About Us

About Us

Who We Are

The Girls’ Brigade Singapore (GBS) is one of the oldest Uniformed Youth Organisation endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Singapore to run a co-curricular activity for Girls in schools. We are a value driven uniform group that teaches Girls to lead and serve by example – to put others before self. In the Girls’ Brigade ‘Servant Leadership’ changes the leader in every Girl as she changes the world.

About Us

Our Founder

Our Founder

Mrs Elsie Lyne nee Duncan was born in 1892. At the age of fifteen, she joined Girls’ Life Brigade in Durham, England and rose through the ranks quickly to become an officer. She arrived in Singapore in 1927 and taught English at the Methodist Girls’ school. Ignited by her passion for the Girls’ Life Brigade, Mrs Elsie Lyne decided to create Singapore’s first GB Company at the Methodist Girls’ School.

Over the years, Mrs Lyne built up a nucleus of dedicated young leaders who would assist in starting more companies. Not long after, the 2nd Singapore Company at Geylang Methodist Girls’ School was formed followed by Fairfield Methodist Girls’ School, Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School and then Kuo Chuan Girls’ School. She ensured that each Company was functioning well before moving on to open the next one. By the start of World War II, there were already five flourishing companies with hundreds of Girls, serving and leading in The Girls’ Brigade.

History & Milestones

1st Singapore Company Formed
1893
THE GIRLS' BRIGADE

Founded in Dublin, Ireland

1st Singapore Company Formed
1900
THE GIRLS' GUILDRY

Founded in Scotland

1st Singapore Company Formed
1902
THE GIRLS' LIFE BRIGADE

Founded in England

1st Singapore Company Formed
1927
1st Singapore Company Formed

Mrs Elsie Lyne started 1st Singapore Company of The Girls' Life Brigade (GLB) at the Methodist Girls' School.

1st Singapore Company Formed
1964
Amalgamation of 3 Organisations

The Girls’ Life Brigade, England, and the Girls’ Guidry, Scotland, amalgamated with the Girls’ Brigade Ireland, to form a united organisation, assuming the name of The Girls’ Brigade. Since that date, the Girls’ Life Brigade in Singapore came to be known as The Girls’ Brigade Singapore

1st Singapore Company Formed
1985
Registered as a Charity

The Girls’ Brigade Singapore was registered as a charity and obtained the recognition as an Institution of Public Character under Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), Singapore.

1st Singapore Company Formed
2017
90th Celebration

The Girls’ Brigade Singapore celebrated its 90th Anniversary with the launch of GB aspirational Values accompanied by an Orchid – ‘Papilionanda The Girls’ Brigade Singapore’

Our Mission

Developing each Girl and Officer to her fullest potential by Equipping, Empowering and Enabling:
Every Girl a Leader,
Every Officer a Servant Leader.

OUR ASPIRATIONAL VALUES

Our Aspirational Values are accompanied by an orchid which was first unveiled at the 90th anniversary of Girls' Brigade Singapore's (GBS) founding. Named after The Girls' Brigade Singapore, this special breed of orchid is derived from the Papilionanda orchid family. Each segment of the flower represents characteristics that GBS aspires Girls to achieve.

Flowers
Roots

Being Rooted in Heritage

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
Flowers
Leaves

Becoming Resilient Individuals

  • Gentleness
  • Faithfulness
  • Self-Control
Flowers
Flowers

Blossoming as Servant Leaders

  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness

Girls’ Brigade Day

Girls’ Brigade Day commemorates the founding of The Girls’ Brigade Singapore. Every 3rd Monday of July, Girls will don their full uniform and present a march past at school assembly. During the ceremony, a message from the Brigade President will be delivered.

Brigade Companies

‘Companies’ are GB units operating in schools and institutions as a co-curricular activity. When a unit begins, it will be given a Company number and the Officers required for its work. Every Company provides the environment through which the GB programme and method is administered.

Our Organisation

Executive Board

Ms Sharon Liat
President
Ms Joann Gor
Vice President
Ms Gloria Yeo
Treasurer
Ms Thio Lay Hoon
Secretary
Dr Sandra Tan
Assistant Secretary
Ms Cheryl Lim
Audit Committee
Ms Patricia Lam
Finance Committee
Primary Programme
Mrs Jasmine Tan
Ms Judy Loke
Secondary Programme
Ms Esther Mak
Tertiary Programme
Mrs Petrina Koh
Leadership Development
Ms Darlene John
Board Member

Brigade Office

The Girls' Brigade Singapore headquarters provides administrative and programme support for all our companies. Its role is essential in ensuring the smooth functioning of GB in all schools.

Our Method