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24 September 2018

Cost of living comparison: Australia v.s Singapore

Published by Jessica Anne Tay
The cost of living is one of many factors to consider for those planning an international move. Knowing what to expect when it comes to accommodation prices, food costs, transportation, school tuition and more can help alleviate some of the uncertainty that naturally arises when moving to a foreign country, making it e...

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24 September 2018

Moving to Singapore from Australia: What to expect

Published by Jessica Anne Tay
As one of the world's top expat destinations, Singapore offers foreigners an excellent standard of living. Because Singapore and Australia maintain close trade ties and English is one of the Asian nation's official languages, many Australian expats find the transition to living in Singapore relatively smooth. T...

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3 September 2018

Learning to Spell with AIS

Published by Rachel Bennett
The English language is one of the most widely spoken and written languages in the world, but for young children who are learning to spell it can be challenging to navigate the complex minefield of silent letters, rules and anomalies. As adults, we all remember learning to spell at school – memorising word format...

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2 August 2018

The importance of art as a lifelong skill

Published by Darrell Long
Pablo Picasso once famously said: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” In fact, many famous artists began demonstrating their talent at an early age. Salvador Dalí completed what is thought to be one of his first paintings, Landscape Near Figueras, betwee...

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25 July 2018

Why Playing Sports is So Important For Your Children

Published by Darrell Long
Sport is a powerful tool for children in a multitude of different ways. It has a positive impact on their physical and mental wellbeing, breaks down barriers in schools, brings people together, and allows them to express themselves, have fun and achieve great things. Sport is an invaluable platform that can complement ...

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18 July 2018

Great ideas to fit family time into your busy schedule!

Published by Darrell Long
Modern life can make it inherently difficult for your family to find time to spend together. Juggling jobs, school, extracurricular activities and various social obligations can take a toll on your relationship with your children. However, with a bit of ingenuity and dedication to making it work, there are plenty of wa...

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10 July 2018

The forgotten art of pen pals! Why they are important

Published by Darrell Long
Living far apart from your friends and family can be an exciting adventure, but it can also leave you feeling a bit homesick and missing your loved ones. If you’re a parent with a child who is living and studying abroad, you’ll experience similar feelings. In an age when communication has increasingly taken...

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3 July 2018

Why Quiet Time Is So Important

Published by Darrell Long
In our busy, modern society, we have begun to lose sight of the value of slowing down. Young adults especially seem to have more commitments now than ever before, including schoolwork and extra-curricular activities, sports, clubs, socializing and part-time work. Our children's lives are filled with noise – b...

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25 June 2018

IB Defined: What is International Baccalaureate Educational Programme

Published by Darrell Long
The Australian International School (AIS) in Singapore provides students aged 18 months and upwards with a range of choices that offer the best of Australian and international curriculums. One of the school's major offerings is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for Years 11 and 12, an oppo...

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21 June 2018

10 Ways to Ask Your Child How Was School Today

Published by Darrell Long
Any parent of a young child is likely familiar with the monosyllabic grunt in response to the daily question: "How was school today?" You might get an "OK" or even a "Fine", but these replies often leave you none the wiser.Younger children may be more forthcoming to start with, but as the ...

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14 June 2018

6 Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Situational Anxiety

Published by Darrell Long
Every parent hopes that their child will be healthy and happy. Inevitably, there will be situations that your child may find difficult, particularly when there’s a change in their lives or they’re presented with a new unfamiliar situation, which can lead to them feeling stressed.For instance, when a family ...

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21 May 2018

Becoming a mathematician - The AIS Approach

Published by Rachel Bennett
Many of us will remember struggling with Maths at school – trying to figure out the meaning of Pythagoras theorem while our heads were spinning with algebra, fractions and long division. Rote learning was a common practice, and we were often expected to memorise long sequences of times tables without really under...

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20 May 2018

What To Expect At Our Open House

Published by Darrell Long
When you are starting to look for an international school in Singapore for your children, you want to gather as much information as you can about a range of options. You can discover a lot from online brochures and the printed prospectus, but there's nothing to compare with visiting a school in person, talking to s...

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14 May 2018

Must Do Toddler Activities to Encourage Physical Development

Published by Darrell Long
Young children have boundless energy. Just watching them run around can be positively exhausting! But when it comes to playtime, more and more toddlers and preschoolers are also spending time with electronic devices, such as tablets and phones. Many of these have educational applications, which can be valuable for earl...

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14 May 2018

10 Homework Habits Recommended by Teachers

Published by Darrell Long
In recent years there has been much debate in research and the media about the validity of homework in relation to student learning outcomes. At AIS, we take the approach that homework has different purposes according to the age and stage of the student. Whatever the age or stage of the child, there are some strategies...

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