New Dunman Logo

November 8, 2008 · Posted in Rant Corner 

Dunman Secondary School BadgeDunman Secondary School, my alma mater, has recently changed the school logo to a new one (see right). The change has received both positive and negative feedbacks. Especially with the involvement of the Alumni, a lot of past students have expressed negatively against the change of the current logo. A poll, initiated by Tan Shao-Yi, was even set up here, which the petition hit more than 500 signatures.

Old Logo - 1963 Dunman Logo -1976
1963 1976

Two years before Singapore achieved independence, Dunman Secondary School began its life in Haig Road (1963). The motto given then was “Knowledge the Torch of Life“. (Notice I have used “was” and not “is“). The badge (logo) was designed with the message that all students should leave the school imbibed with wide knowledge and fine character. In 1976, a new look, but with minimal alternation, was applied to the logo (see above). Just a few days ago, the school management has decided to change the look of it (almost completely). What was more significant is that the motto has changed as well – “DARE to achieve our Dreams“.

Wilfred JamesAnyway, I will keep things short here (more information can be obtained from The Straits Times (Friday, November 7, 2008), or from the official school website. Although I am not for the change in the logo, but I presume any change can only be good.

One of the supporters for the change is Mr. Wilfred James (see right). He made some remarks on the local press (The Straits Times), mentioning something like this,

“… The new design has kept faithful to the main elements of the badge. They did not put an elephant or a crocodile in there – the original elements are still there …”

I like the part where he mentioned about elephant and crocodile, I wondered how would the badge looked like with these two animals in there.

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2 Responses to “New Dunman Logo”

  1. Caoimhin Singapore Windows XP Mozilla Firefox 3.0.3 on November 8th, 2008 9:52 pm

    Change good or bad is left to be seen… I wonder if the principal would change the school logo if the school was Raffles Institution? What do you think?

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