Springfield Secondary School (abbreviation: SPF or SPFSS) is a secondary school located in Tampines, the eastern part of Singapore. Students in Springfield are affectionately referred to as Springfielders. The school offers the GCE 'O' Level/'N' Level Course for Springfielders from Sec 1 to Sec 4/5. Currently, the principal of Springfield is Jenny Ng-Loong and its assistant principals are Chua Lek Hong(Academics) and Sing Seng Hwa(Administration). It has around 1,400 students and 81 teachers. It has achieved the Sustained Achievement Award in Uniformed Groups twice in 2004 and 2005. Springfield achieved the Niche Programme status for rock-climbing in 2008. With the award, Springfield can admit up to 5% of their Secondary One intake through the Direct School Admission (DSA) exercise, in addition to receiving MOE funding. Springfield is also the first secondary school to have student climbers recognized and certified by the UIAA through a training course and expedition.
The construction of Springfield Secondary School began in 1992. The school was given the name Tampines West Secondary School. The name "Springfield" was officially adopted on 21 December 1992.
Springfield started functioning in 1993 with eight classes at Tampines Secondary School. It then moved to its present site in 1993 and was officially opened by Yatiman Yusof, MP for Tampines GRC, on 15 September 1995.
As of 2009, classes of Secondary One to Secondary Five are given names of the following set of values:
The blade of green grass forms the letter "S". The glowing sun, together with the green grass, forms the letter "f". The three rows of rich, golden earth provide the foundation. Together, they represent Springfield Secondary School. The grass, sun and earth depict life, energy and growth. the grass is also shaped to represent a hand.
Better self for better tomorrow
The music was composed by Soh Kay Cheng, and the lyrics written by Rosa Lein.
Springfield, oh Springfield,
To you our loyalty we pledge,
With glory your flag we raise.
In one resounding voice
We sing your praise
Diligent in our work,
Your worth we proclaim.
Springfield, our Springfield
In truth and virtue we grow,
For Better Self and Better Tomorrow.
Springfield, oh Springfield,
We strive to live up to your name,
To bring you glory and fame.
From the glowing earth
Rises the golden sun,
Brightly lights the way
Till our work is done.
Springfield, dear Springfield,
We hear your beckoning call
Better Self for Better Tomorrow.
Springfield's Niche Area of Excellence in Sports Climbing programmeEdit
The 15M high Springfield Rockwall/Climbing wall is an outstanding Tampines landmark that has captured the attention of many passing by. Built in 1995, it was one of the first outdoor rockwalls in a secondary school.
Over the years, thousands of Springfielders have learnt the basics of sports climbing and many have excelled in the sport. The emphasis of the Sports climbing programme was not just about skills but also on safety and the proper use and maintaining the integrity of equipment. Sports climbing has indeed toughened up Springfielders. Sports climbing has developed mental strength and inculcated qualities such as integrity, resilience and perseverance.
Springfield shares the use of her Rockwall and expertise with the community as well. Springfield have hosted various groups from the Tampines constituency sports club, handicapped organizations such as the visually handicapped, hospital help-groups and the deaf. Springfield rockwall has often been used by other schools, the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University, and uniformed group organizations such as the Boys’ Brigade, Salvation Army and The Singapore Mountaineering Federation.
The popularity and success of Springfield climbing have produced more than 7 National climbers among Springfielders over the last 10 years. These pupils traveled all over the world to represent Singapore in World, Regional and other international competitions. Springfield has won 4 National Championships in the SAFRA National Sports Climbing Championships over the past 9 years and successfully mounted a multi-peak expedition to the Nepal Himalaya in 2000 and recently in 2008. A notable Springfielder, Foo Xiu Guan, is doing Singapore proud in the South-East Asian Circuit as well as the World Youth Championships. The school has been successful in competitions in Sports Climbing through its participation in local Sports Climbing events as well as in School-organised events such as "Let's Rock". Springfield climbers have been consistently placed in all competitions we have participated in. Of special mention is the excellent achievement during the National Schools Sports Climbing Championship 2008 in which Springfield emerged Overall School Champion and the Asian Youth & National School Sport Climbing Championship from 23 to 25 November 2007. In the Asian Youth segment; a Springfielder, Norameera Bte Mohamed Hussein of Secondary 3G (2007) and Muhammad Hafiz B Latiff of 2F (2007) emerged Champion and 2nd Runner-up in the Speed Climb Category respectively. Springfield were crowned Team Champion in the first ever Speed Team Climbing category in the National School segment.
Through the Niche Area of Excellence Programme, Springfield hopes to enhance the culture and development of sports climbing.
Advanced Elective ModulesEdit
Springfield Secondary School will be one of the few schools in the pioneering batch to offer Advanced Elective Modules (AEMs). The school will be collaborating with Temasek Polytechnic to offer elective modules to expand the learning experience of pupils and provide exposure to the practice-oriented learning approaches adopted in the polytechnics. AEMs may be used for polytechnic admission under the Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE) and the Direct Polytechnic Admission (DPA) exercise. They may also be used for credit exemption in subjects that are relevant to the pupil’s subsequent course of study in the Polytechnic.
- Lo Sheu Min - 1993 to 1998
- Ng Gek Tiang - 1999 to 2004
- Tang-Chan Yueh Tarn - 2004 to 2012
- Jenny Ng-Loong - 2012 to present
- T Subramaniam - 1995 to 1997
- Lee Hong Leng - 1997 to 2001
- Jael Patricia Tan - 2001 to 2004
- Edward Nathan - 2005 to 2009
- Chua Lek Hong - 2009 to present
- Sing Seng Hwa - 2009 to present
Co-curricular activities Edit
Sports & Games
- Boys' Brigade
- Girls' Brigade
- St. John Ambulance Brigade
- National Cadet Corps (Land Unit and Sea Unit)
- National Police Cadet Corps
Clubs & Societies
- Aesthetic Club
- Design and Robotics Club
- Tech Council
- Student Council
- Film & Media Club
- Official website
- Springfield Secondary webpage
- Springfield Secondary moodle
- Tampines community forum