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Overseas Family School

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Overseas Family School
OFS From Elias Road.jpg
Location
Pasir Ris Heights 81, 519292
Pasir Ris

Singapore
Information
TypeCoeducational day college-preparatory school
Established1991[1]
Schedule9:00 to 3:30 (After school activities till 5:00)
Campus size11 acres (4.5 ha)
Color(s)Red, yellow and blue
Website

Overseas Family School (OFS) is a privately owned Pre K-12 International school, providing education in the English language medium for overseas families living in Singapore. It started in 1991 with roughly 50 students.[2]

OFS is one of the several international schools in Singapore, that is authorised by International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to offer a full International Baccalaureate education from age three to senior high school (Pre K-12). However, it offers the IPC rather than PYP curriculum for Grades 1-5.

OFS offers a Study Preparation Programme (SPP) for students for whom English is a second or other language (ESOL). It helps students to learn to read, write, listen to and speak English while also doing their usual school subjects. SPP has three levels and promotions are considered every quarter. About 400 students are in SPP classes.

OFS faculty is a team of international teachers. Students study languages chosen from French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish or English.

OFS is accredited K-12 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, California, United States (WASC), authorised by IGCSE Cambridge as an Examination Centre and registered in Singapore by CPE, Council for Private Education.

Elementary school[edit]

From age six in Grades the curriculum is the IPC, with language learning, including Mandarin, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and English (for non-English speaking students). Uniforms include red, yellow, white, and blue polo shirts, with gray shorts for boys, and gray skirts for girls. Cubbies are used for Grade 1-Grade 3, while lockers are used from Grade 4 and onward. The current principal is Penny Liew.

Middle school[edit]

Students in Grades 6-8. Curriculum is the integrated Middle Years Program of the International Baccalaureate, with language learning, including Mandarin, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and English. The current principal is Michael Lee.

High school[edit]

  • Junior High (Grades 9-10) IB MYP and IGCSE : International Baccalaureate Middle Years Diploma and International General Certificate Secondary Education.
  • Senior High (Grades 11-12) IB Diploma
    International Baccalaureate Diploma or Certificates.
    A rigorous, two year, integrated program of study.
    International Baccalaureate Diploma, a widely accepted qualification for entry to universities worldwide, with advanced placement for good subject scores.
  • OFS High School Graduation Diploma - OFSD
    For the OFSD, students earn subject credits allocated by internal assessment for all work in four years of High School, backed by US Accreditation. (WASC) The current principal is Simon Dench (Dr.)

Study Preparation Programs (SPP)[edit]

This prepares students for study in English, while also maintaining their school subjects. This includes reading, writing, listening to and speaking the English language.

Academic and other Facilities[edit]

Athletics[edit]

The Overseas Family School provides a sports program but does not participate in interschool competition in badminton, cricket, netball, rugby, football, softball, tennis, volleyball and golf. These events take place at the School only. The school has five shaded outdoor basketball courts, four indoor multipurpose gymnasiums, two playing fields with football pitches, and tennis courts. A children pool is provided for kindergarten and a 10-Lane, 50-meter pool for the elementary students, and middle school students and high school students which is not officially deep enough to hold competitions.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

A large number of extracurricular activities are offered during the school day as well as after school and on weekends. Students must choose one activity and may change their selection each quarter. Each member of the faculty is involved in at least one sport, cultural, special interest, or academic activity. Extracurricular activities include football, rugby, table tennis, aerobics, tae kwon do, karate, jewelry making, Ultimate Frisbee, cricket, Bishan Home, Chess Club, basketball, drama, choral music, calligraphy and crafts, Scouts, Guides, Student Voice (student representation and leadership), Brownies and community service.

MUNOFS[edit]

After participating in Model United Nations Conferences around the world, the school had its own MUN Conference in 2009. The conference was held on February 13–15, 2009 at the school. The conference had delegate numbers in the hundreds. The guest speaker was Mr. Dumas of the Canadian High Commission Singapore, who gave the delegates a speech entitled "We Are All Diplomats". The participating schools came from around Singapore.

Some of the schools represented were Overseas Family School Middle and High School, Singapore American School, Canadian International School Singapore, Evergreen Secondary School, Ang Mo Kio Secondary School, Global Indian International School Singapore and Anderson Junior College.

Since then, the program has grown and continued, with an annual High School conference and an annual Middle School conference being held for both internal and external delegates.[3] In 2020, although the Middle School conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MUNOFS was able to adapt and successfully transitioned to an online conference.

The program has also developed to include a bi-annual online debate called iMUNOFS,[4] a partnership with MUN Impact [5] and taken on the MUN Refugee Challenge started by the UNHCR.[6]

References[edit]

  1. "Overseas Family School - Background". www.ofs.edu.sg.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-18. Retrieved 2011-04-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. https://www.ofs.edu.sg/resources/munofs/
  4. https://www.ofs.edu.sg/resources/munofs/omun/
  5. https://www.ofs.edu.sg/resources/munofs/omun/mun-impact/
  6. https://www.unhcr.org/model-un-refugee-challenge.html

External links[edit]


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