Mar 22, 2012

Singapore - $140m Canadian International School opens in Jurong West

SINGAPORE - The Government will be releasing more land parcels for international schools to use, reported The Straits Times.

Second Minister for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran who was speaking at the opening of the $140 million Canadian International School (CIS) in Jurong West said that the leasing out of the land to international schools will encourage them to have a long-term view of their presence here.

It will also help Singapore to continue to attract foreigners to live and work here.

CIS founder and chief executive, Thomas Tang, said that he had initially thought of opening an international school in Hong Kong. However, a lack of land space had him settle on Singapore because the Government was helpful.

CIS campus in Jurong West features a 10,000 sq ft library, a FIFA recommended football pitch, 500-seat auditorium complete with an orchestra pit, seven interconnected science labs and an eco-garden where students can learn about their environment and ecological sustainability and exploration.

The school also houses all students from primary to high school, in various clusters around the 462,848 sq ft campus.

The school currently has an enrollment of about 1,800. It plans to meet its maximum capacity of 3,300 students in three to five years time.


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