Singapore’s Very Own Boarding Schools

Schoolbag.sg: There won’t be any Sorting Hat or any Defence Against the Dark Arts classes. But the magic and charm of life in boarding school is on its way to becoming a reality for students at five Integrated Programme (IP) institutions. Come 2008-2009, they’ll be the first to enjoy new programmes that will turn school life into a daily adventure.

Boarding schools won’t just be hostels for a stay away from home. From the camaraderie of inter-hall games to musical drama productions, there’ll be a host of lively opportunities for students to get out of their rooms, pick up new skills and interact with fellow boarders from different backgrounds and countries.

And it isn’t necessarily all just fun and games.

Those with a more academic bent can choose from multidisciplinary modules – non-examinable, of course! – on cross-cultural themes such as political science, the information revolution and the world environment. All in all, it promises to be a mixed bag, and a very full one indeed, of activities to develop the boarders in ways that no classroom alone can provide.

The five schools to pilot these boarding programmes are: Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (ACS(I)), Hwa Chong Institution, National Junior College, National University of Singapore High School of Mathematics and Science (NUSHS) and Raffles Institution (RI). Each institution will devise its own approach, with boarding durations (ranging from 3 months to a year), curricula and special activities tailored to complement its own vision and values.

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