Bedok View Secondary School was founded in January 1977, initially sharing the premises of Chai Chee Secondary School. It started with 5 classes in the English stream and 4 in the Chinese Stream. Mr Mohd Said B H A Samad, the principal-designate, served the school for three and a half years until June 1981. Mr Soh Guan Ba took over as principal from June 1981 to December 1995. Mr Ee Chye Heng joined the school from 1995 to 2000, after which Mr Khairunan bin Ali took over the post. From 2008 to 2011, Mr Boo Chong Han was principal. In 2012, Mr Jeffrey Low took over as principal.
In January 1978 the school began functioning in its current premises and was officially opened on 28 September 1979 by Tuan Haji Sha'ari Tadin, former MP for Bedok. It was the 139th school built by the government and the first government secondary school in Bedok New Town.
In 1992 major alterations and renovations were carried out, and a 4-storey classroom block was built under the Extension and Alteration Project. The school now has 36 classrooms, a language laboratory, a commerce room, two computer laboratories and six science laboratories. Extensions to the library, staff room and canteen were also carried out. The school subsequently underwent PRIMETemplate:Clarify and the entire project was completed in mid-2005, providing up-to-date facilities for pupils and staff.
A sports hall has been completed, which is available for the use of the public. This is a SGD 14 million joint investment from the Singapore Sports Council and the Ministry of Education.
The school states that its core values are integrity, respect, responsibility, service and excellence. It aims to develop every student to be a confident person, a self-directed learner, an active contributor and a concerned citizen through a holistic education that prepares students for the future.
Ethos, uniform and disciplineEdit
The school believes that all students can learn and want to learn, though they may learn differently. It believes in having high expectations of all students, and giving them high levels of support through teachers who make a difference, teamwork and collaboration. The school believes that quality teaching contributes to good discipline, and that good discipline contributes to quality teaching and learning.
The compulsory uniform consists of white blouse or shirt (which does not need to be tucked in) and beige bottoms. Boys in secondary 1 and secondary 2 must wear short trousers, graduating to long pants in secondary 3 (typically the year in which students turn 15). Students are not allowed to tint or dye their hair. Boys must have short hair. Girls wear pleated beige skirt. All students must wear white socks, which must be clearly visible.
Any electronic equipment such as mobile telephones (known locally as handphones) will be confiscated if found used during lessons for a period of 3 weeks.
Minor penalties for indiscipline include detention, canteen duty or community work order, and there is also a demerit points system. For smoking (on or off school premises), rudeness or defiance, theft, forgery, abuse of technology, fighting/bullying and substance abuse, male students receive corporal punishment, whereby two or three hard strokes of a large rattan cane are administered to the seat of the boy's uniform trousers. (Any girls who commit these offences are suspended.) In serious cases the caning ceremony is performed in front of an assembly of the whole student population. However, most canings are administered in private. Normally two strokes are given.