Ryan Beyer wanted to be Head Boy since he was six. At the time, he was the captain of a small school in England, already filled with the determination to be a leader among his peers. Shortly thereafter, he and his family moved to Singapore, where he enrolled at the Tanglin Trust School. Not only did Beyer manage to take on the role of headmaster, but he was also president of the debate team, a member of the executive committee of the United Nations, a player on the university soccer team, and a regular theater and music lead and ensemble member.
“Tanglin gave me so many options,” he says.
From England to Singapore, Beyer’s next stop will be the university in the United States. A freshman at world-famous Stanford University, he would like to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and pursue a career in government – hopefully with an emphasis on environmental policy and the betterment of our planet.
This is the drive that an apprenticeship at Tanglin Trust School inspires. Established in 1925, the school, while the oldest British international school in Southeast Asia, is also progressive and the most vibrant. With a campus on Portsdown Road, it is only a 15-minute drive from the dynamic city center of Singapore. This place, where you have your finger on the pulse, goes hand in hand with Tanglin’s modern educational approach – the students are in the middle of the country’s “One North” high-tech cluster for biomedical sciences, information and communication technology (ICT)) and media – and at the same time close to heritage and natural sites such as Rochester Park and the Wessex Estate.
Looking to the future, Tanglin uses almost 100 years of experience to offer young learners between the ages of three and 18 years of age high quality training with an international perspective. The school receives awards across all levels to prove its efforts. Tanglin Trust School Nursery was the first in Asia to receive the Curiosity Approach® accreditation, which supports a culture of curiosity in the learning environment through the increased use of natural, recycled and authentic resources used in a variety of ways to promote exploration can be.
“The school is always keen to support the children’s progress,” enthuses Marcie O’Shea, a working mother from Melbourne. “Whether that’s a boost in an area where progress has stalled or, if you’ve seen outstanding progress, subject classes to take you to the next level. The teachers are confident and optimistic – which affects the children and keeps everyone moving. “
The junior school was the first school outside the UK to receive gold accreditation for the Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) – an initiative by UNICEF UK that encourages schools to make the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of their ethos to ask and curriculum.
“The importance of cherishing every life, every individual, has been greatly eased by recent global events. This award recognizes Tanglin’s determination to promote a more understanding and empathetic world for our children, ”said Craig Considine, CEO of Tanglin Trust School.
Sixth grade students can find a path that will best lead them to success. Besides the (I) GCSE, Tanglin is the only international school in Singapore that offers a high school diploma or the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. While both produce great academic results, each is aimed at two different types of students.
At Tanglin, students interested in a more intense, specialized approach can opt for three A-level subjects. Those who prefer a broader, more balanced study program can choose the IB, which includes six subjects – three at the standard level and three at the advanced level. Whichever path you choose, Tanglin exam scores consistently exceed both Singapore and global averages. Around 95% of Tanglin graduates gain access to their first or second choice university – often among the best in the world.
Outside of the classroom, there are many enriching curriculum activities that help students develop into versatile, confident contributors to the world. There are 80 outdoor educational tours including global expeditions and the International Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award. The school’s lively arts program allows students to develop skills in art, design, theater, music, and filmmaking – nearly 25% participate in music. Through service learning, students give back to the local community. Tanglin Trust School also has over 140 sports teams participating in 17 different activities in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
“Some of my favorite moments were school trips to Thailand and Montpellier, joining clubs like the Graphics Team and volleyball, or choosing to attend optional events that turned out to be extremely rewarding, like the Bridge Project,” says Head Girl Munique Tan.
These opportunities allow learners to leverage new skills, build on existing passions, and make lifelong friendships in a diverse community of 2,800 students from 50 nationalities. “The most fulfilling part of my career is getting to know families and children from different cultures,” shares Vicky Singam, faculty member.
For Security Officer Sophie Lazarri, the best thing about working at Tanglin Trust School is that it focuses on pastoral care. “It’s wonderful to be part of a multidisciplinary team where everyone is so willing to work together and share their knowledge of caring for students in a real, holistic way,” she shares.
From being accepted into one of the top 10 schools in Southeast Asia, which is among the top 20 IB schools in the world, to being recognized as “outstanding” by the British Schools Overseas (BSO) framework – Tanglin’s ability to Providing a high quality student experience is clear. Interested? Find out more here.
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