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Postby therat » Mon, 20 May 2013 11:48 pm

First Toa Payoh Primary is single session. 2013 the intake is 210 student, guess 2014 likely will be the same.

For your information
First Toa Payoh School Vacancies (51) for Phase 3
(as at 29 August 2012)

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Postby Nhunguyen » Tue, 21 May 2013 12:05 am

therat wrote:First Toa Payoh Primary is single session. 2013 the intake is 210 student, guess 2014 likely will be the same.

For your information
First Toa Payoh School Vacancies (51) for Phase 3
(as at 29 August 2012)


Thanks for your information. By the way, do you know how many schools can we apply for Phase 3?

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Postby therat » Tue, 21 May 2013 10:07 am

I had no idea for Phase 3

I know for Phase 2A to 2C only one application.
If parent want to submit the 2nd application, the parent need to go back to the first school to withdrawn back the 1st application.
Or else MOE will void both application.

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Postby fushiav » Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:41 pm

Hello there

I'm pretty sure you can only register at one school at any one time in P3 as when you register they actually enter your info into the MoE system- you can change your mind on the day but need to withdraw you application to make a new one. My advice would be to wait as much as possible on the day, call up all the schools to see which ones will be going into balloting...

My son was at Queenstown for the first year - it didn't go into balloting then - nice school, just renovated and have added a gymnasium - it's pretty central so perhaps you might consider this school (we've now moved to the east coast so also moved schools)

9 schools will be open this year which is great news, but all but 1 are really quite far out. Also 2007 is the year of the golden pigs (= more babies apparently...). Also I feel more and more expats are considering local schools given the insane school fee inflation at International Schools...

See the kiasuparents predictions
http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/conte ... 14-preview

Going through the same process again this year with my daughter in the east coast where most schools are oversubscribed, not looking forward to it! Although in the meantime we have become PRs so slightly better prospects I guess...

By the way there are lots of open houses at schools this week and next so you might want to check their websites.

Best of luck!

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Postby fushiav » Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:44 pm

In terms of standing out, I wouldn't worry too much - obviously blondes will be a small minority but a school which goes to Phase 3 is bound to have quite a number of foreigners

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Postby Nhunguyen » Wed, 03 Jul 2013 10:02 pm

fushiav wrote:In terms of standing out, I wouldn't worry too much - obviously blondes will be a small minority but a school which goes to Phase 3 is bound to have quite a number of foreigners


Thanks Fushiav. I can only wait and see. Right now, I have Guangyang, Balestier Hill and last choice is First Toa Payoh and government offer if she can't get in any school of our choice. Hppefully it's not all the way in Jurong or the other end of the city. Worse comes to worse, the "homeschool" will kick in.

Good luck to your new school as well.

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Postby nikros » Tue, 30 Jul 2013 2:06 pm

nanay wrote:hi fushiav,

how are your kids doing in their Mandarin classes?

my dd is currently in Primary 1 at CHIJ Upper Bukit Timah and is struggling with Han Yu Pinyin (I didnt enroll her in any enrichment classes thats why)..

so now am trying to catch up..

Up to Primary 2 level, Mandarin is easy and many expat kids are doing very well with it. My son had a grade 76 after P2 SA2 examination.
But in Primary 3 difficulty increase suddenly. And now i'm very disappointed of my son's grades (around 30). We increased the Mandarin tution, but i'm afraid that even he will pass the examinations this year, there will be another much harder increasing of difficulty in P5. I heard about expat kids which learn chinese in local schools until P5, but all of them calcel Mandarin grade in P5-P6.

If you want easer life for your kids in local school, choose Malay as mother tongue, it is not so popular in the world, but much easier than Mandarin.


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