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Tampinesian Code of Conduct


Tampines Secondary School promotes a code of conduct for every student to uphold so that the rights of all Tampinesians are protected. 

As a member of the Tampinesian family, every student should: 


Every Tampinesian has the duty to earn a good name for the school and the country.

The Tampinesian shall:

  •  Sing the school song with pride

  •  Conform to the school’s dress code

  •  Be a walking Tampinesian i.e. behave well in school as well as outside school

  •  Do the best for the school in all that they undertake.


Every Tampinesian shall hence:

  • Be courteous, helpful and cooperative
  • Avoid any action that may cause harm or embarrassment


To learn well in school, every Tampinesian shall:

  •  Come to school regularly
  •  Be punctual for assembly, lessons and activities
  •  Bring all necessary materials to class
  •  Follow classroom procedures
  •  Concentrate and be positively engaged during lessons
  •  Respect common property
  •  Keep all parts of the school clean

Help maintain the safety of fellow Tampinesians 

Every Tampinesian shall:
  • Respect others' property and not take them without permission.
  • Not endanger others' physical safety.
  • Not abuse other Tampinesians verbally.
  • Report any incidents that happen in school.


Every Tampinesian shall:

  • Always be honest and sincere
  • Cooperate with fellow students and student leaders
  • Actively participate  and give support  to school activities.


The image of a Tampinesian is important to the school. Students must conform to the dress code in order to uphold the image. Students who do not conform will be asked to correct themselves. Parents will also be informed and the school seeks the parents’ cooperation in ensuring that their child conforms to the dress code.   *Disciplinary actions will be taken if the child repeatedly fails to do so.



  • Hair should not be coloured or tinted.
  • Tinted glasses and coloured contact lenses are not allowed.
  • Cosmetics and perfume are not allowed.
  • Jewellery, ornaments or accessories including ear-sticks are not allowed, except for one pair of plain small identical ear studs for girls. 
  • Tongue/nose/face/body piercing and tattoos are not allowed.
  • Fingernails must be kept short and clean.


  • Hair should be short and neat. Side of hair should not touch the ears. Back of hair should be sloped and not touch the collar. Fringe should be short and above the eyebrow.
  • Overlap, undercut, undershave, spiky or outlandish hairstyles are not allowed.
  • Moustache or beard is not allowed and must be clean-shaven at all times


  • Hair must be simply-styled. Hair longer than shoulder-length should be tied up neatly. Fringe that falls below the eyebrow should be clipped up.
  • Hair accessories must be plain coloured and must not be fanciful.
  • Only a pair of plain small identical ear studs is allowed, with 1 ear stud on each ear lobe.




  • Students are to wear the prescribed school uniform. Modifications to the uniform are not allowed.


      • Lower Sec Uniform: beige shirt and green shorts. 
      • Shorts must be of knee-length.Upper Sec Uniform: beige shirt and green trousers.
      • Name tag is sewn just above the pocket. 


      • Uniform: Beige shirt and green skirt. Skirt must be of knee-length.
      • Name tag is sewn above the school badge. 

  • Students are allowed to wear the school polo T-shirt, approved CCA or House T-shirt on prescribed days of the week.
  • Students must wear the school uniform and be properly attired when coming for school activities during term break or school holidays. 
  • Students who do not conform will not be allowed into the school compound.Students are allowed to wear only white or predominantly white school shoes.
  • Students must wear white socks which are visible above the ankles.Slippers are not allowed at all times. Sandals with straps can be worn ONLY in cases of foot injury.

PE Attire·         

  •      Students are to wear the approved PE attire during PE lessons.         
  •      Students must change out of their PE attire by the end of recess. 

    Examination Periods All students are expected to be in full school uniform during examinations.


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    Discipline Matters procedures

    All Tampinesians are to comply with the following procedures. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action taken against them.

    1. Absence from school

    • Students must get their parents/ guardians to call the school’s General Office at Tel: 67835423 to inform the school of the reason for their absence from school.
    • Students must submit a medical certificate (MC) to the form teacher upon his/her return to school.
    • Students who do not produce MC will be considered as being “absent without valid reason (truancy)”. The school however will take into consideration letters from parents / guardians for non-medical emergencies / urgent family matters. Only one letter per term will be accepted.

    2. Coming to school late

    • Morning assembly will start promptly at 7.30am from Monday to Friday, with the exception of Tue which starts at 8.30am.
    • A student who is not with the class at the flag-raising ceremony at 7.30am (8.30am on Tue) is considered late for school.
    • Students reporting late between 7.30am to 8am (8.30am to 9am on Tue) must report to the discipline teacher on duty at the heritage foyer.
    • Students reporting late after 8am (9am on Tue) will have their names recorded at the Guard House and issued with a blue slip. They will then register at the General Office and have the blue slip stamped and signed.
    • The completed blue slip must be submitted to the subject teacher at the classroom.
    • Latecomers without the blue slip will not be admitted to class and will be sent to the General Office.
    • Students who do not report to the General Office will face severe disciplinary action.
    • Students who are late for school for 3 times or more will face disciplinary action.
    • Students who are persistently late will be rejected entry into class and the parents/guardians must see the Principal/DM before they are allowed entry to class.

    3. Leaving the classroom during curriculum time

    • Only 1 student is allowed to leave the classroom at any one time.
    • Students who skip class will face disciplinary action.

    4. Leaving school early

    • Students may leave the school early if they are not well and need to see a doctor or rest at home. Students should inform the subject teacher in the classroom and will be accompanied by a classmate to the General Office.
    • Students must obtain permission to go home early and complete the “Permission to Leave School Early” form (green form). The form must be signed by the Principal / HOD / OM / AM.
    • Students who are not well are not allowed to go home by themselves. Parents/Guardians must fetch them from school. Parents/ Guardians must also acknowledge on the green form.
    • Students who need to leave the school early for medical appointment must produce the appointment card indicating the date and time of the appointment. Students are to request for a time chit from the hospital/ clinic and submit to the form teacher on the following day.
    • Students who need to leave the school early for family emergencies or other reasons, must produce a signed letter from the parent/ guardian stating the reasons.
    • Students who leave school without permission will face disciplinary action.

    5. Recess

    • Food and drinks must be consumed in the canteen only.
    • Students must queue in an orderly manner to purchase food and drinks.
    • Students are to return their utensils into the receptacles provided and dispose empty packet / bottled drinks after their meal.
    • Students are not allowed to bring sweetened drinks and food back to the classrooms.

    6. Restricted items

    • The following items are not to be brought to school:
      • Combs with sharp ends and other potential weapons
      • Cosmetics and perfume
      • Cigarettes and lighters

    • All students are not allowed to have in their possession any weapon. They are also not allowed to bring any weapon-like item which is used on intended to be used to cause harm to others.
    • All restricted items will be confiscated by teachers and/or the Discipline Committee, and parents/guardians will be informed. 

    7. Entry into the school premises

    • In order to ensure a safe learning environment, all students must be attired in their school uniform, PE, CCA or school-based attire when they report to school.
    • The security officers stationed at the school gate reserve the right to refuse entry to students who are not properly attired.

    The above list of procedures is not exhaustive. Students who contravene the rules and procedures will be subjected to disciplinary action. The school reserves the right to review the consequences periodically and to impose the consequences as deemed fit.

    Discipline matter Offences

    Tampinesians are capable of responsible and respectful behaviours towards themselves, their peers and teachers. Consequences for misbehaviours are imposed so that all members of the school are protected. Consequences for committing minor offences include detention and school service. Recalcitrants will be treated as major offences and will be escalated to the higher authorities. Consequences for committing major offences include suspension from class, caning (for boys), involvement of the police and other relevant authorities. Recalcitrants may be placed on prolonged suspension from class and may eventually be expelled from school.

    Minor Offences




    • Late for school
    • Skip classes
    • Late for class

    • Disruptive Behaviour
    • Littering
    • Not doing assignment
    • Late submission of                        assignments
    • Using vulgar language

    • Improper Grooming                 and Attire

    Major Offences



    Theft/ Damage of Properties@

    Other Serious Offences@

    ·   Truancy

    ·   Persistent late coming

    ·   Leaving School

       without permission

    ·   Wilful absenteeism

    ·   Other related offences


    ·   Open Defiance /


    ·   Cheating in test /exam

    ·   Forgery

    ·   Harassment/ Bullying#

    ·   Public nuisance

    ·   Other serious misconduct

    ·   Arson / Mischief with 


    ·   Theft/ stealing

    ·   Vandalism/ damage 

       of school properties

    ·   Other related


    ·   Abuse of technology

    ·   Smoking^

    ·   Gambling

    ·   Gangsterism

    ·   Extortion

    ·   Possession of 

       unauthorized items/

       weapons /pornographic


    ·   Substance abuse

    ·   Illegal assembly with

       intention to cause hurt

    ·   Trespassing

    ·   Fighting/attempt to fight

    ·   Causing of hurt

    ·   Disregarding the safety of

       self and others

    # Includes cyber-bullying

    * Includes possession of matchsticks and lighters

    ^ Includes vaping and other tobacco products. HSA will be informed

    @ The police may be involved

    DISCIPLINE MATTERS – Policy on Mobile Devices



    Mobile Devices’ Policy

    1. Students are permitted to bring mobile devices to school solely for the 

     purpose of communication, i.e. the use of the call and messaging 

     functions of the mobile devices.

    2. Students are not permitted to use other functionalities of the mobile    

     devices such as games, music players and the mobile devices’ camera  

     unless authorized by teachers for teaching and learning purposes.

    3. Students are allowed to use their mobile devices before school, during 

     recess and after school only within the following designated mobile

     devices zones:

         a. the HOD foyer,

         b. the general office foyer,

         c. the school canteen,

         d. the secondary school gate,

         e. the primary school gate.

    4. Students are strictly not allowed to use their mobile devices outside of      the designated mobile devices zones.

    5. In cases of emergency, parents/ guardians can call the School Office to      get in touch with the student.

    6. For non-emergencies, parents/ guardians can SMS the student and           leave a message for him/her to return a message/call when they are         within the designated mobile devices zones.

    7. The mobile devices should be turned off and kept out of sight outside        the designated mobile devices zones.


    Care and responsibility of mobile devices


    1. Students are responsible for the care of their mobile devices.
    2. Mobile devices must be kept at all times and not displayed to others.
    3. The school shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage of students' mobile devices.
    4. The school reserves the right to check on students' mobile devices when necessary.
    5. No charging of mobile devices is allowed in school. Chargers and mobile devices will be confiscated by teachers if such action is found. 

    Non-compliance to the school guidelines on the use of mobile devices


    1. Non-compliance with the mobile devices’ policy will require students to and over their mobile devices to the school authorities.
    2. The mobile devices will be confiscated for 1 week without the SIM card.
    3. A misdemeanor form will be issued for the 4th offence and mobile devices will be confiscated for 10 weeks.
    4. Parents/ guardians will be required to personally collect the mobile devices from the school at the end of the confiscation period. 


    Students’ Responsibility

    • Students are expected to familiarise themselves with all pertinent information with regard to the examinations and to adhere to the following rules of examination conduct. 

    At the Start of the Examination 

    • Pupils sitting for the first paper in the morning must attend the flag raising ceremony.
    • Pupils should be properly attired in full school uniform when they present themselves for the examination.
    • Pupils who do not have any examination paper for the day need not report to school.
    • Pupils are to be at the reporting venue 15 minutes before the start of the exam paper.
    • No extra time will be given to latecomers. Pupils who are more than 30 minutes late will not be allowed to sit for the exam paper, except by the Principal’s approval.
    • Pupils are to leave their books, notes, bags etc at the front/ back of the exam venue.
    • Pupils are not allowed to bring mobile phones into the examination venue.
    • Pupils are to be seated according to their register number.
    • Pupils are to bring their own stationery, mathematical instruments and silent electronic calculators (where permitted). Borrowing and sharing of stationery are not allowed during the test/ examination.

    During the examination

    • Pupils are to check the number of printed pages and the total number of questions in the paper before starting.
    • Pupils should read the instructions on the examination paper carefully.
    • Pupils are to write their answers legibly in blue or black ink. Other coloured pencils/ pens may be used for maps and diagrams only.
    • Pupils are not allowed to make use of correction fluid.
    • Pupils are to write their names on the first page of their answer script and their register number on every sheet. 

    At the End of the Examination 

    • At the end of the examination, pupils are to arrange their answers in numerical sequence of the questions, with the smallest number on top. The sheets of paper should then be tied together at the top left-hand corner with the string provided.
    • Pupils are not allowed to take any writing paper, used or unused, out of the exam venue.
    • Pupils caught with incriminating evidence will be presumed to have cheated or to have attempted to cheat. Pupils caught cheating or helping others to cheat will receive zero mark for the paper. They may also be barred from sitting for the rest of the examination.
    • A pupil may be excused from sitting for a paper only if he is hospitalized or has a medical certificate. A letter of excuse from parents/guardians will not be accepted.
    Pupils who are absent from any subject/paper without a medical certificate will be given zero mark for that paper.




    Set realistic goals

    • Develop good study habit 
    • Pay attention during lessons.
    • Submit your homework on time.
    • Revise your work daily.
    • Consult your teacher/ friend on topics that you don’t understand.

    Sleep, eat, exercise, drink plenty of water

    • A healthy body makes for an alert mind.

    Study smart

    • Know your learning strategies.
    • Know the exam format.
    • Prepare a study time-table, and follow it.
    • Make time for rest and play in between study.
    • Review your revision progress.
    • Relax when you feel too stressed: listen to music; exercise ; talk to your teacher,  friend or your parents; review your expectations; do relaxation exercises; pray etc.


    Stay calm and concentrate

    • Read all instructions carefully.
    • Read all questions before you start.
    • Do the easy questions first.
    • Write legibly.
    • Check all your answers before submitting your paper. Catch your mistakes before they catch you!

    Believe in yourself, do your best and don’t worry



    Celebrate! You deserve it.


    • Talk to your parents. Tell them how you feel.
    • Find out what mistakes you made.
    • Work out better ways to succeed.

    Be patient with yourself.
    There will be another chance to do better.