Open since 2017, this small Indian curriculum school offers families the benefits of a central location and all-inclusive tuition fees of just SGP 12,000 per year.
GIG International School (GIGIS) offers an affordable education to families looking for a Indian curriculum school. Centrally located in Newton, this small school teaches the CBSE curriculum for Classes 1-5. Cambridge Secondary Classes 6-8 will start from April 2019, and there are future plans to roll out the IGCSE programme for Classes 9-10.
Founded in 2017, GIGIS promises to deliver an "enquiry-based and technology-enabled, yet affordable CBSE framework based education". With fees ranging from SGP 12,000 for Classes 1-5 and SGP 13,500 for Classes 6-8, it is one of the cheapest schools in Singapore. There are no added charges either as the tuition fee, which is paid in six instalments, includes a technology fee, all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and celebrations.
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 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.
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