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Tanglin Trust School expands its campus at Portsdown Road

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The new Nixon Building at Tanglin Trust School was officially opened by Minister S. Iswaran and acting High Commissioner, Alexandra McKenzie in November 2016. Named in honour of Dominic Nixon, former Chair of the Board and governor at the school for more than 10 years, the event was attended by governors, members of the school community and members of the local neighbourhood of one-north. Minister Iswaran gave a poignant speech in which he made reference to the relevance of international schools to Singapore and the role they play in supporting globalization. "You are really at the nexus in many ways between Singapore and the world," he said. "You bring the world to Singapore, and you bring Singapore to the world." In addition to meeting the needs of the international community in Singapore he added that "It takes on added significance against the backdrop of some of the recent...

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An Interview with Tony Little of GEMS Education on the social media generation, international schooling and advice for parents

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As also seen on HoneyKids   An internationally recognised educator (he started his career in 1977), Tony Little was the Head Master of Eton College from 2002 until 2015, a prestigious UK school boasting such notable alumni as David Cameron, Princes William and Harry, Eddie Redmayne, and many more. He is also the author of An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Education. Upon retirement from Eton in 2015 Tony became the Group Chief Education Officer at GEMS Education, where he’s responsible for ensuring the quality of education across the global chain of 90 schools in 13 countries, including GEMS World Academy (Singapore). Tony gave us his thoughts on the social media generation, international education, advice for parents, and what life was really like at Eton College. On top of all the other challenges that children face, how does the generation that...

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International Private Education: Choosing the right school in Singapore

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Many families today are used to the culture of moving countries, jobs and schools. Many others are not, thus, the experience can be quite daunting for relocating families. The first worry on a parent’s mind is of course schooling and which one is the ‘right fit’ for their child. Every parent is looking for a school that will fulfil their child’s needs both emotionally and academically and allow them to be recognized for their talents/skills and as well as this provide them with the exposure to new subjects. There is a lot to consider, as the type of school you choose can impact your child's emotional, mental and social development. Here are some valuable tips which will help you navigate the private international schooling system in Singapore: Research Singapore schools online and make a shortlist of the ones that appeal to you. Write to the schools and...

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Meet Christopher Short, the new Principal at Dover Court International School

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Christopher Short has recently joined as Principal of Dover Court – a Nord Anglia International School. Here, he tells us about his experience within the field of education.     Christopher was born in London in the UK and has lived in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Venezuela, Australia, Dubai, Ascension Island and Vietnam. After attending Gordonstoun, he got his degree and teaching qualifications from St Mary's College, University of Surrey. He joined Dover Court International School, Singapore from the British International School in Hanoi where he was the founding Head of Secondary.     'They will be smart enough if we are good enough' – Sir John Jones What was your first reaction when you first arrived in Singapore? I first visited Singapore back in 1984 so it has been interesting to re-discover the city to see what has...

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Head of Education Spotlight – David Edwards, Gems World Academy (Singapore)

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  Hear from David Edwards, Head of Education at GEMS World Academy (Singapore), about the school’s commitment to excellence and how people are at the heart of all they do. “We aspire to be an acknowledged leader of excellence in international education across Asia”. David Edwards 1. Would you mind sharing your experience with being involved with international schools in Asia?I’ve been working within the Asian international education sector for 15 years, including a stint in Hong Kong and for the past 12 years in Singapore. Whilst based here, I have been involved in a variety of projects across Asia, including school developments in Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong, China, India and Thailand. As well as supporting the development of new schools, I’ve been a member of the IB Educator Network providing consultancy support, conducting school...

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