Jurong West Secondary School (JWSS) was established on 2 January 2001 and operated along Jalan Boon Lay. On 18 March 2002, the school moved to the current 3.1-hectare premises, which boast facilities such as computer and science laboratories and special rooms for Art, Music and Dance. The sports facilities included an astro-turf for hockey, an indoor sports hall commissioned in 2009 and an artificial turf for the school field. Further infrastructural enhancements from 2015-2019, saw the addition of The Book Room, The Learning Hive, The Loft and other learning spaces to nurture the joy of learning and enhance student well-being.
In its early years, the school achieved numerous awards including Sustained Achievement awards (Physical Fitness, Sports, Aesthetics, Uniformed Groups), National Education Development Award, Character Development Award and Business Excellence Award (People Developer) establishing itself as a school that delivers holistic education. The school was recognised as a Niche School in Uniformed Groups in 2007. In 2014, the school was selected to be one of the 12 prototype schools for Subject-Based Banding and in 2017, was selected to offer the Enhanced Art Programme (EAP).
In 2015, as a response to the changing global and national landscape, the school underwent re-envisioning, and set the trajectory for the school to focus on nurturing Future Ready Learners, Thinkers and Leaders with a refreshed school vision - A Values-Centred Community where Learning is ignited by Passion, Thinking driven by Innovation and Leading inspired by Service. Guided by this vision, the school strengthened the JW Experience for students- an experience which enables students to achieve Academic Excellence with guidance, care and support, an experience which provides students with a wide variety of opportunities in Singapore and overseas to discover, develop and excel holistically and an experience which nurtures in them desired values and enduring skillsets in a positive and conducive school environment.
Over the years, the school has established itself as a choice school with several distinctive programme offerings - its unique Applied Learning Programme (ALP), Learning for Life Programme (LLP) and subjects such as Computing and Exercise and Sports Science. 2016 saw the launch of JeWel, the school’s talent development in English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Sports. Opportunities via programmes such as Student Work Attachment, Attachment to Member of Parliament and Overseas Student Exchange in China and Japan saw the school featured in The Straits Times in November 2016 for its distinctive programmes that make the school an attractive choice for students.
The eagle represents strength of character with outspread wings looking west, guarding the virtues of the school embodied within the school crest. The contoured shape and design of the crest is reminiscent of the badges of the guardians of the civilian society signifying discipline. Above its head and outspread wings, the initials of the school take position and precedence.
The school’s virtues are symbolised by the four designs in the two halves of the crest.
Two clasped hands form the shape of a heart symbolising the school’s aspiration to create individuals who will serve the needs of the community as a leader.
The atomic symbol represents the need to be technologically oriented as mankind explores the realms of the digital age and cyber space.
An unconventional square bulb symbolises inventive thinking to help nurture creative and innovative minds.
A flaming torch representing the passion for life-long learning is placed over a scroll signifying academic excellence, the former taking precedence over the latter.
And finally, displayed at the base of the crest, is the school motto reinforcing the courage of the eagle.
School Vision, Mission and Values
Where Eagles Dare
Dreams can be broken
But hope is over the rainbow
With our strength of character and majestic flight
We'll hold the dreams with our claws
We'll shine, oh what a sight!
Oh yes, we will fly to the sky,
Perched proudly as we see our destiny,
We’ll be where dreams turn to reality,
Yes, we will soar, touch the sky, move the earth
We'll make a diff-er-ence, where eagles dare!
Challenges come but we dare
To overcome them all
With our powerful wings and eagle eyes
We'll meet the challenges with our claws without a sigh!
Oh yes, we will fly to the sky,