I'm in the same predicament. I'm torn between choosing a competitive surrounding in a good school like Northland...but I know it's gonna be tough to enter. Nearer to home are Jiemin, Peiying and maybe Yishun Primary... My husband has the same thinking as pinkixora in that, it really depends on the child's attitude. Perhaps I should take heed and reconsider.
My girl is registering in primary one this coming July, she has a few choices:-
1) Sembawang Pri - Phase 2C(1km)
2) Ahmad Ibrahim Pri - Phase 2C (1km)
3) North View Pri - Phase 2C (1km)
4) Northland Pri - Phase 2C (2 km) - using my mum as guardian (but unlikely cos think my mum house is more than 1 km)
5) Jiemin Pri - Phase 2A - As I am a former student from there and its near to my mum house as well. Good for convenient
Actually I join the clan but was not eiligible as my membership is less than a year.
Please advice which school should be seriously considered. I know northland is good compared to the rest, but the chances will be very very slim.
Northland Pri is worth trying, but you have to take a risk in case your child is not balloted, you may end up not even getting into Jiemin Pri.
My 3 kids are all in Jiemin Pri, an average sch, but my eldest graduated last yr with great PSLE scores. I agree a good pri sch is important, but sometimes you and yr child's attitude is even more importatnt.
I have several friends with children in Chongfu and Northland, but due to the competitiveness, many of them have to start tuition in all subjects since Pri 1...
Think about wht you really want for your child. Good Luck!
Like u mentioned, chances at northland is slim, so you may want to seriously consider Jiemin.
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