Tao Nan School

Tao Nan is probably the most popular primary school in the District 15. With rich heritage, top ranking and reputation, it has been sought after by parents who seeks to volunteer in the school or register a residence within 1 km of the neighbourhood. Below is an excerpt of the history behind this well known Singapore education institute.

 

Tao NanTaonan school map

Excerpt from Infopedia

One of Singapore’s oldest primary schools, Tao Nan School was established on 18 November 1906 with financing from the Hokkien Huay Kuan. It was the one of the first six modern Chinese schools to be set up in Singapore. Originally located at an ornate building at Armenian Street, the school moved to the Marine Parade neighbourhood in 1982. The original school building at Armenian Street now houses the Peranakan Museum.

Early history
The establishment of Tao Nan School was initiated by Tan Boo Liat, great-grandson of entrepreneur and philanthropist Tan Tock Seng. It gained support from Hokkien merchants and was aided by the Singapore Hokkien Association (Hokkien Huay Kuan). Chen Baochen, purportedly a tutor of the last Qing Emperor Puyi, was credited with naming the school Daonan Xuetang or “Tao Nan Study Hall”. Tan Kim Ching’s residence at Siam House, opposite St Andrew’s Cathedral along North Bridge Road, served as the temporary location of the school. The first enrolments numbered between 90 and 100 students but this number tripled within the first three months.

Initially admitting only Hokkien students, in 1909 Tao Nan became the first modern Chinese school in Singapore to accept students from different dialect groups in order to increase cohesiveness within the Chinese community. Its curriculum was aimed at promoting Chinese culture and appreciating Chinese values, with lesson centred on Confucian classics, history and geography. In 1916, it became the first school to turn away from dialects and use Mandarin as the medium of instruction.

Tao Nan School
Construction of a school building was proposed by industrialist Tan Kah Kee. A plot of land at Armenian Street was purchased with $10,000 donated by sugar baron Oei Tiong Ham in 1910. As President of the School Board, Tan Kah Kee embarked on a donation drive to finance the building project. The drive raised $40,000. The neoclassical school building with features of the French Renaissance was completed in March 1912. The school moved from North Bridge Road to Armenian Street and was renamed Daonan Xuexiao or “Tao Nan School”, according to a directive from China’s Ministry of Education.

English lessons were introduced in 1914. The school subsequently changed its medium of instruction to Mandarin in 1916, making it the first school in Singapore to turn from dialects. It was closed during the Japanese Occupation but was reopened two months after the Japanese surrender. It became a government-aided school in 1958 and improved its standard of English by hiring more English teachers and allotting more time to the subject.

In 1957, Tao Nan School became a government-aided school and the time allocation for English lessons was increased. The Urban Renewal Programme of 1971 moved numerous families from the city to the suburbs. This led to a decline in student population in Tao Nan until 1976, when the Hokkien Huay Kuan decided that Tao Nan be moved to the suburbs to cater to the population there.

Recent developments
Construction at the new site in Marine Parade began in 1980 and by the following year, the building was ready. After 76 years in the city, Tao Nan moved to Marine Parade in 1982. In 1983, the new school building was declared officially open by then Defence Minister Goh Chok Tong. In 1990, the school was selected for the Special Assistance Programme (SAP). Since then, it has established itself as a school providing a well-balanced Chinese and English education.

The original school building at Armenian Street was refurbished as the Asian Civilisation Museum in 1996. In 1998, the building was gazetted as a national monument by the Preservation of Monuments Board as a reflection of the social and cultural roots of early Chinese immigrants in Singapore. In 2005, the building was redeveloped to house the Peranakan Museum.

Tao Nan School graduates include prominent public figures such as philanthropist Lee Kong Chian and former Minister of State Ow Chin Hock. Pan Shou, Singapore’s award-winning Chinese calligrapher, was also an ex-principal at the old Tao Nan School.

Authors
Lim Siew Yeen & Renuka M.

CK Home installation

In this weekend’s copy of Business Times, there was an article on Calvin Klein Home installation at old Kallang Airport. According to the article. According to the article, Calvin Klein Home was started in 1995. From a range of bedlinen, the home collection has now grown to nine categories of products, including bedding, bath, dinnerware, tabletop, table linens, giftware, rugs, down, and furniture.

“The Calvin Klein Home client is “a modern man or woman, who knows the brand well and is already wearing the apparel and who wants the pared down minimal lifestyle.” Just as with its fashion counterpart, the look of the Home collection is “very understated, it is about quiet luxury and elegance. ”

I took a look at the website and saw quite a number of designs, though minimal. For those well-heeled and wants a branded home apparel choice, can consider this option. I personally hope to pop by old Kallang Airport to see if the installation is still there.

The link is http://explore.calvinklein.com/en_US/explore/ckhome/home/products/-curator-collection-upholstered-furniture-T132-TLNK132?elementid=MEDIA877

Calvin Klein Home website

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/lifestyle/home-garden/home-calvin-klein-20140419

Calvin Klein Home

 

 

 

Singapore is most attractive FDI destination in region

In today’s Business Times Article Singapore is ranked above New Zealand and Hong Kong to take pole position in the Asia Pacific Investment Climate Index for 2014. Hong Kong dropped to third place, after China’s more pronounced influence on the island affected its ranking in political stability. ASEAN on a whole did not score well, exceptions being Singapore and Brunei. The next highest ranking after the two is Malaysia at #9.

Property Leasing in Singapore Part 1

For those who are considering to lease a property in Singapore, you may want to know the following:

1. Room Rentals

For those who want to have affordable rentals, the prices ranges fr $200 per person (based on room sharing basis) or cosy master bedrooms with ensuite at $1000+ per room per month. The contract usually starts from 6months to a year. A month’s deposit applies, with utilities such as aircon and electricity included usually. There are many direct tenants and landlords via online portals but be careful that all leases comes with a contract with payment and clauses spelt out carefully.

2. Whole apartments

For those who want to rent a whole unit for your family or as a group of friends, the options include renting HDB flats for the budget conscious or private housing. For HDB flats which are public housing, one must keep note as there are many rules regulating the rental of the place. It includes the profiles of the tenants as well as the landlords, as well as the duration of the lease. The contract usually is longer and more comprehensive. Stamp Duties need to be paid as well by the tenant. It is essential to engage a trusted realtor or consult a friend who is versed in the terms and conditions. Rentals for HDB flats ranges from $1.5K to $3K+ in prime districts.

For those who have a better budget, renting a private apartment or condominium with facilities is actually an ideal option for the well-traveled and the busy executive. The usual facilities include a pool and a gym, with tennis courts and squash courts in bigger and older developments. If one engaged a trusted and competent realtor, most of the issues involved in a lease agreement can be settled with easily. If one decide to go on his own, be sure to note the terms in the lease duration, the terms and conditions as well as the handover date. One may also note that in Singapore, co-broking is common in leasing. Thus it will be preferred to have a realtor to represent the tenant in case of any clash of interests of the leases.

To be continued…

Gold Palm for rent

In the quiet Telok Kurau Enclave of East Coast/Katong area, this development offers a cosy and affordable stay for Expats and Locals alike. 3 bedders starting from $4k+ and 2 bedders from $3.5K. Call 94772121 if you are interested to find out more about the leasing options. Short term stays are also available for 6 months.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/sh/exdmm76rzpqhjfz/v2RsrfJDWx/Gold%20Palm%20Mansion/DSC00837.JPG?token_hash=AAHekQLmplAn2waqjV8CknFlGvWBqcFHpfKjn6vUEuRaAA

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/sh/exdmm76rzpqhjfz/LE6TN7bWi3/Gold%20Palm%20Mansion/DSC00835.JPG?token_hash=AAHekQLmplAn2waqjV8CknFlGvWBqcFHpfKjn6vUEuRaAA

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/sh/exdmm76rzpqhjfz/_G8uYNbTVD/Gold%20Palm%20Mansion/DSC00422.JPG?token_hash=AAHekQLmplAn2waqjV8CknFlGvWBqcFHpfKjn6vUEuRaAA

Mountbatten suites

A boutique residential project in Katong area, Mountbatten Suites provides an valued stay surrounded by posh condos in Amber Road and landed properties in Mountbatten Road and Haig Road. With pool, BBQ pit and a well connected bus network to town and airport, going places is never an issue.

Currently there is a studio unit for sale at $700K+. Call 94772121 for more details!

20140330-171422.jpg

20140330-171439.jpg

20140330-171502.jpg

20140330-171517.jpg

20140330-171534.jpg

20140330-171548.jpg

 

 

 

Singapore's icon of nostalgia and the future. A Hotspot in the global village. A fusion of East and West.

%d bloggers like this: