Anderson Secondary School

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Coordinates: 1°22′29.4″N 103°51′5.1″E / 1.374833°N 103.851417°E / 1.374833; 103.851417

Anderson Secondary School
安德逊中学 (ān dé xùn zhōng xúe)
With Constancy and Purpose
10, Ang Mo Kio Street 53, Singapore 569206, Singapore
Type Autonomous secondary
Established 1960
Session Single session (morning)
School code 3001
Principal Lo Khee Tian Mark (Mr)
Enrolment Approx. 1,400
Colour(s) Yellow, black, green
Anderson Secondary School

Anderson Secondary School is a co-educational government school in Ang Mo Kio, Singapore, covering Secondary 1 to Secondary 5 (usually ages 12 to 17). It became an autonomous school in 1994 and was one of the pioneer autonomous schools in Singapore.


The school was founded in 1960 as a girls' primary school. In 1964, it became girls' secondary school, but began admitting boys in 1965. The school has occupied several sites. Formally situated at Stevens Road and Anderson Road, Anderson Secondary School moved to Ang Mo Kio Street 44 in 1984. In December 1993, it moved to its current location, 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, and in 1996 it was one of the first schools to use the Students-and-Teachers Workbench project. In 1997 it was chosen as an IT demo school[citation needed].


The following accolades have been received by Anderson Secondary School. (Last updated April 2010)

  • Top 5 Secondary School (Special/Express) for 1995 GCE 'O' level examination.
  • Band 1 school since 2006.[2]
  • Singapore Quality Class Award under the guidance of a former principal of the school, Mrs. Chan Khah Gek in 2002.
  • School Distinction Award by the Ministry of Education in 2004.[3][4]
  • Best Practice Award for Staff Well-being in 2003.
  • Schools' Green Audit Award, Sustained Lotus Award.
  • Sustained Achievement Award, Uniformed Group, 11th year.
  • Sustained Achievement Award, Aesthetics (Secondary), 3rd year.
  • Sustained Achievement Award, Sports (Secondary), 2nd year.
  • People Developer Standard.
  • CHERISH Gold Award in 2012.
  • Character Development Award.

Long-time teacher Mdm Wong Lai Fong also won a President's Award for Teachers in 2009.[5]

School Principals[edit]

  • 1964 Mr. M A Mallal
  • 1965–1973 Miss. Heng Cher Siang
  • 1974–1975 Mrs. Peggy Phang
  • 1976–1978 Mrs. Lim Soon Tze
  • 1979–1980 Miss. Lim Hsiu Yun
  • 1981–1983 Mr. Sarwan Singh
  • 1984–1992 Miss. Leong Yop Pooi
  • 1993–1996 Mr. Kwek Hiok Chuang
  • 1997–2001 Mrs. Chan Khah Gek
  • 2002–2005 Mrs. Tan Wai Lan
  • 2006–2010 Mrs. Poh Mun See
  • 2011–present Mr. Lo Khee Tian Mark

School Anthem[edit]

The March of The Andersonians

Ever onward, Andersonians,
Always ready to go.
With constancy and purpose,
To failure we'll say "No"
Progress is what we aim for,
Success is in our sight.
So marching forward, never backward,
Our future will be bright.

Ever onward, Andersonians,
We'll be loyal and true.
And not forgetting our Alma Mater,
In everything we do.
Steadfast and always active,
In work and in our play.
So striving for a spotless reputation,
We'll keep it that way.


Intra-school events[edit]

The school organizes events such as Cross Country[6] (Term 1), Sports Carnival (before end of Term 2) and Arts Fest (before end of Term 4) every year.

The school's Choir and Military Band stages a performance biannually at the Victoria Concert Hall, known as VOICES and AMBience respectively.

Student-initiated events hosted in Anderson, mainly under the auspices of the Anderson Student Council (ASC), including a fund-raising carnival, Anderson Cultural Project, and the March/April Games.

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.

Overseas Exchange Programmes[edit]

In Anderson Secondary School, overseas exchange programmes are known as Cultural Flexibility Programmes (CFP):

  • Anderson-Winitsuksa Student Exchange
  • Anderson-Marryatville Drama Educational Exchange
  • Anderson-Kagoshima Daiichi High School Sports Exchange
  • Anderson-SMPK1 BPK Penabur Bandung

Anderson Secondary School was the partner school for South Korea during the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.[7]

Co-curricular activities[8][edit]

[9] Uniformed Groups

Performing Arts[10]

  • Anderson Theatre Circle (ATC)
  • Anderson Military Band
  • Chinese Dance
  • Malay Dance
  • Choir[11]


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

Clubs and Societies

  • Infocomm Club
  • Cybernetics Club
  • Library Club
  • Green Club
  • Art Club

· Debate Society

CCA achievements[edit]

Achievements in the CCA arena include:[12]

  • Basketball "B" Girls National Champion, 2007
  • Cross Country "C" Girls National 1st, Ranjitha D/O Raja, 2008
  • Wushu Nationals combined medal haul: 2 golds, 3 silvers, 6 bronze, 2 4th positions, 2009
  • St John's Ambulance Brigade Best Unit Competition, Gold, 2008/2009
  • National Police Cadet Corps Best Unit Competition, Gold, 2009
  • Anderson Clover Guides Best Unit Competition, Gold, 2009/2010
  • Choir,[13] SYF Gold with Honours, 2007/2009/2011
  • Chinese Dance, SYF Gold with Honours, 2009/2011
  • Malay Dance, SYF Gold, 2009/2011

Old Andersonian Alumni Society[edit]

The Old Andersonian Alumni Society ("OAAS") was set up in 1999. With the help of the school, a temporary committee was formed in November 1998 to spearhead the formation and setting-up of an Alumni association. Some twenty ex-Andersonians came forward to help plan and execute the launch of the OAAS. Its objectives are to provide an organisation for ex-Andersonians to interact with one another as well as with their Alma Mater.

PRIME upgrading[edit]

From 2003 to 2006 the school underwent a PRIME 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 for use by drama[14] students.

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

Notable alumni[edit]

Uniform and discipline[edit]

Girls wear a white blouse and a kelly-blue knee-length pinafore.[16] Lower secondary boys wear white short trousers while upper secondary boys wear 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 Casual Friday, students are allowed to wear PE-Shirts[17][clarification needed] or their Class T-shirts to replace their school shirt. From time to time, if there is an increase in temperature, the school may allow Half-Uniform from Tuesdays-Thursdays, with PE-Shirts the only choice. During events like "Be Yourself Day", students are allowed to wear anything so as long they fit the school's requirements on that day.

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. Boys who commit any of the major offences are liable to receive corporal punishment in the form of caning. In the most serious cases, they are caned in front of the other students (known as "public caning"). Girls[18] are never caned at Anderson but must attend detention class if they carry out any of these acts instead. A stroke of cane for boys is equivalent to 5 days of detention class for girls.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Public can use 15 school sports halls". The Straits Times (Singapore). 14 February 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "School Achievement Table" (PDF). Ministry of Education. 2006. 
  3. ^ Almenoar, Maria (29 September 2007). "Top spot for school that turns students around". The Straits Times (Singapore). Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Winners of Special Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Education. 2009. 
  5. ^ "Four win President's Award for inspiring teachers". AsiaOne. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Tan Minyi, 16". AsiaOne. 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Present training, future perfect?". The New Paper (Singapore). 31 July 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  8. ^ Anderson Secondary CCAs.
  9. ^ "Best Sec 5 students give credit to CCA". The Straits Times (Singapore). 15 January 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Zainal, Nur Syahiidah (3 December 2014). "K-pop and Oscars mix for ChildAid". The Straits Times (Singapore). Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Durai, Jennani (7 April 2010). "S'pore schools score 'soft skills' wins". The Straits Times (Singapore). Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  12. ^ Anderson Secondary CCA Achievements.
  13. ^ "Top student is a cancer survivor". tabla. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  14. ^ Lim, Pow Hong (29 October 2008). "Drama students defend 'slack' subject". The Straits Times (Singapore). Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  15. ^ Ang Peng Siong Biography, APS Swim School
  16. ^ "Two girls injured at AMK bus interchange". AsiaOne. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  17. ^ More commonly known as Half-Uniform
  18. ^ "The search is on". The New Paper (Singapore). 9 June 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Rules and Regulations". Anderson Secondary School. 

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