*** READ ME FIRST !!! - P1 Registration FAQ ***

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.

*** READ ME FIRST !!! - P1 Registration FAQ ***

Postby ChiefKiasu » Thu May 21, 2009 8:26 pm

GENERAL

0. This Forum will only allow you to post REPLIES to existing threads. You will NOT be able to create New Topics. If you think you cannot find a relevant thread to post your query to, please use this thread. We seek your understanding on this matter. Thank you.

1. Bookmark this: Official MOE P1 Registration website. All you need to know about the P1 Registration Exercise for next year's P1 going children is detailed there - explanation of each Phase, statutory requirements for the registration process, registration dates, number of places available for each school in each Phase, etc.

2. Here is the quick link to MOE's daily-updated registration statistics from the site above. Alternatively, you may find it here.

3. If you want to find out what is the balloting statistics for each school in the past 3 years, we have compiled it for your quick reference in KiasuParents.com's Singapore Primary 1 Registration School Balloting History.

- The statistics is organized by the area (eg. Ang Mo Kio, Pasir Ris, etc) that you are in, as defined by MOE.

- The Take-Up-Rate (TUR) represents the current number of successfully registered children over the absolute total number of places available in the school. It is a cumulative number, and therefore will grow as Phases progress, until it reaches maximum of 100%. For very popular schools, the TUR will be 100% by the end of Phase 2C, since all the available places will be taken up by then.

- The Applications (APP) represents the the number of applicants over the number of available places for a specific phase. This is non-cumulative, and is useful for parents to gauge the relative demand for places for a specific Phase. However, be careful if you use it to estimate your probability of success if balloting occurs in a specific Phase, because the APP does NOT indicate how many places are left after accounting for the lucky people who do not have to ballot in the Phase because they stay "close enough" to the school. For example, if the APP is 150% and balloting is required for applicants over 2km, if the number of places available is 100, the total number of applicants is 150, and 99 of these 150 people stay within 2km to the school, then 51 people will be effectively vying for 1 place which puts the probability of success at 1/51 (less than 2%!).

- The balloting history does NOT show the exact number of people involved in each Phase, but you can easily work that out since the total number of places available for each school is provided. That requires a little knowledge of math on your part - good exercise to prepare you for your kid's Primary school life :).

4. If you are absolutely newbie to Singapore's Primary School Education, we strongly encourage that you read The KiasuParents' Guide to Primary School Education which includes lots of articles such as Preparing Yourself and Your Child For Primary School and Getting a Primary School. These articles are a culmination of the wisdom of the KiasuParents.com community over time, and should guide you in your quest for selecting and trying to get the "dream" school for your child.
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SELECTING A SCHOOL

Postby ChiefKiasu » Thu May 21, 2009 8:45 pm

SELECTING A SCHOOL

0. Before you post a question, use the SEARCH function! You will probably find that your question has been answered before in some topics or threads. It's not surprising that people who know the answer may not want to answer the same question again, especially if they think you have not at least made an initial effort to look for the answer that they have previously provided.

1. Read Choosing A Primary School In Singapore first, to get a feel of the types of Primary schools available to you, and what to look for in a school.
- Read the How To Evaluate Primary Schools topic for ideas of what to look for when you visit a school;
- Read the All About Affiliations between Pri & Sec Schools topic if you are concerned with getting schools which give students priority to the Secondary schools that you desire;
- Read the All About SAP Schools topic if you want to know more about the schools that offer Higher Chinese to students from Primary 1;
- Read the All About GEP Schools topic to get a feel for the Primary schools that offer the Gifted Education Programme to students from Primary 4 onwards.

2. Read Measuring Home-School Distance to understand how to calculate your home's distance from the school.
- Read the All About Measuring Home-School Distance topic for other recommendations on measuring Home-School distances;
- Read the All About Home Addresses topic for what you should and should NOT do when reporting your home address for the Primary 1 Registration exercise;
- Read the All About Using Grandparents' Address topic for information of what you need to do if you want to let your children be looked after by their grandparents during Primary school.

3. Take a look at Singapore Primary Schools Ranked By Academic Excellence to get a feel of the schools that produced Top PSLE students in the past 8 years.

4. Take a look at Singapore Primary Schools Ranked By Popularity to get a feel of how difficult it would be for you to successfully get a place in a particular school.
- It might be worthwhile to look at the birthrates in the All About Singapore Birth Rates topic to get a feel of the competition for Primary 1 places for the year of registration.

5. If you have specific queries about a particular school, first, find out which Area the school belongs, and then go to the following Forum threads to post your questions:
Ang Mo Kio
Bedok
Bishan
Bukit Batok
Bukit Merah
Bukit Panjang
Bukit Timah
Central
Choa Chu Kang
Clementi
Geylang
Hougang
Jurong East
Jurong West
Kallang
Marine Parade
Novena
Pasir Ris
Punggol
Queenstown
Sembawang
Seng Kang
Serangoon
Tampines
Toa Payoh
Woodlands
Yishun

6. Please do NOT start a new thread in this Forum asking for opinions about a specific school, or comparing across a number of schools. You are welcome to post your queries in the Area threads as listed above, which also have a poll that gives you an indication of what people think of the schools in the Area. We need to keep this particular Forum clean and tidy to make it easier for everyone, including yourself, to look for information and opinions about the schools. We have intentionally kept the number of topics in this Forum small to make it easier for you to navigate. Please help us keep it that way.

7. We have locked the ability to post new Topics for the Primary Schools - Selection and Registration Forum. Members can only post Replies to the existing Topics in this Forum. The intent is to get members to read the existing Topics before posting.
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Postby RRMummy » Thu May 21, 2009 9:00 pm

:goodpost: Hey Chief, thanks again for making life so much more organized and 'easier' for us!!

:celebrate:

ChiefKiasu wrote:SELECTING A SCHOOL

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Hmm.. just noticed when I reread.. got LEVEL 0 woh... reminds me of Kungfu Panda :nunchuk: ...
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STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS

Postby ChiefKiasu » Thu May 21, 2009 9:01 pm

STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS

1. Read the All About P1 Registration Procedures thread first to understand the requirements for the P1 registration exercise. If you have any question regarding the statutory requirements for P1 registration, post your question in this thread.

2. You are NOT allowed to register for more than 1 school at any one point in time. If you have secured a place in a school in an earlier Phase, eg. Phase 2A, if you wish to try your luck for another school in Phase 2B or 2C, you must first withdraw from the first school before you are allowed to register with the rest of the parents in the later Phase.

3. You are ALLOWED to do Parent Volunteering (PV) services for more than 1 school, and qualify for Phase 2B for more than 1 school. But you can only register in Phase 2B for 1 school at any one point in time.

4. To qualify for Phase 2A2 as ex-students of a school, you need to either show your report card or your PSLE results. If you have lost both, you can purchase a new copy from MOE here.

5. For the registration, you MUST bring the originals of the necessary documentation with you in person (or your authorized proxy). The school will make copies from the originals. If you want to save them the trouble, you can make the copies yourself and let them verify on the spot. But most likely the school will still prefer to make their own copies from the originals.

6. You may download and print and fill in the registration forms for each phase from this link, before you go to the school. Otherwise, you can always fill them out on the spot. Supposed to take only 5 mins to fill, assuming you have all the information on hand.

7. If spouse is outstation, photocopies of their NRIC are fine, but you need to produce the original copy of your marriage cert.

8. There is NO need to bring your child along to the registration exercise. But it is good to let your child have an look-see of the place where he/she will be spending the next 6 years of his/her life.

9. If you are unsuccessful in an earlier Phase (eg. Phase 2B) in securing a place for your child, you are allowed to try again for the same school at a later Phase (eg. Phase 2C). However, you need to re-register your child in the later Phase (it is NOT automatic), and you will be treated with the same status as all other applicants in that Phase.
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REGISTRATION STRATEGIES

Postby ChiefKiasu » Thu May 21, 2009 9:17 pm

REGISTRATION STRATEGIES

1. Before asking what is your chance of getting into a particular school, help yourself by reading:
- jedamum's How to check my chances of getting a school? ;
- KiasuParents.com's Singapore Primary 1 Registration School Balloting History;
- Singapore Primary Schools Ranked By Popularity

2. Nobody can guarantee you success if you are not in Phase 1 or 2A.

3. The most typical way of creating the best chance of getting into a school is to move to 1km to the school, and do Parents Volunteering (PV) for the school.

4. Read Enhancing your chances of getting your child in your school of choice which summarizes the "findings" in the following threads to find out how you may qualify for Phase 2B.
- All About Parent Volunteers (PV)
- All About Church/Clan/Society Membership
- All About Active Community Leaders

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Postby ZacK » Fri May 22, 2009 12:50 am

Thanks Chief for the reminder that it's almost registration time for kids going to P1 in 2010 and for organising the information :celebrate:

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Postby luvmum » Fri May 22, 2009 8:23 am

:lovesite: :goodpost:

Thank u for putting this up...so the useful man!!!

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Postby ChiefKiasu » Fri May 22, 2009 9:30 am

Thanks all for the compliments... it's just that we noticed a surge in traffic in the recent days and lots of newbies posting panic questions. Class Monitors jedamum and luanee have been working overtime directing traffic, so we definitely need to have an FAQ. What I have put up are not really FAQs, but more of a directory or sitemap. Moving forward, I'm hoping that people can contribute to this topic by posting in the following format:

Q: Burning question.
A: Iron-clad answer.

Sample:

Q: Why did the School Principal reject my PV offer?
A:
1. Because he can.
2. Because he already have 10 platoons of parents in his Parents Support Group offering to do the same traffic warden, librarian, canteen management, story reading, party management, car washing, apple polishing services.
3. Because his school don't have such a PV scheme.
4. Because you have passed the PV registration deadline.
5. ... etc

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Postby Luanee » Fri May 22, 2009 10:41 am

Ur're right chief! Really a surge of panic questions recently! Makes me think of my own panic situation last year this time hee...

OK off hand I can think of this question, coz I had been answering similar ones many times:

Q: My child was borned in year XXXX. When do I need to sign up as a PV?
A:
1. First u add 7 to XXXX. That would be the year ur child be starting P1.
2. Then u minus 2 years from that, meaning by June of year XXXX+5 is the LATEST date u must get yourself accepted as a PV.
3. Some schools start PV registration earlier. So to be on the safe side, start enquiring one year earlier ie. XXXX+4.
4. And do note some schools are quite selective in their PV selection exercises, so pls have some back-up plan. And some schools do not accept PV at all.
5. If in any doubt, CALL UP the school to ask. That be best.

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Postby ChiefKiasu » Fri May 22, 2009 10:42 am

RRMummy wrote:... Hmm.. just noticed when I reread.. got LEVEL 0 woh... reminds me of Kungfu Panda :nunchuk: ...


Indeed, RRMummy... there is now... a Level ZERO.

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