Anderson Secondary School

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Anderson Secondary School
Sekolah Memengah Anderson
Anderson Secondary School
10, Ang Mo Kio Street 53, Singapore 569206
Ang Mo Kio, Singapore
Coordinates 1°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
Type Autonomous
Motto With Constancy and Purpose
Established 1960
Session Single session (morning)
School code 3001
Principal Tan May Teng (Mrs)
Enrolment Approx. 1,400
Colour(s)  Yellow   Black   Green 
Mission Developing and inspiring in all Andersonians a sense of purpose, and constancy to reach their full potential for self and nation.
Vision Thinkers, Innovators and Leaders who make a difference for the greater good.

Anderson Secondary School (ANDSS) (Chinese: 安德逊中学; pinyin: ān dé xùn zhōng xúe) is a co-educational government school in Ang Mo Kio, Singapore, covering Secondary 1 to Secondary 5 (usually ages 13 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 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 by the Ministry of Education in 2004.[4][5]

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[6] students.

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

School identity & culture[edit]

Uniform and Attire[edit]

Girls wear a white blouse and a sapphire knee-length pinafore.[7] 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 Casual Friday, students are allowed to wear Half-Uniform, PE-Shirts[8] 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-Shirt the only choice.


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[9] 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.[10]

Academic Information[edit]

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 Course[edit]

The Express Course is a nationwide four-year programme that leads up to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level examination.[11]

Normal Course[edit]

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.[12]

Normal (Academic) Course[edit]

In the Normal (Academic) course, students offer 5-8 subjects in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination.Compulsory subjects include:[13]

  • English Language
  • Mother Tongue Language
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Humanities

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.[12]

Normal (Technical) Course[edit]

The Normal (Technical) course prepares students for a technical-vocational education at the Institute of Technical Education.[13] Students will offer 5-7 subjects in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination.[13] The curriculum is tailored towards strengthening students’ proficiency in English and Mathematics.[13] Students take English Language, Mathematics, Basic Mother Tongue and Computer Applications as compulsory subjects.[13]

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.[14]

Co-curricular activities (CCAs)[edit]

Uniformed Groups[15]

Performing Arts[16]

  • Anderson Theatre Circle (ATC)
  • Anderson Military Band(AMB)
  • Chinese Dance(Girls)
  • Malay Dance
  • Choir[17]


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

Clubs and Societies

  • Infocomm Club
  • Cybernetics Club
  • Green Club
  • Art Club
  • Debate Society

Student Leadership

  • Student Council

School Events[edit]

Intra-school events[edit]

The school organizes events such as Cross Country[18] (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.

The School's Chinese Dance and Malay Dance stages a performance biennially known as ANDance.

Student-initiated events hosted in Anderson, mainly under the auspices of the Anderson Student Council (ASC), include 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.

School Alumni[edit]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ "Performance indicators of secondary schools". Ministry of Education. 1996. 
  3. ^ "27 March 1998". Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  4. ^ Almenoar, Maria (29 September 2007). "Last spot for school that turns students around". The Straits Times. Singapore. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Winners of Special Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Education. 2009. 
  6. ^ Lim Pow Hong (29 October 2008). "Drama students defend 'slack' subject". The Straits Times. Singapore. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Two girls injured at AMK bus interchange". AsiaOne. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  8. ^ More commonly known as Half-Uniform
  9. ^ "The search is on". The New Paper. Singapore. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Rules and Regulations". Anderson Secondary School. 
  11. ^ "Express Course Curriculum". Retrieved 2017-09-14. 
  12. ^ a b "Secondary School Courses". Retrieved 2017-09-14. 
  13. ^ a b c d e "Normal Course Curriculum". Retrieved 2017-09-14. 
  14. ^ "Present training, future perfect?". The New Paper. Singapore. 31 July 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Best Sec 5 students give credit to CCA". The Straits Times. Singapore. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  16. ^ Zainal, Nur Syahiidah (3 December 2014). "K-pop and Oscars mix for ChildAid". The Straits Times. Singapore. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  17. ^ Durai, Jennani (7 April 2010). "S'pore schools score 'soft skills' wins". The Straits Times. Singapore. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Tan Minyi, 16". AsiaOne. 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  19. ^ Ang Peng Siong Biography Archived 26 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine., APS Swim School