Avon­dale Gram­mar School

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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)

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