SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL: INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, VUNG TAU LOCATION


Although the grand opening of the Singapore International School took place on July 15, 2011 the parent company, KinderWorld Education Group, had entered Vung Tau the year before, meeting with parents in order to gauge the level of interest. Subsequently, having received strong feedback, construction of the new campus began April 2010 while an interim facility operated from August 2010 to May 2011.

The KinderWorld Equation Group was founded in Singapore in 1986 with the opening of it’s first preschool. During the late 1990’s they extended into Vietnam, where in 2000 they opened KinderWorld International Kindergartens (preschool centres) and in 2004 Singapore International School (primary schools) all in Hanoi and HCMC. These were followed by schools in Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hue and, of course, Vung Tau.


The Vung Tau school was built to, apparently, “international standards, of design and architecture which is quite modern”, says Nguyen Ha Giang the Marketing Executive for for KinderWorld Kindergarten and Private School JSC in HCMC. And although looking quite smart amongst homes in the Dai An Residential Area it has resigned itself to the all to common multi-air conditioner design (as opposed to a central cooling/heating unit) which is neither very forward thinking nor modern, internationally speaking.

Design and architecture aside I was told the student’s education is complimented by up to date audio visual equipment and computers as well as an online interactive learning program which allows parents to take an active part in their children’s education and, presumably, alleviate the burden on the teachers.
The school has a well designed promotional package and a folder of press clippings which positively glow with professional credentials and journalistic praise; SIS appears to have assembled a curriculum that covers not only all grades but also a system which considers a student’s complete development with ongoing checks and measures, accreditation and continuing education preparedness along the way. The intention being to prepare students for a range of employment opportunities or in order to continue their education domestically and internationally.

The school uses a lot of rhetoric touting a curriculum that includes ‘meaningful connections’, ‘experimental learning’, ‘creative student-centred lessons’ as well as their their motto of “Eastern Values – Western Education”. Also, in the July 25 − 31, 2011 of TimeOut magazine, the schools’s principal, Dudley Schroeder, expresses an interest in “contributing to the growth of the Vung Tau community in general”. However, when I emailed him and requested further details on such a commitment no reply was forthcoming.


I spoke to at least one parent with a student enrolled at the school and they seemed pleased with the education their child was receiving and although the fee might be something of a burden for them they were of the opinion that there is little in the way of alternatives locally.

Sources: SIS website, TimeOut Magazine

Yuri Doric — yuridoric.tumblr.com

21 Responses to SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL: INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, VUNG TAU LOCATION

  1. Martin R says:

    Congratulations Yuri! – a well-presented article which clearly indicates you didn’t get over-awed by the Singapore school’s marketing brochures. And that’s a good thing, because I’ve heard their fees are extraordinarily high and possibly only within the scope of Vung Tau’s “nouveau rich”! And any English teacher in Vietnam will have memories (or stories) of the original foray by Singapore into this country, where teachers didn’t get paid for six months and then never at all as the “supreme educator” fled with all the money! DISCLAIMER: I’m not supposing that this Singapore school is of the same ilk as the previous embezzler, but there’s little doubt amongst western English teachers in VN that you have to be very careful with those who claim to represent the “Singapore education system”!

  2. Martin R says:

    Congratulations Yuri! – a well-presented article which clearly indicates you didn’t get over-awed by the Singapore school’s marketing brochures. And that’s a good thing, because I’ve heard their fees are extraordinarily high and possibly only within the scope of Vung Tau’s “nouveau rich”! And any English teacher in Vietnam will have memories (or stories) of the original foray by Singapore into this country, where teachers didn’t get paid for six months and then never at all as the “supreme educator” fled with all the money! DISCLAIMER: I’m not supposing that this Singapore school is of the same ilk as the previous embezzler, but there’s little doubt amongst western English teachers in VN that you have to be very careful with those who claim to represent the “Singapore education system”!

  3. Yuri Doric says:

    Thank you Martin.

    Not to imply that there is much, if any, investigative journalism in my article but to even consider as much requires a healthy degree of scepticism and, of course, believing half of what you see and none of what you hear.

    My research did indicate that there are a number of SIS and Singapore based schools but not the value of any of them, per se. It would be false if I were to claim a lack of interest in the actual cost of a child’s education, however, nowhere—either in the brochures or via my one contact—was it volunteered for, probably, obvious reasons.

    Such information, and more, (not to mention more diverse photos) might have found it’s way into the article if it weren’t for the fact my local contacts (ie. the principal, ad noted above) failed to respond to requests of information and mutually agreeable time to tour and photograph the school’s interior.

    Yuri Doric

  4. J.lee says:

    Actually they apply Australian Education system as I know.
    The fee – $50 per day is far not cheap but I heard the classes and training is good there.

  5. Dave says:

    An address/location would be helpful. It’s not on their website either.

  6. Dave says:

    An address/location would be helpful. It’s not on their website either.

  7. vungtausurf says:

    Singapore International School (SIS)
    KinderWorld International Kindergarten (KIK)
    Dai An Residential, Ward 9, Vung Tau City
    Tel: (84-8) 5449 5959
    Email: enquiry@vungtau.sis.edu.vn

    More info here:
    http://www.vungtau-city.com/punbb/viewtopic.php?id=7

  8. vungtausurf says:

    Singapore International School (SIS)
    KinderWorld International Kindergarten (KIK)
    Dai An Residential, Ward 9, Vung Tau City
    Tel: (84-8) 5449 5959
    Email: enquiry@vungtau.sis.edu.vn

    More info here:
    http://www.vungtau-city.com/punbb/viewtopic.php?id=7

  9. Thanks ! – a well-presented article which clearly indicates International kindergarten.

  10. Danica says:

    Singapore International school in Vung Tau really helpful in the enhancement of skills and knowledge of the students. This can offer quality education for the students that can serve as their achievement in the future.

  11. David L Cunningham says:

    $50.00 a day. Are you sure. Who can afford that. I don’t know about this school but there is another. I don’t know the name of it but my friends daughter goes there and he seems to think it’s ok for her. Does anyone know the name of this school i am talking about. I was planning on putting my two sons in it this next session of Aug 2013. My friend tells me it cost about $450 per month for the lower grades. He says they keep the cost down because instead of Western English speaking teachers they use Filipino teachers who speak English very well.

    • Ola says:

      David, I worked in an international school in Laos for one year. There were many Filipino teachers there and trust me, most of them don’t speak English well. Currently I am looking for an international school for my daughter in Da Nang. I hope to find a good school with reasonable fees but I won’t send her to a school with Filipino teachers.

      • Lisette says:

        Well, with all due respect…Filipinos might not have that western accent but I do not believe that they cannot speak english well because even the street sweeper can communicate in english to a lot of foreign tourist in the Philippines.

        That’s the reason why they love to go to the Philippines because there’s no communication barrier unlike in other part of ASIA. So what the heck if they do not have the british, american or other western accent. What’s the reason in the first place why they do want to learn to speak english? It’s because they do want to use it in their everyday transaction professionally or business purpose so why give a damn with a perfect western accent.

        If you learn a filipino language or other language; if you will be able to come and visit their country as long as you can speak their own dialect they don not give a heck if you have an accent same as theirs as long as you can communicate with them. Communication is most important and not the accent if that’s your gauge to evaluate if a person can speak english well or not.

        And for the additional information…The reason why there are lots of Bristish, American, Canadian, Australian and other western companies putting up a Call Center Companies in the Philippines is because FILIPINO’S are very very good in english communication and they are very trainable that you might hardly distinguish if you are talking to a native speaker or to a Filipino. And of course FILIPINO are very very intelligent person.

        • 'ter says:

          I think that final line should read:

          “And of course FILIPINOS are very very intelligent person”

          NO, I’M WRONG THERE, PERHAPS:

          “And of course FILIPINOS are very very intelligent peOPLE”

          OR PERHAPS

          “And of course ONE FILIPINO IS A VERY VERY INTELLIGENT PERSON” (and even though we might not have actually found him/her yet)

          I tell you what though, maybe I will have to agree with the previous commentator ‘Ola’ !!

  12. Lisette says:

    there’s a typo error there…british instead of bristish…

    Discrimination is more devilish than cannot speak english well…

    • Lisette says:

      And one more thing…based on research in other countries mostly companies favorably hire Filipinos compared to their western counterparts because according to them filipinos are more reliable, diligent and tenacious employee aside from being smart and trainable unlike with others, they will leave behind the company if feel they wanted to.

    • 'ter says:

      No, I have to disagree there as well – I would say that a damn good dose of discrimination is far better than, “than cannnot speak english well…..” – discriminate away I say and then maybe ‘we cun al spik englis berrer’ !

  13. Teddy Sonnier says:

    There is another English teaching school in Vung Tau. Only problem there is none of the classes they teach will be recognized around the world. The Singapore school in Vung Tau is a little expensive but what they teach and the test they use is recognized all over the world. For the USA if you graduate and complete the test with good grades the USA will give you a free year of credits for going to this school. I live in Vung Tau and have a Viennese son who is doing great there. He has only been going for one year and he can sit down and have a normal conversation with me in English with no problems. So I highly recommend this school.

  14. Teddy Sonnier says:

    17 million for 3 months just seen the price list but me personal I much rather Singapore school it’s a lot more expensive 50 million for 3 months but you get what you pay for my little boy is doing great there

  15. Teddy Sonnier says:

    17 million is for this kids world school but I am not impressed with it at all

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