EtonHouse International Education Group

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EtonHouse International Education Group is an international provider and franchiser of private schools based on the International Baccalaureate, IGCSE and Reggio Emilia approach systems. An operator of pre-schools, primary, secondary and high schools, it has 100 such institutions,[1] including schools in Hong Kong, India,[2] Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Myanmar, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Middle East and Malaysia.

EtonHouse is headquartered in Singapore with more than 120 schools spread across Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Middle East and Kazakhstan. EtonHouse has 9 International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools in its fold.

History[edit]

The first EtonHouse school was opened in Singapore in 1995 by Ng Gim Choo, who had been inspired by her observations as a parent of play-based preschools in London.[3][4][5] Initially, the school had difficulty acquiring local staff due to a lack of educators with early-childhood education training and so brought in teachers from overseas.[3] By 2010, the Group's average annual revenue was $40 million with 26 schools across Asia.[4] Today it stands at $100 million.

Developments[edit]

As of 2014, the group was operating E-Bridge Pre-School, alongside its regular institutions as part of the Singapore Government’s Anchor Operator Programme (AOP). High demand for registration created long lines and a requirement for revision to enrollment procedures.[6] On 15 July 2016, the Group opened the Large Child Care Centre in Edgedale Plains in Punggol.[7] The centre is the first of five mega childcare centres run by anchor operators to open, to meet the growing demand for childcare services in Singapore.

EtonHouse also offers Mandarin-only classes for children, at its campus located in Hwa Chong Institution in Singapore. Children in the Pre-nursery and Nursery classesaree taught entirely in Mandarin in the Mandarin Immersion Programme, from 18 months till 4 years old.[8]

In 2016, EtonHouse announced the launch of Middleton International School,[9] an affordable international school with fees about S$18,000 a year, about one-third lower than the average international school fees.[10] Middleton International School started its first school term in January 2017, with its Mathematics and Chinese language syllabus aligned to the local schools' curriculum. The school shares the same premises with EtonHouse Pre-School at 215 Upper Bukit Timah Road.

EtonHouse Community Fund was set up in 2015 to mark the company’s 20th anniversary. The fund was started with the objective of making a difference in the lives of children through education. It is a Registered Charity approved by the Commissioner of Charities in Singapore. It pledged $100,000 to the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) KidStart Scheme at the Opening of the E-Bridge Large Child Care Centre at Edgedale Plains in July 2016.[11] During Christmas in 2016, it launched the EtonHouse Box of Joy initiative, which encouraged parents and their children to decorate old shoeboxes and fill them with gifts for children from 0 to 12 years old. Beneficiaries included the Henderson-Dawson Citizens' Consultative Committee's We Love Learning programme[12] and many more charities.

The Group also announced its investment of $110mil in a China campus project in Deyang of Sichuan, China in 2017.[13] The new campus will have a capacity of 5000 students and includes 3 campuses - a standalone kindergarten, a primary and secondary school, a kindergarten and high school campus as well as a teacher training centre.

In September 2017, EtonHouse has expanded to the Middle East through a franchise agreement with MBA Fakhro Group, and the first pre-school has opened in Bahrain.[14]

In December 2017, Saarth Khanna Sohum, a student of EtonHouse International School Sentosa, was named the Youngest Bilingual Author in the World-Guinness World Records[15]. Saarth conceptualised the picture book, the play script and the 2 songs that were published after 108 days of hard work in 3 editions - English, English and Hindi as well as English and Mandarin on 2 November 2017.

The group further expanded by opening a brand new International School at Orchard[16] offering an education pathway from primary through to secondary and high school. The campus will be a modern facility with a cutting-edge SMART programme focusing on Science, Maths, Art, Research and Technology.

Middleton International School (MIS) offers an affordable programme for expatriates in Singapore and will open a brand new campus in Tampines in May 2018, subject to regulatory approvals. With a capacity of 1000 students, it will offer a through train pathway from Nursery 2 to High School (3-18 years).[17] MIS will offer the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programmes[18].

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New international school to offer bilingual education". Today Online. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  2. ^ "This Week Bangalore". This Week Bangalore. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b Chan, Jude (22 April 2013). "EtonHouse Founder Ng Gim Choo on Kindergarten Education in Singapore". The Establishment Post. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b Lee, Marissa (30 June 2010). "It's a 'fun' partnership with the kids". AsiaOne. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  5. ^ Cho, Karen (17 July 2010). "A Passion For Education". Forbes India. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  6. ^ "EtonHouse told to review registration process after long queues". The Strait Times. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  7. ^ "First mega childcare centre opens doors". Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  8. ^ "EtonHouse offers Mandarin-only classes". Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  9. ^ hermes (11 October 2016). "EtonHouse's cheaper option for expat kids". The Straits Times. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  10. ^ "No-frills international schools a hit with budget-conscious expats". TODAYonline. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  11. ^ hermes (16 July 2016). "Mega childcare centre opens with gift to charity". The Straits Times. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  12. ^ hermes (19 December 2016). "Kids give festive presents to peers who have less". The Straits Times. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  13. ^ Lai, Leila. "EtonHouse invests S$110m in China campus project". The Business Times. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Press Releases". etonhouse.me. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  15. ^ hermes (11 December 2017). "6-year-old writes a new record". The Straits Times. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  16. ^ hermesauto (7 November 2017). "EtonHouse to set up school in Orchard Road area, further expands footprint beyond pre-schools". The Straits Times. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  17. ^ hermesauto (22 December 2017). "EtonHouse to set up Tampines branch of international school that charges lower fees". The Straits Times. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Two new international schools open, targeting cost-conscious expats". Channel NewsAsia. Channel NewsAsia. Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 4 May 2019.