Anglican High School

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Anglican High School (Singapore)
圣公会中学
School crest22.png
Anglican High School
圣洁公义
Aspiring towards Holiness And Righteousness
Address
600 Upper Changi Rd, 487012
Tanah Merah
Singapore
Coordinates 1°19′49″N 103°56′31″E / 1.330302°N 103.941937°E / 1.330302; 103.941937Coordinates: 1°19′49″N 103°56′31″E / 1.330302°N 103.941937°E / 1.330302; 103.941937
Information
Type Autonomous
Co-educational
Special Assistance Plan (SAP)
Established 9 January 1956
Session Single Session
School code 7101
Principal Maureen Lee (Mdm)
Enrolment 1500+
Colour(s)         
Green and White
Website

Anglican High School (AHS) is an autonomous, Special Assistance Plan (SAP) and Government-aided co-educational secondary school in Tanah Merah, Singapore.

History[edit]

Anglican High School was founded in 1956 by the Chinese-speaking congregations of the Anglican Diocese of Singapore. It was the only Anglican school in Singapore with Chinese as its medium of instruction. All others were English-medium schools.[2] The school was officially opened on 9 January 1956, and led by Rev. Huang Yang Yin.[1] Three Chinese teachers, three English teachers were employed, and 123 male students started lessons at St Andrew's Secondary School. Later on, female students were admitted.[3]

Settling at Upper Changi[edit]

Main gate of Anglican High School viewed from Upper Changi Road

The "8-and-a-half mile" site of the present Upper Changi Road campus was acquired in the late 1950s, and on 15 March 1959, the new school's foundation stone was officially laid by the Archdeacon of Singapore, Ven. Dr. D. D. Chelliah.[4] It was to be built with a new school facility with 16 classrooms, three science laboratories, an administration-cum-staff room, an assembly hall and a clock-tower. And finally on 25 January 1960, the new Anglican High school officially opened and blessed by the Bishop of Singapore, the Rt. Rev. H. W. Balnes.[5]

Obtaining SAP and Autonomous Status[edit]

Pre-university education (Pre-U 1 and 2) was initially introduced along with the commencement of lessons at the new campus, and was phased out in 1978 when Junior Colleges were introduced in Singapore. In 1979 AHS became a bilingual Special Assistance Plan school, and in 1995 the government awarded it Autonomous status, giving the school greater control over its affairs.[6]

Present[edit]

In 2005 a new school building and the AHS Heritage Centre were officially opened by the Rt. Rev. John Chew, Bishop of Singapore. An indoor sports hall was completed in 2008 and was the hosting venue for the inaugural 2009 Asian Youth Games FIBA 33 (3-on-3 basketball) event.[7]

The school celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016, and conducted its first of the kind musical on 18 and 19 March as a commemorative event. Named Chrysalis, more than 300 students and teachers come together to put up the musical. Songs in the musical are composed by past and present teachers of Anglican High.[citation needed]

School Culture[edit]

Uniform and discipline[edit]

Anglican High School's full white uniform is closely linked to its Chinese cultural roots, much like other schools with Chinese background. Boys wear white studded shirts with five metal buttons (two on the two chest pockets and three on the shirt front), paired with either white shorts for lower secondary or white long pants for upper secondary level. Girls wear white blouses with three metal buttons on the front, along with a white pleated knee-length skirt. Girls may wear shorts underneath the skirt. The school badge is worn on the left chest level.[8]

For formal occasions, AHS students will wear a red school tie (and dark green blazers if they are representing the school).[9]

Anglican High School has a demerit point system installed along with the discipline guidelines set by the Ministry of Education. One demerit point is given for minor offences (e.g. late-coming or improper attire), three demerit points for serious offences (e.g. truancy or defiance), and five demerit points for very serious offences (e.g. smoking, fighting or vandalism). Disciplinary actions are taken according to the severity of the offence, whether in or out of school inasmuch as the school is concerned. The demerit points are also in close relation with the students' conduct grade.[10]

Co-curricular activities (CCA)[edit]

Students have four major types of CCAs to choose from - the Clubs and Societies, the Performing Arts, the Sports and the Uniformed Groups, totalling about 26 CCAs.[11]

CCAs also participate in school-based activities and concerts. The school band and choir hold annual public concerts. The English Drama Club joined in the "Splat!" drama event; the Chinese Drama Society also holds performances bi-annually. UGs participate in the school's own National Day Parade in celebration of the nation's birth. This is held with the participation of the school band and choir.[citation needed]

Clubs and societies

  • Infocomm Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Innovation and Enterprise Club
  • Speakers' Club (Debate)

Performing arts

  • Chinese Drama Society
  • Chinese Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Concert Band
  • Dance Society
  • English Drama
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Harmonica Orchestra

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis
  • Wu Shu

Uniformed groups

Student Leadership

  • Student Council

School Events[edit]

iLoveAHSWalk cum AHS Carnival[edit]

Annually from 2013, the school will host the iLoveAHSWalk cum AHS Carnival as part of the school's fund raising program. In 2016, the school conducted the iLoveAHSWalk and Anglican Homecoming Saturday.[12] During the celebration, the school broke the Singapore Book of Records for the largest piece of mosaic made from close to 30,000 straw hearts that are folded by students.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Big, happy school, says Archdeacon". The Singapore Free Press. 10 January 1956. p. 3. 
  2. ^ History page, Anglican High School.
  3. ^ 圣公会中学廿五周年纪念特刊. Singapore: Anglican High School. 1981. p. 127. 
  4. ^ "Stone-laying". The Straits Times. Singapore. 14 March 1959. p. 9. 
  5. ^ "Bishop to open new school". The Straits Times. Singapore. 18 January 1960. p. 4. 
  6. ^ "Annex A - List of autonomous schools" (PDF). Ministry of Education. May 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Official Team Draw Results For AYG's Football And FIBA 33 (Basketball) Announced" (Press release). Singapore Sports Council. May 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Student Attire". Anglican High School. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Anglican High School and NUS High School emerged as winners at SMU's Youth Innovation Challenge". Singapore Management University (SMU). Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Demerit Point System". Anglican High School. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Students". Anglican High School. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "AHS Homecoming Carnival and Walk". Anglican High School. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "Largest mosaic made of straw hearts". Singapore Book of Records. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "学生齐来献才艺--"青春展才艺"表演者介绍Part 4". Shin Min Daily News (in Chinese). 18 November 2009. 
  15. ^ a b 好强的"大姐头"何耀珊. ZbCOMMA (in Chinese).