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Our History

The Early Days 1979-1989
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Mayflower Primary School was established on 2 January 1979 with 56 classes, 77 teachers and 2,395 pupils. It was then located at 20 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 and named after the old Mayflower Estate that once stood there. The school functioned in two sessions, sharing its premises with Ang Mo Kio Primary School. In July 1980 the school was officially opened by Mr Yeo Toon Chia, then Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio.

Under Madam Chua Soo Huang (1979-1984), the school crest and uniform were designed. With the help of Mr Seah Lye Huat, a PE Inspector, and Mr Leong Yoon Pin from CCAC (Co-Curricular Activities Centre), the words and lyrics for the school song were written.

Mr George Goh Yong Chua (1984-1988) did much to foster camaraderie amongst his staff and under his tenure, staff developed a strong sense of belonging to Mayflower Primary School. Through Mr Goh’s four and half years of active and dedicated leadership, he has left a symbolic spirit for the staff and pupils to emulate. Much credit is owed to these two pioneer principals for establishing the school in her initial years.

Expansion 1989-1999
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Mrs Mary Lim took over as principal in 1989 and remained at the helm until 1996. In 1993 , Mayflower Primary School took over the entire building that it had up till then shared with Ang Mo Kio Primary School, dissolved its two-session structure and became a single session school. However, this change was short lived as enrollment increased dramatically shortly after the move, driving the school to once again offer two sessions.

Mayflower Today 2000-to date
oldschool2000.jpg On 11 March 2000, Mayflower Primary School moved to a brand new school at 200 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, its present location. Deputy Prime Minister, Brigadier-General Lee Hsien Loong, Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio, officially opened the school on 17 July 2000. Mayflower Primary School’s move to its current locale was the first to be implemented under the Ministry of Education’s Programme for the Rebuilding and Improvement of Existing Schools (PRIME).The new school was by all accounts a major improvement from the old school. Built upwards to maximize space, the new school comprised classrooms and facilities spread out over several floors divided into three blocks.

The school had not only grown in size, her students were becoming accomplished in their own fields of study. Now considered as an established primary school in Singapore, Mayflower Primary School consistently produces good pupils who fare well academically and are socially responsible young citizens. It is an asset to Ang Mo Kio and is poised to continue its good performance into the 21st century.

On 15 December 2015, Mrs Lim-Chua Siow Ling was appointed the Principal or Mayflower Primary School. She would be the 8th officially appointed Principal of the school.

Principals: Past and Present

Madam Chua Soo Huang (1979-1983)
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Madam Chua Soo Huang was the pioneering principal of Mayflower Primary School. She was responsible for forming much of the school’s identity. The school uniform, crest, motto and song were put together during her tenure.

Mr George Goh Yong Chua (1984-1988)
george.jpg Mr Goh became Principal when Madam Chua stepped down at the end of 1983. Under Mr Goh, the school developed a science room and science garden which became models for other schools. Membership of the School Advisory Committee increased during Mr Goh’s tenure and an annual Games Day was initiated. Upon leaving Mayflower Primary School, he moved on to head two other schools including Anglo-Chinese School (Primary). He served at the Ministry of Education as Group Senior Principal, Inspector of Schools and School Superintendent for 10 years before his retirement in 2001.

Mrs Mary Lim (1988-1996)
marylim.jpgIn June 1988, Mrs Mary Lim assumed principalship of the school when Mr Goh was appointed Inspector of Schools. During her tenure as Principal, Information Technology was introduced to the school, and all teachers were sent for computer training. Speech and Drama classes in both English and Chinese were initiated, computer classes were organized for the pupils during school holidays and abacus classes were introduced. In 1991, a fund raising event was organized to raise funds for school improvement projects such as installing air-conditioning in the special rooms. The school uniform also adopted her present design during Mrs Lim’s time. She is Mayflower Primary School’s longest serving principal to date.

Mrs Mary Teo (1997)
maryteo.jpg Mrs Mary Lim was transferred to Woodlands Primary School in December 1996, and Mrs Mary Teo took over the helm for one year. Before coming to Mayflower Primary School, Mrs Teo was principal of Junyuan Primary School and upon leaving Mayflower Primary School, she was posted to the Ministry of Education Special Schools Unit as an Inspector. When she eventually retired in 2001 from public service, she headed a special school for special needs children and oversee the implementation of various well-received programs.

Ms Ngeow Ah Cheng (1998-2003)
ngeowah.jpgAt the end of 1997, Mrs Mary Teo was succeeded by Ms Ngeow Ah Cheng. She built on the school’s strengths in the performing arts and staff development to spur the school to greater heights. In addition, she spearheaded several innovative teaching strategies such as the use Multiple Intelligences and Cooperative Learning. Prior to joining Mayflower Primary School, Ms Ngeow was appointed Specialist Inspector of English before being made Vice Principal of Xin Ming Secondary School. She retired from the education service in Dec 2003.

Mr Zainal Bin Sapari (2004-2009)
Mr Zainal.jpg Mr Zainal became principal on 1 January 2004. He started his career in education in 1991 as a teacher in Tampines Secondary School. In June 2001, he became Vice Principal of East Spring Primary School, before joining Mayflower Primary School. During his tenure as the school's principal, the School Heritage Gallery was set up for our pupils to discover things about our school history, community and nation to instill a sense of identity and rootedness.

Mrs Valarie Wilson (15 Dec 2009 - 14 Dec 2015)
Mrs Wilson.jpgMrs Valarie Wilson was appointed Principal of Mayflower Primary school on 15 December 2009. Mrs Wilson received her tertiary education from King's College, University of London, on a Singapore Government Scholarship. Prior to joining MFPS, Mrs Wilson served as Vice-Principal at Anglo-Chinese Junior College, School of the Arts, Singapore and Bukit Batok Secondary School. Mrs Wilson completed her Leaders in Education Programme at the National Institute of Education in 2009 where she was awarded the Dr. Ruth Wong Gold Medal. Under her leadership, MFPS further developed the Arts-enhanced and Arts-integrated curriculum and innovative pedagogies aimed at developing 21st century competencies in our pupils, equipping them to be future-ready.

Mrs Lim-Chua Siow Ling (2016 - Present)

Name of Vice Principals

  1. Ms Chee Yeung Wai (2015 – present)
  2. Mdm Thilagamani Sivanandam (2014 – Present)
  3. Miss Cheong Sau Peng (2003 – 2014)
  4. Mr See Kok Kiong (2011 – 2013)
  5. Madam Agnes Lee Ling Ling
  6. Mr Lim Yap Seng
  7. Mrs Suzanna Jeyanthi Ramos
  8. Mr Wong Kong Chiew
  9. Mr Thiru
  10. Mr Lock Hong Fai
  11. Mrs Sally Thio
  12. Miss Nellie Choo
  13. Madam Chua

(Note: in descending order of year appointed)