Xinmin Secondary School

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Xinmin Secondary School
Xīnmín Zhōngxué
Xinmin Secondary School Crest.png
11 Hougang Ave 8
Singapore 538789

Coordinates 1°22′21″N 103°52′59″E / 1.37243°N 103.883092°E / 1.37243; 103.883092Coordinates: 1°22′21″N 103°52′59″E / 1.37243°N 103.883092°E / 1.37243; 103.883092
Type Government-aided
Motto Leading Hearts, Leading Minds
Established 1 November 1945
Founder Yap Fun Fong (Mr.)
Session Single Session
School code 3050
Principal Ong Hong Peng (Mrs.)
Enrolment Approx. 1500
White, Blue

Xinmin Secondary School (XMSS) is a co-educational secondary school in Hougang, Singapore with autonomous status.


Sin Min High School (1945-1986)[edit]

Xinmin Secondary School was founded as Sin Min Public School (公立新民学校) on 1 November 1945, commencing lessons for primary school education in three bungalows along Upper Serangoon Road. Initial enrollment was capped at 620 students. Secondary classes were offered subsequently in 1956. [1]

Xinmin Secondary School (1987-Present)[edit]

In 1987, Sin Min High School was restructured under the government from a Chinese-English integrated medium school into a government secondary school, with English as the medium of instruction. The secondary section of Sin Min High School was relocated to 11, Hougang Avenue 8 and renamed as"Xinmin Secondary School", while the primary section was relocated the following year to 9, Hougang Avenue 8 and renamed as "Xinmin Primary School".[1]

Between 1992 and 1997, Xinmin Secondary School underwent changes to its curriculum under principal Mr. Goh Tong Pak, which included stricter rules and fostering of a inclusive culture.[2] The school gradually gained reputation as one of the top neighbourhood schools in Singapore, being listed as one of the top 20 Value-Added Schools in Singapore from 1992 to 1993.[3][4] In 2001, the school attained autonomous status from the Ministry of Education in recognition of its consistent excellence in holistic education.[5]

Xinmin Secondary School moved into a holding campus off Seng Kang West Avenue between January 2003 and December 2004 for modernisation of its Hougang campus.

In September 2005, Xinmin Secondary School became the first neighbourhood school to be accorded the School Excellence Award.[6]


Name of Principal Years Served
Mr. Yap Fun Hong[7] 1945-1949
Mr. Heng Chin Soo[7] 1950-1953
Mr. Tung Si Yu[7] 1953-1965
Mr. Chew Peng Leng[7] 1965-1985
Mr. Teo Ting Kok[7] 1986-1991
Mr. Goh Tong Pak[7] 1992-1997
Mr. Lee Hak Boon[7] 1998-2002
Mdm. Sim Ay Nar[7] 2002-2006
Mdm. Liew Wei Li[7] 2006-2010
Mdm. Lim Hong Peng[7] 2011-Present

School Identity & Culture[edit]

School crest[edit]

The display of grace and exuberance depicts vibrant and dynamic students. The three bold strokes surging forward signify students embracing the future with confidence and optimism. The three figures represent the close partnership between school, home and community.[citation needed]

Co-Curricular Activities[edit]

The co-curricular activities offered by Xinmin Secondary School is listed below:

Performing Arts

  • Chinese Dance
  • Symphonic Band
  • Guzheng Ensemble
  • Choir
  • English Drama
  • Chinese Opera

Uniformed Groups

  • National Cadet Corps (NCC)
  • St. John Ambulance Brigade (SJAB)
  • Girls' Brigade
  • Boys' Brigade
  • National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC)


  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Rock climbing
  • Shooting


  • Debate
  • Library
  • Outdoor Adventure Club

Relation with Other Schools[edit]

Xinmin Secondary School, Nan Chiau High School & Yishun Town Secondary School hold combined sports meets yearly since 2013 to give student athletes from the participating schools a platform to showcase their physical talent and also for the schools to unite together to celebrate and enjoy. Apart from the inter-school competitions among students, parent-teacher races are also featured to engage the parents and school staff.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Crest of Sin Min High School, 1977 - BookSG - National Library Board, Singapore". Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  2. ^ "BreadTalk hires senior educator to be group CEO". Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  3. ^ "Speech by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Education at Poon Sing Wah's book launch - "Collection of Interviews with Principals in Singapore" and "Commentaries on Singapore Education" - at the Singapore Management University, Level 3". Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Major Milestones". 19 October 2016. Archived from the original on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  5. ^ Press Release on Xinmin's Autonomous Status,,[permanent dead link] Accessed October 2007
  6. ^ "ANNEX_A2 Winners of Special Awards (School Excellence Awards and School Distinction Awards) 2004 to 2008" (PDF). Ministry of Education, Singapore. 21 September 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Crest of Sin Min High School, 1977 - BookSG - National Library Board, Singapore". Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  8. ^ "Combined Sports Meet and National Day Celebrations 2015". Retrieved 2015-12-03.