By Karen Lim, Strategic Communications Manager, RGS
From its humble beginning in 1879, RGS has progressed remarkably from a one-room department in a boys’ school (RI) to a full-fledged girls-only institution, adapting itself continuously to the ongoing changes in the education landscape. The school motto—‘Filiae Melioris Aevi’ or ‘Daughters of a Better Age’—is a promise and a hope of what is to come. Now, 135 years later, the school motto is still, if not more, relevant. Today, the RGS name stands as the embodiment of excellence, grit, adaptability and innovation in education.
The RGS girl, in her neatly pressed dark blue pinafore, is as much the face of RGS as she is a part of the fabric of Singapore. She comes from all walks of life. She symbolises hope and the potential to do well. She is the high ability girl, who through the RGS experience, will discover her interests and talents, sharpen her skills and excel in all that she does. With RGS’ culture of service through community action and community problem solving, the RGS girl is not content to be merely a passive inheritor of a better age; instead, she aspires and dares to be an active creator of a better age for all.
The RGS 135 Logo
Earlier this year, RGS students were invited to design a logo to commemorate RGS’ 135th Anniversary. We are happy to present the selected logo design, which is the creative work of RGS students Emily Yu and Marilyn Kang.
Emily and Marilyn describe their design: ‘The logo gracefully and artfully positions “RGS 135” as the key element. “RGS” is in the 3 colours of the school—green, black and white. The trailing line represents that RGS has come a long way and is continuously trailblazing. “135” is emblazoned in gold, showing how strong RGS stands in its heritage and foundation. The tree is the same colour scheme as “RGS”, symbolising the school. The birds in the background fly in different directions and heights, showing the various batches of RGS girls who have been nurtured by the school and have subsequently flown to greater heights. The years 1879–2014 depict the school growing strong and embracing greater frontiers.’