This is a merger of Balestier Hill Secondary School (pictured) and Beatty Secondary School.
Mr Ling Khoon Chow, principal of Beatty Secondary, which will have about 1,400 students from Beatty Secondary and Balestier Hill Secondary, said both schools’ strengths will be weaved into activities.
For instance, students will have an applied learning programme that combines Beatty’s focus on design thinking – which covers problem-solving skills and creativity – and Balestier Hill’s emphasis on environmental education.
Mr Ling said: “It’s an exciting challenge for me to be given the opportunity to merge two schools.”
The plan, he added, is to start a “full re-envisioning exercise with staff next year when everyone is together”. Both schools’ heritage – including photographs and artefacts – has also been captured in a revamped gallery at Beatty Secondary.
Beatty was founded in 1953 and named after Sir David Beatty, a British admiral who pushed for the construction of a naval base in Singapore to meet the Japanese threat. Balestier Hill was founded in 1964 and named after Joseph Balestier, the first counsel to Singapore from the United States.
Said Mr Ling: “It’s important to retain both schools’ heritage so that students have a sense of their former school around.”
The schools have also held programmes to encourage students to interact.