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Saint Andrew's Village (2005 - 2006)


Saint Andrew's Junior School (2005)


Saint Andrew's School (2005)



Saint Andrew's Junior College (2006)




Designed by DP Architects of the recently completed NTUC Centre, Suntec Singapore & the Esplanade fame.

The St Andrew's group of schools is coming together in a unique collaboration of educational levels from primary school to junior college. This will be a one-of-a-kind arrangement that will line both sides of the river at the historic Woodsville site. The primary school will be expanded to the latest standards and the secondary school will get a whole new set of buildings on the original Diocesan land on one side of the river. On the other side of the river, in Potong Pasir, the junior college will be built to the most recent educational specifications. Construction is expected to begin in 2003 and will be completed in phases:

While the three schools will contain the latest in facilities, they will be adding other facilities which will help them to continue their very special qualities as part of the St Andrew's family. These include more areas for games and games training as the primary and secondary schools are boys' schools which believe in turning boys to men.
At the junior college side, there will also be added emphasis on facilities in the performing arts to make students into the all-rounded men and women the nation would be proud of.

Traditionally St Andrew's has taken its place among the more recognised schools in Singapore because of strong community support. Foundations that have recognised the importance of contributing to education and ardent alumni have continued to help the three schools prosper. Unlike government schools, St Andrew's is aided and as a result has to raise 5% of the costs of the development for standard facilities and 100% of the costs for non-standard facilities. This comes for all three schools to a total of $8 million.
 

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Seriously St Andrews has too much money. They built the junior school and then partially demolished it again, am I right?
 

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Er... St. Andrew's is actually quite poor...in comparison with ACS that is... For a start, the JC still has about S$200,000 out of S$400,000 needed to raise as of today. Secondly, they will not be including air conditioning in the tutorial classrooms in the new premises (the old premises have air conditioning in the tutorial classrooms). Thirdly, the Principal of the three schools even panicked when earlier in the year there was possibility that the swimming pool was not to be built because of a lack of funds...thankfully they had that issue sort of resolved. Compare this with the ACS schools, air conditioning everywhere, funds everywhere and 3 swimming pools all together...

The constant rebuilding of the Junior School sounded weird, cause in the past they had rebuilt it several times already...with the most recent one mid 1990s so you might say it is rich in this sense, then again it could be bad planning... This time around they are only demolishing a part (Don't know large or not) of the school, they are keeping portions of it...
 

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Well, if they bothered to have better planning, lots of the money could have been used to build more pools! :D

You happen to be from the SA schools or wat, btw?
 

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ya...thats why I know all the negative stuff behind all these ambitious plans...

just thought there there should be a thread for this since just like any condo development, this project is gonna be huge... too bad have yet to see this place in person...too out of the way for me...

Some weird idea the principal of SAJC came up with...to have the river renamed ''St. Andrew's River''. Damn spastic...the entire population laughed... And she wants that part of the river to be used for cca activities such as canoeing etc...crazy... I don't know if that river is a river or is it a dry canal which is only filled with water during the rainy period... and even if it is a river, how polluted will it be to be swimming in it...so dangerous...bonkers...
 

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heirloom said:
is that a big tower of light? money should always be spent on beautiful things like that.
It is...
Sadly though, I have a feeling that plans for that have been changed, going by what I saw in its place in the 3D miniature model of the new premises...in its place stood a little tower with a cross on top...hopefully this means nothing and they are still going according to original plans...
 

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SASS had the hall demolished, all its walls and floors knocked out.

But the beams, external walls still stand.Strange...

The Junior School was demolished, rebuit and then partially demolished the new building again.
You live near SASS? How's the construction progress? The junior and secondary schools are supposed to be more or less completed by now...

SASS's hall had the typical architecture of schools built around the 1980s...its good that they decided to just knock everything down...hideous... The beams and external walls of the hall still stand? Even as construction is supposed to be nearing completion? Odd... You sure its not part of the new building? They are not supposed to preserve anything from the secondary school cause the JC is being built in the old secondary school premises...only the Junior School has part of its old building preserved...and the secondary school is being constructed right next to it...

You mean in the past year or so the Junior School was demolished, rebuilt and now partially torn down again...that doesn't make sense...though in the past they did constantly rebuild the school but by now most of the construction work should be done already so there shouldn't be any knocking down of stuff now...
 

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redstone said:
The SA House is preserved.

But the partial preservation of the walls SASS?!
Didn't know they preserved anything other than part of the Junior School which was being upgraded of sorts...

Need visual evidence...haiz...
 

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I often pass by it on the CTE. :)


The entire hall block was demolished, but the walls and beams of the classrooms block still stand.

The style of the schools like the SASS, and the old Victoria School (now holding SASS), is very well ventilated and cooling, with almost full-length windows for the classrooms, and a very high roof for the hall, which was very cooling, unlike more modern designs (those with flat, low roofs).

Perhaps based on the Maya pyramid?

 

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That land is huge!

How does it compare to the Chinese High + HCJC size?

The designs seem alright but that tower of light does look iconic, and your principal's idea of using the canal for water activities is interesting but she shouldnt rename it :cool:
 

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redstone said:
I often pass by it on the CTE. :)


The entire hall block was demolished, but the walls and beams of the classrooms block still stand.

The style of the schools like the SASS, and the old Victoria School (now holding SASS), is very well ventilated and colling, with almost full-length windows for the classrooms, and a very high roof for the hall, which was very colling, unlike more modern designs.

Perhaps based on the Maya pyramid?

The walls and the beams still stand? Whatever for, since constuction is nearing the end...

Never had a chance to study in a school that was built on such design principles...so I can't imagine how cooling it was...

The Maya Pyramid?!?! I didn't think that far... But now that you mentioned it, perhaps...perhaps...perhaps... The hall does remind me of the High Street Centre though, that knob at the top...
 

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The shape of the cube, and the slopage of the roof is different in every school, but the basic shape is the same.

What seems like a room at the top is actually a huge empty roof.Some schools have glass windows at the cube, some have black panels, some schools' windows are blocked out.
 

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redstone said:
The canal is actually Kallang River, and most of the times, it is just like a huge drain, with water like a trickle.
No firm plans, the principal only just mentioned that they might want to rename that part of the river the ''St. Andrew's River''.

How to have water activities if the water flowing in it is only a trickle...and you have to imagine the danger of a sudden downpour, a surge of water down the canal is dangerous...
 

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No firm plans, the principal only just mentioned that they might want to rename that part of the river the ''St. Andrew's River''.

How to have water activities if the water flowing in it is only a trickle...and you have to imagine the danger of a sudden downpour, a surge of water down the canal is dangerous...
Well I suppose she was looking at things from the map? Get her a geographer!!! :D

That maya pyramid comparison is quite hilarious btw. ;)
 

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RafflesCity said:
That land is huge!

How does it compare to the Chinese High + HCJC size?

The designs seem alright but that tower of light does look iconic, and your principal's idea of using the canal for water activities is interesting but she shouldnt rename it :cool:
Lets just hope they don't remove that tower of light and put in its place a tower... We need for interesting landmarks in Singapore...

For 3 schools (plus boarding house, the church, the kindergarten), it has to be huge... Even the tennis courts for the JC have to be situated on the rooftop...lack of space?...

I don't know how it compares to the Chinese High + HCJC...is there a way to find out? The only place in Singapore which has 3 schools all sited within the same area is this, the SA Village... The closest to this is HCJC & TCHS, RJC & RI, ACSi & ACJC, ACSBR & ACS Primary, MSHS (Pri & Sec), Catholic High (Pri & Sec), Montfort (Pri & Sec) and a few more...
 
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