Premier schools taking students from wider pool


Mon May 28 2018 05:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

HCI student Thames Teo, from Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary, was inspired by a President's Scholar, who was from his alma mater.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Raffles Institution is among the premier schools who have stepped up efforts to engage primary schools. From roadshows for potential pupils and their parents to meetings with primary school leaders, premier schools have increased their outreach efforts.

According to The Sunday Times, five top schools including Raffles Girls' School (RGS), Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) and Nanyang Girls' High School claim their students now come from a wider pool of primary schools.

These schools shared the following statistics:

- ACS (I)'s Secondary 1 cohort came from 86 primary schools in 2018.

- Nanyang Girls' High's Secondary 1 cohort came from 102 primary schools in 2018.

- HCI's Secondary 1 cohort came from 134 primary schools, 40 per cent of which are government schools.

HCI's principal Pang Choon How added that some parents may be concerned about the financial costs of the school programmes and are thus discouraged from applying to the school. To address this matter, HCI holds talks annually for pupils and parents in 50 primary schools to share about the school culture and how they can provide support to parents.

According to The Sunday Times, the schools also said they are mindful that it is important for their students to mix with peers from different walks of life. This year, HCI invited students from other schools in the west to join its boarding programme and entrepreneurship and leadership activities. 

HCI student Thames Teo said he was inspired by President's Scholar Timothy Yap's speech. Timothy Yap had attended HCI and was also from Thames' alma mater, Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary.

"I dreamt of following in his footsteps... I thought if someone could come from my primary school and go to Hwa Chong and emerge as President's Scholar, I thought maybe I could give it a shot," said the Thames.

Thanks to school subsidies, Thames has gone on two exchange programmes in Brisbane and Guangdong. Despite being on financial assistance, Thames says he does not feel different from his schoolmates. He is grateful and does not feel left out in any way.  


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