIVE CONSORTIUM-FACULTY SYSTEM & WORLD-CLASS CURRICULUM
With about 4000 students across 6 levels, the strength of the Hwa Chong Integrated Programme is to be found in our unique Consortium-Faculty system. This combination provides unrivalled opportunities for students to develop their interests as well as the personal support of tutors.
In the High School Section, the consortium system operates on the concept of "a school within a school". Teachers and students are grouped into 4 consortia and the structure ensures close guidance and monitoring of students.
In the College Section, students are organised into faculties that mirror the academic environment of a university. This unique system provides a holistic, supportive and customised curriculum which empowers both teachers and students.
Every Hwa Chong student receives an innovative and world-class curriculum that emphasises academic excellence, creativity, character building and leadership.
The 6-year seamless curriculum, organized in a spiral framework, caters to students' interest and intellectual curiosity in the first 2 years, and develops their passion and talents in years 3 and 4.
In years 5 and 6, students consolidate their knowledge in preparation for the GCE A-Level Examinations.
SETTING THE STANDARD
Indeed, HCI has achieved eminence as one of Singapore's top institutions offering 4 MOE Special Programmes.
In 1980, Hwa Chong was the first JC chosen for the Humanities Programme. Today, our Humanities Programme is one of the leading Oxford and Cambridge entry centres in the world outside the UK, with close to 300 students to date.
In 1990, Hwa Chong was chosen to be the first centre for the Chinese Language Elective Programme (LEP). Today, we have the largest number of students who have won highly prestigious scholarships to top universities in China, UK, USA, Japan, Taiwan and Germany.
In 1984, we established the Art Elective Programme (AEP) to offer students a comprehensive art education that encompasses a broad range of art forms and mediums. In 2004, we extended the AEP to the College.
In 2005, the school pioneered the prestigious Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP), which aims to nurture a select group of bicultural elite who can engage China as well as relate to the West.
Hwa Chong is the first independent school to set up a Beijing Campus and pioneer the FutureSchools@Singapore. We are indeed entering an era where opportunities have never been greater.
Our aim is to deliver a system of education that will meet the needs of a new generation of Singaporeans, and equip our students with the skills and insights they need to thrive in this new, global age.