SINGAPORE PRIMARY SCHOOLS SPORTS COUNCIL (SPSSC) HISTORY & MILESTONES

19591959The Singapore Combined Schools Sports Councils (Lebaga Sukan Sekolah- Sekolah Menengah Singapura) was established.

Mr Joseph David, the Specialist Inspector, PE Section, Ministry of Education who was later made Deputy Director ECA was the Council’s first Advisor.

There were 8 District Councils for Primary Schools: Bukit Timah, City, Geylang McNair, Newtown, Radin Mas, Telok Kurau and Upper Serangoon.
The SPSSC organised inter-school championships for 10 sports.
Sports organised by the Council: Athletics, Badminton, Biddy Basketball, Netball, Sepak Raga, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis
1968By 1968, the SPSSC was already organising inter-school championships for 10 sports.
1974The subscription fee to the Council was increased to a levy of 30 cents per pupil.
The number of Districts was increased from 8 to 10 District Councils.
1976The subscription to the Council was increased to a levy of 50 cents per pupil.
1979The number of Districts was increased from 10 to 12 District Councils.
1982The 12 Districts Councils were restructured to form just 8 Districts.
1989The Council held its 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at the Shangri-la Hotel on Saturday, 20 May 1989. Dr Tony Tan, Minister for Education was the guest of honour. 173 principals and sports secretaries received the 30th Anniversary awards for their contributions to the Councils.
The subscription fee to the Council was increased from a levy of 50 cents to $1.00 per pupil.
1990Mr Joseph David, the first Advisor to the Council, retired after serving the Council for more than 30 years.
1991Mr Ong Lye Huat took over as Deputy Director CCA and the Advisor to the Council.
1994The Council’s 35th Anniversary Celebration Dinner was held on Friday, 27 May 1994 at the Mandarin Hotel. The guest of honour was Mr Lee Yock Suan, Minister for Education. Service Awards were presented to 78 principals and 105 teachers in recognition of their contributions and dedicated service to the Councils.
1997The Extra-Curricular Activities Centre (ECAC) moved from Northumberland Road to the MOE Grange Road campus.
2000At the Councils’ 42nd Annual General Meeting, the Ministry of Education announced the change of the term Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) to Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) to drive home the message that co-curricular activities and sports are integral to the total education of our pupils.
The 8 districts of the Council were amalgamated into 4 zones.
2001The Council’s Constitution was amended to increase the annual subscription levy from $1.00 to $1.50.
The CCA Branch moved from Grange Road to No.21 Evans Road (the former NTU/NIE School of PE) and offered its sports facilities for use by the Council in organising the Inter-School competitions.
2002Tenpin Bowling and Golf were included into the SPSSC games calendar.
2003Together with the CCA Branch, the SPSSC and SSSC successfully organised a CCA Conference 2003 at the Suntec City on Tuesday, 2 September, attended by more than 1000 education officers and principals. Acting Ministry for Education Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam officiated the Opening Ceremony.
2004The SPSSC and SSSC celebrated its 45th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner held at the Island Ballroom, Shangri-la Hotel on Tuesday, 1 June. Acting Ministry for Education Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Mrs Shanmugaratnam was the guest of honour. 228 Principals and teachers received the Councils’ 45th Anniversary Service Award for their dedicated service and contribution to the Councils.
2005Mr Ong Lye Huat retired as Deputy Director CCA and Advisor to the Council.
2006Mr Andrew Chew Hui Keong was appointed as Deputy Director CCA and Advisor to the Council.
The SPSSC and SSSC held a retreat to envision the future of School Sports in Singapore on 4 May 2006 at Seletar Country Club.
2008Mr Goh Ek Piang was appointed as Deputy Director CCA and Advisor to the Council.
2009The SPSSC and SSSC celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner held at the Orchid Country Club on 28 August. Minister for Education and 2nd Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen was the guest of honour. 75 Principals/Vice Principals and 160 Heads of Departments/teachers received the Council’s 50th Anniversary Service Award for their dedicated service and contribution to the Councils.
2010The inaugural YOG was held in Singapore from 14-26 August with 3,500 youth athletes and 2,000 delegates from 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated in a total of 26 sports. MOE supported the organisation of the event.
The National School Games which highlighted school sports was packaged into 13 episodes and broadcasted on Starhub Sports Arena channel.
In a move to streamline finance procedures, SPSSC funds came under MOE’s Integrated Finance System (IFAAS).
2011Mr Ong Kim Soon was appointed as Deputy Director CCA and Advisor to the Council.
2012The National School Games Opening Ceremony which was held at St. Hilda’s Primary and Secondary Schools included the participation of the Singapore Primary Schools Sports Council.
2014Review of the SPSSC and SSSC was carried out to strengthen its mission to provide safe, effective and well-organised inter-school competitions for the development of student-athletes’ character and sporting abilities through the National School Games (NSG).
The National School Games Office (NSGO) was set-up to support the organisation of the NSG, in particular to off-load the financial and administrative work load from schools.
The SPSSC and SSSC celebrated its 55th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner held at the Orchid Country Club on 28 October. Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Education) Mr Hawazi Daipi was the guest of honour. 82 Principals/Vice Principals and 82 Heads of Departments/teachers received the Councils’ 55th Anniversary Service Award for their dedicated service and contribution to the Councils. An inaugural “Friends of Councils” Award was given to 27 National Sports Associations.
2015The Council adopted the motto “Character in Sporting Excellence” to drive home the primary objective of the NSG being for the character development of our student-athletes as they pursue sporting excellence.
The Athletes’ Oath, Coaches’ Oath and Officials’ Oath were revised to better reflect the objectives of the NSG.
The NSG Opening Ceremony was held at the Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Arena for the first time.
The requirement to collect subscription fees was removed. The SPSSC began receiving full funding from the Ministry of Education.
The Advisor, Mr Ong Kim Soon, was re-designated as Director, Physical and Sports Education.
2016The NSG Opening Ceremony was held at the Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Arena, and a new Spectators’ Creed was introduced.
The SPSSC and SSSC piloted the Sports Management Committee model for Floorball.
The Physical and Sports Education Branch (PESEB) that supported the Council work was re-named Physical, Sports and Outdoor Education Branch (PSOEB), and the Advisor to the SPSSC, re-designated as Director, Physical, Sports and Outdoor Education.
2017The NSG Opening Ceremony was held at the Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Arena
The SPSSC piloted the deployment of School Adult Representatives for 2 sports.
The SPSSC started on the review of the Junior Division competitions.

Our Singapore Primary Schools Sports Council (SPSSC) Chairpersons

Over the years, the SPSSC was fortunate to have dedicated and passionate chairpersons who led the Council and advanced its work in developing student-athletes.

SPSSC

YEARCHAIRPERSONSCHOOL
1960Mr Ho Pak KuanKian Hua School
1961Mr Goh Hiap SuanRiver Valley Chinese
1962Mr Chee Seng KeeDunearn Int Primary School
1963Mr Mohd Taha KassimTk Kurau Malay Boys
1964Mr T MahandranSwiss Cottage Primary School
1965Mr Rohani B RaisAyer Gemuroh Malay
1966Mr Loh Shu CheowToong Chai School
1967Mrs Bertha NeoRosyth School
1968Mrs Ajmain Hj SallehTelok Kurau Primary School
1969Mr Ang Pin HoingSin Sheng School
1970Mrs Szto Sim ChuanHaig Girls School
1971Mr A Hamid SurianSiglap Malay School
1972-1975Mr Lee Peng CheeSan Shan School
1976-1977Mr Kwek Seng ChaiTelok Kurau Primary School
1978-1983Mr T MahandranBroadrick Primary School
1984-1985Mr S PuhaindranSilat Primary School
1986-1989Mr Pakir MaideenPrincess Elizabeth Primary School
1990-2005Mrs Tan Peng EngBoon Keng Primary School
Yumin Primary School
Greenridge Primary School
2006-2007Mr Goh Ek PiangHougang Primary School
2008-PresentMrs Lee Hui FengNan Hua Primary School
Nanyang Primary School
Qihua Primary School