7 things about Primary 1 registration you must know

July 01, 2019
  • Are all primary schools now single-session?
    1 / 7 Are all primary schools now single-session?

    Most schools will be single-session by the 2020 school term. Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School is still listed as “partial single session” in the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Mode of Operations of Primary Schools page. The other 4 schools who are still partial single session this year will convert to single session by next year.

    Partial single session refers to Primary 3 to Primary 6 classes being held in the morning while Primary 1 and Primary 2 classes are in the afternoon.

    (Also read:Primary 1 registration 2019: Important dates to remember)

    Load more
  • How long do we need to live in the address used to register our child during the P1 registration exercise?
    2 / 7 How long do we need to live in the address used to register our child during the P1 registration exercise?

    According to MOE, priority is given to those living nearby, with the expectation that the family will remain at the address for the duration of the child’s primary school studies, as it is for the convenience and interest of the child.

    If a child gains priority admission into a school because of distance, he is then required to reside at the address used for registration for at least 30 months from the commencement of the Primary 1 registration exercise on Thursday.

    If this condition is not met, MOE reserves the right to transfer the child to another school.

    Related: The complete guide to starting Primary 1 in 2017

    Load more
  • My mother cares for my son during the week. Can I use her address to register my son for Primary 1? Do I have priority to schools near my mum’s home?
    3 / 7 My mother cares for my son during the week. Can I use her address to register my son for Primary 1? Do I have priority to schools near my mum’s home?

    Yes, but a statutory declaration is required. Both you and your spouse must be working full time and your mum must not be employed and must be providing full-time care to your son.

    If a statutory declaration is used, children who are registered using the address of either the grandparent or the parent’s sibling and residing within 1km or between 1km and 2km from the school of choice are balloted together with the other children of the same citizenship residing between 1km and 2km.

    (Also read: Parents fined $9K for giving false address to get kid into popular primary school)

     

    Load more
  • If there are more applicants than places in phase 2C, do Singaporeans living outside a 2km radius get priority over permanent residents living within 2km of the school?
    4 / 7 If there are more applicants than places in phase 2C, do Singaporeans living outside a 2km radius get priority over permanent residents living within 2km of the school?

    A: All children with Singapore citizenship will be admitted first in Phase 2C, which is for those with no links to the school of choice. The remaining vacancies, if any, will then be allocated to permanent residents based on the proximity of their homes to the school. Balloting will be required if the number of citizens applying exceeds the number of places in that phase.

    (Also read: Primary 1 English: 8 things your child must know before he starts primary school)

    Load more
  • What if I register my child in a school on the first day of phase 2C and then change my mind? Can I withdraw the earlier application and go to another school?
    5 / 7 What if I register my child in a school on the first day of phase 2C and then change my mind? Can I withdraw the earlier application and go to another school?

    A child can be registered in only one school at any point of the Primary 1 registration exercise. But if you change your mind, you may withdraw an earlier application to register at another school.

    Experts don’t recommend this. You have to consider the fact that your child has already secured a place, while he may be subject to balloting at the second school, especially if it is a popular one.

    (Also read: 3 ways to teach your child to count money for Primary 1)

    Load more
  • How can I find out if there is school bus transport provided from the school to my house?
    6 / 7 How can I find out if there is school bus transport provided from the school to my house?

    You can ask the school to refer you to the school bus transport operator, who will be able to advise you on which route the school bus will ply.

    Related: School bus service: website helps you check operators and fares

    Load more
  • My alma mater, which is near my home, will be merged with another school. I had wanted to register my daughter there. What should I do?
    7 / 7 My alma mater, which is near my home, will be merged with another school. I had wanted to register my daughter there. What should I do?

    Children whose parents or siblings are former pupils of the merging schools are eligible for Phase 2A(2) when registering at the merged school. You have to produce an official document (such as the Primary School Leaving Examination certificate or report book) indicating that you had studied there.

    Related: Primary 1 registration: if you’ve lost your report card

    A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.

    (Photos: The Straits Times, 123RF.com)

    Load more
screen time for kids

Worried about your kid’s screen time? What you should know about parenting in the digital age

preschool teacher

How tough is it to be a preschool teacher? Four professionals try it for 30 minutes…

ping yi secondary school

St Andrew’s, Temasek, Bowen among 28 secondary schools to start subject-based banding from 2020

10 things Singapore teachers wished parents knew about their kids

10 things Singapore teachers wished parents knew about their kids

Agape Little Uni - The preschool that builds character where kids can thrive

The preschool that builds character where kids can thrive

Latest stories

video kid-friendly guide admiralty park's playground

Video: Kid-friendly guide to Admiralty Park’s playground

Rub alcohol to make baby hair grow faster? What doctor wants you to know

where to go in sentosa

Farewell, Sentosa Merlion: Promotion deals you should know + facts about the Singapore icon

red egg recipe

Recipe: How to make perfect red eggs for baby’s full-month or 100-day celebration

how to choose the right enrichment class

Enrichment programmes for babies: 5 things to look out for during a trial class