Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Which curriculum does the HSL offer for its Dutch Stream?
The HSL provides the Dutch curriculum for the main subjects Language, Math, Reading and Writing. We also offer the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and part of the British curriculum (reading, writing and speaking in English).
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Which curriculum does the HSL offer for its International Stream?
The International Stream provides the British curriculum and integrates both the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the Dutch language program (writing, reading and speaking) into daily education. For the Reception years the Dutch language program will focus on speaking and listening.
How many hours of English is taught in the Dutch Stream per year group?
Is it a problem if my child starts at the HSL without ever having attended English classes?
Children at Preschool have both a Dutch speaking teacher and an English speaking teacher in class the whole day. Thus, our focus is on both the English and the Dutch language development.
The groups 1 through 8 get 1 hour of English class per day. ‘Streaming’ takes place within these groups and the English objectives are worked on differentiated. This way, the differences in the language comprehension are considered.
How many hours of Dutch is taught in the International Stream per year group?
Children at the bilingual Preschool have a Dutch and English teacher in the group all day. Attention is equally paid to both English and Dutch language development.
Children in Pre-Reception and Reception receive 45 minutes of Dutch language lessons per day, delivered by a experienced and qualified native Dutch teacher.
Is it a problem if my child enters the International Stream and has not had any Dutch lessons yet?
No previous exposure to the Dutch language is required for entry to the preschool or (Pre)Reception class of the International Stream. There is 'streaming' within the year group and work is done on the Dutch goals in a differentiated way. In this way, differences in Dutch language skills are taken into account.
What level of the Dutch language development can be expected?
The Dutch language program of our International Stream helps to develop the Dutch language of your children. By delivering the Dutch language lessons as part of the daily curriculum, we ensure that in 3 years your child develops a good understanding of the language and achieves fluency in verbal communication. Therefore it is also important for parents to pay attention to the Dutch language at home and actively practise it as much as possible. In addition, extra Dutch language classes can be booked on a surcharge as part of the Extra Curricular Activities.
Does the ‘Nederlandse Inspectie’ (Dutch inspection) visit the HSL?
The ‘Nederlandse Inspectie buitenland’ visits the HSL once every 4 years. The last inspection visit was in 2015.
Is the education at the HSL provided by qualified teachers?
Every teacher at the primary school is qualified and has at least a bachelor degree from the College of Education (PABO), in some cases supplemented with master degrees in educational disciplines. Moreover, our teachers have a lot of experience (working) in primary education.
For the International Stream, both teachers and assistant teachers are qualified to teach the British national curriculum. We hire highly and they are native speakers. Moreover, our teachers have a lot of experience (working) in primary education.
How is the landing at the HSL?
Moving to a distant country, living in a metropolis and finding your feet in a new school can be drastic and overwhelming for your son or daughter. At the HSL we do everything possible to make your child feel at home quickly. We invite your family to drop by, experience the atmosphere and meet the teacher of your child's group. This makes the first day of school a lot less daunting.
How is the transition to Dutch education?
For children of the Dutch Stream will the transition be very smooth as there's a good connection with the curriculum and there's no language barrier. With the knowledge and experience of 100 years of Dutch education in Singapore, we expect to bring children of the International Stream to a level of proficiency in the Dutch language that will allow them to enter Dutch education. The teachers, together with the educational counsellors, make sure that the students’ correct information is sent to the new school. The students receive an Educational Report (Onderwijskundig Rapport) to bring along to the Netherlands when they leave the HSL. This report contains all (educational) information regarding the student to ensure that the teacher in the Netherlands is aware of what has been provided to the student and what the student’s development has been.
How is the transition to an International School?
Annual research and feedback from International Schools have shown that the students’ command of the English language is sufficient to connect into the international educational system. The transition to an International School will be especially smooth for students of the International Stream at HSL. In addition, the school prepares its group 7 (Year 5) and group 8 (Year 6) students to be academically ready for a smooth transition to secondary school.
What are the HSL’s international activities and connections?
An international connection is made in the IPC units. We also focus on these connections during our cultural assemblies (i.e. international holidays and festivities).
How big are the groups?
The groups at Preschool have a maximum of 18 toddlers. The groups at Primary School have a maximum of 24 students.
What extracurricular activities does the HSL offer?
We have an extensive programme of extracurricular activities. These programmes last 8-10 weeks. We currently offer 35 extracurricular activities. The activities variate from art to games, and from sport to cooking. Extracurricular activities are not mandatory and are meant to acquaint the students with the activities.
Does HSL provide camps in the school holidays?
No, we don’t provide any camps. However, there are other places in Singapore that offer all kinds of camps during the school holidays.
Does HSL celebrate the Dutch festivals?
We celebrate Sinterklaas, Easter, Kingsday and Christmas at the HSL. We also celebrate the local/international festivals, like Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Hari Raya.
What is the school's policy on bullying?
The school has a Bullying protocol / Behavioural protocol that is part of our educational content.
What does the school do concerning media knowledge?
Media knowledge is a part of our educational content. Besides that, we also provide an annual “media knowledge week”.
How digital is the school?
The school uses iPads, iMacs, laptops, ‘Google Classroom’, and each class room has an interactive smartboard. The different appliances are part of our educational content.
Is there a library?
The HSL has a library with Dutch and English books. Every group visits the library once a week. Students can borrow a maximum of 5 books per week. Moreover, the HSL also does a lot to promote books (i.e. the “Kinderboekenweek” and the ‘Poetry Week’.
How does the HSL communicate with the parents?
The HSL communicates with parents mostly through the digital communication platform “Social Schools”. This is a controlled environment where only parents of the HSL’s students have access to. The platform uses an app and a website.
Does the HSL have a uniform?
The students at the HSL don’t wear a uniform. However, the students do wear a HSL gym t-shirt during the PE classes and school trips. Also, all students are required to wear a school hat for outside play time. This is to protect them from the sun.
Can I register my child if I don’t have any local information yet?
Yes, you can. Missing information, like home address and a local telephone number, can be provided to the Admissions department after registration.
Is there a bus service that takes the students to school and brings them back home afterwards?
Yes, the HSL has outsourced the bus service to ‘Woodlands Transport’. More information is provided in the link below:
In which area of Singapore do most of the students live?
‘Woodlands Transport’ drives in a radius of 18 kilometres around the school, yet most students live within 8 kilometres from the school. We strive to minimise the transport time for the students by efficient planning for the bus routes. The maximum travel time is 45 minutes.
At what age can a toddler be registered for Preschool?
Most students live in a radius of 8 kilometres of the HSL, we find many families living in Bukit Timah, Holland Village and Dempsey Hill area.
What are the school times?
The school times at Preschool are from 8.30am to 12.30pm. Extended hours/full days are from 8.30am to 2.30pm.
Pre-reception and Reception have class from 8.30am to 2.30pm.
Group 1 and 2 have class from 8.30am to 2.30pm.
The groups 3 through 8 have class from 8.30am to 3.30pm.
On Friday the groups 1 through 8 have class from 8.30am to 1.30pm.
Is there a waiting list for a certain group?
No, there is no waiting list at the moment.
Is starting school possible throughout the whole school year?
Starting school is possible throughout the whole school year, also for the International Stream. Most children start at the HSL after a holiday.
Can I come by for a tour around the school?
Absolutely! An appointment can be made with the Admissions Officer, whom you can reach at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the school fees for the HSL?
Please click on the following link for more information about our school fees:
The fees for the Dutch and for the International Stream are equal.
The new fees for 2022-2023 are expected to be available in April.