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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the school’s cut-off point?

Cut-off points are not determined by school or MOE. They are dependent on the T-score of the Primary 6 students applying for admission to the school. Based on the 2016 PSLE results, the range of PSLE scores for 2017 Sec 1 for Xinmin Secondary are: 
Express: 233 – 258
Normal (Academic): 179 – 199 
Normal (Technical): 130 – 153

2.     Streams Offered:

The school offers Express, Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) streams.

3.     What percentage of Xinmin students are eligible for Junior College (JC) and Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) respectively?

91.7% of our 2016 S4 Express students were eligible for JC and 39.0% of our 2016 S4 Normal (Academic) students were eligible for PFP.

4. How many Sec 1 classes will Xinmin Secondary School have in 2017? 

4 classes – Express
2 classes – Normal (Academic)
1 classes – Normal (Technical) 

5. What are the normal school hours like at Xinmin?

School commences at 7.30 am. Lessons end between 12.40 to 4.20 pm, excluding CCAs. CCAs end about 6 – 7 pm.

6. What are the CCAs offered by the school?

Sports & Games

Shooting (Boys and Girls), Volleyball (Boys and Girls),
Rock Climbing (Boys and Girls), Badminton (Girls)

Uniformed Groups

Boys’ Brigade, Girls’ Brigade, NCC (Land) (Boys), NPCC (Boys),  St John Brigade

Performing Arts

Symphonic Band, Choir, Chinese Dance, Guzheng, English Drama


Club and Societies

Art Club, Library, Media Club, Outdoor Adventure Club (ODAC), English Debate

* Students need to undergo auditions/selections for Volleyball, Shooting, Rockclimbing, Badminton, Choir and Chinese Dance before they are selected for the CCA.

7. What are the subjects offered in Lower Sec and Upper Sec?

In Lower Sec, the core subjects offered are the same as in any other secondary school. We also offer Higher Chinese and Higher Malay, with lessons conducted in Xinmin Secondary. Students who wish to take Tamil or Higher Tamil would have to attend lessons in other schools or nearby language centres. Other subjects that Xinmin offers at lower secondary include Analytical Thinking Skills (Sec 1), Drama (Sec 2), Service-Learning (Sec 2), Coding (Sec 1/2) and Applied Science (Sec 1 and 2N). 

In Upper Sec Express, most students study Higher Mother Tongue at Xinmin. The large majority of the students take 2 pure Sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and Additional Mathematics. While Combined Humanities is compulsory, students can also take an additional Humanities subject like English Literature, Chinese Literature, Geography, and History. We also offer coursework subjects like Visual Art and Design & Technology. Music is also offered at O-level and students (in all North Zone Secondary Schools) will take them at CHIJ St.Nicholas. Two Applied Subjects, Computing and Drama, are also offered as GCE ‘O’ Level subjects. 

In Upper Sec Normal (Academic) Course, students take between 6 and 7 subjects. They take Science (Physics / Chemistry), Principles of Accounts and Combined Humanities. The electives are Design & Technology, Food and Nutrition, Art and Additional Mathematics.

In Upper Sec Normal (Technical) Course, the electives are Elements of Business Skills and Art. 

8. How can my child qualify to take Drama or Computing as an O-Level subject at upper secondary?

To take Drama as an O-Level subject, your child must perform well for English and Drama at Secondary 2.

To take Computing as an O-Level subject, your child must perform well for Mathematics at Secondary 2 and a qualifying test on algorithmic thinking.

As there is a limited number of vacancies for these subjects, your child should also do well in his or her overall Secondary 2 results for a higher chance to get the subject combination of his or her choice.

9. What are the special programmes offered by the school? Who do these programmes cater to?

Signature Xinmin Programmes

Analytical Thinking Skills

All Sec 1 students

Applied Science Programme

All Sec 1 and 2NA/NT students


All Lower Sec students

Character and Citizenship Education – includes Service Learning (SL) projects, overseas SL trips (optional) and other Values-In-Action programmes

All students

Drama Programme

All Sec 2 students

Flipped Classroom

All students

Student Leadership Development Programme

General training for all students and specialized training for student leaders

Drama Programme

All Sec 2 students

Other Programmes

Bring Your  Own Device (BYOD) Programme

2018 Sec 1 students

Talent Development (TD) Programmes

Level 1 TD programmes cater to all students under various subjects and CCAs. Higher level TD programmes (e.g. Olympiad training, Leadership Adventure Camp) have their respective selection criteria.

4 + 1 Programme for NT students

Lower Secondary NT students

10.     Why is Xinmin carrying out the BYOD programme? What kind of devices do the Sec 1 students need to have?

To be able to live, learn, and work successfully in our information-rich society, students must be able to use technology effectively.  Aligned to our school vision to prepare future-ready students, Xinmin believes in equipping them with the skills needed for them to be responsible and resourceful citizens in both the physical and digital world.  The BYOD programme for the incoming Sec 1 students in 2018 will empower our students to own their learning.  The use of these personal technology devices enables students to have easy access to online resources and offers them platforms to interact with their peers and teachers. Coupled with the teacher-designed instructional lessons, students will learn to be self-directed and collaborative lifelong learners.
The school is not stipulating any particular type or brand of device for our BYOD programme because there are pros and cons for each device. Instead, we encourage students to utilise an existing device that is already available at home.  This mobile device could be a smartphone, a laptop, a tablet or a phablet that is able to establish a Wi-Fi connection.

11.    My child qualifies for both the Express and Normal Academic stream. Should my child opt for the Normal Academic stream so that he/she can secure a place at Xinmin?

We suggest that you discuss with your child on his/her preference, taking into consideration the suitability of the learning environment and curricular demands given your child’s learning needs and interests. Students who do exceptionally well in the Normal Academic stream may be offered the option to transfer laterally to the Express stream, while students who are unable to meet the demands of the Express stream may be laterally transferred to the Normal Academic stream in the following year.  

With Subject-based Banding in 2018, students in the Normal streams may be able to offer selected subjects at the higher level in the school. These subjects are Mathematics, English Language, Mother Tongue and Science. For example, a Normal (Academic) student may be able to study Mathematics at the Express level if he/she meets the criteria. Similarly, a Normal (Technical) student may be able to study English Language at the Normal (Academic) or even Express level if he/she meets the criteria to do so. This will help our students achieve their potential as much as possible. 

12.     Does your school provide financial assistance for needy students?

Yes. The application forms for financial assistance can be obtained at our General Office.

13.     Does XMS offer school bus services for students?

No, this is to encourage and train our students to be independent as they enter into a new phase in secondary school education.