School Opening Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School was founded. As one of the pioneer government schools in Singapore, AI was named after former Minister for Labour and Assemblyman for Sembawang, Encik Ahmad Ibrahim, for his contributions in the early nation-building years. The school was first located at Sembawang Hills estate.
First pilot school for the Open Education Programme for the blind AI was chosen as the first pilot school for the Open Education Programme for the blind, whereby the visually-impaired students were integrated into mainstream classes.
Well established as pride of the North AI was known as a well-established school of good reputation –‘Pride of the North’.
The school moved to a new building in Yishun. It was also the first school to function in that area.
AI was given the Guinness Stout Effort Award in recognition of the school’s concerted efforts in integrating visually impaired students into mainstream education through the Open Education Programme.
AI celebrated its 35th Anniversary with a carnival and a musical production, ‘The King and I’. Through the 1990s, right up to 2002, AI had staged numerous plays and musicals.
AI was recognised as a Niche Programme School for Shooting, given its Shooting competition achievements and strong track record in producing outstanding Shooters for the national youth team.
Ms Deborah Ng, the school’s resource teacher for the visually impaired, was honoured with the NIE-Exxon Mobil Caring Teacher Award.
Mr Burton T S Row was honoured to be one out of twelve finalists for the President’s Award for Teachers.
AISS celebrated its 50th Year in grand fashion with Community Outreach in Yishun neighbourhood in March, a Concert at the Republic Polytechnic in April (Guest-of-Honour, Mr Khaw Boon Wan) and a Gala “Reunion” Dinner in November in the school premises (Guest-of-Honour, President Tony Tan). The school also opened its AI Heritage Boulevard and WeBreathe Room (The Student Centre) on that day. From the last three and a half decades, the school evolved from a small rural school to a modern, well-equipped and well-managed institution. In its own way, Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School now ranks among the best educational institutions in Singapore!
AI’s signature programme, Outdoor Learning Experience (OLE), received MOE’s endorsement. The school’s Learning for Life Programme is now Character Development through OLE.
AI is one of the four schools in Singapore offering the Enhanced Music Programme (EMP) which aims at increasing accessibility to students with music talent and interest to pursue GCE ‘O’ level Music or Higher Music. Complementary is the introduction of the MusicPreparatory Course (MPC) for lower secondary students who are musically talented.
Critical Social Inquiry and Media Literacy as AI's second niche.
For her leadership in starting the school’s EMP and creating a vibrant music culture, Ms Ng Sheh Feng is conferred the President’s Award for Teachers.