If you are planning for a year, sow rice.If you are planning for a decade, plant trees.If you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.
The Catholic High School experience is one that is not merely academic. We believe in producing intelligent, inquisitive and independent minds. We believe in well-roundedness, and a balanced education that comprises academia, passions and moral values. We ingrain in our students the desire to be the best that they can be, and equip them with the tools to excel in life.
Some 80 batches of students have passed through our school’s gateway. At Catholic High, we also provide a caring environment for our students. It is this culture that instils in our students and old boys a genuine sense of civic-mindedness and the desire to provide service to others. As such, we have nurtured a crop of leaders and professionals in various fields – the crème de la crème who give back to society and our school the way Catholic High strives to provide for their students. They have gone on to breathe meaning into this in their respective lives and careers upon graduation, pioneers and leaders with the mission to contribute to the disciplines and to society.
Our Strong Network of Illustrious Alumni
With more than 80 years of heritage of excellence, CHS has a strong network of illustrious alumni who give back to society and our school.
Many of CHS’ alumni are prominent public figures serving the international, public, community or business sectors. They continue to contribute to our school and support the learning of our student and school events. The following video shows our alumni and Singapore’s Prime Minster, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, speaking at our 80th Anniversary Founder’s Day Dinner in 2015:
“… one thing which has not changed is Catholic High School’s emphasis on values and character development. That is something timeless and essential, and in fact, something which we want all Singapore schools to do more of, because our students should not just be book-smart, but should grow up to be citizens of good character, who will contribute to society and serve fellow Singaporeans…
It is because Catholic High School has upheld these values, that over the last 80 years it has produced many leaders in different fields of society, not just in politics, but in business, in education, in culture.”
– Mr Lee Hsien Loong (Catholic High Alumni/1969), 3rd Prime Minister of Singapore
Some of our alumni are:
Politics and Governance: Leaders of Bilingualism
Mr Lee Hsien Loong (3rd Prime Minister of Singapore)
Mr Gan Kim Yong (Minister for Health and Minister in charge of the Chinese community affairs)
Mr Baey Yam Keng (Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth)
Mr Lim Swee Say (former Minister for Manpower and NTUC Secretary-General)
Dr Lee Chiaw Meng (Former Minister for Education, subsequently Minister for Science and Technology and then President of Nanyang University)
Dr Ow Chin Hock (Former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister in charge of Chinese community affairs)
Mr Fong Sip Chee (Former Minister of State for Culture)
Mr Chan Chee Seng (Former Senior Parliamentary Secretary: Finance, Trade and Industry, Internal Affairs and Education)
Science: The Masters and Their Teachers
Prof Lim Yean Leng (Director, Raffles Heart Centre; former Director of the National Heart Centre)
Professor Chua Nam Hai (Andrew W. Mellon Professor & Head of Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology at the Rockefeller University, New York City)
Professor Louis Chen Hsiao Yun (Mathematics, National University of Singapore)
Dr Tan Kok Swang (Scientist Emeritus, Canadian Health Ministry)
Education: Grooming the Next Generation
Professor Su Guaning (President Emeritus, Nanyang Technological University)
Professor Chong Tow Chong (Founding Provost and present President, Singapore University of Technology and Design)
Professor Chong Chi Tat (Director of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences, NUS; former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Deputy President and Provost, National University of Singapore)
Professor Tan Chin Tiong (Founding President, Singapore Institute of Technology as its founding President, former Provost and Deputy President of Singapore Management University.)
Mr Choo Thiam Siew (CEO, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Former President, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
Mr Chen Hung, (Former Principal, Ngee Ann Polytechnic)