Our P1 Registration Experience

First of all, I want to let out a big YAY! We made it! Little Edison has been successful in securing a place for Primary One in our school of choice.

We went for the registration at Phase 2C in the afternoon of 30 Jul 2013. The afternoon session started at 2:30pm, and we reached the school 10 minutes earlier. There were around 10 parents waiting outside the school office.

The school staff started distributing queue numbers and application forms to the parents. We sat down and filled-up our application form. I was impressed by the real-time monitoring system that is displayed outside the office that shows the number of vacancies versus the number of applicants by distance and citizenship.

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At Phase 2C, the number of vacancies in this school is 71. After half a day, the school has received 40 applications with 21 applicants staying within the blessed 1km radius. And we’re the 22nd applicant within the 1km radius. I joked with V that we don’t have to wait till 6 Aug 2013 for the results.

The shortcut way is to pop by the school after 4:30pm on the last day of registration (1 Aug 2013) to see the latest numbers. If the number of applicants within the 1km radius does not exceed 71, this means that we’re successful. V laughed at my nervousness. I shot him a glare that instantly shut him up.

Come on, I don’t want to be sleepless until the result announcement on 6 Aug 2013. Call me kiasu parent or kan-chiong spider, I don’t mind. Our plan will fall apart if we’re unsuccessful, and we haven’t even think of our second choice if the first one failed.

So, I tried my luck and called the school after 5pm on the last day of registration. I was told that all the applicants staying within 1km are successful and balloting will start for those staying within 1-2km.

I immediately heave a sigh of relief! We made it! No balloting stress for us. I called everyone in the family to announce the good news.

Next year, I will be contributing to the infamous traffic chaos along Bartley Road when I send our boy to school every morning. When our new place is ready in 2015, it will be just a short walk across the road.

I’m just glad that things turn out the way I want it to be. Hopefully, our boy will enjoy his primary school days in this school.

So, how was your Primary One registration this year? Do share with me, I love to hear from you too!

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Primary One Registration

P1 Registration

I can’t believe it! It’s my turn this year for the Primary One registration – an important milestone in a child’s life that usually gives parents the jitters. The MOE has just announced the Primary One registration phases and dates HERE.

Registering one’s child at a reputable primary school in Singapore has been a hot topic year after year, which is why the MOE has developed a system of phases to allocate children into various primary schools. This system also causes a lot of anxiety to parents, particularly to those who are not qualified under Phase 1 and Phase 2A.

I’ve witnessed the stress that my friends went through in order to enrol their kids into a premier primary school of their choice. I had the first discussion with V on this topic about two years ago. I thought that we should always plan early to avoid disappointment. After all, it’s our prerogative as parents to give Edison the best that we can – particularly in educational matters.

Most parents are looking for a good primary school with the following criteria:

  1. Proven track record of outstanding PSLE results.
  2. Also excel in non-academic areas, i.e. sports, arts, etc.
  3. Has a dedicated team of principal and teachers.
  4. Has a good learning environment.
  5. Has a good school image, i.e. discipline, success stories, etc.

Primary school is an important milestone that will affect the choices that our children will have in the years to come. So, it’s never an easy decision for the parents.

For us, we’re also looking for a primary school with good record of PSLE results and a good learning environment. We also prefer a co-ed school because I heard a lot of stories about bullies in an all boys’ school. Lastly, we prefer the school to be within 1-2km from our house to minimize travelling time.

After short-listing our preferred primary schools, we did a bit of research to see how intense the competition is to get into these schools. We didn’t sign-up as a parent volunteer so we’re likely to end up in the dreaded balloting process.

After exploring all the possible options, one major decision that we made was to relocate. Our journey to find a new home that is near to our preferred primary school for Edison came to a conclusion last year when we made a booking for a new apartment unit at Bartley Residences.

Our new place is within 1km from that school; in fact it’s just a short walking distance. So, the biggest advantage is the minimal travelling time for him in the next five years, and maybe nine years because that school is also affiliated to a secondary school.

Based on past years’ record, the balloting process starts for applicants staying within 1 to 2 km from that school. Our new place is just within 1km, so hopefully we can secure a place for him without balloting.

Just two more months to go for that BIG DAY. Who else is registering for Primary One this year? Have you made your choice?