General Information


General Information

1. School Terms
The Kindergarten follows the school calendar of the Ministry of Education.
Term Classes Term Holiday
1 10 weeks (Jan – Mar) 1 week (Mar)
2 10 weeks (Mar – May) 4 weeks (May – Jun)
3 10 weeks (Jun – Sep) 1 week (Sep)
4 10 weeks (Sep – Nov) 6 weeks (Nov – Dec)

2. School Hours
Session 1 Session 2
8.15 a.m. – 11.15 a.m. 11.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.

3. Classes
Level Child : Teacher Ratio No. of Children per Class No. of Teachers per class
Pre-Nursery  7:1 max. of 14 2
Nursery 10:1 max. of 21 2
K1 12:1 max. of 24 2
K2 12:1 max. of 24 2
3.1  Every class has two class teachers, the English teacher and the Chinese teacher, providing a bilingual environment for the children.

3.2  K1 and K2 classes have an additional Maths teacher to teach the Maths lessons as well as a Computer teacher to teach the IT lessons for all the classes in that level.
4. Admission
Admission for any academic year is governed by the age stipulated by the Ministry of Education. Age is calculated based on 2 January of the year of admission.
Pre-Nursery  Year that the child turns 3
Nursery Year that the child turns 4
Kindergarten 1 Year that the child turns 5
Kindergarten 2 Year that the child turns 6
5. School Fees
5.1 School fees per term of 10 weeks:
Level 2016 2017
Pre-Nursery *$1,444.50 *$1,540.80
Nursery *$1,123.50 *$1,284.00
K1 & K2 *$1,123.50 *$1,284.00
* Figures quoted include 7% GST.
5.2 School fees paid are not refundable.
5.3 School fees cover the tuition for the term.
5.4
Refer to the Administrative and Financial Policies Handbook for more details on school fees.
6. Other Fees
Other fees refer to registration fees, deposit, book fees, supplementary fees, and fees for special activities.
6.1 Registration fee -  A non-refundable registration fee is payable upon registration.
6.2 Deposit -  A deposit is payable for the confirmation of placement of a child.
6.3
Book fee - This refers to payment for commercial educational publications (textbooks, workbooks and readers).
6.4
Supplementary fee - This refers to payment for all in-house educational materials, art materials, stationery and equipment used by the children.
6.5
Fees for special activities -  Separate fees are payable for special activities e.g. project work, excursions, field trips, camps, annual concert, and special events.
6.6 Refer to the Administrative and Financial Policies Handbook for details on other fees.

Administrative Procedures

1. Registration
1.1
Registration can be done throughout the year from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 3.30 pm during the school term and between 9.00 am and 12 noon during the school holidays.
1.2
An open registration system is practised and registration can be done as long as the child has a birth certificate.
1.3
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.
1.4
There is a non-refundable registration fee of $60 (inclusive of 7% GST).
1.5
At the point of registration, the child’s birth certificate and parents’ IC’s are required.
1.6
At the point of registration, payment of a deposit of $400 is also required as confirmation of a child’s placement.
1.7
Once all available places have been filled, all further registrations will be placed on a waiting list. If a child’s place is not confirmed, no deposit will be collected.
2. Enrolment Exercise for Registered Children
2.1
Confirmation of enrolment for registered children takes place in the first quarter of the preceding year for the following new academic year.
2.2
Confirmation of enrolment is by payment of the book fee and supplementary fee.
3. Re-enrolment Exercise for Current Children
3.1
Confirmation of re-enrolment of current children for Nursery, K1 and K2 classes takes place in the first quarter of the preceding year for the following new academic year.
3.2
Confirmation of re-enrolment is by payment of the book fee and supplementary fee.
4. Withdrawals
4.1
A written notice of withdrawal must be given to the office within the first four weeks of the current term in order to qualify for a refund of the deposit and to avoid the forfeiture of the same.
4.2
Refer to the Administrative and Financial Policies Handbook for the terms and conditions for withdrawal.
5. Insurance
The Kindergarten provides a 24-hour world-wide coverage Group Personal Accident Insurance Policy for every student studying in the Kindergarten.
6. Foreign Students
Foreign students without a Dependant’s Pass must apply for a Student Pass. Contact our admin staff for more information.
7. Modes of Payment
7.1
St. James’ Church Kindergarten is a GST registered company and the prevailing GST is chargeable for all transactions.
7.2
Only cash, NETS or cheque payment is accepted.
7.3
Account payee cheques are to be made payable to St. James’ Church Kindergarten.
8. Administrative and Financial Policies
All administrative procedures listed in Part 5: items 1 – 7 above, and arrangements for
– Baby Bonus
– Deferments
– Financial assistance
– Refunds
– Transfers
are clearly spelt out in the Administrative and Financial Policies Handbook which will be made available to parents upon registration.

Miscellaneous

1. Bus Transport
1.1
All transport arrangements are to be made directly with the transport providers and shall be subject to the terms set by the bus operators.
1.2
For information regarding bus routes and bus fares, contact the logistics manager, Mr. Thomas Ong, at 9227 2377.
2. Meals
The children’s meals during snack or lunch time are provided at no extra cost on regular school days.
3. School Uniform
3.1
This refers to the St. James’ Church Kindergarten uniform, T-shirt, name tag, bag, jacket, and hat.
3.2
These may be purchased from the Kindergarten Reception during office hours.
3.3
Name tags will only be issued every quarter, and orders can be made through the Kindergarten Reception.
4. Parent Handbook
The Parent Handbook will be made available to parents just before the child enters the Kindergarten. This handbook provides further information regarding policies, routines and procedures in the Kindergarten.
5. Photographs and/or videoclips of children and staff
Photographs and videoclips of SJCK children and staff taken during school activities are not to be uploaded in public domains without prior permission out of respect for children and staff. Examples of public domains include Facebook and Twitter.

However, the Kindergarten reserves the right to use photographs and/or videoclips of children enrolled in the Kindergarten for publicity and/or promotional purposes, which would include the SJCK website, term newsletters, as well as media (press or TV).