Geylang Methodist Secondary School

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Geylang Methodist School (Secondary)
Sekolah Menengah Methodist Geylang
2 Geylang East Central
Coordinates 1°19′04″N 103°52′58″E / 1.3177°N 103.8827°E / 1.3177; 103.8827Coordinates: 1°19′04″N 103°52′58″E / 1.3177°N 103.8827°E / 1.3177; 103.8827
Type Government
Motto To grow in friendship, body and mind
Established 1924
Session single-session
School code 7005
Principal Mr. Wee Tat Chuen
Enrollment approx. 1,300+
Colour(s)  Blue   Red   Gold 

Geylang Methodist School (Secondary) (Abbreviation: GMS(S)) is a co-ed school located in Aljunied, Singapore. Founded in 1924, the school offers secondary education leading to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level or Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination.


Geylang Methodist Secondary School was founded in 1924 as Geylang Methodist Girls' School. In 1984, the school went co-education with the intake of boys, and the high school and primary school sections separated into two institutions under separate administration.[citation needed]

Academic information[edit]

Being a government secondary school, Geylang Methodist 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.

GCE 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.[1]

Academic subjects[edit]

The examinable academic subjects for Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level offered by Geylang Methodist Secondary School for upper secondary level (via. streaming in secondary 2 level), as of 2017, are listed below.[2]


  1. Subjects indicated with ' * ' are mandatory subjects.
  2. All students in Singapore are required to undertake a Mother Tongue Language as an examinable subject, as indicated by ' ^ '.
  3. "SPA" in Pure Science subjects refers to the incorporation of School-based Science Practical Assessment, which 20% of the subject result in the national examination are determined by school-based practical examinations, supervised by the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board. The SPA Assessment has been replaced by one Practical Assessment in the 2018 O Levels.[3]
Sciences Language & Hunanities Arts & Aesthetics
  • Additional Mathematics*
  • Mathematics*
  • Physics (SPA)
  • Chemistry (SPA)*
  • Biology (SPA)
  • Science (Combined)
  • English Language*
  • English Literature
  • Mother Tongue Language* ^
  • Higher Mother Tongue Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Combined Humanities (Social Studies & another Humanities subject at elective level)*
  • Art
  • Design & Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Music

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.[4]

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:[5]

  • 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.[4]

Normal (Technical) Course[edit]

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

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Colin Ng: First Normal Academic Stream awardee, Lee Kuan Yew Award for All-Round Excellence.[6]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Express Course Curriculum". Retrieved 2017-09-14. 
  2. ^ "School Information Service". Ministry of Education, Singapore. Ministry of Education, Singapore. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "GCE O-Level Syllabuses Examined in 2018". Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB). Retrieved 2017-04-16. 
  4. ^ a b "Secondary School Courses". Retrieved 2017-09-14. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Normal Course Curriculum". Retrieved 2017-09-14. 
  6. ^ "LKY award for Normal stream boy". Retrieved 2017-09-25.