What’s the most important consideration when you meet a potential husband?
“Ask him which primary school he went to!” quipped an exasperated mummy friend, whose only child will enter Primary 1 next year. She thought she had guaranteed entry after paying a couple of hundred dollars for alumni membership last year at her alma mater, which will qualify her kid for registration in Phase 2A1, one of the earliest phases.
Then came the Government’s announcement that all schools must set aside at least 40 places this year, for children who don’t have alumni links or siblings already studying there. The idea is to give those living nearby, parent volunteers or those with religious connections a higher chance of getting into popular schools.
Now, my friend is worried that there will be balloting even during her kid’s phase since fewer spots are likely to be available to alumni. Her husband’s school has closed down, so she feels she has only one option.
Choosing a primary school doesn’t have to be so stressful, though. I found it refreshing to hear a doctor-mummy tell me that her son was enjoying his neighbourhood school in Marine Parade (the same estate that has another, more popular “branded” school).
Her rationale: If your kid is smart, it doesn’t matter which school he goes to. If he’s not, enrolling him in a school with high academic standards is just going to stress everyone.
She’s right, of course. So if you have a child going to Pri 1 next year, read our Primary 1 Issue (from page 39). In it, you’ll find out which neighbourhood schools parents rave about and learn to prep your kid without overdoing it.
In our Baby section, we investigate why more kids under the age of three are suffering from eczema and what you can do to relieve the itch (page 88). Plus, we’ve rounded up the hippest party venues for Baby’s first birthday (page 70), the best buys for your nursery (page 84) and the most delicious confinement tingkat menus around (page 76). Happy reading!
Stephanie Yeo Editor