St. Margaret's Secondary School

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St. Margaret's Secondary School
SMSS Crest
Charity, Patience, Devotion
111 Farrer Road, Singapore, 259240
Type Government-Aided, Secondary
Religious affiliation(s) Anglican
Founded 1842
Founder Maria Dyer
Principal Lee Yin Yee
School colour(s) Green, white

St. Margaret’s Secondary School (SMSS) is an autonomous government-aided girls’ secondary school in Singapore. It is the first girls’ school in Singapore and is often regarded as the oldest existing girls’ school in the Far East. It is affiliated with St. Margaret's Primary School (SMPS) and Saint Andrew's Junior College (SAJC), and is under the purview of the Anglican Diocese of Singapore.

It was known first as the Chinese Girls’ School, then as the Church of England Zenanah Missionary (CEZMS) School in Singapore, before being renamed St. Margaret’s School. The secondary section split from the primary in 1960 when it moved to its present location at Farrer Road.

School Motto[edit]

Charity, Patience and Devotion

The school is named after Queen Margaret of Scotland who was known for many good qualities, among them, love (charity), patience and devotion.

School Crest[edit]

The green background represents creation, of which we are a part. It stands for life and activity, creativity and growth.

The white band running diagonally across from the upper left hand corner to the lower right hand corner stands for purity in thought, word and deed.

The white cross represents the Christian mission of the school. Like a directional compass, it shows the right way to take and it points us to God's love, truth and provision.


St. Margaret’s School is the oldest girls’ school in Singapore and the Far East. It was founded in 1842 by Maria Dyer, a missionary of the London Missionary Society.


The school uniform is a one piece dress which features a dark green polka-dotted top, a dark green skirt up to knee length and a dark green school tie with the school logo pinned at the bottom. There are also separate PE shorts, a shirt with different colours depending on different houses and a CCA skirt. White school socks with or without the SMSS logo can be worn. A name tag is worn. The only jacket allowed is the black school jacket or any plain black jacket, and earrings are restricted to plain studs of green, white, black, gold or silver. Hair accessories can only be dark green, white and black.

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