News Latest! New Principals, Facilities, Courses!

The latest education news in Singapore's international schools includes key appointments, courses in sport, engineering, the arts and more, new schools, and a huge outdoor discovery centre.
News Latest! New Principals, Facilities, Courses!
By Carli Allan
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What's new in Singapore's international schools? There are new IB  programmes, a new and a new outdoor discovery centre and much more opening in January 2023. 

International Schools: Changes At The Top

EtonHouse International School (Orchard) has a new principal for this academic year. Robert Randall joined the school in August from Tanglin Trust School , where he held several senior leadership positions including the Head of Sixth Form and the Assistant Headteacher.  

Luna Deller has been appointed as the new Principal of EtonHouse (Thomson). She joins EtonHouse from One World International School (Nanyang), where she was the Senior Coordinator for the Early Childhood team before leading the OWIS Secondary team.

Lachlan MacKinnon is the new Principal at Nexus International School, and comes from Cambridge International School Dubai.

Tanglin Trust School: Campus development


The new Centenary Building being built at Tanglin Trust School



A new 50m swimming pool is included in the campus upgrade at Tanglin Trust School

A new, 11-storey state-of-the-art building (pictured above) will be completed at Tanglin Trust School in early 2023, providing a 50m swimming pool, physio and fitness facilities, gymnastics centre, music rooms, recital room, 18 additional pianos, and more.

A highlight of the Centenary Building is an Olympic-sized, 50m swimming pool, which has a bulkhead that can be used to split the pool into two. The pool will be covered and has diving blocks, split-screen scoreboards and cameras, which the school’s Director of Aquatics Andrew Hailey says, “will separate us from other facilities on the island by a long way”.

There will also be a new gymnasium, athletic development gym, infant dining hall, and parent cafe.

Canadian International School: New Junior Wing


Classrooms in the new Junior Wing at CIS (Lakeside)

Canadian International School (CIS) is opening a new Junior Wing in January 2023 at its Lakeside campus (pictured above). This will include a huge 2,600 sqm Outdoor Discovery Centre with sound and art gardens, a mud kitchen and eco pond, as well as nature tunnels, a play fort and yoga lawn. The new wing, designed for students in Kindergarten through to Grade 6, will also include an indoor swimming complex which consists of a 25-metre and learn to swim pool, a new indoor gymnasium, learning bakery and a 200-seat black-box theatre. 

Razum International School: New name



Razum International School has been rebranded as Astor International School. This boutique school for children aged five to 12 years old (Years 1-7) has annual tuition fees of $14,900 and a four-hour school day. Alternatively, parents can opt for an extended day until 3pm, which includes lunch and ECAs five days a week, for a higher annual fee of $18,500. Parents can expect “a close, nurturing, family environment”, within a boutique-style school in a small campus in Kay Siang Road.

Elena Holloway, the school’s founder said:

"It just felt like the right time for a brand refresh. I feel like we are now getting the payoff from three-plus years of really hard work. I’m so proud of what the school and its staff have achieved, and of the amazing parents and students in our school community.

"For the school’s new logo we choose to preserve the bright red text of the original brand, and incorporate a tree to symbolise growth, development and nature: fundamental elements of the school’s philosophy."

One World International School: Opens Riyadh Campus

Singapore's One World International School has officially opened a school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. OWIS Riyadh is the latest school opening for the Global Schools Foundation, a Singapore-based not-for-profit organisation that now operates over 30 schools, predominantly throughout Asia, but with branches in India, the UAE and the UK. 

OWIS Riyadh will be offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) along with and American Curriculum based on Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. 

One World International School (Punggol)



An all-through school for 1,500 students, One World International School (Punggol) is due to open in August 2023.

Opening from Kindergarten through to Grade 12, OWIS Punggol describes itself as a “new-age school” which will be “guided by kindness driven education programmes that promote compassion and a culture of inclusion”.  It will be a technology-driven school with digital lockers, CCTV and facial recognition systems for student attendance, Smartboards in every classroom, and Smart bus terminals.

This is the latest addition to the growing OWIS family of schools in Singapore, which includes the Nanyang campus in Jurong. OWIS is owned by the Global Schools Foundation (GSF), which is headquartered in Singapore. 

Wellington College (Singapore)


Wellington College in the UK

The prestigious UK day and boarding school Wellington College will open a Singapore campus in the next few years in a regional partnership with Singaporean businessman Peter Lim. It is expected to open by 2025.

The new school will join the Wellington College International (WCI) family of schools, which includes schools in China and Thailand, and a first school in India opening in 2023. It will enrol 2,000 students and offer early years, primary and secondary programmes following the English National Curriculum, and culminating in the IB Diploma Programme.

Wellington College joins a growing list of British schools that have set up in Singapore; Dulwich College (Singapore) opened in 2014 and The Perse School, Brighton College and North London Collegiate School all opened Singapore campuses in 2021-22.

Dulwich College (Singapore): New IBCP courses

Dulwich Singapore
Students aged 16-19 can choose one of six IBCP courses at Dulwich College (Singapore)

In August, Dulwich College (Singapore) will launch the IB Career-related Programme, which offers students a vocational alternative to the two-year IBDP currently offered in the College's sixth form.

The IBCP is run in partnership with an external study provider, who offers industry expertise and mentoring. Other elements of the IBCP include Higher Level and Standard Level Diploma Courses, a language, and service activities that are very similar to the Creativity, Action and Service part of the IBDP.

The College will offer six different options in the IBCP, making it the largest IBCP programme in Singapore in terms of choice.

Business and Sustainability. Offered in partnership with the Sustainability Management School (SUMAS), an accredited business school in Switzerland. The business programme will be delivered via eLearning from the faculty at SUMAS. Students will learn alongside other IBCP students from around the world, and be mentored by teachers at Dulwich College (Singapore).

Performance and Production Arts. This course will be delivered in partnership with the University of the Arts London (UAL), and the school will build on its links with the RSC and ISTA (International Schools Theatre Association), as well as local theatre companies such as the SRT (Singapore Repertory Theatre).

Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication. This course will be delivered in partnership with the University of the Arts London (UAL).

Sports: This course will include a BTEC International Level 3 Diploma in Sport and explore areas such as the sport and active leisure industry in Singapore, health and wellbeing, and sports anatomy and physiology.

Engineering: This course will include a BTEC International Level 3 Diploma and explore areas such as engineering product design, computer-aided design (CAD) and manufacturing processes.

Digital Technology. This course includes a digital skills programme which is delivered through eLearning from faculty at technology education company, BSD.

In Singapore, there are now three schools authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to offer the IBCP, the other two are XCL World Academy (Singapore) and School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA).

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