Schools welcome back drama performances! Plus we have news of improved facilities (mud kitchens, STEAM labs, yoga lawns), new curricula and vocational offerings! Here is all the latest news from Singapore’s international and local schools in 2022!
Looking for a school that suits your child’s educational needs? We’ve got all the international school news you’ll want to know before making this choice. Keep scrolling to learn about new facilities, curriculum introductions, financial assistance programmes, and more. Plus, several of these international schools are hosting Open Houses this year, if you want a closer look for yourself!
International School News in 2022
Tanglin Trust School
News: Ranked Top 5 Independent Schools in Singapore & New State-of-the-art Centenary Building
Tanglin Trust School has been listed amongst the top five independent schools in Singapore! They’ve also been listed among the top 20 independent schools worldwide based on International Baccalaureate (IB) results. This is the second time in two years that 97-year-old Tanglin has made it into the top 20, compiled by independent education consultants Education Advisers. Plus, they’re opening the new 11-storey Tanglin Centenary Building (pictured above) later in 2022! The new building will provide the campus with additional space and new state-of-the-art facilities, with appropriate department head-designed spaces. To add to the school’s amazing accolades? Four of their A and AS Level students have been awarded Top in the World at the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards (OCLA) for their exceptional performance! The prestigious award recognises those who achieved the highest standard grade in the world for a single subject. As Tanglin approaches its centennial in 2025, they’re embarking on the Centennial Arts Project – an ambitious arts project to celebrate its hundredth anniversary in Singapore. The first artwork commission, which will be installed in the Atrium of Tanglin’s new Centenary Building, is The Brain by Singaporean sculptor Victor Tan.
Tanglin Trust School, 95 Portsdown Road, Singapore 139299, Tel: (+65) 6770 3583 or (+65) 6770 3480,
Invictus International School
News: Introducing the Cambridge International Curriculum & New Fabrication Laboratory
Invictus International School is introducing a brand-new curriculum at their Centrium campus when the new school year begins! From August 2022, the Cambridge International curriculum will be implemented at the Centrium campus on Serangoon Road. The campus houses a bilingual primary school (Year 1 to Year 6 – ages five to 11 years) and a secondary school (Year 7 to Year 13 – ages 12 to 18 years). The Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) has designed curriculums to be current, relevant and holistic while providing skills for the future. From August 2023, the Cambridge International curriculum will be implemented at the Dempsey campus; Another new development at Invictus is the introduction of the Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) to students in Year 12 and 13, with plans to include Year 7 to 11 students over time. FabLab prepares students for career aspirations such as engineering, robotics and the creative industries. Applications are now open for the August 2022 intake!
Invictus International School
Dempsey Campus: 73 Loewen Road, Singapore 248843
Centrium Campus: 320 Serangoon Road, Singapore, 218108
The Winstedt School
News: WASC Accreditation, Financial Assistance for Students & More
The Winstedt School was awarded full accreditation for grades (K-12/Reception to Y13) by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). With the WASC accreditation, The Winstedt School Diploma is not only approved by the Singapore Ministry of Education but now recognised worldwide! The WASC Accreditation further validates the integrity of Winstedt’s programme and transcripts and facilitates the transfer of credits to other English-speaking schools which is critical for college and university acceptance worldwide. Staying true to Winstedt’s mission of offering bespoke and holistic education, The Winstedt School has launched Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the classroom, based on the research and evidence-based Second Step curriculum. It is aimed at integrating social and emotional learning within classrooms and helping students with fundamental and important skills to thrive in school, and in life. Plus, The Winstedt School will celebrate its first cohort of graduating class of Year 13 students in June 2022! This marks another milestone for Winstedt since the school’s inception in 2008. Lastly, financial assistance is now offered at The Winstedt School for students and families who demonstrate a clear financial need.
The Winstedt School, 1208 Upper Boon Keng Rd, Singapore 387312,
Australian International School, Singapore
The Australian International School is the only southern-hemisphere school in Singapore that offers an Australian curriculum-based global education for students from the age of 2 months to 18 years. Their truly international education begins with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) from Preschool to Year 5, Australian Curriculum for Years 6 to 8, Cambridge IGCSE in Years 9 and 10, and the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP) for Years 11 and 12. AIS has a vision to be known internationally as an institution which represents educational excellence in all aspects of its operation. The school philosophy commits fully to the notion of a holistic, rounded education, which cherishes the arts and sports as well as academics as essential dimensions of each student’s education. They are committed to teaching students to have a moral commitment to making our world a better place as reflective, caring, knowledgeable and principled people.
Australian International School Singapore, 1 Lorong Chuan Singapore 556818, www.ais.com.sg
Canadian International School
News: New Kindergarten Wing Opening January 2023
CIS has been busy planning and building a dedicated kindergarten wing, opening in January 2023! Designed to support the school’s Reggio Emilia and play-based approach, this new wing will bring the outdoors in. Housing students from nursery to grade 1, the wing will include a spectacular new Outdoor Discovery Centre (ODC). It will be an enormous 2,600sqm space (almost three quarters of an acre) which connects to light-filled pods and classrooms on the ground level. CIS students will enjoy learning in the sound and art gardens, mud kitchen, tricycle paths, yoga lawn and eco pond. There will be plenty of grassy hills, nature tunnels, and a huge play fort to explore! Older students will also benefit from the wing’s new facilities, including a new full-sized gymnasium that will serve as an additional practice and tournament facility, an indoor 25m swimming pool, dance studio and a 200-seat black-box theatre. Find out all about the new wing here!
Chatsworth International School
News: A Successful & Event-filled Book Week
At Chatsworth International School, Book Week, one of the much-anticipated yearly school events, celebrates the amazing world of books and reading. Chock-full of activities, Book Week saw students enjoying author visits/sessions, mystery readers or reading sessions, book character dress-up, short story competition, door decorating competition, a living lit exhibition, and a book drive. The week culminated in a book character parade where the campus was awash with activity and excitement with primary students dressed up as their favourite book characters. Secondary students fleshed out their creativity and imagination by showcasing amazing displays of their favourite books at the living lit exhibition. They also spread their love of reading by taking time out to read a story to their younger peers. The journey to developing a love of reading and promoting literacy is a continuous one and Chatsworth keeps the flame burning with passion, with and without Book Week.
Dover Court International School
News: Expanded Facilities in August 2022
New year, new beginnings! The new school year in August 2022 welcomes DCIS students with new and expanded facilities. A brand new air-conditioned multi-purpose sports hall; an Expressive Arts building devoted to the new music, drama, visual arts, and design technology studios; a dedicated Supportive Education facility; addition of two new STEAM labs for Primary students; and the provision of expanded study and research rooms for Sixth Form classes. These additional facilities form part of the school’s annual renewal plans and continue to support and elevate the focus of providing students with a holistic education, ensuring overall well-being for the mind, body, and spirit. Visit the school for yourself, which is conveniently located close to Holland Village and Buona Vista. You’ll be able to personally experience the inclusive, diverse, dynamic, and engaging learning environment, where DCIS prioritises a student-centred approach to learning delivered by dedicated and caring teachers.
Dulwich College (Singapore)
News: Alternative to IBDP with Vocational Focus
Continuing with its Personalised Pathways approach, Dulwich is set to launch its IB Careers-related Programme (IBCP) in August 2022. This is an exciting alternative to the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) for 16 to 19-year-olds who are looking for practical, real-life approaches to learning that will enable them access to higher education, internships, apprenticeships, or positions in a chosen field of interest. This pre-university pathway is based on the educational principles, vision, and learner profile of the IB and is specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. Taught in more than 100 schools in 14 countries across the world, the IBCP particularly benefits students who have a real passion for a particular career pathway, so these are students who know they want to go into sports, performing arts or sustainability careers or they want to be an engineer or perhaps a computer coder. IBCP students develop rigour through academic and career-related courses, resulting in a more rounded understanding of a working environment while developing in areas such as communication, problem-solving and responsibility. Dulwich will be offering the following career-related options in August 2022: Business and Sustainability; Performance and Production Arts; Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication; Sports; Engineering; and Digital Technology. Read more about the new IBCP here!
EtonHouse International School
News: New Principals at EtonHouse International School Orchard & Thomson
EtonHouse International School is excited to announce two new key appointments at their Orchard and Thomson campuses. Mr Robert Randall has been appointed as Principal of EtonHouse International School Orchard from August 2022. He joins EtonHouse from Tanglin Trust School (Singapore), where for the past 14 years he has successfully held several senior leadership positions including the Head of Sixth Form, where he led the introduction of the IB Diploma Programme, and the Assistant Headteacher, where he was responsible for the academic and pastoral care for the Senior School. He was last appointed as the Deputy Headteacher (Academic). He has 25 years of educational experience, having worked at the prestigious London Oratory School for 11 years before moving to Singapore. In October 2020, Robert also gained his National Professional Qualification for Headship from the University College London His final project focus was on leading change in the assessment and culture of the school to make meaningful contributions to the well being of students. Ms Luna Deller has been appointed as Principal of EtonHouse International School Thomson from August 2022. An experienced educator of more than 16 years, Ms Deller has taught children and led teams of educators in the UK, Bahamas, Malaysia, and Singapore. She joins EtonHouse from One World International School (Singapore), where she was the Senior Coordinator for the Early Childhood team before leading the OWIS Secondary team. She last held the position of Deputy Head of School.
EtonHouse International School,
Orchard campus: 10 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247908
Thomson campus: 8 Thomson Lane, Singapore 297743
The Grange Institution
New: Preschool Extension & Forest School-inspired Learning Space Expansion
Set up in 2018, The Grange Institution is designed to be a small, reasonably-priced international school that has one aim – to be a school where creativity flourishes. Entering its 4th year of operation, The Grange has already received a fair share of accolades. From winning Gold and Silver awards at Singapore Educational Awards, to clinching 30 awards including a Group Champion in the inaugural Chinese Language Festival amongst 450 participating schools globally. After clinching the Gold Award in 2021 for Best Environmental Initiative, there are plans in place to progressively develop the 3-acre backfield into a bigger and more conducive Forest School-inspired learning space as part of the ‘Green Granger’ initiative – tying in strongly with the Singapore Green Plan 2030. The aim is to help students develop a strong awareness of sustainability and current global issues such as climate change. The Grange was the first school in Singapore to blend the Cambridge Primary Curriculum and International Primary Curriculum (IPC) together, allowing the balance between rigorous learning In English, Mathematics and Science, along with the ability to learn about the world through a multi-disciplinary thematic approach. Enrolment for the 2023 school year will begin at the end of May.
The Grange Institution, 449 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 805946
International Community School (Singapore)
News: Language Support for Non-native English Speakers
Did you know ICS offers English Language Learning (ELL) support for non-native English speakers? These students are required to take an English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA), which covers their abilities in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English. If they do not meet the minimum proficiency requirement, not to worry! They will be eligible (with the caveat of a small additional student services fee and limited availability) for ELL support, which is offered to students in Grades 1-12. Additionally, new to their ELL program this year is Level 3 support, offered to students in Grades 2-3. Students who receive Level 3 support are placed in a dedicated ELL homeroom class with other ELL learners, and receive direct support from trained ELL team members (they also don’t miss out on the Related Arts class offerings, integrating with mainstream learners during those periods). Learn more about Level 3 support here and learn more about the application process for the ELL program here.
International Community School (Singapore), 27A Jubilee Road, Singapore 128575
International French School
News: Matilda Show Performance, Sustainability conferences and K1 & K2 Polling Station
This spring was full of events at the International French School! The grade 4 students presented a delightful interpretation of Matilda, by Roald Dahl for their parents and fellow students in the school’s impressive auditorium! With sustainability at the heart of IFS, students were also invited to two interesting conferences this past spring – one by the renowned environmentalist and photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the other one by Dr Heidi Sevestre, a French glaciologist expert in the Arctic and Antarctica. Finally, to raise awareness about the French presidential election, the Kindergarten Library became the polling station for K1 and K2 students. With teachers showing them the voting procedures, kindergarteners voted for their favourite book after reading five books in class. Learning how to make choices while instilling a love of reading and learning! 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. Book a tour to visit the IFS campus and join their virtual Open House sessions to meet the Pedagogical team!
International French School (Singapore), 3000 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Singapore 569928
Middleton International School
News: New West Coast Campus
Middleton International School has opened a new campus in the West next to Haw Par Villa MRT station. Since its launch in 2017, both of its other campuses at Upper Bukit Timah and Tampines have reached capacity, which prompted it to open a third campus to meet the growing demand. Part of EtonHouse International Education Group, Middleton International School offers high-quality education at around $20,000 in response to the strong demand for affordable international schools. The West Coast campus caters to Nursery 2 to Grade 5 (4 to 11 years) in a boutique learning environment with purposefully designed spaces for learning. Classrooms are spacious with natural light and the children have access to large indoor and outdoor spaces for play. Because of its unique location, children can expect out-of-classroom learning and explorations at the surrounding parks. The EtonHouse Reggio Emilia-inspired Inquire-Think-Learn curriculum is offered in the early years. In Primary, MIS West Coast offers the International Primary Curriculum integrated with the British National Curriculum and Singapore Maths. After Grade 5, students progress to the Tampines campus for secondary school, where they will sit for the Cambridge IGCSE and A-Levels examinations. Mandarin or French is offered to students as well as English as an Additional Langauge (EAL) for non-native English speakers.
Founding Families Discount:
Students starting in Semester 1 (before 10 Jun 2022) get 30% off the first full-term fee
Students starting in Semester 2 (from 18 Jul to 8 Dec 2022) get 20% off the first full-term fee
Middleton International School, multiple locations (West Coast, Upper Bukit Timah and Tampines),
Nexus International School (Singapore)
News: Culture Of Excellence
Nexus International School (Singapore) offers world-class, learner-centred education emphasising learning alongside social and personal growth. They’re committed to supporting learners to follow their dreams and achieve their individual goals. Nexus’ learners have an open and creative mindset for better critical thinking skills, while being taught to become independent through experiences within and beyond the classroom. At Nexus, inspired learning starts with highly motivated and professional teachers. More than 80% of the educators possess more than five years of teaching experience, 43% of teachers hold a Master’s Degree and 57% of the classroom assistants have a Bachelor’s Degree. Educators are dedicated to deliver academic excellence, whilst technology is embedded in the learner’s learning process to enhance creativity. Nexus accepts enrolments all year round for learners aged three to 18. Sign up for the next Nexus Open Day to explore the school and its impressive campus! The Open Days are a great opportunity for you to explore the school and meet the school’s team of dedicated educators. Meet the team on Saturday, 21 May 2022, via a virtual session at 10am or on-campus at 1pm to 4pm.
Enjoy 100% Application Fee waiver for any applications received on 21 and 22 May 2022!
Nexus International School (Singapore), 1 Aljunied Walk Singapore 387293, Tel: (+65) 6536 6566
NPS International School
News: Upcoming Open House 20 May 2022
NPS International School is hosting an Early Years & Primary Open House on Friday, 20 May at 10am! There will be a welcome speech by Dr. Sullivan, Head of School and Ms. Helen, Primary Principal will give an overview of the Early Years & Primary Years programme. There will also be a school campus tour followed by light refreshments and a FAQ session. Registration is free – just submit your interest by 18 May! The top IB diploma holders had their foundation in the Early Years and Primary Years programme.
NPS International School, 10 & 12 Chai Chee Lane Singapore 469021, Tel: (+65) 6294 2400
The Perse School Singapore
News: Pupil Leadership Programme
The Perse School Singapore is committed to developing children to be leaders in various aspects of their school life. Their pupil leadership programme, known as Pride of Perse (POP), encompasses a range of initiatives designed to ensure that pupils have a voice and get the chance to exercise it. By nurturing a sense of belonging to and ownership of their school, children are encouraged to become independent change-makers. POP’s initiatives include the POD (Pupils Organised Democracy), House Captains, pupil voice surveys, classroom monitors, pupil-led ECAs, and a prefect program in the near future. These programmes also allow pupils to form relationships, including mentoring, between the older and younger years; fostering teamwork and collaboration amongst people of different age groups. Pupil leaders attend extra training workshops to hone their leadership skills and help them achieve their fullest potential. They meet weekly to discuss ideas and initiatives that can improve the school. Pride of Perse is an excellent representation of one of the school values – Breadth & Balance: “We are involved, engaged, committed, and take full advantage of the opportunities on offer.”
All families who enrol by August 2023 will get to enjoy 10% off school fees for life. A 5% sibling discount is available too! Enjoy a waiver of enrolment and application fee should the child be from any one of the affiliated preschools (Primus Schoolhouse, Swallows and Amazons or Invictus International Preschool).
The Perse School Singapore, 191 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588180
Singapore American School
News: $400M Campus Upgrade, Completing in 2026
After several years of planning and school community engagement involving thousands of parent, educator, and student voices, Singapore American School embarked on a $400 million campus upgrade project. SAS Reimagined is excellence, extraordinary care and possibilities reimagined. Over six years, SAS will embark on a journey, putting in place the supports that empower educators to deliver high-quality experiences tailored to the individual needs of each student. The project reimagines the role of classrooms and buildings in the learning journey – a flexible campus with international school facilities that will meet the needs of current and future students as education changes over time. There will be more space for learning, activities and new school programmes; modular spaces that allow teachers to adjust learning spaces according to student learning needs; and modern innovative systems that not only support learning well into the future but also promote energy efficiency that meets Singapore’s Green Mark Platinum standard and the WELL standard. The project will be completed in three phases; the entire project is scheduled for completion by autumn 2026.
Singapore American School, 40 Woodlands St 41, Singapore 738547
St. Joseph’s Institution International
News: 2023 Enrolment is Open, Plus New Online Admissions Tour Experience
Applications are now open for enrolment for the academic year 2023 at SJI International! Recently marking its 15th year, the school is home to a diverse student body of 40 nationalities, where families of all faiths and cultural backgrounds are welcomed. SJI International has over 2,000 students in two schools: Prep 1 to Grade 6 (ages four to twelve) in the Elementary School and Grades 7 to 12 (ages 12 to 18) in the High School. Missed their in-person High School Open House in February? Fret not, because the school just launched an interactive admissions tour experience on their website to cater to those who couldn’t make it to campus. The interactive tour showcases specific sections and features of SJI International, introduced by some of its community members. The tour is viewer-driven, so you can choose which information is most relevant to you.
Swiss School in Singapore
News: Expansion of the French & German Streams
Following the successful introduction of the Kindergarten class and Primary 3, 4 and 5 classes, Swiss School is expanding their French Stream with the opening of a new Primary 6 class and an additional P1/2 class! The German-speaking Kindergarten will also be extended to two years, with the German Stream offered to Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2 – similar to the setting in the French Stream. For the next school year 2022/23, parents can decide whether they will send their children to Playgroup II or Kindergarten 1 class in the German and French Stream. Playgroup II is mostly in English with an introduction in either German or French, comprising of mixed-age classes of 3 and 4 years old. Kindergarten 1 is mostly in German or French, with lessons in English. Mixed-age classes of 4 and 5 years old.
Swiss School in Singapore, 38 Swiss Club Road, Singapore 288140, Tel: (+65) 6468 2117