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 Post subject: Re: BPGH, SJI, NHHS
PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:57 am 
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emoh wrote:
u can also consider there is a possibility that your child can continue JC 1 and JC 2 in SJI without the need for new adjustments again either via IP track or O levels


Thanks emoh

Yes that is a plus point.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:29 am 
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Dreamgear wrote:
Do note that sji will be in bishan from 2014 to 15. And sji have bonus points to cjc.


Thanks Dreamgea. Holding site at Bishan ITE is far n not near mrt :( hmmm afiliated to cjc is tempting


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:08 pm 
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julongmum wrote:
bupashu wrote:
Bukit Panjang Gov't High has always been a very good school, since decades ago, just like SJI


Thanks bupashu

Before our visit to the sch yesterday, we only know some of its basic sch info fr the grey bk. The students we met were all councillors and they did impressed us a lot. As we hardly meet its students outside the sch (Not stay in CCK) we arent sure most of the rest of the students behave. Mine child is a boy so i kind of look at sch with better behavioural children to avoid chances of bad influence.

I agree sch is good, it grooms the councillors so well n let them run the event of receiving parents with very little teacher involvement!


Last week Dd n I went to BPGHS open house. The student councillors there were very polite n managed to ans all our doubts. I tot they were from upper sec, but they told us they were actually sec 1 students! Without any hesitation, my dd who scored 248 decide to put this sch as 1st choice.


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 Post subject: Re: BPGH, SJI, NHHS
PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:50 pm 
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julongmum,

These 3 schools are also under my radar.
We went for SJI open house on 17Nov so I hope we can share some information and make the best choice for our kid. Following are my personal opinion :

Firstly, BPGH and NHHS will be O levels track. SJI, there's the option of IP or O levels. If you want your child to do IP track then clearly it is SJI-IP. If it is O levels track then need to consider the difference of the 3 schools, noting that only SJI has affilated JC (only impt for O level track).

NHHS, SAP school. My ds is also not strong in mother tongue. I have been trying to get feedback in this forum and also from friends about the non-HMT classes/kids in this school but I still have very sketchy info. Can you share more about this with me since your ds went for their camp ? I understand that major of the cohort will take HMT and those taking 普华 will be in a "non-banded" class, is it true ?

BPGH, as quoted from the 2013 Secondary school selection booklet "BPGHS offers a rigorous academic curriculum,....". My friends said in CCK area, this school's papers are the toughest, ie. they are academically very driven which could explain why the school was previously ranked band 1/2. We didn't go for the open house but we'll go for the school talk/tour tomorrow. Seems like you have a good impression of this school ?

SJI, compared to NHHS, definitely is more "English" ie. Western culture. We were very impressed with the boys we met there. The school focused more on character development (looking out for those in need) and not so much academically driven. We also went to the Bishan ITE site yesterday, the building is rather old. However, by 2016, the circle line will be up so Stevens Station near the Malcom Road site will be an option for travelling to the school.


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 Post subject: Re: BPGH, SJI, NHHS
PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:12 pm 
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pixiedust wrote:
julongmum,

These 3 schools are also under my radar.
We went for SJI open house on 17Nov so I hope we can share some information and make the best choice for our kid. Following are my personal opinion :

Firstly, BPGH and NHHS will be O levels track. SJI, there's the option of IP or O levels. If you want your child to do IP track then clearly it is SJI-IP. If it is O levels track then need to consider the difference of the 3 schools, noting that only SJI has affilated JC (only impt for O level track).

NHHS, SAP school. My ds is also not strong in mother tongue. I have been trying to get feedback in this forum and also from friends about the non-HMT classes/kids in this school but I still have very sketchy info. Can you share more about this with me since your ds went for their camp ? I understand that major of the cohort will take HMT and those taking 普华 will be in a "non-banded" class, is it true ?

BPGH, as quoted from the 2013 Secondary school selection booklet "BPGHS offers a rigorous academic curriculum,....". My friends said in CCK area, this school's papers are the toughest, ie. they are academically very driven which could explain why the school was previously ranked band 1/2. We didn't go for the open house but we'll go for the school talk/tour tomorrow. Seems like you have a good impression of this school ?

SJI, compared to NHHS, definitely is more "English" ie. Western culture. We were very impressed with the boys we met there. The school focused more on character development (looking out for those in need) and not so much academically driven. We also went to the Bishan ITE site yesterday, the building is rather old. However, by 2016, the circle line will be up so Stevens Station near the Malcom Road site will be an option for travelling to the school.



I think no need to be so concern on the holding site, they are going to spend 1 year renovating it. This site will be the new jc in 2017 as well.


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 Post subject: Re: BPGH, SJI, NHHS
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Dreamgear wrote:
I think no need to be so concern on the holding site, they are going to spend 1 year renovating it. This site will be the new jc in 2017 as well.


Meaning the current ITE Bishan (holding site for SJI in 2014/5) will be renovated before 2014 ?

2017 New JC for SJI-ip year 5&6 ? or New JC for CHS-ip ?

As I understand, SJI current site in Malcom Road will be renovated and the SJI-IP yr5/6 will be at Malcom Road. CHS will have a new JC for their IP Yr5/6 but principal did not reveal the site.


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pixiedust wrote:
Dreamgear wrote:
I think no need to be so concern on the holding site, they are going to spend 1 year renovating it. This site will be the new jc in 2017 as well.


Meaning the current ITE Bishan (holding site for SJI in 2014/5) will be renovated before 2014 ?

2017 New JC for SJI-ip year 5&6 ? or New JC for CHS-ip ?

As I understand, SJI current site in Malcom Road will be renovated and the SJI-IP yr5/6 will be at Malcom Road. CHS will have a new JC for their IP Yr5/6 but principal did not reveal the site.


If im not wrong, for the chs/sngs/scgs jc


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 Post subject: Re: BPGH, SJI, NHHS
PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:32 pm 
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julongmum wrote:
Thanks Dreamgea. Holding site at Bishan ITE is far n not near mrt :( hmmm afiliated to cjc is tempting


Hi Julongmum. We are in the same dilemma as you - chosing between BPHS and SJI, maybe Nanhua as well.

I know bus # 190 goes to SJI in Malcolm road directly via Expressway, about 30mins from CCK Interchange.

The holding site for SJI is not that far from Bishan MRT. If you get off from the correct mrt exit, it is about 5-10mins walk to the former ITE site. That site is HUGE!

So have u made your choice? Any additional info you have that aided you in your decision? Pls share! Thanks!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:43 pm 
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Dreamgear wrote:
pixiedust wrote:
julongmum,

These 3 schools are also under my radar.
We went for SJI open house on 17Nov so I hope we can share some information and make the best choice for our kid. Following are my personal opinion :

Firstly, BPGH and NHHS will be O levels track. SJI, there's the option of IP or O levels. If you want your child to do IP track then clearly it is SJI-IP. If it is O levels track then need to consider the difference of the 3 schools, noting that only SJI has affilated JC (only impt for O level track).

NHHS, SAP school. My ds is also not strong in mother tongue. I have been trying to get feedback in this forum and also from friends about the non-HMT classes/kids in this school but I still have very sketchy info. Can you share more about this with me since your ds went for their camp ? I understand that major of the cohort will take HMT and those taking 普华 will be in a "non-banded" class, is it true ?

BPGH, as quoted from the 2013 Secondary school selection booklet "BPGHS offers a rigorous academic curriculum,....". My friends said in CCK area, this school's papers are the toughest, ie. they are academically very driven which could explain why the school was previously ranked band 1/2. We didn't go for the open house but we'll go for the school talk/tour tomorrow. Seems like you have a good impression of this school ?

SJI, compared to NHHS, definitely is more "English" ie. Western culture. We were very impressed with the boys we met there. The school focused more on character development (looking out for those in need) and not so much academically driven. We also went to the Bishan ITE site yesterday, the building is rather old. However, by 2016, the circle line will be up so Stevens Station near the Malcom Road site will be an option for travelling to the school.



I think no need to be so concern on the holding site, they are going to spend 1 year renovating it. This site will be the new jc in 2017 as well.


NhHS - majority r taking HCL. The non HCL will group together and separated with HCL during the CL lessons. There is no banding in this arrangement. There is usually slightly more students starting yr 3 cos they have dropped HCL after not able to sustain the grade at yr 2 yrend exam.

BPGH - basically was impressed with the councillors who guided us around the sch. She spoke well n answered all our questions diligently. Also watched a few of the rest who presented the sch well. We missed the open house, so it was merely a short sch intro n guided tour yesterday. There was only 2 staff around cos the P n VP werent available. The eventwas well run by the councillors.

SJI - undoubtly its a good sch, only hesitant due to long traveling


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 Post subject: Re: BPGH, SJI, NHHS
PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:51 pm 
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NHHS - mainly only Chinese students, might not have the chance to mix with students from other races, also i think there are more girls than guys

BPGH - think it has N(A) & N(T) streams as well

if u look, all 3 schools are consistently in band 1/2 but I think SJI has the lowest cut off score, they also take in students from the feeder schools with a lower cut off but able to value add to them


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