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School History

1977 - 1986

  • On 23rd March 1977, Henry Park Primary School started with 287 pupils and 13 teachers coming from other schools, under the first principal Mrs Chew Fook Chun.
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  • The first Henry Park uniform was designed by the first principal, Mrs Chew.
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  • On 7 April 1978, the school was officially opened by Dr Chiang Hai Ding, MP for Ulu Pandan.
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  • In 1979, the Ng Eng Teng wall relief was created for the school. The artist Ng Eng Teng used ciment-fondu to create four panels which form the complete picture.
  • The school held its first Mid-Autumn Festival in September 1980. The event was reported in the then local newspaper, New Nation.
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  • In 1982, the school celebrated its 5th anniversary.
  • In 1983, the school scored a 100% PSLE pass rate.
  • In 1984, the enrolment of the school grew to 2200.
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  • In 1985, Mrs Pauline Ong, took the helm. Mrs Ong had obtained her doctorate and became the first PhD educator to run a primary school.

1987 - 1996


  • In 1987, the girls’ checkered pinafore was changed to a brown pinafore.
  • Ms Loo Cheng Peng became the third principal in 1989 and she endorsed the teaching of gymnastics to Primary 1 and 2 students.
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  • In 1990, the Parents’ Support Group was formed and the school started an exchange programme with the Singapore Japanese School.
  • In 1994, HPPS became a pioneer amongst the primary schools to provide students with bi-cultural experience with the introduction of the Overseas Chinese Immersion Programme.
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  • In 1995, HPPS’ student, Low Sanmay won 5 gold medals in the Pesta Sukan (Festival of Sports – competition amongst Malaysian states and Singapore) Gymnastics Competition and the SEAO Sports Award under the Sports Excellence Assistance Programme.

1997 - 2006


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  • In 1997, Ms Violet Khor became the fourth principal.
  • In the same year, HPPS celebrated her 20th anniversary with Guest-of-Honour, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Secretary (Policy) of Ministry of Education.
  • The school also became a Gifted Education Programme (GEP) Centre in 1997.
  • In 1998, Mr Richard Lim Chew Hiong became the fifth principal. He introduced the Character Building Programme in the school.
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  • The Parents' Support Group evolved into the Henry Park Parents' Association (HPPA) in 1998.
  • HPPS Homestay Programme was introduced in 1998 (local and overseas) through partnership with the Singapore Japanese School.
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  • On 9th September 2000, Minister Lim Boon Heng, officiated the Ground-Breaking Ceremony for the new school building.
  • In 2001, HPPS went through the Programme for Rebuilding and IMproving Existing Schools (PRIME). A symbolic “Movathon” was organized to commemorate this.
  • A new school uniform was introduced in 2003.
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  • In this year, a ‘Food and Fun Fair’ was held in September to raise funds for the new school building.
  • The new school building was completed in 2004 with new facilities that included an air-conditioned multi-purpose hall, a gymnasium, tennis courts and double-tier driveway.
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  • In 2004, HPPS was accorded the Singapore Quality Class Award
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  • Mr Ng Teng Joo became the sixth principal in 2004.
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  • In 2005, HPPS introduced the School Vision “A Leader in Every Child - with Talents and Strength of Character” and Core Values – Respect, Integrity, Care and Excellence (RICE).
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2007 - 2016


  • In 2008, the school was awarded the Singapore Quality Class.
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  • The school was also awarded the School Distinction Award. The award recognises schools with well-integrated and sustainable school processes and practices that have provided useful educational and developmental outcomes for the students.
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  • The school was accorded the following awards by the Ministry of Education in the same year: Best Practice Award in Teaching and Learning and Sustained Achievement Awards in Aesthetics, Sports and Physical Fitness. 
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  • The school achieved the niche status in Gymnastics under the Programme for School Excellences in 2018.
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  • In November 2008, the Indoor Sports Hall was completed.
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  • The 2010 Summer Youth Olympics torch relay passed by the school on 11 August.
  • The school shifted to Mount Sinai holding site at the end of 2011 and was there for a year and a half. The school underwent PERI (Primary Education Review and Implementation) upgrading in 2012, its second major renovation in history.
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  • On 28th March 2012, HPPS Dance Club clinched its first SYF Gold with Honours award for Chinese Dance Category.
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  • Talent Fiesta Carnival was held in August 2012 to celebrate the school’s 35th anniversary.
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  • Mr Chia Soo Keng became the seventh principal in December 2012.
  • A space was set up to chronicle the school’s past. Families from the school’s Alumni association pitched in to construct a 1.7m by 1.7m school badge made out of Lego bricks. The gallery spreads across the walls of the school and adopts the theme of a train journey to pay homage to the old Malayan Railway line that ran beside the school.
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  • The school returned to its original site at Holland Grove Road in June 2013. Its new facilities included a new block, additional classrooms, a running track, a synthetic turf and outdoor learning space.
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  • In 2014, the school was again accorded the School Distinction and Singapore Quality Awards.
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  • The school was accorded Best Practice Awards in Teaching and Learning, Student All-Round Development, Character Development and Partnership. 
  • His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince of Brunei visited Henry Park on 3rd Sept 2014.
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  • HPPS became a single-session school in 2015. On 7th April, a special 38th Anniversary was held to commemorate SG50. Henry Park Express, the school’s heritage gallery was opened by LG (Ret) Winston Choo. The school’s Learning for Life Programme (LLP) was approved by MOE.
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2017 - Current


  • On 7th April 2017, the school celebrated her 40th anniversary. A photo mosaic of the aerial view of the school was created using over 2000 photos of students, staff and stakeholders.
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  • In 2017, about 400 Primary 2 to 4 students took part in the National Day Parade.
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  • In 2018, the school had a Children's Day Carnival. Game booths and bouncy castles were set for all the children to have fun.
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  • Mr Koh Chin Thong became the 8th principal in 2018.
  • In 2018, the school embarked on a yearly staff-led walkathon, Walk-for-Joy, in an effort to bring joy to the less fortunate. The whole school will work together to raise funds for a good cause while the staff will undertake the walk.
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  • On 22 June 2018, Henry Park staff fulfilled their pledge to complete their Walk-for-Joy at Fort Canning Hill.
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  • On 27 June 2019, Henry Park staff completed their pledge to walk around the Civic District and Singapore Riverfront as part of the school’s effort in commemorating Singapore Bicentennial.