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Montfort Secondary School

Montfort Secondary School
蒙福中学
Sekolah Menengah Monfort
St. Gabriel's Foundation Crest
Location
50 Hougang Ave 8, Singapore
(538785)
Information
Type Government-aided
Motto Age Quod Agis
(Do Well In Whatever You Do)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Founded 1916
Session Single Session
School code 7011
Chairman Chua Cher Choon
Principal Mr Mark Gerard Minjoot
Grades Secondary 1 to Secondary 5
Age range 13-17
Medium of language English
Houses      Proulx
     Majella
     Gonzaga
     Berthomieu
Colour(s)  Blue   White 
Song "Song of the Brave"
Affiliations Montfort Junior School
Catholic Junior College
Vision Mission
A Man For Others—A Scholar, A Gentleman and A Leader. Montfort is a Catholic School. Guided by our Montfortian Values and Spirituality, we nurture each individual to realise his potential and inspire him to be Man for Others.
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Montfort Secondary School (MSS) is a Catholic school in Hougang, Singapore. Founded in 1916, it is a government-aided school providing an all-boys Secondary education. The school is well accorded for providing education for students regardless of race, religion, or disabilities.

History

Holy Innocents' English School (1916-1958)

Monfort Secondary School was founded in 1916 as Holy Innocents' English School, next to Nativity church in Upper Serangoon Road, by the parish priest of Serangoon, Father Laurent. At the request of the Inspector of Schools, Father H Duvelle, the successor of Father Laurent, organized an English class and a Chinese class on the floors of the two-storey building between the church and the school canteen. Mr Lee Ah Kow was engaged to run the classes. The classes lasted for three years.

In March 1920, Father E. Becheras, the parish priest restarted the school with a class of 30 pupils under the charge of Mr Monterio. In the following year, another class was added. From 1922-to 1936, Mr P A D’Costa was recruited to be the Principal of Holy Innocents English School and the school grew from strength to strength. A block of five classrooms along Upper Serangooon Road was completed in 1927. In 1929, three additional classrooms along Holy Innocents Lane were added.

In 1932, another floor was added to the second block. In 1936, Mgr A Devals, the Bishop of Singapore and Malaya invited the brother of St Gabriel to run the Parish School. Brother Gerard Majella came from Bangkok to become the first Brother Director of the school. Brothers Adolphus and John de Breboeuf came in December 1936. This was also the year the school produced its first ever School Certificate class. Brother Gerard Majella was succeeded in 1938 by Brother Louis Gonzaga.

The Japanese occupation of Singapore interrupted the work of the school. Immediately after the war, Brother Louis Gonzaga returned from Bahau, Johor to reopen the school. He extended the block along Upper Serangoon Road by adding another floor. The new extension was opened by the Sultan of Johore. In 1949, Brother Louis Gonzaga started the afternoon school—the Holy Innocents’ Afternoon School—under the charge of Brother Basil. In 1955 Brother Noel became the Director of the Holy Innocents’. He set up a committee on 3 April 1955 to raise funds to further extend the school. Within three years, the extension was completed.

Monfort School (1959-1992)

In 1959 Holy Innocents’ English School was renamed Montfort School in honour of the Founder, St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, of the Gabrielite Brothers and to prevent administrative confusion which had grown between Holy Innocents Boys school, Holy Innocents High School, and Holy Innocents English School.

By the 1960s, Montfort School was synonymous with quality education provided by the Brothers of St Gabriel in the Upper Serangoon District.

In 1984, a decision was made by the Old Montfortian Association (OMA), led by its president, Lim Boon Heng, to relocate Montfort Junior and Secondary Schools to make them comparable to the newer Government Schools. A Building Fund Committee was formed to raise the funds to finance the building project, the cost of which amounted to $24 million. Capital grant from the Government was $18.5 million, and the schools had to raise $5.5 million. Piling began in August 1989 at the new site at Hougang Avenue 8, immediately after a ground-breaking ceremony which was officiated by His Grace, Mgr Gregory Yong, on 12 August 1989. The main building works of the two schools started in March 1990 and took about 21 months to complete.

Progress as Monfort Secondary School

On 2 January 1992, the two schools, Montfort Junior and Montfort Secondary, started functioning at their new premises as separate institutions. In 1997, the school underwent repairs and redecoration.

At the end of 2009, Montfort Secondary School underwent major redevelopment works which was under the Programme for Rebuilding and IMproving Existing Schools (PRIME). The school was opened on 2 January 2012 and Montfort Secondary School returned to its Hougang location.

Montfort celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2006 with a 90 km run to its former location and a thanksgiving mass conducted by the then Archbishop of Singapore, Nicholas Chia, who is an old boy of the school. The mass was held in Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary-, the church at the old location of the school.

In 2016, Montfort had a centennial mass in Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Singapore, as a part of its celebrations for its 100th anniversary.

Identity & culture

Vision, Mission & Values

The School Vision, Mission, Motto and Values are common with our brother school, Montfort Junior School. Since both Montfort Junior and Secondary share the same set of Vision, Mission, Motto and Value statements. The School believes that these statements down below are important foundations to both schools, providing a 10-year Montfortian experience to every young child, who joins Montfort Junior at the age of 6 and graduates at 16/17.

School Motto

The School's motto is "Age Quod Agis", literally "Do what you are doing", but is often rendered as "Do well in whatever you do". It reminds Montfortians of the dignity of work and that the work they do is important and represents who they are. Therefore, they need to pride in their assigned tasks and do it to the best of their abilities.

School Crest

The top-left quadrant has the letters A.M., an abbreviation for “Ave Maria”, and a lily. The bottom-right quadrant has the letters D+S with a cross. D.S. is the abbreviation for Dieu Seul, which is God Alone in French. On the top-right quadrant there is a sailboat at sea. On the bottom-left quadrant there is a star and a man in the boat. The Crest is adorned with green olive branches, derived from Ancient Greece, to symbolize peace and prosperity. The Crest carries the Latin motto “Labor Omnia Vincit” which means, “Labour conquers all things.”

Affiliations

Monfort Secondary School is affiliated to Catholic Junior College. Graduating students may opt to move on to Catholic Junior College with affiliation favours.

Academic Information

Being a government secondary school, Monfort Secondary School offers three academic streams, namely the four-year Express course, as well as the Normal Course, comprising Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) academic tracks.

O Level Express Course

The Express Course is a nationwide four-year programme that leads up to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level examination.[1]

Academic subjects

The examinable academic subjects for Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level offered by Monfort Secondary School for upper secondary level (via. streaming in secondary 2 level), as of 2017, are listed below.[2]

Notes:

  1. Subjects indicated with ' * ' are mandatory subjects.
  2. All students in Singapore are required to undertake a Mother Tongue Language as an examinable subject, as indicated by ' ^ '.
  3. "SPA" in Pure Science subjects refers to the incorporation of School-based Science Practical Assessment, which 20% of the subject result in the national examination are determined by school-based practical examinations, supervised by the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board. The SPA Assessment has been replaced by one Practical Assessment in the 2018 O Levels.[3]
Sciences Language & Hunanities Arts & Aesthetics
  • Additional Mathematics*
  • Mathematics*
  • Physics (SPA)
  • Chemistry (SPA)*
  • Biology (SPA)
  • Science (Combined)
  • English Language*
  • English Literature
  • Mother Tongue Language* ^
  • Higher Mother Tongue Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Combined Humanities (Social Studies & another Humanities subject at elective level)*
  • Art
  • Design & Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Music

Normal Course

The Normal Course is a nationwide 4-year programme leading to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination, which runs either the Normal (Academic) curriculum or Normal (Technical) curriculum, abbreviated as N(A) and N(T) respectively.[4]

Normal (Academic) Course

In the Normal (Academic) course, students offer 5-8 subjects in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination.Compulsory subjects include:[5]

  • English Language
  • Mother Tongue Language
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Humanities

A 5th year leading to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level examination is available to N(A) students who perform well in their Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination. Students can move from one course to another based on their performance and the assessment of the school principal and teachers.[4]

Normal (Technical) Course

The Normal (Technical) course prepares students for a technical-vocational education at the Institute of Technical Education.[5] Students will offer 5-7 subjects in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination.[5] The curriculum is tailored towards strengthening students’ proficiency in English and Mathematics.[5] Students take English Language, Mathematics, Basic Mother Tongue and Computer Applications as compulsory subjects.[5]

Co-curricular activities (CCAs)

Co-curricular activity (Singapore) (CCAs), previously known as Extracurricular Activities (ECAs) are non-academic activities that all Singaporean students must participate in. This policy was introduced by the Ministry of Education, as a means to enhance social interaction, leadership, healthy recreation, self-discipline and self-confidence. Through CCAs, students in their early teens are often given actual public responsibilities. Below is a list of the CCAs available in Montfort Secondary School. There are currently 20 CCAs (subject to change). The school has received Niche Award in Badminton and Primary 6 students are now able to apply into the school directly through Direct School Admission.

Clubs & Societies

  • Students' Council
  • Infocomm Club
  • Audio Visual Club
  • YCS

Performing Arts

  • Montfort Chorale
  • Montfort Military Band
  • Drama
  • Dance

Sports

  • Badminton (Niche)
  • Softball
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Outdoor and Adventure Club
  • Basketball
  • Wushu

Uniformed Groups

  • NCDCC
  • NCC
  • NPCC
  • Scouts

Notable alumni

Monfort Secondary School has a significant Catholic population and it has produced numerous Catholic priests, including Archbishop Emeritus of Singapore, Nicholas Chia, and the Current Archbishop of Singapore, William Goh.

  • Lim Boon Heng: Former Cabinet Minister from 1980 to 2011 at Kebun Baru (1980-1991), Ulu Pandan (1991-2001) and Jurong Central (2001-2011)
  • Lee Boon Yang: Former Cabinet Minister from 1984 to 2011 at Jalan Besar.
  • Ng Kah Ting: Former MP for Punggol from 1963 to 1991
  • Augustine Tan: Former MP for Whampoa from 1968 to 1988
  • Archbishop Nicholas Chia: Archbishop Emeritus of Singapore
  • Archbishop William Goh: Archbishop of Singapore
  • Suhaimi Yusof: Actor, television presenter and comedian

See also

References

  1. ^ "Express Course Curriculum". www.moe.gov.sg. Retrieved 2017-09-14. 
  2. ^ "School Information Service". Ministry of Education, Singapore. Ministry of Education, Singapore. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "GCE O-Level Syllabuses Examined in 2018". Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB). Retrieved 2017-04-16. 
  4. ^ a b "Secondary School Courses". www.moe.gov.sg. Retrieved 2017-09-14. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Normal Course Curriculum". www.moe.gov.sg. Retrieved 2017-09-14.