In­ter­na­tional School

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Schools Mini Guide 2018 -

Both chil­dren have been at CIS since Jan­uary 2014. As they had pre­vi­ously com­pleted their en­tire school­ing at an On­tario cur­ricu­lum school in Hong Kong, emo­tion­ally and aca­dem­i­cally tran­si­tion­ing to a new school and coun­try was quite dif­fi­cult for them. CIS’S pastoral care sup­ported them ex­ten­sively dur­ing this tran­si­tion; the ad­vi­sory teach­ers worked with us to pro­vide a good sup­port sys­tem for our kids.

The staff at CIS are ap­proach­able, and stu­dents are en­cour­aged to com­mu­ni­cate aca­demic or so­cial con­cerns with their teach­ers. The em­pha­sis on the holis­tic well­be­ing of stu­dents is also great – they’re not con­fined to book knowl­edge or tra­di­tional class­rooms. My daugh­ter has en­joyed be­ing ex­posed to Model United Na­tions ( MUN) and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism through the Green Ma­chine pro­gramme. Both chil­dren have also de­vel­oped lead­er­ship qual­i­ties through their stu­dent coun­cil ex­pe­ri­ence. My daugh­ter serves as the Pres­i­dent and my son is the Grade 7 rep­re­sen­ta­tive. CIS aims at de­vel­op­ing char­ac­ter with an em­pha­sis on real- world ex­po­sure, such as the com­mu­nity and ser­vice work dur­ing ex­cur­sions, in­ter­ac­tion with other stu­dents dur­ing MUN, sports matches and field trips. The highlight of the school year for us is the UN food fair and pa­rade.

Be­fore mov­ing, we searched on­line for in­ter­na­tional schools with a sim­i­lar cur­ricu­lum to our kids’ pre­vi­ous school. Although we couldn’t lo­cate an On­tario cur­ricu­lum school, we ap­pre­ci­ated the con­sis­tency of CIS’S IB ed­u­ca­tion. The fre­quent school tours and re­spon­sive­ness of ad­mis­sion staff also al­low par­ents to gauge the school’s fit first-hand.

• Lakeside Cam­pus, 7 Jurong West Street | 6467 1732 • Tan­jong Ka­tong Cam­pus, 371 Tan­jong Ka­tong Road | 6345 1573

Mahi and Karmesh Ku­mar Ti­wari, In­dian; Mu­dra Kashyap (17) and Kabir (12)

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