SCGS old girls launch bid to save 37 Emerald Hill

Singapore Chinese Girls' School alumnae (from far left) Daphne Yuan, 34; Lim Swee Keng, 45; Sarah Lin, 35; Melisa Chan, 38; Natalie Kwee, 30; and Jackie Lin, 33, at the site of their old school campus. The team of volunteers launched the campaign to
Singapore Chinese Girls' School alumnae (from left) Daphne Yuan, 34; Lim Swee Keng, 45; Sarah Lin, 35; Melisa Chan, 38; Natalie Kwee, 30; and Jackie Lin, 33, at the site of their old school campus. The team of volunteers launched the campaign to conserve 37 Emerald Hill yesterday.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

Team prompted to act after learning site of former campus is zoned for residential use

A group of forward-looking Straits Chinese men, including lawyer Song Ong Siang, set up one of Singapore's first secular schools for girls in 1899.

Now, a group of old girls from Singapore Chinese Girls' School (SCGS) are stepping forward to save 37 Emerald Hill - its former campus for almost 70 years - from potential redevelopment.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2018, with the headline 'SCGS old girls launch bid to save 37 Emerald Hill'. Print Edition | Subscribe