Left: The school now has 90-sq-m classrooms, a larger multi-purpose hall and a field custom-made for the institution’s key sports. Below: Montfort Secondary School boys took part in a run back to their newly refurbished premises on Jan 3.

After two years studying at temporary premises, Montfort Secondary School pupils returned home to their upgraded campus on Jan 3.

The renovations, which cost $22 million, were part of the Education Ministry’s Programme for Rebuilding and IMproving Existing Schools (PRIME), which aims to update facilities.

To mark their first day back in their refurbished school, 200 pupils took part in a run from their temporary premises in Serangoon North to their upgraded Hougang campus.

This was followed by a ceremony in which school principal Andrew Tan and invited guests made plaster imprints of their palms. These would later be placed on a wall to commemorate the occasion.

Montfort Secondary students can now look forward to spacious 90-sq-m classrooms, a larger multi-purpose hall and a new field custom made for the school’s key sports – rugby and softball.

They will also enjoy a larger canteen, an outdoor theatre as well as a special Heritage Gallery that will be shared with Montfort Junior School.

Montfort Secondary was formerly “a relatively old building of almost 20 years”, recalled school principal, Mr Tan. “Many of the facilities were undersized compared to the specifications of what most schools built in the last 10 years had.”

Now with a “much larger hall, new lecture theatre, six computer laboratories, a new library, we are able to mount programmes for our boys more effectively”.

The school also “wanted to build into the design a more Catholic environment”, he added. “We had built in arches in the overall design and set walls aside where we will inscribe inspiring Bible verses as well as quotes from our founder St Louis Marie de Montfort.”

Sec Four student Scott Hendroff recalled that when he first joined the school, it “was a little run down”.

Now, he is “impressed at the new equipment and especially the newly renovated school hall,” he added. “Our classrooms are also a lot bigger … but best of all, we have a brand new, huge canteen with more variety of food.”

Ms Tuty Asmary, a Sec Four teacher, noted that there are now more computer labs and equipment, “creating many pos-sibilities for IT-infused lessons”.

By Don Gurugay

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