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Beatty Secondary School near The Gems

Beatty Secondary School is a co-educational neighbourhood secondary school in Toa Payoh, Singapore. It was established in 1953 and named for David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty, former Admiral of the Fleet of the United Kingdom. The school colours, crest, and motto, Non Vi Sed Arte, are taken from Beatty’s coat of arms.

The graduated cohort of 2008 presented the school with the best overall results in the GCE ‘O’ Level examinations throughout the school’s 55 years of history. Average L1B5 value stands at 18, making it a Band 9 school.

Beatty Secondary School Toa Payoh

Samsui women and 19th-century spinning optical toys came together in an winning effort at N.E.mation! – a digital animation competition organised to mark Total Defence Day.

The video by a team from Beatty Secondary School, featuring 120 images drawn to show the nation’s achievements such as Changi Airport, Newater and the Marina Bay skyline, yesterday earned top place.

Beatty Secondary School

These images were divided into strips of 10 and placed around the surfaces of 12 reflective cylinders. When spun, the mirrors of the device – a praxinoscope – produce what appears to be a single image in motion.

Using the idea of reflection, the team drew parallels between people then and now such as samsui women and construction workers. They said the common values were resourcefulness with the aim to carve out a better future in Beatty Secondary School.

Beatty Secondary School Educational Institution

The winning entry was selected by a panel of professional animators and academics. The public also got to weigh in, with more than 48,900 votes recorded.

Over the years, the student population increased manifold. The old school premises and facilities were inadequate for both the staff and students. In the late 1970s, Mr Lim Bok Hai, the then school Principal, initiated the move to larger premises with better facilities. The old Beatty Secondary School eventually moved to its present premises in Toa Payoh in March 1982.

It was officially opened on 26 July 1983 by Mr Michael Liew, the former Member of Parliament for Boon Teck. In the same year, girls were re-admitted to Secondary One. The school saw the graduation of its last batch of Pre-U 3 students in 1991. From 1992 onwards, it has functioned as a full-co-educational secondary school. The school turned single session again in 1996. In 1996, the school had 40 clasess with a total population of 1,500.

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