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Frequently Asked Questions

Will my child be able to move up to the Nursery programme after completing the Walkers Class?
Upon successful completion of the Walkers Class, students will transition to the Hoppers Class (Pre-Nursery) as their next educational step. The progression to the Nursery (K1) is based on age requirements, where children must be 3 years old by the cut-off date of 31 October. This progression requirement ensures that each child is placed in an educational environment that is most conducive to their developmental stage.

My child's birthday falls just a few days after the cut-off date for a specific grade. Is it possible for them to be considered for advancement to the next grade? For example, moving from Walkers to Hoppers or from Hoppers to Nursery.
Our school adheres strictly to the cut-off intake date of October 31st for all grade placements. This policy ensures fairness and consistency in the admission process for all students. Unfortunately, we are unable to make exceptions for children whose birthdays fall just after this cut-off date. The Carmel policy helps maintain the integrity and structure of our educational programmes, ensuring that all children are placed in the appropriate grade for their developmental stage.

Does the Nursery programme teach phonics?
In our curriculum, phonics instruction begins in the Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) level. Therefore, phonics is not part of the Nursery programme curriculum. This approach is designed to align with the developmental readiness of children, ensuring they receive instruction at the most appropriate time for their educational growth.

Could you provide some information about the lunch options available to the children?
Our school is committed to providing nutritious meals that comply with Kosher dietary laws. The lunch menu includes a variety of options such as beef spaghetti, chicken or beef burgers, a selection of vegetables, fried noodles, and rice. These meals are carefully prepared to ensure they meet the nutritional needs and preferences of our students, while adhering to our Jewish school's standards.

What time does the school day typically begin?
The school day commences at 8:45am. We kindly ask that students arrive promptly to ensure they are prepared for the day's activities and learning experiences.

How many Mandarin lessons do the children have each week in the Nursery programme?
In the Nursery programme, children receive three Mandarin lessons per week. These sessions are designed to introduce them to the language in an engaging and age-appropriate manner.

Are the children taught simplified or traditional Chinese characters in the Mandarin lessons?
In the Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten programmes, children are not yet taught to recognize Chinese characters. 

What is covered in the Jewish Studies curriculum?
The Jewish Studies curriculum is designed to provide students with an appreciation of Jewish culture and celebrations, with a focus on Jewish values, deep rooted within Jewish culture. The Jewish Studies curriculum focuses on Chagim (festivals) and stories from the Tanach (Old Testament) and is taught through songs, stories, games and crafts. Through this curriculum, students gain a comprehensive appreciation of their cultural background, fostering a sense of identity and community.

Is it a requirement for children to be potty trained before joining the Nursery programme? What accommodations are made for children who are not yet potty trained?
Yes, it is a requirement for children to be potty trained before joining the Nursery programme. We believe this is an important step in ensuring that all children are ready for the school environment and can participate comfortably in all activities. However, we understand that every child develops at their own pace. Parents are encouraged to communicate with us regarding their child’s potty training progress, and we can discuss potential accommodations or strategies to assist in this developmental stage.

Which language subjects are taught specifically in the Nursery programme?
In our Nursery programme, English serves as the medium of instruction. Additionally, Mandarin and Hebrew are taught as specific language subjects. For students interested in learning other languages, they have the option to join the Extended Day programme (EDP), where we offer Mandarin, Hebrew and French.

What is the Extended Day programme (EDP)?
The Extended Day programme (EDP) is offered as an after-school option from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. This programme provides students with an opportunity to engage in a variety of activities, enriching their learning and social experiences beyond the regular school hours. The EDP is designed to cater to different interests and can include language learning, arts, sports, and other educational and recreational activities. This programme aims to enhance the holistic development of our students in a structured and supportive environment. Children are required to commit to a whole term when choosing to participate in the EDP.