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River Valley High School, Singapore

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River Valley High School (RVHS) (simplified Chinese: 立化中学; traditional Chinese: 立化中學; pinyin: Lì Huà Zhōngxué; Wade–Giles: li4hua4 chung1hsüeh2) is an autonomous educational institution that offers the Integrated Programme in Singapore. Founded in 1956, it is one of the Special Assistance Plan high schools designated by the Ministry of Education in recognition of its heritage and excellence in education.[1][2]

River Valley High School
Sekolah Tinggi River Valley
River Valley High School crest.svg
RiverValleyHigh (1).png
6 Boon Lay Avenue
Singapore 649961

Coordinates1°20′35″N 103°42′34″E / 1.343172°N 103.709490°E / 1.343172; 103.709490Coordinates: 1°20′35″N 103°42′34″E / 1.343172°N 103.709490°E / 1.343172; 103.709490
Special Assistance Plan (SAP)
Integrated Programme
(We shall uphold virtues and contribute to society. Through personal growth, we shall guide others in the quest for knowledge and wisdom)
SessionSingle session
School code3103
PrincipalMrs Teo Khin Hiang
Colour(s) Blue   White   Red 
Team nameTeam RV
Publication"RV Times"



Singapore Government Chinese Middle SchoolEdit

River Valley High School was founded as Singapore Chinese Middle School. It was the first Chinese middle school set up by the government, occupying the premises of Seng Poh Primary School. It was later renamed Queenstown Government Chinese Middle School and subsequently River Valley Government Chinese Middle School when it was moved to Strathmore Avenue.[3]

Designation of Special Assistance PlanEdit

River Valley High School admitted its first batch of English stream pupils when it was selected as one of the pioneering nine Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools in 1979. It shifted from River Valley to West Coast in December 1986. Due to the smaller school campus at the West Coast site, the school became a double-session school. It reverted to a single-session school in 1993 after adding new blocks to the West Coast site. It was among the first six schools in Singapore to assume the ascendance to autonomous status in 1994. For its achievements in its CCAs, it was also one of the first schools to receive all three available Sustained Achievement Awards when it was first offered by the Ministry of Education in 2001.[4]

Introduction of Integrated ProgrammeEdit

In 2006 River Valley High School was officially designated a 6-Year Integrated Programme school. Under the programme, students follow a six-year Integrated Programme curriculum which allows students to sit for the GCE 'A' Level examinations at year 6 without taking the GCE 'O' Level examinations. The final batch of GCE 'O' Level students graduated from River Valley High School in 2007.[5][6]

Opening up to Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE)Edit

At a press release held by the Ministry of Education on 21 September 2018, it was revealed that River Valley would be participating in the JAE as of 2019, and will accept GCE O-Level students from other secondary schools. The first batch of JAE students arrived in 2019.[7]


Name of Principal Native Name Years Served
Mr Suen Y-Chern 孙一尘先生 1956-1960
Mr Lim Hui Eng 林惠瀛先生 1960-1962
Mr Wong Cheong Chie 王昌稚先生 1962-1964
Mr Wong Bing Chie 王炳绩先生 1964-1974
Mdm Leong Fan Chin 梁环清女士 1974-1993
Mr Tham Tuck Meng 谭德明先生 1993-2003
Ms Ek Soo Ben 易素雯女士 2003-2009
Mr Koh Yong Chiah 许永正先生 2009-2012
Mrs Teo Khin Hiang 李惠棣女士 2012–Present

School identity & cultureEdit

The RV Spirit Sculpture in River Valley High School, which bears resemblance to the Chinese characters of the school name, at the main block.

River Valley is known for its inclusive culture, a common trait shared among Special Assistance Plan schools with a strong Chinese background.[2]

School songEdit

River Valley High School retains its school song in mandarin Chinese. The song, with close links to the school motto, represents the heritage of the school and the aspirations of the founders' hopes in educating the next generation. Students are reminded to bring glory to the school through excellence in both academics and behaviour. The school song is written in literary Chinese, giving it a poetic touch. The lyrics are written in verses of four characters, a parallel to Chinese idioms, with the exception of the last two verses.[8][9]


River Valley High School's crest is made of the school's initials "RV". The colour of red symbolises radiance, progress and vitality, the colour of blue symbolises steadfastness, graciousness and serenity, while white symbolises purity and receptiveness to innovation.[10]


River Valley High's Year 1-3 school uniform is unique to River Valley High School, one of the most outstanding and identifiable uniform designs in Singapore. Male students wear an all white shirt with white shorts, while female students wear a white pinafore. Both the shirt and pinafore bear the school initials, "RV", in red and blue at the front left chest level.[10]

The Year 4-6 ( secondary 4 - junior college) uniform is a plain white shirt or blouse complemented with blue skirt or white pants. A collar pin is worn on the left collar, which bear the school crest.[10]

Song writing heritageEdit

River Valley High is known for its popularity in composing and singing campus songs and Xinyao, a genre of songs originated in the 1980s that is unique to Singapore. River Valley High have its collection of songs written by its former and present students.[11] This associates River Valley High with institutions that have strong cultural background and influence in Singapore's music scene, such as Hwa Chong Institution and Jurong Junior College.[12] River Valley High students are also seen taking an active role in the continuation of Singapore's song writing heritage.[13]


Bird-eye view of River Valley High School Campus

River Valley High School's campus is the newest among all SAP and Integrated Programme institutions, officially declared open in 2010 and costs over $70 million to build.[14] Located off Boon Lay Avenue, the 7.64-hectare campus comprises facilities that supports the educational needs for the six-year Integrated Programme, and strongly encapsulate a strong cultured environment.[14]

River Valley High Student HostelEdit

The River Valley High Student Hostel is located adjacent to the school campus, consisting of two 12-storey and one 15-storey building (Halls 1, 2 & 3). It provides accommodation for up to 500 boarders and 25 teacher mentors.[15] The building features a dining hall and is supported with internet access.[16] However, this hostel closed in late 2016.[17]

Academic InformationEdit

River Valley High School Integrated Programme (RVIP)Edit

From 2006, River Valley High School offers the 6-year Integrated Programme, allowing its students to take the GCE 'A' level examinations at the end their sixth year (JC2) in the school. It also offers the Bicultural Studies Programme (Chinese), joining Dunman High School, Hwa Chong Institution and Nanyang Girls' High School. The programmed is aimed to nurture independent and passionate individuals who uphold strong moral character, effectively bilingual in English and Chinese language, and have a global perspective that allows them to face challenges in the changing world.[18][19]

Construct, Integrate, Differentiate (CID) ProgrammeEdit

The Construct, Integrate, Differentiate (CID) Programme is an integrated curriculum under the RVIP that focuses on knowledge construction with differentiation features to cater to the diverse talents and interests of the students.

The CID Programme provides students with opportunities to construct their own learning by integrating knowledge from various disciplines, using modes of inquiry appropriate to the subject or project that they are working on. In the CID Programme, students spend their freed time constructively on inquiry-based and research-oriented project work. Teamwork is emphasised through collaborative and co-operative learning.[20]

The programme is designed with the objectives of providing students with the opportunities to engage in individualised research in an area of strength. All students will complete coursework in Research Methods, an in depth learning of the quantitative and qualitative methods appropriate to individualised researches. With the completion of the Research Methods coursework, students can opt to undertake research in one of the following programmes: the Junior Scientists Programme (scientific research work), Innovators Programme (engineering and design), Mathematics Talent Programme and the Explorers Programme (humanities). Students can also seek attachments at the local or overseas institutes for the CID Extended Learning. Opportunities for further learning are also provided through overseas exchange programmes.

CHAMPS ProgrammeEdit

CHAMPS is an acronym for "Character Education; Health Education; Active Citizenry; Moral Philosophy; Physical Education; & Student Leadership Development". It is a unique and integrated Pupil Development Programme designed by RV. It focuses on the development of values and character. It seeks to develop life skills, and the social, national, cultural and moral consciousness of the students. ASK will be infused in the teaching and learning of PDP. Besides the core modules in CHAMPS, students would complete at least 1 PDP elective module each year.

Special Assistance PlanEdit

River Valley High School, being a Special Assistance Plan school, has a very strong Chinese environment. Chinese language, culture and history are often emphasised in the School. It is compulsory for all Year 1 to 4 students to take up Higher Chinese as a subject, Chinese culture lessons are also mandatory in lower secondary and students can opt for Chinese Literature in upper secondary.

Bi-cultural Studies Programme (BSP)Edit

River Valley is one of the few institutions in Singapore to offer the Bi-cultural Studies Programme. The 4-year programme, which is offered at Year 3 level, aims to nurture a bi-cultural orientation amongst a core group of students.[21] River Valley High's BSP included camps, enrichment electives which acts as complements to the ministry's programme.[22]

Co-curricular activities (CCAs)Edit

Performing arts Uniform groups (Years 1 - 4) Sports Clubs, academies and societies
  • Dance Society
  • Concert Band
  • Chinese Orchestra
  • Chorale
  • English Literary, Drama and Debate Society (ELDDS)
  • Chinese Literary, Drama and Debate Society (CLDDS)
  • Street Dance (Junior College)
  • Guitar Ensemble (Junior College)
  • Athletics (Cross Country/Track & Field) (Junior College)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Floorball (Girls)
  • Football (Junior College)
  • Netball (Girls)
  • Shooting (Junior College)
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (Junior College)
  • Volleyball (Girls)
  • Wushu (Chinese Martial Arts)
  • Students' Council
  • Aesthetics Council
  • National Education Council
  • Infocomm & Robotics Club
  • Photography Club (Junior College)
  • Student Editorial and Library Club (Junior College)
  • Bicultural Academy
  • Science Leaders' Academy
  • Mathematics Leaders' Academy
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Leaders' Academy

Notable alumniEdit

Government and politicsEdit


The ArtsEdit

  • Tham Yew Chin: Prominent Writer; Cultural Medallion Recipient - Literary Arts


See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


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  16. ^ "FAQs". Retrieved 27 August 2017.
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  19. ^ RVIP Curriculum Framework
  20. ^ The Construct, Integrate, Differentiate Programme
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