Budding hopes from humble Beginnings
Secondary School was established in 1986 and named after Tampines New Town. It
was one of the first schools built to serve the new community.
On 2nd January 1986, our founding Principal, Mr Koh Sei Hian, together with 12 teachers, welcomed our inaugural 458 pupils. These pioneers laid a firm foundation for the Tampinesian spirit.
school was officially opened by Mr Phua Bah Lee, then Senior Parliamentary
Secretary (Defence) and Member of Parliament for Tampines, on the auspicious
date of 8th August 1988.
Our founding educators charted the journey for TPSS with the ideal that young Tampinesians should acquire both character values and practical skills to serve society. The school motto then, "Betterment of Self for Society", is an aspiration which we still stand by today.
Blossoming achievements through the years
TPSS underwent infrastructural upgrading towards the 1990s to stay relevant in the age of growing informational technologies. Through the successive leadership of Mdm Daulath Tajuddin, Dr Poon Chew Leng, and Mr Neo Tick Watt, TPSS was gradually transformed into an institution ready to meet the 21st century. During this phase of transformation, our Tampines educators focused heavily on articulating a strong student culture and student voice, emphasising that students must grow to become self-directed in their learning and pursuit of their passion.
TPSS underwent PRIME in 2008. In tandem with physical change was also a fresh vision towards a more pervasive culture of exploring imagined possibilities. Mr Balamurugan Krishnasamy, our fifth Principal, turned the campus into a vibrant and energetic space for students to express themselves innovatively. It was during this period when the school put in place building blocks to create a niche in visual and performing arts and creative engineering, supported by our Life Long Learning Programme and Applied Learning Programme respectively.