October is just around the corner and you know what that means – a short, but glorious holiday break for international schools. Local secondary schools, on the other hand, will be starting their GCE O-Level written examinations from Friday, 26 October. Yikes, chalk exams vs holidays up on the local vs international school debate. But on a more serious note, remember it’s important to help kids keep their cool and to reduce exam stress, especially because there’s always life beyond grades!
But, if you are still hunting for that perfect school, we’ve rounded up some of the need-to-know school open houses and events happening in October. And if you decide to throw in the towel on schools, there’s always homeschooling.
Dance with Pat’s Schoolhouse
Pat’s Schoolhouse is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a Children’s Music Festival. Music is a key component of Pat’s Schoolhouse’s bilingual core curriculum and this musical extravaganza is the best way to see just how much fun and educational it can be. Attend workshops to play music, make stories come to life, dance to the beat and get crafting. There will also be face-painting, balloon sculpting, a photo booth and plenty of games and food for the whole family.
When: 6 October, 3pm-8pm
Where: Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
Cost: Admission is free, purchase Festival Booklets (worth $30) with vouchers for food and activities at any of the 19 Pat’s Schoolhouse centres before the event or at the door on the day.
HoneyKids presents The Dream Team Talks – The Early Years with Australian International School
Essential parenting advice, expert talks and morning tea – all while your babies and tots are kept busy with age-appropriate toys? Sounds like a dream…a Dream Team Talk! Yep, we’ve got it all lined up for you: sleep training, medical advice, first aid demo, toilet training, swimming safety tips and more. Did we mention it’s all for free and happening at the fabulous Australian International School Early Learning Village? Get RSVP’ing!
When: 16 October, 9.30am – 12pm
Where: Australian International School, Early Learning Village
RSVP as spots are limited (one registration per family – and a reminder that dads are welcome too!)
Open house at Lycée Français de Singapour
Visit the Lycée Français de Singapour to see what it’s like to learn in a multicultural environment. Learn more about the bilingual curriculum, school programmes and meet the pedagogical team over a cup of coffee. And of course, get a chance to tour the school and its facilities. You can also choose to schedule your own individual tours on weekdays.
When: 19 October, 1.30pm
Where: Ang Mo Kio 3000
SJI International is still open for admission to Prep 1
St Joseph’s Institution International (SJII) has just opened up new classes for Prep 1 in 2019. Not only does this school feature great facilities and an accessible location, it’s got a strong community that imparts wholesome values and virtues like kindness and generosity. As part of SJI International’s mission, students “Learn how to learn, and learn how to live, empowering them to become people of integrity and people who care for others.” Apply today to be a part of this cosy, Catholic community.
Where: 490 Thomson Rd, Singapore 298191
MapleBear Labrador Open House
Looking for a preschool that ticks all the boxes? Look no further than MapleBear Labrador. One of the newest campuses in Singapore’s south provides children with the freedom to learn, play and discover in an immersive English-Mandarin environment and with an excellent child-teacher ratio. It’s close to HortPark and its own grounds provide plenty of opportunities for water and sand play. Visit MapleBear Labrador to find out more and get $200 off monthly school fees! Terms and conditions apply.
When: 13 October, 10am-1pm
Where: 100H, Pasir Panjang Road #02-01, OC@Pasir Panjang, Singapore 118524
GESS Open House
Want to find out more about GESS’ brand new campus? Let your child enjoy fun and interactive experiential play with GESS’ EdTech coaches while you join a tour of the campus, attend informative talks delivered by education experts and find out about the IB Curriculum and German Curriculum. You can arrange for a private consultation with the Academic and Admissions teams to get all the details of the pedagogy.
When: 25 October and 22 November
Where: GESS, 2 Dairy Farm Rd, Singapore 679034
Blue House Playgroup Series: Narratives of Fabric–Identity in Cloth
Keen to try something new? Blue House’s themed playgroups are just the thing to get toddlers out into the world to explore. They’ll have plenty of sensory play, make friends and build their confidence under Blue House’s team of experts. This term, Blue House will be exploring the different properties of fabric and engage to encourage kids to question, wonder and test theories.
When: now until 25 November
Where: Blue House Turf City and UE Square
Cost: 12 weekly classes $480. Various packages available.
One World International School
Sign up to a Saturday school tour to check out this non-denominational international school with a multicultural student population. Open to both local and international students, explore the 3.2 hectare campus and ‘Nature Kindergarten’ which has a natural learning environment for students aged between three to six years. With dedicated spaces for entrepreneurship, performing and visual arts, technology and robotics. Classrooms will be equipped with e-learning technology including iPads for students.
When: 6, 13, 20, 27 October, 10am
Where: One World International School, 21 Jurong West Street 81
Tanglin Trust School Open Morning
Offering both IB Diploma and A Level at Sixth Form, get a first-hand look into life at Tanglin at the open morning or Book a Tour to experience the learning environment for yourself.
When: 10 October, 9am – 11.30am
Where: Tanglin Trust School, 95 Portsdown Road, Singapore 139299|
October Open House at SAIS
Keen to find out more about SAIS’ Early Learning Village? Come learn more about the Reggio Emilia inspired curriculum for kids aged 2 months to 6 years, explore the purpose-built facilities including child-height windows and doors, outdoor sensorial playgrounds and an undercover swimming pool, and meet the teaching staff of early learning specialists.
When: 12 October, 9:30am – 11:00am
Where: Early Learning Village, 3 Chuan Lane (Gate 4), Singapore 554350
GIIS Smart Campus Open House
New to GIIS? Check out the brand new SMART campus and meet the team to see how GIIS is shaping the school of the future. RSVP and you could snag a Grab promo code and rock up to the open house in style.
When: 6, 13, 20, 27 October, 10am – 12:30pm
Where: 27 Punggol Field Walk, Singapore 828649
UWCSEA Open Days 2018
Come and see the school in action on a typical school day! Located in the fast-growing hub of Tampines, UWCSEA East is celebrating 10 years since opening this academic year. As part of its annual application cycle, UWCSEA will be holding its annual High School Open Days (Day and Boarding) in October 2018 where parents and students can get an insight into a UWCSEA High School day and residential boarding options for the August 2019 intake. Sign up to Open Days and submit applications online – students can can consider entry at any age as new sets open on each campus each year.
When: 23-26 October
Where: East Campus, Dover Campus, see website for details
Get an inside tour of Nexus
Nexus is a school that’s truly different. From classrooms designed to promote collaboration between students to their use of technology in everyday learning (and awesome teachers who work closely with the kids to bring out their talents), it’s something you’ll have to see for yourself. Get an inside tour of Nexus and find out about the IB curriculum, child-centred philosophy and learn how everyone works together to support the learners – even the parents!
When: 6 October, 10am – 12pm
Where: Nexus, 201 Ulu Pandan Rd, Singapore 596468
AIS Open House
Check out the AIS Open House for Early Years (24 October) and Elementary/Secondary (25 October). Meet the leadership teams and tour the campus to get to know the curriculum, culture and community.
When: 24 and 25 October, 9am – 11am
Where: AIS, 1 Lor Chuan, Singapore 556818
Repton Schoolhouse Open House
If you’re seeking a truly prestigious environment that will nurture your child’s academic development and build good character, step into Repton Schoolhouse. Explore its bilingual learning environment, unique curriculum and holistic programme. Walk-in and experience a personal tour while the kids take part in free enrichment activities for all ages from poetry to Chinese and music-accompanied programmes. Check the website for more details.
When: 26-27 October, 9am-5pm
Where: 321 Alexandra Central Road, #03-11 Alexandra Central, Singapore 159971
GrabShuttle for School
Grab has set up a brand new ride-sharing option to save you time (and money) on your school run. Just tell them your start point and destination, be it school, swimming, or your workplace and they’ll offer up route options to suit you or your child’s pick up and drop off times. Fancy a cheaper ride? Get the mum groups on board!
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