A school day in Tampines House

Living as part of a residential boarding community is different from living at home.

On the one hand, our students are with their friends almost all the time, and they have the chance to build unique relationships that stretch into adulthood. On the other hand, they have to accept norms, values and expectations that serve the needs of the whole boarding community, some of which are quite different from home.

To support the well-being of all, house routines provide a secure and supportive environment both at school and in the boarding house.

Kirti, Grade 11 boarder from the USA walks us through a typical school day


Wake up

This probably seems like a sleep-in to our day community ...



Breakfast check-in at Santai is compulsory for everyone. We go directly to lessons from there. If we’re not feeling well
we can go to the clinic to see the Doctor.


School day

Tampines House is ‘out-of-bounds’ during the school day, unless you’re in Grade 11 and 12 and have a ‘free’ in the last timetable block (1.45–3pm). If you’re ill, you stay in the clinic under supervision from the nursing staff.

Lunch is in the canteen with the day students—our preloaded ewallet on our student pass covers it.


After school activities and sport

If you don’t have an Activity after school, it’s a dash back to Tampines House for afternoon tea before it disappears! Some sports run up to 6.30pm, in which case we go straight to dinner.


Free time

AKA, touch base with our Houseparent, hang out with our ‘boarding family’, study, make a snack in the kitchen, collect our laundry, or even message our parents.

We can go off-campus if it’s pre-approved—Grades 8 and 9 can go up the road to the Hawker Centre or Fairprice, while the rest of us can venture farther afield.



Our themed dinners are another way for us to share our culture—through that most important of mediums, food. (Food is a major preoccupation for boarders!)

On Monday nights we have a ‘House Assembly’ to run through operations for the week and share and celebrate the achievements of our community.


Study time

Homework, prep, call it what you will, every weekday except Tuesday, Grades 8 and 9 are in the 6th floor Common Room; Grades 10 and 11 are in the Kishore Mahbubani Library; and Grade 12 in their own rooms.
On Tuesdays, if you’re up to date with your school work, you
can join a community activity with your ‘boarding family’.
This can be anything from sharing ‘My Story’, to sports or
art activities, baking or a film night.



At 9pm, we have a bed time snack, and time for a chat and a catch up with friends and Houseparents. Hang out with friends, get ready for the next day, extra study, make a snack, read ... also, if you’re in Grades 8–10, hand in your device at ‘technology curfew’.


Lights out!

Younger students go to bed earlier, however in Grade 11 our main lights go off at 10.30pm, and reading lights at 11pm. WiFi curfew starts at midnight and runs until 5.30am.

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