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Postby Settlingin » Sat, 30 Jun 2007 8:25 pm

We are moving into Singapore from Mumbai next month and have a 3 year old daugter. Both of us work in Mumbai and we would like to continue the same in Singapore. Like every parent we are keen the our daughter manages the transition well and hence we were seriously considering putting her into an 'Indian' International School. We would like to stay close to where our daughter's school is and hence it becomes important that we close this first.

Talking to different parents whose children study there I got a mixed response. while some of them (parents whose children are in higher classes) were ok some others, were quite vocal about the way the school takes cares of children in Kindergarten classes. I was told that they propably are not as caring as they need to be when it comes to students in Kindergarten classes. (one incident that was told me to me was that after the bus drops the child to the school, the child who could be as young as 3 years is left to fend for himself/herself and go class without anybody escorting them after they alight from the bus....the gentleman followed the school bus all the way to the school to see for himself). The teacher student ratio is higer than other places.

With these feedbacks, its becoming difficult for us to make a decision and we are looking if standalone montessori schools/ pre-schools are a better option.

This posting is not in anyway to put down any school but to clear any doubts in my mind that have come up from the feedbacks I have received. Is there any parent here who can share their opinion on GIIS, especially someone who has their single child in Kindergarten classes in GIIS?

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Postby chixchix » Sun, 01 Jul 2007 11:18 am

Honestly speaking I am a local ..currently my son is in Modern Montessori.. i was thinking of shifting him when in KG to GIIS.. just so that he will get a oppurtunity to learn more about his Indian culture and mix with other Indian kids. However ,looking at the fees.. i rather put him in a Top local school like Anglo Chinese.

Anyways , yesterday while watching Zee Tv..my husband and I came across the ad for GIIS..what put us off was that they were showig kids doing Yoga,,,,playing Tablas ,,, and and Indian Classical Dance.

In this modern era, I feel that the Indian schools here should focus more IT, Foreign languages , or more better activities to mould a child's mine...

I dont know but I feel that most Indians who come to Singapore prefer their kids to be in Indian schools which I totally understand. But why not have a look at the other International Schools available and the curriculum.

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Makes sense

Postby GKalra » Sun, 01 Jul 2007 11:06 pm

A lot of Indians that come to Singapore from India are here for 2-3 years and then move on or move back, hence it makes sense for them to keep their kids in a system that they are familiar with.

The world is understanding and accepting the power of Yoga, so i see nothing backward in teaching kids yoga and indian music/dance. Also, Indian IT professionals are one of the top in the world.

We People of Indian origin need to take a bit more pride in our culture.

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Postby Settlingin » Mon, 02 Jul 2007 12:45 am

Thank you GKalra and Chixchix for your responses.Just to clarify GKalra,I have nothing against yoga and other cultural activities. On the contrary I would welcome and appreciate if students are taught those. The whole world is learning Yoga. By discussing the pros and cons of teaching Yoga & other cultural activities we are digressing from the query that I had originally posted. It was about the care provided by the school for the Kindergarten students. It would help if we keep the discussions around that.

Any parent who have a first hand feedback/ experience to share would be of great help.

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Postby GKalra » Mon, 02 Jul 2007 12:29 pm

Settlingin,
My post was in response to another before me on the thread, i wanted to make my point; that is what these forums are about, 'opinions', i am sorry you see it as 'digressing from the query' .

As for GIIS kinderg, if you want your child in an Indian based system, it is a much better option than DPS(before people shoot me for saying something again, this is my humble opinion) :evil:
I had gone to see both when we arrived in Singapore and the reason we decided against both was the lack of infrastructure, eg, little kids sitting on the dirty floor no mats or carpet, no air-con, loud staff, 1 teacher to 20+ kids without an assistant. I think here you can get more for your money.

Good luck :D

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Postby chixchix » Tue, 03 Jul 2007 6:22 pm

NO Offences to anyone, especially to the post above me. Being a local,I am of course proud of my own origin.

Anyways thanks for giving feedback on GIIS. I rather not go to the school now to take a look.

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I'm moving my kid out of GIIS

Postby judaspriest » Sun, 09 Sep 2007 1:40 pm

My child was (is still in) GIIS for the last year and a half since K1. While we initially felt they were doing a fairly decent job, events over the past 8-10 months and the level of professionalism, dedication and quality we see in GIIS have made us reconsider our decision and we've got admission in a local primary school near home, starting Jan 2008.

While this is a big change, and it took quite a while to find the right school, looking at quality of education in the long term we feel this is for the best.

As for learning yoga, tabla, dance etc, these are co-/extra-curricular activities and there are many others to choose from. You are not limited to these.

I'm not sure how much I can say here, and I'd rather not write much about GIIS on the forums. Anyway if you want to discuss in detail, feel free to message me in private using the PM system on the forum.

Btw we're not local, the entire family is Indian to the roots.

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Think twice

Postby vijaya » Mon, 17 Sep 2007 2:35 pm

Hi!
I retuned from Singapore after 12 years of stay there . I would like to advice the parents who are considering their kids to put in indian school. If your stay is very short period then you may consider indian schools, But long term , its not a good option cause, Singapore education system offers world class education, with highly dedicated faculty, and at very affordable price. Dont get attracted by the Indian schools publicity stuntI am vicitim of that. I cant elobarate much on this. :(

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Re: Think twice

Postby jpatokal » Mon, 17 Sep 2007 11:37 pm

vijaya wrote:Dont get attracted by the Indian schools publicity stuntI am vicitim of that. I cant elobarate much on this. :(

Please don't make useless posts like this. What was the problem? If you can't say, then how do you expect anybody to believe or listen?
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Postby chixchix » Thu, 20 Sep 2007 10:17 am

my kids are both in Nursery at the moment ..what I am so dissapointed is that they are learning how to write Chinese characters. Its not tht I ma against it,,,, it becomes a problem when I try to go through their homework... i can speak to them verbally in Mandarin to teach them basic words... now my worry is that when they reach KG ,,in local KG's ..i dont want them to feel left out in a sense that they dont know what they are writing or doing... :???:

I was considering moving my kids to the Indian schools to do their Kindergarden at least but after reading your posts ,,i dunno if I shd do that.

Any parents know any KG's that incorporate a foreign language other than the local dialects in the curriculum ?
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Re: Global Indian International School

Postby hometutors.sg » Tue, 25 Sep 2007 4:52 pm

Settlingin wrote:We are moving into Singapore from Mumbai next month and have a 3 year old daugter. Both of us work in Mumbai and we would like to continue the same in Singapore. Like every parent we are keen the our daughter manages the transition well and hence we were seriously considering putting her into an 'Indian' International School. We would like to stay close to where our daughter's school is and hence it becomes important that we close this first.

Talking to different parents whose children study there I got a mixed response. while some of them (parents whose children are in higher classes) were ok some others, were quite vocal about the way the school takes cares of children in Kindergarten classes. I was told that they propably are not as caring as they need to be when it comes to students in Kindergarten classes. (one incident that was told me to me was that after the bus drops the child to the school, the child who could be as young as 3 years is left to fend for himself/herself and go class without anybody escorting them after they alight from the bus....the gentleman followed the school bus all the way to the school to see for himself). The teacher student ratio is higer than other places.

With these feedbacks, its becoming difficult for us to make a decision and we are looking if standalone montessori schools/ pre-schools are a better option.

This posting is not in anyway to put down any school but to clear any doubts in my mind that have come up from the feedbacks I have received. Is there any parent here who can share their opinion on GIIS, especially someone who has their single child in Kindergarten classes in GIIS?


GIIS is more reputable for its higher grades and IGCSE syllabus. Not too sure if they do enroll 4 years+ child. For kindergarten it is still best to place them their your residence for convenience and time sake. FYI GIIS is located at Queenstown and East coast.

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Global Indian International School

Postby dbirlase » Wed, 04 Mar 2009 6:41 am

Hi guys.

Been a local PR in singapore for quite some time now and I have seen the local school sylabus and the global indian school sylabus as well. While singapore local schools are funded by the government and kids learn the same amount of knowledge whether local school or expat school.

I am considering withdrawing my kid from the Global Indian International School. I agree with the friends and people on the net that for the school's standard have been going down for the past few months. I am considering switching to the local system, just want to get your views as some of my friends have already withdrawn from the school.

While i do agree with parents that they find it easier to go back to india and get their kids transfered. I have known that people from local system do get admission into india after sitting the adminission test in a local school. My neighbour was studying Primary 1 here and she went to india and got the same standard as the schools in india. The curriculum might be different due to CBSE and the local system, but the fundamental teaching styles are the same. Just want to hear from parents who have already changed school system and how they are finding it. Like return to india i guess, but return to local system.

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Re: Global Indian International School - Concerns

Postby ANBU » Fri, 08 May 2009 2:27 pm

Dear Parents of Indian expatriates, who consider the GIIS as choice

In simple GIIS is “A School That 'DOES NOT' Cares”

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reg GIIS

Postby Ana09 » Sat, 23 May 2009 5:07 pm

@ Anbu,

Is the problem w.r.t to GIIS only in the primary or senior classes also ? I understand their 2008 plus two results werent good. How is it this year ? I would like to know about their hostel facilities also and food.

Can you enlighten me on these aspects ? I am especially concerned about teaching standards in Plus one and two.

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reg GIIS

Postby ANBU » Tue, 26 May 2009 8:26 am

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