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Section 1: Introduction

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1.1  Purpose of this Handbook
1.2 Welcome Note from Head of School
1.3 Mission, Vision and Core Values
1.4 School Culture
1.5 CIS Husky Paw - Key Development Stages
1.6  CIS Learning Principles
1.7 School Hours and Daily Timetable
1.7.1       School Hours
1.7.2 Office Hours
1.7.3 School Timetable
1.8 School Calendar
1.9  Security on Campus
1.10  Parking on Campus 
1.10.1 Lakeside Campus 
1.10.2  Tanjong Katong Campus
1.11  Arrival and Departure from School
1.11.1  Lakeside Campus
1.11.2 Tanjong Katong Campus
1.12  Contact Us

1.1 Purpose of this Handbook

The purpose of this handbook is to ensure that all students/parents are familiar with school rules and regulations, policies and where to go if they have a problem. Please take the time to read this handbook as it contains some critical information.

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1.2  Welcome Note from the Head of School

A Message from the Head of School, Dr. Glenn Odland

Welcome to the Canadian International School (CIS) in Singapore. As you walk through the halls of our school, we hope you gain a sense of our school community, and the diverse talents, nationalities and traditions that give our school its strong commitment to excellence and humanistic ideals.

Being an international school, we enjoy the benefits of a multitude of cultures. This creates a truly global perspective that is interwoven throughout our daily lives as we strive to provide a high quality education aimed at preparing our students for their future. It is our mandate to equip our children to thrive in whatever paths their future goals take them. To achieve that, we know it is imperative to forge a strong partnership with you, our parents.

Thank you for entrusting your children to us, and for teaming with us in their education. While we are proud of the breadth and depth of our programmes, it is our teachers who truly make the difference. It is their capacity to foster learning in our students that sets us apart. At CIS, you will find a community of open, friendly, inquisitive, caring and engaged learners. When you step into a CIS classroom, you experience excitement, vitality and a feeling of accomplishment from the students and their teachers. The synergy generated by the team immediately makes teaching and learning a joy, as the laughter and smiles are heard, seen and felt. Indeed, a positive learning environment is not just a pleasant feature; it is the foundation for good learning!

I look forward to a great year and to meeting all the new and returning children and parents as we continue to make the Canadian International School a great place for kids.

Warm regards,

Dr. Glenn Odland
Head of School

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1.3  Mission, Vision and Core Values


Engage. Enlighten. Empower.


CIS will provide extraordinary learning opportunities for the globally connected student.  A nurturing environment, an international curriculum, and a culturally diverse community will facilitate exceptional achievements.  Together we will take action to make the world a better place.

Core Values

We respect ourselves and respect others for their special talents, skills and contributions.

We keep our promises and will fulfill all our commitments.

We believe that integrity is the heart of all lasting relationships and endeavours, and will work with each other in good faith.

We will cooperate with each other, learn and have fun together to achieve things which are of significance.

We take pride in all that we do and are accountable for our actions.

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1.4  School Culture

CIS offers students an opportunity to develop through a diverse and challenging curriculum and a wide range of activities. Students are given ownership of the learning process and are encouraged to actively participate in their own education by setting personal goals and practicing on-going self-evaluation. Our inquiry-based programmes and activities encourage students to discover their interests and strengths. All of this is done in a safe, caring and supportive school environment that fosters positive attitudes and allows students to challenge themselves and be risk-takers, without the fear of being judged. 

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 1.5  CIS Husky Paw – Key Developmental Stages

The Husky, renowned for its strength, intelligence, power and endurance in Canada’s Arctic, is the official mascot of the Canadian International School. As you walk through our school and browse our school publications you will be greeted by the colourful images of the Husky paw print.

 Fundamental to our programme is the belief that students progress through significant and identifiable stages of learning. At CIS, we have chosen to represent those stages symbolically through the use of the Husky Paw print. Together, the pads complete a footprint to transition from Early Childhood to High School graduation. 


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1.6 CIS Learning Principles

Read more about our Learning Principles here.  

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 1.7  School Hours and Daily Timetable

1.7.1  School Hours

The school day for students in Early Childhood Education to Grade 8 runs from 8:45 am to 3:15 pm. The school day for students in Grades 9 to 12 runs from 8:45 am to 3:55 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Classes for these students on a Wednesday finishes at 3:15 pm. Students who do not travel on the bus are advised to be at school by 8:40 am.

Key Dates for the 2014/2015 School Year are as follows:

  • First Day of the School Year/Semester 1: 18 August, 2014
  • October Break: 13 October, 2014 to 24 October, 2014
  • December/January Break: 22 December, 2014 to 12 January, 2015
  • First Day of Semester 2: 26 January, 2015
  • April Break: 23 March, 2015 to 3 April, 2015
  • Final Day of the School Year: 19 June, 2015

1.7.2  Office Hours

  • Monday to Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (Lakeside)

1.7.3  School Timetable


Elementary School Daily Timetable
 Junior and Senior Kindergarten 
  Grades 1 and 3   Grade 2
 8:45 - 8:50  Homeroom    8:45 - 8:50  Homeroom    8:45 - 8:50  Homeroom
 8:50 - 9:30  Period 1    8:50 - 9:30  Period 1    8:50 - 9:30  Period 1 
 9:30 - 10:10  Period 2    9:30 - 10:10  Period 2    9:30 - 10:10  Period 2
 10:10 - 10:25   Recess    10:10 - 10:25   Snack    10:10 - 10:25  Snack
 10:25 - 10:40  Snack    10:25 - 10:40  Recess    10:25 - 10:40  Recess
 10:40 - 11:20  Period 3    10:40 - 11:20  Period 3    10:40 - 11:20   Period 3
 11:20 - 12:00   Period 4    11:20 - 12:00  Period 4    11:20 - 12:00   Period 4
 12:00 - 12:25  Recess    12:00 - 12:25  Lunch    12:00 - 12:25  Recess 
 12:25 - 12:50  Lunch    12:25 - 12:50  Recess    12:25 - 12:50  Lunch 
 12:55 - 1:05  DEAR    12:55 - 1:05  DEAR    12:55 - 1:05  DEAR
 1:05 - 1:45  Period 5    1:05- 1:45  Period 5      1:05 - 1:45  Period 5
 1:45 - 2:25  Period 6    1:45 - 2:25  Period 6     1:45 - 2:25  Period 6 
 2:25 - 3:05  Period 7    2:25 - 3:05  Period 7     2:25 - 3:05  Period 7 
 3:05 - 3:15  Homeroom    3:05 - 3:15  Homeroom     3:05 - 3:15  Homeroom 

Elementary School
Early Childhood Education (ECE) is either a three hour programme with morning classes from 8:45 am to 11:45 am or a full day class that runs from 8:45 am to 3:15 pm. Junior Kindergarten (JK) to Grade 3 students will conclude their day with a homeroom period from 3:00 pm to 3:15 pm. If desired, parents may pick up these children from 3:00 pm onwards.

Middle School (Grades 4 to 8) Daily Timetable 
   8:45 - 8:55  Homeroom/Advisor 
   8:55 - 9:35  Period 1
   9:35 - 10:15  Period 2
 10:15 - 10:55  Period 3
 10:55 - 11:10  Recess
 11:10 - 11:50  Period 4
 11:50 - 12:30  Period 5
 12:30 - 1:15   Lunch 
   1:15 - 1:55  Period 6 
   1:55 - 2:35  Period 7
   2:35 - 3:15  Period 8

All students are expected to attend their Homeroom or Advisor class from 8:45 am to 8:55 am each day.

High School (Grades 9 to 12) Daily Timetable 
  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday   Wednesday
 Advisory            8:45 - 9:02  Advisory            8:45 - 9:02
 Period 1    9:05 - 9:42  Period 1    9:05 - 9:42
 Period 2    9:45 - 10:25  Period 2    9:45 - 10:25
 Break  10:25 - 10:30  Break  10:25 - 10:30
 Period 3  10:30 - 11:07  Period 3  10:30 - 11:07
 Period 4  11:10 - 11:50  Period 4  11:10 - 11:50
 Lunch  11:50 - 12:20  Lunch  11:50 - 12:25
 SMART  12:25 - 1:07  Period 5  12:30 - 1:07
 Period 5    1:10 - 1:47  Period 6    1:10 - 1:50
 Period 6    1:50 - 2:30  Period 7    1:55 - 2:32
 Period 7    2:35 - 3:12  Period 8    2:35 - 3:15
 Period 8    3:15 - 3:55    


Early Childhood Education (ECE) will continue to be a three hour programme with morning classes from 8:45 am to 11:45 am. All students are expected to attend their Homeroom or Advisor class from 8.45 am to 8.55 am each day.

 PYP Schedule     MYP Schedule 
    Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6         Grades 7 and 8 
 8:45 - 8:55  Homeroom    8:45 - 8:55  Homeroom
 8:55 - 9:35  Period 1    8:55 - 9:35   Period 1 
 9:35 - 10:15  Period 2    9:35 - 10:15  Period 2 
 10:15 - 10:35  Recess     10:15 - 10:20   Break 
 10:35 - 11:15  Period 3     10:20 - 11:00  Period 3 
 11:15 - 11:55  Period 4     11:00 - 11:40  Period 4 
 11:55 - 12:55  Recess/Lunch     11:40 - 12:25  Lunch 
 12:55 - 1:15  Reading     12:25 - 1:05  Period 5 
 1:15 - 1:55  Period 5     1:05 - 1:45  Period 6
 1:55 - 2:35  Period 6     1:45 - 1:55  Break
 2:35 - 3:15  Period 7     1:55 - 2:35  Period 7 
       2:35 - 3:15  Period 8 


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 1.8  School Calendar

The school calendar can be viewed here. A summary of the key semester dates can be viewed here

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 1.9  Security on Campus

Security guards are onsite at all CIS campuses 24 hours a day. To ensure a secure school environment, our security guards monitor visitor access on campus. When entering the campus, parents will need to show their photo ID card to gain access.

Car Decals

All parents who have a vehicle are asked to register their vehicle with our security office and display the vehicle decal on the left hand side of their windscreen. Car decals are available for collection from the Main Office or during orientation. Car decals must be renewed annually, and returned to CIS when you withdraw.  

ID Cards

Each family (parents and helpers only) will be provided with up to 3 photograph ID cards free of charge. The photograph ID cards will enable access to your child(ren)’s campus. Lost cards must be reported to the Main Office of your child’s campus immediately. Replacement cards are available at a cost of S$20.00. Replacement cards will be available for collection 7 working days after the request for a replacement card is received.

Parent ID cards will remain in force for the duration of a student’s enrolment. Parents and students will be provided with a yearly sticker for the card to indicate the current year.  When the last child in the family leaves CIS, the Parent ID cards must be returned to the school.

Parents must notify the school immediately if a domestic helper is no longer employed with their family. The replacement ID card for new domestic helpers is S$20.00.

Students Cards

All students in Grades 4 to 12 will receive a Campus Online card which serves as their official student ID and also as the stored value card that facilitates canteen purchases. These cards do remain the property of Sodexo services, the school's canteen provider.

Lost Student Cards

Students who lose their Campus Online/ID card must pay $20.00 in order to be issued with a replacement card. Replacement cards will be ready for collection from the Sodexo Administration office on your campus in 3 working days. 

Please note the following key points of this process:

  1. Complete the Campus Online Student Card replacement form.
  2. Submit the form to the Sodexo Office on your campus and pay the $20 for the replacement card. An official receipt will be issued. At this point, you will be provided with a red slip which will facilitate cash purchases in the canteen/cafe until the new card is ready for collection. 
  3. After 3 working days, please proceed to the Sodexo Administration office to collect your new card. 

Questions regarding ID cards can be directed to

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 1.10  Parking on Campus 

1.10.1  Lakeside Campus
There are approximately 200 car parks onsite. Parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If car parks are full, parents will need to park in nearby HDB public car parks.

1.10.2  Tanjong Katong Campus

If you would like to walk your child to their classroom, we ask that you park at the public parking lot adjacent to our campus and enter through the pedestrian gate. This gate has been installed to allow parents and students safe passage when entering and leaving the campus. This will keep the parking lot free for the entry and exit of the buses during this time. 

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 1.11 Arrival and Departure from School

1.11.1 Lakeside Campus

Morning Bus Drop Off

Students who catch the school bus to school will be dropped in the bus bay off by approximately 8:40 am. A dedicated drop off zone in the bus bay ensures student safety. Upon arriving on campus in the morning, buses will queue and enter the bus bay in an orderly fashion. Six buses will be able to enter the designated bus drop off zone at any one point in time.

Students will alight each bus, under the supervision of principals, teachers and educational assistants. Younger children will be grouped and chaperoned to the canteen on the second floor. Once students are safely assembled in this area, teachers/educational assistants will escort students to their classrooms. Older students, once familiar with the staircases that lead to their school section/pod, will make their way up to their classrooms.

Once the fleet of buses in the drop off zone is empty, they will exit and the next wave of buses will enter. This will repeat until all students are safely at school.

Bus Pick Up

Elementary students taking the school bus are escorted to the undercover playground, where they are supervised until they are led directly to their specific buses. Students will be seated on the bus prior to students arriving from Middle and High School.

Middle and High School students make their way to the buses in an orderly fashion before departure.  Teachers will be strategically placed to guide and assist students as needed to ensure safety. 

Buses do not move from the bus bay until a signal is given by the bus coordinator in conjunction with the administration of the school. Buses leave the school at approximately 3:30 pm. 

Parent Pick Up and Drop Off

Morning Drop Off

Elementary Students

Drive in from Jurong West Street 41 and travel along the road (on the left hand side) until you see the Elementary School Drop Off Zone Sign at the East Wing. Turn right when you see this sign. The drop off zone is located adjacent to the first floor canteen. Traffic marshals will guide you to the proper location.

Your child* will be greeted by teachers and EAs in the drop off zone from 8:15 am onwards. Once students disembark, they will be escorted to the second floor canteen. Once your child has exited the vehicle, please follow the loop around and turn left when you reach the driveway.

* Parents who have Middle School children as well as Elementary Students may drop all children in the Elementary Drop Off Zone. 

Middle and High School Students

The drop off point for Middle and High School students is at the Atrium (front of the campus). From this point, students alight and make their way to class. 

Afternoon Pick Up

Elementary Students

Parents who collect their Elementary children must park on campus and pick their child/children up from pod areas after 3:05 pm. The Single Subject Teachers (SST) will be responsible for the students in the pod areas or designated classrooms until parents arrive. The SSTs will remain in the pod until all students have been picked up or until 3:25 pm.

If students are not collected by 3:25 pm, they will be escorted to the Elementary Office where they will wait for their parents to arrive.

Students who participate in Extra Curricular Activities (Grades 4 to 8) will be in the Atrium at 4:30 pm upon completion of their activity. Elementary students (SK to Grade 3) will be escorted to Play Area 3 at 4:30 pm. Parents are asked to wait here for their child.

Middle and High School Students

Middle and High School students wait for their parents in the atrium. Middle School students participating in Extra Curricular Activities can be collected from the Atrium when ECAs finish. 

1.11.2 Tanjong Katong Campus

In the morning, parents may drop off their children in the car park area from 8:25 am. A staff member will supervise this area on a daily basis and we ask that parents use this area as a drop off point only. As you exit, please follow the school buses to ensure that traffic exits seamlessly and safely.

If you would like to walk your child to their classroom, we ask that you park at the public parking lot adjacent to our campus and enter through the pedestrian gate. This gate has been installed to allow parents and students safe passage when entering and leaving the campus. This will keep the parking lot free for the entry and exit of the buses during this time.

At the end of the school day, to ensure student safety and the efficient loading of the buses, we must reserve space in our parking lot for the buses. Consequently, private vehicles are not allowed to enter or exit the campus between 2:45 pm and 3:30 pm.

Parents who wish to pick up their children are asked to use the public parking area beside the school entrance during this time. You are welcome to enter the campus through the pedestrian gate and then meet your children at the designated pick up area.

Once the school buses have departed, parents may drive onto the campus, park, and pick up their children from a designated pick up area. Currently, the canteen is used for this purpose and CIS provides staff supervision there until 3:30 pm Children who have not been picked up by 3:30 pm will be asked to wait in the office until their parent arrives to collect them.  

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1.12 Contact Us

Please find the contact details for each campus listed below. For information on whom you should contact in your child’s campus or school section, please see the relevant campus/school section tabbed segments at the back of this handbook.

Lakeside Campus Tanjong Katong Campus
7 Jurong West Street 41 
Singapore 649414
Phone: +(65) 6467 1732
Fax: +(65) 6467 1729
371 Tanjong Katong Road
Singapore 437128
Phone: +65 6345 1573
Fax: +65 6345 4057

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Canadian International School CPE Registration No: 199002243H
Period of Registration: 8 June 2011 - 7 June 2015
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