How We Began and Grew
Temasek Secondary School began functioning with a mere 12 classes, sharing premises with Bedok South Secondary School off Upper Changi Road in January 1980. It was headed by Mr Koh Beng Thiam. By May, Temasek Secondary School managed to move to its own premises which was also at Upper Changi Road.
In Sep 1980, Mr Sim Hock Hye took over as the principal of Temasek Secondary School. On 21 April 1982, Temasek Secondary School was officially opened by Mr Phua Bah Lee, then Senior Parliamentary Secretary(Defence) and MP for Tampines. In the following year, Nov 1983, the pioneer batch of Temasek students graduated, and the school has not looked back since.
Notably, in 1985, Mr Albert Hong donated $10,000 to fund the Albert Hong Book Prize for the most outstanding pupil both in CCA and academic studies, an award which is still handed out today.
In Dec 1987, Mrs Tan Suan Imm took over as the 3rd Temasek Principal. Under the careful direction of Mrs Tan, Temasek Secondary School had made tremendous progress in nurturing quality students.
During the 1989 YPT, Temasek Secondary School showcased her student’s dramatic ability in their production of “The Piped Piper” at the Victoria Theatre. This was to be only the first of many such productions.
In March of 1990, Temasek Secondary School featured its second production in commemoration of its 10th year anniversary, “Temasek Celebrates”. Held at Kallang Theatre, it was a double bill consisting of “The Government Inspector”, and Musical Gems from the Symphonic Band, Chinese Orchestra and Bagpipers.
Later on that same year, 1000 students from Temasek Secondary School, participated in the 1990 Singapore Youth Festival opening ceremony on the 8th of July, being the only school to put up a solo performance.
In Apr 1991, students from the Art Club completed 10 gigantic murals depicting the history of Singapore to adorn the school hall.
“What land lies yonder? It’s Temasek, my lord.”; “Whither, O lion of Singapore”; “Our community shall be one. Our nation shall be free” – A 3 part Dance-Drama Presentation was performed part by part on the 3 Speech Days of 1992, 1993 and 1994.
In order to further develop our students, Temasek Secondary School started the Temasek-Cheltenhem Pupils Exchange Programme in 1991 and also participated in the Singapore – Miyazaki Cultural Exchange Programme organised by the Singapore – Japan Friendship Association (SAJAFA).