The school also bagged silver in three other award categories! Here’s the secret behind its winning streak…
When judging the school that best embodies a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach in this year’s Singapore Education Awards, the judging panel were looking for a school that is inspired by the Reggio Emilia pedagogy. A school that recognises and celebrates the metaphorical 100 languages of children, values and respects children’s ideas and thinking to design research projects, and creates environments that are not just beautiful but intentional in supporting children’s thinking and creativity. Furthermore, they wanted to see evidence of a school genuinely connecting with the community to make teaching and learning a collaborative effort and a partnership between the school and families. EtonHouse International School impressed the judges by demonstrating all this and so much more…
Why EtonHouse International School won Best Reggio Emilia-inspired School
First and foremost, EtonHouse holds the accolade of being the only education group in Singapore to work directly with Reggio Children as part of its international network. This isn’t just traditional class-based training either; its educators have the opportunity to travel to Reggio Emilia for a study trip every year and gain first-hand experience from its infant-toddler centres and pre-schools! Investing in this level of professional learning for its teachers ensures that they can confidently incorporate the approach into the day-to-day at EtonHouse. One such example is the way educators ensure that the environment is recognised as the third teacher in the school. For instance, students at EtonHouse International Pre-School Claymore have unique learning spaces that encourage research and exploration amongst children. This includes the Re-Aldo lab that promotes sustainable habits and offers children many unique resources to work with; an outdoor and indoor atelier that celebrates the artistic and creative intelligence of young children; a research studio for furthering children’s projects and explorations; lightroom for inquiry projects; a food atelier with a multi-sensory kitchen; and more.
And the school also scooped Silver in these awards too…
Best Language Program
The judges were super impressed by EtonHouse International School Broadrick’s established Bilingual Immersion Programme (BIP) in the primary years to offer opportunities to enhance and develop children’s proficiency in Mandarin to make them effectively bilingual. It’s no wonder that the programme was awarded Silver for the school’s high-quality inquiry-based language learning environment. Little linguists have the opportunity to gain a love of the language through the fun and engaging lessons which also integrate cultures, values, and history into the curriculum. Its success is clear in the results of its students, too, with a 100% pass rate in the 2022 Youth Chinese Test.
Most Affordable International School
But all this incredible education comes at a cost, right? Well, that’s where we’ve got more good news. Part of EtonHouse International Education Group, Middleton International School, won Silver for the Most Affordable International School award. Not only does Middleton keep fees affordable (almost half of most other international schools), but it does so without compromising on teaching quality or learning outcomes. The school is also about nurturing a caring, empathetic community committed to the school’s motto, ‘Learn, Innovate, Serve’.
Best Early Learning Program (students aged 0-6 years)
One final award for the trophy cabinet – EtonHouse also took home silver for the Best Early Learning Program (students aged 0-6 years) for its Sentosa school. And it’s easy to see why – the school is surrounded by lush greenery and wildlife, with students benefiting from nature walks, physical education and explorations around the island. EtonHouse Sentosa is all about building a tight-knit community, and this involves the parent community, too – parents can benefit from expert workshops like respectful parenting and interactive storytelling. It’s no wonder it was such a worthy award winner!
Congratulations, EtonHouse International School!
This post is in partnership with EtonHouse International School.