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P1 Registration: Choosing the right school for your child

02 Jul 2014

P1 registration

Mrs Jenny Yeo, former Principal of South View Primary School, shares a few tips on how parents can choose a primary school for their child.


How do you choose the right school for your child? Just like when we look for a job, a good fit is essential for us to do well. So if you want your child to thrive, finding a good match in a school is critical.

In a nutshell, think about your child’s interest, schools that offer his or her mother tongue, distance between your home and the school, the school’s identity and if necessary, whether the school caters to special needs.

Besides these, having served as a principal in several schools, I would urge parents to consider the capacity, strength and talent of their child, who is unique in his or her own way.

Finding a new school for your precious child can be a daunting task. How do you know that the school you are looking at adequately meets your child’s interest and needs?

In choosing a primary school, parents should be mindful of their child's capacity in coping with the standard of work required by the school to minimise unnecessary pressure and alleviate stress and anxiety.

Our children should look forward to going to school and be happy in school! 

The strength and talent of your child should also be taken into account. A school that focuses on the areas which your child excels in is likely to have the nurturing environment that provides the support, opportunities and exposure to showcase these talents. A school that suits your child will go a long way to help him or her enjoy school.

One of my ex-students, Ray, was very good in the performing Arts and enrolled in a primary school that was strong in the Arts. His talent was cultivated and nurtured through many opportunities of acting and dancing. Ray benefited from a repertoire of experiences provided by the school. After completing primary school, Ray was granted a place in the School Of The Arts (SOTA), which focuses entirely on the Arts and would definitely develop his talent to the next level. 

Before leaving primary school, Ray said to me, “Thank you Mrs Yeo for all the opportunities that you have given me. You are like my backbone.” Our school was the right fit for Ray and he was able to thrive. Find the school that is best suited for your child and he or she will be able to shine as well.

I strongly believe that not every child can be a scholar but every child has a talent or strength. By nurturing and developing the child to find his or her self-worth, he or she can be empowered  to contribute to our society and nation!

To help parents in choosing a primary school for their child, watch this video or check out this useful infographic!

To share your tips on choosing a primary school, leave a comment below!