Choose The Most Suitable Primary School

Hi parents, juz sharing my own experience since I’ve ‘been there, done that.” 

I totally agree with the Straits Times article on last Sat that mentioned parents should seek to choose a GOOD OR BEST primary school for your child and not the TOP school. That’s what we did. We chose a good neighbourhood school a short distance from our home. It’s slightly beyond 2 km so Daddy has to do PV which in this school, do PV – almost 100% can get in.

I remember some of our friends questioned why we didn’t PV at a more reputable school then. But distance was a major concern for us – we wanted our young children to have more sleep to have a better quality of life – so that’s the decision.

Anyway, we had no regrets – our children love their school a lot — and they were blessed to be placed in the top class so they got all the BEST teachers in the school. Lots of opportunities for leadership roles, competitions, cca involvement which I think would be more competitive in a more reputable school.

A few of my friends too spent considerable time and effort (like PV, join clan, change church membership) to get their children into TOP primary schools.. thinking their children would benefit from being in that school.

Actually, the opposite happened. Their children were demoralised as some could not cope with the high standards in such schools.  After PSLE, they were channelled into a normal neighbourhood secondary school .

If the pri school has affiliations, some might get into the affiliated sec school but the reality would surface again when they received their “O” level results – might end up in a lower-end JC again.

For us, we are more selective about secondary schools. The environment and peer group in a secondary school play a major role in shaping the identity and building confidence in our teenaged children. So we would rather spend more time preparing the children to get into reasonably reputable secondary schools.

However, we will still choose the reputable schools that are nearer to our home. Actually, it’s better to stay in the West or Central cos there are more choices of reputable secondary schools/JCs/tertiary institutions to choose from. Just my opinion.

 

Affiliation or top class

My dd is currently schooling in a GEP school and has done reasonable well to be posted to the top class next year in P4. 

She has just been offered a place in a reputable school with affiliation. I like the fact that it will take some tension off from PSLE but am unsure if I should give up her chance to be in a better class. 

She is also in a dilemma like me.

Would appreciate advice from experience parents. 

 

 

How is he doing in the secondary school?

I also have these thought in mind, but have one question to ask about the secondary school. If the child went from a neigbourhood primary shcool to a branded secondary shcool, is the transition easy? Would he be disappointed that he might not be the top student so easily any more in the environment? Just wondering if all these things we hope not happen in the primary school will happen during there early secondary years … 

Nieghbourhood school

My aunt is my inspiration . My nephew studied in a neighbourhood school nt in a affliated sch but yet he studied well n went to victoria sec .. but his aim was actually RI but coz of 3 points lacking he couldnt get it … yet he cried …

My mentor ….

opted for neighborhood over SAP/ popular sch

Indeed, the keyword is “most suitable”.

For us as well, most suitable = best school.

We had to consider many factors when choosing a Pr sch for our son. He had priority in 2 SAP schools that are popular and always needed balloting. Despite having confirmed spots in either of those schools, we had to consider other factors too.

1 ds1 is a morning person. He wakes up early and absorbs and learns very well in the morning. By afternoon, especially after lunch, he is lethargic. Even though it is just for P1 and P2, having 2 yrs of learning in the afternoons would be depressing for him and us. Our alma maters both have PM sessions while a nearby neighborhood school was a single session school.

2. Distance.
The neighborhopd school is not popular, and does not need balloting, but it is nearby. He would save a lot of time if he went there instead.

3. CCAs
We feel that CCAs are very important and they are what school life is all about. Every school teaches according to the same MOE syllabus, and every school has their fair share of good and not so good teachers. Whether my son gets a good teacher really depends solely on luck.
Yet, my son as an individual, has interests, passions and hobbies. He has a strong desire to join certain CCAs. I needed to find out if the 3 schools offered what he likes, and if they were good in those areas.
After checking this aspect, our choice became very clear.
The 2 SAP schools produced better PSLE top scores than the neighborhood school but didn’t offer the CCA my son liked, or was not strong in that area. Yet the neighborhood school had that CCA as one of its best!

4. Finally, we have 2 other younger kids. We also considered if they could go to the same school, and if so, a single session school would be much more convenient since they’d all go to school and return together, having time left to play together at home, instead of only seeing each other at night, if they were in different sessions.

Finally, of course I visited the school, talked to the P and trs and looked up websites like KSP for more info, then we went ahead and registered him.

He’s in P2 now and absolutely happy in the school. It is definitely the best for him. 🙂

Any reason why??

Any reason why??

took my son out of sji jnr.

took my son out of sji jnr. why don’t you talk to the principal to find out her plans for the school? I was not impressed with her answer then.

St Andrew/ St Joseph or ACS Barker

I am very confused to which school should i put my son intofor this year registration.. We are staying within 1 km for st joseph junior and ACS BARKER. Father old boys of St Andrew.

I know he will hve priority to St Andrew but the distance.

Choosing between St Joseph and ACS Baker. We are walking distant to St joseph which stand a good chance. But anyone know the standard of St Joseph junior.

Hope to registrar him in ACS BARKER, but the risk of balloting for Phase 2C is high compared to last year result.

please anyone can give suggeston.

Looking for advice on GEP (gifted program) in primary school.

Does anyone out there have experiece with the Gifted Program in primary school?  I am wondering about the impact if a child starts in a non-gifted program school then transfers to a school with the GEP in pri 4.  How does it compare to the experience of a child who starts P1 in the school with the GEP program? Would anyone out there choose not to put your child in the GEP program if they qualify?

 

Hindi classes in Tanjong Katong

Hi Pooja,

This means that for the kids who are currently in P1 , for next 5 years there hindi classes will be conducted during the curriculum time.

Thanks.

 

Raffles Girls' Primary

Hi all ,

I just got to know that there is no affliation between RGPS and RGS . Does anyone know what is RGPS strong in ? I was an old girl but during my time , things were so different . It seems to be a top school but I worry my girl cant cope as I am a first time mum , not sure what to look out for . I do not want to push my girl in simply cos she has priority and if its very stressful in there .

Need some guidance here .

Schools in Pasir Ris

Hi, does anyone have any advice/recommendations on the primary schools in Pasir Ris area particularly those in the Elias area? Thanks.

Dear Janet_lee88, Having an

Dear Janet_lee88,

Having an affiliated sec school definately helps, especially if kid is above average but not among the top to have free of choosing choice school, i.e 220 to 240.  With your elder in P4, you should be able to understand how competitive primary schools are now and the stress from PSLE(look at the postings on this website).  However, having two kids in the same school is more convenient.  Personally, becuse of preference to put my kids in single gender secondary school, I would opt for your former primary school.  And especially its affiliated secondary school (if  i didn’t guess wrongly, it’s at Toa Payoh now) has a decent set of results.

 

 

Many parents have the

Many parents have the misconception that if their children are placed in a top school, their children will perform well. There are many factors that affect a child’s performance in school and the main and most important factor is your child’s ability. There is no point in sending your child to a top school if he/she can’t perform. Parents must learn to be realistic in their expectations or there will be lots of headaches and/or heartaches.

To the mummy who wrote the

To the mummy who wrote the article,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

My boy is going to P4 next year in a good school which is 10 min walk away from home. Next year, I will have to register my daughter for P1. As of now, hubby & I still cannot decide whether to register her in the same school as older sibling or my former school which has an affiliated secondary school. My former school will be temporaily relocated to Geylang Bahru which is far for us. It’s really all about affiliation vs distance now.

My son’s school is a reputable school in the neighbourhood estate. It is a SAP school, hence Higher Chinese and English are 1st languages. I have to observe my daughter and decide where to register her. However my former school uses Chinese as 2nd language.

I wanted to transfer my daughter to my former school after it has moved back to its present premises but the admin told me priority is given only at registration stage. My opinion is if she does well for her PSLE, she has the option of going to the affiliated secondary school or a better secondary school. If it’s not that fantastic, she has an affiliated secondary school to ‘fall-back’ on.

Mummies here, do you have any advice ? Thanks 

 

 

 

 

Thank you

Dear csc,

"…Anyway, we had no regrets – our children love their school a lot — and they were blessed to be placed in the top class so they got all the BEST teachers in the school. Lots of opportunities for leadership roles, competitions, cca involvement which I think would be more competitive in a more reputable school.

A few of my friends too spent considerable time and effort (like PV, join clan, change church membership) to get their children into TOP primary schools.. thinking their children would benefit from being in that school.

Actually, the opposite happened. Their children were demoralised as some could not cope with the high standards in such schools.  After PSLE, they were channelled into a normal neighbourhood secondary school…"

Thank you for highlighting these points which had never crossed my mind before this. Now that I have more confidence to choose a school of which matches my dream school criteria, and also more reasons to convince my better-half in choosing a not-so-popular school.

Also find your sharings full of wisdom, very useful and practical. Wow this mother with 10+ yrs of experience trains yourself well and your sharings are so INSPIRATIONAL!

Thanks. 

 

 

Will relocate to singapore

next year we will relocate to singapore and I never have knowledge about primary school in singapore. From your several articles told me about parent volunteer give them a high chance for their children accept in certain primary school. What about me as new comer in singapore? Is there anyone give me suggestions what can I do related to choosing school to my children ? At this moment we don’t know yet where we will live in. Thanks before

NTIL - Non-Tamil Indian Languages

Just wanted to share following information which I received only recently from Tanjong Katong Primary School.

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The school currently holds 3 types of NTIL lessons during curriculum time. They are Punjabi (Singapore Sikh Education), Gujarati (Singapore Gujarati School) and Hindi (by Hindi Society). NO new vendors will be added to the current list.
 
As outlined in the PERI recommendations, all primary schools in Singapore will operate single session from 2016. As we prepare to move towards single session, the current practice of holding NTIL lessons during curriculum time will not be sustainable.
 
As of now, the school is able to confirm that NTIL lessons for the 2010 P1 cohort will be held during curriculum time. For future P1 cohorts from 2011 onwards, NTIL lessons could be conducted outside curriculum time.

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So those of you who are registering in 2011 onwards, need to arrange for transport from school back home yourselves because the NTIL sessions will be held after curriculum time. The school shall not arrange for the same. This information is as of 13 july 2009.

 

HI,NICE IDEA. I am new here

HI,NICE IDEA.

I am new here in singapore.My daughter got admission in Pr 5 in  neighbour hood primary school (not well known).No wondering how to prepare her for reputed secondary school.i am not familiar with singapore school system.need advise regarding preparation.thanks

 

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