A Humble Beginning (1986 – 1998)
|The school started functioning in January 1986 with an intake of about 450 pupils in ten Secondary 1 and two Secondary 2 classes, and a teaching staff of 15. It was officially opened by Mr Chai Chong Yii, MP for Bukit Batok in July 1988.
Many former students and teachers will remember how passionate our first Principal, Mr Ow Chiong Hoo was towards caring for the environment. During his 10 years at Bukit View Secondary, he would often be seen tending to the school gardens. Mr Ow has planted the seed for a culture towards environmental conservation. Under his leadership, the design culture was strengthened and the school won numerous awards.
Strengthening the Foundation (1999 – 2004)
|In 1999, the school went from double session to single session. On November 13 1999, Bukit View, along with 7 other schools in Singapore and the National Institute of Education adopted the two-hectare Mandai Forest near Upper Seletar Reservoir Park to help restore the forest patch that was devastated an invasion of the Smilax-variable creeper plant on its grounds, over the years. The adoption project also planned to use the forest habitat restoration to facilitate hands-on learning of forest ecology and biodiversity and equip students and teachers with field-based learning strategies. It was also an opportunity for students from different schools to collaborate on a project that is both about learning and saving the natural environment.
The school opened its Design Centre in 2000. For the next five years, Bukit View Secondary students continued to scale new heights in the academic area. In 2001, the school receives it first Value-added Award (Normal/Academic) for the 2000 GCE ’O’ Level Exam. In 2002, Bukit View Secondary was one of the Top 10 Value-added schools (Special/Express). In 2003, the school receives People Developer Award. In 2004, the school was awarded its first Sustained Achievement Award (Normal Academic).
Towards All-Round Development (2005 – 2010)
|In 2006, as the school celebrated our 20th anniversary we also underwent PRIME to upgrade the school facilities. At this time, we begin to lay the foundation for both of our distinctive programmes. We started to put more emphasis on the culture of environmental conservation and scaled it to new heights. In 2006, the inaugural Environment Forum for the Primary Schools was organized. The forum, later renamed the Student Environmental Leadership Conference (SELC), was intended to be a leadership platform for students to showcase their knowledge. The school clinched the Lotus Sustained Achievement Award for achieving the Lotus Award from Singapore Environment Council (SEC) for 3 consecutive years since 2004. The foundation for our Learning for Life Programme also started as the school held its 20th Anniversary Celebrations with a Musical titled Dare to Dream. With the belief that it takes a village to raise the child, our Parent Support Group (PSG) was setup.
In 2007, the school introduced the Environment Module to the Sec 1. Environment module was designed to provide students with opportunity for authentic learning with focus on waste management, pollutions, water conservation, energy conservation and biodiversity. Dance studio was constructed and opened in 2007 to cater to the needs of the dance groups. Amphitheatre was completed in 2007 to serve as an outdoor classroom for the learning of literature. In 2008, the Eco-garden was opened. This outdoor learning space provided students with more authentic learning opportunity within school. In 2009, we added solar panels with a tracking meter in Ecogarden. This allows students to experience what solar panels can do.
In 2010, we setup an Environment Gallery to give students more opportunity to learn without teachers. We also started planting and tagging of trees under NPark Green Wave Programme since 2010 to includes tree of importance for National Education, that will attracts butterflies, birds, dragonflies etc. The plants are labelled for students to be more aware of the name of plants. We kept active catalogues of trees – characterise, label for educational purpose. In the same year, the inaugural Eco Trail (now renamed Ecolibrium) was organized for Primary Schools. This provided another leadership platform for our students. In celebration of the school’s 25th anniversary, the performing arts groups staged a public performance titled the Palette of Colours.
The Continuing Transformation (2011 – present)
|In 2012, we were the proud recipient of PUB Watermark Award for our effort to promote water conservation. The Blackbox, an authentic learning space for students to perform and learn literature was opened in 2012. In 2013, we were granted MOE Niche Status: Environmental Science – A Multi-Disciplinary Approach. In 2014, we were granted the MOE Distinctive Programme: Applied Learning Programme for Clean Energy and Environmental Technology. NParks awarded our school the Community-In-Bloom Bronze Award in 2014.
In 2015, we were granted the MOE Distinctive Programme: Learning for Life Programme: Learning the Arts, Living the Values – Character Education Through Drama. In 2016, we celebrated school’s 30th Anniversary with the opening of the school’s Heritage Corner and put up a musical titled “Kaleidoscope”. The musical was an authentic learning platform for our performing arts groups and our literature students. The Blackbox annex was constructed and completed in 2016 to meet the needs of the ELDDS and literature students.
In 2016, we were awarded the President’s Award for the Environment. The President’s Award for the Environment (PAE) is the highest environmental accolade for individuals, educational institutions and organisations that have made outstanding contributions towards environmental and water resource sustainability in Singapore. It is an annual award organised by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) that recognises and honours the sustained environment- and water-related contributions by environmental champions from the People, Public and Private (3P) sectors.
We were also awarded the SEC-Lee Foundation Singapore Environmental Achievement Award (Public Sector) in 2016. The Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards (SEAA) scheme is organised by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC). As the local and regional premier award that addresses overall environmental management systems, performance, initiatives and awareness within an organisation, organisations that win the award join an elite rank of businesses around the world that have affirmed their commitment to environmental excellence and protection of the natural environment.
NParks awarded our school the Community-In-Bloom Silver Award in 2016. We were also recognised by MOE as 1 of the 19 schools in Singapore offering computing as an O level Subject. The Pavilion, Jamming Room, Learning Hub, Thinking Box and a new music room were also setup over the years to enhance the learning experiences of our students in STEM and the aesthetics.
In 2017, we launched a coffeetable book titled “Our Journey”. The book documented our environmental conservation efforts. We were also awarded the Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) – Best Energy Efficiency Practices in the Public Sector (School). The EENP Awards is organized by the National Environment Agency, Energy Market Authority and the Economic Development Board.
In 2018, with strong outreach to the community and strong partnership with Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and its green consortium, our JOULES Smart Centre – the first green and energy efficient lab in Singapore schools was completed. Also with our strong partnership with Samwoh Corporation, they will be sponsoring the Samwoh – JOULES scholarship for our JOULES programme. NParks awarded our school the Community-In-Bloom Platinum Award in 2018.
This period saw a myriad of programmes being introduced to provide our students with a holistic and meaningful school experience. The school’s focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) was sharpened and the school’s aesthetics and arts programme was augmented. Our school’s distinctive programmes, the JOULES Programme and Learning For Life Programme (LLP) thrived. New facilities were setup to support the various programmes. Strong partnership was forged with various stakeholders eg parents, alumni, community and industries to give students’ the opportunities to learn beyond school. The school has won numerous accolades from the education ministry and community partners, including the most prestigious President’s Award for the Environment (PAE) in 2016. These awards, recognitions and partnership affirmed our efforts to develop our students to prepare them for the sustainable development of a smart city.
Our Current & Past Principals
- Mr Ow Chiong Hoo: Jan 1986 – Dec 1996
- Mrs Mary Owyong: Dec 1996 – Feb 1998
- Mr James Ong Chye Hin: Aug 1998 – Dec 2004
- Mrs Tan Lay Hong: Dec 2004 – Dec 2010
- Mr Vasuthevan s/o K Ramamurthy: Since 15 Dec 2010