Pasir Ris Secondary School

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Not to be confused with Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School.

Pasir Ris Secondary School is a co-educational secondary school in Singapore. It was one of the first secondary schools to be established in the area, then called Pasir Ris. Today, the area is known as Tampines, Pasir Ris being another area close by, but the school's name has been left unchanged. The school has been ranked among the top 50 schools in Singapore, over the past 3 years, based on academic results.

History

Pasir Ris Secondary School was established in January 1985 at the premises of Chongzheng Primary School, while its own premises were under construction. With 11 Secondary 1 classes and 16 teaching staff, it was the first secondary school to be established in Tampines New Town to serve the growing population there. The school moved to its own new campus at Tampines St 21 on 8 April 1985. It was officially opened in August 1987.[1] The founding principal was Miss Paramita Bandara.[2]

In 1997, more classrooms were added to the school so that it could go single-session in 2000. A new wing was built on the campus, adding a new science lab and other facilities such as more computer rooms and IT resource rooms. The school began its single session on 2 January 2000 with 39 classes.

The school has a fully wireless-networked campus. Wi-fi access is available in many public areas in the school.

Academics

In 2005 the school was placed in Band 9 for the Express stream and Band 5 for the Normal stream on the school achievement table. In 2006, the school was placed in Band 8 for the Express stream and Band 2 for the Normal stream. The school achieved SAA in Aesthetics, Uniformed Groups and Sports over the last 4 years. It has also achieved Niche status in Chinese Orchestra by the Ministry of Education in 2008.

This table is obtained through comparison of the schools' results in the GCE 'N' and 'O' Level examinations. These results mean that the school is ranked among the top 30 schools in Singapore.

Discipline

Pasir Ris uses corporal punishment in the form of caning (for male students only) to maintain good standards of behaviour. A typical punishment is two to four strokes with a long cane administered, usually by Mr Ow, across the seat of the student's trousers as he bends over. This is often done in front of the boy's classmates. On some occasions it has been carried out in front of the whole student body as a "last resort".[3]

Another punishment that has been used in recent years is when senior boys, especially those in secondary 4 and secondary 5 (age 16 and 17), are made to go back into lower-secondary (short trousers) uniform for a period, typically for a given number of weeks or until the end of term. This form of discipline is for certain kinds of immature behaviour or for persistent lateness. Mr Ow keeps a stock of these shorts in different sizes in the school office for this purpose.

Notable Alumni

  • Joshua Ang: Actor

References

  1. "New schools". The Straits Times (Singapore). 7 August 1987, p. 16.
  2. "Pasir Ris have come a long way". The Straits Times (Singapore). 25 November 1989, p. 37.
  3. "Schools left to decide on students' discipline: Education Ministry", Channel News Asia, Singapore, 26 January 2006.

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