Yusof Ishak Secondary School

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Yusof Ishak Secondary School
Sekolah Menengah Yusof Ishak
Bukit Batok
Type Government Secondary
Motto "Ilmu Suluh Hidup"  (Malay)
"Knowledge is the Light of Life"
Established 1965
Session Single session
School code 3307
Principal Mdm Jessie Koh
Enrolment Approx. 1,400
Colour(s) Blue, white

Yusof Ishak Secondary School (abbreviation: YISS) is a government secondary school located in Bukit Batok, Singapore. The school is named after Yusof Ishak who was the first president of Singapore.


Yusof Ishak Secondary School was established in 1965 as Jubilee Integrated Secondary School. It was an integrated school offering secondary education to an enrolment of 984 pupils and 37 teachers of two streams, in English and Malay.On 29 July 1966, then Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew declared open Yusof Ishak Secondary School (YISS) at Jubilee Road. Yusof Ishak Secondary School is the only school to be named after a President of the Republic of Singapore. In 1992, the school became the first school to top the value-added ranking in both the Express and Normal Streams. The new school building was officially opened on 29 July 2000 by Dr Ong Chit Chung, MP, Bukit Timah GRC.In Dec 1998, we moved to our Bukit Batok Campus.

YISS is the only school to be named after a President of the Republic of Singapore. Hence, the school vision is: The First President School, an institution that nurtures Scholars, Sportsmen and Statesmen. YI has been doing well in co-curricular areas. 2010 is a landmark year, having achieved value added results and also being awarded the Best NCC Girls (Land) Best Unit in Singapore.

Culture & Tradition[edit]

Male students wear a white-colored shirt bearing a pocket and the school logo, coupled with dark-blue shorts (for lower secondary students) or pants (for the upper secondary students). Female students wear white or skin-colored undergarments, sometimes together with shorts, under a plain white blouse and a dark-blue knee-length skirt.

The school tie is to be worn during school formal matters. For Physical Education (PE), students are to wear a shirt with the school logo printed at the side and with PE shorts.

Core Values[edit]

The six values of YISS are Resilience, Responsibility, Respect, Compassion, Confidence, and Integrity and the school motto is 'Ilmu Suluh Hidup' (Knowledge is the Light of Life).

Co-curricular activities[edit]

Every secondary student in YISS is required to have a co-curricular activity. The CCAs are divided into categories: Sports, Music and Dance, Uniformed Groups and Clubs and Societies. The following are the official CCAs of the school:


Music and Dance

Uniformed Groups

  • NCC Boys [Land]
  • NCC Girls [Land]
  • NPCC

Clubs and Societies

  • Art Club
  • Interact Club
  • PA Club {Currently New Media Club}
  • Photography Club {Currently New Media Club}

Achievements (2000–2015)

School Awards: Academic (Value-added) (Normal) (Bronze) (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009) Character Development Award (2009–2013) National Education Development Award (2010–2012) Sustained Achievement Award for Uniform Group Sustained Achievement Award for Green Audit (Lotus) Award (2006–2009) Silver for 3Rs Award Competition (2007–2010) Cherish Award (Silver) 2010 Innergy Award (Silver) 2009, (Bronze) 2010, Commendation (2010) Model Tuckshop Award (Gold) (2008–2010) TAF Award (Silver) 2008

CCA Achievements: Sports and Games Nationals Inter School Sepak Takraw 2015 - Champions West Zone Inter School Sepak Takraw 2010 – Runners-up West Zone Inter School Sepak Takraw 2009 – 3rd placing West Zone Inter School Sepak Takraw 2009 – 3rd placing Uniformed Groups NCC Girls (Land) Best Unit Award (Awarded to the Best Girls Land Unit in Singapore) National Cadet Corps (Boys Unit) – Gold, 2002–2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 National Cadet Corps (Girls Unit) – Silver 2006-2008, Gold 2009, 2010 National Police Cadet Corps – Silver 2005, 2009-2010 Gold 2006-2008 Arts and Aesthetics Art & Craft - 1 Silver 2010, 1 Gold 2008, 1 Bronze 2008 Choir - Silver 2009 SYF Display Band Competition – Bronze 2006, 2010 Silver in 2008 Indian Dance – Silver 2005, 2007, 2009 Malay Dance – Silver 2005, 2009 Gold 2007 Contemporary Dance – Bronze Award 2005, 2007, 2009 Singapore Arts and Craft Central Judging in 2008,2009 (Level 1 Award: Gold) Ngee Ann Poly Design and Build Competition 2007 (1st Runner Up) Other Awards (National Cognitive) Biotech Fair Competition: Merit Award in 2006 and 3rd placing in 2007 Wonders of Science: 2nd placing (Team 1) and Merit Award (Team 2) in 2007 Singapore Mathematics Olympaid 2007 (1 Silver, 2 Bronze) CL National Story Competition 2007 (1st Runner Up) NUS Physics Competition for Sec School, 2009: 2nd School Digital Media Awards: Silver Award in 2009

Notable alumni[edit]

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