Want to keep up to date on what’s going on in Singapore and how you can help? We also bring you school news plus what’s new and happening around the city.
Show support and offer some encouragement to healthcare personnel and workers on the frontline in Singapore during the COVID-19 pandemic. Head to cheerforthem.sg, a website where you can submit artwork and a message for them. When the Circuit Breaker rules are relaxed, the artwork and messages along with balloons will be sent to these frontline workers. Find out more now.
CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF) has launched the CapitaLand #MealOnMe initiative with The Food Bank Singapore and its F&B tenants to provide over 30,000 meals for the elderly, children from low-income families as well as community care staff. Until 24 May, CapitaStar members can donate 5,000 STAR$ (equivalent to $5) on the CapitaStar mobile app, which CHF will match accordingly.
Save the Earth
The Rare Tree Forest is an initiative in the Grade 9 science curriculum and Field Studies Programme at Stamford American International School. In February, the new Rare Tree Forest site in the school campus was inaugurated with the planting of endangered species of trees indigenous to Asia and Singapore. The next phase is to develop the Rare Tree Forest Nursery and enhance the school’s green spaces.
All about the Arts
The team at Chatsworth International School believes that a holistic and balanced education is about developing the whole child. For them, the arts are integral to a well-rounded IB curriculum, providing opportunities for students to express themselves, gain confidence and shine. There are plenty of ways to get involved at Chatsworth, from music performances, drama and school musicals to visual art and arts-related co-curricular activities. The school encourages students to discover their passions, develop skills and have fun. At the end of this academic year, the students will stage The Wizard of Oz and Annie the Musical!
72 Bukit Tinggi Road. chatsworth.com.sg
Prepping for “Big School”
The Grange Institution is a small community school that offers a personalised approach to children’s education. The school’s Year 1A Programme for students aged five to six years prepares them for formal primary education. They’re taught Cambridge Primary English, Mathematics and Science Curriculum to provide a good foundation in literacy, numeracy and science. As part of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), students also pick up inquiry skills through carefully selected multidisciplinary Units of Learning. Through its future-focused Cre8tors-inAction curriculum framework, The Grange’s mission is to develop creative, respectful and responsible individuals who see themselves as active leaders who can positively impact the world and people around them.
Lycée Français de Singapour was officially renamed as International French School of Singapore in February. Its new name symbolises the shift of having a more diverse student population, with increasing numbers of non-French speaking students studying its bilingual French-English curriculum. Currently having over 60 nationalities, the school has plans to expand its campus to accommodate 4,000 students by 2023.
Keen on IB?
One World International School’s Nanyang campus will be offering the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) for Grade 11 from August this year. The two-year programme consists of six subject groups and the diploma core, including theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay. Through the DP core curriculum, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service. Annual fees are $20,136. School tours are held at 9.30am on weekdays and 10am on Saturday, book a spot on the school website.
Divorce & Relocation
Divorced and want to take the kids back home with you? The team at Consilium Law outlines a few important details to know. A parent seeking to relocate must obtain the written consent of the non-relocating parent. If consent isn’t obtained, an application must be brought to the Family Justice Courts (FJC). The welfare of the child is of paramount concern and overrides other considerations. The Court will balance the primary caregiver’s reasonable wishes to relocate and the child’s interest in maintaining a relationship with both parents. Some of the factors considered include:
- Loss of relationship with the left-behind parent
- Good education opportunities abroad
- Permanent long-term relocation
- Family support abroad
- Child’s liability to serve National Service in Singapore The FJC will consider the unique circumstances of each case and assess what will be in the best interests of the child and decide whether to allow the relocation.
It’s not too late to get your hands on a new 2020 diary from Collins Debden. The collection consists of seven fun designs, including the “Vanguard” that comes with a contemporary copper foil cover design. Priced from $20.90 to $49.90, they’re available online at collinsdebden.com and at selected Kinokuniya, NBC and Times outlets.
If you’re all about high-performance pictures and sounds, you’ll be excited to read that the Philips OLED+984 TV is now available in Singapore. It has a third-generation P5 Pro Picture Processing chip that offers vibrant colours, contrast and sharper resolution. The 65-inch TV also comes equipped with Dolby Atmos capability. You’ll find it at Best Denki stores, priced at $6,999.
Free entry to Sentosa
From now until June 2020, you can enter the island for free. Get a complimentary ride on board the Sentosa Express monorail ($4 per entry) from VivoCity or drive in without paying the entry fee ($2 to $6 per car, depending on the time).
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