Home > About RSS > Our History

Our History

Red Swastika School's History

Red Swastika School's History 

The  Red  Swastika  School  was  founded  by  the  World  Red  Swastika  Society (Singapore  Administration  Centre). As an extension of its charitable mandate and to achieve the noble objective of transforming people through education, the Society built a school along Somapah Road in Changi.  The over three acres piece of land was donated by the then President of the Society, Mr Quek Shin.  Mr Quek saw the need to provide free primary education for the poor and to aid in the promotion of education in the outlying areas. Originally known as "Wan Tzu School", the school was later renamed “Red Swastika School”. The foundation stone was laid at the school opening ceremony on 13th January 1951.

Grown from an initial population of 300 in the founding year to about 1440 presently, Red Swastika School owes much of her success to the support of dedicated stakeholders. 

Mr Chuang Shih Ie

During  its  first  31  years  from 1951 to 1981,  Mr Chuang Shih Ie , the pioneer principal, transformed the school from a wooden single storey building with six classrooms  a t Somapah  into  a well-equipped school with modern facilities at the present site at Bedok North Avenue 3 in 1981.

Mr Wong Sin Eng

Mr Wong Sin Eng , the school's second principal, took charge of the school in 1982. He continued to expand the infrastructure and develop other programmes to meet the demands of the evolving educational curriculum. As good progress was made over the years, the school was selected as one of six primary schools to pilot the use of both Chinese and English as the medium of instruction in 1987. In 1990, it became a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) School.

Mr Chia Tai Ching

When Mr Wong Sin Eng retired in 1994,  Mr Chia Tai Ching , took over the reins and continued the good work. A new three-storey extension building was completed in 1997, with a large hall, a three-storey building, a resource library, advance computer laboratories and comfortable teachers' common room. In addition to academic excellence, the school looked into the development of good character in pupils and also in Information Technology. As the school grew, the need to improve communication with the parents and to strengthen ties with former pupils led to the formation for the RSS Parent -Teacher Association in 1997 and the Alumni Association in 1998.

Mr Ong Kian Hin

Mr Chia retired in Dec 2001 and was succeeded by  Mr Ong Kian Hin  in 2002. The school increased its CCA offerings to promote more platforms for holistic pupil development. The school underwent further infrastructural development and the restructured school building was officially opened in 2007 before Mr Ong retired in Dec 2007. 2007 also saw the school achieving 3 Sustained Achievement Awards, in the areas of Physical Fitness, Sports and Aesthetics. 

Mr Chua Ying Hwee

Mr Chua Ying Hwee  took over as the school's fifth Principal from 2008-2010. During his leadership, through strategic review and execution, the school continued to progress remarkably in academic excellence. It also forged stronger ties for better school-home collaborations, and established a pupil talent management and leadership development programme to develop holistic excellence in pupils. The school's internationalization efforts also became the flagship programme with 5 key partners schools in China. By introducing social contructivism through the implementation of effective knowledge management, action learning, sense-making, Xingzhi culture, and the design of progressive integrated learning infrastructures, the school made a quantum leap during its external validation by MOE and is set to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Mrs Jenny Leong

During this period, Mrs Jenny Leong served alongside Mr Chua Ying Hwee as the Vice-Principal. In 2011, she took over as the school's sixth Principal. She was the first female principal in the history of Red Swastika School. The school continued to thrive and sustain its academic and holistic excellence under her leadership. For the eight years, the school took a whole school approach to develop students with good character through demonstrating the exemplary roles of the Three Littles - Little Friend, Little Master and Little Teacher. The school established the Learning for Life Programme (LLP) - Every RSS Student A Leader - from 2014, Student Development Team from 2015, and Applied Learning Programme (ALP) - Tinkers to Thinkers (T2T) Programme - from 2018. To Retain the SAP school ethos and develop effectively bilingual communicators and bi-cultural citizens, the school developed a SAP Scholar Programme which comprises a three-week intensive immersion in Nanjing, China, for selected Primary 5 students. Indeed, the strong belief in holistic education has transformed the Physical Education and Aesthetics landscape of the school into an integral part of the student education. In addition to strengthening the administrative, financial and safety processes, the school began Primary Education Review and Implementation (PERI) upgrading for improved facilities.
In  2019, the  school  begins  a  new  chapter under the leadership of Ms Jessie Lim, our seventh Principal.