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