Tanglin Trust School - what's good / not so good ? ?

Discuss about childcare, parenthood, playschools, educational, family & international school issues.

Sponsored by:

Canadian International School
Post Reply
LBS03
Member
Member
Posts: 30
Joined: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 7:42 pm

Tanglin Trust School - what's good / not so good ? ?

Post by LBS03 » Wed, 06 Sep 2006 5:30 am

Hi there,

I am looking to move to Singapore next year from the UK - and was highly recommended the Tanglin Trust School for my kids by couple of my office folks who had been to Singapore before.

While I have gone through Tanglin's web-site etc - was looking to hear about people's observations / views about the school ... both positive and negative. Any thoughts would be much appreciated

Thanks

JNMECOSSE
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 17
Joined: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 6:50 pm

Post by JNMECOSSE » Fri, 08 Sep 2006 9:01 pm

We were shown around Tanglin School last week. It is a lovely school and cannot imagine anyone having a problem with their children going to school at tanglin. What I would say that school places are at a premium and that dependant on what year you are starting then there is a good chance of a waiting list. We were told that our child would most likely have to wait for a year if we were to register now.

LBS03
Member
Member
Posts: 30
Joined: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 7:42 pm

Post by LBS03 » Sat, 09 Sep 2006 2:42 pm

Hi there,

Many thanks for your note - it is reassuring to hear your views. I came across some old posts on 'Tanglin' in these forums and some of them were quite frightening to say the least - so am glad to hear from someone who has actually visited the school.

Re waiting lists, that's what I have heard as well - so intend to register my children asap.

Thanks and good luck - hope the move's going well...

LBS03
Member
Member
Posts: 30
Joined: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 7:42 pm

Post by LBS03 » Sat, 09 Sep 2006 2:48 pm

Sorry JNMECLOSE

I had another question if you had the time - did you visit any other school at Singapore? I was specifically interested in UWC - if you did visit them - what were the pros/cons vs. Tanglin, and which would you prefer overall....

Thanks a lot

User avatar
micknlea
Reporter
Reporter
Posts: 572
Joined: Fri, 09 Sep 2005 10:26 am
Location: Singapore

Post by micknlea » Sat, 09 Sep 2006 10:29 pm

Suggest you look at the other thread...he/she gave the answer you are looking for there.. :)

http://www.singaporeexpats.com/forum/ft ... 78-15.html
"My husband said it was him or the cat...I miss him sometimes." - Unknown

LBS03
Member
Member
Posts: 30
Joined: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 7:42 pm

Post by LBS03 » Mon, 11 Sep 2006 11:40 pm

Thanks micknlea..

This is helpful - I was also wondering what were the criteria for the ranking ..... would very much appreciate perspectives from people / jnmcosse on this ...

Cheers

sue1303
Regular
Regular
Posts: 54
Joined: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 4:36 am

Post by sue1303 » Tue, 12 Sep 2006 11:43 pm

Hi,

We visited Tanglin and UWC, The facilities in both were very good and both had a great feel about them, I'd personally say UWC had the edge but then it is a lot bigger. What I prefered about it was when we visited UWC they had already started back at school so had the advantage of seeing it with all the children there, doing their work which, had to say, was impressive. Also I liked the international mix of students. Downside of course is the waiting list so we'll go with Chatsworth till a place comes up.

Matney
Reporter
Reporter
Posts: 760
Joined: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 10:11 am
Location: Brunei

Post by Matney » Wed, 13 Sep 2006 2:16 am

FYI, I know of a family from Melbourne waiting for 2 years before both their children were given places to join Tanglin. They have just started, but I hope it was worth the wait! Mom & boys stayed in Melbourne while Dad worked here, waiting for those spots. Not my idea.

Both appear to be good schools, visited both, and agree with previous that UWC is much bigger. Everyone seems to move onto UWC from other schools. Don't hear so much about Tanglin, though.

LBS03
Member
Member
Posts: 30
Joined: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 7:42 pm

Post by LBS03 » Wed, 13 Sep 2006 5:22 pm

Hi sue1303 ...

Many thanks for your note. While I had initially also looked at UWC ... I more or less 'gave up on it' because of the long waiting lists I heard they usually have.

So from that perspective am very much leaning towards Tanglin - and was reassured to hear your thoughts on the school. However, am curious as to why you want to put your children in Chatsworh (vs. Tanglin) - is it because of availability issues / something else?

Thanks again.

LBS03
Member
Member
Posts: 30
Joined: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 7:42 pm

Post by LBS03 » Wed, 13 Sep 2006 5:30 pm

Hi Matney

I completely agree with you in that I see no point in me moving first while the family waits till school places open up etc. I think couple of months are fine but anything more would simply not work out.

From that sense, as I mentioned to Sue (previous post) Tanglin appears to be more of a realistic choice - although still quite difficult to get places.

The one potential concern I have heard from couple of people is that - Tanglin has very low diversity, i.e., most are white british students - which if true, will be quite a change from my children's school here in London. Wonder, if you / anyone else have any perspective on this ....

Thanks

sue1303
Regular
Regular
Posts: 54
Joined: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 4:36 am

Post by sue1303 » Wed, 13 Sep 2006 9:23 pm

It is purely availability where she'll be starting somewhere else, Chatsworth or, as we're looking into now, the OFS which is a campus type school more like UWC so thought that maybe this would get her used to a big school...nothing finalised yet. Point is even at Tanglin she wouldn't get in till prob next Sept so knowing she will have to start somewhere and then move schools (no way we are staying in the UK in the rain while hubby lives the good life in Sin!!!!!!!) We are basically faced with the decision of what waiting list to go on, Tanglin V's UWC, and UWC won !

Patience
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 6
Joined: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 11:45 am

International Community School

Post by Patience » Thu, 14 Sep 2006 7:02 am

You should check out International Community School...a great place to wait, and in the same neighborhood as Tanglin. Most grades have openings. But be warned...once you try them, doubt you'll want to leave for any other. :)
...like a tree planted by the water.

LBS03
Member
Member
Posts: 30
Joined: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 7:42 pm

Post by LBS03 » Fri, 15 Sep 2006 3:56 pm

Hi Sue1303...

Thanks for your reply and good luck with the wait list. What's been your impression of SIN so far ....?

LBS03
Member
Member
Posts: 30
Joined: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 7:42 pm

Post by LBS03 » Fri, 15 Sep 2006 3:58 pm

Hi Patience ...

Thanks for the head's up ... I will take a look at ICS ... it was not on my radar so far

Cheers

sue1303
Regular
Regular
Posts: 54
Joined: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 4:36 am

Post by sue1303 » Fri, 15 Sep 2006 4:50 pm

Haven't moved out yet, only been for a rekki a couple of weeks ago. Liked it though, think we'll all be happy there (pretty much happy anywhere though lol). Trying to get the schools sorted before we come out, one less thing to worry about. Looking to move full time in a month or so.

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Parenting, Family & Schools”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest