Hol­landse School Sin­ga­pore

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“Our three chil­dren have been at­tend­ing the Hol­landse School for three years. Thomas is in Group 8, Maartje in Group 4 and Char­lotte is in Group 2. The school of­fers a fab­u­lous learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, fo­cus­ing not only on aca­demic achieve­ments, but also social-emo­tional de­vel­op­ment. There are usu­ally about 20 stu­dents in one class but the teach­ing ap­proach is in­di­vid­ual, with per­sonal learn­ing ob­jec­tives for each mod­ule.

The English pro­gramme is out­stand­ing. When Maartje and Char­lotte were start­ing to read and write their first let­ters si­mul­ta­ne­ously in Dutch and English, we were a bit wor­ried that it would be con­fus­ing. It’s won­der­ful to see how well it has pro­gressed. Thomas’s English has also pro­gressed very well. The school of­fers a large va­ri­ety of after-school activities, in­clud­ing sports, mu­sic and art, and spe­cial activities are held around lo­cal, Dutch and in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals.

We were anx­ious about our chil­dren’s ac­qui­si­tion of Dutch as we wanted them to be ex­posed to Dutch cul­ture and her­itage. We heard about the school when we were liv­ing in Nige­ria and In­done­sia; we knew that it pro­vided high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and ex­cel­lent aca­demic re­sults.

We be­lieve that choos­ing the best school for your chil­dren is one of the most im­por­tant de­ci­sions you need to make when you be­come an ex­pat, or em­bark on a new post­ing. It’s im­por­tant to visit the schools, and speak to some of the fac­ulty and par­ents (or stu­dents) al­ready at­tend­ing these schools. We would highly rec­om­mend all Dutch (and Bel­gian) par­ents with chil­dren in the el­e­men­tary school ages to con­sider the school. The teach­ers are ex­tremely ded­i­cated and vis­i­bly love their work, which ob­vi­ously has a very pos­i­tive im­pact on the learn­ing of our chil­dren.”

Choos­ing the best school for your chil­dren is one of the most im­por­tant de­ci­sions you’ll make when you be­come an ex­pat.

“Nathan has been at­tend­ing the In­te­grated In­ter­na­tional School (IIS) since July 2016. IIS is a small school in the Cle­menti area that, in ad­di­tion to a main­stream pro­gramme, spe­cialises in teach­ing stu­dents with spe­cial needs such as As­perger’s, high func­tion­ing autism and Sen­sory Pro­cess­ing Dis­or­der. Les­sons at IIS are based on the New South Wales cur­ricu­lum, a holis­tic ap­proach whereby dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines are merged to­gether in one ex­pe­ri­ence.

An ob­jec­tive of the school is to pre­pare stu­dents to be suc­cess­ful in larger class­room en­vi­ron­ments in high school. There is a nur­tur­ing and af­fir­ma­tive ap­proach to teach­ing, with a low stu­dent-teacher ra­tio and close par­ent-teacher com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The school also teaches social in­ter­ac­tion. At the end of the year there is also a school per­for­mance, a huge source of pride and ca­ma­raderie for the stu­dents.

Nathan has had con­tin­ual dif­fi­cul­ties learn­ing in a large class­room set­ting. When we were trans­ferred to Sin­ga­pore, we be­gan re­search­ing dif­fer­ent ed­u­ca­tional pos­si­bil­i­ties and were quite in­trigued. We def­i­nitely rec­om­mend this school to other fam­i­lies, par­tic­u­larly for chil­dren who find large class­room en­vi­ron­ments chal­leng­ing.

For years, I would ask Nathan “How was school?” and the most I could get in re­sponse was “good”. Now Nathan will call me when I am away on busi­ness trav­els to tell me what hap­pened in school that day – usu­ally filled with laugh­ter or joy­ful com­ments. More­over, I can see the re­sults of his learn­ing as he has opin­ions about world events, an in­ter­est in sci­ence and en­joys play­ing bas­ket­ball.

Ul­ti­mately, chil­dren learn dif­fer­ently and what works well for one might not work well for oth­ers. For chil­dren with social or learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, IIS is ideal – the staff are ded­i­cated and have gen­uine con­cern and love for the chil­dren. We look for­ward to see­ing Nathan’s con­tin­ued growth with the school.”

The school is great for chil­dren who find large class­room en­vi­ron­ments chal­leng­ing.

Willemijn Ha­maker-dor­repaal and Jasper Ha­maker, Dutch; Thomas (10), Maartje (7) and Char­lotte (5)

David Geil­ing and Mi­nah You-geil­ing, Amer­i­can and Korean; Nathan (12)

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