Find out what this mama with bilingual kids loves about EtonHouse International School!
How do you choose a school for your little one? It is such a big decision and an important step in starting on the right path to education. Find out what the key priorities were for this mama and how she chose a preschool for her two kids. If you’d like to learn more, visit EtonHouse International Pre-School on their open day Sat 18 November, and don’t miss our special perk of 50% off registration fees when you RSVP with our link!
Parent Name: Natasha Fernandes
Child Name and Age: Maria Fernandes (10 yrs old) and Margarida Fernandes (7 yrs old)
School Location: EtonHouse International School, Broadrick
How did you first hear about your school?
Through friends and research.
What factors played into your decision to send your child to this school?
As our girls didn’t speak English, we were looking for a school that could make them feel comfortable and closer to the community – teachers, students and staff.
Did you take a tour of the school before making your decision? What were your first impressions?
Yes, I did. The way everyone received us at the school was very warm. We saw smiles and happy faces from the first day we visited the school. We’ve always felt that this is a happy environment, from the students, to teachers to the staff. And that is important for us.
How did your child adjust to the school? Did the school take any special measures to help with the settling in process?
Everyone knows everyone! From the beginning my daughters could make friends in their classrooms or outside. Every student knows every student; they look out for each other and they respect each other. That’s amazing.
The staff and the teachers know most students by their name. This makes the students feel valued, welcomed and gives parents a great sense of comfort.
When we first arrived, Margarida’s teacher even tried learning Portuguese to build a stronger connection with her. After a very short time, Margarida picked up English from her teacher instead. She was only in Kindergarten then, and she and her teacher developed such a genuine, warm relationship. My family really appreciated it.
In your opinion, what are the three greatest strengths of the school?
The warmth and sense of community spirit. Teachers and parents are close and work together in partnership. Students from all ages get along and support each other.
The language programme is strong. My children arrived in Singapore without being able to speak a word of english. And within 6 months they were speaking English fluently.
Students develop a strong sense of responsibility towards themselves, the community and society at large. They are empathetic towards others and embrace diversity.
How does the school include parents in the community?
I always felt welcomed at the school. I like being able to visit the school at any time, being there at the morning assemblies, meeting the Principal, Vice-Principal and teachers along the corridors, being a part of the parent school association.
How does the school keep you informed about your child’s progress?
Regular newsletters and emails, parent teacher consultations, face to face chats when I see them in school. I appreciate the many different ways I am able to get in touch with the teachers so that I can be more involved in my daughters’ learning and progress.
What is the number one thing you’d miss if you transferred your child to another school?
The safe and nurturing, close-knit community.
What kind of child (or family) would you say would be the best fit for this school?
Anyone who wants to be a part of an international and dynamic community that is always learning together!
What extra-curricular activities or out of school programmes does the school offer that you have taken part in?
My children enjoy the arts and music programs, the library. My daughters have always loved going to school and participating actively in all kinds of activities. They find the school a place where they can learn and have fun at the same time. My elder daughter was also thrilled to be elected as house captain.
Get 50% off the registration fee if you RSVP using this link mama!
EtonHouse International Pre-School at 718 Mountbatten Road is an IB World School welcoming children 18 months to 6 years of age. Experience a trusted education pathway for your children, from their early years through to secondary school.
– Strong inquiry programme based on research and best practice
– Small close-knit community where every teacher knows every child
– Dual language programme in Chinese and English
– Highly qualified international teachers and a thorough specialist programme
After children complete their pre-school years, they seamlessly transition to EtonHouse Broadrick, a school with 22 years of history offering the IB Primary Years curriculum and Cambridge IGCSE for secondary school students.