October 31, 2008

Visit to Juara Cerdik

Juara Cerdik doesn’t offer any trial classes so I could only bring Yiu Yiu there for a visit. I took leave on Tuesday to do so, and we spent about 45 minutes in the centre - with Yiu Yiu admiring the colourful and cheerful interior, and mummy observing the way teachers handle the children. Generally I quite like what I see – the teachers are patient, and most children are well-behaved, surely a reflection of the teaching that takes place within the four walls.

I mentioned about checking whether the main entrance is locked at all times – it is indeed!

We also witnessed the school dismissal taking place. The teacher will get the children to arrange their chairs neatly before forming a line and head towards the main entrance. Security was tight with all children kept within the school building and several teachers at the entrance. Any car picking up a child has a cardboard on the dashboard with the child’s name, class and teacher’s name boldly printed. I thought that was a good measure to ensure the child will only be picked up by an authorized adult. When the car reaches the main entrance, a teacher will announce the name of the children, etc and the child will be brought to the fore. Very systematic indeed.

So what’s my little girl verdict of the school?

Mummy: Yiu Yiu, do you like the school?
Yiu Yiu: Yes. I like it very much.
Mummy: So next year you go to this school, OK?
Yiu Yiu: No, I don’t want to go to school!
Mummy: Oh oh!

Anyway, she keeps changing her mind – sometimes she’ll say she wants to go to school, sometimes she’ll say she doesn’t want to go to school. I hope and pray that things will go well, and she’ll quickly adjust to kindy life once she’s enrolled.


jazzmint said...

ehem ehem...i've enrolled mine into juara cerdik ;)...hope they are in same class eh

A Mom's Diary said...

What a coincidence!!! OK OK, lets ask the principal to put them in the same class.

Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks for your research. i'm also a working mum. I'm planning to send my child to a kindy soon. From your review, Juara Cerdik (JC) sounds good.
I understand that JC is affilicated to DUMC, do you know if this kindy in anyway instil religious teaching to the kids?
Do they provide transport services?
Appreciate your reply. Thanks very much.

A Mom's Diary said...

Anonymous - they don't have any formal religious classes but there are sessions of Bible stories, moral teachings throughs verses from the Bible as well as worship songs.

wendy said...

This question goes out to anyone who is visiting this blog:

Anyone or anyone you know have kids in Chinese primary school now who was previously studying in Juara Cerdik?

If yes, I would like to know how effective this kindy is in building a good foundation to prepare kids to go to the primary school.Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I’ve just visited Juara Cerdik when school hunting for my soon-to-be 3 year old daughter (she is a December girl) who will join the 4 year old class next year. I’m very impressed with its set-up and environment compared to most kindergartens that I’ve visited so far. I notice that the children there behaved very well with little interaction/exploration in class. While I appreciate that the children are very attentive during class, deep down I wonder if it is good for the children to be so restricted. Will this hamper their sense of curiosity and creativity? I have the same concern with sending her to a Chinese primary school (which I considering now). I hope someone can share their experience with me if they have their kids who go/went to Juara Cerdik and Chinese primary schools. Thank you in advance.

Michelle L. said...

Hi. Just 2say reading Kinder Hunt 1 & 2 and Visit to J.C has be insightful. I will put J.C as a consideration. Thanks!