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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:

Feel proud to be part of the Tampinesian community and the nation

Students who are Singapore citizens must sing the National Anthem and take the pledge. Students will take the pledge with the right fist over the heart.

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

   Sing the school song with pride.

   Conform to the school’s dress code.

   Be an exemplary Tampinesian, i.e. behaving well in school as well as outside school.

   Uphold the image of the school.

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

Treat all school staff and fellow students with respect

Every Tampinesian shall:

   Be courteous, helpful and cooperative.

   Avoid any action that may cause harm or embarrassment.

Help maintain a conducive environment for learning

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 all classroom procedures.

   Concentrate and be positively engaged during lessons.

   Respect common property.

   Keep 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.

Develop own potential to the fullest and help others do likewise.

Every Tampinesian shall:

   Always be honest and sincere.

   Cooperate with fellow students and student leaders.

   Actively participate and give support to school activities.

   Collaborate with teachers to help all Tampinesians achieve their best.


The image of a Tampinesian is important to the school. Students must conform to the dress code 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.

School Uniform


  • Students are to wear the prescribed school uniform. Modifications to the uniform are not allowed.
  • 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.
  • The security officers stationed at the school gate reserve the right to refuse entry to students who are not properly attired.


    • 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.

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. 

During Examination Periods

    • All students are expected to be in full uniform during examinations.

Hairstyle and Appearance


  • 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, and not coloured.


    • Hair should be short, neat and tidy. Hair at the back should be sloped and not touch the collar. Hair at the sides should not touch the ears. Side-burns are not allowed. Fringe should be short and must be above the eyebrows.
    • Overlap, undercut, undershave, spiky or outlandish hairstyles are not allowed.
    • Facial hair (e.g. moustache or beard) is not allowed. The face must be clean-shaven at all times.


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



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Lower Secondary Boys’ Attire

Upper Secondary Boys’ Attire 

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Discipline procedures

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

1. Attendance and Absence from School

  • Attendance in school is compulsory. Students are also required to attend all activities planned for them (e.g. lessons after school, CCA training sessions, enrichment courses, learning journeys, school events) unless certified medically unfit for school or excused due to valid reasons.
  • Parents/guardians of students must inform the General Office at Tel: 67835423 when their child/ward is not able to report to school by 7.30am
  • Students must submit a medical certificate (MC) to the form teacher upon his/her return to school.
  • The school will take into consideration letters from parents/guardians for non-medical emergencies / urgent family matters. Only five letters per semester will be accepted. 
  • Absence without a valid reason is deemed as Truancy and students will face due consequences.

2. Punctuality

  • Students must be punctual for school and all school activities.
  • Morning assembly will start promptly at 7.30 am each day.
  • A student who is not with the class at the flag-raising ceremony at 7.30 am is considered late for school.
  • Students who are late are to report to the discipline teacher on duty at the - LC station Level 2 outside the staff room or General Office. Their names will be recorded and they will be issued a blue permission slip stamped and signed granting them permission to report to class for lessons. The blue permission slip must be submitted to the subject teacher in the classroom.
  • Latecomers who do not report their late coming as required and thus do not have a blue slip in their possession will not be admitted to class and will face disciplinary consequences.
  • Students who are late to school 3 times or more will serve disciplinary consequences.
  • Students who report after 8.00 am should have their names recorded at the Guard House and will be issued a blue permission slip. They must then report to the General Office and have the blue permission slip stamped and signed. Students who report after 8.00 am will have to serve detention after school or suspension from class immediately on the day itself.
  • Students who are persistently late may be suspended from class and parents/guardians must see the Principal/DM before they are allowed to return to class.

3.  Leaving the classroom during curriculum time

  • Only one student may leave the classroom at any one time.
  • Students will be required to surrender their mobile phone when leaving the classroom during lessons.
  • Students are not allowed to leave the classroom in between lessons.
  • Students who skip class will face disciplinary action.

4.  Permission to leave school during school hours

  • Students who need to leave the school during school hours for official reasons (such as medical appointments or examinations at external venues) must submit the relevant document and/or parents/guardians’ letter of request to the Form Teacher. Students will then be given the “Permission to Leave School Early” form (green form) to complete which must be signed by the Principal / HOD / OM / AM.
  • Students who are unwell and wish to go home should inform the subject teacher in the classroom and request permission to report to the General Office. Students must be accompanied by a class leader.
  • Students who are not well are not allowed to go home on their own. Parents/Guardians must fetch them from school. Parents/ Guardians must also complete the “Permission to Leave School Early” form (green form) which must be signed by the Principal / HOD / OM / AM.
  • Students who need to leave the school early for other personal reasons, must produce a signed letter from the parent/ guardian stating the reasons clearly
  • In the event of an unforeseen circumstance or emergency, students are to report to the General Office to seek approval form the School Leaders for early departure from school.
  • Students who leave school without permission will face disciplinary action.

5.  Recess breaks

  • Food and drinks must be consumed in the canteen, with the exception of classroom snack times.
  • 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 packets and cans etc. after their meal.
  • Students are not allowed to bring sweetened drinks or food back to the classrooms.


6.  Restricted items

  • The following items are not to be brought to school:
    • Combs with sharp ends
    • Cosmetics and perfume
    • Cigarettes, vaporisers and lighters
  • Students are not allowed to have any weapons in their possession. They are also not allowed to bring any weapon-like item which can be used or 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. 
  • Relevant authorities such the police and HSA will be informed of these restricted items.

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.


Tampinesians are capable of responsible and respectful behaviour towards themselves, peers and teachers. Consequences for misbehaviours are imposed to ensure a safe and secure environment for all members of the school community.  

Consequences for committing minor offences include detention and/or school service. Repeat offences will be treated as major offences and will be escalated to higher authorities. Consequences for committing major offences include suspension from class, caning (for boys), involvement of the police and other relevant authorities. Recalcitrant offenders 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


  Not doing assignments

  Late submission of assignments

  Use of vulgar language

  Improper Grooming and Attire

  Non-compliance with use of mobile phones

Major Offences



Theft/ Damage of Properties

Other Serious Offences


  Persistent late coming

  Leaving School without permission

  Wilful absenteeism

  Other related offences


  Open Defiance/ Rudeness

  Disruptive behaviour

  Cheating in test/ exam


  Harassment/ Bullying#

  Public nuisance

  Other serious misconduct

  Arson / Mischief with fire*

  Theft / stealing

  Vandalism / damage of school property

  Other related offences

  Abuse of technology





  Possession of unauthorized items/ weapons /pornographic materials

  Substance abuse

  Illegal assembly with intention to cause hurt


  Fighting/attempt to fight

  Causing 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

Mobile Phone Policy

Permissions and Restrictions

  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:
    • the general office foyer,
    • the school canteen,
    • the secondary school gate,
    • the primary school gate.
  4. Students are strictly not allowed to use their mobile devices outside of the designated mobile devices zones.
  5. Students are also required to switch their mobile phones to silent mode during curriculum hours to help ensure they are not distracted. Students are to also keep their devices out of sight during curriculum hours.
  6. In case of emergency, parents/ guardians can call the General Office to get in touch with a student.
  7. 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 or after curriculum hours or during recess breaks.

Care and responsibility of mobile devices


  1. Students are responsible for the care of their mobile phones.
  2. Mobile phones must be kept out of sight at all times during curriculum hours and not displayed to others.
  3. The school shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage of students' mobile phones.
  4. Students are not allowed to charge their mobile phones in school without permission.  Chargers will be confiscated by teachers if such action is discovered.
  5. The school reserves the right to check on students' mobile phones to assist with investigation of offences if and when necessary. Parents/guardians will be informed of this. 

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

  1. Non-compliance with the mobile phone policy will result in consequences such as detention and issuance of demerit points for recalcitrant offenders which may result in a Fair Conduct grade. The school may also engage parents for support to manage recalcitrant offenders when necessary.

Conduct Grading Rubrics

Students will receive a Conduct Grade at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2 together with the semestral HDP Report. To further understand the expectations of all students and what is required of a student to achieve a good conduct grade, students should look through the rubrics below that are used to determine the Conduct Grade.


Please note that a Fair Conduct grade affects students’ eligibility for MOE Edusave and school awards.


Conduct Grade

Attendance / Late-coming


Very Good




[School attendance] Student is present for school


100% attendance

(no absence without valid reason)

100% attendance

(no absence without valid reason)

100% attendance

(no absence without valid reason)

Truancy: 1 per semester


Truancy: ≥2 per semester


Student is punctual to school

No late-coming

Late-coming: 1-3 per semester

Late-coming: 4-8 per semester

Wilful late-coming:

9-11 per semester

Wilful late-coming:

 ≥12 per semester

[CCA attendance]

Student is present for CCA

≥75% attendance for the semester (GOOD)

<75% attendance for the semester (FAIR)       



Very Good




School dress code

Always adheres to the school's dress code

Always adheres to the school's dress code

Adheres to the school's dress code most of the time

Adheres to the school's dress code sometimes

Does not adhere to dress code most of the time

Wears appropriate attire during lessons


Always in the appropriate attire during lessons

Always in the appropriate attire during lessons

In the appropriate attire during lessons most of the time

In the appropriate attire during lessons sometimes. Needs occasional reminders from teachers to change attire

Needs constant reminders from teachers to change attire



Very Good




Attentive during  lessons

Always pays attention

Always pays attention

Pays attention most of the time

Pays attention sometimes. Needs reminders from teachers

Does not pay attention most of the time despite reminders from teachers

Prepared for lessons

Always brings all materials required for lessons

Always brings all materials required for lessons

Brings materials most of the time

Brings materials sometimes with reminders from teachers

Does not bring all materials for lessons most of the time



Work is always submitted on time

Work shows good effort and  quality

Work is always submitted on time

Work shows good effort

Work is usually submitted on time

Work shows good effort most of the time

Work is usually not submitted on time

Work shows poor effort at times

Work is often not submitted


Work shows poor effort most of the time

Attitude (general behaviour)


Very Good




Always behaves well within and outside school

Consistently behaves in an exemplary manner

Consistently behaves well

Behaves well most of the time

Occasionally shows unacceptable behaviour

Frequently shows unacceptable behaviour

Exhibits care towards fellow Tampinesians

Gets along very well with classmates

Gets along well with classmates

Gets along well with classmates

Has occasional relationship difficulty with classmates

Has difficulty getting along with classmates

Discipline offences


Has not committed any offence for the semester


Has committed ≤2 minor offences for the semester


Has not committed a major/serious offence for the semester

Has committed ≤5 minor offences for the semester


Has not committed a major/serious offence for the semester

If a student commits a few minor offences (accumulated 6-8 pts per semester) or 1 of the major/serious offences, the student will be given an immediate FAIR conduct grade for the semester

Has accumulated ≥9 points per semester


Has committed ≥2 major/offences per semester


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

At the Start of the Examination

  • Students sitting for the first paper in the morning must attend the flag raising ceremony.
  • Students should be properly attired in full school uniform when they present themselves for the examination.
  • Students who do not have any examination paper for the day need not report to school.
  • Students are to be at the reporting venue 15 minutes before the start of the exam paper.
  • No extra time will be given to latecomers. Students who are more than 30 minutes late will not be allowed to sit for the exam paper, except with the Principal’s approval.
  • Students are to leave their books, notes, bags etc. at the front/ back of the exam venue.
  • Students are not allowed to bring mobile phones/smartwatches/communication devices/computerized aids or devices capable of storage/displaying information into the examination venue.
  • Students are to be seated according to their register number.
  • Students 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

  • Students are to check the following: (i) correct paper is given, (ii) correct number of printed pages and the total number of questions in the paper before starting. 
  • Students should read the instructions on the examination paper carefully. 
  • Students are to write their answers legibly in dark blue or black ink. Other coloured pencils/pens may be used for maps and diagrams only. 
  • Students are not allowed to make use of correction fluid. 
  • Students 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, students are to arrange their answers in numerical sequence according to 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.
  • Students are not allowed to take any writing paper, used or unused, out of the exam venue.
  • Students caught with incriminating evidence will be presumed to have cheated or to have attempted to cheat. Students 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 papers.

Student Absence

  • A student may be excused from sitting for a paper only if he is hospitalized or has a medical certificate. The medical certificate is to be submitted to the form teacher on the day of return to school. A letter of excuse from parents/guardians will not be accepted.
  • Students who are absent from any subject/paper without a medical certificate will be given zero marks 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.