Commonwealth Secondary School
Ever with the Best
698 West Coast Road, Singapore 608784
Jurong East,
Type Autonomous
Established 1964
Session mixed
School code 3012
Principal Cheah Mei Ling (Mrs)
Enrolment Over 1,300
Colour(s) Blue, yellow, white.

Commonwealth Secondary School (abbreviation: CSS) is a government, autonomous and coeducational secondary school in Singapore. Founded in 1964, Commonwealth Secondary School offers secondary school education from secondary one to four/five which leads to the GCE 'O' Level and GCE 'N' Level certificates, and admits students (express stream) with PSLE score ranging from 240 and above annually.

History Edit

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Commonwealth Secondary School began as Tanglin Integrated Vocational Secondary School in 1964 and became an academic institution named Tanglin Secondary in 1969.

In 1972, the name was changed again to Commonwealth Secondary School since it was situated near Commonwealth Drive. The school relocated to Jurong East in 1989 and functioned as a neighbourhood school in the Hong Kah constituency for seven years before moving to Jurong East Street 24 of the Yuhua Constituency at the end of 1995. The school moved to its new campus on West Coast Road in Nov 2006. The official opening ceremony of the new campus was held on July 11, 2008.[1]

Commonwealth Secondary has been an autonomous school since 1995, a status given to the school because of its academic success and achievement in co-curricular programmes. Commonwealth Secondary is also a Higher Chinese Centre since 1995, catering to students who have the passion to pursue Higher Chinese Language(HCL) in the West District. On the academic front, in addition to being a Higher Chinese Centre, Commonwealth has also been offering Higher Malay and Higher Tamil to its pupils since 2006. From 2006, a humanities subject, Economics, was offered to Secondary 3 students. Dance and Drama has been Commonwealth's niche areas since 2000. The Walk in Art Gallery has been open since the school itself opened in 1993. In 2004, Commonwealth received its 1st Ministry of Education's Sustained Achievement Award for both uniformed groups and the performing arts.

In 2007, CSS received the Singapore Quality Class status. The school has been designated as a Centre of Excellence for Environmental Education from 2008 onwards.[2]

School anthem :

Commonwealth Secondary School
To you we pledge our total loyalty
Neither colour nor creed shall affect
The total unity we pledge to you

Your flag and principles we'll cherish
Even if we have in the course to perish
The crescent and starts five shall guide
The flame of solidarity in which we pride

To serve will be our very aim
No influence will our zeal maim
The purity of thought and deed we'll nurture
Thus we will attain stature

Present Edit

In March 2007, Pandan Reservoir and Sungei Pandan were adopted by the school.[3]

In 2010, CSS has been led by Mrs Cheah Mei Ling, Mdm Susan Toh, Mrs Anba Saroja and Mr Kong Chee Chiew. Also, West Coast Park has been adopted by the school in 2008.[4]


  • 1969 - 1970 Mr Boey Chen Kee
  • 1971 - 1974 Mr N. Suppiah
  • 1975 - 1986 Mr A. N. Balagopal
  • 1987 - 1990 Mr Tan Tiek Kwee
  • 1990 - 1993 Mr Thomas Ong Xian Wei
  • 1993 - 1998 Mdm Sun Huey Min
  • 1999 - 2001 Mrs Lim Lai Cheng
  • 2002 - 2004 Ms Dorothy Tay Bee Hian
  • 2005 - 2008 Mrs Teo Khin Hiang
  • 2009 - Mrs Cheah Mei Ling

School crest Edit


This is the school's statement on the CSS crest:

Behold our school crest
With our motto, ever with the best
See the flame burning with zest
It proudly stands of CSS.
Blue for infinite resourcefulness
Gold for faith and fruitfulness
Ever-glowing is our flame
Ever-growing is our name

Motto Edit

Ever With The Best

Co-curricular activities Edit

Commonwealth Secondary's CCA programme comprises sports, uniformed groups, aesthetic groups, clubs and societies.

2003 was a key milestone for CSA as all five of its aesthetic groups (Band, Choir, Drama, Chinese dance, Indian dance) attained gold medals in the biannual Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging. In 2005, these gold-medal winning groups sustained their achievements as they attained two Gold with Honours and three Golds in the SYF Central Judging.[5] The newly-formed Malay Dance Group won a silver award in the SYF.

The Choir team was selected as the only choir to perform on the Opening Ceremony of the Singapore Youth Festival at the Esplanade Theatre on 1 Jul 2005. The Drama team performed for the SYF at the Hwa Chong Institute Drama Theatre on 22 Jul 2005. In March 2006, the performing arts group held their 1st public performance 'Leaving a Legacy' at the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. 2009 was a record-breaking year for the school, with three aesthetic groups attaining the highest accolade, Gold with Honours.

The Hockey team was ranked among the top eight schools in Singapore for the third year running. The netball team obtained 2nd position in West Zone Netball B Girls in the year 2006 and champions in the M1Template:Disambiguation needed School Challenge League 2009.

The NCC and Red Cross units won gold medals in the Best Unit Awards 2005. The Red Cross Unit was awarded the Community Service Gold Award for the 4th consecutive Year, circa 2006.

The AVA team won the Silver and Special Mention Award in the 6th SVA and the FnV team have obtained Merit in the 8th SVA.[6] The New Media Club achieved Gold in the 2008 Schools' Digital Media Award. The school won the Lotus award in Green Audit Awards in years 2006, 2007 and Sustained Achievement Award in 2008 with the help of Green Club.[7] The Art and Craft club won Bronze awards in SYF 2006 and 2008.

Achievements Edit

Major school achievements

Awards Award level Year(s) Awarded by
School Distinction Award[8] - 2010–2014 MOE
President's Award for the Environment[9][10] - 2009 MEWR
Singapore Quality Class[11] - From 2007 SPRING Singapore
People Developer Standard[12] - From 2006 SPRING Singapore
Autonomous Status[13] - From 1995 MOE
Centre of Excellence for Environmental Education[2] - From 2008 MOE, MEWR
Watermark Award[14][15] - 2008 PUB
Best Practice Award for Staff Well-Being[16] - 2010–2014 MOE
Sustained Achievement Award (CHERISH) [17] Platinum 2010 MOE
Sustained Achievement Awards in Aesthetics/Uniform Groups/Physical Fitness [17] - From 2003/2004/2008 MOE
Thinking Culture Award Best School (Zonal) 2007 MOE
Character Development Award [17][18] - 2007–2012 MOE
Joint HPB-MOE CHERISH Award[19] Gold 2008 HPB, MOE
CHERISH Award[20] Silver 2005 HPB
School's Green Audit Award[21] Lotus/

Sustained Achievement

2006, 2007/


National Arts Education Award[22] Bronze 2008 NAC
TAF Award[23] Gold 2006, 2007, 2008 MOE
Academic Value-added in Special/Express Streams[17] Silver/


2007, 2008, 2009/


Academic Value-added in Normal Stream[17] Bronze/


2008, 2010/



Major CCA achievements

Year/CCAs Choir Band Drama (English) Dance (Chinese) Dance (Malay) Dance (Indian) Art and Craft
2011 Gold Silver Gold Gold Gold Silver -
2009 Gold with Honours Silver Gold with Honours Gold Gold with Honours Gold -
2007 Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Gold 2 Bronze (2008)
2005 Gold with Honours Gold Gold with Honours Gold Silver Gold Bronze (2006)
2003 Gold Gold Gold Gold - Gold -
2001 Gold Silver Gold Gold - - -
Year/CCAs Girl Guides NCC (Land Boys) Red Cross NPCC (Land)
2009 Gold Gold Silver Silver
2008 Silver Gold Silver Silver
2007 Silver Silver Silver Bronze
2006 Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
2005 Silver Gold Gold Bronze
2004 Gold Silver - Bronze
2003 Gold Silver - Silver

Major academic achievements

  • ‘O’ Level Band (Special/Express - Based on previous years 'O' Level Results(L1B5))[27][28][29]:
Year Special/Express Normal
2010 3 2
2009 2 1
2008 2 1
2007 2 -
2006 3 4
2005 4 -
2004 6 5
  • 2009 GCE 'O' Level:

Two top Secondary five students, one of the schools with students scoring 7A1s and above.[30]

  • 2008 GCE 'O' Level:

One top Secondary four Chinese student, one of the schools with students scoring 7A1s and above.[31]

  • 2007 GCE 'O' Level:

99.5% Eligible for Junior College, one of the schools with students scoring 7A1s and above.[32]

  • 2006 GCE 'O' Level [two students featured in Singapore News][33]:

96.5% Eligible for Junior College, Top Indian Student in Singapore

  • 2005 GCE 'O' Level [Results featured in Singapore News][34]:

1 student with 10 A1s, 5 students with 9 A1s. Top Indian Student in Singapore

  • 2010 GCE 'N' Level:

Top student in Singapore with an aggregate of 6.[35][36]

Special Programmes Edit

Commonwealth Secondary is a higher Chinese centre, offering life science programme, math olympaid training, student leadership training and IT-skills training.

Environmental education Edit

In 2001 the school started a Green Club. One of the projects was the adoption of the mangrove boardwalk trail in the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve as part of the Adopt-A-Park Scheme launched by the National Parks Board.

In 2006, the staff endorsed the goal of working towards becoming a Centre of Excellence for Environmental Education. A group of teachers was identified to develop a customised environmental education curriculum for the school, starting with the Secondary One students in 2007. 2006 also saw the school clinching the Lotus Award in the Singapore Environment Council’s Green Audit.[7] In 2007, the school was designated a Centre of Learning for Environmental Education for the West 7 cluster.[37] The school converted the school pond into a Constructed Treatment Wetland to recycle used water to water the plants in the school compound.[15] Commonwealth Secondary School became the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Education in 2008.[2]

Parent-teacher network Edit

All parents are automatically members of the PTN. They have the right to vote and the right to hold office in the society. The PTN office bearers meet regularly and are involved in the school activities.

Members of PTN are involved in planning school events such as a funfair, and the seniors' graduation night.

Alumni Edit

References Edit

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