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What’s the news from the international schools?

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New Teacher On Board
Jessica Drake, who comes from the UK, is the newest addition to DAS International’s Speech and Language Therapy team, which provide services for families with children up to 18 years old. Jessica particularly enjoys working with children in their early years and has supported youngsters with a wide range of issues such as autistic spectrum disorders, stammering and more. dasint.org.sg


The Twos
This month, Rain Trees Kindergarten welcomes the little ones, having opened a new class for children turning two or just turned two. What’s more, the school has appointed a new principal, Rohini Ramadas, who has many years of international preschool experience, both in Singapore and overseas. raintreeskindergarten.com


Up To Speed
Are you finding it hard to catch up with your internet-generation kids? Register for the Parenting in a Wired World workshop at Nexus International School, where educator Dr Stuart Martin and digital learning expert Richard Poth will share their insights on how technology is transforming the learning landscape both on and off campus. 23 October, 7pm. Free admission; registration required. Email enquiry@nexus.edu.sg. nexus.edu.sg


Kiddy Fun
Swallows and Amazons offers its students a range of extracurricular activities such as Little League football, AquaDucks swim lessons, Tots Tennis, Kindermusik music lessons and Bubbles Gymnastics, all of which take place at Turf City, at special discounted rates. Teachers will escort the students to and from the various activities. swallowsandamazons.com.sg


Headmaster Visit
John Baugh, headmaster of The Dragon School, Oxford, a boarding and day school for boys and girls aged four to 13 years old, is visiting Singapore on 18 October to meet the parents of prospective students. The Dragon welcomes boarders from families living in the UK and elsewhere. The school has long-established links with Singapore and is used to catering for the needs and travel arrangements of expat families. Email enquiries@dragonschool.org. dragonschool.org


New School
GEMS Education, a leading kindergarten-to-Year-12 private school operator worldwide is opening its first GEMS World Academy (GWA) in Singapore in September 2014, providing a full International Baccalaureate-based programme to its students. GWA is currently accepting enrolments for pre-kindergarten to Grade 5 (aged three to 11) and will expand yearly to include children up to Grade 12. #15-02 Forum The Shopping Mall. gemsworldacademy-singapore.com


Play Time
At Alphabet Playhouse, the kids are never bored. This childcare centre offers a wide variety of activities such as soccer, inline skating, sand play and water play for children aged two months to six years. It has spacious compounds in four convenient locations around Singapore – Somerset, Mountbatten, Katong and East Coast. alphabetplayhouse.com.sg


Old Boys’ Luncheon
New Zealand Christ’s College is extending a special invitation to its alumni based in Singapore to attend an Old Boys’ Luncheon at noon on 11 October at Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel. Headmaster Simon Leese will be in Singapore on 10 October to present an overview of the school, and senior student William Briscoe will share his experience as a Singapore resident boarding at the school. 10 October, 7pm at Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel. Email Sandy at registrar@christscollege.com. christscollege.com