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19-09-2009 02:14 PM
admin Dear realconsultant, thanks for your comments.
If only schools with at least 300 vacancies are taken into account, Raffles Girls Primary would still only rank at 17th place in my table.
And btw, there aren’t “some schools” with intake of only 100. The smallest intake size is 120 and it’s from Canossa Convent Primary in Geylang. All other schools have at least 150 vacancies.
25 schools have intake size of 300 or more, including 9 schools in my 2009 ranking table.
Nanyang Primary takes in 390, Pei Chun Public and Tao Nan each takes in 360, Henry Park Primary and Maha Bodhi each has 330, and they would all rank above RGPS if I had done any form of normalisation by intake size.
Unfortunately, I do not have PSLE statistics.
Do you have a valid and normalised ranking of the primary schools?
19-09-2009 02:14 PM
realconsultant The statistics are not valid as they are not adjusted for size of intake.
Raffles Girls Primary has an intake of over 300. Some schools have an intake of only 100.

Without some form of normalisation for intake size, this “school popularity index” (at best) is not in any way a proxy for “best”

Maybe if the analysis was based on the average PSLE score, or number of students admitted into an (arbitrary) “good school” like RGS
29-06-2009 05:16 PM
bjhchong Don't worry, S'poreans, it aint just us...

American parents queue their kids up for kindergarten (or play school, i can't remember what they call 'em) and everything else too...

In fact, when it comes to the everyday life thing, i sense that its the same everywhere!
26-06-2009 10:30 AM
quek Primary 1 registration is here again. As I have a 6yo kid, I'm going to be busy reading up the info at Ministry of Education, Singapore: Education System: Primary Education which has lots of resources. Of particular interest to me is the page on changes in the primary education - which is so different from my time!

To someone who's unfamiliar with the "phases" thing, get a feel of all the info overload that parents have to go through nowadays:

Phase 1

For a child who has a sibling studying in a school of choice.

Registration: Tuesday 7th July 2009 and Wednesday 8th July 2009

All children registered under this phase will be given places in schools.
Phase 2A1

For a child whose parent is a former student of the school and who has joined the alumni association as a member not later than 30 Jun 2008; or whose parent is a member of the School Advisory/Management Committee.

Registration: Thursday 9th July 2009

Announcement of Result: By Friday 10th July 2009
Phase 2A2

For a child whose parent or sibling has studied in the school of choice; or whose parent is a staff member of the school of choice.

Registration: Monday 13th July 2009 and Tuesday 14th July 2009

Announcement of Result: By Thursday 16th July 2009
Phase 2B2

For a child whose parent has joined the school as a parent volunteer not later than 1 July 2008 and has given at least 40 hours of voluntary service to the school by 30 June 2009; or whose parent is a member endorsed by the church/clan directly connected with the school; or whose parent is endorsed as an active community leader.

Registration: Monday 20th July 2009 and Tuesday 21st July 2009

Announcement of Result: By Friday 24th July 2009
Phase 2C

For a child who is ineligible for or unsuccessful in earlier phases.

Registration: : Wednesday 29th July 2009, Thursday 30th July 2009 and Friday 31st July 2009

Announcement of Result: By Tuesday 11th August 2009
Phase 2C Supplementary

For a child who is unsuccessful in gaining a place in a school of choice at Phase 2C.

Registration: Friday 14th August 2009

Announcement of Result: By Wednesday 19th August 2009
05-06-2009 04:30 PM

NA, mind telling us which are the schools you're talking about, especially the "extremely good" one?
05-06-2009 10:11 AM

Ah Well...Like any other anxious parent, I am trying to latch on to any information I get online abt good schools. My son is already in P1 at apparently an extremely good school. But since we are moving to another town, I tried transfering him to another "good" school, but they have a huge waiting list and refused to transfer him. Just FYI, I was surprised to see both these good schools missing from your list and one school in your list is right next to the block I am moving to, but have never heard of it before. Thanks for adding to my dilemma!
29-05-2009 11:37 AM

This "P" person has to be constantly short of money to be THAT angry about others wanting more money.

Everybody has a different priority in life. What you think should be your top priority in life will probably sound foolish, pointless, and even animalistic to others in this forum too. Sheesh. Grow up!
28-05-2009 10:59 PM
Money Mind--

You blaming us? Money is what motivates this country. It's always about money- the economy, stock market, property, investments, high paying jobs. Our political leaders demand high pay, some religious leaders horde money, CEOs of some charities corrupt. Money money money. Everything else is secondary. Why teach our kids other things if they only grow up to be just like us in this money minded environment?
But I disagree with you that we act like animals if we're money minded. It's just pragmatism.
From the tone of your message and the words you choose, you sound a little uncouth too, criticizing on your high horse, trying to sound like a person with values, but in fact just like the rest of us.
28-05-2009 10:23 PM

I find it hard to believe just how competitive and ridiculous all this is. Why do people act like animals and think only of their survival. If you go to a good school it = to a hopefully good salary! Is money all that we can think about! Schools should be also measured in how well balanced and what type of character a child grows into whilst at school. It seems to highlight that children are put through a system that is so competitive and it's focus is on how much money you can earn when you leave school. What is the point of this life then if that is all we have come to focus on! Nothing Cool about that just simply a foolish way to live your life!
27-05-2009 10:08 PM
Student of T.P.S.--

oh cool!i can't believe that my school is in the top 20!
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