Avondale Grammar School
Both girls have been attending Avondale Grammar School for two years. Georgia is in Year 8 and Sophie is in Year 5. One of the most noticeable things when I first visited the school was the warm welcome I received from the staff. The teachers at Avondale have a certain ethos that I have not seen at other schools. They care about the kids and want the best for them – it’s a real partnership between the students and the teachers. As the class sizes are smaller in the secondary school, this allows teachers to spend more time with students and aid them in areas they may need help – almost like having your own personal tutor.
A friend referred me to the school as I was looking for a smaller and more holistic school. I ended up choosing Avondale for its small class sizes, the friendliness of the administrative staff and the caring nature of the teachers.
I would recommend the school to other parents, especially if you feel your child is getting lost in the large international schools. I moved the girls from a larger school to Avondale as I knew they had potential. They just needed to be nurtured and this is what Avondale is good at. It was the best decision I made.
Both girls have excelled due to smaller class sizes which enables them to be more engaged in their lessons. While the school may not have all the bells and whistles of other schools, it does have a wonderful community feel. When you are new to Singapore or changing schools, this is extremely important not only for the kids, but for the parents as
I moved the girls from a larger school because I knew Avondale would be good at nurturing their potential.
Kylie Barry and Richard Foltin, Australian; Georgia (13) and Sophie (10)