Choosing and Evaluating Primary Schools

Work your way through the complex rituals of Primary One Registration. This is where you find out more about the dream school you have always wanted for your kid.
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Re: Choosing and Evaluating Primary Schools

Post by yatming » Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:18 pm

hello! our family planning to move to SG (job relocation from Hong Kong) and would like to start looking for school options for my daughters (8 and 4) how should i start what sort of school should check out? appreciate some advice and thank you very much first!

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Re: Choosing and Evaluating Primary Schools

Post by floppy » Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:38 pm

yatming wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:18 pm
hello! our family planning to move to SG (job relocation from Hong Kong) and would like to start looking for school options for my daughters (8 and 4) how should i start what sort of school should check out? appreciate some advice and thank you very much first!
Singapore Citizen, Permanent Resident or Foreigner?

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Re: Choosing and Evaluating Primary Schools

Post by jeopardy_68 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:40 am

Hi everyone, first time dad here. Wife is a former pupil of NYPS so NYPS is naturally one of our options for our DS.

Would just like to check any parents with kids in NYPS and stays quite a distance away in the east such as Punggol/ Sengkang/ Hougang/ Tampines/ Pasir Ris/ Bedok/ Kembangan/ Eunos/ Geylang/ Paya Lebar/ East Coast/ Marine Parade etc, how do you manage the distance? My main concern is spending too much time travelling, which cuts into rest/play/homework time.

Some additional details about our current situation:

- we stay in Sengkang, drives, and works in CBD area
- we are likely to send our DS to NYPS in the mornings if he ends up there
- our parents and siblings (in Punggol) are unlikely to be able to help take care of DS after school
- we currently have a full time helper whom we trust to take care of DS on her own but unsure if she will continue to work for long given DS will only start P1 in 2025.
- we are aware of a after-school care for NYPS but unsure of its availability and chances of us securing a slot for DS eventually
- we are open to moving but just too many variables (tenure, location, price, size, distance to (school, work, parents), etc) to be able to find a suitable property

Hope other parents here who are in similar situations can share with us their experiences on how they eventually coped!

Thanks in advance! :)

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Re: Choosing and Evaluating Primary Schools

Post by Ang2elina » Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:48 pm

All,
We are PR and stay within 1km of CHIJ Toa Payoh and are thinking to apply under P2B. If fail in this phase, should we try again in P2C?
Other option is within 1km of Pei Chun but that will be under P2C.
Does anyone know how do PRs fare in these phases?

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Re: Choosing and Evaluating Primary Schools

Post by floppy » Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:57 am

Ang2elina wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:48 pm
All,
We are PR and stay within 1km of CHIJ Toa Payoh and are thinking to apply under P2B. If fail in this phase, should we try again in P2C?
Other option is within 1km of Pei Chun but that will be under P2C.
Does anyone know how do PRs fare in these phases?
How do PRs fare?
I think the prognosis is not very good.
Very unlikely that you will get a chance for CHIJ TP in Phase 2B and definitely no chance for either schools in Phase 2C.


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Re: Choosing and Evaluating Primary Schools

Post by Davischew » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:45 am

Ang2elina wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:48 pm
All,
We are PR and stay within 1km of CHIJ Toa Payoh and are thinking to apply under P2B. If fail in this phase, should we try again in P2C?
Other option is within 1km of Pei Chun but that will be under P2C.
Does anyone know how do PRs fare in these phases?
Zero chance in both. Suggest you go for LOGC in 2B and Marymount Convent in 2C

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Re: Choosing and Evaluating Primary Schools

Post by monajoba » Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:59 pm

My neighbor's parents ferry their 2 kids back and forth from Upper Changi to NYPS daily
Leave home at 630am sharp.
jeopardy_68 wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:40 am
Hi everyone, first time dad here. Wife is a former pupil of NYPS so NYPS is naturally one of our options for our DS.

Would just like to check any parents with kids in NYPS and stays quite a distance away in the east such as Punggol/ Sengkang/ Hougang/ Tampines/ Pasir Ris/ Bedok/ Kembangan/ Eunos/ Geylang/ Paya Lebar/ East Coast/ Marine Parade etc, how do you manage the distance? My main concern is spending too much time travelling, which cuts into rest/play/homework time.

Some additional details about our current situation:

- we stay in Sengkang, drives, and works in CBD area
- we are likely to send our DS to NYPS in the mornings if he ends up there
- our parents and siblings (in Punggol) are unlikely to be able to help take care of DS after school
- we currently have a full time helper whom we trust to take care of DS on her own but unsure if she will continue to work for long given DS will only start P1 in 2025.
- we are aware of a after-school care for NYPS but unsure of its availability and chances of us securing a slot for DS eventually
- we are open to moving but just too many variables (tenure, location, price, size, distance to (school, work, parents), etc) to be able to find a suitable property

Hope other parents here who are in similar situations can share with us their experiences on how they eventually coped!

Thanks in advance! :)

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Re: Choosing and Evaluating Primary Schools

Post by Ang2elina » Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:50 pm

floppy wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:57 am
Ang2elina wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:48 pm
All,
We are PR and stay within 1km of CHIJ Toa Payoh and are thinking to apply under P2B. If fail in this phase, should we try again in P2C?
Other option is within 1km of Pei Chun but that will be under P2C.
Does anyone know how do PRs fare in these phases?
How do PRs fare?
I think the prognosis is not very good.
Very unlikely that you will get a chance for CHIJ TP in Phase 2B and definitely no chance for either schools in Phase 2C.
Thank you for the feedback. Primary school registration is tough work!

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Re: Choosing and Evaluating Primary Schools

Post by Ang2elina » Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:36 pm

Davischew wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:45 am
Ang2elina wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:48 pm
All,
We are PR and stay within 1km of CHIJ Toa Payoh and are thinking to apply under P2B. If fail in this phase, should we try again in P2C?
Other option is within 1km of Pei Chun but that will be under P2C.
Does anyone know how do PRs fare in these phases?
Zero chance in both. Suggest you go for LOGC in 2B and Marymount Convent in 2C
Sounds like we have to look further than our 1km. Other than OLGC and Marymount, any other suggestion of schools that we can apply under 2B? We think we should not waste a chance in 2B - it feels like we should try before it goes into the ocean of 2C.
Also, read somewhere that we should at least shortlist 3 schools in case of worst case scenario.

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Post by code thinking academy » Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:56 pm

Great!Thanks for the info.
ChiefKiasu wrote:
Thu May 01, 2008 2:56 pm
Great question. But I'm not sure if you can just "tour" the school as the gates are normally locked and guarded during the schooldays except when the school is having an open house.

Bringing your boy is a good idea as it sets his expectations.

You should definitely try to network with parents with children in the school because they are great for getting news and updates on things happening in the school. Check out the parent support group or alumni for the school and join them if you are interested in the school. They will give you an incredible amount of information from which is the best class in the school to which schoolbus operator to use.

When touring a school, check for:
1. Security. Make sure the school has a proper system to stop uninvited intruders from coming in to mix with the children and to stop students from going out without permission.

2. Staff. Watch how the staff interacts and manage the students. Listen to the quality of their speech if you are particular about learning proper languages. Are they firm but encouraging, or simply disciplinary and telling the kids exactly what to do?

3. Students. Do the students look generally happy? Do they play and interact well with one another? Are they friendly and helpful to you? Are they rude to each other? Take a large sample size... because there will always be naughty kids in any school :).

4. Notice boards. Reading the notices and posters will give you a good idea of what kind of environment is being encouraged in the school.

5. Canteen. Check out the hygiene and quality of food. Watch out for junk food and other temptations. Is the place bright and airy?

6. Library and classrooms. Check out the size of the library and the quality of books. Are the class and reading rooms well lit and ventilated?

7. Sports facilities. Check out the number of basketball/badminton/tennis courts, field, gyms, swimming pools, etc. This indicates how serious the school is in these activities.

8. Clubs and uniformed groups, bands, orchestras, etc. These are great for kids to build a sense of purpose and belonging and teamwork. A good school will encourage their students to do more than just study.

9. Enrichment services. Most schools offer additional enrichment services for maths, science and the languages from outsourced partners for their students as early as P1. These sessions are normally held on Saturday mornings or afternoons.

10. Transport services. Make sure you can get your child safely to and from home!

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