Archive for the 'The 60s' Category

My first school bag

Looking back, it looked more like luggage bag than a school bag! That was how my first school bag looked like in 1969;

Picture Credit : Federal Publisher

I remebered that during assembly, some students liked to sit on their bags. It was rather noisy when all students opened their bags together.

The pencil case used during my Primary School days were those of plastic with magnet type;

Photo Credit : Lytsimon

The picture displayed in the front cover were usually the popular cartoon characters at that time. They usually have compartment for various purposes like pencil, rubber, etc.

My Primary Education

This is the continuation of the post yesterday “Beatty Integrated School”. Here is the front cover of my Report Card;

I do not understand why in the past, most Chinese wordings are placed before (above) the English wordings. You may note that the word “Primary” was not there. The plastic cover given was not of very clear type but good enough to offer protection to the report card hehe.

Surprisingly inside the Report Card, the English wordings showed the word “Primary” as in Beatty Integrated Primary School.

Also note that the Postal Code 8 was written at the Address then in 1969!

So have you noticed that our Primary Education has changed over this 30 to 40 years.

Science was taught in Primary 1 during my time in 1969! Now, Science was taught in Primary 3 onwards.  

I’m not too sure how the Science syllabus may have changed since then, but definitely the primary school Science nowadays are far more detailed and difficult than in the past. Here is a very old Science book published in 1969 by Federal (insert);


Another point you may note is that History and Geography were taught from Primary 3 onwards then while these subjects were integrated into Social Studies as a subject and taught from Pri.1 nowadays. Only from Secondary 1, History and Geography were taught as a seperate subject now.

Finally, you may see that there were only about 160 students in my same level from Primary 1 to 3. So there were probably about 4 classes each of about 40 students. Far lesser than now of course, why? Maybe the population then was lesser and also Primary Education might not yet be compulsory. So you see as time passed by, more and more people are getting educated and thus it’s far more difficult to get a job in future even if you are a graduate – the population grows and you are just one of the many!

SATA Greeting Seals

My late godfather used to buy these SATA greeting seals in the past. Somehow I managed to have a couple of such booklets – from $2 per booklet (10 sheets of 10 seals per sheet) in 1969 to $5 per booklet in 1971. $2 or $5 may not be a large amount now, but at that time (60s and 70s) it was quite a considerable amount.

These are not meant to replace the usual postage stamps but used to decorate your letters as shown below.

For those that do not know what SATA is (click on the link in the first para) , I’m not surprised as TB (Tuberculosis) is no longer a major killer in Singapore. It was in the 60s, thus Singapore Anti-Tuberculosis Association (SATA) was setup in 1947.

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Wondering why was there a Fairleigh Dickinson University backdrop doing in Singapore at that time in December 1968? Also where was that place?

1968 PAP Report Card

Should be a 1968 PAP Kindergarten Report Card! I’m wondering why I’m only studying during the 2nd term of the Kindergarten at the PAP? That means I only had 6 mths of Kindergarten education prior to my Primary education.

If you see carefully the above Report Card;

– The Chinese text is above the English.

– The address (436, Pesiaran Keliling) of the Kindergarten or the Road name does not exist anymore.

– Postal code probably still not introduced yet.

Now for the inside of the Report Card;

I really don’t have much recollection of that address 182, Mattar Road, Block 2! That means I may have stayed with my “Ba Gu” or No.8th Auntie (my Father’s elder sister) for about 6 mths. That Block 2 should have been demolished long ago. Why the unit number just 182 at that time?

Where in Singapore – Part 2

Following my yesterday’s post on Where in Singapore, I’ve received lots of feedback giving me the approximate location of the landmark shown in that photo.

Peter (in yesterday’s comments post) has highlighted that it is most probably located at the current Stadium Road (it was un-named road in the past even up to 1975).

See the blue ink for the suspected location;

That means it was very near to Oasis Restaurant and the Stadium Boulevard (Stadium Boulevard probably wasn’t built in the 60s).

Thanks to Peter and the rest in other forums for their help in locating the landmark.

Another view of the Kallang Park Structure posted on 4 Jan 2008; 

The below photo is contributed by Philip Chew.

Philip wrote:

“It was located in the middle of the drive way near the present MacDonald restuarant. Notice my car on the right of the road. I stopped by the roadside purposely to snap this picture. The HDB flats at Old Airport Road  is in the background.”

“The structure was in the middle of the drive way to Kallang Park near the present MacDonald Restuarant. There was no National Stadium building at that time. I used to drive my children to the park to play. There was a large sand pit with swings and merry go-round and also colourful cylindrical tunnel blocks for children to play. I took movies of my children in 8mm film. Recently, I converted the films into DVD. When I saw your blog and the photo, I recognised it at once. I played the DVD to confirm it. I shall get a similar photo and email it to you.”

Thank you Philip!

Where in Singapore?

This is a very old photo taken by my father who used to love photography in his younger days. This place should be near Merdeka Bridge, Guillemard Road or the old un-named road now called Stadium Boulevard; not sure at all? Anyone knows?


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