Alexandra Grammar - British Forces Schools in Singapore


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Welcome to the ex pupils and teachers site of the British Forces Schools in Singapore

The Schools covered on this site are all the schools that operated within the Army, Royal Air Force and Naval Bases in Singapore from 1945 onwards. They include schools at the Royal Air Force Stations at Tengah, Changi and Seletar, Army Bases at Tanglin, Nee Soon and Gillman and the Naval Base ,H.M.S. Terror,based in the northern part of Singapore, facing Johore Bahru in Malaya, just across the Causeway. There is a list of Boarders housed at Kinloss from "Up Country" (the Malayan mainland) and other parts of the Far East, where the British Forces Educational Service, were unable to provide full time teaching services. We have also included some schools in mainland Malaya. We currently have over 2000 ex-pupils listed.

Relive some those times, which were both exciting and idyllic. It was a time when all your cares and problems were forgotten. Sundays, throughout the year, were spent at the beach or swimming pool, Walks in the "jungle" were possible anytime and every day was like a summer holiday. Life was kind, memories stored and friendships were formed for life. We were very lucky and we were proud to have been part of this scene. Look through the site, make contact with friends, post messages and enjoy yourselves by going back in time! Go to the Picture Galleries and wallow in nostalgia.

The Listings

There are individual listings for the RAF Stations at Changi (327 members), Seletar (276 members) and Tengah (113 members) , Alexandra Grammar School (377 members), Alexandra Secondary Modern School (164 members) and Alexandra Junior/Infants School (137 members). In September 1964, The Alexandra Schools closed, with the opening of St. Johns Comprehensive School (535 members). The old buildings of AGS and ASM, reopened as Bourne School (365 members) catering for pupils until the age of thirteen, who then went on to St. Johns. Entertainment was provided at the Gillman Youth Club, which is now now just a shell at Gillman Barracks. It has not been possible to list the individual schools at the RAF Bases, so you will find a mix of Infants, Juniors, Grammar and Secondary entries. There is a separate list for the boarders at Kinloss House(138 members). Due to the popularity of this site, we now have separate lists for the Naval School - Sembawang (85 members), Pasir Panjang (58 members),Nee Soon (40 members) and Wessex (36 members).

In addition, you will find that the Other Schools (71 members)listing, includes entries from former pupils of Pulau Brani, Tanglin, West Coast Infants and Juniors, Kehnutie Park, West Hill Primary and Woodlands (NZ) School. We also have entries for the Taiping, Kluang, Slim and Bourne Schools of Malaya.

St. Johns Comprehensive, became the Singapore International School and is now part of The United World College of Singapore and the buildings at Alexandra are still around.

Tengah is now part of the Singapore Air Force and Changi is the location of the New International Airport as well as a Singapre Air Force base.

On the links page, there's a new link to The Army Children Archive (TACA) with more interesting facts about schooling from 1945 onwards for children of serving families.


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