About Us

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.

75

Our new school has 75 places per cohort

500

providing for 500 primary places in future 

350

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.

Message from the Principal

We believe that every student is entrusted unto us to be nurtured, treasured and loved. No one is here by chance. We look forward to seeing our students progress to be active members of our society, committed to serve and lead. While contributing actively, they are trustworthy role models and responsible thinkers. This journey and progression for every student vary as every student’s learning needs and abilities are different. As we journey on together, we must be mindful not to heap our own expectations and wants on any student, but strive to bring out the best in every student.

As one family unbroken, we want to work closely with our students and their parents to make this journey and progress more joyful, encouraging and inspiring.  Every teacher, parent and student will play complementary roles to support and inspire one another. Structures and processes will be put in place for:

  • teachers and staff to support one another
  • teachers and staff to support students
  • students to support one another
  • parents and teachers to support one another

We are driven and guided by our core values, LIGHT.  Structures and processes will be put in place to inculcate our LIGHT values in our students via our holistic curriculum for life within and beyond the classroom. The Light values will be a moral compass to guide every student to work towards attaining his personal excellence and realising his/her potential.

Let us look forward to be amazed by one another’s dedication, resolute resilience, powerful synergy and most of all our love for every student who enters the gate of St. Andrew’s Mission School. Together, we aspire to be a light, bringing joy and hope to our students and parents, while enriching the lives of our students with the love of God.

Hand-in-hand, heart-to-heart, let us journey on together to bring out the best in our students. Together, we can make today better than yesterday for our students, parents and staff. Hence, we will continue to create, review and enhance our strategic directions, structures and processes, support, curriculum and facilities.

Up and On!

Best wishes
Mrs Wong Bin Eng
Principal
St. Andrew’s Mission School

 

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.

SAMS School Management Commitee

Officially Appointed on 1 Dec 2021     

Chairman

Mr Tan Soo Kiang

Supervisor

Mr Lee Chew Chiat

Hon Treasurer

Mr Joseph Liew Yoke Pheng

Members

Dr Arthur Chern

Dr Tay Lai Cheng

Archdeacon Wong Tak Meng

Secretary

Mrs Wong Bin Eng (Principal)

MOE Rep

Ms Linda Lim

MOE Inspector

Ms Terry Theseira

HISTORICAL MILESTONES

Mission &
Vision

MISSION

To maximise our students’ potential and develop their character to be active members of our society, committed to serve and lead.

VISION

Be a light in society, enriching lives with love, hope and joy.                                          


School Motto

We continuously learn and grow.
We make today better than yesterday.
Hearts courageous scorn defeat!

CHARACTER
EDUCATION

SAMS School
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.

VALUES

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

John 1:5

School
Culture

Synergised to serve and grow

Light Values

Teamwork

Love 

Integrity

Honour

Growth

Behaviour of Staff

  • Generate Positive Talk
  • Have Positive Thinking
  • Share, support and collaborate consistently
  • Trust one another
  • Encourage and inspire one another
  • Be a positive influence
  • Demonstrate team spirit
  • Have excellence Mindset
  • Respect and honour one another
  • Value one another’s contributions
  • Have strong sense of calling, purpose and meaning
  • Dedicated
  • Make positive impacts
  • Have Growth Mindset
  • Learn with and from one another
  • Continue to grow oneself consistently
  • Commit to share and grow others
  • Collaborate effectively
    Innovate

Behaviours of Parents, Stakeholders and Partners

  • Generate Positive Talk
  • Have Positive Thinking
  • Support and collaborate consistently
  • Trust one another
  • Be a positive influence
  • Demonstrate team spirit
  • Respect and honour one another
  • Value one another’s contributions
  • Make positive impacts
  • Collaborate effectively
  • Share and grow one another

Behaviours of Students

  • Demonstrate team spirit
  • Equip with good social skills
  • Learn to work well with others
  • Demonstrate competencies in social-emotional learning
  • Be committed to contribute consistently
  • Be a positive influence
  • Make positive impacts
  • Care, support and help
  • Have Growth Mindset
  • Learn with and from one another
  • Continue to grow oneself consistently
  • Commit to share and grow others
  • Collaborate effectively
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.

STUDENT OUTCOMES

Trustworthy Role Models

Responsible Thinkers

Active Contributors

School’s Guiding Principles

(Three School Rules)

1.

Every student can learn and achieve personal best

2.

Every staff is caring and skillful.

3.

Every parent is supportive and collaborative.

You are treasured and loved. You learn to treasure and love others and the environment.

Three School Rules

Take care
of myself
Take care
of others
Take care
of the environment

Verse 1

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! 

(CHORUS)

Up Saints! Truest fame
Lies in high endeavour;
Play the game! Keep the flame
Burning brightly ever!

Verse 2

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! 

(CHORUS)

Verse 3

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!

(CHORUS)

- John Oxenham -

Our Father, by whose servants,
Our School was built of old,
Whose hand has crowned Thy children,
With blessings manifold;

For Thy unfailing mercies,
Far strewn along our way,
With all who passed before us,
We praise Thy name today.

They reaped not where they laboured,
We reap what they have sown;
Our harvest may be garnered,
By ages yet unknown.

The days of old have dowered us
With gifts beyond all praise,
Our Father make us faithful
To serve the coming days.

Before us and beside us,
Still holden by Thy hand,
A cloud of unseen witness,
Our elder comrades stand;

One family unbroken,
We join in one acclaim;
One heart, one voice uplifting
To glorify Thy name.

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.

School
Operating
Matters

School Hours
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.