[Updated 08 Jan 2020]

As parents and guardians new to the school, you might have questions about the school that you have not had a chance to ask. Starting any new school can be both exciting and a little apprehensive. We have prepared below some of the more frequently asked questions. If there is anything we have not answered, please feel free to email us.

1.    What is Middle Years? How is the school organized?

Middle Years comprises Year 1s (Secondary 1), Year 2s (Secondary 2) and Year 3s. These are the foundation years in which the student is prepared eventually to take the International Baccalaureate (IB).

The school is organized into 2 sections:

Middle Years (Year 1, 2 & 3)

Senior Years (Year 4, IB 1 and IB 2)

2.    What is the size of the class?

Class sizes vary. They range from 25 – 30 students in a class. There is no ‘good’ class or ‘bad’ class, all classes are mixed-ability classes.

3.    How are lessons arranged?

Lessons are organised into 30-minute periods. There are 2 breaks during the school day, one at recess and one at lunch time. Unless there are after school activities or enrichment programs, school usually ends at 3.15pm.

4.    How are students assessed?

Students are assessed on oral skills, research skills, presentation skills, written skills and the ability to problem solve and question.

For Year 1 to Year 2, the award of the subject grade on a scale of 1 to 7 over the two semesters is based on the components shown in the table below.

Graded Assignment  
Semester Assessment
Graded Assignment
Semester Assessment
 15% 35% 15% 35%

For Year 3, the award of the subject grade on a scale of 1 to 7 over the two semesters is based on the components shown in the table below.

Graded Assignment  
Semester Assessment
Class Test
Semester Assessment
 15% 25% 15%45%

*Graded assignments include class tests, coursework and other written assessments.

5.    How do I get information about on-going school activities?

Parents and guardians are notified about all on-going school activities via letters. These letters are handed to your child or ward in class. We do this so that the child is forced to take some responsibility as to what is going on in school.

Your point of contact about school matters is via your child/ward’s Form Teacher and or Co-Form Teacher. Some Form Teachers use a class Whatsapp chat to update parents and guardians. Others prefer to communicate via email.

6.    What is the school’s approach to holistic education?

A holistic education is a mixture of academia, out-door learning and community service. The school tries to incorporate all of these in its curriculum time-table. As such you will see that apart from the usual class assessments, there are many opportunities for students to give back to the community, go on camps, experience exchange programs with students in other countries and perform on stage.

7.    What help do weaker students receive?

Teachers differentiate class learning for weaker students. This may take the form of notes, remedial after school or on-line learning. Whichever approach it is, the student is never made to feel any less than his classmates and the teacher is mindful at all times to motivate and encourage that student to do better.

8.    How are gifted students challenged?

Again, as the teacher differentiates lessons, more able students are pushed further with additional requirements to their assignments. The teacher also encourages stronger students to help weaker students. A sense of caring and sharing is important for the well-being of the class and every effort is made to discourage selfishness.

9.    Where can we purchase school books and stationery?

Popular Book Shop has an outlet in the school canteen on the ground floor. It is open Mondays to Fridays from 7.30am to 3.30pm.

10.  How do I contact my child/ward’s subject teacher?

A list of all subject teachers, their contact numbers and email addresses are posted on the school website.

11.  How are CCAs chosen?

A student chooses his CCA based on his interest and passion. CCAs are conducted every Friday afternoon from 3.15pm onwards. Some CCAs are in school and some like archery are conducted at specific venues. If the CCA is out of the school campus, the school arranges a 2-way transport to the venue of the CCA.

There are 2 teachers in charge of each CCA and some CCAs have coaches in addition to the teachers.

12.  How does the school manage discipline?

The school distributes the student handbook which states what is expected of students, decorum, attire, roles and responsibilities. Mobile phones and devices are strictly prohibited during curriculum time unless it is required to carry out lesson activities.

Discipline is taken very seriously at HCIS because we believe in providing and ensuring the safest, most conducive environment for each child to grow, explore, learn and develop.

Whilst the school has zero tolerance for bullying, we proactively try to prevent a situation from developing by identifying at-risk students and counseling them accordingly.