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Parent student handbook 2020-2021

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Parent student handbook Parent Student Handbook 2020-2021 The purpose of this handbook is to ensure that all students/parents are familiar with school rules and regulation and policies. Please take the time to read this handbook as it contains critical information that will help you and your child settle into school. Sections included in this handbook are: 1. About TABLE OF CONTENTS 1.1 MISSION, VISION AND CORE VALUES 1.2 SCHOOL CULTURE 1.3 CIS LEARNING PRINCIPLES 1.4 ACADEMIC PROGRAMME 1.5 OUTDOOR LEARNING 1.6 LANGUAGE ACQUISITION PROGRAMME 1.7 STUDENT SUPPORT AND WELLBEING SERVICES 1.8 LIBRARY SERVICES 1.9 DIGITAL LITERACY 1.1 MISSION, VISION AND CORE VALUES Mission Engage. Enlighten. Empower. Vision 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 Collaboration Creativity Curiosity Generosity Respect Excellence 1.2 SCHOOL CULTURE Our story What will tomorrow look like for today’s student? They will work in jobs that don’t yet exist. They will tackle challenges we don’t yet understand. And they will experience opportunities we can’t yet imagine. Our job is simple. We equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to adapt and navigate the world as it changes. We believe those who will thrive in the future are those who can create connections, those with the ability to put things together. They will connect theory and practice, people and places, collaboration and innovation, intention and action. We instil the desire to question, to analyse and to explore. We build the capability to create, to build and to implement. To connect ideas in ways that push them forward. To connect skills in ways that drive lifetime development. To connect with people in ways that build understanding. To connect to places in ways that will make the world their own. This is what we empower our students to do. To connect. To succeed. To thrive. To own the future. 1.3 CIS LEARNING PRINCIPLES The following learning principles are the fundamental understandings that guide teaching and learning at CIS. They are the beliefs that we see as essential for fostering optimum learning in our classrooms: Learners need to feel safe, valued, and supported in order to learn. We create an inviting, respectful, and nurturing learning environment.Learners progress along a developmental continuum. Learners move through similar stages of development at their own rate and in their own way. We measure learning in a variety of ways, and gauge achievement on a continuum in tandem with programme learning expectations.Learners are competent, creative, and full of potential. We respect learners’ capabilities and build on their varied experiences, prior knowledge, and perspectives. We provide learners with opportunities to express themselves, discover new interests, and challenge themselves to maximise and become actively responsible for their own learning.Learners construct knowledge, and co-construct knowledge through social interaction. Learners expand their knowledge of the world, build understanding, and create new ideas through individual and collaborative questioning, evaluating, and revising.Learning is optimised within stimulating and thoughtfully created environments. Our learning spaces are welcoming and aesthetically pleasing for each stage of development. Opportunities for learning use a wide range of resources, including educational technology, and evidence of student thinking is displayed in a variety of ways. Learning engagements are inspiring, thought provoking, and relevant.Learners develop and express their understanding in a variety of ways. Learning looks different at each stage and reflects learners’ individual strengths, needs, and learning styles. Teaching is differentiated to meet these individual traits, and learners are provided various options for processing and demonstrating their learning.Learners make the best progress toward their academic potential when they are challenged with high standards.We expect the best of our students and hold them accountable to challenging standards of performance. They know what excellence looks like and what it takes to achieve it.Learning requires meaningful feedback and reflection.Teachers provide frequent oral and written feedback that inform and improve learning. Opportunities are provided for learners to think about how, what, and why they are learning, and to participate in peer and self-assessment.Dialogue is a primary process through which we construct knowledge. Building new understandings is often a social process. Teachers enable students to construct new ideas together through dialogue, and to use language as a tool for reasoning and inquiry.Engaging students in inquiry with a focus on conceptual understanding fosters lifelong curiosity and depth of learning. Our students are enlightened through questioning, and empowered through knowledge, understanding, skills, and attitudes to continue learning throughout their lives. They use their learning to take meaningful action in response to their own needs and the needs of others. 1.4 ACADEMIC PROGRAMME As an IB school, we follow the International Baccalaureate from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. By grade, our programmes are: Pre-Primary Years Programme in nurseryPrimary Years Programme (PYP) in pre-kindergarten to grade 6Middle Years Programme (MYP) in grades 7 to 10Diploma Programme (DP) in grades 11 and 12 (commonly referred to as year 1 and 2)CIS Foundation Programme (see below) 1.4.1 International Baccalaureate programmes "The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world." (International Baccalaureate Organization 2007) Building on the inquiry-based IB philosophy, students are encouraged to question, discover and communicate through an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to learning. The combination of highly trained teachers, a challenging, yet flexible curriculum and an individual approach to learning, allows students to develop to their full potential. The end result is a quality education for the international student. The goals and philosophy of the three IB programmes are consistent. The MYP naturally follows the PYP, and it also serves as excellent preparation for the IB DP. Visit ManageBac and My.CIS for schoolwide curriculum information. 1.4.2 Nursery programme Our nursery programme is PYP inspired and both inquiry and play based. It focuses on developing foundational social, literacy and numeracy skills, as well as fine and gross motor skills. 1.4.3 CIS Foundation programme The CIS Foundation programme is a rigorous one-year programme designed to swiftly equip each student with the necessary English skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) so that they can successfully meet the expectations of CIS's curriculum. 1.4.4 Who to contact if you have programme or curriculum questions? Please contact your child's teacher(s) if you have questions about our curriculum. You may also contact our Deputy Head of School (Curriculum), Dr Heather Beck, our curriculum coordinators or our Chinese Language and Bilingual School Principal, Huali Xiong. Lakeside campus Tanjong Katong campus PYP coordinators: Simone LieschkeYingtao Lang (Chinese bilingual) PYP coordinator: Patricia PopeAngela Gao Na (Chinese bilingual) MYP coordinator (grades 7 to 10)Victor De Melo IB DP coordinator (grades 11 and 12)Elsa Baptista CIS Foundation programme coordinator Richard Poulin 1.4.5 The International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile The Learner Profile is central to all IB Programmes at CIS. The profile traits are taught and modelled by our teachers and staff and are central to our evaluation of students’ progress. These are qualities that we hope will characterise all members of our school community. These attributes are taught and modelled by our teachers and staff, and are central to our evaluation of students’ progress. Visit the IB website for more information about the International Baccalaureate Programmes. 1.5 OUTDOOR LEARNING Open Minds programme Open Minds sees Primary students (grades 1 to 6) spending up to four days in a variety of real world settings. Investigation topics are linked to both our curriculum and the PYP units of inquiry. First-hand experience with artefacts, field experts, and opportunities to go behind the scenes create unique moments of extremely powerful hands-on, minds-on learning. Please contact your child’s teacher or the Open Minds lead on your campus to learn more.   1.6 LANGUAGE ACQUISITION PROGRAMME From junior kindergarten to grade 10, students specialise in French, Chinese or Spanish (from grade 1 at Lakeside only). Students will receive daily lessons (or equivalent) in the language chosen. View our language offerings and pathways. As indicated in the school’s terms and conditions of enrolment, parents are expected to commit to their child’s language choice for the entire school year. If parents wish to change their child’s language programme for the subsequent school year, they must notify the school by 1 March. Junior and senior kindergarten bilingual programme language assessment The school will assess students' English and Chinese language development during the last semester of junior and senior kindergarten as part of the transition to senior kindergarten and grade 1 to determine the most appropriate placement. 1.7 STUDENT SUPPORT AND WELLBEING SERVICES English language learning The English Language Learner programme (ELL) develops a student's English language proficiency needed for academic success in all subject areas. Participation in the English Language Learner (ELL) programme is mandatory, if, after student assessment, CIS is of the view that the student requires support. Learning Support Learning support is intended for students who need additional services to help then achieve the learning outcomes of the IB curriculum. Participation in the learning support programme is mandatory, if, after student assessment, CIS is of the view that the student requires support. Pastoral care and counselling Pastoral care and counselling focus on building relationships that recognise the uniqueness of each individual. We incorporate strategies that support and guide each student. Read about our pastoral care and counselling programme. 1.8 LIBRARY SERVICES The CIS library focuses on providing supportive services and programme collaboration. Global information literacy and literature that reflect our multicultural school community are integral to active, authentic life-long learning and inquiry. Our library staff provide a wide variety of resources that are appropriate for the range of age and language abilities of our students, mindful of the diverse, multicultural population, and support the IB curriculum that is taught in our classrooms. The library is a changing and dynamic place and is an intrinsic part of the busy daily life of the CIS community. This document contains information about accessing the following library services: library hourslibrary guidesborrowing booksbook bags 1.9 DIGITAL LITERACY As a Common Sense Digital Citizenship certified school, we educate students to use their devices safely and responsibly. Students must ensure the security of their devices at all times and the school will not accept responsibility for loss or damage to these often expensive items. Read more about our One to World iPad programme and MacBook requirements on the digital literacy page of our website. The use of devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops is allowed as long as it supports the curriculum and is aligned with the IB learner profile. 2. Communication, confidentiality and feedback TABLE OF CONTENTS 2.1 SCHOOL CALENDAR 2.2 TEACHER COMMUNICATIONS 2.3 SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS 2.4 HOMEWORK 2.5 ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING 2.6 PARENT EDUCATION 2.7 STUDENT AGENDAS 2.8 YEARBOOKS 2.9 UPDATING YOUR CONTACT DETAILS 2.10 INVIGILATING EXTERNAL EXAMS (FOR CIS STUDENTS ONLY) 2.11 PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION POLICY 2.12 CAREGIVER'S RESPONSIBILITIES 2.13 REPRESENTATIVE'S RESPONSIBILITIES 2.14 POLICY CHANGE NOTIFICATIONS 2.15 CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP/MANAGEMENT 2.16 CONFIDENTIALITY 2.17 FEEDBACK AND COMPLAINTS 2.18 SURVEYS 2.19 DISPUTE RESOLUTION Communication in a school environment is critical, and there are a range of ways we communicate information about our curriculum and programmes, your child’s learning, and school events. 2.1 SCHOOL CALENDAR The school calendar can be viewed on My.CIS and includes all school events. What you see on the calendar will be aligned with your child(ren)’s grades. An overview of the key dates for this school year is also archived on the My.CIS dashboard. 2.2 TEACHER COMMUNICATIONS WhatWhatWhere/how?When?WhyPrimaryMid week learning updatevia SeeSawMid weekA post that keeps you updated as to what your child has been learning in class during the week.Primary Friday remindersvia My.CIS grade level pagesFriday afternoonTo keep you updated about your child’s classes key dates and any important class information.PrimaryUnits of inquiryvia ManageBac24/7So you are fully informed about your child’s units of inquiry, programmes and learning.PrimaryConferencesface to faceThree times per yearTo understand more about our programme, and your child's progress.SecondaryDue work, assessments and curriculumvia ManageBac24/7So you are fully informed about your child’s programmes and learning.SecondaryEmail Only as neededWhen we have something to share with you.SecondaryConferencesface to faceThree times per yearTo understand more about our programme, and your child’s progress. 2.3 SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS There are a range of communications you will receive from the school. The grid below outlines what you receive, how and when. The information is applicable for all parents. Please contact our communications department if you are not receiving communications. WhatWhere/how?When?InformationWeek at a Glance (WAG) (school-wide newsletter)emailFriday afternoonKey dates; school-wide, campus-wide and divisional informationParent advisories (stand-alone emails)email - delivered to your inbox as neededtime sensitive, need to know informationMosaic (stories celebrating life at CIS) - email - online (Mosaic)- print magazinebi-monthlyonline: 24/7quarterlySchool celebrations, learning updates and student/staff achievementsSchool calendarSee the calendar in My.CISdailyAll school events and key datesSync the calendar to your phone: iOS or Android My.CISMy.CIS.edu.sgas neededSchool directories, policies and procedures, services information, archived information and access to registration systemsSMS alertdelivered to your mobile phonecritical updatesCritical time sensitive, need to know information 2.4 HOMEWORK Homework assignments reinforce new concepts and skills and help build desirable work and study habits. Homework will be assigned according to the age and needs of students. The amount of time that students spend doing homework depends on how much reinforcement is needed, and the grade level.  We ask that parents give support and encouragement for their child in developing good work and study habits by: talking with your child about what he or she is learningestablishing a specific nightly homework periodproviding a quiet place to study that is free from distractionbeing available to answer questionsreviewing completed workinforming the teacher when problems arise To read more about homework expectations for your primary school child, please refer to the relevant programme guidelines below: Kindergarten to Grade 6: English programmeKindergarten to Grade 6: Chinese-English bilingual programmeGrades 1 to 4 French-English bilingual programme (Lakeside campus only) 2.5 ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING Reporting periods for the different grades are as follows: Pre-PYP (nursery) and PYP (pre-kindergarten to grade 6): five reporting periods consisting of three conferences and two report cards.MYP (grades 7 to 10) and DP (grades 11 and 12): four formal reporting periods which consist of four report cards (two progress and two formal). There are also two conferences per year.CIS Foundation programme: students receive a formal written report every month. 2.5.1 Conferences Conferences are an integral part of the reporting process. Three way conferences provide an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to identify progress to date and to set future goals and directions. At student led conferences, students from Pre-K to grade 6 present their progress and achievement to their parents. Conference dates are available on the school calendar. Communication and the partnership between home and school is a crucial part of school life. This partnership is built around the premise of “no surprises”. Parents are welcome to communicate with the teacher at any time if questions or concerns arise. Please make arrangements with your child’s homeroom teacher/teacher advisor to find a mutually convenient time to meet. 2.5.2 Report cards Day to day assessments in the classroom are designed to: monitor student progresstarget areas for growthadjust teaching strategies The primary purpose of report cards is to communicate to parents on student progress. With the exception of CIS's foundation programme, report cards at CIS are issued in digital form only (they are not printed). Report cards for each child can be accessed in the ManageBac “Reports” section. Primary students (nursery to grade 6) Formal report cards are available just before the December and June/summer break. Parents will be notified by email when reports are ready to be viewed and downloaded in ManageBac. Secondary students (grades 7 to 12) Reporting consists of four written reports throughout the school year. Parents will be notified by email when reports are ready to be viewed and downloaded in ManageBac. CIS foundation programme Formal report cards are issued on a monthly basis. Reports are printed and sent home with students. Additional report cards If you require report cards from prior school years (before ManageBac), please let the administrative staff at the respective divisional office know two weeks prior to the date the report cards are to be collected. The cost of report card transcripts are $5 each. If additional transcripts requested need to be posted, parents will be charged postage for the additional copies. 2.5.3 Report cards and attendance requirements This document outlines the attendance requirements for report cards.  2.6 PARENT EDUCATION We offer a range of ParentEd sessions (parent workshops and seminars) across the school year. These ParentEd sessions, which are designed to communicate a range of elements of our programme, are advertised in the Week at a Glance newsletter. 2.7 STUDENT AGENDAS As students use agendas only as and when necessary, a notebook that serves as an agenda is available on request. Students may use this agenda to record and plan homework (as appropriate for their age and grade), and maintain and update other important organisational information. 2.8 YEARBOOKS Each year in June, every student receives a copy of the CIS yearbook*. If a student has left and the parent requests a yearbook to be posted to their home address, postage will be payable. The finance department will be able to advise on the cost of postage. Additional copies of the yearbook can be purchased at S$50.00 from the main office on each campus. Additional copies are only available until sold out. *CIS is exploring plans to move to a digital yearbook in 2020/2021. If this occurs, postage costs will not apply. 2.9 UPDATING YOUR CONTACT DETAILS CIS has a central database for all student information. This information is vital to ensure ongoing and prompt correspondence with families.  Change your contact details via My.CIS. Applicable changes will be shared with teachers, and other departments. 2.10 INVIGILATING EXTERNAL EXAMS (FOR CIS STUDENTS ONLY) When a CIS student is required to complete entrance examinations for another school, and parents request that they take the test and be supervised at CIS, the following protocols will apply: The classroom teacher or the teacher will liaise with the respective divisional office or campus to book a half day supply teacher to supervise the writing of the exams. If there is more than one child in the same family needing exam writing supervision, please let your child’s teacher know as they can be done at the same time. Upon confirmation, a suitable room will be booked for your child. Since the entrance exams are generally emailed or sent to the classroom teacher or vice-principal he/she will give them to the supply teacher and review the general instructions on the day of the exam. Parents will be responsible for covering the cost of the half day supply teacher ($110.00 + GST) as well as the cost for getting the entrance examinations to the next school. The payment can be made by parents on the day of the exam at the finance counter in the main office, and a receipt will be issued. Our Finance department will pay the Supply Teacher for their services directly. It is important that these tests are kept secure/confidential and mailed/couriered by CIS. Parents should not review the exams before or after completion. 2.11 PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION POLICY CIS respects the privacy of its students, parents, staff, community members and visitors to its website and campus. Personal data is collected by CIS for the purpose of supporting the operations of the school. All collection, use, disclosure, or processing of data is undertaken in compliance with Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (“PDPA”). View CIS’ personal data protection policy on our website. 2.12 CAREGIVER'S RESPONSIBILITIES If a student’s (grades 4-12 only) parents/legal guardian are unable to deal with CIS for day-to-day matters or reside overseas, then a caregiver above the age of 21, having charge or control of the student during the school year, should be appointed by the parent/legal guardian. Students in grade 3 or below must reside with at least one parent while enrolled at CIS. View the responsibilities of caregivers. 2.12.1 Change in caregiver / caregivers contact details If at any time a parent changes their child’s caregiver, or if a caregiver’s contact details change, parents must update the school by completing a new caregiver agreement.  2.13 REPRESENTATIVE'S RESPONSIBILITIES A representative is required for the purpose of school communications whenever a parent does not speak English or is not literate in English. The representative must be a responsible adult resident in Singapore and must be literate in English. View the responsibilities of representatives. 2.13.1 Change in representative / representative's contact details If at any time a parent changes their child’s representative, or if a representative’s contact details change, parents must update the school by completing a new representative form.  2.14 POLICY CHANGE NOTIFICATIONS Parents and students will be informed of any changes to CIS's admission guidelines, rules, regulations, policies or codes of conduct via an email advisory and/or the weekly Week at a Glance (WAG) newsletter. It is the responsibility of parents, and students as necessary, to read these school communications. 2.15 CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP/MANAGEMENT CIS will inform the parents/caregivers within 14 days of any: Change in the ownership of CIS; and/orChange in key management such as a change in directors, partners or members of CIS’s management committee who have control or management of CIS, and top management personnel including CEO, principals or officers who are appointed to manage CIS’s day-to-day operations. 2.16 CONFIDENTIALITY CIS, its officers and staff may obtain, hold, use and communicate, on a “need-to-know” basis, confidential information which, in their opinion, is material to the safety and welfare of the student. The student consents to CIS communicating with any other school which the student has attended, or currently attends or which the student should attend, about any matter concerning the student or about payment of fees, whether or not the information being passed on is also held in machine readable form. The confidentiality obligation of the school shall not apply to: any information which becomes generally known to the public;any information which is, at the time of disclosure, legally in the possession of the CIS; orany information which is required to be disclosed pursuant to any applicable legal requirement or legal process issued by any court or any competent government authority or rules or regulations or policies of any relevant regulatory body. 2.17 FEEDBACK AND COMPLAINTS CIS adopts a closed loop feedback and complaint management system to gather and address all feedback and/or complaints received from stakeholders (students, parents and external parties) for continuous improvement. View our feedback and complaint management process on our website. 2.18 SURVEYS The school also seeks feedback formally from students and parents via surveys. Each year, parents are invited to participate in an annual survey called the “Parent Pulse” while students in grades 4 to 12 are invited to participate in the annual "Student Pulse" survey. The purpose of these surveys is to gather feedback on academic programmes, sporting and arts programmes, extracurricular activities, campus facilities, teachers and staff, etc. This feedback is used in CIS’s ongoing improvement plans. 2.19 DISPUTE RESOLUTION CIS is a participant of the CPE’s mediation-arbitration scheme under which parties to a dispute are referred for mediation at the Singapore Mediation Centre, and if the dispute is not resolved through mediation, the dispute will be referred for arbitration by an arbitrator appointed by the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. View the procedure for referring a case to mediation on our website. ​3. Health services TABLE OF CONTENTS 3.1 SCHOOL NURSES 3.2 NURSES' CONTACT DETAILS 3.3 MEDICAL INSURANCE 3.4 IMMUNISATION REQUIREMENTS 3.5 EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS 3.6 NUT ALLERGIES 3.7 MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION 3.8 EMERGENCY MEDICATION 3.9 STUDENT ILLNESS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY 3.10 WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL 3.1 SCHOOL NURSES CIS has full-time nurses on campus who provide first aid, and maintain up-to-date health records for each student. Parents must advise the school of any medical concerns about their child. Parents are always welcome to come by and meet the school nurse in person to express any concerns that they may have about their child’s health. 3.2 NURSES' CONTACT DETAILS Our nurses’ contact details are on the health and wellbeing page in My.CIS. 3.3 MEDICAL INSURANCE CIS has in place medical insurance for all students. This document outlines full details regarding medical insurance coverage and the claim process. 3.4 IMMUNISATION REQUIREMENTS In Singapore, immunisation against both measles and diphtheria is mandatory under the Infectious Diseases Act. Immunisation against these two diseases is also a CIS condition of enrolment. This Singapore National Childhood Immunisation Schedule outlines what vaccines are needed and when. With effect from 1 February 2019, it is mandatory that all children aged 12 and below, who were not born in Singapore, must provide evidence of diphtheria and measles vaccinations when applying for long-term residency passes. This page outlines the process that you will need to follow, while this page outlines some frequently asked questions. 3.5 EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS Please ensure your contact information is kept up to date, as we need to be able to contact you in an emergency. In an emergency situation where no parent or caregiver can be reached by telephone, the school may send the student to the nearest hospital or doctor for immediate observation and treatment. Update your contact details here. 3.6 NUT ALLERGIES There are several students at CIS with life-threatening nut allergies. In order to assure their safety, please do not provide class snacks containing nuts. If you are unsure of the nut content, please alert the teacher. Parents of students with nut allergies are asked to provide approved snacks for their child in the event of impromptu class celebrations. All primary children are to keep their personal Epipen with their divisional school nurse. Older children are encouraged to carry their personal Epipens for accidental exposure to their allergen. 3.7 MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION Whenever possible, medication should be given at home rather than during school hours. Vitamins and supplements should always be taken at home. Paracetamol (for minor symptoms) can only be administered if there is signed authorisation in the student’s Medical Examination Form/Health Record. The school nurse is the only school employee authorised to dispense prescription medications to students during the school day. Prescription medications will not be dispensed unless the student’s parent/caregiver has provided the school nurse with a signed oral medication authorisation form. This form can be obtained from the school nurses or on the health and wellbeing page of My.CIS. All medication/s must be kept with the respective school nurse except emergency medications (Epipen)  - where students have pre-authorization. 3.8 EMERGENCY MEDICATION Parents of children who require emergency medication (eg Epipen, Zyrtec, Ventolin) will be asked to sign a standing order for use of Epipen form and/or medication administration authorisation form. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide the medication to the school nurse along with the appropriate paperwork. Teachers may dispense medications to students on field trips and overseas excursion where prior parental permission has been obtained. Exceptions to this policy can only be made with the principal’s approval. Parents are asked to advise the school if their child is taking medication, and if there are any special requirements regarding dosage or diet. 3.9 STUDENT ILLNESS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY If the school nurse determines that a child is too ill to attend class, or has/is suspected to have a communicable disease that could jeopardise the health of other students, she will contact the parent or caregiver. The parent or caregiver will be required to promptly pick up their child from school. Students will only be sent home if the parent or caregiver has been contacted and the student is accompanied home by a designated adult or unaccompanied if requested by the parent (only applicable to secondary students). All students sent home unaccompanied must be transported home via taxi. No students are allowed to take public transport (bus and/or MRT) on their own when they are unwell. When a child is unwell near the end of the school day, school nurses will determine if the ill child is fit to take the school bus. Parents will need to pick up their ill child if the child is unfit to take the school bus. 3.10 WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL To prevent the spread of illness, we ask that you do not send an ill child to school. If your child becomes ill at home with a contagious illness eg measles, chickenpox or Hand Foot and Mouth disease, please inform the school nurse immediately. A doctor’s clearance is required to return to school. Please check with your respective divisional nurses for more information. This document outlines the guidelines and school clearance requirements for a range of illnesses. ​4. Services: security, uniforms, bus and canteen TABLE OF CONTENTS 4.1 SECURITY ON CAMPUS 4.2 SCHOOL UNIFORM 4.3 PE UNIFORMS AND HATS 4.4 HOUSE LEAGUE SHIRTS 4.5 HATS 4.6 DRESS/GROOMING CODE 4.7 SCHOOL BUS SERVICE 4.8 SCHOOL CANTEEN 4.1 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. Find more information about campus security on My.CIS. Everyone who enters CIS is required to show photo ID to our security personnel with the exception of CIS students in uniform. Additional procedures are in place during COVID - these will be communicated and shared as needed. 4.2 SCHOOL UNIFORM With the exception of school designated non-uniform days, all students are expected to wear the school uniform at all times during school hours and when on school field trips. This includes CIS hats or CIS caps. Teachers/advisors will inform parents when and if exceptions are made. The school uniform for each division comprises: GradesTopsBottomsHoodiesShoesKindergartenPolo shirtShortsRed CIS hoodie* (optional)Closed toe shoesGrades 1-6Polo shirtShorts/skortRed CIS hoodie* (optional)Closed toe shoesGrades 5-6 CIS foundation programme students Polo shirtShorts/skortRed CIS hoodie* (optional)Closed toe shoesGrades 7-12Polo shirtShorts/skort/pantsBlack CIS hoodie* (optional)Closed toe shoesGrades 7-8 CIS Foundation programme studentsPolo shirtShorts/skort/pantBlack CIS hoodie* (optional)Closed toe shoes * If students choose to wear a hoodie at school, it must be the official CIS hoodie. School uniforms can be purchased from third party uniform supplier Lim Meng Keng Department Store located at Holland Village. Visit our uniform page for pricing and contact details. 4.3 PE UNIFORMS AND HATS Physical Education (PE) uniforms are worn during PE class. Primary students (grades 1 to 6 only) should wear their PE uniforms to school on PE days. Secondary students change into their PE uniform at school before PE class. These procedures and uniform requirements also apply to students in the CIS foundation programme.  PE uniforms can be purchased from the finance counter (within the main office) on your child’s campus. View our uniform page for pricing and size details. GradesTopsBottomsCIS bucket hats / capsShoesGrade 1 to grade 10*PE shirtPE shortsCap or bucket hatClosed toe running shoes *Includes CIS foundation programme students.  4.4 HOUSE LEAGUE SHIRTS All students in grades 1 to 10 must purchase a house league shirt. House league shirts are worn to school on house league colour days. House membership will be advised by your child’s divisional office. View our uniform page for pricing and size details. 4.5 HATS To protect students from the tropical sun, CIS has a “No Hat, Play in the Shade” policy. CIS hats/caps are compulsory, and can be purchased from the finance counter in the main office. Please read the policy and familiarise yourself with the requirements. 4.6 DRESS/GROOMING CODE Students are expected to present themselves in a neat manner at all times. The dress code for all students can be viewed here. 4.7 SCHOOL BUS SERVICE The school bus service is operated independently by Yeap Transport Pte. Ltd. Visit our website for information about: Bus ratesBus rulesHow to apply for bus servicesYeap’s contact detailsBus rules for students If your child will not be taking the bus at the regularly scheduled time, please email both the bus office and your child’s classroom teacher. 4.8 SCHOOL CANTEEN Sodexo* is the school caterer for canteens at both campuses. Lunch and snacks are included in the school fees for all Kindergarten students, while students in grades 1 to 12 can purchase lunch and/or snacks from the canteen, or may bring a packed lunch from home (please see food safety in section 5.3 for important information). Learn more about the canteen and café (Lakeside only) including menus, hours of operation and contacts on this page on our website or the canteen page on My.CIS. *NOTE: The Canadian International School cannot be held responsible for damages of any kind arising out of the use of independent service providers. Users of the services of independent service providers agree to indemnify and hold harmless Canadian International School and all its staff members and agents, from all claims, losses, liens, expenses, suits, and attorneys’ fees (“liabilities”) for any damages of any kind, including, without limitation, any special, consequential, incidental or indirect damages, to any person or entity that may in any way arise out of or result from or in connection with the use of the services provided by the third party service providers. ​5. Parents TABLE OF CONTENT 5.1 PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA) 5.2 VOLUNTEERING 5.3 FOOD SAFETY 5.4 COLLECTION OF MONEY FOR TEACHER GIFTS 5.5 BIRTHDAY PARTY PROTOCOL 5.6 PARENT CHILD COMMUNICATION 5.1 PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA) A child’s school life is greatly enriched by a family that is well informed and active in school affairs. The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at both campuses host a number of events throughout the year for CIS families and welcome you to get involved in school life. To learn more, visit the PTA page on My.CIS. You can also email the Tanjong Katong campus PTA at tkpta@cis.edu.sor the Lakeside campus PTA at lkspta@cis.edu.sg. 5.2 VOLUNTEERING In the primary school, parents are invited to volunteer, whether in their own child’s classroom, in other classrooms and in other areas of the school, such as the library, or in support of the programme of inquiry (POI) and co-curricular activities. This can be done on a regular basis or intermittently for special events. Other supportive activities may include class parties, field trips, celebratory events or productions. Parents who are interested in involvement in the school should inform their child's classroom teacher, the relevant PYP coordinator, vice-principal or principal. All parent volunteers must agree to abide by our parent volunteer policy: confidentialitydirecting requests or concernsrespect for the roles of teacherssafety Open Minds - volunteering Parents are an integral part of the Open Minds programme as classes engage in learning off-campus. In preparation for the week offsite, interested parents will be invited to an information session which will outline expectations and tips for volunteers. Our goal is to ensure that parents support student learning in the best possible way. Further details about information sessions will be sent out by your child's classroom teacher. Read more about the Open Minds programme on My.CIS. 5.3 FOOD SAFETY All food brought into the school for sharing purposes (eg parties) must include an ingredient list. If there is not a list, the food will not be served. As children often have food allergies, we ask parents to remind their children that packed lunches should not be shared with friends. 5.4 COLLECTION OF MONEY FOR TEACHER GIFTS CIS does not condone or encourage the collection of monies for group parent gifts for teachers. 5.5 BIRTHDAY PARTY PROTOCOL Young children love to celebrate their birthdays with their peers at school. However, so that these celebrations do not interfere with teaching time, the classroom teacher will advise a suitable time and date that food can be shared during a break period (not during class time).  Guidelines for children who would like to celebrate their birthday at school: Cakes must be single serve, eg cupcakes or similar as they are easy to share and do not need cutting. Slab cakes are not allowed.Candles with a naked flame are not allowed. Battery operated candles are acceptable. Food choices must be respected - allergies, sensitivities and/or religion. Loot/goodie bags must not be brought to school. Although we prefer that birthday party invitations are distributed outside of school, teachers will distribute paper invitations for parents, but only if the entire class is invited. 5.6 PARENT CHILD COMMUNICATION If parents need to contact their children during the school day, they must do so via the homeroom teacher or the divisional office (Lakeside) / main office (TK). Please do not phone, text or email your child during the school day. ​6. General information and policies TABLE OF CONTENTS 6.1 SCHOOL HOURS AND TIMETABLE 6.2 OFFICE HOURS 6.3 ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE FROM SCHOOL 6.4 CAMPUS FLOOR PLANS AND TEACHER ROOM ALLOCATIONS 6.5 TEACHER:STUDENT RATIO 6.6 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT 6.7 ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY 6.8 ACADEMIC APPEAL PROCESS 6.9 PARKING ON CAMPUS 6.10 AFTER SCHOOL HOURS AND STAYING ON CAMPUS 6.11 BIKES AND SCOOTERS 6.12 GUESTS ON CAMPUS 6.13 LOST AND FOUND 6.14 SCHOOL TELEPHONE USE 6.15 ELEVATOR USE (LAKESIDE ONLY) 6.16 LOCKERS 6.17 ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT 6.18 LIABILITY FOR STUDENT PROPERTY 6.19 IPAD AND MACBOOK REQUIREMENTS 6.20 NETWORK SYSTEM ACCOUNTS 6.21 ACCEPTAB read more

Feedback

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Feedback Feedback and dispute resolution The Canadian International School (CIS) adopts a closed loop feedback and complaint management system to gather and address all feedback and/or complaints received from stakeholders (Students, parents and external parties) for continuous improvement. In this definition, external parties refers to parents, the public, suppliers and partners. Learn more about our feedback and dispute resolution policy and procedures here. CIS aims to provide a high standard and quality of service in respect of its programmes of study, services and facilities. As part of its commitment to enhancing Student / parent / external parties’ experiences, this policy has been established to deal with feedback, complaints and disputes. CIS will respond/acknowledge all feedback and complaints within two (2) working days and will target to resolve the issue within twenty one (21) working days. Purpose The purpose of this information is to: Define feedback, and complaint procedures (including disputes) Illustrate the feedback and complaint process Outline the dispute resolution procedures and process for referring a case to the Committee for Private Education (CPE) Mediation-Arbitration Scheme, via the Student Services Centre (SSC) Definitions Feedback is information provided by Students or external parties that is intended to be used as a basis for improvement Complaints are feedback expressing dissatisfaction of a serious nature which affects a Student’s learning experience and can lead to attrition, if not attended to and resolved in a timely and satisfactory manner Disputes are disagreements that remain unresolved notwithstanding all attempts to achieve resolution of a Student or external parties’ complaints For feedback and complaints, we have implemented a formal Feedback and Dispute Resolution Procedure. Official feedback and complaints can be submitted to feedback@cis.edu.sg or via the online feedback form. Procedure to lodge feedback CIS recognises that complaints may provide useful feedback which, where appropriate, will be used to improve its services and facilities. Students / parents who have feedback or a complaint should raise the issue as soon as possible. Feedback and complaints can be provided via the following methods; By completing and submitting the Customer Feedback Form via suggestion box (in the main office on campus) Via email to feedback@cis.edu.sg Via the online feedback form on the School website (Feedback and Dispute Resolution) All feedback and complaints will be dealt with in confidence. Where a complaint is shown to be frivolous, vexatious or motivated by malice, it will be dismissed and disciplinary action may be taken against the Student. All feedback/complaints will be dealt with in confidence. Acknowledgement and response The School will provide a written or verbal acknowledgement within two (2) working days of receipt of the feedback/complaint. The School will respond with: Specific action/information to resolve the matter. Dismissal of the complaint in which case reasons will be given to the Student in writing. Students may be referred to the CPE Mediation-Arbitration Scheme, via the SCC, if their complaint remains unresolved. The School aims to resolve all complaints within twenty-one (21) working days. All feedback and general complaints will be recorded and filed for internal review purposes. Important Note: The Dispute, Feedback and Complaints Policy does not cover the Appeal of Academic Grades, for which a separate procedure exists. Dispute resolution CIS is a participant of the Committee for Private Education Mediation-Arbitration Scheme (the “Scheme”). Under the Scheme, parties to a dispute will first be referred for mediation at the Singapore Mediation Centre,and if the dispute is not resolved through mediation, the dispute will be referred for arbitration by an arbitrator appointed by the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. The Prescribed Dispute Resolution Centres are the Singapore Mediation Centre and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Procedure for referring a case to external mediation body (for Students) Students may wish to initiate a case to the CPE Mediation-Arbitration Scheme if they are not satisfied with the outcome /actions taken by CIS. The Student will be required to fill out an application form, stating the nature of their dispute. The application form will then be sent to the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC), who will contact the Student and CIS within 7 working days for an appropriate date to hold the mediation session. Before the day of mediation, the parties involved will exchange through the SMC a concise summary of the case, as well as copies of relevant documents referred to in the summary that the parties wish to rely on during mediation. At the end of Day 1 of mediation, if the parties are able to arrive at an agreement, the mediator will draw up a settlement agreement and close the case. However if there is no settlement, the Student can decide if they wish to proceed to the arbitration stage, which is a paper-based review of the dispute. The arbitrator may call for a hearing if he or she deems it to be necessary. The Student will be required to submit a request to the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) to commence arbitration, and within 14 working days of receiving the request, CIS will submit to SIArb its defence. The Student will have another 14 working days to submit their reply to SIArb upon receiving the CIS’s defence. For a documents-only arbitration, the arbitrator will publish his or her arbitral award within 60 days from the commencement of the arbitration, while if a hearing was held, the arbitrator will publish his or her award within 90 days from the commencement of the arbitration. Description Mediation is a means of dispute resolution in which the parties to a dispute engage the assistance of an impartial third party (called the Mediator) to facilitate negotiations between them with a view to resolving their dispute privately and in an amicable manner. The focus is not on who is right or wrong, nor on who has a stronger or weaker case. Rather it is on how the parties can move forward and put the dispute behind them. The Mediator helps the parties to adopt a problem-solving approach, move away from their respective positions and focus on their interests, needs and concerns. Arbitration is a process by which the parties of a dispute submit their differences to one or more impartial parties for a final and binding decision. Being an orderly proceeding, arbitration is substantially less formal than court proceedings. Arbitration under the CPE Mediation – Arbitration Scheme is a paper-based proceeding under which each party submits his representation to the Arbitrator for consideration. Confidentiality is ensured and the disputes are resolved in a cost-effective and expeditious manner. It is an alternative to dispute resolution by litigation in a court of law. Submit your feedback read more

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Calendar

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Printable school calendar If you'd like an overview of the school year, you can view the  key academic dates for 2020/2021 here. The comprehensive calendar with all event dates is available in the My.CIS calendar.  read more

CIS Calendar 2020-2021

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Test Calendar parents 2019-2020

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Staff calendar 2019-2020

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Parent calendar 2019-2020

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Apply online

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Apply Online Apply now Thank you for considering a CIS education for your child. It takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete the online application. As you will need to enter your child’s passport details, it is advisable that you have this document at hand. If you need assistance or have questions&nbsp;about&nbsp;our application process,&nbsp;please contact us at +65 6734 8088 or&nbsp;admissions@cis.edu.sg. Confidentiality Policy Data & information collected will be treated as confidential and is for official use by the school only. Unless requested by government agencies, written permission will be obtained from you if the data is used for purposes beyond the original intent. read more

Staff

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Staff A highly qualified faculty Our vision is to offer a diverse curriculum and broad range of activities that allow our students to achieve their personal potential, whether intellectual, sporting, entrepreneurial, creative or service related. The recruitment and retention of quality teachers and support staff is therefore fundamental to us delivering on our promise. Highly qualified teachers We believe that the diversity of our teaching body is important as we deliver a curriculum, not exclusively Canadian, that draws from the best curricula globally. Highly qualified teachers We believe that the diversity of our teaching body is important as we deliver a curriculum, not exclusively Canadian, that draws from the best curricula globally. Highly qualified teachers We believe that the diversity of our teaching body is important as we deliver a curriculum, not exclusively Canadian, that draws from the best curricula globally. Highly qualified teachers We believe that the diversity of our teaching body is important as we deliver a curriculum, not exclusively Canadian, that draws from the best curricula globally. With over 305 qualified teachers, from over 35 countries, we are perfectly positioned to deliver on our vision to students aged 2 to 18. We believe that the diversity of our teaching body is important as we deliver a curriculum, not exclusively Canadian, that draws from the best curricula globally. Having two campuses in Singapore means that our teachers are able to collaborate cross campus to develop programmes, best practice and learning experiences. Over 60% of our teachers have multiple degrees or postgraduate qualifications, and many have IB experience (eg IB examiners, IB workshop leaders, etc). Many of our support staff are Singaporean, providing a unique connection to our home country of Singapore. Perhaps more important though is our teachers’ commitment to developing in our students the skills that they will need in order to navigate an ever changing world. This happens across all levels of the school - from Kindergarten all the way through to Grade 12. At CIS, our commitment to ongoing professional development sees us hosting a range of professional development workshops for our own teachers, IB teachers and leaders in the region, and educators from the greater regional community. You can view our staff directory to learn more. Stories Loading... read more

Parents

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Parents An outstandingparent community We are incredibly fortunate to have an outstanding parent community at CIS. Our parents volunteer their time and their energy to the school in a number of ways. These include helping out in the classroom, as chaperones on field trips and Open Minds, as a room parent, or as a member of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Every parent of a child who is enrolled in either our Lakeside or Tanjong Katong campus is automatically a member of our PTA. By being a member of the PTA, you are part of a community who believes that effective parent involvement in our school enriches the educational experience of our children. There are no fees or dues to be paid, and we encourage everyone to get involved, either by volunteering or simply attending events. Our PTA ensures it is easy for everyone to find something enjoyable to attend, be it large campus-wide events, social coffees or outings. An outstanding parent community Our parents volunteer their time and their energy to the school in a number of ways. An outstanding parent community Our parents volunteer their time and their energy to the school in a number of ways. An outstanding parent community Our parents volunteer their time and their energy to the school in a number of ways. An outstanding parent community Our parents volunteer their time and their energy to the school in a number of ways. PTA events We decided to enrol our kids in CIS not only for the bilingual programme it offered but because it allows children to learn, play, discover, share and nurture their curiosity. Alexandra Hot CIS Parent SEE MORE LIKE THIS SEE MORE LIKE THIS Latest stories Loading... read more

Students

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Students Valuing the individual At CIS, we recognise and value every student from Nursery to Grade 12 as an individual. We believe that each student’s personality, contribution and unique sense of perspective brings a richness to our school community that benefits us all. Demonstrating our core values, our students act with integrity, generosity and curiosity, as they challenge themselves to reach intellectual and personal excellence. Students from over 70 nations Each student’s personality, contribution and unique sense of perspective brings a richness to our school community that benefits us all. Students from over 70 nations Each student’s personality, contribution and unique sense of perspective brings a richness to our school community that benefits us all. Students from over 70 nations Each student’s personality, contribution and unique sense of perspective brings a richness to our school community that benefits us all. Students from over 70 nations Each student’s personality, contribution and unique sense of perspective brings a richness to our school community that benefits us all. Working together with people from other backgrounds and cultures is an integral part of life at CIS. With approximately 3,100 students from over 70 nations, we celebrate both our diversity and our connectedness. We cultivate a warm and collaborative environment because we believe it builds community and brings people together to make exciting things happen. In this environment, we get the best out of everyone. Schoolwide, our students are engaged in activities that develop a love of learning, and build skills that will serve them well in a changing future. We are proud to have high achieving intellectuals, athletes and artists in our student body, as well as those committed to making a positive impact on the world. We can rely on our students to turn thought into meaningful action. As they experience success, their confidence will grow, as will their resilience as they turn failures into opportunities. Stories Loading... Kindergarten Primary Secondary read more

Tanjong Katong Campus

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Tanjong Katong Campus Nursery to Grade 6 Catering to the needs of pre kindergarten to grade 6 learners, CIS’ Tanjong Katong (TK) Campus is located in Singapore’s East Coast. TK features a mix of intimate indoor learning spaces and generous, leafy outdoor activity and sporting areas. Grade levels are clustered together to allow easy collaboration and sharing between grade levels. This design supports our inquiry-based approach and encourages a strong sense of community between and across grade levels. This combination provides our students with a warm and inviting learning environment where they can develop new skills while being challenged to try new things, as they learn about their community and the wider world. Access to the outdoors is something our TK community value, and our outdoor learning spaces take full advantage of the natural environment. Classrooms at TK are warm, colourful, and spacious. Our youngest learners’ classrooms spill directly out into our newly built Outdoor Discovery Centre, merging the indoors and the outdoors in a meaningful and unique way. Other learning spaces at TK include a library, an amphitheatre, a playing field, cricket nets, basketball and futsal courts, a STEAM makerspace and an outdoor classroom. Every area on campus is designed to support curiosity, collaboration, invention and making connections - to both people and learning. Our students develop joined-up thinking as they work together, and discover that innovation and collaboration is the key to success in today’s modern world. The TK lease has been extended to August 2022. Classroom sizes / details can be viewed here. Kindergarten and Primary School Mrs Angela Henderson A welcome message from TK Primary Principal, Mrs Angela Henderson. Virtual Tour General Foyer Main Entrance Main Office Learning Spaces Amphitheatre Outdoor Discovery Centre Music Room Makerspace Pre-kindergarten Classroom Kindergarten Classroom Grade 1 Bilingual Classroom Grade 4 Classroom Library Sports and Wellness Basketball Court Sports Field Futsal Court Gymnasium Kindergarten Playground Cricket Court Tennis Court read more

Lakeside Campus

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Lakeside Campus Nursery to Grade 12 Our Lakeside Campus adopts a schools-within-a-school design, which creates unique and distinct communities in a school that houses students from Nursery through to Grade 12. We combine state-of-the-art classrooms, learning pods, and other learning spaces to support our inquiry-based approach and encourage a strong sense of community. This intentional approach in school design ensures we can meet the educational and developmental needs of all our students. We want our students, young and old, to enjoy a warm and nurturing school environment where they feel happy, safe and valued. Our Kindergarten children learn in a dedicated Kindergarten wing, while Primary and Secondary students attend most classes in designated Primary and Secondary zones. Kindergarten and Primary classrooms are organised by grade levels, and Secondary classrooms are organised by subject and discipline. All classrooms at Lakeside spill out into learning pods - large open spaces that are highly versatile and support a range of learning needs. In Kindergarten and Primary, teachers can use them for experiments, exhibitions and celebrations, while Secondary School pods are used as study and collaboration zones. Lakeside’s indoor facilities include dedicated STEAM makerspaces, green room, digital recording studio, music and science labs, an arts centre, a 500-seat theatre, a gymnasium and multi-storey library. Outdoor facilities include a swimming complex, multi-purpose recreational centre (all weather basketball court, state-of-the-art climbing walls), tennis courts, sport field and a dedicated discovery areas for our primary students. Every area on campus is designed to support curiosity, collaboration, invention and making connections - to both people and learning. Our students develop joined-up thinking as they work together, and discover that innovation and collaboration is the key to success in today’s modern world. In December 2019, construction of a brand new wing* commenced (view the virtual tour of this space here). Due to open in mid 2021, this new space will offer the following facilities: Age appropriate, ground level kindergarten classrooms that open directly onto an upgraded outdoor discovery centre.An indoor swimming complex with a 25-metre solar heated training pool, a learn-to-swim pool, a ‘dryland’ training area, with connected change rooms and bathrooms.A multi-purpose gymnasium suitable for a variety of sports.A 200-seat blackbox theatre.Soundproof music rooms and visual arts studios. * During construction, the junior pool and outdoor discovery centre (ODC) will be closed. Alternate facilities have been put in place as an alternative during this period. View these FAQ’s to learn more. Classroom sizes / details can be viewed here. Kindergarten and Primary School Angela Hollington A welcome message from our Kindergarten and Primary School Principal, Mrs Angela Hollington. Secondary School Mr Jeff Smith Lakeside virtual tour General Front Entrance Side Entrance Atrium Reception Red Dot Cafe Canteen Car park Bus bay Kindergarten Bilingual classroom Classroom Cooking Room JK Pod Junior Aquatics Centre SK Pod Outdoor Discovery Centre Primary School Chinese Classroom French Classroom Learning Pod Junior Library Junior Playground Senior Playground Primary School Office Secondary School Classroom Chinese Classroom French and Spanish Classroom Learning Pod Science Lab Senior Library Academic Guidance Centre Secondary School Office Arts David Foster Theatre Music Room Arts Collaboration Space Recording Studio Film Studio Sports and Wellness Aquatics Centre Gymnasium Junior Field Elevated Field Fitness Centre Tennis Courts STEAM STEAM Centre Makerspace Multimedia Lab Science Lab Math Classroom read more

Kindergarten

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International Kindergarten School Kindergarten at CIS CIS’ Kindergarten programme is designed to stimulate imagination, creativity and self discovery in our youngest learners (aged 2 to 5). Reflecting our international context, our curriculum draws from the best kindergarten curricula globally, and is delivered within the Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework. Warm and nurturing learning environments support our inquiry and play-based approach, ensuring our children develop the knowledge and skills needed for their future academic success. Kindergarten programme for 2 -5 years old. We nurture our students’ natural sense of curiosity and wonder through our inquiry and play-based teaching approach. Nursery programme for 2 years olds We nurture our students’ natural sense of curiosity and wonder through our inquiry and play-based teaching approach. STEAM in the younger years We nurture our students’ natural sense of curiosity and wonder through our inquiry and play-based teaching approach. Kindergarten at CIS ( 2 - 5 years) We nurture our students’ natural sense of curiosity and wonder through our inquiry and play-based teaching approach. Kindergarten at CIS ( 2 - 5 years) We nurture our students’ natural sense of curiosity and wonder through our inquiry and play-based teaching approach. Kindergarten An international curriculum At CIS, our children’s social and emotional well-being is paramount. We nurture their natural sense of curiosity and wonder through our inquiry and play-based teaching approach. Underpinned by the PYP framework, our stimulating and creative curriculum supports each child in reaching their personal potential. Teaching instruction caters to each student’s needs, abilities, and learning styles, resulting in a community of happy, confident and engaged learners. Language of instruction Our youngest learners in Nursery (2 years of age) enjoy a unique bilingual environment with an English speaking teacher, and two Chinese speaking teaching assistants. Both languages are integrated into classroom activities, preparing children for both our English or Chinese-English bilingual programmes. An international curriculum As one of Singapore's&nbsp;leading private kindergartens, we offer an engaging inquiry, play-based teaching approach grounded in research and best&nbsp;practice. Extensive studies show hands-on exploration solidifies concepts and understanding more concretely than rote learning. Our Nursery programme is PYP inspired, and children learn as they engage in both teacher-guided and child-initiated exploratory, investigative and imaginative play. Our nursery curriculum focuses on developing children’s fundamental social, literacy and numeracy skills, as well as their fine and gross motor skills. As children move into Pre-Kindergarten, they engage in topic-based learning commonly referred to as the Unit of Inquiry (UOI), and different subject areas are integrated as they explore a particular concept or topic. Students have dedicated literacy and numeracy lessons, and specialist teachers for Chinese and French. Physical education, art, music and drama are delivered by either a specialist or the homeroom teacher. Where possible, learning in these specialist areas links back to the overarching topic. Science and social studies are learnt exclusively in the context of the UOI. Our STEAM programme supports students’ natural curiosity and creativity. Our kindergarten&nbsp; students learn how to make connections across subject areas as they invent, analyse and explore concepts in STEAM. Chinese English Bilingual Programme JK to Grade 6 Underpinned by the PYP framework, our stimulating and creative kindergarten curriculum supports each child in reaching their personal potential. Inquiry - play based learning Underpinned by the PYP framework, our stimulating and creative kindergarten curriculum supports each child in reaching their personal potential. An international curriculum Underpinned by the PYP framework, our stimulating and creative kindergarten curriculum supports each child in reaching their personal potential. An international curriculum Underpinned by the PYP framework, our stimulating and creative kindergarten curriculum supports each child in reaching their personal potential. Kindergarten Discovery and exploration Our Lakeside Campus located in the west of Singapore,&nbsp;adopts a schools-within-a-school&nbsp;design, creating unique communities inside the school&nbsp;and accommodating students aged 2 to 18. Our kindergarten&nbsp;children learn in a dedicated kindergarten&nbsp;wing, where classrooms are organised in grade levels and spill out into learning pods. These learning pods are large, open, shared spaces where teachers set up hands-on learning centres. Other learning spaces that foster skill development include a junior library, kitchen, black box theatre, STEAM makerspace and a Kindergarten kitchen. Our Tanjong Katong (TK) Campus located in the east of Singapore, is smaller and more intimate and accommodates students 2* to 12 years of age. Classrooms for our youngest learners are warm, colourful, spacious and grouped together, ensuring a strong sense of community. Each classroom has direct access to an Outdoor Discovery Centre. Other learning spaces include a library, amphitheatre, and STEAM makerspace. * Please note that nursery for children 2 years of age will not be offered in 20-21.&nbsp; About TK's Outdoor Discovery Centre TK Outdoor Discovery Centre is used as an extension of our indoor classrooms and support learning in ways that extend far beyond a traditional playground. Our students love everything about these centres but some of the extra special features include a play fort, sound and herb garden, mud kitchen, natural tunnel, bike track and quiet and peaceful places for reflection. Through playing with mud, water, sand and loose objects such as sticks, stones, mesh and rope, our students engage in imaginative and creative thinking while solving problems. They learn to calculate, measure, invent, estimate, specify, analyse, hypothesise and test theories, thereby developing their thinking, communication and research skills. Kindergarten Communication and parent participation Parents play a very important role in their child’s foundational years and we encourage our parents to take an active role in their child’s education and school&nbsp;life. In turn, we aim to keep parents informed about their child’s learning progress, our programmes and the latest in educational research. Our early-years teachers are passionate about the children in their care, and work to ensure they feel safe, valued, secure and happy in both our schools. In nursery and pre-kindergarten, parents are welcome to stay for the daily settling-in activities, allowing their child to adjust to the concept of separation and school life. Our teachers communicate with parents every Friday via My.CIS (our parent portal) and we share important information through our advisories and weekly newsletters. Coffee mornings, assemblies, parent seminars and hands-on workshops are hosted regularly, while parent-teacher conferences are held three times a year to discuss each child’s progress. Student learning is documented via digital portfolios, and we issue detailed reports twice a year. Our open door policy ensures parents are always able to meet with their child’s teachers at a mutually convenient time to discuss any concerns, ideas or questions they may have. Communication and parent participation Our open door policy ensures parents are able to meet with their child’s teachers at a mutually convenient time to discuss any concerns they may have. Communication and parent participation Our open door policy ensures parents are able to meet with their child’s teachers at a mutually convenient time to discuss any concerns they may have. Communication and parent participation Our open door policy ensures parents are able to meet with their child’s teachers at a mutually convenient time to discuss any concerns they may have. Downloads Nursery guide Primary School: Nursery to Grade 6 guide Sample kindergarten timetable What is an IB education? Facilitating academic excellence through inquiry and play Crisis in kindergarten, why children need to play in school Prospectus Stories Loading... read more

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CIS Foundation programme

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CIS Foundation Programme CIS Foundation programme The CIS Foundation programme is designed for children entering grades 5-8 who are beginners in English. The programme is broken down into a primary foundation programme for students in grades 5-6 and a secondary foundation programme for students in grades 7-8.&nbsp;The aim of the rigorous one-year foundation programme, is to swiftly equip each student with the necessary English skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) so that by the end of the year, they can fully participate in all learning activities with their peers and successfully meet the expectations of CIS's IB curriculum. An established track record CIS has been teaching English as a second language (ESL) to students from around the world for more than 30 years. Our established track record makes us one of the most experienced and trusted international schools in Singapore to offer English Language Learner (ELL) programmes. We welcome students from more than 74 countries and through our experienced certified ELL teachers and comprehensive English curriculum, we are committed to equipping each student with the necessary skills to become effective communicators in English. Curriculum and areas of study In addition to intensive English lessons that incorporate an inquiry-based approach, students take classes in mathematics, science and individual and societies. This approach ensures no student falls behind in these important core subject areas. Classes are aligned to each student’s equivalent grade level, with a significant amount of time spent towards helping them acquire the necessary English competency needed for each subject. Lessons in study skills and exam preparation are also taught on a weekly basis. Class sizes are small and students are grouped according to their English proficiency level. They remain together for all lessons and join their peers in the respective grade / school division for lunch, house leagues and before and after school activities. The number of contact hours in each subject area is outlined below. The weekly primary timetable can be viewed&nbsp;here&nbsp;and secondary timetable here. Assessment and progression to CIS’s IB Programme Summative assessments occur at the start, middle and end of every semester. Those who satisfy the entry requirements are able to exit the programme and enter CIS's English programme in primary / secondary school.&nbsp;View the&nbsp;CIS academic calendar&nbsp;for all key dates. Device requirements Students must have their own IPAD ( grade 5 and 6) or MacBook (grade 7 and 8) with the latest operating system. Software required is programme specific and will either be provided by CIS or sold to students at a later date.&nbsp;Learn more on this page of our website.&nbsp; Before you apply The admissions section on our website outlines the&nbsp;&nbsp;entry requirements, application process, and fee schedule. Boarding CIS has an arrangement with ACS Oldham Hall in Singapore, a premium local boarding facility. Visit this page for more information. Success stories About About About read more