1.1 Purpose of this Handbook

1.2 Welcome Note from the Head of School

1.3 Mission, Vision and Core Values

1.4 School Culture

1.5 CIS Learning Principles

1.6 School Hours and Daily Timetable

1.7 School Calendar

1.8 Security on Campus Students Parents Visitors Car Decals

1.9 Parking on Campus

1.10 Arrival and Departure from School

1.11 Contact Us

Section 1: Introduction

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.

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

1.3 Mission, Vision and Core Values

MissionEngage. Enlighten. Empower.VisionCIS 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 ValuesRespect:We respect ourselves and respect others for their special talents, skills and contributions.Commitment:We keep our promises and will fulfill all our commitments.Integrity:We believe that integrity is the heart of all lasting relationships and endeavours, and will work with each other in good faith.Collaboration:We will cooperate with each other, learn and have fun together to achieve things which are of significance.Responsibility:We take pride in all that we do and are accountable for our actions.

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.

1.5 CIS Learning Principles

Read more about our Learning Principles here.

1.6 School Hours and Daily Timetable

1.6.1 School Hours

The school day for all students runs from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Students who do not travel on the bus are advised to be at school by 8:25am.Key Dates for the 2016/2017 School Year are as follows:

  • First Day of the School Year/Semester 1: 15 August 2016
  • October Break: 10 October 2016 to 23 October 2016
  • December/January Break: 19 December 2016 to 9 January 2017
  • First Day of Semester 2: 23 January 2017
  • April Break: 27 March, 2017 to 7 April 2017
  • Final Day of the School Year: 17 June 2017 (half day for students)

1.6.2 Office Hours

  • Monday to Friday: 7:45am to 5:00pm
    (Lakeside reception phone lines remain open until 6:00pm.)
  • Saturday: 8:30am to 12:30pm (Lakeside only)

1.6.3 School Timetable

1.7 School Calendar

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

1.8 Security on Campus

Security is of the utmost importance to all at CIS, and we aim to provide a safe and secure environment for the entire CIS community. CIS employs 24-hour security guards at both campuses to secure the entrances and perimeter of the school grounds.Everyone who enters CIS is required to show photo ID to our security personnel with the exception of CIS students in uniform.


Students in Grades 4 to 12 are provided with a Campus card (a stored value photo ID card) which will be checked when entering the campus grounds.This Campus card is also used to purchase food in the school canteen (and Vive Cafe at Lakeside). Lost Student CardsStudents who lose their Campus Online/ID card must pay $20.00 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


All CIS parents are provided with a photo ID card when their children start at CIS. These cards must be displayed at all times when on campus.Each family is provided with three ID cards free of charge. Additional or replacement cards can be be provided at a cost of $20 per card. To request an additional or replacement card, please download the application form here and return it to the school with the required passport photo.New families who do not yet have their CIS ID cards must show their letter of acceptance to enter the campus. Temporary ID cards can then be collected from main reception.


Visitors are required to sign in at the front gate and will be issued with a visitor's pass before they can enter CIS' grounds. After receiving a visitors pass, all visitors must report to the front office for further identification and to sign-in.

Car Decals

All private cars entering CIS grounds must display the official CIS car decal.Decals can be collected during orientation or from the main office on each campus. Lakeside parents will be asked to submit the details of their IU device at the time of the decal request. Car decals change each year and are issued on an annual basis. They must be surrendered to the school when students graduate or withdraw.

1.9 Parking on Campus

1.9.1 Lakeside Campus

There are approximately 200 car parks onsite. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. If car parks are full, parents will have to park in nearby HDB public car parks. Parents can register their In-Vehicle Unit (IU) and obtain a parking decal, either at Security or at the reception counter in the Main Office.

1.9.2 Tanjong Katong Campus

There is no parking on campus between 8am and 8:30am, or between 2:45pm and 3:45pm. If you are driving to school and would like to walk your child to their classroom, please park in 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 campus. This will keep the parking lot free for the entry and exit of the buses during this time. If you are parking in the school parking lot, you must have a parking decal which can be obtained from the main office or Security office.

1.10 Arrival and Departure from School

1.10.1 Lakeside Campus

Morning Bus Drop Off

Students who catch the school bus to school will be dropped in the bus bay off by approximately 8:25am. 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 are able to enter the designated bus drop off zone at any one time.Students will alight the 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.

Afternoon Bus Pick Up

Primary School 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 the arrival of Secondary School students.
Secondary 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 school's administration. Buses leave the school at approximately 3:45pm.

Parent Drop Off and Pick UpPrimary Student Drop Off

Drive in from Jurong West Street 41 and travel along the road (on the left hand side) until you see the Primary 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.

For the first few weeks, Kindergarten and Grade 1 students will be greeted by teachers and EAs in the drop off zone from 8am 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 children in both Primary School and Secondary School may drop all children in the Primary Drop Off Zone.

Secondary Student Drop OffThe drop off point for Secondary School students is at the Atrium (front of the campus). From this point, students alight and make their way to class.
Primary Student Pick UpParents who collect their Primary School children must park on campus and pick their child/children up from pod areas after 3:30pm. The Single Subject Teachers (SSTs) 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 3:40pm.

If students are not collected by 3:40pm, they will be escorted to the Primary Office and their parents will be called to pick them up.

Students who participate in the Activities Programme will be in the Atrium at 4:45pm upon completion of their activity. Primary students (SK to Grade 3) will be escorted to Play Area 3 at 4:45pm. Parents are asked to wait here for their child.

Secondary Student Pick UpSecondary School students wait for their parents in the Atrium. Secondary School students participating in Activities after school can be collected from the Atrium when the Activities are finished.

1.10.2 Tanjong Katong Campus

In the morning, parents may drop off their children in the car park area from 8:10am. 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.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 2:45pm and 3:45pm.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 the Canteen which is currently the designated pick-up area. CIS provides staff supervision there until 3:45pm. Children who have not been picked up by 3:45pm will be asked to wait in the office until their parent arrives to collect them.

1.11 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.

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