St Margaret’s schools end year-long 180th anniversary celebrations with thanksgiving service

St Margaret's School celebrated its 180th anniversary on Nov 16. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE - Students and staff of St Margaret’s primary and secondary schools – both past and present – filled St Andrew’s Cathedral on Wednesday evening to celebrate the schools’ 180th anniversary.

Established in 1842 by Mrs Maria Dyer – a British missionary who was moved by the sight of impoverished young girls being sold as slaves to wealthy individuals – the original school operated out of a shophouse in North Bridge Road.

It later split into a primary and a secondary school after the latter had to be relocated due to growing student enrolment.

During the thanksgiving service on Wednesday, the crowd of 600 was treated to performances by the choirs of both schools, as well as a video montage documenting the activities that took place over the year to celebrate the milestone.

They included a virtual concert put up by the secondary school students.

Heritage trails were also set up at both schools. The primary school’s compound in Mattar Road has a physical trail that pupils can follow. In the secondary school, located in Farrer Road, the trail has augmented reality features so students can use their mobile phones to get more facts about the school’s history and the development of its curriculum as they walk around.

To mark the 180th anniversary, the two schools will also undergo a name change, in a return to their roots. From Jan 1, 2023, they will be known as St Margaret’s School (Primary) and St Margaret’s School (Secondary).

Correction note: This article has been edited for accuracy.

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