My own “aha” moment – Educate, Education and Learning

Recently I was conducting this lesson with my poly students using the PBL approach. I had 3 classes of year 1 students and we spent a day each talking about these issues. Hey, to an educator, that is a fantastic time. I have always wondered how our students felt about education, being educated and learning….

Seeing in a different light – hearing colours

It was an unplanned encounter with a concerned parent last Saturday. No, I was not meeting her in the capacity of a teacher. It was not in a school setting. Instead, we were having refreshments after the Opening Night of the 40th Anniversary Art Exibition by Life Art Society. It was a small cosy event….

Encouraging the inventive spirit in your child

It all started because my brother’s house needed a new clock. However, the clock was simple. It was “boring” in the words of my sis-in-law. So she tasked my niece “to do something with the clock”. Very often we hear of parents, especially mothers telling the children what to do. “Can you help me look…

What I learnt from failing: My first and only ‘RE’ exam!

I remembered the year as vividly as if it was yesterday. It was my second year in NUS. For the FIRST time in my life, I have failed an examination. It was my Mathematics paper. I remember the day when we went to collect the results. I was with my bunch of friends, Campus Crusaders…

What’s your PSLE score?

For any parent who has been staying in Singapore for a while, these four letters “PSLE” will definitely ring a bell. The PSLE means Primary School Leaving Examinations. Nothing very special yet it may conjure images of fear, dread, happiness, exuberance, anxiety, sleepless nights and even be marked as the D-day for many students and…

Thoughts on Overseas Learning Journeys of Singapore schools

To become a better education consultant, I decided to expand my horizon beyond top schools, beyond ICT and to take on different roles in helping schools – to do some sort of community service in terms of helping to lead trips out of Singapore during the peak travel periods of Nov/Dec. It started some time…

A one point entry for foreign students – Demystifying the AEIS

The Ministry of Education has introduced a one point entry system – Admission Exercise for Foreign Students (AEIS) to help simplify the process of application for a place in a local K12 school. I chanced upon this when asked to help children of friends from Shanghai and other countries to get a place for their…

Are we too structured for our own good?

Recently a good friend of mine did a blog on Social mobility via education. Like him, my family has benefitted from the good education we received. We have all moved up the social ladder to own our homes and also having good jobs. When I was primary 6 at a typical neighbourhood school (in the…

How do I know which school to choose for my child?

MOE Excel Fest is an annual showcase by K12 schools in Singapore – the best time for parents interested to find out more about the schools of choice for their children. It is typically a 2 Day event, with one day open to the public. This is your best chance to talk to the teachers,…

Why this blog?

This education blog aims to bridge the gap between what’s known in schools and what’s known by the public on education in Singapore Schools.  I hope to be able to give useful information to parents who are seeking a good Singapore education for their children. Good parents want to help their children succeed in life….