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Re: My son is slowly failing in the Singaproe school system.

Postby nakatago » Fri, 31 Aug 2012 3:45 pm

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offshoreoildude wrote:What are my options?

He's 11, Australian born Aussie citizen but also a SC. Currently in a local school and really not doing well. He's inattentive and bored to put it bluntly. We've tried after school tuition and more recently in the last two terms a private tutor (gave up on the tuition centre). He's not stupid but no longer engaged in learning.

He hates Malay (his M/T) and I'm divorced from his mother which adds difficulty. I'm considering enrolling him the Australian school. Any other ideas?


Inattentive and bored? How so? The teachers are too "stiff" or what? Or is it because of strict competition?

Not sure if it's related, but some of my relatives said that it's easier to study in Aussie rather than in Singapore. Is that true?


Most likely the teachers are just not engaging. I was inattentive and bored too during primary school.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 31 Aug 2012 3:54 pm

His doodling on the desk out of boredom became a passion as a cartoonist. :cool: Being a code monkey only puts bacon on the table and pays the rent! :lol:

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Postby nakatago » Fri, 31 Aug 2012 4:13 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:His doodling on the desk out of boredom became a passion as a cartoonist. :cool: Being a code monkey only puts bacon on the table and pays the rent! :lol:


My cousins who inherited my text books said they liked the flip cartoons I left in the margins :P

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Postby the lynx » Fri, 31 Aug 2012 4:17 pm

nakatago wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:His doodling on the desk out of boredom became a passion as a cartoonist. :cool: Being a code monkey only puts bacon on the table and pays the rent! :lol:


My cousins who inherited my text books said they liked the flip cartoons I left in the margins :P


Haha I used to do that too! Flip cartoon with stick men!

And yeah school was so boring and uninspiring that a teacher could make a game of tossing chalks at me whenever I fell asleep in her class.

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Postby offshoreoildude » Fri, 31 Aug 2012 5:32 pm

scarbowl wrote:Send him to Marlborough or Raffles in Iskandar. Doesn't require MOE approval for that. Leave him a few years and then obtain MOE approval for an International School as he has been educated outside of Singapore for a few years. OR....let him remain there.


That's no a bad idea. The idea of a boarding type school has been on our minds.

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Postby nutnut » Fri, 31 Aug 2012 6:29 pm

Depending on where you live (I assume somewhere near the west since you are in Oil and Gas) then the Marlboro school is just across 2nd link, very easy to get to, maybe don't need to board.
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Postby offshoreoildude » Fri, 31 Aug 2012 6:47 pm

I've heard stories of a (local) school in Singapore that's a bit better with kids like my son.... anyone know of any?

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Postby Mad Scientist » Fri, 31 Aug 2012 7:36 pm

Your son is failing , methinks due the different education system and curriculum. Oz has a different standard. For a SG child to study in OZ it will be a breeze as OZ has much lower emphasis on academic focus and are more broad based. It will be harder for your child coming from OZ to study in SG. The best way is to have an integration period for the child or put your child in a lower level against his age. His age peers in SG will be at a different speed and he will find it hard to comprehend. This takes time.
Private school will be one option as said by others but does not necessarily be AIS though. Scout around for those that offers similar to public school but more on helping and guiding specific to your child's need to cope with the local education.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 31 Aug 2012 8:29 pm

I don't think the OP's has ever gone to school in Australia as OP has been in Singapore for 20 years. He an old timer like me.

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Postby offshoreoildude » Fri, 31 Aug 2012 9:38 pm

My son has been in the Singapore system from 2 yo. When I say he is 'failing' I really should clarify and say that his grades have been on a downward slide for the last few years since P3. I am wondering if anyone knows a good child psych? I need to get in his head somehow and work out what's going on?

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Postby the lynx » Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:54 pm

offshoreoildude wrote:My son has been in the Singapore system from 2 yo. When I say he is 'failing' I really should clarify and say that his grades have been on a downward slide for the last few years since P3. I am wondering if anyone knows a good child psych? I need to get in his head somehow and work out what's going on?


Probably some learning disability. Gotta have it verified by expert although I do not have anyone in my mind to recommend for you.

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Postby x9200 » Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:06 pm

Good idea to find a psychologist. The situation may not have anything to do with the school or learning. The divorce being a big red flag.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:34 pm

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Postby v4jr4 » Sat, 01 Sep 2012 10:59 am

the lynx wrote:
offshoreoildude wrote:My son has been in the Singapore system from 2 yo. When I say he is 'failing' I really should clarify and say that his grades have been on a downward slide for the last few years since P3. I am wondering if anyone knows a good child psych? I need to get in his head somehow and work out what's going on?


Probably some learning disability. Gotta have it verified by expert although I do not have anyone in my mind to recommend for you.


Or perhaps, puberty?
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Postby offshoreoildude » Sat, 01 Sep 2012 7:27 pm

v4jr4 wrote:
the lynx wrote:
offshoreoildude wrote:My son has been in the Singapore system from 2 yo. When I say he is 'failing' I really should clarify and say that his grades have been on a downward slide for the last few years since P3. I am wondering if anyone knows a good child psych? I need to get in his head somehow and work out what's going on?


Probably some learning disability. Gotta have it verified by expert although I do not have anyone in my mind to recommend for you.


Or perhaps, puberty?


The thought has crossed my mind....


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