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P1 Registration 2017: Merging & Relocating Schools

Parents taking part in this year’s Primary One Registration Exercise should take note that 14 primary schools will be merged in 2019. 

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 The schools being merged are:

  • East View and Junyuan Primary, to be located on the site of Junyuan Primary.
  • Balestier Hill and Bendemeer Primary, to be located on the site of Bendemeer Primary.
  • Da Qiao and Jing Shan Primary, to be located on the site of Jing Shan Primary.
  • Damai and East Coast Primary, to be located on the site of Damai Primary.
  • Coral and White Sands Primary, to be located on the site of White Sands Primary.
  • Casuarina and Loyang Primary, to be located on the site of Casuarina Primary.
  • Cedar and MacPherson Primary, to be located on the site of Cedar Primary.

The MOE’s rationale for merging schools is to provide an optimal learning environment for students:

“To provide a quality education, support students’ holistic development, and provide them with a rich learning experience, there needs to be an adequate number of students for meaningful class organisation and interactions as well as the provision of a rich array of learning programmes, both curricular and co-curricular.

Given the significance of schools to students and alumni, and the emotional attachment between students, alumni, and their schools, as far as possible we would not want to merge schools. However, in some mature estates, the population of school-going children has declined, and enrolment in some schools are too low for them to offer a good range of educational programmes and co-curricular activities.”

These are some of the factors that the MOE considers before deciding to merge schools:

  • Enrolment size
  • Nature of existing programmes
  • Compatibility of merger “partner” schools
  • Infrastructure capacity

Read the MOE’s parliamentary statement on merging schools here.

Parents should also be aware of the schools in their area that have a lower enrolment rate (i.e. 150 and below), which may put the school at risk of being merged eventually. Based on 2017 vacancies, the schools with lower enrolment figures are:

Ang Mo Kio
Jing Shan Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150; merging school)

Bedok
Damai Primary School (Total Vacancy: 120; merging school)

Opera Estate Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Bishan
Guangyang Primary School (Total Vacancy: 120)

Bukit Batok
Dazhong Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Bukit Merah
Blangah Rise Primary School (Total Vacancy: 120)

Bukit Panjang
West View Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Central
Stamford Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Choa Chu Kang
Kranji Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Geylang
Canossa Convent Primary School (Total Vacancy: 120)

Eunos Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Hougang
Montfort Junior School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Xinghua Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Yio Chu Kang Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Jurong East
Yuhua Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Jurong West
Juying Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Pioneer Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Kallang
Farrer Park Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Serangoon
CHIJ Our Lady Of Good Counsel (Total Vacancy: 150)

St. Gabriel’s Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Zhonghua Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Tampines
Angsana Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Yumin Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Toa Payoh
Cedar Primary School (Total Vacancy: 120; merging school)

First Toa Payoh Primary School (Total Vacancy: 150)

Full details are available on the MOE’s school vacancies page.

The impact of merging schools will be felt by staff and students, and it is a transition that many of us parents would rather not have our children go through, as there will be adjustments to new teachers, new classmates, a new school culture, and for some, a new location as well.

To a lesser degree, schools that have temporary relocation plans will also affect students and parents, and this is something to bear in mind during your school selection process. Here are the schools that will operate in temporary premises in 2018 and 2019:

Bukit Merah
CHIJ (Kellock) is temporarily at 121 Queensway; it will relocate back to 1 Bukit Teresa Road in December 2018.

Clementi
Nan Hua Primary School will function at 170 West Coast Road from January 2018 to December 2019.

Hougang
Holy Innocents’ Primary School is temporarily at 4300 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5; it will relocate back to 5 Lorong Low Koon in December 2018.

Marine Parade
Tanjong Katong Primary School will function at 860 New Upper Changi Road from January 2018 to December 2019.

Novena
Singapore Chinese Girls’ School will function at 60 Dunearn Road from January 2018 to December 2019.

Toa Payoh
Pei Chun Public School is temporarily at 580 Toa Payoh East; it will relocate back to 16 Toa Payoh Lorong 7 in December 2018. 

Yishun
Huamin Primary School will function at 530 Yishun Ring Road from January 2018 to December 2019.

Full details of registering at merging and relocating schools are available on the official MOE page.

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