This site aims to encapsulate the character and voice of the First Toa Payoh community. We hope it has succeeded to sufficiently and succinctly reflect our beliefs, convictions, and philosophy in our actions for our students and staff.
It has been a rewarding journey, from its beginnings as the first secondary school in Singapore’s first satellite town, Toa Payoh, to its active role in the community, reaching out and being part of this estate.
Behind the various achievements and individual stories, are the cherished relationships that are fondly remembered. It is this that makes the First Toa Payoh Secondary community so special and distinct.
To the Years Ahead.
1968 — Early History
The school was founded in 1968 with Sec 2 and 3 students from Kim Keat Vocational School and Thomson Secondary School, functioning as a co-educational English and Chinese fully-integrated school. It was the first secondary school in Toa Payoh catering to the secondary school population of Singapore’s 1st satellite town.
1969 — Official Opening
Opened on 2nd May 1969 by Mr Eric Cheong Yuen Chee (MP for Toa Payoh), the school was located at Lorong 1 Toa Payoh. A School Advisory Committee was formed to assist the school in raising funds for the extra-curricular activities and furnishing the school with more equipment.
1970 — School Song
This is a first copy of the school song, rolled out for communal singing. The school song was co-written by Mr Robert Toh and Mr Tan Siong Hock, a pioneer staff member from 1968 to 1972. Mr Tan later became Specialist Inspector (Head of Curriculum Music) at MOE.
1973 — Pioneer Teachers of the School
Beyond the concrete pillars of a school, pioneer teachers saw the school grow from strength to strength. Some of the pioneer teachers when the school started functioning in 1969: (from left) Mrs Tan Siow Cher; Mr Hung Lum Chui; Mrs Yang Wei Chih; Mr Teo Boon Seng; Mrs Chan Chang Hong; Mr Chan Boon Bun (1993 magazine). Mr Teo Boon Seng is still serving the school as an Adjunct teacher. (Photographed in 1973)
1976 — A School Trip to Seletar Reservoir
An example of progressive education – a learning journey to Seletar Reservoir to inculcate an awareness of the environment.
1981 – “Use your Hands” campaign
The school was deeply involved with the “Use Your Hands” campaign which was launched in 1976 to inculcate healthy attitudes towards manual work among students . Beach Cleaning activities were carried out annually to uphold the cleanliness of the environment. Collection of old newspapers was also carried out and sale of these items were donated to charity, in line with the school’s values of compassion.
1982 — Through the Forest of Macritchie.
Rescue work in progress? No, it’s just the NCC Boys having a taste of adventure trekking through the forest of Macritchie.
1991 — A Pioneer Single-Session School
FTPSS was one of the pioneer single-session schools in the early 1990s. In 1991, the Pre-U centre was phased out as a result of the incorporation of the single-session. The school started the Co-Form Teacher system in 1991 where classes were manned by two teachers to offer more individual help to students.
1998 — Our 30th Anniversary
Marking our first milestone as we celebrated the 30th anniversary of FTPSS.
1999 — Singapore River Raft Race
The Singapore River Raft Race in 1999 is FTPSS’s maiden participation in the annual Singapore River Raft Race.
2003 — Mdm Aini’s Appointment
Mdm Aini was appointed the Principal of First Toa Payoh Secondary School after it merged with Upper Serangoon Secondary School in 2003.
2004 — Love Toa Payoh East Movement
Under Mdm Aini’s leadership, FTPSS developed close partnerships with our stateholders and spearheaded the amalgamation of 5 community organisations under the Love Toa Payoh East Movement (LTPEM) in 2004. This later became the basis for the development of the Toa Payoh Trail which was launched on 22 November 2009
2005 — Tree planting in FTPSS
FTPSS does its part in the Greening of Singapore with Guest of Honour, Dr Ng Eng Hen.
2006 — Queen Elizabeth’s Visit
Queen Elizabeth II visited Singapore in 2006. FTPSS students had a rare and privileged opportunity to meet and talk to the Queen.
2006 — National Observance
Observing National Day! FTPSS celebrates with Mrs Josephine Teo, MP for Toa Payoh GRC.
2014 — Graduation Ceremony
Celebrating a milestone in their lives – the school Graduation Ceremony
2015 — Thank You, Toa Payoh Celebrations
2015 — Total Defence Learning Journey: Special TYTP Edition
Students aloft the dragon structure, an iconic feature in Toa Payoh, as they go about on their rounds to thank the residents for their support.
2015 — Our Homecoming
We welcomed staff and students, past and present, to reminisce and reconnect on 14 November 2015. It was a beautiful closing chapter to the FTP journey!
TO THE YEARS AHEAD