Anderson Secondary School

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Anderson Secondary School
Sekolah Memengah Anderson
Anderson Secondary School
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
MottoWith Constancy and Purpose
SessionSingle session (morning)
School code3001
PrincipalTan May Teng (Mrs)
Vice-PrincipalsDoreen Sim Mui Hiang (Mrs)
Lee Chia Yee (Mrs)
EnrolmentApprox. 1,200

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 a 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 have 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]

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 are offered 5-8 subjects in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal (Academic) Level examination. Compulsory subjects include:[13]

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 (technical) 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 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.[14]

Co-curricular activities (CCAs)[edit]

Uniformed Groups[15]

Performing Arts[16]


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

Clubs and Societies

  • Infocomm Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Green Club
  • Art Club
  • Debate Society
  • Sports and Recreation Club
  • Anderson Science Academy

Student Leadership

  • Student Council
  • HCE Ambassadors

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, stopped temporarily.

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

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 Partners[edit]

School Advisory Committee[edit]

The School Advisory (SAC) members have been active in serving the school and contributing to teachers’ activities such as the Teachers’ Day lunch. The SAC members volunteer as guest speakers during the Career Fair for graduating students and also help to source for other professionals to be speakers during the Career Fair.

Old Andersonian Alumni Society[edit]

The Old Andersonian Alumni Society (OAAS) was officially created and registered with the Registry of Societies on 14 August 1999.

Andersonian Parent Support Group (PSG)[edit]

The Andersonian Parent Support Group provides a platform for Andersonian parents to be involved in activities that would grow them as supportive partners in their teen's journey, both at school and at home.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


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  3. ^ "27 March 1998". Archived from the original on 10 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
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  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. Archived from the original on 19 June 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  11. ^ "Express Course Curriculum". Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Secondary School Courses". Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  13. ^ a b c d e "Normal Course Curriculum". Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  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
  20. ^ Ruth Bayang