LIGHTING THE SPARK: OUR HUMBLE BEGINNINGS 1964 - 1988
The history of Commonwealth Secondary began in 1964, a year before Singapore became independent. It started as Tanglin Integrated Vocational Secondary School and was one of the earliest schools built in the 1960s to cater to school-going children living in Queenstown. After five years, the school was renamed Tanglin Secondary School.
In 1972, the school changed its name to commemorate the first meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government which was held in Singapore the year before. New emblems were created —a new uniform, school crest and school song composed by Mr J de Souza, with lyrics by Mr Gurdip Singh.
By 1977, Commonwealth Secondary School had grown into a school of 1842 students, comprising 933 boys and 909 girls. The school acquired new facilities including a Prefect’s Room and a larger library. It also added a music room, which housed the school’s first military band.
FANNING THE FLAME: GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT, 1989-1999
The school relocated to Jurong East Avenue 1 in 1989. It achieved a milestone in its history when the school was awarded autonomous status by the Ministry of Education in 1995. This was in recognition of its continuous progress and high quality of education. Students continue to bear this status of Commonwealth as an autonomous school with pride, always upholding high standards and its good name.
This was also the period where Commonwealth consolidated its strengths in the area of art. The school established its Alpha-Omega Walk-in Art Gallery in 1995, funded by a grant from the National Arts Council. The gallery hosted 22 schools in its first year. In 1999, students led by Ms Ruth Ng painted The Sungei Buloh Mural. It was unveiled by Mr Richard Hale, then CEO of Hongkong Shanghai Bank (Singapore) and an avid bird-watcher who was instrumental in convincing the Singapore Government to establish the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
BEARING THE TORCH: PROUD TO BE COMMONWEALTHIAN, 2000 - PRESENT
The new millennium brought even more changes and growth. The school moved again in 2006, this time to its West Coast Road campus a stone's throw from Pandan Reservoir. Many of the school's signature programmes and unique strengths also emerged during this period, including Environmental Education and the Performing Arts. Most recently, the school has begun its journey to nurture creativity and innovation in our students through key programmes such a Design Thinking and Maker Education. It has also strengthened its character development programme by adopting the Servant Leadership model, and enhanced teaching and learning through the school-wide adoption of Differentiated Instruction.
PRINCIPALS PAST AND PRESENT
|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 - 2012||Mrs Cheah Mei Ling|
|2012 - 2017||Mr Aaron Loh Hong Oon|
|2018-Present||Mr Ng Boon Kiat|