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Official opening of the CHIJ-Katong Heritage Centre 2019

The Official Opening of the CHIJ – Katong Heritage Centre was successfully held on 30 May.
The Guest of Honour was Sister Maria Lau (IJ Provincial) and other distinguished guests were Miss Lam Ai-Leen (School Supervisor), Dr Felicia Sundram (IJ Board Member) and Ms Lim Hong Peng (Superintendent). Parents from the Central Parent Council and the three generations of CHIJ Katong were also present to grace the special occasion.

CHIJ (Katong) Primary is 89 years old this year and has a rich heritage to share with the community. To strengthen the tapestry of Nation Building in the girls, the school embarked on this CHIJ - Katong Heritage project in 2018. This centre consists of four Heritage Corners that complements MOE’s Character & Citizenship Education and Social Studies curriculum. The Four Heritage Corners consist of: Our Heritage Street, Our Heritage Kampong, Our Heritage Classroom and Our Heritage @ CHIJ (Katong).

The objective of the project is to continue the Singapore Story using these learning spaces to cultivate a strong sense of belonging and identity to the school and the community so that the students can see themselves as part of a larger, continuous story and develop appreciation for the present. These Heritage Corners will allow students to contextualise their CCE learning experiences in an authentic real world setting and to deepen their understanding as they discover more about Singapore and their community.

Our Heritage Classroom and Our Heritage @ CHIJ (Katong) are innovative and engaging platforms to educate the students  in both Singapore’s and the School’s history. Students will be able to hear the experiences of ex-IJ students and also reflect on their roles as students in the school.

The school is located in the Katong community and has a higher than National average numbers of Eurasians and Peranakan staff and students. Our Heritage Street and Our Heritage @ CHIJ (Katong) will provide interactive platforms for the students to learn about the various races living in Katong, especially the Eurasians and Peranakan, through the  different mock-up shops, vanished trades, such as Street Hawkers and the Kacang Puteh Man, with the use of specially tailored SS and CCE Founder’s Day lesson packages designed by the teachers.

Our Heritage Kampong will enable the students to learn more about the various races, through traditional games and artefacts such as 'five stones', 'zero point' and 'congkak', which promotes racial harmony in the school community.
The CCE Ambassadors from P3 to P6 are scheduled to be on duty during recess to lead and assist their friends with the games and artefacts. The wall murals around the Heritage Kampong showcase the surroundings of CHIJ Katong Convent in the past where the girls had their Physical Education and Art lessons by the beach with the IJ Sisters.

The school is thankful for all the support rendered by the various organisations such as National Heritage Board, National Archives, Eurasian Association and South East CDC. A special thanks to all Staff, Alumni and Parents for their generous donations!