Long, winding road to new school

Assumption English School students, led by their teachers, Mr Rene Loh (at left) and Ms Bhavaniswari Batumalia (far right), walked 6km from Queensway to their newly rebuilt school in Bukit Timah yesterday. The new school year starts on Monday. The sc
ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Staff and students of Assumption English School lowering the school flag for the final time at the temporary Queensway premises on Dec 28, 2015.
Staff and students of Assumption English School lowering the school flag for the final time at the temporary Queensway premises on Dec 28, 2015. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Students and teachers walking along the green corridor during the mass walk to the new school premises.
Students and teachers walking along the green corridor during the mass walk to the new school premises. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Students posing for a photograph at the old KTM Bukit Timah station while on the way to their new school premises.
Students posing for a photograph at the old KTM Bukit Timah station while on the way to their new school premises. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Assumption English School students walking out of the recently opened Cashew station.
Assumption English School students walking out of the recently opened Cashew station. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Student council president Muhammad Khair Junaiyd leading the students and staff of Assumption English School through the gates of their new premises.
Student council president Muhammad Khair Junaiyd leading the students and staff of Assumption English School through the gates of their new premises. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Brother Dominic Yeo-Koh (centre, left), supervisor of Gabrielite Schools, receiving the school flag in the hall from student council president Muhammad Khair Junaiyd.
Brother Dominic Yeo-Koh (centre, left), supervisor of Gabrielite Schools, receiving the school flag in the hall from student council president Muhammad Khair Junaiyd. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Assumption English School students, led by their teachers, Mr Rene Loh (left) and Ms Bhavaniswari Batumalia (far right), walked 6km from Queensway to their newly rebuilt school in Bukit Timah yesterday. The new school year starts on Monday. The school had occupied a temporary site in Queensway for the past two years while its building in Upper Bukit Timah Road was undergoing a $40 million upgrade. Yesterday, 250 students and their teachers walked from Queensway to King Albert Park before hopping on the new Downtown Line to Cashew MRT station, which is near their school. The new building features a synthetic football field, a dance studio, an indoor sports hall with basketball and badminton courts, among other amenities.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 29, 2015, with the headline 'Long, winding road to new school'. Print Edition | Subscribe