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Relocating from the UK with family..calling all UK expats.

Post by fishandchips » Thu, 15 Dec 2011 9:08 am

Hi Guys,

We will be moving to Singapore from the UK next year for a job offer. I just wanted to know if there is a best time in the year to move with a family of four? I have two kids, one in Year 7 and one in Year 1, and we would like to move with the least affect and incovenience to the kids school.

I heard the primary and secondary school in Singapore starts in January, which is opposite in the UK where it starts September.

Thanks for any information.

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Post by nutnut » Thu, 15 Dec 2011 9:28 am

I'll say it before anyone else does.

What do you mean by a best time to move? If you have a job, isn't that driving the time of year you have to move, I guess it's personal preference too.

In regards to the school question, the local schools start in January and the International Schools start at various times of the year, British curriculum International Schools start around the same time as the UK ones. You should look into the schooling very hard as it's not like the UK where you just send them to the closest school, there is a lot more to it! Have a read through the forum.

Happy to help if you have any specific questions.

Please search the forum first for most questions, there are a lot of resources here that you can tap into.

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Post by fishandchips » Thu, 15 Dec 2011 7:16 pm

Nutnut,

Thanks very much for the information. This is the reason why we are looking into the school side of relocating, the last thing we want is to get our kids into a predicament and they suffer.

We are hoping to haggle with the employer to wait until our kids can finish near the end of the school year here, around about June or July, that way they finish the school year here, and just get the hit on the next school year in Singapore, instead of getting a hit on both sides.

I take it it costs alot more to put the kids in a british International School, don't suppose you know of a rough figure of the school tution fees there?

Thanks once again, and will snoop around the forum for more information.

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Post by ecureilx » Thu, 15 Dec 2011 8:27 pm

fishandchips wrote:
I take it it costs alot more to put the kids in a british International School, don't suppose you know of a rough figure of the school tution fees there?n.
International schools ? about 10K to 15K per semester .. or more .. and more International Schools expect full year payment up front :)

I got that from a colleague who is finding it hard with his two kids in International schools ...

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Post by nutnut » Thu, 15 Dec 2011 9:50 pm

ecureilx wrote:
fishandchips wrote:
I take it it costs alot more to put the kids in a british International School, don't suppose you know of a rough figure of the school tution fees there?n.
International schools ? about 10K to 15K per semester .. or more .. and more International Schools expect full year payment up front :)

I got that from a colleague who is finding it hard with his two kids in International schools ...
Squirrel, it differs school to school!

For me, It costs ~$17K per year each (1xP1, 1xK2) 6 months in advance. But somewhere like Tanglin is $30K a year. Not much under $15K....
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Post by durain » Fri, 16 Dec 2011 9:23 pm

your number one priority is to look for school for your kids. then a place to live nearby-ish. singapore is small but still, you dont want to spend lots of time commuting to school.

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Post by nutnut » Sat, 17 Dec 2011 9:30 am

I agree with durain, if you send the kids on the school bus, it can take a lot longer even if ou think you a close by.
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