Primary school: with a Singapore school system newbie

We (mostly me #number1kiasumum) had been researching primary schools since Darling Daughter was 2 years old. Not having gone to school in Singapore until University, I pored over every article at that number 1 forum for helicopter parents, trying to understand the lay of the land.

With no affiliation, no prior knowledge of the system and one crazy kid, the system left me feeling like a muggle who found out she had a wizard in the family. We might as well have been aiming for this:

Hogwarts model studio tour

Perhaps by sheer dumb luck, we seemed to have BTOd* into an apartment complex with two schools within the 1km radius required for an almost certainly guaranteed spot. One of these is a new neighbourhood school that is just a few years old. Now, I do not know how this game works for sure but this is the kind of school that says all the right things–we believe in a component of movement with every lesson, we teach through games and gardening, we involve parents in school activities as much as possible.

Now, I do not know how this game works for sure but this is the kind of school that says all the right things–we believe in a component of movement with every lesson, we teach through games and gardening, we involve parents in school activities as much as possible.

So far we have been invited to several school events (1 parent only), general celebrations, breakfast with the principal, and to volunteer at recess and general school activities. Homework seems manageable in the first term of Primary 1 and the teachers seem supportive and loving even.

As much as the adjustment to early morning waking, afternoon routines and manipulating numbers up to 20 has been a steep learning curve. So-far-so-good.

Darling Daughter’s favorite subject is still PE though – insert roll -eyes emoticon here

 

*Built-to-Order is a type of apartment sold by the Singapore government to its citizens. You queue up for it and then they build it and 3-4 years later you get to move into a brand new flat.