Open since 2017, this small Indian curriculum school offers families the benefits of a central location and all-inclusive tuition fees of less than $15,000 per year.
GIG International School (GIGIS) offers an affordable education to families looking for a Indian curriculum school.
In June 2019, GIGIS will move from its compact and basic campus to a larger, more modern campus in Eunos, in the Central district of Geylang. It’s a timely move for this school, which opened in 2017 and appears to have outgrown its current premises. While class sizes are smaller than at some other Indian schools in the city-state – and are capped at 25 students – the classrooms at the Newton campus are relatively small.
This small school currently teaches the CBSE curriculum for Classes 1-5, and after moving to the new campus it will offer Cambridge Secondary Classes 6-8; there are future plans to roll out the IGCSE and IBDP programmes for Classes 9-12.
The school is part of the GIG Education Centre group, which has been offering internationally recognised teacher training certificates and professional development courses in Singapore since 2003. As an Indian school, the academic year runs from April to March.
From Classes 1-5, teaching is based on the CBSE framework and focuses on English, maths, environmental education, languages (French, Hindi or Tamil), ICT, PE, life skills, and performing and visual arts; from Class onwards students study science, social science and Social Empowerment through Work and Action (SEWA).
The timetable includes one hour of co-curricular activities per week, which range from robotics to fine arts and aerobics; there is also a minimum of two extra-curricular activities held every week during the school day, including swimming, martial arts and basketball.
GIGIS currently has a small and basic but technology enabled campus with facilities including a language lab and spacious activity room; all students have access to iPads and laptops. The school uses facilities at Cairnhill Community Club, which is a five-minute walk, including the auditorium, ballet room, basketball, and badminton courts. For swimming, students use the Farrer Park Swimming Complex, which is a five-minute drive from the campus. Students also use a playing field opposite the campus for outdoor play and activities.
New facilities at the Eunos campus include a performing arts studio, indoor play area, science labs and an auditorium. There will also be much-needed more spacious classrooms. There’ll be no outdoor space, and students will be bused out to use nearby sports facilities for PE classes and after-school activities.
Admission and fees
There are no plans to increase the fees at the new campus, which means that GIGIS remains one of Singapore’s most affordable schools. All-inclusive annual fees are SGP 12,840 in Grades 1-5; and SGP 14,040 in Grade 6 and above; this fee includes tuition, and fees for activities, student welfare, resources, technology, CCAs, ECAs and celebrations.
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