Alexis’ progress at the British Council.

We are going 3 months into Alexis’ course. I promised an update so here we go.

Alexis is definitely enjoying her time at the British Council, so much that I overheard her conversation with Lauren asking her sister to join her at the British Council as well.  She has been taught well and her vocabulary has improved leaps and bound.  Her writing, as compared to 3 months ago, is also neater and she is able to read 90% on her own now.  I like how the centre encourages the child to use their creativity; Alexis told me that her teacher would ask her to doodle on her file. She absolutely loved this idea! Other than having her creativity unleashed, the doodling on the file gave it an identity – her identity, and she named it the Galaxy Folder.  Her worksheets are filled with her ideas of rainbows and unicorns. I read her latest writing and it immediately brought a smile. Her sentences sounded ridiculous but her teachers are so encouraging with her writing. I am not sure if the occurrences are totally related but ever since attending the British Council, Alexis has been writing a lot at home. You know I always remember this quote that my secondary school teacher shared with me – “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited; imagination encircles the world” – Albert Einstein.

Besides encouraging the child to use their imagination, the teachers at the British Council also requested the children to bring their toys! Wow! Can you imagine Alexis jumping into the car delightfully planning about the toys to bring for her lessons? The reason for bringing the toys was for a show and tell.  Each child was supposed to hide the toy in a bag and describe the toy that they brought to their classmates. 

Everyone in class would ask questions pertaining to the toy and try to uncover what it was.  How I wish I could be there to witness all these but the British Council is rather strict with photo-taking in the class. This is to protect the privacy and safety of the students and staff. I am happy to share that despite me seeking their permission of a photo to share on my blog, the school politely rejected. This shows that they valued the safety and wellbeing of everyone in the centre more than just wanting to gain publicity. Kudos to the management of British Council for that!

We are in the last term of 2020 and since I am preparing Lauren for PSLE next year, I tried to get a little ambitious with Alexis. I bought some P1 assessment books and I am truly surprised that she was able to understand most of the questions in the assessment book! Reading the comprehension was a breeze for her too.  

We have slightly more than a month to go before we complete the year for K2. I shall be back with another round of review and then I will share on the British Council’s course for Primary 1. Before we go, have a look at what Alexis’ Student Report. 😊

For more information about the British Council’s English enrichment courses, visit


Lauren’s Primary 1 Registration


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.

P1 Registration

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
2010 330 137 14 66 57 56 163 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.