Some Words from Proud Parents
Glory Kindergarten is great place if you are looking for a structured but fun environment to enrol your child in. My eldest child, Gable, had not only learnt many good academic skills, but most importantly he had learned important lessons about the world we live in, and how we must treat others. When it was time for my second child, Nolan, to enter preschool, Glory was the obvious choice.
I am impressed at the creativity and resourcefulness of the arts and crafts the children made. The teachers had taken great care and effort to procure interesting materials for the children to make some really creative and fun things. In addition to their usual curriculum, the children are also taught how to use their hands, minds and bodies through exposure to gymnastics (Bearyfun Gym), music (KinderRhythm) and gardening.
When Nolan was in K1, Glory started to offer afternoon extension classes to the students in the K1 and K2 morning classes. I was very keen for Nolan to join the extension classes but was late in signing him up. Fortunately, the principal and teachers were very kind and understanding, they gave Nolan a place even though the class was fully signed up. The teachers in the extension classes designed the curriculum to be really fun and enriching. The children are also able to enhance their general knowledge (through science experiments) and life skills (cooking classes). There are also organised visits to the library and occasional short outings (e.g. Jacob Ballas Gardens) to take learning outside the classroom. Unfortunately, due the Covid-19 situation, all the outdoor activities had to be cancelled for the safety of the children and teachers. Despite the constraints, the teachers still try their best to make to the classes fun and interesting for the children. I remembered Nolan coming home one day with an apple that has gummy worms sticking out and he explained they made that in class because they are reading a book about a worm in an apple. Nolan always looked forward to his extension classes and would come home excitedly to tell me what he has learned. It’s a pity that Glory did not have any extension classes during Gable’s time as I would definitely sign him up.
I am very thankful to the Principal and teachers for educating and nurturing my two older children during their time in Glory. They have grown to become more independent and are well-prepped for their next phase in primary school. My youngest child will be attending Glory next year and I hope his experience with Glory will be as enriching and fulfilling as his brothers.
We always wanted to enroll Matthias in a Christian pre-school, and one that emphasizes mandarin as a mode of communication. We visited many schools and spoke to various people and Glory Kindergarten was the one that stood out for us. One of the most memorable experience before Matthias started school was when we brought him to school to try the uniform and we met his first teacher Mrs Koh. She made sure he felt comfortable in a new environment and even gave him a balloon. From that moment on, we knew that we made the right decision and Matthias will be well taken care by his teachers. The principal Mrs Tay makes it a point to stand at the gate every morning, rain or shine, to greet all the kids that are coming to school. Glory Kindergarten has given Matthias a conducive environment to learn and play and he looks forward to attending school daily. From his prayers in mandarin to him reciting memory verses in both languages, we are thankful that Glory Kindergarten has taught him these Christian values, which we continue to inculcate at home, to lay a firm foundation for Matthias. Once he started K1, we signed him up for the extension class. We like the hands-on activities that are conducted during the extension lessons like planting, cooking roti prata and eggs. He will come home to share these experiences and Mrs Koh will send photos to us to share with us what they did during the lesson. We will like to thank the teachers that has taught Matthias (Mrs Koh, 张老师，许老师, Teacher Anne, 王老师) and the supporting staff (Preacher Hidy, Mrs Tay, Uncle Ting) for making Glory Kindergarten a wonderful place of learning for the children. We will be sending our second son Matthew to Glory Kindergarten next year.
Being the pioneer batch of extension class, we did not know what to expect- whether the curriculum was going to be relevant or whether our daughter was going to enjoy it. It has been two years since then, and we are glad to say she really looks forward to extension class every school day. In fact, Pei En loves the extension curriculum more than the core classes, she especially loves the hands-on activities which are more interactive and less boring as compared to typical classroom learning. In addition to academics, the children work on character-building, such as opportunities to be on stage to work on their self-confidence. Extension class is the perfect example of learning through play, and we also note an improvement in her social interaction with friends. We are thankful to her teachers for preparing her adequately for primary school and are definitely going to enrol our younger child in extension class next year!
Joshua has been attending the Extension Class since it started in 2019. The school has given a lot of thought in designing the extension class program, using stories to link to lessons objectives. They also have many hands-on activities. They have tried simple cooking, such as frying roti prata during Racial Harmony Day. They have also gone out to nature to conduct their lesson, made many interesting craft work, and have done simple science experiments. All these lessons has helped make the school experience so much richer for Joshua because of more time he can spend in school. Definitely helps that he can have a lot of delicious food at lunch as well after his morning lessons!
From the very beginning of Amelia’s journey with Glory Kindergarten, both my husband and myself knew that we have made the right decision and has delivered her into “good hands”.As a 3 year old, Amelia is restless, inquisitive and very playful. We were anxious that she might not be able to integrate into the school system and be a “problem” to the teachers and other children. However, we were amazed that she blends in so well and genuinely enjoy going to school everyday. The teachers have done a terrific job in helping her settle down and lead her down the path of learning and having fun at the same time. We are grateful to Mrs. Koh for encouraging her to read when she discovered that Amelia is able to read simple sentences. Till today, Amelia often picks up books to read without having us to initiate. Glory Kindergarten provides a holistic environment in nurturing Amelia into a happy, responsible and helpful child. They inculcate Christian values into her life, shaping her to love, share and care for everyone around her. These are precious values she can embrace into her lifetime. In these 3 years, she has exemplified confidence in conversing and expressing herself. Once again, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the teachers and staff of Glory Kindergarten. They have done such a fantastic job!
As parents of a daughter (Ms. Clarice KANG) in K2 Faith PM, we would like to take this golden opportunity to express our sincerest gratitude to Glory Kindergarten. Since 2014 where Clarice newly enrolled into Glory Kindergarten, she has grown over these fantastic four years, in all facets. We noted the devotion of teachers in Glory Kindergarten in raising her academically, but more importantly expanding her mind and help her growing as a person. We thank you for encouraging her to be passionate, well-being and happy.We fully understand the current challenges a teacher is facing. As the most influential adult in the lives of these children, after parents or caretakers, a passionate and caring teacher is always on great demand to shape a generation and change the trajectory of life of these children. Personally we feel the teachers are well equipped with attributes which are well aligned with ours. Firstly, it is embracing diverse learning needs. Learning attitude is of our top priority as with the hunger for learning will surely wet the appetite for success. Secondly, it is imagination. As Einstein said, imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. The true sign that someone is intelligent is seen not by his knowledge but by his imagination. Last but not least, it is moral attributes of loving, thankfulness and politeness. Instilling these moral attributes in the early stage of these children will surely bring them extra mile in life in future.
As for learning environment, Glory Kindergarten creates a positive classroom environment. Physically, the classroom is conducive for accelerated learning. Besides, it also brings along welcoming atmosphere where Clarice and her classmates are always willing to share and be respectful. She always comes back with a smiling face and shares all the happy moments with us. The safe environment also gives us as parents a great peace of mind.
We would like to end this letter of appreciation to thank teachers (Mrs. Koh, 张老师, Ms. Veron, 何老师, Ms. Khim, 马老师, Mrs Toh), staffs (Uncle Ding), and those who have directly or indirectly touch the growing life of Clarice. We hereby sincerely thank you again for everything you have rendered. As Clarice said, GLORY KINDERGARTEN IS THE BEST.
Attending Glory Kindergarten was such a great experience for my eldest daughter that we never had second thoughts about sending for her two younger sisters here too. The teachers were passionate about teaching the children and the church inculcated strong Christian values that became deeply rooted in their young hearts. My two older girls, now in P5 and P2, were well prepared for primary school and could cope well without the need of extra enrichment classes. We believe our youngest one, now in N2, will also benefit and be well taken care of at Glory Kindergarten. Kudos to all the staff at Glory Kindergarten.
Grace Giam Ern Chi started her first day of school in N1 Faith (PM) of Glory Kindergarten on 4 Jan 2010 as a teary wide-eye toddler, wondering what was happening around her. As Grace was a year-end baby, she was extremely petite in size, compared to her school mates. As her parents, we were worried that schooling may be too early for her – sneaking a look at her when she climbed the staircase with the help of her teacher, feeding herself without parental help, sitting properly in class to listen to teacher and playing with other students – this is all a whole new world of experience for a 2+ year old!As time goes by, we were amazed at how Grace got gradually integrated into Glory Kindergarten school curriculum and actually enjoyed herself, as she progressed from N1 Faith (PM), to N2 Peace (PM), to K1 Peace (PM) and now almost graduating from K2 Joy (PM). Grace is now able to sing, dance, read, tell stories and even “take care” of mom and dad. She is also very diligent when it comes to getting her homework done properly and learning her spelling before her lessons.We are very grateful to her teachers at Glory Kindergarten and are constantly amazed at the good values and teachings they have imparted onto Grace. The motto of Glory Kindergarten is “Teach a child when he is young, and when he grows up, he will not depart from it”. As parents, we are very happy that Glory Kindergarten has given Grace the foundations of Christian living and value, and we hope Grace will continue to grow and mature in God’s kingdom. All in all, we are thankful to Glory Kindergarten and her teachers for taking care of Grace and giving her the godly guidance these four years. Thank you very much!
When it was time to enroll Natalie ( K2 Love PM) in a pre-school, our only criteria was that it should preferably be a Christian school. God led us to Glory Kindergarten and we have not once regretted the decision. From a little girl who’s never been left alone on her own before, Natalie quickly felt safe and trusted her teachers to take care of her when she began her Glory Kindergarten journey in Nursery 2. It didn’t take her long at all to enjoy going to school. She would speak fondly of her teachers and from the way she spoke about them, I knew she loved her teachers. She would also tell me all the names of her classmates and the friendships she made. We knew a little bit more about each of her classmates through the everyday things that she tells us. This was very heartwarming for us.We also loved the fact that Natalie always comes home with new Christian ( English and Chinese) songs every so often. To us, this was way more important than learning secular children’s songs with little meaning. Overtime, she also grew to pray independently and would offer to pray for her friends and teachers in her bedtime prayers. Academically, Natalie loved all her lessons. She would proudly bring home her English and Chinese readers and recite them to us. For one who started off having zero knowledge in the Chinese language (apart from maybe counting from 1 to 10), we were pleased to hear her read an entire book in Mandarin! Her other favorite times in school are during computer lessons, sports, music and art and craft, along with the family activities planned by the school which involves lots of candy floss, popcorn and bouncy castles!During her last term in Kindergarten 1, Natalie broke her left leg and had to be in a cast for 2 months. She pretty much missed the entire term. However, through technology and the love of her 秀秀老师, she was still able to know what’s going on in her class. Her entire class recorded a get-well message immediately after finding out what had happened. When Natalie had to skip her class outing to the aquarium because of her broken leg, her little friends remembered her and sent a video of them saying hello and told her that they saw sharks!秀秀老师 would sent these over to us via whatsapp . Her teacher also designed a card and sent it to our home address. Needless to say, Natalie was surprised and excited to know that her teachers and friends think and care about her. Her classmate even came over to visit Natalie in our home, bearing homework (which she loves doing!), gifts and fun companionship.We are grateful that her very first three years of education were spent here in Glory Kindergarten. I know for sure she loves school and would go to school every single day if given a choice. She will also remember how her teachers taught her with love, and would miss their daily hugs. I hope that the friendships she has forged will remain and continue through play dates organised by the mummies. We thank God for three very precious years that our daughter spent at Glory Kindergarten. We sincerely look forward to opportunities where we can give back to the school. Natalie has already planned when to visit her teachers next year when she starts Primary One!