School opened her doors to 320 Sec 1 students under the leadership of the founding Principle; Mrs Helena Song. Supported by 23 spirited teaching and support staff, the school was on her way to make a mark on the school scene.
The school building is nestled amongst lush surroundings and blue Northern skies. It held infinite promises in new beginnings as the school embarked on the journey to nurture Woodgrovers into caring, responsible and gracious citizens of the future and working towards a vision, 'Every Woodgrover achieves value-added growth in a learning organisation'.
The school values of Grace, Responsibility, Integrity, Nation before Self, Dignity, Care and Teamwork were decided during a collective envisioning process with the pioneer staff of the school. These were values that the staff held dear to their hearts and would like them to be the values that through generations Woodgrovers would uphold.
The school also began on a GREEN journey championing a holistic approach to the school grounds a conducive learning environment and in other aspects of environmental management which focus on GREEN education and resource conservation.
GREEN Activist club started to elevate the GREEN Movement in WGS. Students were engaged in Mangrove and Forest Clean-ups, Recycling as well as Education Outreach Projects.
For its promising GREEN initiatives, the school achieved the Hibiscus Award for the School's Green Audit programme by Singapore Environment Council for its Go-Green efforts.
Woodgrovers also shone in the Arts. The school achieved Professor Chin Tet Yung Art Challenge Trophy for two years running, winning 6 medals for the excellent showing in the competition.
The year also beckoned the beginning of the journey of excellence in Design Education. The school bagged the Top Three awards in the Foam Competition organised by Nanyang Polytechnic's School of Design.
School celebrated her Official Opening with the theme 'Where Dreams Come True'. The Guest-of Honour was Dr Maliki Osman, MP for Sembawang GRC(Admiralty). The school showcased the Performing Arts groups as well as the Uniformed Groups in a musical that charted the beginning of the school's journey to its present state.
To commemorate the event, a publication 'The Story of Woodgrove' was launched to chronicle the journey of the young and vibrant school.
School embarked on the development of the Spice and Herbs Garden as part of her efforts to level up her GREEN initiatives as well as to incorporate the love for the environment amongst all Woodgrovers. Spices and herbs grown by the staff and students were used in Home Economics lessons and the garden became the centre of GREEN education.
The school's GREEN outreach also expanded to become a whole school approach. Efforts to save the environment included involvements in weekly recycling projects and collabrations with National Parks Board on reforestation of the Mandai Nature as well as the lower Pierce Nature Reserve.
The school thus continued to shine in her GREEN efforts and achieved the Orchid Award in the School's Green Audit Award for its 2nd year of Go-Green efforts.
School participated in her maiden Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging, fielding 4 Performing Arts groups namely the Symphonic Band, Chinese Orchestra, Choir and Chinese Dance. The school bagged 1 Bronze and 3 Silver awards which bore testimony to her commitment to excellence in Co-Curricular Activities.
The school was featured in The Straits Times for being one of the first 6 schools to achieve the prestigious Lotus Award for the School's Green Audit Award. The school received special mention of her commitment to GREEN education, which integrated the environment into learning in and out of the classroom.
There was a continuing progress in Design Education with the school ensuring that the physical design of learning spaces inspired students and teachers. This resulted in the GREEN Corner- a learning space inspired by the concept of Sustainability in Design as well as the vibrant THINK! Corner- an out-of-classroom learning space used to encourage new teaching styles to meet the different needs of our students.
The first batch of students took the National Examinations.
The Straits Times featured Woodgrove Secondary School as a new neighourhood school with impressive results due to her high passing rates. Woodgrove Secondary School received special mention for its excellent results - 99.3% of the graduands passed with 3 or more 'O' Level subjects and 86% passed with 5 or more 'O' Level subjects.
The school also organised the first Fun Fair within the school with the theme 'Innov8 & Celebr8'. The event signalled the start of the school's innovation journey as well as raising $10 000 for The Children's Society.
The GREEN efforts extended to Forest Clean-ups, 'Adopt-a-Park' scheme and collaborations with NEA and Senoko Power. For this, the school sustained the Lotus Award in the Schools' Green Audit Award.
The school awarded the Thinking Culture Award, Best School (Zonal) Award.
School continued to shine in the area of design with students clinching 5 awards at Annual D&T Awards 2005, as well as 2 Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors Merit Awards. Retrofitting of areas of the school was also carried out to reflect the focus on Design Gallery as well as the Media Resource Library to reflect the emphasis in Design Education. The school was declared a Centre of Excellence for Design & Technology, CoE - D & T.
The GREEN efforts continued to grow in strength with collaboration with North-West Community Development Council as well as other partners. For this, the school received the Sustained Lotus Award for the School's Green Audit Award.
School displayed much gusto and vibrancy in performances at her 2nd participation in the Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging. For the effort, she was awarded 4 Silver and 2 Bronze awards for Chinese Orchestra, the Symphonic Band, Choir as well as Chinese and Malay Dance respectively.
The 'Book of Gifts', featuring the hopes, dreams and talents of staff and students was launched.
School achieved Academic Value-Added Award for 2005 GCE 'O' Level - Silver (Express) and Silver (Normal Academic). School celebrated the achievement of the Caring Teacher Award, given to Ms Chee Ai Lan in recognition of her care, compassion and strong belief in her students.
School bagged the Silver Award at the International Students' Invention Exhibit (South Korea) for innovation product design submission.
The 2nd 'Book of Gifts' featuring Action Research works as well as the school's Design journey was released.
School welcomed a new principal, Mdm Sung Mee har.
A new school vision was crafted to bring WGS through its new wave of change in the journey ahead and to re-position the school as "A School of Choice, A Community of Dynamic Learners."
Accordingly, the mission of the school was re-crafted as
to prepare citizens of the future."
to bear testimony to the commitment of the school
to provide a holistic education for each and every Woodgrover.
School achieved Academic Value-Added Award for 2006 GCE 'O' Level - Bronze (Express) and Bronze (Normal Academic).
School continued her strong showing in the Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging bringing home 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze awards for Chinese Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Choir and Modern Dance respectively.
In the journey to develop Design as a school niche, the school signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with Autodesk Asia Pte Ltd, in setting up of an Autodesk Edulab. WGS became the first secondary school in Singapore to have a fully equipped lab of high-end design software namely Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Maya.
School received wide media attention in the Business Times for her partnership with Autodesk Design programme which aims to give Woodgrovers an edge over others by equipping them with design software skills used by professional designers. The school also initiated the first ever Design Study trip to Europe for D&T teachers in the zone, followed by an exhibition, 'Design Feast' showcasing teachers' learning during the trip. WGS was invited to showcase the Design Study trip in the MOE Workplan Seminar in 2007 as an example of a top-down support bottom-up initiative in schools.
In line with school's vision of preparing citizens of the future, the Internationalisation Programme was initiated with signing of an MOU with Jain Ping Experimetal School (Shanghai, China), the first Twinning Programme in WGS.
Once again, the school was awarded the Sustained Lotus Award for the Schools' Green Audit Award, valid from 2007 to 2010.
As an effort to provide more recognition for students, School initiated the Helena Song Scholarship, generously funded by pioneer principal, Mrs Helena Song, to recognise students who excel in academic studies as well as CCA and community involvement.
School had her inaugural public performance involving the 4 Performing Arts groups and staff - Faire La Fete at Republic Polytechnic, supported by the entire Woodgrove family to raise funds for needy students as well as for the school upgrading projects.
School also achieved its first Sustained Achievement Award (Aesthetics) for the commendable achievements by the Performing Arts groups in the last three SYF competitions.
School clinched 5 awards at the MOE D&T Competition and was once again named one of the schools with the most number of shortlisted D&T projects.
School was identified by NIE, School of Nature Sciences and Science Education to host a group of Colombo Plan school leaders to showcase the innovation Design Education in WGS.
School was elected as one of 100 TLLM (Teach Less Learn More) IGNITE schools to receive funding & support for our curriculum innovation iDAL (Immersion in Design Active Learning) which infuses design process into project work with the aim of enhancing students' creativity.
This TLLM IGNITE Project findings was shared by Research Activitist at a MOE platform. Principal was nominated to be part of the TLLM IGNITE delegates to share findings with school leaders at a Roundtable Conference in Shanghai (China).
The year also brought about the expansion of facilities to accommodate the increasing staff numbers as well as the retrofitting of the Design Workshop aptly renamed 'GENESIS' to reflect the birth of new ideas and innovation in design learning and education.
The hip and multi-functional Design Studio boasts a vibrant learning environment and functions as a Cluster Resource Centre for Design Education.
WGS celebrated her 10 years of growth with the theme 'We Create Possibilities' through a series of events to mark the momentous year.
The Inaugural Food and Fun Fair in March created much buzz in the Woodlands constituency and raised funds for needy students as well as for school upgrading projects such as the airconditioning of school hall.
School bagged 2 Merit Awards at the MOE D&T Competition and was one of the schools with the most number of short-listed projects. One student bagged the Young Designer's Award (Silver).
School also embarked on the Singapore Family Education programme with the launch of the School Family Centre to allow for greater partnership between the school and parents. School also made a mark in the Singapore Book of Records with the largest sculpture made from recycled plastic bottles as part of her continued involvement in GREEN projects as a school community.
This GREEN effort in water conservation was recognised by PUB and the school was awarded the Water Efficient Building Award.
School celebrated the achievement of the first ever Woodgrover to be conferred the Lee Kuan Yew All-Round Excellence Award - Mohd Hyekel Bin Abdullah, our Normal Technical Student for his exemplary conduct, excellent academic achievements and leadership quality.
School was awarded the People Developer Award by SPRING Singapore for its commitment to Staff Development.
A celebration concert cum dinner put up by students, alumni and staff as well as the launch of a Time Capsule and a Coffee Table book commemorated the school's 10th year celebration.
In 2010, school achieved Academic Value-Added awards, Bronze Award for both Express and Normal Academic streams. School was also conferred the Character Development Award and National Education Award for its commitment in putting in place sound systems and processes for Character Development and Citizenry Education.
It also continued the tradition of excelling in environmental conservation programmes and efforts affirmed by the Sustained Achievement Award (Lotus) as well as the prestigious PUB Watermark Award for its dedication to water conservation programmes.
In addition NEA also awarded the school with a Certificate of Sustained Partnership Gold (CASP Programme) for its continued support in exercising environmental social responsibility and leveraging on their corporate partners to enhance the learning process for their students.
Our service to the community has also been recognised and the school was awarded the Merit Award for the People's Association Community Spirit Award 2010.
In October 2010, the newly formed WGS Alumni Executive Committee was officially appointed by the school leaders. This marked the beginning of partnership between WGS and its ex-students.
School celebrated achievement once again at the Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging bringing 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze award for Chinese Orchestra, Modern Dance, EL Drama, Choir and Symphonic Band respectively.
In 2011, School continued to excel in environmental conservation programmes and efforts, culminating in the President’s Award for the Environment 2011, affirming School’s contributions towards environmental and water resource sustainability in Singapore.
School also achieved the Gold Award for the North West Green Living Award 2011.
In addition Mdm Sung Mee Har (Principal) and Ong Zhi Wei (4N1) received the EcoFriend Award 2011 for their continued support in exercising environmental social responsibility.
School was awarded the MOE Niche Programme Status in Environmental Education 2012.
School adopted yet another green project for our Environment Education, the Kallang River @ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park in 2012. This project was launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
- Academic Value-Added Bronze (Express)
- Academic Value-Added Bronze (Normal Academic)
- City Developments Limited Outstanding Singapore Environmental Achievement Award 2012
- Lee Foundation Singapore Environmental Achievement Award (Public Sector) 2012
- Energy Efficiency National Partnership Awards 2012 - Best Energy Efficiency Practices in the Public Sector (Schools)
- Community-In-Bloom Award 2012 (Gold)
- 3rd Sustained Achievement Award (Performing Arts)
- Work-Life Achiever Award
- Academic Value-Added Bronze (Normal Academic)
- PARTNERS Award (Merit)
- Sustained Lotus Award
- Sustained Partnership Award (Gold) by NEA (2013)
- MOE Best Practice Award (BPA) Staff Well Being (2013)
- Total Defence Award (2013)
2014Change of school leadership to new Principal Mr Chee Chit Yeng
Initiation of Learning for Life Programme (LLP) - Community Youth Leadership (CYL)
- Eco Schools Silver Award 2014
- Community In Bloom Award 2014 (Gold)
2015Initiation of Applied Learning for Programme (ALP) - Material Science for Sustainable Living
- ASEAN Eco-Schools Award 2015
- 3R Innovation Award
- Community In Bloom Award (Silver)
- NW Outstanding School Partner Award (Silver)
- Green Mark GoldPlus Award 2017 (BCA & MOE, June)
- Sustained Lotus Award 2017 (SEC, November)
Updated January 2018