A bench-marking visit to Swiss Cottage Secondary School in Singapore was held today by a group of teachers and one non-academic staff today. We gathered in school as early as 6:15 a.m. and arrived in the school approximately at 8:40 a.m.
We were greeted by the Senior Assistant at the main foyer which was very informative. The history and development of the school was exhibited in a large scale and the school's achievement was also displayed to the visitors, as well as other vital information of the school.
The organization chart was somewhat interesting. Instead of having the typical hierarchical type of chart (which should emphasize the idea of bureaucracy), the school administrators were put in the middle section of the organization and they were surrounded by other school. Go and figure what this symbolized.
We actually arrived earlier than expected and the school was kind enough to serve us with some refreshments which a large spread of variety of food for breakfast (or brunch).
Then we were brought into the seminar room (I could not remember the exact name of the room) and was given a briefing by the young Principal, Mr. Heng Yew Seng.
The briefing took about 1 ½ hours but it was a very informative and interesting one, as we got to learn about the education system of Singapore in a more detailed manner.
We were then taken on a tour around the school to see the facilities available for the students and teachers.