Here’s the latest news from international schools in Singapore, from VR learning to IB scholarships, a new preschool in the East and more
Considering enrolling your child in an international school in Singapore? Then you’ll want to know all the latest happenings! We’ve rounded up all the news and updates from some of the island’s best international schools. Keep scrolling to learn more about which schools are offering IB scholarships, VR and AR learning (a world first!), a new programme for twice-exceptional (2e) learners and much more.
UWC South East Asia – New Language Programmes
While English is the main language of instruction at UWC South East Asia (UWCSEA), the College is also home to a multilingual community. Their surveys have shown that more than 90 languages are spoken in the homes of UWCSEA families, which led the school to realise that there is a complex list of ‘language aspirations’ and related language learning needs for their students. As such, UWCSEA will now offer two language programmes for students. Their Home Languages Programme will support students who are keen to have academic exposure to their mother tongue, which they don’t study during the school day. The programme also works as a stepping stone for students who may want to join an academic class in their home language when that becomes available. UWCSEA is also offering English as an Additional Language (EAL) lessons for students with less exposure to English. These programmes will be available at both campuses, across the K-12 age groups.
UWC South East Asia
Dover Campus: 1207 Dover Road, Singapore 139654, Tel: (+65) 6775 5344
East Campus: 1 Tampines Street 73, Singapore 528704, Tel: (+65) 6305 5344
The Grange Institution – VR and AR Learning in the IPC Curriculum
The Grange Institution (TGI) recently partnered with tech start-up VERE360 to create proprietary virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) content for several units of learning in the IPC programme. This makes TGI one of the first schools globally to offer such a unique learning experience. The VR content brings learning to life, simultaneously empowering teachers to conduct engaging lessons that will boost knowledge retention. Outdoor learning is a priority too, and their new, 135sqm outdoor facility slated to be completed later this year promotes exploration and creativity. The facility, which is connected to nature, will include a customised playframe and new running tracks. Additionally, TGI also runs a Garden-To-Table project, where students and their families benefit from the fresh produce grown at the TGI garden – in line with the Singapore government’s push towards urban farming and healthy living. Want to know more about The Grange School? Sign up for their upcoming Virtual Open House to speak to their academic leadership team. The Open House takes place on 22 May 2021 from 9:30am to 10:30am via Zoom.
TGI is offering $2,000 off the enrolment fee for the first 20 new sign-ups. Referral discounts and sibling discounts are also available.
Nexus International School (Singapore) – New Middle Years Programme (MYP)
This international school in Singapore already provides learners with innovative and flexible learning spaces. Now, Nexus International School (Singapore) is adding the Middle Years Programme (MYP) to their school curriculum to further elevate the school’s holistic educational approach. The new programme will allow students to enjoy robust and authentic conceptual learning and apply what they’ve learned in real-world situations. Using an inquiry-based approach, the MYP will include regular assessments to ensure broad, balanced learning across various subjects. This new programme will be introduced to the Year 7 cohort from August 2021 onward. Learn more about Nexus’ approach to learning by booking a school tour or email them for more information.
Australian International School – May 2021 Virtual Open House
Catering to students aged 2 months to 18 years, Australian International School (AIS) offers an international education pathway. The curriculums on offer include the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) (preschool to Year 5); Australian Curriculum (Years 6 to 8), Cambridge IGCSE (Years 9 and 10); and the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) (Years 11 and 12). The school’s philosophy is all about a holistic, well-rounded education. Both the arts and sports play an equal role in shaping students, and the staff are determined to instil a moral commitment in students to make the world more reflective, caring and principled. Sign up for AIS’ Virtual Open House to speak to their leadership team, who will share their educational insights and expertise on how your child can be the best version of themselves. The Open House takes place on Thursday, 20 May 2021 from 5pm to 6pm.
Australian International School, 1 Lorong Chuan Singapore, Singapore 556818, Tel: (+65) +65 6517 0247, www.ais.com.sg
Brighton College (Singapore) – May 2021 Virtual Open House
Stuck at home because of the recent Phase 2 Heightened Alert measures? Why not use the time to engage in some school research and snap up one of the limited places at Brighton College (Singapore)? How, you ask? Sign up for their virtual Open House event. Co-hosted by the Head Master and Deputy Head of Brighton College, you’ll get to see how Singapore’s only British prep school caters to children aged 18 months to 11 years, ask questions about its curriculum and pastoral programme, and learn about how it provides students with a solid foundation for learning. The Head Master and Deputy Head will also be able to talk about the school’s adherence to the English National Curriculum – Brighton offers Inspire Maths (modelled on Singapore Maths), a core focus on English and Mandarin, and increased lessons in specialist subjects, which are taught in a warm, nurturing environment with small class sizes. Places at Brighton College (Singapore) for the August 2021 intake are now limited, and applications and assessments will close in June. Some year levels are close to full, so if you are considering Brighton for your child’s education, you should definitely sign up for the virtual Open House. The event takes place on Monday, 31 May at 4pm. Visit the website to sign up!
Chatsworth International School – IB Diploma Programme Scholarships
An IB World School since 2004, Chatsworth International School offers the three IB core programmes – Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). Each year, they offer a limited number of scholarships for the IB Diploma Programme in Years 12 and 13 – a practice they will continue for the academic year 2021-2022. Valued at a total of more than $72,000 (based on a two-year IBDP), the full scholarships will cover the entire school fee and the cost of a new MacBook laptop. Partial scholarships are available, too, and this covers 25% of the school fee for the IBDP. Academic performance is the main determinant for awarding the scholarships, but applicants are also recognised for their contributions to the school community. External students currently in their Year 11 (Grade 10) are welcome to apply for Chatsworth’s rigorous IBDP on scholarship. Do note that partial scholarships are not open to IBDP students who are new to Chatsworth.
Chatsworth International School, 72 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289760, Tel: (+65) 6463 3201, www.chatsworth.com.sg
Dover Court International School – Applications Open for BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business
Dover Court International School (DCIS) is an inclusive, IB school that teaches the English National Curriculum, International Primary Curriculum, IGCSE, IB and ASDAN programmes. Come August 2021, DCIS will offer the International BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business, in addition to the Level 2 Diploma. A thoughtfully designed programme, the Level 3 qualification is equivalent to two A-Levels. It’s also a great stepping stone for graduates looking to start a career or go on to university or enrol in a polytechnic programme. Applications are now open for the August 2021 enrolment.
Dulwich College (Singapore) – Parent Chat feature
Dulwich College (Singapore) always aims to be at the forefront of innovation. That’s why the school has just launched a new online feature that connects prospective parents to current parents. Called Parent Chat, this fully integrated chat function gives prospective parents the ability to speak directly to the College’s parent ambassadors, who can answer a diverse range of questions. No topic is too small, and the parent ambassadors can offer insight on the school’s teaching and learning methodology, how well the school manages during difficult times, what the school’s attitude towards diversity and inclusion is, whether students are happy and engaged, or even general advice about settling into a new school. After all, the parent ambassadors once went through the same stressful process of choosing a school themselves, so they know first-hand the importance of choosing one that fits the whole family.
International French School – Exciting Events to Inspire Students
May was full of fun events to inspire learning at the International French School! The school had a very successful Book Week, encouraging good reading habits that will benefit students academically, help them develop vocabulary, and promote stronger analytical thinking. For Earth Week, students took part in activities and projects to inspire each other to make an impact and take action towards a greener, more sustainable and healthy planet. The International French School (IFS) is an International school open to all nationalities, including families who are not native French speakers. In order to develop bilingualism in French and English, IFS has implemented language support programmes that are included in the school fees and tailor-made to each student’s needs. For over 50 years, with their passionate teachers, IFS has put the success of children in all their academic, social and personal development at the centre of its teaching philosophy.
International French School (Singapore), 3000 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Singapore 569928, www.ifs.edu.sg
Invictus International School – EduTrust Certification, New A-Level Curriculum & Campus Upgrades
Both the Dempsey Hill and Centrium Park campuses of Invictus International School have recently been awarded their EduTrust certificate. Come August 2021, Invictus Centrium will offer the A-Level curriculum for students, and they’ll have the choice of studying four or five Advanced Subsidiary Subjects in the first year, before being narrowed down to three or four A-Levels in the second year. Their learning journey is supported by specialist teachers, which helps equip learners with the best pathways to their universities of choices. The curriculum will also provide a natural transition for secondary school students who are currently pursuing their IGCSE at Invictus. In other fab news, Invictus at Dempsey Hill has recently expanded to include a swimming pool, school field, soccer pitch and a cushioned outdoor adventure obstacle course. Additionally, students at Dempsey enjoy a thematic learning approach with the IPC curriculum. This is supplemented with Singapore Mathematics and an English language programme that follows core learning outcomes from the English National Curriculum.
Invictus International School
Dempsey Campus: 73 Loewen Road, #01-21, Singapore 248843, Tel: (+65) 8399 4962, [email protected]
Centrium Campus: 320 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218108, Tel: (+65) 6271 6088, [email protected]
One World Preschool, Mountbatten – New Preschool in the East
Play-based learning and an environment that’s cheerful, comfortable and fun? That’s what One World Preschool promises to be! A new addition to the One World International School family, the preschool caters to little learners between the ages of 3 and 6, who will learn through play in welcoming, open-concept classrooms and in “small-world” play spaces (imaginative play with small toys that helps in social, emotional, physical and intellectual development). Their Early Years programme is anchored by the English National Curriculum, which balances structured learning, music, art, physical education, movement and sensory play. This offers children a chance to hone their creativity, make discoveries and learn through engaging activities in various subjects. One World Preschool’s teachers are qualified and experienced, and they understand that nurturing kindness and diversity is the way to bring out the best in each child. One World Preschool, Mountbatten’s location also makes the preschool perfect for parents living in the east of Singapore. Want a peek into One World Preschool, Mountbatten? Email the school at [email protected] for all the details.
St. Joseph’s Institution International – Campus Upgrades
Nestled in the leafy green suburbs of Thomson, St. Joseph’s Institution International (SJI International) is now more accessible via public transport, thanks to the opening of the Toa Payoh West Entrance. The campus is now a five-minute walk from Caldecott MRT station. In addition to the easy access, students and teachers from the Elementary and High School can now enjoy more well-resourced facilities, as the campus has also undergone an upgrade. The campus now has two new blocks, which house additional classrooms for the High School students; expanded art rooms, a Media Suite and a multi-purpose hall. There’s also a Design & Technology room, which complements the school’s recent decision to offer Design & Technology as an IGCSE subject. Two new science labs have been added a well, which are great additions since Science is compulsory for students from Grades 7 to 12. Elementary School students can look forward to a new Creative Arts block. Made up of music and art rooms, an expanded Digital Technologies Lab and a state-of-the-art ESTV studio, the spacious facilities allow children to express themselves and get their creative juices flowing. Considering enrolling your child at SJI International? Enrolment is currently ongoing for the 2022 intake. Visit the school’s website to find out more.
St. Joseph’s Institution International, 490 Thomson Road, Singapore 298191, www.sji-international.com.sg/admissions
Swiss School in Singapore – French Language & New Chinese ECA
A boutique, family-oriented international school, Swiss School in Singapore offers a multi-lingual approach in either German and English or in French and English. The school is expanding their French language offerings for the Early Childhood curriculum with a new French programme that caters to students aged 2 to 3. Here, a native French-speaking teacher will work with the students for up to four hours a week. The programme has an optional full-day offering, too. Swiss School in Singapore will also be offering a new Chinese language programme – a first for the school. This extracurricular offering is designed to equip children with fluent Mandarin-speaking skills and is designed for students aged 4 to 12.
The Winstedt School – New Programme for (2e) Gifted Students
A haven for students who learn differently, The Winstedt School offers inclusive, comprehensive support that leverages each student’s unique strengths and talents. Got a twice-exceptional (2e) learner at home? They’ll benefit from the newly launched Curie-Einstein Programme, which gives twice-exceptional (2e) students opportunities to show their skills and talents across the curriculum. Those who aren’t ready for the school’s mainstream curriculum can enrol in the SEED (“Social, Emotional, and Educational Development”) Programme, which offers an additional degree of ongoing and individualised attention. Learners will be guided by two specialist special education teachers and supported by a speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, and psychologist. In the last year, Winstedt has also held successful summer and winter school camps (open to all students across Singapore) with multi-sensory lessons, executive functioning skills development, and extra-curricular activities. They’ve recently received approval to offer the full K-12, making their school years complete. Students will receive the internationally accredited and recognised Winstedt High School Diploma upon graduating.