Read about what the Lemanns have to say about their daughters’ school, Invictus International School.
The fact that Invictus International School has an English-Chinese Bilingual Primary School is a huge pull factor for parents Pascal and Anastassia Lemann. The bilingual primary school is located at Invictus’ Centrium campus, where students learn Chinese through art, music, and physical education. Invictus also offers daily Chinese language lessons, as well as an integrated Chinese programme where certain elements are drawn from subjects taught in English. Read on to find out what the Lemanns love about Invictus…
Hi Pascal and Anastassia! Can you tell us more about your children who attend Invictus?
We have two daughters at Invictus: one of them is eight years old and attending Year 3 while the other is six and attending Year 1.
What were the most important factors for you in choosing a school, and what made you decide on Invictus?
The factors that helped us decide were the first impression and size of the school, its fees, and the availability of a Chinese programme in its curriculum. Since we had to decide during the pandemic, it wasn’t easy for us as we were unable to have physical contact with the school.
Ultimately, it was the fact that Invictus provided a Chinese stream in its school that made us decide to enrol our daughters there.
What sort of curriculum does the school offer?
Invictus offers the International Primary Curriculum* with a strong immersion in Mandarin.
And do your daughters enjoy attending the school?
They both like their teachers and the friends around them. The fact that Invictus is a small school is great as it makes the school community feel like a family rather than an impersonal campus.
As the school is located within a high-rise building, there aren’t a lot of open air areas for the children to play and participate in extracurricular activities. We hope that there’ll be more possibilities for children to spend their break or playtime outdoors, as well as opportunities to take part in sports activities in the future.
We’re guessing your daughters feel really welcomed in school! Is that so?
Yes! And we believe it’s through the individual efforts of the teachers. Our girls’ homeroom teachers make great efforts with the children and in communicating with us through the ClassDojo app. They’re always very open and helpful with every question we have, and they respond very fast. Both our girls love their teachers and the school, which makes us as parents very happy and confident that we’ve picked the right school for them. The most important thing for us is that they’re both happy to go to school every morning – this is the best sign for us.
Is there a community for parents as well?
Communication is frequent, though there wasn’t much engagement due to the pandemic. We’re positive this will change very soon, and we’re looking forward to more engagement occasions like parent-teacher forums, meeting with class representatives, etc.
What advice would you give parents who are trying to pick a school for their child?
Be clear about what you think is important for your children. Visit the campus, talk to the teachers and principals, or even parents of the school’s existing students, if possible.
We like that Invictus is open to feedback and implementing changes. It’s not a very big school, which is what we really like. It feels like a community and family. We also appreciate that everyone – teachers and principal included – are very open and helpful whenever we have any questions.
Thank you for speaking to us, Pascal and Anastassia!
* Invictus will be offering the Cambridge Primary Curriculum in August 2022. The curriculum will have the same emphasis in Mandarin as the current International Primary Curriculum, ensuring a seamless transition for students as they move on to the Cambridge Secondary Curriculum, IGCSE, and A-Levels in secondary school.
This post is in partnership with Invictus International School.