St James’ Church Kindergarten to shut Dempsey campus by end 2022
SINGAPORE – St James’ Church Kindergarten will be shutting its branch in the Dempsey location by the end of the following year, having lost the tender for the residential or commercial property.
It initially opened its doors there in 2006.
A look at the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) website last month revealed that the tender for the 20,500 sq ft website in Harding Road had been awarded to Odyssey The Global Kindergarten, which positioned the greatest bid of $133,333 a month in lease from 2023.
The period is for a preliminary three-year occupancy, which can be restored for two more durations of three as well as 2 years.
Anglican Kindergarten Services (APS), which runs St James’ Church Kindergarten, had placed a proposal of $76,200 a month for the site, which makes up 4 blocks and an expansive yard. The non-profit pre-school’s lease upright Dec 31 following year.
APS chief executive Andrew Tay informed The Straits Times on Nov 24 that it will certainly be relocating the pupils registered at the Harding Roadway campus to any of the various other 18 pre-schools under APS.
These include 2 various other St James’ Church Kindergarten schools – one in Leedon Roadway and also the various other in One Pearl Bank Roadway – and the Little Seeds Preschool childcare centers.
The number additionally includes three kindergartens that will certainly come under APS from 2022 – Rising Preschool, St Paul’s Church Kindergarten as well as Queenstown Good Guard Kindergarten.
The Harding Roadway campus presently has 512 pupils enrolled in its three-hour as well as six-hour programs.
Mr Tay claimed: “With one more year left at Harding, we are cherishing every moment and will take every chance to reconcile it.”
Housewife Vivian Goh, 40, claimed she has actually moved her younger child, aged 4, to the Leedon Roadway campus where she will begin Preschool 1 in January.
” Several of her schoolmates will certainly be transferring with her as well, so at the very least she still has the possibility to finish along with her friends,” she said.
” When we listened to the information, we were disappointed and also devastated. On the last day of school, we took a lot of photos around the school to catch the memories there. It was an extremely psychological day.”
Mr Kelvin Tan, 37, that is freelance as well as works in the media market, stated he still prepares to maintain his two-year-old child enlisted at the Harding school following year where the kid will begin Baby room 1.
His daughter, aged seven, finished from Harding in 2014
” The Harding campus holds unique definition to us as the curriculum is all-rounded as well as includes exposing the kids to nature. I don’t desire my son to shed that opportunity,” he stated.
In response to questions, Ms Rabiatul Adawiah, primary growth officer of Busy Bees Asia, which runs Odyssey The Global Preschool, claimed last Friday (Dec 3) that it submitted a tender for the Harding site as it is huge and also large, and gives students with “a lot of room as well as possibilities for outdoor knowing”.
She said: “This is in line with our belief that the world is the class, and that discovering should not be constrained within class wall surfaces however can happen anywhere and any time.
” In addition, the main area is something that our Odyssey parents value.”
Ms Rabiatul included that Busy Bees Asia is still settling its plans for the school.