Anderson Secondary School

Anderson Secondary School (ANDSS) is a co-educational government autonomous school in Ang Mo Kio, Singapore offering education for Secondary 1 to Secondary 5. It became an autonomous school in 1994 and was one of the pioneer autonomous schools in Singapore.

Anderson Secondary School
安德逊中学
Sekolah Menengah Anderson
Anderson-crest.jpg
Anderson Secondary School
Address
10, Ang Mo Kio Street 53, Singapore 569206

Coordinates1°22′29.4″N 103°51′5.1″E / 1.374833°N 103.851417°E / 1.374833; 103.851417Coordinates: 1°22′29.4″N 103°51′5.1″E / 1.374833°N 103.851417°E / 1.374833; 103.851417
Information
TypeAutonomous
Government
MottoWith Constancy and Purpose
Established1960
SessionSingle session (morning)
School code3001
PrincipalTan Po Chin
GenderCo-educational
EnrolmentApprox. 1,200
Websitehttp://www.andersonsec.moe.edu.sg

HistoryEdit

Anderson Secondary School was founded in 1960 as a girls' primary school. In 1964, it became a girls' secondary school and began admitting boys in 1965. The school has occupied several sites. Previously situated at Stevens Road and Anderson Road (from which it got its name), the school moved to Ang Mo Kio Street 44 in 1984. In December 1993, it moved to its current site, Ang Mo Kio Street 53.

Anderson Secondary School has been used from time to time for educational experiments.[1] In 1994 it was declared an autonomous school for consistent academic performance, and in 1996 it was one of the first schools to use the Students-and-Teachers Workbench project.[2] In 1997 it was chosen as an IT demo school.[3] The school received the School Distinction Award from the Ministry of Education in 2004.[4][5]

Programme for Rebuilding and Improving Existing SchoolsEdit

From 2003 to 2006 the school underwent a Programme for Rebuilding and Improving Existing Schools upgrading project. The school raised funds for a student activity hub, a heritage centre and a multi-purpose studio, upgraded the lecture theatre and classrooms and added a five-storey building.

The final stage of the upgrading process took place in 2005. Some facilities, such as the school hall, cookery rooms and the football field, were ready in July 2006.

A facility called the "Inspire Town" was opened in 2005. This is a room where innovation and creativity is encouraged amongst pupils. Two classrooms were converted into a black box theater for use by drama students.[6]

In 2008, an indoor sports hall was opened.[citation needed]

Uniform and attireEdit

Girls wear a white blouse and a kelly blue[7] tunic knee-length pinafore.[8] Lower secondary boys wear a pair of short trousers while upper secondary boys wear a pair of white long trousers. Students wear the school badge, with their name tag directly below it. Students wear the school tie on Mondays, and at formal school functions. On Fridays, students are allowed to wear "half-uniform" (PE T-shirt or class T-shirt with uniform bottom). From time to time, if there is an increase in temperature, the school may allow "half-uniform" from Tuesdays to Thursdays.

DisciplineEdit

The Anderson Secondary School Discipline Committee has classified offences committed by students into minor and major offences. Minor offences include being late for school, flaws in personal grooming and use of electronic devices during curriculum time. Major offences include absenteeism, forgery, arson and many others. Punishments for major offences include detention, caning (for boys only) and suspension.

Academic informationEdit

Being an integrated secondary school, Anderson Secondary School offers three academic streams, namely the four-year Express course, as well as the Normal Course, comprising Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) academic tracks.

O Level Express CourseEdit

The Express Course is a nationwide four-year programme that leads up to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level examination.[9]

Normal CourseEdit

The Normal Course is a nationwide 4-year programme leading to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination, which runs either the Normal (Academic) curriculum or Normal (Technical) curriculum, abbreviated as N(A) and N(T) respectively.[10]

Normal (Academic) CourseEdit

In the Normal (Academic) course, students are offered 5-8 subjects in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal (Academic) Level examination. Compulsory subjects include:[11]

A 5th year leading to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level examination is available to N(A) students who perform well in their Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination. Students can move from one course to another based on their performance and the assessment of the school principal and teachers.[10]

Normal (Technical) CourseEdit

The Normal (Technical) course prepares students for a technical-vocational education at the Institute of Technical Education.[11] Students will offer 5-7 subjects in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal (technical) Level examination.[11] The curriculum is tailored towards strengthening students’ proficiency in English and Mathematics.[11] Students take English Language, Mathematics, Basic Mother Tongue and Computer Applications as compulsory subjects.[11]

Overseas exchange programmesEdit

Overseas exchange programmes are known as Cultural Flexibility Programme:

  • Anderson-Winitsuksa STEP Camp, Cultural Exchange & Adventure Camp
  • Anderson-Marryatville Drama Educational Exchange
  • Anderson-Kagoshima Daiichi High School Sports Exchange
  • Anderson-EMAS Overseas Learning Journey, Sabah, Language Immersion & Cultural Exchange
  • Anderson-SM Sultan Abdul Halim School Language Immersion & Cultural Exchange

Anderson Secondary School was the partner school for South Korea during the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.[12]

Co-curricular activitiesEdit

Uniformed Groups[13]

Performing Arts[14]

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Netball (Girls)
  • Table Tennis (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Girls)
  • Wushu
  • Soccer(Boys)

Clubs and Societies

  • Infocomm Club
  • Robotics Club (Formerly known as Cybernetics)
  • Green Club
  • Art Club
  • Sports and Recreation Club
  • Anderson Science Academy

Student Leadership

  • Student Council
  • HCE Ambassadors
  • Peer Support Leader

School eventsEdit

Intra-school eventsEdit

The school organises events such as Cross Country[16] (Term 1) and Arts Fest (before end of Term 4) every year.

The school's Choir and Military Band stages a performance biennially known as VOICES and AMBience respectively, with the Chinese Dance and Malay Dance team staging a joint performance biennially known as ANDance, with their last concerts in 2014, it has been stopped indefinitely with the current school principal's decision.[17]

Most intra-school events are played at the class level, where students compete in events for their classes. This is done instead of inter-house competition to encourage greater bonding within classes.

PrincipalsEdit

  • 1964 M.A. Mallal
  • 1965-1973 Heng Cher Siang
  • 1974-1976 Peggy Phang
  • 1976-1978 Lim Soon Tze
  • 1979-1980 Betty Lim Hsiu Yun
  • 1981-1983 Sarwan Singh
  • 1984-1992 Leong Yop Pooi
  • 1993-1996 Kwek Hiok Chuang
  • 1997-2001 Chan-Low Khah Gek
  • 2002-2005 Tan-Soh Wai Lan
  • Dec 2005-2010 Poh-Tham Mun See
  • Dec 2010-2015 Mark Lo Khee Tian
  • Dec 2015-2021 Tan-Thong May Teng
  • Dec 2021- Tan Po Chin

Source:[18]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Open House by IT demonstration schools" (Press release). Ministry of Education. 27 March 1998. Archived from the original on 10 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  4. ^ Almenoar, Maria (29 September 2007). "Last spot for school that turns students around". The Straits Times. Singapore. Archived from the original on 18 June 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Winners of Special Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Ministry of Education. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
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  13. ^ "Best Sec 5 students give credit to CCA". The Straits Times. Singapore. 15 January 2009. Archived from the original on 2 February 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  14. ^ Zainal, Nur Syahiidah (3 December 2014). "K-pop and Oscars mix for ChildAid". The Straits Times. Singapore. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  15. ^ Durai, Jennani (7 April 2010). "S'pore schools score 'soft skills' wins". The Straits Times. Singapore. Archived from the original on 7 May 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
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  17. ^ "Performing Arts". andersonsec.moe.edu.sg. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  18. ^ "Crest of Anderson Secondary School, 1987 - BookSG - National Library Board, Singapore". eresources.nlb.gov.sg.
  19. ^ "Adrin Loi | Infopedia". eresources.nlb.gov.sg. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  20. ^ "Ang Peng Siong". Singapore National Olympic Council. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  21. ^ "Sota writes a new chapter with literary arts". The Straits Times. Singapore. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  22. ^ Hon Jing Yi (9 November 2015). "Cruz Teng leaves YES 933". Today. Singapore. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  23. ^ "Singaporean composer Lee Jinjun". Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  24. ^ "Singapore GE2020: The Workers' Party team that won Sengkang GRC". The Straits Times. Singapore. 12 July 2020. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
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