A warm and welcoming community where the staff know all the students by name, plus a fun playground area, are just some of the highlights here!
The Isiks were on the search for a school with a good academic foundation, as well as a great space for their son to play, do sports and enjoy learning. They enrolled Oguz in EtonHouse International School Broadrick when he was in year three and he’s continuing to enjoy school in the year five program this year. Curious about the highlights at this school? Read on to find out!
Hi, Aytug! What was the ultimate deciding factor that led you to choose EtonHouse International School?
EtonHouse International School has a robust IB program – we believe it’s the best way for an international student to learn how to be a world citizen. Additionally, the size of the school is ideal and allows the staff to know each child by name.
How has the school lived up to your expectations?
Our son was in a small boutique school in Belgium before we moved to Singapore, so we were a bit nervous about how the transition would be for him. Fortunately, the friendly atmosphere at EtonHouse at Broadrick made it very smooth and he enjoys being in the school.
How did the school make your child feel welcome?
I remember our son’s first day at school where there was a buddy program and another student helping him. Also, he mentioned his teacher was warm and kind. Since then, we knew he was in good hands!
What is Oguz’s favourite part about attending EtonHouse?
Oguz is very interested in maths, information and communications technology and science. He tells us about the activities he does during the Unit of Inquiry* lessons that enrich his knowledge and experience. He also loves to play at the playground area and always wants to go to school early to play with his friends before school starts.
*The Units of Inquiry is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) where the students do an in-depth exploration of a concept. The units of inquiry cover the disciplines of English, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Personal, Social and Physical Education in an authentic and relevant context for young learners.
As a parent, what do you value most about the school?
Being a part of the international community is an invaluable part of the experience. We’re glad our son can have friends from different backgrounds and cultures. We also believe learning Chinese, participating in team projects and ECAs are all great experiences for the kids.
Plus, EtonHouse is a great school because it allows children to realise their potential. In the case of our son, he can write code because of the information and communications technology classes and he can understand basic Chinese, both of which would be unimaginable three years ago!
Are you satisfied with the level of communication you receive from the school?
We get information from different channels, regular updates from their teachers and school staff via an app called Bloomz, weekly newsletters from the principal, follow-ups on the school calendar, and ad-hoc info when needed from different school staff. All channels are helpful – you won’t miss a thing!
What advice would you give other parents trying to choose a school?
Every child is different, so make your research based on your child’s personality, way of learning and interests. Don’t just focus on academics – a balance between education, sport, art and language is crucial.
Thank you, Aytug and Oguz!
This post is in partnership with EtonHouse International School Broadrick.