This is probably one of the most stressful period every parent will experience. It is Lauren’s turn this year and we will be going in at phase 2B. We are hoping to get into Rosyth School and we know how competitive it will be, base on past years history. I have attached a history of Rosyth’s applicants based on years and phases.
|Year||Vacancy||Phase 1||Phase 2A||Phase 2A2||Phase 2B||Phase 2C||No of pupils living withing 1kn took part in Phase 2c Balloting||Remarks|
|2002||480||226||4||58||65||127||262||Balloting at Phase 2C|
|2003||440||224||9||54||66||88||221||BAlloting at Phase 2C|
|2004||420||190||9||44||48||129||191||Balloting at Phase 2C|
|2005||390||164||7||70||54||95||194||Balloting at Phase 2C|
|2006||390||234||11||62||42||41||181||Balloting at Phase 2B and 2C|
|2007||360||188||12||59||50||51||169||Balloting at Phase 2B and 2C|
|2008||360||156||14||74||56||58||153||Balloting at Phase 2C|
|2009||330||131||5||60||53||81||173||Balloting at Phase 2C|
|2011||300||168||13||70||25||24||108||Balloting at Phase 2B and 2C|
|2012||300||145||23||46||43||43||113||Balloting at Phase 2C and total applicants for Phase 2B=47|
|2013||300||144||27||67||31||31||120||Balloting at Phase 2B and 2C|
|2014||300||156||25||62||28||29||95||Balloting at Phase 2B and 2C|
Monitoring the seats left daily since 2nd July (Phase 1), counting my chance. There were 37 seats left for phase 2B in Rosyth. I had many sleepless nights. Kelvin told me to relax as we had done all we could. Easier said than done, I called MOE up to check on what other options I have if my Plan A fails. I decided that if we cannot get a seat at phase 2B for Rosyth, we will not try phase 2C as it is crazy. Not lucky at 2B, I guess will be even harder to be lucky at 2C. We will try Paya Lebar Methodist Girls for 2C if we fail to secure a seat at Rosyth.
If you are not aware who is eligible for each phase, I have attached a table below for your reference.
|Eligibility||Primary One Registration Phase||Remarks|
|For children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents||Phase 1||For a child who has a sibling studying in the primary school of choice|
|For children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents||Phase 2A(1)||(a) For a child whose parent is a former student of the primary school and who has joined the alumni association as a member not later than 30 June 2014. (b) For a child whose parent is a member of the School Advisory / Management Committee|
|For children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents||Phase 2A(2)||(a) For a child whose parent or sibling has studied in the primary school of choice. (b) For a child whose parent is a staff member of the primary school of choice|
|For children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents||Phase 2B||(a) For a child whose parent has joined the primary school as a parent volunteer not later than 1 July 2014 and has given at least 40 hours of voluntary service to the school by 30 June 2015. (b) For a child whose parent is a member endorsed by the church/clan directly connected with the primary school. (c) For a child whose parent is endorsed as an active community leader|
|For children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents||Phase 2C||For all children who are eligible for Primary One in the following year and are not yet registered in a primary school|
|For children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents||Phase 2C Supplementary||For a child who is not yet registered in a primary school after Phase 2C|
|For children who are not Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents||Phase 3||For a child who is neither a Singapore Citizen nor a Singapore Permanent Resident|
On the fateful day, 20th July, We sent Lauren to school as usual and set off to Roysth School. We reached at 9am and the security guards guided us to the Band Room. The walk to the Band Room gave us a little time to have a look at the school compound. Once we reached the Band Room, to our horror already 27 registered! We still have till 21st July 4.30pm. Oh dear.. Looks like we will have to ballot for a seat. 🙁 It was really embarrassing as at that moment, every parent who walked into the room, we gave each other that “oh… you are my competitor” look. We can all understand this because we all know with each additional applicant, the success percentage of our child securing a seat becomes lower. I do not want to be so selfish, all of us in this phase put in a lot of time and effort. I do hope everyone gets in. I prayed hard that there will only be 37 applicants. Kelvin was even joking that maybe we should place a “Fully Taken Up” sign at the gate of Rosyth. LOL.
The next 2 days was really torturing, I refreshed the MOE website so often that my phone signalled a “Data Limit reached” reminder. 1st day of registration, 33 applicants. I know it is hard to expect only 4 applicants only for the 2nd day, I told Kelvin to be prepared that we may need to ballot for this phase. To my surprise, the 2nd day result came back with only 6 applicants! A total of 39 applicants for 2 days. Lauren has a good chance!
I called Rosyth the next morning and was informed that Lauren secured a seat without the need to ballot!!! I screamed with joy and the teacher who informed me laughed it off. I immediately sat down and cried. It was tears of relief and joy.. My concerned colleague thought I did not manage to secure a seat. LOL. So drama..
I called Kelvin to share the good news. We are both very thankful as we know how lucky we were. That evening, we shared the news with Lauren. She was ecstatic. We told her Papa and Mummy tried our best to help her into Rosyth, it will be up to her now to help herself. Fighting Lauren!!! We believe in you.