Beatty Integrated School

Beatty Integrated School was my Primary School and back then, it wasn’t called Beatty Primary School. To understand this, probably we need to go into a bit of history on the past educational system.

Beatty Integrated School was officially opened by Mr. Chan Chee Seng (a popular figure in Jalan Besar area at that period), the then Parliamentary Secretary to Ministry Of Home Affairs in 1963. During the year 1959 to 1968, all those schools built were integrated schools. The purpose is to achieve social cohesion via integrating 2 or more language streams in one school.

That was because before World War II, and under the British rule, they only focused on English and Malay schools. Chinese and Tamil schools were run privately. It was during the Japanese Occupation that the education system in Singapore was then changed.

The Japanese introduced daily flag raising ceremony followed by physical exercise. They also forced to have a common language Nippon-go. After the Japanese left, our education system started to change – a free universal primary education to meet the country’s need. So the meaning of Integrated means Chinese, Malay and Tamil was the mother tongue language for the English stream schools. Most of the Chinese schools then were privately run. For more detail, please read the following;

Educational Innovation In Singapore by Ruth H.K. Wong.

The photo below shows the Opening Ceremony by Mr. Chan Chee Seng;

Photo credit : National Archives of Singapore

Note : Those 2 buildings behind were Block 6 (2 storey flat) and Block 7 (4 storey flat where my godmother’s family stayed).

The school ground now has been used by SINDA and some childcare center. Sad to say that the Beatty Integrated School was a school of the past; but the Secondary School is still around.


20 Responses to “Beatty Integrated School”

  1. 1 Dawn Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 8:39 pm


    I was a student from beatty primary sch. Left the sch in 1993. I still misses beatty very much. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because it is no longer there thats why people tend to miss it. I also misses the blk in front of the sch, my friends used to stay there.but we lost touch.

  2. 2 laokokok Friday, September 14, 2007 at 7:32 am

    Hi Dawn,
    Welcome here and it’s great to have another fellow Beatty school mate! Didn’t know that the school is still there in 1993 and like you said, really miss those SIT flats there.

  3. 3 She Guangxin Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Let me give u a huge surprise..

    i am from betty primary school too!! 1993 is my pri 1 😡

    1995 is my pri 3 also last year of school after that close down was very sad when it happen.. remb i cried 😦

  4. 4 laokokok Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Hi Guangxin,
    Glad to find another one from Beatty Pri too. Oh so the sch was still there in ’93.

  5. 5 Janet Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 11:34 am


    I am from Beatty Primary School too… Left the school in 1995 which also my last year and also the school closed down… Me too cried… So sad… till now I still missed the school a lot… I also misses the blk oppp the sch… my friend also used to be stayed over there… and I like to play their playground and bought ice-cream over there… Sad to see the sch closed down? but till now.. I still don’t understand why the school was closed down?



  6. 6 laokokok Friday, October 9, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Hi Janet,
    Ha another ex-schoolmate from Beatty Primary Sch! Those were the good old days.

  7. 7 Kimology Friday, October 30, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    If I’m not mistaken, they used to have evening classes at Beatty for working people who wanted to take exams as private candidates.

  8. 8 laokokok Friday, November 6, 2009 at 9:16 am

    I’m not aware of that, maybe I have left that estate already.

  9. 9 jasjas Monday, May 3, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Left schoon in 1987, miss those old days there.

  10. 10 meng Monday, June 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I was the first few batches student there from Aug 1962 to 1963. We were at first Chin Nan Public School students. When it was closed down due to fund runing out, we ere transfer to Whampoa Secondary School to use their classrooms and the school was re-named to Whampoa Primary School in 1961. I think that was temparoary arrangement to wait for the Beatty Integrteted School to be built. I did not continued and compleate my PSLE there as I was staying in St Michael’s Estate. It was a little bit far as my brother ad I got to go by private school bus. Most of the Chin Nam or later Whampoa school students were either from St Michael’s Est, Raymen Estate or along Bendemeer Road. I know a Senior Police Officer who is now still serving is from Chin Nam, Whampoa and completed PSLE in Beatty.

  11. 11 yuet lai Monday, July 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Wow, this has brought back many fond memories of my 6 years btw 1976 and 1981 in Beatty Pri. The best moment would have been the recess time. We loved playing ‘police catch theives’, runining wild around the two tuckshops. The common sight daily would be the human chain formed by students that stretched across the hardcourt getting ready to break free and run away from the police.

    I had also took part in one inter-school badminton tournament and we won a big trophy for the school…can’t remember the exact yr but the teacher in charge then was Mr. Chia. (some call him…’Lau Ye Cher’ ie. old fashion car in chinese.)

    Hope to catch up with my old friends….especially my long lost friend Lim Ivy.

    Yuet Lai

  12. 12 Ng Teng Joo Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I studied at Beatty Integrated Primary School from 1965 to 1970. My P6 form teacher was Mrs Bau Aik Neo (she taught us EL and Maths).

    It brings me fond memories to think of those days. ‘Be Ready’ was our school motto.

    We used to have our Sports Day at the field near Race Course Road (Next to Ceylon Sports Club). This because we do not have a school field.

    Sometimes, I made a detour to pass by the school building when I drive along Serangoon Road.

    Glad to have former Beatty pupils talking about the good old days!

  13. 13 Tang Chun Wah Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I studied in Beatty Primary School from 1975 – 1980.
    Still looking for my old classmates from Pri 6A in 1980….managed to find only other 4……love to gather and relive the old memories.

  14. 14 Zoso Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I’m from Beatty Integrated too. 1969 to 1972. p1 to p4 only. I shifted to Bedok in p5. I hope to meet up with my old class mate.

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  16. 16 Vince Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I born in 1975 and was from 1982 to 1983. Forget abt the class, maybe 6C or 6D. Anyone from that period maybe can contact me 🙂

  17. 17 Childcare centre in Singapore Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:06 am

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  18. 18 Ramasamy Sumathi Devi Monday, March 21, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    I was in Beatty Integrated Primary school from 1968 till 1973. Then went onto Rangoon Road Secondary School from 1974 till 1977. So sad that neither of my schools are there. Wish I could meet classmates from those yard! The best times of my school life was in primary school!

  19. 19 Ramasamy Sumathi Devi Monday, March 21, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    I was in Beatty Integrated Primary school from 1968 till 1973. Then went onto Rangoon Road Secondary School from 1974 till 1977. So sad that neither of my schools are there. Wish I could meet classmates from those days! The best times of my school life was in primary school!

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