Singapore Sports School
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|Singapore Sports School|
1 Champions Way
|Motto||Learned Champions With Character|
|Established||2 April 2004; 16 years ago|
|Principal||Ong Kim Soon|
|Age||13 to 19|
|Campus||Urban; 7 hectares|
Singapore Sports School (abbreviation; SSP) is a Specialised Independent School in Singapore that offers an integrated sports and academic programme for secondary and post-secondary students. The school was officially opened on 2 April 2004 by Goh Chok Tong, Singapore’s second Prime Minister.
Moo Soon Chong was the first principal of Singapore Sports School. He was assisted by Chua Choon Seng, Director of Corporate Services and Dr Irwin Seet, Director of Sports, Seah Poh Chua, Director of Academics and School Administration, who was Dean of the Academic Wing then, and a core team.
Mr Moo retired on 14 December 2007 and Deborah Tan was appointed as the new principal of Singapore Sports School on the following day. Mrs Tan was appointed to a senior position at the Ministry of Education and left the school on 14 December 2013.
Followed by Mrs Tan's departure, Tan Teck Hock is appointed as the new principal of Singapore Sports School. Mr Tan has served in the Education Service since 1992. He was the principal of Yishun Town Secondary School from December 1999 to December 2005 and Serangoon Junior College from December 2006 to December 2010. Mr Tan was the founding Principal of the Physical Education and Sports Teacher Academy in 2010.
On 15 December 2019, Singapore Sports School announced that Ong Kim Soon will replace Mr Tan following his departure. Mr Ong was a PE and English teacher, head of department, vice-principal and special assistant of Principal at St Hilda’s Secondary School, and Director of Physical, Sports, and Outdoor Education in MOE Headquarters.
Sport Programmes and Achievements
Student-athletes in Singapore Sports School are either in an Academy Programme or in an Individual Programme.
The Academy Programmes are in the following sports:
- Table Tennis
- Track and Field
Singapore Sports School also welcomes high-performing youth athletes to join the Individual Programme sports such as Artistic Swimming, Golf, Gymnastics, Pencak Silat, Sailing and Wushu.
From its opening on 2 April 2002 till 31 December 2018, Singapore Sports School has produced 8 Olympians, 13 World Champions and 461 National Representatives.
Athlete-Friendly Academic Pathways
The Sports School offers the GCE "O" Level Examinations and several post-secondary through-train pathways. Student-athletes on the through-train pathways bypass the GCE "O" Level Examinations and progress onto one of three pathways conducted at Sports School: the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), the customised Diploma in Sport Management (RP-SSP DSPM) from Republic Polytechnic or the customised Diploma in Business Studies (Entrepreneurship Management Option) (BS-EMGT) from Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
Singapore 2010 Youth Olympics Games
Singapore Sports School was the venue of the Aquatics (Swimming), Modern Pentathlon and Shooting.
National Youth Sports Institute
The National Youth Sports Institute (NYSI) is a youth-centric and youth-focused sporting organisation that aims to value-add and positively impact the Singapore youth sports ecosystem. Initiated by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.NYSI works closely with the Singapore Sports School and Singapore Sports Institute to drive youth sports development through four functional areas: Talent Identification and Development, Youth Coaching, Sports Science and Athlete Life Management.
- Calvin Kang: Olympian (Athletics, Sprinter)
- Dipna Lim Prasad: Olympian (Athletics, Hurdler)
- Mylene Ong: Olympian (Swimming)
- Tao Li: Olympian (Swimming)
- Narelle Kheng: Actress and Singer, member of The Sam Willows
- Benjamin Kheng: Actor and Singer, member of The Sam Willows
- Ben Davis (footballer, born 2000): Premier League Footballer
- "Sports school trials under way". Today. 7 August 2003.
- "S'pore Sports School to get new principal next year". The Straits Times. 10 October 2007.
- "ABOUT US". www.nysi.org.sg. Archived from the original on 19 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
- Singapore Sports School - Official website