If international school fees are straining your budget, One World International School’s (OWIS) new campus in Singapore’s west might be the ideal alternative.
OWIS has won a government tender to operate a new international school at Pioneer, in Singapore’s west. Known as OWIS Nanyang Campus, the 1,200-place school set on 3.2 hectares will open in January 2018. This is good news for expats living in the island’s west – and also those looking for lower international school fees; kindergarten and primary school will set you back $17,000 per child, while secondary school fees will be capped at $20,000.
OWIS will upgrade the campus, located at the former Pioneer Secondary School at 21 Jurong West Street 81. Facilities and curriculum programmes will include:
- classrooms equipped with e-learning technology, including Apple iPads for on-campus use;
- dedicated spaces for entrepreneurship, performing and visual arts, technology and robotics;
- a “nature kindergarten programme” open to local and international students with an emphasis on a natural learning environment;
- the International Baccalaureate Programme for both Primary School and diploma levels;
- Cambridge’s IGCSE programme, for students aged 11 to 16.
Principal of OWIS, Gregor Polson, says that the school “seeks to offer a holistic multicultural education that delivers outstanding results without compromising on the quality of teaching. While we are focusing on quality tuition as the core, we will offer a unique and all-rounded learning experience for our students.”
Nanyang is OWIS’s second campus; the first is located at Upper East Coast Road.
The announcement of the new campus comes on the back of government recognition of the escalating cost of international school fees. In April, the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and Singapore Land Authority (SLA) announced a public tender to establish an international school to repurpose the former Pioneer Secondary School to a “foreign system school”. OWIS was the successful bidder chosen from the 11 tenders.
Marcus Dass, Director of Human Capital, EDB, says, “While many existing foreign system schools in Singapore have been delivering high-quality international education, there are requests for more affordable and diverse school options. A suitable premises without the extensive facilities common in many existing international schools gives operators the opportunity to provide quality international school education at a more affordable fee.”
The non-denominational international school will comprise a diverse, multicultural student population, with no one nationality comprising more than 30 per cent of total student enrolment.
Want to find out more? Head along to the Open House on Saturday, 12 August at 9.30am at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Register to attend.
Campus tours start on 1 October; classes commence on 8 January 2018. For expressions of interest for student admission, visit the OWIS website. Admissions will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.
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