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In Memoriam - Mr Tan Keong Choon (1918 – 2015)

03 Nov 2015
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We are saddened by the passing of former Chairman Mr Tan Keong Choon. Mr Tan served as the Chairman of the Management Committee for The Chinese High School (TCHS) for 26 years and the Chairman of Hwa Chong Junior College (HCJC) for 22 years.

Mr Tan dedicated his life to promoting bilingual education in Singapore, he was particularly passionate in encouraging the learning of Chinese language, culture and values. He was instrumental in The Chinese High School turning Special Assistance Plan in 1979. Under his leadership, TCHS became a leading bilingual school in the region. In 1988, he strategically turned TCHS into the first Independent School in Singapore, and helped the school develop the vision of a world-class school.

Mr Tan had also played a pivotal role in establishing HCJC, the first government-aided Junior College in Singapore, in 1974. His pioneering spirit was essential in not just setting up the college but seeing it through its most trying times.

In 1987, the college was declared structurally unsound and had to be relocated. Mr Tan then headed a massive fund raising effort in 1988, rallying staff, students, parents, alumni and the Chinese community from all walks of life, to contribute to redeveloping the College. As a result of Mr Tan's philanthropic efforts, the college triumphantly returned to its new premises on the Bukit Timah Campus in 1991.

Mr Tan's altruism, vision and tireless sacrifice were exemplified in his very actions and life. As generations of Hwa Chongians pass through these very gates, we are comforted to know that his legacy will continue far beyond this life.

悼念陈共存先生(1918-2015)

       我们对董事会前董事长陈共存先生的辞世表示深切哀悼!纵览校史,先生担任董事长时间最长,在华中董事会和华初董事会分别服务达26年和22年,对学校的发展,卓有建树,贡献良多。

       作为眼光独到的教育家,先生致力于推动我国的双语教育,弘扬华族文化和价值观。在其英明领导下,华中于1979年转为特选学校,成为本区域双语并重的顶尖中学。为了加速华中的发展,他以超前的意识和锐意改革的精神,毅然在1988年带领华中走向自主,为学校日后的振翅腾飞,成为世界级学府奠下坚实的基础。

       1974年,本地第一所政府辅助初院——华中初级学院的创立,先生居功至伟。自申请立案以来,先生即积极筹划,以使学院早日开课;在学院最困难的时刻,先生更是责无旁贷,为学院解决困境。

       1987年,华初因建筑结构不稳,全体师生被迫迁离,在临时校园上课。为了学院的重修、加固与扩建工程,先生亲自监督,不辞辛劳,出钱出力。1988年,他更登高一呼,获得老师、学生、家长、校友和华社的响应,热烈捐款。新校舍于1991年竣工,师生始重返武吉知马校园。

       先生一生乐善好施,高瞻远瞩,自强不息,对国家的贡献,堪为后人楷模。华中学子当以先生的期望为指归,笃志力学,精通双语,既能掌握前沿的科技资讯,又能传承华族传统美德,在服务社会的同时,亦为母校争光绘彩,以慰先生在天之灵。

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