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15 Years at Tanglin

Generations of families that have been part of our community. It’s wonderful to see so many children journeying through the school, many of whom have been here for several years

15 Years at Tanglin

Just in the Class of 2019, nine graduates had been at Tanglin since Nursery. Here, Carl Ong Moller and Annie Pickup reflect on the last 15 years.

What are your memories of Nursery at Tanglin?

Carl – My parents told me that I cried a lot on my first day, but soon enjoyed making friends with the other children. I recall learning Malay. The teacher was great, and the lessons were fun.

Annie – During the graduation parade I remember seeing a few of the teaching assistants who were at Tanglin when I started. They were so kind. I also remember painting a rainbow which was used for the front cover of the school’s birthday calendar.

Which school year did you most enjoy?

Carl – Every year is brilliant! One part that stands out for me is going on the school trips. These have resulted in amazing lifelong memories and friendships. In Year 10 I went on the Australia Adventure and loved stepping outside of my comfort zone.

Annie – I enjoyed the independence of Sixth Form and the freedom of choice in my education. The teachers also begin to transition into teaching you as young adults.

Who was your favourite teacher at Tanglin and why?

Carl – Mr Pearce. He taught me in Infant PE and from Year 8 I was part of his year group and English class. He was always approachable and made lessons interesting! Miss Atkinson in Year 6 was really kind. She supported me in understanding the importance of being curious and developing knowledge in lots of different things.

Annie – Miss Craigie, now Head of Infant School, was my teacher in Year 1. She used to sing our names for the register. My Philosophy teacher, Mr Sprague, really cared about each student as an individual, both pastorally and in our educational progress, and he ensured each lesson was memorable and unique.

How has Tanglin inspired you?

Carl – The teachers shape you as an individual. They inspire students in their own way, sparking interests in things that we may not have considered before.

Annie – Tanglin has taught me the importance of achieving balance in what we do. There is a high expectation to achieve our best in exams, but there is an equally high emphasis on developing our interests and passions and becoming all-round good global citizens.

What makes Tanglin so special?

Carl – The community is very supportive. I’ve seen a lot of people come and go. I feel fortunate to have studied here for my whole school education. It’s now time to go our own ways, but Tanglin will always have a special place.

Annie – The community. Tanglin has been my second home.

What has been your proudest moment?

Carl – Receiving the Sportsmanship Award. I represented the Badminton team since Year 7 and was the Volleyball captain in Year 13.

In addition, having been able to give back to the Tanglin community through various projects and events as part of the Head Team has allowed me to develop key skills such as leadership and communication. I enjoyed the process of identifying an issue, proposing a solution and making improvements.

Annie – At the graduation ceremony I received the Headmasters Award – Respect. This was a complete surprise to me as I feel all students go above and beyond. My parents were very proud.

How did it feel to graduate?

Carl – It was very emotional, especially the parade. Going around the playing field with all the students and staff clapping was like walking down memory lane. It was a cool experience.

Annie – It was a bittersweet moment - exciting but sad. As a younger student I remember looking up to the Year 13 students. It was surreal to now be happening to me!

What will you miss about Tanglin?

Carl – Routine and going to a place where I feel comfortable.

Annie – My friends, the teachers and maintenance staff. Everyone is so friendly, even knowing each other’s names.  

What are you hopes and dreams for life beyond Tanglin?

Carl – I am doing National Service over the next two years and looking forward to continuing to explore and experiment in film studies.

Annie – I am studying English Literature at the University of Warwick.


Tanglin Trust School Singapore has a long tradition of providing British-based learning with an international perspective. At Tanglin we strive to make every individual feel valued, happy and successful.

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Registration period : 7 June 2023 to 6 June 2029

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