Cantonment Primary School opens
Of so many Singapore primary schools, many will probably pick the one nearest to their residence. Well, the pickier moms may hope for (or demand) their child to get into more renowned schools. The question is ‘does it matter?’
The start of 2011 introduced 2 new schools in Singapore: Edgefield Secondary and Cantonment Primary School.
Classes at Cantonment Primary School start at 8am yet there are some students who arrived as early as 6.30am. The school opted for a later starting time, following a policy change by the Education Ministry in May last year that gave schools free rein to decide their operating hours.
A parent at Cantonment Primary School Christel Chen said: “I think it’s great, my son has more time to sleep and he can have proper breakfast before he (goes) to school”.
However, that is not the only key factor for parents in Singapore when choosing schools. Parent Alicia Chua said the decision to enroll her second child into the school would depend on the quality of the school.
Located on the fringe of the Central Business District, Cantonment Primary plans to turn the cultural heritage sites nearby into what its principal Soh Mei Foong calls “outdoor classrooms” for the children.
Meanwhile in Edgefield Secondary in Punggol, new facilities such as an indoor basketball court and CCAs like golf, await its first batch of students.
Student Abdullah said: “I (picked) Edgefield as my first choice as it’s a new school. I get to be the pioneer of the school… the first batch to this school.”
As moms and dads living in Singapore where academia cannot be emphasized enough, will you be proud of your child being in a pioneer batch of students of a school such as Cantonment Primary School or will you prefer him/her to be put into a more established school? Sure there are pros and cons to both, do share with us your thoughts!
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