My Choice

Every parent has their child’s best interests at heart, but the reasons behind choosing primary schools can be very different. Some parents tell Timothy Goh and Tee Zhuo the reasons for their top choices.

Ideally, it has to be a school that works on all-around development of a child, particularly on creativity, character and social development, and not just on academic results.

'Branded' schools would probably not work for us because it makes no sense to drive a long way every day, fighting through morning traffic. A neighbourhood school nearby would make a lot more sense for us at this point.

MRS LISA SOFIAR, 43, housewife and mother of three, who cannot decide between Yio Chu Kang Primary and Xinghua Primary for her five-year-old son. Both are near her home.

We chose Methodist Girls' School (Primary) as we wanted a holistic education for our daughters which placed an equal emphasis on academic pursuits and the development of Christian values.

We felt that this was important, so as for them to become citizens of good character with a heart for others.

DR DAVID TAN HSIEN YUNG, 37, a doctor (seen here with his wife and two children). He will be sending his six-year-old daughter to Methodist Girls' School (Primary). 

After coming full circle to join the teaching profession, I am only just now beginning to fully appreciate the 12 years of solid education at my alma mater - the school's principles and mantra, tangibly infused into its environment, pedagogy and culture...

Indeed, 'the best is yet to be' and living by this faithful attitude is something I hope for my son as he enters into his formative schooling years.

MR SHAUN LEE, 34, culinary trainer, seen here with his wife. Although it is still early days, he plans to send his three-year-old son to Anglo-Chinese School (Primary), which is his alma mater.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2015, with the headline 'MyChoice'. Print Edition | Subscribe