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School Information

 

1.      Where is the school located?

We are located at 3 York Hill, Singapore 168622.

2.    How can I contact the school?

We can be reached at +65 6733 4077 during the school’s operating hours. You can also email us at oss@moe.edu.sg .

3.      How can I travel the school by public transport?

We are located within a 15-minute walk from Chinatown MRT station and a 10-13 minute-walk from Outram MRT station. You can take bus service 174 from City Hall Station Exit D and take bus 174 (bus stop no. 04167), it will approximately take 20 minutes, or you can take bus service from Dhoby Ghaut Station Exit F and take bus 174 (bus stop no. 08057), it will approximately take 20 minutes.

4.    What are the opening hours?

The general office operates from 7:30am to 6:30pm on school days during the school holidays. We do not operate during public holidays.

5.    What are the school terms?

Semester 1

Term 1

Wednesday 2 January to Friday 15 March

Term 2

Monday 25 March to Friday 31 May

Semester 2

Term 3

Monday 1 July to Friday 6 September

Term 4

Monday 16 September to Friday 15 November



The last full school day of Term 4 is 25 October as the school is one of the venues for the GCE O-Level written examinations.


School Programmes


6.    What are the distinctive programmes?

All Ministry of Education (MOE) schools have two distinctive programmes: the Applied Learning Programme (ALP) and Learning for Life Programme (LLP). These distinctive programmes provide opportunities for students to discover their strengths and interests, and to find greater relevance and motivation in their learning.

Our ALP is Business and Enterprise (B&E). Please click here for more information on our ALP.

Our LLP focuses on Sports For Life. Please click here for more information on our LLP.

7.    What are the pastoral care provisions?

Our team of Year Head, Assistant Year Heads and Form Teachers works together with the School Counsellors, Allied Educators, LBS, SWO and Career counsellor to provide for the well-being of students. 

8.    How is Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) implemented?

Our implementation of CCE is guided by the Framework for 21st Century Competencies and Student Outcomes. Please click here for more information on the framework.

9.    What are the Co-curricular Activities (CCA) available?

We offer a total of 17 CCAs across the four clusters: Clubs and Societies, Physical Sports, Uniformed Groups and Visual and Performing Arts Groups. Please click here for more information on our CCAs.

10.  What are the academic courses and subjects offered?

We offer three academic courses: Express, Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical). Please see the table below for the academic subjects offered, by levels and courses.

Level

Course

Subject

Lower Secondary

Express

Normal (Academic)

Normal (Technical)

English Language, Mother Tongue Language1, Higher Mother Tongue Language2, Art, English Literature, Geography, History, Music, Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology, and Food and Consumer Education

English Language, Mother Tongue Language1, Art, English Literature, Geography, History, Music, Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology, and Food and Consumer Education

English Language, Mother Tongue Language1, Art, Music, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Computer Applications, Design and Technology, and Food and Consumer Education

Upper Secondary

Express

Normal (Academic)

Normal (Technical)

English Language, Mother Tongue Language1, Higher Mother Tongue Language2, Combined Humanities (Social Studies with Electives – English Literature, Geography or History), Art, English Literature, Geography, History, Elementary Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Principal of Accounts, Business Studies

English Language, Mother Tongue Language1, Combined Humanities (Social Studies with Electives –Geography or History), Art, Elementary Mathematics, Combined Science (Chemistry and Physics), Additional Mathematics, Design and Technology, Principles of Accounts, Business Studies

English Language, Mother Tongue Language1, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Computer Applications, Design and Technology, Art, Retail Operation


1Some Mother Tongue Languages may be offered at external centres 

2Some Higher Mother Tongue Languages may be offered at external centres

We offer Subject-Based Banding (SBB) for the Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) courses. SBB aims to help each student find fulfilment in learning and be motivated to excel in what he is good at. Students can take subjects in which they have done well in at a higher academic level. Based on the student’s Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) subject grades or Secondary 1 Mid-Year Examination or Secondary 1 and Secondary 2 End-of-Year Examination results, he may be offered English Language, Mother Tongue Language, Mathematics and/or Science at a higher academic level. Students who do well overall are also offered lateral transfers to more demanding streams.

11.  What are the school hours of a typical school day?

School days start with morning assembly at 7:30am for all level.

Lower secondary (Express & Normal Academic) dismissal time.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1.30pm

1:30pm

2pm

1:30pm

12:40pm

1 Exp TCM, 2pm

Class 2/4 LEAPS , 1:15pm

 

Secondary 1 Normal Technical & Secondary 2 Normal Technical dismissal time.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1:30pm

SBB 3:50pm

 

2:40pm

2pm

2:05pm

SBB 3:50pm

12:40pm

 

Secondary 3 Normal Technical & Secondary 4 Normal Technical dismissal time.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1:30pm

SBB 3:15pm

2:40pm

2pm

3NT -  2:05pm

4NT -  1:30pm

12:40pm

 

 Secondary 3 Normal Academic & 3 Express dismissal time.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

3E – 2:40pm & 3:15pm

3NA – 1:30pm

1:30pm

2pm

2:05pm

12:40pm

3E – 2pm

 

Secondary 4 Express, Secondary 4 Normal Academic & Secondary 5 Normal Academic dismissal time.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1:30 pm

3:35 pm - After School Program (Selected Students Only)

EL

odd week 4NA

even week 4E5N

D&T/Art/A Maths

odd week 4E5N

even week 4NA

2:05pm

2pm

1:30 pm

3:35 pm - After School Program (Selected Students Only)

EL

odd week 4NA

even week 4E5N

D&T/Art/A Maths

odd week 4E5N

even week 4NA

12:40 pm

4NA – CL / TL & 4E HCL

3.45 pm After School Program (Selected Students Only)

BIZ/POA

odd week 4NA

even week 4E5N HU odd week 4E5N even week 4NA

 

 

Wednesdays are official CCA days for most CCAs. Please click here for more information on the activity hours for specific CCAs. 

Supplementary and remediation lessons can be conducted after formal curriculum time. 

Other enrichment programmes (e.g. local and overseas learning journeys, excursions to Institutes of Higher Learning, etc.) may take place during or after formal curriculum hours. 


School Materials and Resources


12.   What are the books and stationery needed?

Booklists for the various levels and courses are issued to current students at the end of Term 4 for the next year.

The opening hours for school bookshop are:

Monday: 7am to 3pm

Tuesday – Friday: 7am to 3:30pm

School Holiday: Closed

The opening hours for school bookshop from November to December:

Monday – Friday: 9am to 3pm

Saturday: 9am to 12pm

13.  Where can I purchase the formal school uniform and sports attire?

The formal school uniform and sports attire are for sale at the school canteen.

The opening hours are:

Wednesday: 9am – 3pm

The opening hours from November to December:

Monday – Friday: 9am to 3pm

Saturday: 9am to 12pm

Additional counters are also set up during Secondary 1 Registration and the period of Secondary 1 Orientation to facilitate the purchase of uniforms by the new students. 


School Admission


14.  What are the Direct School Admission-Secondary (DSA-Sec) areas? 

The following categories are open for DSA application for the 2020 intake:

·         Entrepreneurship

·         Rockclimbing (Boys and Girls)

·         Swimming (Boys and Girls)

·         Basketball (Boys)

·         Water polo (Boys)

·         Netball (Girls)

Our school is recognised for its Business and Enterprise programme. In Singapore, we are the only school offering Business Studies as a GCE O level applied subject. We also offer N- and O-level subjects, Retail Operations and Principles of Accounts (POA). Our POA students have the opportunity to take up the Pearson-LCCI external certification. Our partners offer our students a range of customised courses and certifications in Business and Enterprise.

As the only government school built with a swimming pool, two rock walls, two indoor sports hall, 1 futsal court and a comprehensive Sports for Life Talent Development programme, we offer sports of different nature to suit the needs and interests of our students. 

Applications are closed for the 2020 intake.

For more details, please refer to MOE website - www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/direct-admissions/dsa-sec.

15. What are the school fees?

We are a government school and charge Singapore citizen students a monthly school fee, a monthly standard miscellaneous fee and a monthly second-tier miscellaneous fee. The monthly second-tier miscellaneous fee is S$10. Students can use their Edusave Account to pay for the second-tier miscellaneous fee. For more information click here. 

For Permanent Residents and International Students, a monthly school fee and a monthly miscellaneous fee is charged. For more information click here.

16.  What are the financial assistance schemes available? 

The Ministry of Education (MOE) provides financial assistance to needy Singapore citizen students in Government, Government-aided schools and Institutes of Higher Learning through the MOE Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS). This is to allow all Singaporeans, regardless of their financial background, to benefit from the best opportunities in education. For more information click here.

17.  What the scholarships and awards available?

Edusave Awards are given by the government annually to Singaporean students to enhance educational opportunities and motivate them to excel in schools, in both academic and non-academic domains. The three broad categories of Edusave Awards are:

1. Excellence in Character and Values

                - Edusave Character Award (ECHA)

2. Excellence in Academic Achievements 

                - Edusave Scholarship 

                - Edusave Merit Bursary 

                - Edusave Good Progress

Our School Awards are:

1. Pilot Pen Character Award

2. School Advisory Committee Outstanding Student

3. Old Outramian’s Association Outstanding Sportsman Award

4. School Advisory Committee Sports Excellence Scholarship Award

**More information on the awards can be obtained from the general office.