1. How has school life been for you at SJII?

A: Good. A good place to learn and has very friendly competitive circumstances.

2. Is it different from school back in China?

A: Yes. It is a more international environment. Teachers do not pressurize
you a lot but you have to do more self learning.

3. Were you able to adapt well and make friends with your school mates?

A: My English was really weak when I first came to the school, it was
really hard for me to understand even a single word in class, let alone
talk to others in English. But once you stay in the English speaking
environment, you will naturally adapt to this gradually plus you have to
also work hard on your English.

4. Do you enjoy studying and living in Singapore?

A: Studying in Singapore is interesting and comfortable as it provides the
best education system in the world and you will be meeting all kinds of
people from all around the world. Schools in Singapore are generally good
in terms of facilities.

5. How did you find the support given by ILC to help you settle down well and excel in your academics?

A: I only took English tuition. It is helpful for me especially when I was
preparing for my placement test.

6. How did you find the academic support by your tutor?

A: My tutor has great understandings of literature and really helped me a
lot with all the topics which my work was about. She helped to develop my
skills, understandings and the ability of writing essays which is really
important in IB program.

7. Will you recommend your friends to engage the service of ILC?

A: If one really needs help with academics, it should be good for him to
get service from ILC.

Ray Xu RuiLin, Started with SJII in 2014. Graduated 2016 Grade 12.
University offered: Heriot-Watt University, Kings College, Saint Andrew University and University of Edinburgh
(1) How has school life been for you in SJII?

A: Good, all other students and teachers are friendly

(2) Is it different from school back in China? If yes, in what ways are
they different?

A: Yes, teachers are trying to inspire you rather than tell you what you
should know, the lessons are more active.

(3) Were you able to adapt well and make friends with your schoolmates?

A: Yes, just be confident and don’t be afraid of speaking up.

(4) How did you find the academic support by your tutor/s?

A: They are helpful and responsible

(5) Will you recommend your friends to engage the service of ILC?

A: Yes. They are able to arrange a suitable school for student and a good school is important for the future of the student.

Bill Yu, Came to Singapore in 2012; Started G7 with HCIS till G9; Join SJII in 2015. Graduating in 2017 Grade 12
1. How has school life been for you in SJII?

A: I came into SJII in 2014 for FIB course and I continued to do IB this year. It was quite good for me. I was studying in ACIS before when I just came to Singapore. There are some huge differences between two schools, especially for the Chinese students like me. Obviously, I got more chance to speak English with foreign students because there is only a small
number of Chinese students in SJII. I felt alone at the start of the last year. But over a year and after I joined plenty of different activities and projects, I made friends with people from different countries and feel no stress to converse. Also, the studies in SJII is interesting, I like to work with teachers and students in the school. Overall, my school life in SJII is incredible.

2. Is it different from school back in china?

A: I would say yes. For me, I finished the secondary school in China. Firstly, we have more than forty students per class in China, but we don’t have a real “class” in Singapore which means we don’t study with the same group of people every day every lesson. Secondly, we can choose our subjects in IGCSE and IB level; it is more flexible than China. Thirdly, the most important thing is that all lessons are taught in English. It always becomes the greatest challenge for Chinese students. Language barrier is difficult to be solved. However, the good thing is that school finishes earlier every day and we get chance to choose our CCAs for our own interests.

3. Were you able to adapt well and make friends with your schoolmates?

A: I met some problems at first. I realized that you should force yourself to
talk to others, especially when you think you are interested in conversing in some areas with your schoolmates. It’s very important to be confident. If you make mistakes, it’s totally fine.
Nobody will laugh at you, just be relaxed all the time.

4. Do you enjoy studying and living in Singapore? Why?

A: Yes, I enjoy studying and living in Singapore. I stay with my mom, so I don’t have big problems with my life after school. I like Singapore because of the diversity of culture and food. Some food is really delicious, seriously.

5. How did you find the support given by ILC to help you settle down well and excel in your academics?

A: Actually, my parents found out ILC to help me. It is really helpful. I don’t have to organize tuitions or other plans outside school. I can just keep contact with my guardian which is from the company and she also helps us with parents meeting because of some of our parents have problems with speaking English fluently.

Ivy Wu, Started G8 with ACS Int'l till G9 in 2013; Join SJII in FIB G10 in 2014) Graduated in 2016 Grade 12.
University offered: UCL, Saint Andrew University and University of Edinburgh
1. How has school life been for you in OFS?

A: I enjoy studying in OFS, I like to discuss interesting topics with my friends and teachers.

2. Is it different from school back in china?

A: Yes, it is. In China, the education is very academic focused. I spend most of the time on academics. However in Singapore, it is different. I can have more time for extra curriculum activities.

3. Were you able to adapt well and make friends with your schoolmates?

A: Yes, I was. At first, my English was not good, I can’t even communicate properly with my friends. This is the key challenge. I was thinking to myself that if I want to study happily in school, I must communicate fluently with them.

4. Do you enjoy studying and living in Singapore? Why?

A: Yes, I do. Singapore is a safe and civilized country. I enjoy studying here because I can get to know many friends from different countries. So I like here.

(5) How did you find the support given by ILC to help you settle down well and excel in your academics?

A: Ms.Thanam teaches me very well, she allowed me to understand the most important aspect for English.

(6) Will you recommend your friends to engage the service of ILC?

A: Yes I will if my friends need such service as I think ILC is helpful.

Orange Cheng Menxueli,
OFS Grade 8. Came to Singapore in 2015. Currently Grade 10 at OFS
(1) How has school life been for you in SJII?

A: The school life is pretty spectacular. On the first month of term 1, Grade 10 organized a school camp at campus, which every G10 student stayed in school for a night. This is a wide stage, which every new student could contact with each other. I really enjoyed this camp and made some friends with them. Actually, SJII is a catholic school. Every morning before the class, we should pray for god. The class is filled with passion and freedom. The teachers always encourage students to share what they are thinking and how to solve the questions.

2. Is it different from school back in China?

A: Yes. The school here is completely different from China. In China, the teacher is the main focus in the class. The students seldom speak up to express what they are thinking. The teachers just teach knowledge from the textbook. After that, they deliver a lot of paper work to students. In comparison to schools in China, I do not have much homework in SJII. But I have to review topics by myself.

3. Were you able to adapt well and make friends with your school mates?

A: Initially, it is difficult to adapt school life here because of language gap. But after three and four months, I gradually know how to communicate with teachers and friends. Students here are quite friendly to me. Actually, they provided help to me in language and schoolwork.

4. Did you enjoy studying and living in Singapore?

A: I enjoy studying and living here. Basically, our school gives me a free environment, which the schools in China can never give. On weekends, I can go out with my friends easily because of highly accessible public transportation.

5. How did you find the support given by ILC to help you settle down well and excel in your academics?

A: My guardian will sign school forms if I need to hand in. Also she will join the PTC (Parent Teacher Conferences). Once I was sick, she took me to the hospital and consulted doctors what I could eat or not.

6. How did you find the academic support by your tutor/s?

A: Basically, my academic problem now is language. Actually, I have English tuition twice a week. The tuition teacher teaches me about literature and language. That is very beneficial for me.

7. Will you recommend your friends to engage the service of ILC?

A: I will definitely recommend my friends who want to study abroad in Singapore. ILC provides good service.

Charles Zhang Min,
SJII Grade 10 (FIB). Came to Singapore in 2015. Graduating in 2017 Grade 12
大家好,我是尤敏杰,一名来自中国的留学生。于2015年10月,我完成了CIE课程及考试并在考试中取得了A*A*BC的成绩。在导师们的帮助下,我申请了不同国家的多所大学,目前已被格拉斯哥大学,兰卡斯特大学,埃克塞特大学等录取。令人喜出望外的是,我还获得了格拉斯哥大学£5,000/年的奖学金。我非常感激我在新加坡学习的这段时光,感谢这一路走来,帮助我陪伴我的人们。因此,我希望能在这里与大家一同分享我的新加坡学习之旅。

大约一年半前(2014年7月底),想看看更大的世界,想满足自己的野心,想实现成为一名金融家的梦想,我来到了新加坡,开始了一段新的学习旅程。怀揣着满腔的希望,我进入了一个由国内中介推荐的私立学校开始学习GCE-A Levels。然而,几个月后我便意识到那并不是个利于学习的地方,更别提进入一个优秀的大学。此时此刻我沮丧万分却无计可施。

幸运的是,在这关键时刻,我妈妈的一位好友,Grace 裘,将益玲推荐给了我。益玲是一位非常热心且专业的教育咨询者并且拥有一家“国际知识学堂(新加坡)私人有限公司”,在她专业且合理的建议下,我决定将我的课程由 GCE转为CIE 并且离开那所私校,聘请家庭教师进行私人辅导。

老实说一开始由于我的英文水平欠佳,在对课程内容的理解上我颇为苦恼,压力巨大。

但是同样幸运的是,我遇到了非常棒的老师们,在他们的帮助与鼓励下,我渐渐克服了这些困难。在八个月左右的紧张学习后,我参加了CIE考试并最终取得了满意的成绩。

在我结束当前阶段的学习后,在益玲的邀请下,我作为一名志愿者,加入了一个叫作‘ACTS’的慈善团队,前往柬埔寨,参与了为期一周的支教活动。当地物资的匮乏生活水平的落后让我很是惊讶,但在与当地学生的互动中,他们对知识的渴望却也让我深受触动并促使我反省自己。

最后,我还是想对这一年多来陪伴我的人们,发自肺腑地表达感谢,真的非常谢谢你们,不仅为我的求学之路披荆斩棘,让我走得更远更坦荡,也将“感恩”烙在了我的心上。我会永远怀念这段时光,永远心怀感恩,一路向前。

尤敏杰