5. Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) Schools
As many of you may already know, there’s more than one CHIJ school in Singapore. To be exact, there are 11 different CHIJ schools, made up of primary and secondary schools.
While founding SJI, Father Jean-Marie Beurel realised that girls needed to be educated too. This inspired him to write to the Infant Jesus Sisters in France, encouraging them to send nuns to Singapore to help set up a school.
When the sisters finally reached Singapore in 1854, they lived at Caldwell House, near Bras Basah Road and Victoria Street.
Caldwell House eventually became a safe haven for orphans and a place where they could learn from the sisters.
CHIJ had to eventually relocate to Toa Payoh, to make way for new developments.