Catholic High School, Singapore
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|Catholic High School
Sekolah Menengah Catholic
Care, Honesty, Service
|9 Bishan Street 22, Singapore 579767|
|Type||SAP, IP, Autonomous|
|Founder||Rev. Edward Becheras|
|Sister school||Singapore Chinese Girls' School
CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls' School
|Principal||Soh Lai Leng Magdalen|
|Supervisor||Father Henry Siew|
|Medium of language||English
|Campus size||7 hectares (17 acres)|
|Color(s)||Green, White, Red and Yellow|
|Affiliation||Catholic Junior College
Eunoia Junior College
|Vision||The Catholic High School student is a leader, gentleman and bilingual scholar of high integrity and robust character, who is passionate about life, learning and service to others.|
Catholic High School (simplified Chinese: 公教中学; traditional Chinese: 公敎中學) (also known as CHS or Cat High) is an all-boys Catholic school in Singapore. It has a primary section offering a six-year primary education and a secondary section offering the four-year GCE 'O' Level education. From 2013, the secondary section also offers the six-year Integrated Programme jointly with Singapore Chinese Girls' School and CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School. The school is a Special Assistance Plan school, as well as a Gifted Education Programme centre. Catholic High School is affiliated to Catholic Junior College.
Founded in 1935 by Rev. Fr. Edward Becheras, a French missionary, the school caters for students who are fluent in both English and Chinese. The school has produced 20 President's Scholars and numerous recipients of other scholarships. Some of its alumni are leaders in the public and private sectors. It was ranked in the Band 1 tables of the Ministry of Education school academic rankings until such rankings were abolished in 2012. In 2008, it was awarded the School Distinction Award under the MOE Master Plan of Awards, which recognizes high-achieving schools with exemplary processes and practices.
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Uniforms are compulsory for students. Catholic High is one of only a handful of Singapore secondary schools that require boys of all ages to wear short trousers throughout their time at the school. Surveys at the school have shown that CHS boys support this rule. One student interviewed during the survey stated that "Shorts give us more room to move about, and are certainly more convenient when we sit, and especially when running ... Long pants are stuffy and inconvenient".
The house system is used during school sporting events. The four houses — Edward, Noel, Philippe and Joseph — are named after former principals and supervisors of the school.
-  Edward: Rev. Fr. Edward Becheras was the founder and first supervisor of the school.
- Noel: Rt. Rev. Noel Goh was the school's third, fifth and seventh supervisor.
- Joseph: Rev. Joseph Chang was principal from 1960-1974.
- Philippe: Rev. Philippe Wu was principal from 1950-1956.
Houses are allocated to teachers and students. Students are elected into leadership positions in each house, such as captain, secretary, treasurer and level coordinator. Sports events such as the annual cross-country and sports night help earn points for the houses. At the end of the year, points are totalled up and the house with the highest points wins the Challenge Shield.
Catholic High Music Awards
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The Catholic High Music Awards (Abbreviation: CHMA; CH Music Awards for short) is an annual school talent search competition held in Catholic High School (Singapore), which presents the school's musical talents a platform to showcase their abilities. This competition organised by the Catholic High School's iMedia Club, a Co-Curricular Activity (CCA), in collaboration with the school's music department. It is currently is one of the large-scale school concerts in Singapore.
The contest was originally a small-scale event held during one of the weekly school assemblies. It has then evolved over the years into its current form under the guidance of Mr Wang Jiunn, the then-concert producer. In its six-year run, CHMA has been held in the Catholic High school hall every year.
Students compete in various categories, namely, Solo Vocalists, Group Vocals, Rock Bands, Instrumental Bands, Duets and Creative Expressions. After several rounds of auditions, judges would select the best students to be the finalists, who will perform on the finale night concert. External bands are often invited to perform during the finale night concert. Several finalists have gained attention and had enjoyed moderate success in other talent competitions, such as Tan Zhi Yi in One Million Star and Paul Twohill in Singapore Idol.
The CHA has funded many local/overseas enrichment programmes for students as well as staff development programmes for teachers. The CHA offers the OBA Founders' Scholarships for outstanding Catholic High students. Members of the CHA also volunteer as guest speakers at assembly talks, mentors for CHA scholars, and advisors for special projects such as the OBA-CH Innovative Problem-Solving Competition using IT and the IT Challenge Programme, etc.
- Lee Hsien Loong: Prime Minister of Singapore
- Lim Swee Say: Minister, Prime Minister's Office of Singapore
- Gan Kim Yong: Minister of Manpower, Singapore
- Dr Ow Chin Hock: Former Minister of State and Member of Parliament, 1976–2001
- Chan Soo Sen: Former Minister of State; Human Resource Director, Keppel Corporation
- Baey Yam Keng: Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC, Managing Director of Hill and Knowlton
- Chen Show Mao: Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC.
- Chao Hick Tin: Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Singapore
- Major General (MG) Hoo Cher Mou: Chief of Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force
- Brigadier General (BG) Lim Tuang Liang: Chief of Staff (Air Staff), Republic of Singapore Air Force
- Lee Hsien Yang: Chairman, Fraser and Neave; Chairman Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)
- Anthony Chan Hean Tat: Managing Director, Chan Brothers Travel
Media and Entertainment
- Edmund Chen: Actor, Mediacorp
- Elvin Ng: Actor, Mediacorp
- Ho Wee Seng: Actor, National Geographic
- Dr Liang Wern Fook: Singer/composer; Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Nanyang Technological University 
- Tay Ping Hui: Actor, Mediacorp
- Kuo Pao Kun: Playwright
- Laurence Lien: Civil Servant, NMP, Philanthropist 
- Michael Lien: Corporate banker, Philanthropist 
- Dr Martin Huang: Plastic Surgeon 
- Professor Chao Tzee Cheng: Forensic Pathologist 
- School Achievement Tables and Honour Rolls 2007, Ministry of Education.
- Winners of Special Awards 2004 to 2008 Ministry of Education, Singapore.
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- Official website
- School Information Service
- Catholic High Music Awards
- Catholic High School Old Boys' Association