SNGS85 Short Film Project

SNGS85 – an opportunity to celebrate and give


In the 85th anniversary of CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School’s founding, the Alumnae Association invites St. Nicholas girls, past and present, and the community to celebrate the school’s rich legacy and evolving, shared future.

St. Nicholas Girls’ School Alumnae Association (SNGSAA) is taking up the mantle to tell the story of St. Nicholas in its formative years, supported by interviews with individuals who were there.

The 85th anniversary short film dramatises untold stories of a school which found its place in history as Singapore’s first Chinese Catholic school for girls. Borne out of combined efforts by the Catholic Church and the local community, the school provided an education to girls from all walks of life, especially those from Chinese-speaking families who were underserved at the time.

Right from the start, St. Nicholas developed and expanded in parallel with dramatic events that formed a nation, made possible by the dedication and faith of the IJ sisters, principals, teachers and supporters.

Today, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School continues to drive progress and make a difference in the world through generations of girls who live out the school’s motto, Simple in Virtue, Steadfast in Duty as they pass through its gates into society. Its home of over half a century, Town Convent in Victoria Street, is a heritage gem and national monument. The “Gate of Hope” where many babies were abandoned to be rescued by the sisters, remains an icon.

Sister Francoise and Mrs Hwang-Lee Poh See (extreme right) leading teachers and students at the SNGS 40th Anniversary Celebrations “Big Walk”, 1973.

SNGSAA has commissioned critically acclaimed director, writer and producer Eva Tang to produce the 85th anniversary short film. Eva is herself an old girl. Her works include national projects like the 9 Singaporeans, 1 Anthem showcase at the Singapore Pavilion at World Expo 2010 Shanghai, the Revolutionaries (2011) multimedia installation at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, the Drive-in cinema (2015) video projection at the National Museum of Singapore and documentary The Songs We Sang (2015). Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called The Songs We Sang “moving and powerful”.

Watch the video (left) for a sense of Eva’s filming style.

Why give

Woven into the rich tapestry of Singapore’s history, the 85th anniversary short film will capture the school’s intrinsic character and challenge St. Nicholas girls – past, current and future – to live up to a legacy of driving change and making positive contributions to society. The film will premiere at a special screening at Capitol Theatre in the fourth quarter of 2018. Beyond that, there are plans to showcase it at public venues and make it accessible to all.

This is an ambitious project that requires funds of $300,000. We appeal to you to give generously. #SNGS85