Catering to children and youths on the autism spectrum who are able to access the national curriculum at the primary and secondary levels, St. Andrew’s Mission School (SAMS) seeks to prepare our students for life by providing a holistic education that is founded in the mainstream academic curriculum, and enhanced by life and vocational skills training.
To us, every child is treasured. In embracing students with autism, we hope to develop the whole person academically, physically, socially, emotionally and recreationally, while maximising opportunities in sports, arts and other interest areas, so as to ready our students for independent living and work.
At the same time, we understand the importance of developing our students to be integrated members of the community. To that end, we believe in engaging the community, and partnering you, parents in our journey together to impact their learning experience and transform lives.
Our new school has 75 places per cohort, providing for 500 primary and 350 post-primary places at steady state.
Our new school has 75 places per cohort
providing for 500 primary places in future
350 post-primary places as we grow
Introduction to SAMS
The Social Service Agency, St. Andrew’s Mission Hospital-Singapore Anglican Community Services (SAMH-SACS) with the Diocese of Singapore responded to the Singapore Ministry of Education to set up a new ASD-NC school, St. Andrew’s Mission School (SAMS). The SAMS has a mainstream school environment that is based on an inclusive pedagogical approach to help instruct children with autism not only in the key life skills and social-emotional skills in order to be self-sufficient and independent but also in the key components of the national curriculum so that each child is enabled to reach his or her personal excellence and potential. The St Andrew’s Mission School will also be a member of the Anglican Schools Education Board. This will facilitate greater collaboration between SAMS and the rest of the Anglican schools.
At the same time, SAMS is also supported by the St. Andrew’s Autism School (SAAS), an autism-specific school, with 14 years of experience in educating students with autism. This partnership of the Anglican schools/Education Board and an autism-specific school, SAAS, has twin capabilities in supporting SAMS to deliver the Singapore National Curriculum and in providing educational and support services for students with ASD.
To maximise our students’ potential and develop their character to be active members of our society, committed to serve and lead.
Be a light in society, enriching lives with love, hope and joy.
“Up and On!”
Values aligns with SAMH Core Values
Our core values define who we are, why we serve, what service we provide and how we serve. Hence, they guide us in carrying out our Mission to realize our Vision. We live the SAMS core values, LIGHT. The table below explains the key traits in these values.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Synergised to serve and soar
Teachers, parents and students collaborate strongly and effectively to create synergy that will propel one another to serve and soar as we love, care, support, learn and grow.
Structures and processes will be put in place for:
- teachers and staff to support one another
- teachers to support students
- students to support one another
- parents and teachers to support one another.
Teachers, parents and students synergize to create a positive school environment for learning and growth as they play complementary roles in loving one another, bringing joy and hope. This synergy generated also inspires one another to give clarity, direction, joy and hope as we are one loving family unbroken.
St. Andrew’s School Song
Lives are in the making here,
Hearts are in the waking here,
Mighty undertaking here,
Up and On!
We are arming for the fight,
Pressing on with all our might,
Pluming wings for higher flight,
Up and On!
Up Saints! Truest fame
Lies in high endeavour;
Play the game! Keep the flame
Burning brightly ever!
Fair before us lies the way,
Time for work and time for play;
Fill the measure while we may,
Up and On!
Life and time will not delay,
Time is running fast away,
Life is now today; today;
Up and On!
Foes in plenty we shall meet,
Hearts courageous scorn defeat;
So we press with eager feet,
Up and On!
Ever onward to the fight,
Ever upward to the Light,
Ever true to GOD and RIGHT,
Up and On!
- John Oxenham -
SAMS School Leader:
Principal: Mrs Wong Bin Eng
The school will start hiring staff as shown in the chart below to provide holistic education and support for our students’ learning and growth.
Facilities at Interim School Site
With the support of MOE we are sprucing up the interim school site to provide facilities, as shown in the chart for the following:
- Teaching and learning
- Co-curricular activities
- Collaboration with Partners
- Collaboration amongst Staff
- Other rooms.
New School Location
SAMS will be housed in the to-be-vacated site of Yusof Ishak Secondary School (YISS), located at 11 Bukit Batok Street 25, when we open its doors to welcome our first batch of students in 2022.
The new school’s permanent site at Clementi is slated to be ready in 2027. Designing and building plan with standard and non-standard facilities are in progress.
The interim site at YISS will be renovated to create a conducive learning environment for our students with special needs, and retrofitted with specialised facilities for autism.
For P1 students:
7.45 – 1.30 pm
Start of School in 2022
We will start school on 17 January 2022 (two weeks later than all mainstream schools). This is because we need time to train and prepare our teachers to give the children and themselves a positive and joyful school experience from the day we all start school.