EtonHouse Broadrick East Coast campus offers kindergarten, primary and secondary education (to Year 8 currently). The school offers the Reggio Emilia pre-school programme (in common with the other 11 EtonHouse pre-schools in Singapore) and is one of the oldest ‘IB World Schools’ in Singapore having been established for over 20 years and offering the IB PYP programme for nine years.
Martin Hughes, Principal, says Eton House (EH) Broadrick is a family orientated school. "Our holistic curriculum is aimed towards honing learners to be inquirers, risk-takers, thinkers, communicators, open-minded, knowledgeable, reflective, caring, principled and balanced individuals, who engage actively in the community as responsible citizens.” The 44 student and staff nationalities offer a broad context within which to develop capable and confident internationally minded global citizens.
Despite the age of EH Broadrick, the school is relatively small with around 400 students providing education for children from three years, currently up to 12. Students in Grades 9 and above can move to EtonHouse's new Orchard campus.
The Primary School consists of three classes each in Early Years and Year 1, with two of the Year 1 classes being English language based and one being bi-lingual English and Chinese. The trend toward both English language only and bi-lingual continues in year 2 (3 and 2 classes respectively), year 3 (3 English Language and 1 Bi-Lingual), Year 4, (2 of each). Years 5 and 6 offer English language only. The Secondary School is much smaller than Primary with each year group (7 and 8) composed of 1 class.
In addition to the focus on the bi-lingual classes, EH Broadrick also offers support for non-English speaking children with 3 English Additional Learner staff (2 in Primary and, unusually, 1 in Secondary). The total number of staff (including specialist staff for language and Secondary school subjects is 49. This provides a very good staff:student ratio of 1:8.
Class teachers and STEM (Science, Technology, English and Maths) specialists in both Primary and Secondary School are supported by a range of subject specialists including 2 Visual Arts teachers, a Music Director, a Performing Arts and EAL (combined) specialist, 2 PE staff, a Librarian (a qualified teacher) and an SEN Coordinator. Staff are predominantly Canadian, British and Australian with broad international experience. There is also a very strong contingent of Chinese speakers.
Whilst the pre-school section of EH Broadrick, in common with other EH pre-schools in Singapore, offers the Reggio Emilia approach, the Primary School offers the International Baccalaureate ‘Primary Years Programme’ (IBPYP). This is designed for students between the ages of 3 to 11 years, and is an integrated, trans-disciplinary curriculum that focuses on the development of the whole child, encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs, in addition to the academic focus.
Children engage in six units of inquiry that cover the disciplines of English, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Personal, Social and Physical Education in a relevant context for young learners. These are considered essential, globally significant, and common to all human experience. They contribute to the common ground that unifies the curricula of all PYP schools worldwide.
The Secondary school has recently started to offer a Middle Years curriculum that promises a proactive use of information technology and inquiry-based learning (from the IB philosophy) with the development of the essential skills required to successfully complete the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Programme undertaken in Years 10 and 11. Additional focus will be placed on Sports, Robotics, Visual and Performing Arts, as well as ICT and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) subjects.
EH Broadrick places a particular emphasis on its second language programme which includes Chinese, Hindi and Japanese. Students each take language classes for 45 minutes, four times a week. The school has won the top prize at the Crestar Chinese competition for international schools for two consecutive years – a testament to the strong Mandarin foundation it gives its students. All students work towards fluency in at least two Languages – English and one of Mandarin, Hindi or Japanese. Spanish is also offered. Students are supported by a Japanese and a Hindi teacher and 9 Mandarin teachers including a Mandarin Art teacher who is also a professional Chinese Dance teacher.
EH Broadrick applies significant teaching resources to run its time-intensive daily language and cultural programmes designed to complement and support the units of inquiry each student is studying in their English-led lessons. The school claims a unique strength in its ability to customise the second language programmes to meet the individual needs of students in their second language learning.
The school describes information and communications technology (ICT) as “the new pen and paper of the 21st century”. Coding and programming are becoming the language of the future and students need to be equipped with the knowledge, skills and capabilities to survive in an increasingly digitalised world. Children learn about ICT and the tools needed to use it through coding, programming, App development, animation and 3D gaming.
Children are also educated on real-world issues, including cyber bullying and cyber security. Secondary students are provided with a laptop per student and a MAC lab is available for all students to use during ICT lessons. A “Bring your own device” programme applies to students of Years 5 and 6.
While many secondary schools do not provide examinations in years 7 and 8, EH Broadrick students participate in twice yearly exam assessments in order to prepare them well in advance. In addition, Study Skills sessions are held to optimise exam results by guiding students on examination techniques and enhancing their understanding of what examiners look for. These examination practices and study lessons are designed to help students develop confidence as they prepare for the IGCSE examinations.
IGCSE studies will be offered in the following subjects: Art, Combined Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Design and Technology, English (Literacy and Language), Geography, History, Information and Communications Technology, Mandarin, Mathematics, Music, Outdoor and Physical Education, Personal and Social Education and Spanish.
The small “boutique” secondary school environment, with close cooperation and planning between teachers, enables learning objectives in one subject to flow into others, consolidating learning and allowing students to make meaningful connections through practical tasks. Working within a structured, carefully planned framework, an important part of the school’s approach is to allow students to select project work that interests them around a chosen course theme.
EH Broadrick is housed in a traditional 4 storey classroom block that accommodates a wide array of facilities including large, well-equipped classrooms, Promethean interactive whiteboards in all primary classrooms, a well-resourced library, Computer laboratory (ICT), a Chinese Cultural classroom, a Multipurpose hall for dining and school performances, Specialist teaching rooms for Art, Music, and Physical Education. Additional sports facilities include an Artificial turf court, a Multi-purpose covered games court, and Extensive grounds for recreation and sports.
Sport is further nurtured during biweekly Interhouse Sports afternoons and a Swimming Programme, led by six qualified swimming coaches. Secondary students play football, basketball, striking games, handball and swimming participating in the Athletic Conference of Singapore International Schools (ACSIS) league with a view to becoming members once qualified.
A diverse range of extra-curricular activities (ECAs) spanning a range of sporting, artistic, cultural and recreational activities, are open to students from K1 onwards and are run each Monday to Thursday afternoon from 3.45-4.30pm. School buses provide transport for children participating in ECA's.
Aside from the focus on students, EH Broadrick prides itself on being an inclusive family-oriented school with a strong bond to the Parent School Association. With over 50 different nationalities among teachers, students and parents, cultural festivals and celebrations are incorporated into lesson plans activities that involve the whole school. Parents are often involved, volunteering to share their unique customs.
In addition to an active Parent body, EH Broadrick also encourages students to participate in a broad range of activities designed to promote school spirit and leadership and to give them a voice in running the school through the Student Representative Council. Its members are student representatives, one boy and one girl from each class from Year 2 upwards, each elected to the council by their peers.
Once a week, the SRC meets to discuss school-wide issues that can range from general administrative problems to the planning of school activities, playground issues and the need to help friendless children. As the bridge between students and the school, the SRC also raises any concerns faced by students and reports on problems before they develop into major issues.
EtonHouse Education is clearly intent on developing EtonHouse Broadrick. This process has already started through the introduction of Primary classes at both EH Sentosa and EH Thomson, where students are able to transfer to EH Broadrick to continue their education from year 4 or year 7 respectively. The challenge may be to convince parents that EH Broadrick is the right environment with the experience and credentials for this expanded role.
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