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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Invictus?

A forward-looking international school created by successful entrepreneurs (Shuhei Morofuji, John Fearon and Dr Mark Hon) to provide high quality education at affordable fees.

How does it compare to big schools?

We are a different type of school where we deliver a high-quality education without the bells and whistles. We use innovative models and amenities to keep tuition low.

Outside play area?

We have outdoor playground and swimming pool at our new campus in Dempsey Hill.

Do the children have library time?

Children in grades 3 -6 will need a library card. It cost about $50 for expats and significantly cheaper for PR and Singaporeans. They can get a card at their nearest library.

Curriculum

a. We use the International Primary Curriculum developed by the Shell corporation to streamline their schools world-wide. It is based on the UK national curriculum and has the added benefit of the global mindedness which is key to raising global citizens.

i. How is IPC different that IB? Both are inquiry based learning however the IPC sets the learning goals while the IB allows each school to decided their own learning goals. This can lead to varying degrees of a quality education. Since the IPC is standardized any school your child attends later can easily go online to find the learning goals covered. It is also multidisciplinary rather transdisciplinary which means only subjects that are naturally fit into a theme are used rather than forcing every subject to be in every unit.

b. We supplement the IPC with Jolly Phonics a UK based phonics based program. Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centered approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve.

c. We use the Singapore Maths - Singapore math is a teaching method based on the national mathematics curriculum used for kindergarten through sixth grade. The term was originally coined in the United States to describe an approach, originally developed in Singapore, to teaching students to learn and master fewer mathematical concepts at greater detail as well as having them learn these concepts using a three-step learning process. The three steps are: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. In the concrete step, students engage in hands-on learning experiences using concrete objects such as chips, dice, or paper clips. This is followed by drawing pictorial representations of mathematical concepts. In the lower grades, we focus mostly on the first two stages. Students then solve mathematical problems in an abstract way by using numbers and symbols.

Do you offer a foreign language?

Mandarin lessons are taught three times a week by specialist teachers as part of our curriculum. Children who would like to further develop their Mandarin skills are welcome to join our advanced Mandarin program which is held 4 days a week after school at an additional cost.

Will you offer more languages?

No we will not be offering more languages during the school day, as specialist teacher would raise the cost of tuition. However, we may consider language enrichment classes if there is sufficient interest.

What about Arts?

Music and art are taught by the classroom teacher. We use the Music Express program. Art is often tied into IPC themes.

What does my child eat for lunch and snack?

We do not have facilities to prepare food on campus. Children are required to bring two snacks and a water bottle every day. For lunch you can either pack a lunch from home or order food to be delivered to school from The New Luncher. The New Luncher provides healthy lunches crafted by a Michelin starred Chef with Western, Asian and Vegetarian options. To get more information and to order online, visit: https://thenewluncher.com/en-sg/

What after school activities are offered?

We offer after school activities (CCA/ECA's) from 3pm to 4pm at Invictus International School. Activities vary by term. Some examples of CCAs include: Phonics, Reading Club, Facts Club, Advanced Mandarin, Gymnastics, Dance, Yoga, Swimming, Chess Club, Frisbee Club, and Writing Club

Transportation

Schoolber provides school transportation from anywhere in Singapore. For more information and pricing please visit: https://www.schoolber.com.sg/invictus.html

Student ratio

1 teacher to 25 children

Are there Teacher Assistants?

We do not use teacher assistant as we assess each child to make sure they can learn in a group setting and do not need one to one attention on a daily basis.

Why Assessment?

As we want to ensure each child has the same access to the teacher and does not need one to one support we are screening to make sure children do not have special learning needs or behavioral needs as well as school readiness. The assessment is generally done in small groups to ensure children can work in small groups. In the lower grades, it is basic reading level assessment as well as math leveling. For Grade 1 we are more concerned with school readiness rather than actual academic level, however a solid foundation in phonics and numbers is a plus.

Where are the teachers from?

The teachers are from around the world but have received their education from an English-speaking university and in most cases, have at least 4 years of teaching experience. Most have been teaching in international school prior to joining Invictus.

School times?

School currently starts at 8:30 and ends at 3:00.

Uniforms

We have a school uniform. It consists of a navy-blue polo with the school crest, grey shorts or skort with school name. Children are required to wear closed toes shoes always. Flip-flops, Crocs and sandals are not acceptable. Black tennis shoes are preferred and required on photo days and official school events with white socks.
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