Dear TTBcool, thank you for the sharing. It is indeed very useful insights with regards to the curriculum. .. ESP it being new and untested .. Nt sure how they will implement the program effectively.. Did your dd have any feedback on how are the teachers from sc ? Do they really 'teach' Or there is an implicit understanding that most kids supplement through tuition anyway ?
Not spoon feed but at least they must teach and deliver the curriculum.
Does yr dd find the environment stressful ? I'm hoping for a more holistic environment that will ground the girls properly and not mainly just academic excellence..the many varied programs sounds fun.
Do you know how r the IP classes being allocated ? And if there is a large % of affiliated girls. In terms of all girls school..(except rgs and nygh) There is
Only scgs , sng and cedar in the same cutoff range...
Mgs is running on IB platform which I'm not keen.. Any reason why u chose sc ?
Thanks for yr time!! For such a
Frankly if you ask me whether SCGS IP is effectively implemented or not, I'm afraid I'm not able to answer you now. Maybe, the appropriate time is when my dd is in Year 5 & 6 when they combine with CHIJ St Nick and CHS as I also dont't know what to expect from IP now. About the teachers, my DD did mention that most of her teachers are very nice. Of course, 1 or 2 teachers she thinks are not nice are ok too. The teachers there do teach. She ever told me that one of her teachers stayed back to coach a student in her class as this student is weaker in that subject. I was impressed as the teacher is willing to stay back for 1-1 coaching. I feel that the teachers are not biased as they do not look down at students who did not perform well for that subject. Just like her Maths teacher, she will give remedial class for those who did not do well for the test. So far, I have no complaint about the teachers. You would also like to know whether the environment there is stressful? My dd is enjoying herself. However, as mentioned in my earlier post, they can be quite stressful sometimes if they have to finish a few projects (due to last minutes work) and prepare for the test simultaneously. I see that my dd does not have much homework or maybe she has completed them in school. If you are looking for a holistic environment and not mainly just academic excellence, SCGS is definitely a place for your dd. They have a lot of non-academic programs such as Speech & Drama (Eng & Chinese), Arts Elective (they can choose Dance, Music or Drawing), Movement Ed (Gymnastics),etc as mentioned in my earlier post which are part of their curriculum. They will be taking Trinity Guildhall Communication Skills Exam (Grade 5) in Sep 2013. This week is their Health Week. For Sec 1, they have Abseiling activities which my dd enjoyed very much. For Sec 2, they can choose skating, bowling, a list of activities for them to choose. They do have a lot of fun activities which my dd enjoyed. Tomorrow, they are celebrating Language Festival and the Sec 1 will showcase their Mother Tongue recitation skills which they have learnt from their Speech & Drama class. Parents are invited to attend in the evening. As for how the classes are allocated for Sec 1, the allocation is based on PSLE T-scores. Regarding why I choose this school, it is a long story. In short, I should say that I did not choose this school, it is my dd's choice. SCGS went to her primary school to give a talk after PSLE, she was very impressed by SCGS girls' eloquency and their interactive program. In addition, she wanted all-girl school. That's how she ended in SCGS. No regret as I feel that SCGS suits her better. Hope that I had addressed all your concern. I would also like to hear from other SCGS SEC 1 IP parents on how they feel about the IP program in SCGS ? Hope to hear more feedback.