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  1. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/moe-kindergartens-primary-schools-priority-phase-2a2-9443768
  2. Lai Liao https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/teachers-schools-and-jcs-pay-parking-soon I wonder why the govt has to take away this privilege for their own staff. Schools are not public carparks where the general public can park.. like MOE HQ. Why charge then?
  3. Former school sites could become retirement villages https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/housing/former-school-sites-could-become-retirement-villages Govt studying suggestion by MP, who cited cost savings and ageing in place as benefits of ideaSchools which once echoed with the voices of children playing may one day be hubs of community living for the elderly in Singapore. A suggestion in Parliament this week by Bukit Batok MP Murali Pillai to turn vacant school sites into retirement villages is being studied by the authorities. National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said of such projects in a written reply: "Their location within established housing estates will enable residents to age in residential surroundings. "Their relatively large site area can accommodate a significant number of housing units and common spaces, allowing residents to interact with one another and develop a sense of community. "However, there are also costs involved to rejuvenate the ageing vacant school properties and reconfigure them for housing purposes." Mr Murali told The Straits Times that cost savings are the main reason behind the idea, saying that when developers build retirement homes, the higher capital expenditure is passed on to seniors. "This option of ageing graciously in-situ with fellow seniors would be an attractive option," he added. MacPherson MP Tin Pei Ling said the idea allows facilities and services to be located together, bringing convenience to the elderly and using resources effectively. But she added: "The design also has to consider: How do we ensure the elderly are not living in an isolated sub-community and are integrated into the wider community?" Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC MP Saktiandi Supaat, a member of the Government Parliamentary Committee for National Development, said the proposal could help to maximise space, but added that there are other needs of residents and the dynamics of the area for constituencies to be considered too. Veteran real estate consultant and academic Steven Choo agreed that savings would be passed on to buyers if the means of sale or lease are arranged by the Government. "I am excited about this idea," said Dr Choo, who studied retirement housing solutions in Hong Kong and Japan as a developer. "Retrofitting of a school compound for residential use is very doable." He said he has not seen such a project in Singapore, and it would be great to have a successful demonstration project. Dr Choo's office in Kim Yam Road is located in commercial building The Herencia, which used to be Nan Chiau High School. He enjoys its high ceilings. Some residents were also receptive to having such retirement villages in their backyards. Retired accountant Agnes Mak, 67, who lives next to the empty Bishan Park Secondary School vacated earlier this year, said: "I wouldn't object to it because the elderly can mingle with residents in the neighbourhood, which is good." Financial planner Tan Wen Man, 28, who lives next to the empty Bedok North Secondary, also vacated earlier this year, said: "I won't mind because the elderly are not noisy and quite friendly. If it is a primary school, it will be noisier." According to a Straits Times report in February last year, due to falling enrolment and mergers, there were 11 schools vacated in 2016 and last year, with four more to be vacated this year. At least nine other former school sites managed by the Singapore Land Authority are vacant state properties. The Academy of Singapore Teachers, the Singapore Red Cross and the Enabling Village are located in former school compounds. The Government is looking for ways to house the elderly as the population ages. The first Housing Board "retirement kampung", Kampung Admiralty, which has healthcare and wellness facilities for seniors, was opened officially in May.
  4. Teachers may soon have to pay to park in schools. The Straits Times understands that the Ministry of Education (MOE) is looking into whether public schools should continue to not charge staff for parking space in school compounds. Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao had reported on Thursday that the ministry has been discussing the issue since the start of last year. Currently, all public service organisations, including the Education Ministry, charge parking fees at their offices. But parking remains free at the primary and secondary schools and the junior colleges. Only school staff are allowed to park in schools. Last year, the Auditor-General Office's (AGO) report highlighted how the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), the Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and the Temasek Polytechnic (TP) were not imposing parking charges, or charging below market rate, for the use of their car parks. The report said such practices "are tantamount to providing hidden subsidies for vehicle parking". The report pointed out that ITE did not charge users for its car park, and the estimated amount of parking fees forgone was $66,000 a month. According to the report, SP implemented paid parking only in May 2013, but parking continued to be free for motorcycles. Parking was also free for those who parked their vehicles at the staff apartment car park. Of those who were charged for parking, some users, such as the poly's staff, tenants, and contractors, paid below the market rate. At TP, which started charging for parking in June 2014, it capped its daily car park charges at $1.50 for staff, and $6.00 for other users, resulting in some users paying below market rate, the report went on. Both the polys and the ITE had to review their parking charges. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapor...ok#xtor=CS1-10
  5. ho seh liao... http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/teachers-to-pay-for-parking-in-schools-from-august?xtor=CS3-17
  6. Watwheels

    Elite Schools Get New Principals

    Wo ya boh? Am I reading it right? 61 schools, including Raffles Institution and Hwa Chong Institution, to get new principals Raffles Institution (RI) will be headed by Mr Frederick Yeo, who is currently principal of Crest Secondary School. Crest Secondary School is the first Specialised School for Normal Technical students in Singapore. It commenced its first year of operation in January 2013. http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/61-schools-including-raffles-institution-and-hwa-chong-institution-to-get-new?xtor=CS11-86 Really ah? MOE going for all schools are good schools? Walk the talk?LoL... Downgrading elitist schools into good schools? Could the teachers be next in the reshuffling exercise?
  7. Obviously this is just a screenshot, because the whole damn thing is too long to share here. You can refer to < link removed> for a complete set of data from 2011-2017 And Secondary School Open house Dates 2017 (from MOE) HOPE IT HELPS! Anglican High School 圣公会中学 (25/11/17) [9:00 AM - 2:00 PM] Assumption Pathway School (22/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 1:00 PM] Assumption English School (18/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 3:00 PM] Anderson Secondary School (18/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 12:30 PM] Ang Mo Kio Secondary School (18/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 2:00 PM]. Bartley Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:00 AM - 12:30 PM] Bendemeer Secondary School (23/11/2017) [1:00 PM - 5:00 PM] Boon Lay Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 2:00 PM] Bowen Secondary School18/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 1:00 PM] Bukit Batok Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 1:00 PM] Bukit Merah Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 12:30 PM] Bukit View Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 12:30 PM] Canberra Secondary School (3/11/2017) [8:00 AM - 12:30 PM] Catholic High School (Secondary) 公教中学 (18/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 1:00 PM] Cedar Girls' Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 1:00 PM] Changkat Changi Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 1:00 PM] CHIJ St. Theresa's Convent (25/11/2017) [8:30AM - 1:00PM] CHIJ Secondary School (Toa Payoh) (4/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 3:00 PM] CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School (Secondary) 圣尼格拉女校 (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 4:00 PM] Chung Cheng High School (Main) 中正总校 (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 12:00 PM] Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) (18/11/2017) [8:00 AM - 1:00 PM] Clementi Town Secondary School (18/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 3:00 PM] Compassvale Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 4:00 PM] Crescent Girls' School (21/10/2017) [9:00 AM - 2:30 PM] Crest Secondary School (24/11/2017) [1:00 PM - 4:00 PM] Crest Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 3:00 PM] Crest Secondary School (26/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 12:00 PM] Damai Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:00 AM - 12:30 PM] Dunman Secondary School (11/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 3:00 PM] East Spring Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:00 AM - 12:00 PM] Edgefield Secondary School (18/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 1:00 PM] Fuchun Secondary School27/10/2017) [8:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Fuhua Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 2:00 PM] Gan Eng Seng School (18/11/2017) [9:00AM - 1:00PM] Geylang Methodist School (Secondary) (24/11/2017) [2:00 PM - 5:00 PM] Greendale Secondary School (18/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 1:00 PM] Hai Sing Catholic School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 1:00 PM] Holy Innocents' High School (11/11/2017) [9:00AM - 1:00PM] Hillgrove Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 12:30 PM] Hougang Secondary School (23/11/2017) [1:00 PM - 4.30 PM] Hougang Secondary School (24/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 4.30 PM] Hougang Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 1:00 PM] Hua Yi Secondary School (24/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 1:00 PM] Jurong Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:00 AM - 1:00 PM] Jurongville Secondary School (25/11/2017) [10:00 AM - 2:00 PM] Juying Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 1:00 PM] Kent Ridge Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 2:00 PM] Kranji Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:00 AM - 12:30 PM] Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 1:00 PM] Loyang Secondary School 25/11/17) [9:00 AM - 3:00 PM] Marsiling Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 3:00 PM] Mayflower Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 12:00 PM] Methodist Girls' School (Secondary) (21/10/2017) [8:30 AM - 2:30 PM] Montfort Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 1:00 PM] Nan Chiau High School 南侨中学 (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 12:30 PM] Nan Hua Secondary School 南华中学 (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 3:00 PM] Naval Base Secondary School (18/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 1:00 PM] Ngee Ann Secondary School (18/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 2:00 PM] Northlight School (25/11/2017) [8:00 AM - 1:00 PM] North Vista Secondary School (24/11/17) [12:00 PM - 3:00 PM] North Vista Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 4:00 PM] Outram Secondary School (18/11/2017) [9:30 AM - 1:00 PM] Presbyterian High School (18/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 3:00 PM] Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 12:30 PM] Pasir Ris Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 1:00 PM] Pei Hwa Secondary School (18/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 4:00 PM] Peicai Secondary School25/10/2017) [8:00 AM - 12:00 PM] Peirce Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 12:30 PM] Punggol Secondary School18/11/17) [9:00 AM - 3:00 PM] Queenstown Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 12:30 PM] River Valley High School 立化中学 (18/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 12:30 PM] Riverside Secondary School (4/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 2:00 PM] Seng Kang Secondary School (25/11/17) [8:30 AM - 1:00 PM] Serangoon Garden Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:00 AM - 12:00 PM] Serangoon Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 12:00 PM] Spectra Secondary School (24/11/2017) [1:00 PM - 4:00 PM] Spectra Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 3:00 PM] Spectra Secondary School (26/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 12:00 PM] St. Joseph's Institution (24/11/2017) [1:00 PM - 5:00 PM] St. Patrick's School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 12:00 PM] Swiss Cottage Secondary School (11/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 1:00 PM] Tampines Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 3:30 PM] Tanglin Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 2:30 PM] Tanjong Katong Secondary School (18/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 1:00 PM] Tanjong Katong Girls' School18/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 1:00PM] Temasek Secondary School (18/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 3:00 PM] Unity Secondary School (18/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 12:30 PM] West Spring Secondary School (24/11/2017) [10:00 AM - 5:00 PM] Westwood Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:00 AM - 3:00 PM] Woodlands Secondary School18/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 1:00 PM] Xinmin Secondary School4/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 1:00 PM] Yishun Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 1:00 PM] Yishun Town Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 1:00 PM] Yuan Ching Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 12:30 PM] Yusof Ishak Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 3:30 PM] Yuying Secondary School (25/11/2017) [8:30 AM - 2:00 PM] Zhenghua Secondary School (25/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 1:30 PM] Zhonghua Secondary School (11/11/2017) [9:00 AM - 2:00 PM]
  8. Back then, was it awkward especially in the first 3 months in jc ? Think some schools had that policy lol.
  9. Aventador

    Suicide over O level results

    Read this today in The New Paper (someone posted a link earlier but it was hidden amongst other things.) Thought that this is important reading for all the parents here ---------------- She is still coming to terms with the devastating death of her teenage granddaughter, who committed suicide over scoring two Bs in her O levels. Then, three months after the 16-year-old plunged to her death, Madam Ng Siang Mui's grief-stricken and guilt-ridden daughter, who was the teen's mother, also killed herself. The tragic double deaths has left her son-in-law, who is the teen's father, mentally unstable. Fortunately, more children and teenagers have been seeking help for suicidal thoughts, said the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS). In an interview with The New Paper, Madam Ng, 71, shared the devastation and anguish of the triple tragedy that began in January this year. She was reluctant to speak at first, noting that the death had torn the family apart. Madam Ng initially said: "Talking to you now is useless. My daughter is dead. My granddaughter is dead." She changed her mind later because she hoped that sharing their story could help highlight early intervention and save more lives. Madam Ng said that in January, just three hours after getting her results slip, her granddaughter jumped to her death. Except for two Bs - in English and Mathematics - the student had scored distinctions for her other subjects. The only child left a note for her parents: "Mum, I am sorry for being a disappointment. I should have done better. "Dad, I am sorry you will not have the chance to walk me down the (church) aisle to give me away." The child's parents used to fight over their daughter's education. The girl had been a straight-As student who attended a top school. The mum wanted to push her to excel and her dad felt that the child should be left alone. "My Xiao Mei (her granddaughter's nickname) was always affected whenever her parents fought over her studies," Madam Ng said in Khek. At Madam Ng's request, we are not naming the parents or their child. Madam Ng said: "My son-in-law felt very sorry for his daughter. He used to approach me to help him talk to my daughter, to ask her not to push Xiao Mei too hard. He felt that they should let Xiao Mei be, as she was a good girl. "Whenever I tried to broach the issue with my daughter, she'd get angry and tell me not to interfere with the way she wanted to bring her child up. "She often compared Xiao Mei's results with those of her friends' children and would ask, 'How come so and so can do this and you cannot?'" Xiao Mei's mother wanted her to get into medical school. A family friend, Mrs Lynn Wee, 45, a housewife, spoke of how she and three other close friends had tried to keep watch over Xiao Mei's mother after the funeral. Mrs Wee said: "She maintained a stoic front and even admitted that she would have been disappointed with her child's academic performance." But that facade slowly slipped in the weeks that followed, said Madam Ng, who has three grandsons from two other children. Madam Ng said that a month after Xiao Mei's death, her father moved out. "That broke my daughter's heart. I think it was then that she, too, gave up living. "When Xiao Mei died, I didn't just lose one child. Her mother, my own daughter, killed herself three months later." Madam Ng recalled the conversation she had with her daughter a day before she killed herself. "She told me, 'Ma, I shouldn't have pressurised Xiao Mei in her studies. You didn't do that to us when we were young and we all turned out fine'." The New Paper understands that Xiao Mei's father is seeking psychiatric help. Added Madam Ng: "If only we had noticed or realised that Xiao Mei was suffering, we could have asked for professional help and this tragedy would have been prevented." When Xiao Mei died, I didn't just lose one child. Her mother, my own daughter, killed herself three months later. - Madam Ng Siang Mui http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore-news/straight-student-commits-suicide-over-o-level-results-mum-takes-her-own-life#sthash.8jIPRfol.dpuf
  10. Noted that some schools like Catholic High for example do not have long pants for upper levels. Is there any reason for this as it seems they are the odd ones out.
  11. This letter made it to ST forum (not TRS), wonder how MOE would respond
  12. Funding cuts for top independent schools in Singapore MOE also tells schools to moderate fund-raising for campus upgrading Six top independent schools in Singapore, including Hwa Chong Institution, have had their funding cut and, along with other mission schools, have been told to moderate fund-raising activities for campus upgrading. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN By Sandra Davie Senior Education Correspondent Six top independent schools in Singapore have had their funding cut and, along with other mission schools, have been told to moderate fund-raising activities for campus upgrading. In addition, they will have to comply with a new directive urging all schools with air-conditioned classrooms to install fans and use air-conditioning only when necessary. The six schools rank among the top in the Singapore education scene, comprising the Raffles secondary schools and its junior college, Hwa Chong Institution, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and NUS High School of Mathematics and Science. They all run both the Integrated Programme (IP) and Gifted Education Programme (GEP). The IP provides a seamless secondary and junior college education with students bypassing the O levels. The GEP caters to students in the top 1 to 2 per cent of their cohort.
  13. Duckduck

    Funding Cuts for Six Top Schools

    https://www.reach.gov.sg/YourSay/DiscussionForum/tabid/101/mode/3/Default.aspx?ssFormAction=[[ssBlogThread_VIEW]]&tid=[[14714]]#top excerpt: " Together with other mission schools, they were told by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to moderate fund-raising activities for campus upgrading. MOE’s approval would need to be sought if schools want to raise money for “non-standard” features such as swimming pools. Additionally, all schools with air-conditioned classrooms must also install fans and use air-conditioning only when necessary. " Why restrict private fund raising??? And what is with the aircon usage statement? They want students to study under sweltering heat???
  14. Hi all, Have anyone here not sending children to attend school but choose to coach them personally at home? Also, to prepare them eventually for O level and A level. What are the pros and cons? Assuming at least one of the parent not working and is able to attend to the children education.. Thank you very much. Regards,
  15. Greatbirdlegend

    Over 600 private schools have closed

    The cleanup is great news. If only the poor people who got ripped off could claw back some of their monies. ----- Jul 7, 2011 Over 600 private schools have closed Stringent regulations lead to industry shakeup, but student numbers are up By Leow Si Wan THE number of private schools here is about a third of what it once was, following an industry shake-up triggered by more stringent quality standards required by the Private Education Act. Only 328 schools remain, down from the estimated 1,000 in December 2009. Student enrolment, however, has gone up, as the more established schools have expanded over the last couple of years. Private-school enrolment stood at 120,000 before December 2009 and 146,000 as at last month. These updates came from the Council for Private Education (CPE), set up nearly two years ago to clean up the private education sector, which had been hit by a spate of sudden closures of schools. Students were stranded midway through their studies, with thousands of dollars in fees locked up with the schools. Private schools have been given the last 18 months - until last month - to shape up in order to be registered to operate under the more demanding requirements. The 328 schools now still running are those which made the cut by, for example, having independent examination boards, transparent finances and adequately qualified teachers.
  16. How many of you (or your children) play cricket? I never knew there is a cricket league in Sengkang?! S$200,000 to push sports in the north-east by Patwant Singh 04:47 AM May 23, 2011SINGAPORE - A new fund of S$200,000 was launched yesterday to promote sports culture in the North-East Community Development Council (CDC). Cricket and football will be the first two sports targeted. The programme was launched at an open field at Compassvale, in the company of five Members of Parliament from the area - Teo Ser Luck, Michael Palmer, Dr Janil Puthucheary, Zainal Sapari and Gan Thiam Poh. All tried their hands at cricket, which will make use of the fund by organising coaching clinics for neighbourhood schools. The sport has a considerable following in the area, with the two-year-old Sengkang Cricket league growing in popularity. The competition currently features 12 teams and a base of around 150 players. Yesterday, Teo, the Minister of State for Trade and Industry, and Mayor of North East CDC, said: "Sports is one way to bond our community, and to me it is one of the most effective activities to integrate our citizens together, new or local citizens." Previously the Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Teo revealed he would maintain his links with the sporting world. "Currently, I will still be leading some of the committees that I have been chairing, like the Olympic Pathway Programme, Youth Sports Development and some of the other smaller projects that I have been doing with sports," he said. "While I can always extend my help when it is needed, I think renewal and succession planning is always good for injecting new ideas and new energy into all these projects nationally."
  17. Ping911

    Inline Skating Schools?

    Besides Skateline, what other alternative "schools" provide inline skating classes? Any recommendations? Family want to learn skating, so will be kids from 4 & 7 and also wife.
  18. ODC

    Neighbourhood schools

    Anyone sending your kids to neighborhood schools? Are you worried about the fact that they are going to neighborhood schools?
  19. Considering education is important for all children and books are essential this is an excellent policy. Bravo to their gracious thinking! And Ahem! Anyone or folk from ministry of education or teachers care to comment? Friday October 26, 2007 Free textbooks by year
  20. Whyeme

    Good SAT prep schools in SG?

    Hi anyone got good recommendations for the above? It is the SAT exam students take to enter american universities thks
  21. Maris Stella High. Hated my 4 years there.....
  22. Hi guys. Have some free time before army and im thinking of doing something fun before enlisting. Thot of a racing school. So far found Singha racing school in Thailand. Not sure if they teach lessons in english though. Tried sending them an email but to no avail. Another alternative is the Porsche Driving school in Aussie. Wondering if any bros have been to such lessons, hows the experience like? and also if there are any schools to recommend? Thanks guys.
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