Singapore Philatelic Museum will be closed for redevelopment to refresh the museum’ infrastructure, content and offerings to enhance the visitor experience for Singaporeans. This will be a major redevelopment since SPM’s opening in 1995. The museum will be closed to the public from 18 March 2019, and is expected to re-open to the public in 2021.
Dedicated to showcasing Singapore’s rich philatelic heritage, SPM uses stamps as windows to introduce Singapore’s heritage and culture, as well as our connections to the world. Located at 23B Coleman Street, the building that houses SPM was formerly part of the Anglo Chinese School, and later the Methodist Book Room. SPM was officially opened on 19 August 1995 as a project of the Telecommunication Authority of Singapore. Since 2000, the museum has been managed by National Heritage Board.
Redevelopment works at SPM will include essential infrastructural upgrades to the museum building, as well as a revamp of the permanent and changing galleries to improve visitor experience.
During its redevelopment, SPM will continue to engage the young through travelling exhibitions and education programmes at pre-schools, primary and secondary schools. It will also continue to organise signature events such as the annualNational Stamp Collecting Competition and Draw My Stamp Story Art Competition. Families can also visit A Little Magic roving exhibition at public libraries. Look out for updates and activities on the museum website www.spm.org.sg!
If you’re looking for an Early Childhood education programme to jump-start your child’s lifelong love of learning, be sure to check out One World International School, the fastest-growing international school in Singapore.
One World International School's recently-opened East Coast Campus is located on Mountbatten Road.
Their Early Years Programme, underpinned with the English National Curriculum and based on an inquiry led, play-based learning approach, is specifically tailored for children 3 to 6 years of age.
At all OWIS campuses, students receive individualised learning as they discover personal interests and pursue unique paths of inquiry.
They emphasise a kindness-driven learning place, where they teach their children to be compassionate, empathetic, tolerant and humble.
Their students grow into well-rounded 21-century citizens prepared to lead a world where acceptance is key to establishing a healthy and productive global-view.
Your child will acquire real-life social skills as they learn from role-playing games. They provide a safe place where, through self-esteem and confidence, they learn to take measured risks to reach their full potential.
Once a boarding school for the children of British soldiers, the former Kinloss House has been completely restored to its former classic beauty. This 2,400 sqm building set on 1.9 hectares of land used to be the executive training center for a major global company. The Lady Hill Road address is now used by EHL Campus in Singapore.
The property houses classrooms, meeting rooms, a large multi-purpose hall and numerous break out spaces. This location has been selected based on several factors such as potential for student life, quality and aesthetics, flexibility to accommodate modern learning formats, its peaceful environment to facilitate learning, proximity to some of the main touristic landmarks and an opportunity to offer an EHL experience with a genuinely local flavor.
The Campus is in an upscale part of Singapore, in lush natural surroundings. It is located near the Tanglin area (a wealthy residential hub), a region of the city known for its grand mansions and sweeping lawns, which now house a number of International Schools, Embassies and High Commissions.
Many shops, food courts and other attractions are a quick drive away, including Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping street, a few minutes away by car.
EHL Group's Campus Singapore project has been approved by the Singaporean authorities, and earned the EduTrust certification. Candidates can apply to start their Preparatory Year at the EHL Campus Lausanne in September 2020 and then begin their Bachelor course as the first cohort at EHL Campus (Singapore) in the fall of 2021.
Embark on a journey to the east, along the Pasir Ris Heritage Trail. This trail is indeed an adventure to take, with its name derived from the Malay words ‘pasir’ and ‘hiris’ which mean ‘sand’ and ‘to slice or shred’. Go beyond the surface, as you uncover the golden memories and historic heritage of this happening place.
Go on this trail as you explore the history and heritage of Pasir Ris through the stories of the people who have lived, worked and played here, as well as the institutions they have built over the decades.
As a brand, Common Man has grown its offerings over the years, from delivering quality café experiences to cementing its place as a coffee industry leader and championing sustainability in all areas of the business.
The academy now boasts its own full-fledged 1,100 sqft space, with floor-to-ceiling glass panels along the side, allowing ample natural light to stream in. The academy space which was formerly a printing shop, has maintained elements of its industrial aesthetic that characterises the heritage block surrounding it. CMCR's signature selection of Loveramics ceramic-ware line the wooden and brass shelves up front, alongside a comfortable seating area for guests to relax, while classes take place in the training toom at the back. The academy will serve both wholesale accounts and public consumers alike, offering both groups CMCR's industry-leading barista training.
From aspiring baristas to seasonsed professionals looking to fine tune their craft, CMCR Barista Academy offers a variety of courses. The curriculum taught at CMCR Barista Academy was developed alongside the Australian Barista Academy, and fosters real-world, quantifiable understanding on a full range of barista skills and knowledge, teaching students how to implement their new understanding in a café environment. Knowledge of proper dosing, reading and interpreting colour changes in extraction, milk splitting, pouring techniques and machine maintenance are just some of the skills that students can expect to take away from the courses. Find out more here.
Singapore’s pre-schoolers will soon be able to benefit from the latest breakthrough in MindChamps’ revolutionary global model of education.
MindChamps has collaborated with one of Australia’s top theatre schools, Actors Centre Australia (ACA), which is the alma mater of Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman, in a world-first initiative to boost the advantages of its 3-Mind education model by adding to the curriculum the extra elements of acting, singing and dance.
The first MindChamps Performing Arts Preschool in Orchard Road was announced in Singapore by MindChamps’ Founder CEO and Executive Chairman, David Chiem, and ACA’s Founding CEO, Dean Carey.
The MindChamps Performing Arts Preschool will open in the new school year.
The Ngee Ann Kongsi donated S$50 million to LASALLE College of the Arts – their largest-ever, single donation to date – to develop a new building for the College.
The new 12-storey building will be named The Ngee Ann Kongsi Building. It will be built on a plot of land earmarked for LASALLE, adjacent to the existing campus on McNally Street and connected to Rochor MRT station. The new unified campus is envisioned to have a glass façade that opens into the vibrant thoroughfare of Rochor Canal Road. The announcement of the new building caps off a memorable year for LASALLE, which saw the College receive its second consecutive EduTrust Star, Singapore’s highest mark of quality for a private education institution.
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Building will house an upgraded library to hold a larger collection of books and other arts resources, film and TV studio facilities and a music recital hall that will present free concerts for members of the public. There will be new galleries on the ground floor to reach out to the community as well as specialist and flexible spaces to meet future learning and teaching needs. The public can also look forward to facilities for a wide array of Continuing Education and Training (CET) programmes for professional and personal development.
Q & M Dental Group has opened Singapore's first private dentistry college, offering graduate diploma studies in clinical dentistry. The Q & M College of Dentistry aims to provide a platform for dentists to upgrade their skills and learn best practices in Dentistry, including performing dental procedures with the latest technologies and materials.
They have put in place their own academic and examination board for Q & M College of Dentistry. Their teaching faculty is made up of more than 30 Lecturers of senior General Practitioners and Specialists. Apart from dentists here, the college could also enrol practitioners in Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Indonesia.
Their new campus will allow the school to better cater to the holistic development of their students and engagement of the community. This will be achieved through features that facilitate innovative thinking and learning of socio-emotional competencies and interpersonal skill.
In moving to the Braddell/Toa Payoh area, they will also partner the neighbouring primary schools and Volunteer Welfare Organisations (VWOs) for service learning.
Arc Children Centre on Lorong Limau is an independent charity centre dedicated to enriching the daily lives of children who are braving life-threatening illnesses, and their families too.
Arc's new 5,000 sq ft centre features an indoor play area complete with slides and climbing wall, as well as multi-sensory corner and custom-made library with cosy reading nooks for the children. The open, modular setup that allows versatile maximization of space for both educational and enrichment activities to take place.
Arc Children's Centre is a registered charity with the Ministry of Social & Family Development.
They support children between the ages of 3-18 years with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Younger or older children may be reviewed on a case by case consideration. They accept all children regardless of religion, race or culture. They also provide support for family members of these children.
Since July 2011, Arc has helped more than 150 children with cancer or a life-threatening illness.
St. Joseph’s Institution (SJI) has opened a new heritage gallery, in commemoration of Singapore's bicentennial year and the Tercentenary1 of the Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools – St. John Baptist de La Salle. Named Missio 1852, the gallery showcases 167 years of Josephian history and Lasallian heritage, tradition and community in Singapore. This project is supported by the National Heritage Board and the Singapore Bicentennial Office.
Founded by the De La Salle Brothers in 1852, St. Joseph’s Institution (SJI) is an independent Catholic school, whose mission is to nurture students to learn how to learn and to learn how to live, so that they can be empowered to grow into men and women of integrity and men and women for others. For over 167 years, SJI has nurtured thousands of men and women who have served the society locally and globally. Missio 1852 celebrates the contributions and achievements of the school and of these alumni who have served the society in different ways throughout the century.
The highlights of Missio 1852 include:
Profiles of distinguished Josephians – Thousands of illustrious Josephians have graduated from the gates and halls of SJI since 1852. Amongst them include Former 7th President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, DPM Teo Chee Hean, Mr Philip Yeo, Prof Leo Tan Wee Hin, Prof Jeremy Monteiro, Justice Chan Seng Onn, whose profiles are featured in Missio 1852.
The Brothers’ Logbook – The La Salle Brothers meticulously kept annual logbooks such as these, detailing notable events like inter-school competitions, important visitors to the school, spiritual bouquets and civics group meetings. It was the practice for the Brother Director to keep a diary/logbook to record key events throughout the school year, to help him when he prepares the annual report to be sent to Rome.
The Founder’s Banner – As part of the school’s emphasis on rituals and symbolism, this Founder’s banner was frequently used in events like the celebration of the apparition ofour Lady of Fatimah in the 1950s. Out of the traditional three banners used, only this one remains. These banners were originally stored away in a camphor wood chest in the Brothers’ Quarters.
The Grandfather Clock that has survived the Japanese Occupation – This clock once stood on the verandah of the Brothers' House and called all therein to prayers and class. During WWII, shrapnel damaged the clock and the marks have been preserved in its restoration. Holes on both sides indicated where shrapnel entered the clock, hit the back of the pendulum and exited on the opposite side.
Missio 1852 is open to SJI students and staff members during school hours during term time. Visit www.sji.edu.sg for details.
As part of the Ministry of Education’s continuing efforts to support students with Special Educational Needs (SEN), Pathlight School will operate a second permanent campus in Tampines from January 2023. This was announced by Second Minister for Education, Ms Indranee Rajah, during her visit to Pathlight Campus 1, where she also recently officiated the opening of its inclusive worksite.
Established by the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore), Pathlight is a government-funded Special Education (SPED) school, which offers the national curriculum to students with moderate-to-severe SEN, and students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). To address the growing demand from students with ASD who are able to access the national curriculum, the new Campus 2 will provide about 500 additional primary level school places.
The new purpose-built campus will be located at the site of the former East View Primary School at Tampines Street 91. The site was selected based on the geographical distribution of Pathlight’s current demand, and the site’s close proximity to mainstream schools such as Junyuan Primary School and St Hilda’s Primary School. Such physical proximity will enhance opportunities for interaction through joint activities, between Pathlight students and their peers in mainstream schools.
To support learning for Pathlight students, the new Campus 2 will have infrastructure provisions similar to mainstream primary schools, plus specialised facilities to cater to the needs of students with ASD. These include an Indoor Sports Hall, a daily living skills room, and therapy rooms.
Currently, Pathlight has two campuses, with about 1,400 primary, secondary and vocational track students. The interim Campus 2 will continue to serve its students when the new Campus 2 starts operation in January 2023.
MOE will continue to monitor and review the demand for SPED school places, and will work with Social Service Agencies to provide sufficient capacity to cater to the needs of specific student profiles. Please refer to the Annex for more information on MOE’s ongoing efforts to meet demand for places in SPED schools.
The Times Junior store at Jewel Changi Airport is Times Bookstore’s first stand-alone store catering to children. Times Junior takes on a fun and holistic approach towards Education, Creative Learning, Discovery and Interaction.
With merchandise ranging from books, toys, stationery, gifts and accessories - including a dedicated selection of children’s books by Singapore authors - you and your littles ones can look forward to an engaging bonding experience.
Visitors to Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) can look forward to a new state-of-the-art digital experience attraction added to the range of leisure and tourism offerings available at Singapore’s latest iconic lifestyle destination. A first-of-its-kind in Singapore, the Changi Experience Studio was conceived and designed by Changi Airport Group to be a space that tells interesting stories of Changi Airport in a way that brings wonder and delight to both adults and children alike.
Located on Level 4 of Jewel, the studio presents a journey of fun and discovery through the exciting virtual world of Changi Airport featuring a garden that sings, an adrenaline-pumping runway race, a quest to collect airport trolleys, a battle of smiles and more.
With a collection of over 20 different touchpoints and ten zones spread over 3,000sqm (about half the size of a football field), the Changi Experience Studio utilises technology to present a diverse mix of unique experiences under one roof, including interactive games, projection storytelling, immersive shows and gallery exhibits. Each touchpoint tells a different slice of the Changi Airport story uncovered through the visitor’s participation. For instance, visitors can have fun playing games simulating different functions at the airport and learning how things work behind-the scenes through interactive projection exhibits. They can also look forward to an immersive show that will trigger their senses and imagination about the past and future of aviation.
Designed with a mix of experiences that offer both individual engagement and social bonding, the space is suitable for families, friends and groups looking for a fun outing or interesting communal activities. As an indicative guide to help visitors plan their day’s programme, it takes over 90 minutes to complete all the experiences within the Changi Experience Studio.
Exploration of the studio is done primarily with the Travel Guide – a personal interactive device that accompanies every visitor on their journey through the studio. A seemingly simple piece of cardboard with all its technology embedded within, the versatile Travel Guide enables active interaction and spontaneous engagement between the visitor and the exhibits in different ways. This technology used in Changi Experience Studio premiers for the first time across Singapore and Asia.
The Changi Experience Studio operates daily from 10.00am to 10.00pm (last entry is at 9.00pm). The entry fee for Singapore residents is $19 for Adults and $13 for Children / Seniors. Families enjoy a bundle rate of $54 (for 2 Adults and 2 Children / Seniors). Children below 6 years old enjoy free entry.
Play is a Child’s Work and The Better Toy Store is a child’s workshop of award-winning toys carefully selected for excellence in safety, quality, play value, design, and impact on the environment.
Every toy at the store is evaluated for these qualities, together with age-appropriateness and open-endedness; allowing a different facet of play as the child grows and changes in ability and interest.
The Better Toy Store does not compromise because they believe that every child deserves the best - anything else is just not good enough.
The Singapore Sports Hub launched the first sports, art and heritage walking trail titled The Kallang Story: A Sports, Arts and Heritage Trail, with the unveiling of the Merdeka Lions by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and the Ministry of Transport. Mr Baey was joined by some 11 community groups for a guided tour of the trail, where they were taken on a journey of Kallang’s landmarks and the area’s vibrant history.
Mr Baey said: “There is a treasure trove of stories at Kallang. This was where many of our nation’s sporting memories were forged, and is also home to Singapore’s first civil international airport. I am heartened by this Kallang Story project, which documents some interesting elements of our heritage in the year of Singapore’s Bicentennial. I encourage everyone to come explore the area with familyand friends, relive old memories, and reflect on our Singapore Story.”
The new three-kilometre educational walking trail tells the story of Kallang through 18 heritage markers, artefacts, architecture, and new artworks sited around Singapore Sports Hub. These artworks are commissioned by Singapore Sports Hub to celebrate Kallang’s heritage and local talents. The artworks will be rolled out in phases. This walking trail is a community project supported by the National Heritage Board (NHB) in partnership with Sport Singapore and Republic Polytechnic. The launch is part of the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration 2019.
Members of the public can explore the 18 markers as one whole, or in three separate smaller walking trails - The Waterfront Trail, The Stadium Trail and The Park Trail. Each of the trails tells the Kallang story by highlighting prominent landmarks in the area, both past and present. The Waterfront Trailfaces the Kallang Basin, a body of water with a rich history going back at least 400 years and reveals the riverine communities who once called this area home, the traditional industries that contributed lasting place names, and the legacy of water sports. The Stadium Trail explores the grounds of the National Stadium and covers major architectural icons which played key roles in sports, politics, energy, aviation and entertainment in Singapore. The Park Trail ventures into the former grounds of Kallang Park, journeys through memories of the old Wonderland Amusement Park and ending in front of the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The Merdeka Lions now sited at Stadium Roar, facing the Kallang Basin, are replicas of the original artefacts that were initially commissioned by the Public Works Department (renamed ‘CPD Corporation’) as part of the Merdeka Bridge that was built in 1955. With the widening of NicollHighway, the sculptures were then moved to Kallang Park, before being shifted to The SAFTI Military Institute.
Members of the public can look forward to spotting 14 uniquely designed repurposed benches made from the timber seats in the former National Stadium. The installation of the 14 benches has enlivened Sports Hub’s public spaces to build community interactions and create shared memories. This underscored the intent of this “Re:Bench” CommunityProject, a collaboration between Singapore Sports Hub and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
Visitors can pick up self-guided tour maps of The Kallang Story: A Sports, Arts and Heritage Trail at the Sports Hub’s Visitors Centre at OCBC Square.
Embracing Orchard Road’s heritage as one of the original Straits Chinese enclaves in Singapore (circa 1800s), The Peranakan Gallery at Claymore Connect brings to life a rich tapestry of traditions that were once prevalent in the district — long before Orchard Road gained fame as the island’s most-visited tourist destination.
This newly-launched Place of Interest is a must-visit experience depicting the timeline and evolution of Straits Chinese culture in Singapore and South East Asia. Visually immersive and enriching, The Peranakan Gallery promises to be the Orchard precinct’s eminent ode to authentic Peranakan culture.
Nexus International School is honoured to have been chosen by the government of Singapore to be a major part of maintaining the city state’s position as a global leader in education. Their new site on Aljunied Road, which is scheduled to be ready for opening in 2020, will be Singapore’s latest state-of-the-art international school and will be the flagship Nexus campus.
This project represents an investment of more than S$232m for Taylor’s Education Group (TEG), owners of Nexus International School (Singapore). Mr BK Gan, President of Taylor’s Schools, released details of the exciting development and stated “the new Nexus International School (Singapore) at Aljunied will be the culmination of a vision formed in 2007 within TEG to provide a world-class holistic education through the Nexus brand. We are delighted with the success of Nexus in Singapore, which is a testament to our dedicated and expert staff, our supportive parents and our wonderful learners.”
The new Nexus campus will have a capacity of 2,000 students, up from the current site capacity of 1,200 at Ulu Pandan. It will boast cutting-edge modern facilities with a strong environmental focus, an Innovation Hub, flexible learning spaces, numerous play areas, a large capacity theatre, music recording rooms, a state of the art sports field, a 50m Olympic-sized swimming pool, gymnasium and fitness centre. The site has been designed by renowned international architects Broadway Malyan who have produced a stunning architectural vision that embodies the ethos and values of the school, offers quality design, and which is also sensitive to local customs and culture.
My Learning Haven at Suntec City is a preschool with playgroup, nursery and kindergarten services for children aged 18 months to 6 years old. It is also where children from different backgrounds go to learn & interact with the feeling of being safe and secure. Their aim is to take learning back to the days where children were allowed to express themselves freely and learn as they played and interacted with one another.
My Learning Haven is a sister school of Josiah Montessori. It was started by their founders, Lena Lim and Wendy Tan who are pioneers in the early childhood industry with a combined experience of over 45 years in this industry.
Drop by for a meet & greet with My Learning Haven's staff members and know more about their unique integrated thematic-based curriculum that enriches your child with skills and fosters your child’s creativity and imagination.
Museum @ My Queenstown along Commonwealth Drive is a community museum that showcases the story of Queenstown as Singapore's first satellite town.
Queenstown is named after the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Entirely curated and run by numerous volunteers from civic group, My Community, Museum @ My Queenstown is a small but an educational & well-arranged museum that is worth a visit.
"Our Stories: Do you remember them?" is an exhibition made possible after a 9-year collection effort. It showcases physical and digital artefacts from the community that capture Queenstown’s history & heritage.
The programme spaces on the first and second level of the shophouse museum will host a series of talks, seminars and workshops. And the archival room on the 2nd level of the museum houses a wide collection of old photographs and artefacts contributed by residents and various institutions in Queenstown.
The officially-opened Wisma Geylang Serai (WGS) is the community civic and cultural centre in the heart of Geylang Serai precinct. It is a multi-agency development that celebrates the heritage of Geylang Serai communities and encourages social interactions and community bonding among different communities of all ages and races.
It houses the Geylang Serai Community Club, the South East Community Development Council, the Geylang Serai Heritage Gallery Family Service and Child Care Centre, Senior Care Centre, and cultural arts group and social/community-related facilities.
Within WGS, there are public spaces, community plaza and a comprehensive pedestrian network that will enhance accessibility and connectivity to other developments in the precinct, bringing the wide range of facilities and services in WGS to the community. This development is a collaboration between the People’s Association, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Ministry of Health, National Arts Council, National Heritage Board and Ministry of National Development.
Geylang Serai was the origin of the Malay Settlement back in pre-modern Singapore. The word ‘Wisma’ can be translated as a building, complex or house. Wisma Geylang Serai was hence named to reflect the nature and functions of the civic centre.
The development’s double-pitched roof is influenced by traditional Malay houses and complements the adjacent Geylang Serai Market. At the same time, the design demonstrates a contemporary feel in its spatial planning, drawing inspiration from the “serai” plant to “ketupat” and “serambi” on stilts. It weaves and integrates multi-functional spaces and facilities into a cohesive overall design. This winning design amplifies the distinctive identity of Geylang Serai and strengthen its urban character.
A modern, educational marvel in the making, the newly-built campus is Singapore's first preschool with tailored learning, fitness and nutrition programme. From a bespoke food menu serving up delicious fare to suit every diet (even includes a gluten-free option), to a thoughtfully designed driveway for parents to drop their children off nearer to their classroom, an experience like no other awaits at 50A Lloyd Road!
Housed in a modern industrial building, this is Odyssey’s very first bespoke campus and it spans 13,000 sq ft. This new campus features an added team of specialists who will tailor dedicated learning plans and fitness regimes for each child and an in-house registered nurse who will take care of their children’s wellness. Children with dietary requirements will also benefit from their bespoke menu selection. Read more about Odyssey's programme here.
Repton Schoolhouse at Alexandra Central Mall offers a unique curriculum combining the best of the British and Singaporean education systems and traditions. The combination of these and the finest educational practitioners, enable each child to be guided and encouraged to grow and develop their potential within a nurturing and supportive environment.
They are proud of the contemporary education the children experience and of the traditions and core values that lie at the heart of their school. The curriculum and programmes reflect the context and culture of Singapore and their partnership with Repton School in United Kingdom. Repton’s 450-year history has enabled it to develop a mature and clearly effective approach which moulds and brings out the potential of the children.
Located at Alexandra Terrace, Brass Lion Distillery is Singapore’s first standalone micro-distillery specialising in producing high-quality small-batch craft spirits. In addition to being a distillery, it is also home to a tasting room, retail store and herb garden.
The brand debuts with the Brass Lion Gin — a tropical and distinctly Singaporean gin that evokes the island’s sense of place. This New World-style gin draws inspiration from the region’s centuries-old spice trade, which brought a plethora of Asian herbs and spices – together with indigenous varieties – to the island.
Founder Jamie's first foray into the world of spirits started with the opening of the legendary Chupitos Shots Bar in Clarke Quay, followed by The Beast Southern Kitchen & Bourbon Bar. A love of gin and experimentation, combined with the lack of local Singaporean spirits, led her on a journey to master the art and science of distillation under Master Distillers all over the world.
Embark on a tour of Brass Lion Distillery's entire space where you'll learn about the distilling process, how Brass Lion came about and the inception of the Singapore Dry Gin. Please visit this link to sign up for the tour.
Eunoia Junior College will move into its permanent Bishan site at the end of 2019, ready for the commencement of the school term in 2020. The Bishan campus is situated at the junction of Sin Ming Avenue and Marymount Road, overlooking Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and both Bishan and Ang Mo Kio estates.
Eunoia Junior College will be the first high-rise junior college in Singapore, with two academic blocks 10 and 12 storeys high respectively. A library with splendid panoramic view towards Bishan Park sits at the top two floors of the 10-storey block, allowing all to be inspired by the green serenity of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. A 900-seater theatre will be equipped for performances, seminars and cohort-based lectures, on top of a range of seminar rooms, learning rooms, science laboratories and other special programme rooms.
The college will also be the first school in Singapore with an elevated track and field stadium as part of its infrastructure. A full 8-lane track, field, space for sports and games, and a viewing gallery will be located at the top of the structure adjacent to Marymount Road. The field shelters various student interaction areas from the sun and rain, including music rooms, CCA rooms, a dance studio, a multi-purpose hall, a 900 pax auditorium and various arcades for mass activities.
In celebration of Heguru Education's 5th Anniversary in Singapore, Henguru Education Centre is opening their 5th centre in Punggol Oasis Terraces in July 2018 to allow more children to experience the wonderful learning journey and benefit from Heguru brain development enrichment!
Heguru Education's centres are backed and managed by a stellar team of highly experienced and dedicated local educators with strong credentials. They place utmost emphasis on curriculum and teaching quality. They nurture young children with their hearts. And they know parents want nothing but the best enrichment for their child / children.
â€‹Embark your child / children on a wonderful learning journey with Heguru Education for an important head start.
Supported by National Heritage Board, Singapore, the museum was conceptualised in 2016 and completed in 2018.
Did you know that more than two-thirds of the current Bishan town was once occupied by a cemetery and a village? Since the 19th century, Bishan was a Chinese burial ground called Peck San Theng. The Cantonese community was in charge of Peck San Theng, with more than 50,000 graves spread across the region. Kampong San Theng was the main Chinese village then.
The new $700,000 heritage gallery tells the story of Kampong San Teng.
The 560 sqm gallery held its official opening on 3rd June.
Admission to the gallery is free. It is open from 9.30am to 4pm every day except on public holidays.
Designed by some of the best professional minds in the world and crafted after meaningful contributions from their own teachers, GIIS SMART Campus (Global Indian International School) is the most technologically-advanced SMART campus in Singapore and is a ‘Nest’ where students will be nurtured and groomed from a fledgling to a feathered state, through collaborative learning and by using state-of-the-art features. Students will be the central focus of their pedagogy, encouraged to learn science, art and language through newer, personal and meaningful experiences.
Experts have long agreed that classrooms with four-walls, a chalk & black board and a long list of textbooks is a thing of the past. In fact, 21st century learning will be all about innovative learning methodologies in new and flexible space, where smaller and more personal student communities can huddle together to get the best out of the ocean of knowledge and information available at the click of a button. GIIS SMART Campus is the answer to all these modern-day schooling requirements. Their school will be a place where a child be educated through interactive and fun methods of learning, where he/she will express themselves and shape their personalities with ample help from educators and where they will be groomed to innovate and imagine, and be entrepreneurial in spirit to change the world of tomorrow. GIIS SMART Campus is the school of the 21st century.
Keeping students at the centre of their universe, the digitally-savvy GIIS SMART Campus will be the epitome of new age learning, where every technology, every facility and every design has been carefully formulated to give them the best academic and extracurricular pedagogy for their benefit. SMART features like Wi-Fi enabled classrooms and Sports Analytics fields are in place to give students the best tools in the business to enhance their individual performance in academia as well as extra-curricular activities. The Campus will be a one-stop shop to learn everything from Science, to Arts, to Languages to Skills under a single roof to help your child grow into a well-rounded individual and a responsible citizen of the future.
Although the best architectural minds came up with the 'nest' concept as a nurturing ground for students, it is the valuable inputs from over 100 teachers that have added a personal touch to the design of this 21st century school. Brainstorming, discussing and pooling in ideas from best practises and correct practises in the industry, their dedicated team of teachers indulged in an in-depth and meaningful discussion for over three years to ensure that the right facilities are put in place for the overall benefit of their students during the making of the school. The result is a labour of love and true dedication of these educators who insisted on only the best for their students and made sure they got it.
The revamped Sustainable Singapore Gallery at Marina Barrage presents an overview of Singapore’s commitment to sustainable development. While there are exhibits that chart the milestones which brought about the high quality living environment Singaporeans enjoy today, the focus in many parts of the Gallery is on the challenges ahead and the steps people in Singapore need to take together as a nation to keep the country smart and green.
The Gallery is organised into six zones, tracing Singapore’s response to climate change, our water management strategies, zero waste initiatives and efforts to keep Singapore clean, green and sustainable, including investments in renewable energy.
The interactive panels and multi-sensory exhibits will appeal to the young and old. There are also interesting artefacts such as a porcelain figurine presented to Dutch economist Dr Albert Winsemius in 1993 after he famously lost a wager, with Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his team, that the Singapore River could not sustain life.
Admission is free to the 1,618 sqm gallery. Free guided tours are available for booking through PUB website. Read more about the gallery and its different zones here.
Middleton International School (MIS) has a second campus located at 2 Tampines Street 92, covering a land area of 291,996 sq ft (around 5 football fields). The site consists of multiple classrooms of various sizes, 3 external hard courts and a field. Previously, the site was occupied by ITE, Tampines.
The MIS Tampines campus will offer levels from Nursery 2 to Grade 12 (3-18 years), thus offering a through-train education pathway for international families. School fees for Middleton International School's programme comes at affordable price points, which are nearly half of that charged by other international schools in Singapore.
Middleton International School started in January 2017 with its first campus at Upper Bukit Timah in response to the strong demand for affordable international schools amongst expatriate parents. The campus very quickly reached full capacity and has a wait list in most levels.
The teaching staff consists of a mix of local and international teachers. This brings a diverse set of skills, competencies and experiences to the school. The new campus will also have a mix of local and international teachers and create more than 150 jobs over the years as it reaches its full capacity of 1000 students. Read more about the new campus here.
For some children, learning just needs to be a little different.
At Bright Path Preschool, they believe that every child can and should be successful in their own right. Harnessing over 30 years of global experience in early childhood education, Busy Bees Group has developed a new, high-quality and inclusive preschool and care programme for children aged 3 to 6 years old.
Bright Path pairs Busy Bees' extensive early childhood experience with early intervention techniques.
Their advisory team comprising John Woodward and Margaret Randles (founding members of Busy Bees) and Dr Diana Lea Baranovich (Associate Professor, Department Of Educational Psychology And Counselling, University of Malaya) have decades of experience working with children on their developmental milestones.
Also, leading their team, Centre Director and Psychologist, Angelin Chua, who has more than ten years’ clinical experience in Australasia, is committed to pushing the boundaries of inclusive preschool education through a tailored programme for every child.
Brighton Montessori's brand new double-storey centre is now open at River Valley, just across Valley Point.
The new centre offers spacious classrooms, naturally-lit dining area and an exciting indoor playground! Helmed by an experienced and dedicated team of educators, you can be assured that your child will learn and grow in a safe and conducive environment just like a home away from home.
At Brighton Montessori, they understand that every child learns differently. Adopting a hands-on learning approach, they teach and cultivate interests individually, giving them the freedom to explore concepts of language, mathematics and more, all at their own pace.
Brighton Montessori offers programmes catered to children from 18 months to 6 years old.
Children's Cove Preschool has been providing quality, educational and enriching programmes for the young ones since 2010. Their new campus at Jalan Penjara is now open.
The new campus offers a unique setting, amongst 30,000 square feet of outdoor space and is complete with a massive pond, huge sandpit and forest trail.
For the past 6 years, they are proud to have served many local and expatriate families, sharing their joy and responsibility of nurturing their little ones. Their values and beliefs in early childhood education have attracted many like-minded teachers to join them.
Their team of professional and experienced teachers is committed to fill children with positive affirmation, loving attention and care. Read more about the school's facilities and programmes here.
Get ready for an exciting voyage on the turbulent high seas and sail off on an explorer adventure at the newly-unveiled Maritime Experiential Museum on Sentosa Island.
After nine months of extensive overhaul, the Maritime Experiential Museum is the only one of its kind in Singapore reconceptualisation, this is the newest attraction on Sentosa Island and dedicated to the exploration of the iconic Maritime Silk Route.
Housing a total of 15 unique galleries including five brand new zones featuring never-before-seen content and installations, the revamped attraction will engage the senses of guests through a combination of state-of-the-art visual projections, multimedia shows, interactive hands-on exhibits, olfactory experiences and plenty of stunning Instagram-worthy displays.
Greeted by the four world-famous seafarers with holographic effect in the Briefing Room, guests will embark on the maritime adventure through the eyes of Marco Polo, the merchant from Venice; Sang Nila Utama, Palembang prince and founder of Singapura; Ibn Battuta, Moroccan scholar and explorer; and Zheng He, Chinese admiral and fleet commander.
After a glimpse into how maritime trade and cross-cultural exchanges contribute to the progress of civilisation and shape the world today, guests enter the immersive Learning To Navigate chamber – an all-new interactive gallery designed like a lower deck of a ship. Guests can try their hand at reading nautical charts, navigate a mariner’s compass or learn more about the ancient art of celestial navigation. Replicas and projections of early trading vessels that ply the Maritime Silk Route, such as the Chinese Junk, Javanese Jong and Borobudur Ship, offer awe-inspiring 360-degree views and fascinating details on the construction of these sturdy ships.
Next, a vibrant marketplace at The Flavours of Maritime Silk Route depicts how precious merchandise such as silk, spices and gemstones were so highly sought after that traders were willing to risk their lives for them.
Guests can continue their journey and marvel at the Jewel of Muscat – designed like a 9th century Arabian Dhow – which made a tumultuous 138-day voyage from Oman to Singapore in 2010 using ancient navigational methods with a crew of 15. The immersive Typhoon Theater, a must-see anchor attraction, simulates a sinking ship in a treacherous storm, letting guests face the wrath of the sea before descending into the depths of the ocean.
One World International School (OWIS) Nanyang Campus is scheduled to open in January 2018 for preschool, primary and middle school students through grade 8. Grades 9 through 11 will open in August 2018.
The OWIS Nanyang campus is located along 21 Jurong West Street 81. The property spans 3.2 hectares in an attractive, natural setting that will encourage learning to continue both in and out of the classroom. OWIS is a moderate fee school offering a top-quality educational experience that is designed to prepare students for ambitious adult lives. School fees for kindergarten and primary students will start from S$17,000 per annum and not exceed S$20,000 per annum for higher grades.
At OWIS, they pride ourselves in building an international community where children embrace diversity. To assist with this, they have a 30% cap on any one nationality, so their student body is guaranteed to include students from different backgrounds, cultures and geographic locations. The new facility can house up to 1,200 students from pre-school through 12th grade and class size is limited to 24 students per classroom.
Their modern campus offers students & parents everything they expect from a well-rounded education. Their classrooms and teachers embrace the latest technology and the campus will also support outdoor learning opportunities, including a Nature Kindergarten. Their IB and IGCSE curricula encourages a deeper understanding of the world around us through inquiry-based learning, and they utilise technology as a tool to deliver that instruction more effectively.
At OWIS, children follow a world class, concept driven curriculum which not only enhances knowledge but also enables them to make real-life connections with the world around them. This is how OWIS ensures that learning is truly “future proof”. Read more about the school.
EtonHouse International School at Orchard will be the first of its kind offering an education pathway from primary through to secondary and high school. With innovative features in a unique city-centre location, the school's curriculum, staff and environment will deliver a programme designed to nurture creativity and critical thinking amongst millenials.
Located in the heart of the city, opposite St. Regis Hotel, the campus is a modern facility and the only international school on Orchard Road, offering families in the area a central and convenient location for their children's schooling
EtonHouse International School at Orchard will offer a modern and robust curriculum. Aligning with the outcomes of a 21st century education, it will offer a SMART programme focusing on Science, Maths, Art, Research and Technology. Inspired by the Singapore curriculum in Maths and Chinese, the programme will be in line with best practice. The students will have access to programmes around entrepreneurship, design thinking, sports science and action adventure, besides a robust music, drama and visual arts programme. With the IB PYP framework in the Primary Years, the Middle Years’ approach will be consistent with the IB’s approach to learning and will lead to the IGCSEs in Y11. The Senior Years will offer the IB Diploma Programme.
The school's ethos is centrered around strong pastoral care within the small and boutique nature of the campus. Families can look forward to a school where rich interactions between the staff and students will form the basis of the curriculum and programme being offered at all levels.
Located next to the Singapore Sports Hub, it has easy access for drop off, parking and is located next to Stadium MRT or a 600 metre sheltered walk from Kallang MRT.
Established in 1980, Lorna Whiston has built a reputation over the past 37 years for high quality education and teaching excellence across Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong with their signature programmes: English Enrichment, Speech & Drama and Preschools.
Starting preschool is an exciting time to engage, inspire and feed your childs appetite for knowledge. True to this belief, Lorna Whiston Preschools offer a stimulating bilingual learning environment for children 18 months to 6 years old.
German European School Singapore (GESS) is set to move in to a brand new custom built K12 campus on Dairy Farm Road in 2018. The project opens an exciting new chapter in the school’s development as two existing campuses will be consolidated into one purpose-built school with brand new facilities.
With the aim to grow the school community by up to 2,000 new students, construction work on the site commenced on January 15th, 2016. The campus will be ready to move into during the 2018 June/July school holidays in order to operate by August.
The new campus includes important school facilities and spaces that are designed for the mindset of future generations. These include a sports field and hall, swimming pool, music and drama facilities, age and subject-specific classrooms, canteen, specialist rooms, design technology studio, library and an auditorium. Find out more here.
Among the new exhibits visitors can explore is an immersive 3D virtual reality dive experience along the coral reefs at the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park. They can also observe life between the tides through a mangrove mesocosm, likely one of the first of its kind in the region, where mangroves are planted under controlled conditions to mirror the natural environment as closely as possible. Besides providing an opportunity for visitors to learn more about mangrove habitats, the mesocosm will also allow researchers or schools to conduct observations or simple experiments.
Another new exhibit is a viewing pool where visitors can study sea anemones, sea cucumbers, feather stars and other intertidal organisms up close. The Public Gallery will also feature aquariums for visitors to admire coral reef organisms such as sea fans, sponges and reef fish, and learn about NParks’ coral conservation efforts.
Singapore’s first Marine Park spans about 40 hectares, encompassing Sisters’ Islands and the western reefs of both St John’s Island and Pulau Tekukor. The Sisters’ Islands Marine Park serves as a platform for outreach, educational, conservation and research activities related to our native marine biodiversity. The location was chosen due to its variety of habitats including coral reefs, sandy shores and seagrass areas.
Two Cognita schools in Singapore – Australian International School (AIS) and Stamford American International School (SAIS) have collaborated and their world-class Early Learning Village boasting a 50,000 sqm campus is now open. Located at Kim Chuan Lane, the innovative new shared campus has been designed specifically for children aged 18 months to six years old and is the first in the world on this scale for Early Years education.
Among the shared facilities between the two schools in the Village are various multifunctional spaces thoughtfully designed with young children in mind, such as a 20-metre swimming pool which adapts to the competencies of the little swimmers – 10 short horizontal lanes for beginners, and four longer lanes lengthwise for more confident swimmers, and an indoor, air-conditioned gymnasium for their acclaimed SMART Steps specialist physical education classes and after-school enrichment.
Inspired by the world-famous Reggio Emilia philosophy incorporating the environment as a third teacher in its architecture, interior design and curriculum, the Village represents a revolutionary step in early childhood education where this age group is the first and only thought. The campus is designed by award-winning Bogle Architects in collaboration with Gary Moore, Professor of Environmental Behavioural studies at Sydney University, and Rosie Long, a Reggio Emilia Early Years Education specialist, to include specific architectural and design elements that elevate the early learning experience.
Each corner of the Village caters to the growing and developing child, with changing discovery spaces attached to every classroom which empower young learners to play to their strengths and interests. Their learning experience also extends beyond the classroom where they can choose from specialty co-curricular activities such as gymnastics, ballet, sports, drama and language-learning, amongst many others.
Have you ever thought about how Singapore’s built environment has been transformed over the years? Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to develop the buildings we see around us today? You can now learn about these and about the past, present and future of our local building and construction scene at the newly revamped BCA Gallery (Building and Construction Authority).
Located at the premises of the BCA Academy at Braddell Road, the 2-storey gallery has been expanded from a single storey showcase and now houses six different zones with multimedia and interactive features. Learn about the transformation of our built environment and how buildings are built, from conceptualisation to occupation, through the gallery's interactive displays!
At the first few zones, visitors can find out how local building marvels were developed and learn about the various productive construction technologies adopted in the local building industry
Visitors to the BCA Gallery will experience an interactive journey of Singapore's building development through the years and gain insights into BCA's role in shaping a safe, sustainable, high-quality and friendly built environment for Singapore. The four key pillars of an excellent built environment, namely, safety, quality, sustainability and friendly, are highlighted collectively in this multi-sensory treat of interactive exhibits, model showcases and pull-out panels.
The Gallery is sub-divided into three zones according to three distinct themes:
Located within Hillion Mall at Petir Road, PCF Sparkletots @ Cashew is PAP Community Foundation's (PCF) first childcare centre in an intergrated development. With a space of of over 2,000 sqm, the centre will provide full day child care and infant care services for over 280 children.
Their educators believe young children have an innate curiosity about their environment and a spontaneous desire to explore, imagine, construct and question. To support and develop this natural desire, their S.T.E.A.M. Approach (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) enables children to explore, experiment and engage all their senses.
The centre's curriculum will follow that of other PCF Sparkletots pre-schools, which is regularly reviewed, and focuses on areas like numeracy, creative expression and motor skills development.
Looking for something fun to do? Pop by Science Centre Singapore and visit their latest exhibitions, The Mind's Eye and Professor Crackitt's Light Fantastic: A mirror maze experience.
As part of Science Centre Singapore's 40th anniversary celebrations; 270 sqm space of the centre has been transformed into a huge and captivating mirror maze.
Created by Adrian Fisher Design, record holders of seven Guinness World Records; the maze features 105 mirror cells, with more than 17 interactive exhibits and experiments on light, plus holograms and fake exits to make for a wondrous kaleidoscope experience.
The mirror maze also doubles as a setting for an exciting escape room game.
“The Mind’s Eye” exhibition features more than 30 exhibits curated by SCS and is an exhibition of optical illusions.
Among the exhibits is one called “View With A Twist”, which showcases a wire sculpture that “transforms from an elephant into two giraffes simply by shifting the visitor’s point of view”.
The Singapore Rail Academy (SGRA) is a set-up within the Land Transport Authority and was launched last month to serve as a platform for training and development opportunities.
It currently has a workforce of over 7,000 in railway operations and maintenance, of whom more than half are engineers and technicians. To support the expansion of the rail network to 360km by the year 2030, it is estimated that an additional workforce of 5,000 and other capabilities will be required to meet the demand.
The Academy will be working with rail operators and Institutes of Higher Learning to deepen rail engineering capabilities.
LTA also announced the opening of the Transportation Systems Lab and Systems Engineering Lab in Singapore Institute of Technology. These two labs support SGRA’s functions to enhance laboratory-based teaching and learning, and enable application-focused research on systems engineering, modelling and simulation.
These labs would be used as classrooms to conduct courses and training for students of the SIT Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Land) degree programme, SIT-DigiPen Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems) degree programme as well as practising engineers. In addition, the Transportation Systems Lab serves as the key simulation lab for SIT’s Telematics (Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineering) degree programme and the Systems Engineering Lab will also be used for specialised training in systems engineering and project management.
Viv's Schoolhouse is a childcare centre at Queen Street (for children aged 18 months to 6 years) that focuses not only on academic excellence but also character development and strong family units. Through a holistic approach and by making learning fun and sustainable, they give your child the opportunity to maximize his/her greatest potential academically and artistically.
Their curriculum is designed to be fun and interactive. They strive to develop their children’s passions, and empower them with the confidence and skills to overcome challenges.
With their low teacher-to-child ratio, they are also able to monitor each child’s progress closely and identify notable strengths as well as areas for improvement. At least once a week, they construct individualized lesson plans for children to better develop their interests, and to help overcome each child’s challenges with greater ease.
Children deserve places of learning and play which invoke a sense of wonder, curiosity, connection and discovery. An educational space alive with the magic of the natural world, a world of sensorial opportunity - A Living World!
Hidden from the bustling city and nestled in the heart of Bukit Timah, the 37,500 square feet sanctuary of Little Paddington Preschool & Infant Care opens its doors to all parents and children between the ages of 2 months and 6 years old.
Designed by educational specialists, the school’s innovative environment comprises a beautiful blend of extensive outdoor ateliers and purposefully built indoor facilities that engage children in meaningful learning experiences.
There are also 3 specialized ateliers at the campus to make learning fun for the children. The Science Atelier, where your child is taken on a journey of engineering and inventions, investigating the sciences through guided explorations in the settings of children's laboratory. The United Nations Atelier, is with a global exploratory corner where your child engages in project based learning as the school gather arts, crafts, food and educational items of different regions for them to examine. The Arts Atelier, with arts corners that emphasize on the correlation of music, arts and dramatic play to combine deliverables for early learnings.
Thesys International is pleased to open its flagship English learning center in Singapore, jointly owned with Nomos Education Pte Ltd at HarbourFront Centre. They will provide ELLoquence to students who intend to learn English at a high proficiency level.
At Thesys, they believe in innovating with technology. They believe in kids, and in kids innovating. They believe a new educational model can inspire a new generation of learners.
SSTC Institute will be opening soon at City Square Mall.
SSTC Institute strives to be recognised for the quality of its courses, delivery and teachers. They want to be known in all the markets that they serve and be the “school of choice” for students.
“Being recognised” also means that they want their in-house diplomas and certificates to be accepted for employment and further studies not only in Singapore but also in their various regional markets.
Their Mission has been the same throughout the years. It focuses on the students and their aspirations. They want to use quality education to empower our students to achieve their goals. No matter what their career aspirations are, They want to play a role in getting them onto the right path.
Chestnut Nature Park is Singapore’s first nature park with separate mountain biking and hiking trails, measuring 1.6km and 2.1km respectively. If you are planning to bring the kids for their first taste of hiking, great news - the hiking trail is slightly undulating and pretty straight forward.
Invictus Private School is an independent co- educational day school and boarding for students from Grade 1 to Grade 2. Learning at Invictus Private School, your children will be immersed in a wholy multicultural, inclusive and collaborative community.
As an inclusive school, Invictus Private School is proud to welcome students of all nationalities, races and creeds . Based on the needs of the students, we seek to promote equal opportunities, applying our regulations on admissions fairly and without prejudice.
MOSH!, Singapore’s first digital media edutainment facility, will be opening in Sentosa in February 2016, offering visitors a unique play-to-learn experience by allowing them to create imaginary worlds of their own!
Showcasing state-of-the-art multimedia technology from Japan, MOSH! invites everyone to experience an immersive virtual environment, designed to empower creativity through free play and expression. The opening is timed with the 50th anniversary of Singapore-Japanese relations (SJ50).
Orchestrate fireworks on an interactive projection dancefloor, create one-of-a-kind aquatic creatures that will come alive and befriend you, or launch a jumbo jet from your hand – MOSH! is the perfect destination for a meaningful time spent with the family, and a platform for adventure and self-discovery.
Visitors to the centre can catch a glimpse of what it was like to live in an overcrowded shophouse in the 1950s, aided by ambient soundscapes and audio conversations.
The centre is now also home to a replica of a tailor shop from the olden days. STB said visitors can learn about what being a tailor was like in that era, as well as what his interactions with his apprentices and family were like.
A gallery depicting Chinatown in the 1960s shows mock-ups of a street market, heritage shops and activities on the street, which aim to present stories of a grittier Chinatown during that time. And scents of traditional Chinese medicine at a physician's cubicle offer a whiff of old Chinatown.
A new gallery on the physical transformation of post-1960s Chinatown has also been introduced. The gallery will trace the physical transformation of the area and stories from those that make up Chinatown in the present day.
A space has also been set aside to hold temporary exhibits and community events, allowing the centre to be a venue for community engagement.
Visitors to the Heritage Centre will also have the opportunity to take part in immersive tours. For instance, guides will will take visitors through the exhibits whilst adopting the character of a samsui woman or trishaw rider.
London-based Heatherwick Studio collaborated with local firm CPG Consultants on the Learning Hub, a new eight-storey teaching facility at Nanyang Technological University.
To avoid creating "miles of corridors linking box-like lecture rooms", the building was designed as a cluster of tapered towers surrounding an expansive atrium. The idea was to combine learning facilities with social spaces including balconies, gardens and open-air corridors, to encourage as many opportunities for staff and student interactions as possible.
The 12 towers, which each taper inwards towards the base, accommodate a total of 56 oval classrooms. According to the designers, the non-hierarchal round shape – without any corners or obvious fronts or backs – will encourage more collaborative learning.
Clad with curved concrete panels, the towers feature irregular horizontal stripes that were created using 10 adjustable silicone moulds. This texture lends each tower the look of a root vegetable, although the designers liken the appearance with wet clay.
Balconies extend around the inside of the towers and get larger towards the top of the building, offering views into the atrium. This space is naturally ventilated, allowing air to circulate throughout.
The towers are raised off the ground on 61 angled concrete columns, each featuring an undulating surface texture, and small areas of planting surround many of them.
Meanwhile, the concrete walls surrounding the stair and elevator cores slotted between the towers have been embossed with over 700 drawings by illustrator Sara Fanelli, depicting images from science, art and literature.
The project forms part of a wider campus redevelopment for Nanyang Technological University which, with over 33,000 students, is one of Singapore's largest public universities.
The two firms have now completed the first phase of construction. This includes the seven-storey-high blocks one and two, as well as parts of blocks three and five – accounting for 106,000 square metres of floor space.
The design is centred around the idea of "non-linear" structures. Rather than dividing the campus into different faculties, the architects want to encourage interaction between different departments, as well as between staff and students.
The campus is organised around a north-to-south and an east-to-west axis. These intersect at a point called the campus centre, which forms a flexible multi-purpose space that can be used to host exhibitions and other events.
From here, corridors lead through to the main auditorium, the main library and the International Design Centre – a hub for technology-driven research. Classrooms, laboratories and meeting rooms are spread out across the campus.
Externally, a pre-cast concrete facade system gives the building a bright white surface. This is interspersed with flashes of green, red and purple, helping users to navigate the campus.
The two completed buildings and those still underway frame courtyards, which are planted with native trees and flowing plants. Balcony corridors cover the surrounding courtyard walls, and there are also roof gardens and terraces.
Responding to the tropical climate, the structures incorporate natural ventilation. Sheltered walkways provide safe routes across the site during monsoons, while louvred sunshades across the windows protect the interiors from direct sunlight.
People Impact provides fun and educational programmes that aim at developing the brain and personality of children and teaching them life skills.
Their IQ and EQ programme is developed by Professors of World Class Universities such as Harvard, MIT, University of Michigan, University of Washington and University of Hong Kong and their students will be enjoy a high quality curriculum. Results speak louder than words. Students have shown marked improvement in both personal and academic performances. Let your kids experience to see the results.
They have trial classes for children from as young as 3 years old.
In the lead up to Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2015, the National Museum will be undergoing another timely revamp so as to better share the Singapore Story and to celebrate the multiple voices in the nation’s historical narrative and the many facets of the multicultural “everyday heritage”.
The refreshed National Museum aims to be a museum for the people – a civic space where guests will enjoy visiting, allowing for reflection on what Singapore has achieved in the past and inspiring confidence in the future. It therefore aims to connect well with you through greater interactive and participatory experiences as well as enhanced coherence and integration of its narratives and displays.
The revamp will present a more comprehensive overview of Singapore’s history and development as a country in its galleries and spaces, which includes developing the nation’s post-1965 chapters that many Singaporeans can personally relate to. The galleries will be expected to re-open in the second half of 2015.
The existing office space on Level 3 of National Museum will be converted into a new Wing, called PLAY@NMS, which stands for “National Museum Singapore”. It will be a multi-sensory environment dedicated to children, with interactive exhibitions that encourage learning through play. Programmes thoughtfully curated based on the collections in the National Museum’s permanent galleries will be made available, to stimulate the young visitors’ natural curiosity and creativity. PLAY@NMS will be a multi-purpose space for interactive exhibitions, workshops as well as educationalplay.