Parent’s name: Annika Talbot
Children’s ages: 12 & 7
School: Bukit Timah
How was your child’s transition from White Lodge to an International school?
Both of my children moved on from White Lodge as confident, happy little individuals with the emotional, social & academic skills to venture into ‘Big School’ life.
What were some of your reasons for choosing White Lodge?
We had just moved to the Bukit Timah area and after visiting a few International Kindergartens we found White Lodge was definitely at the top of our list. When it was time for Macie to start part-time Nursery, we didn’t bother looking elsewhere as our experience with White Lodge during our son’s time was such a positive one. The atmosphere is welcoming & friendly and we were always greeted with smiling happy faces from both White Lodge staff and students. The teachers are very approachable, warm, loving and enthusiastic which is the environment I want my children to be raised in.
What are some of the things your children enjoyed about going to White Lodge?
Macie would come home every day with an exciting story about the day’s events. She loves the Arts and thoroughly enjoyed preparing for the Class presentations and Annual Concert. She really embraced reading and Mandarin. Macie was always wanting to teach us new songs, in both English and Mandarin. Sporty Thursday was always a favourite too! She loved her teachers immensely.
What has been one major highlight of your family’s involvement with the school?
I thoroughly enjoyed attending the celebrations White Lodge hosted during the year. Families are always encouraged to join in the fun and participate. One highlight was the in-house United Nations Day at Bukit Timah. Parent were invited to host mini workshops for the children which included origami, line dancing and lamington making! Lots of fun was had by all.
How has the White Lodge curriculum helped prepare your child for the international school environment?
It was a breeze for Macie’s transition into International School. White Lodge prepared her for all areas of academics. Every activity was fun and engaging in a play based approach that keeps all the children entertained.
During Makara’s time with White Lodge, he was having regular Speech Therapy sessions, was finding phonic activities quite challenging and was also a year behind. His teacher and Principal suggested they could provide some ‘one on one’ time with him after school hours twice a week. After only a few sessions, Makara had grasped the concept, his confidence grew and I think this helped with his transition to International School. Half way through Year 1, Makara move to Year 2. No doubt, White Lodge’s support and encouragement was definitely a contributing factor to his progression.
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