Monday, 7 March 2011

Part 2 - What we spied..

Well, the following are other things that we like, and this post is mostly about the school (the one that Qistina and Rayyan attends currently) :-

1. School hours for Q is between 8.55 a.m. and ends at 3.30 p.m. The class teachers will wait for the students at the special entrance each morning, and will send off the children each afternoon after school. They will make sure that these kids are dropped off/picked up by only authorised person(s), or these kids will be kept inside the classroom (and 'love letters' will come to the guardians).

The fact that the parents can meet the teachers during these times is quite good because we can catch up on the mini progresses of our kids, and not just wait till Parent-Teacher meetings.

2. School milk and mid morning snacks
All the children are given free milk until they reach the age of 5, and then the parents can opt to continue by buying the milk or stop altogether. It's quite affordable, and since children copy other children, we have opted to continue the milk supply after Q turned 5 last month.

Mid morning snacks are given at 10.30 a.m. or so and consists of fruits which are given free. At least the kids have something halfway between breakfast and lunch, which happens at 12 noon.

3. School lunches can be a choice between school provided food, or bring your own. The menu of these lunches are rotated on a 3-weekly basis, and you (the kids) have a choice of vegetarian meals as well. All at the same price.

The good thing about this arrangement :-

a. there is no necessity for the children to bring any money to buy food as parents will pay via online in advance
b. there's main meal, dessert, veggies and water included - hot and fresh
c. the canteen/kitchen did not have to prepare more than the required amount of food, so wastage is reduced
d. no chance of cheating by the canteen staff (I have heard horror stories about canteen operators giving wrong changes to unsuspecting school children, but I hope this is not true)

Lunch wardens are there to check if the children have eaten enough and they get a sticker if they finished/eat most of their food.

4. Reading assignments - with the parents
On a regular basis, Q is given a set of 10-words to learn at home. Then she is tested before being given a new set. Since mid-Nov'10 (i.e. 11 weeks of school), she's already learned 70 words, and lately she has been getting new words to learn on a weekly basis.

And parents will have to write the progress of the children in a reading diary, which also serves as a communication tool between parents/teachers.

Then the learnt words will be pasted in a book so it can be read again. There will also be stories with pictures that uses these words given in separate handouts.

5. Loaned clothing, for those kids who have 'accidents'. And the teachers don't even punish them.

Q had a few 'accidents' during her first 5 weeks at school and came back with borrowed uniform etc. Her teachers just shared with me and it was up to me how to handle this.

No standing outside the class, with your poo/pee still in the pants, until the guardians come to pick the kids up.
No lowering the child's self-esteem.
Just soiled clothes for guardians to wash, and borrowed clothes to be returned soonest.

1. Each week they learn new letters, so parents are encouraged to bring items which starts with that letter so the teachers can share it with the class. Last week for example, it was the letter 'g' and R decorated a gingerbread cookie which he brought back and shared with Q.

2. Stay and play - where parents are allowed to stay with the children during the whole 3-hour session at a very low price. The child gets to adapt with the environment, make friends and the parents get to be acquainted with the carers before leaving the kids there permanently.

3. 15-hour funding for those kids age 3 and above.
The younger your children are, the more expensive the payment for childcare. But kids who 3 and above are given a 15-hour funding which means they can go to the nursery for free! 15 hours at least, and any request for more hours the guardian will pay accordingly.

R has been requesting to go to 'school' on a daily basis, whereas now his schedules are on alternate days. He turned 3 in Jan but the funding will only start the next semester i.e. after this coming Easter break. So I have requested that his sessions be increased this summer, so he can go everyday.

4. Progress diaries, or scrapbook, written by the carer themselves, with pictures and arts done by the children.

I love this, just like what is done here. At least the parents get to see some of the activities done by the kids.

5. Item 5 is the same as Q's item 5.

Maybe the above are nothing special for some, but I am impressed with all these things. Made my kids love going to school.


pizli said...

Hahaha saya lagilah tersangat impress.. Alangkah seronoknya kalau anak-anak dapat macam tu..

mama_QnR said...

incik pizli

kan? saya impressed sangat
sekolah ni sekolah primary yang free jek
berapa lah agaknya gaji cikgu2 ni kan?
sungguh dedicated


pizli said...

free????? lagi impressed!! sini kalau yang tadika swasta pun belum tentu dapat macam tu.. hehe..

mama_QnR said...

iya incik pizli

sekolah Q ni free je, takde apa2 yuran
yang i bayar masa Q mula2 masuk sekolah dulu is her sweater (ada sekolah punya badge), baju PE (ada badge sekolah jugak) and school bag (ada lambang school)
pestu beli baju/kasut sekolah

untuk R kalo bawah umur 3 mmg kena bayar la...
3 and above 15 jam free or 3 hours x 5 days free
ok la kan?
dpt gak snacks berkhasiat macak fruits/minum susu

Fertzy said...


i nak post M&M + nanny nyer skalik utk belajar dkt sana boleh??


mama_QnR said...


tu lah kan

tapi tak adil lah tulis yang best je kan
sebab banyak jugak benda i am missing...
itu next post...

btw, dah register muiz untuk school 2013 ke?
i ni yg dok di luar negara cemana eh?
kena daftar gak ke?

Jas said...


Finally found your blog! Nice entries and nice photos of the kids. ;-)

Haziq's preschool is practising all those stuff that you mentioned, except the meal, it's included in the school fees. And yes, Mommy has to spell the words with him. (Phonics is mind-boggling, I tell ya!) And Mommy is slacking a bit in that department. Hehe! Letey la, balik rumah dah malam, nak kena membaca lagi. Adoi!

And yes, Haziq enjoys school now and we are thinking of sending Sarah there next year too. She'll be 2.2 y.o by then. Better la kan, dari dok rumah tgk muka Bibik? ;-)

mama_QnR said...

hi jas!

thanks for dropping by
and you are right
phonics are not easy!
ish dok kat umah ni pun kekadang letih, i cannot imagine kalau you yang bekerja macam mana
but all in the name of love and education right?

for sarah, it depends on you lah dear
kalau ada trial period to see how she is progressing kan bagus
boleh jugak tgk how she will react
macam the stay and play sessions...