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The Hollandse School Singapore (HSL) is a private Dutch school in Singapore and offers a Dutch education based on the IPC (International Primary Curriculum). It provides complete Dutch language education and English language lessons for students from 2 years of age till Primary School.

Q Which curriculum does the HSL offer?

The HSL provides the Dutch curriculum for the main subjects Language, Math, Reading and Writing. We also offer the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and part of the British curriculum (reading, writing and speaking in English).

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Q How many English lessons are provided per group? Is it a problem if my child starts at the HSL without ever having attended English classes?

Children at Jip & Janneke have both a Dutch speaking teacher and an English speaking teacher in class the whole day. Thus, our focus is on both the English and the Dutch language development.

The groups 1 through 8 get 1 hour of English class per day. ‘Streaming’ takes place within these groups and the English objectives are worked on differentiated. This way, the differences in the language comprehension are considered.

The English teachers at the HSL are all native speakers.

Q How is the transition from group 8 to international education regarding English?

Annual research and feedback from international schools have shown that the students’ command of the English language is sufficient to easily stream into the international educational system.

Q Does the ‘Nederlandse Inspectie’ (Dutch inspection) visit the HSL?

The ‘Nederlandse Inspectie buitenland’ visits the HSL once every 4 years. The last inspection visit was in 2015.

Q Is the education at the HSL provided by qualified teachers?

Every teacher at the primary school is qualified and has at least a bachelor degree from the College of Education (PABO), in some cases supplemented with master degrees in educational disciplines. Moreover, our teachers have a lot of experience (working) in primary education.

Q What are the HSL’s international activities and connections?

An international connection is made in the IPC units. We also focus on these connections during our cultural assemblies (i.e. international holidays and festivities).

Q How big are the groups?

The groups at Jip & Janneke have a maximum of 20 toddlers. The groups 1 through 8 have a maximum of 24 students.

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