Boarding at UWCSEA East Campus
UWCSEA offers a unique opportunity to board at a world-class school in Singapore. A clean, modern and safe city, Singapore is a multi-cultural hub in Asia for travel and business. It is a welcoming country, an easy place to adjust to live in, and an ideal place to study.
On the East Campus, boarding is currently open to students in Grades 8 to 11, enrolled in UWCSEA’s Middle School, (I)GCSE, Foundation IB and IB Diploma programmes. The newly-constructed boarding house is home to 115 students during the 2012/2013 academic year.
While the language of instruction at UWCSEA is English, Tampines House truly reflects the international nature of the education on offer, with students from around the world living in the custom-designed accommodation. We welcome students from 39 different nationalities.
Singapore has a vibrant and varied expat community, and expatriates from over 40 nationalities make up the majority of our student community. Therefore, most of our students, day or boarding, understand both the challenges and opportunities of living in a new country.
Boarding life nurtures self-discipline, self-management and leadership skills and is true to the traditions of the UWC movement. Students live together and develop enduring friendships and a sensitive understanding and respect for other cultures.
Life in the boarding community is enriched by UWC National Committee and other UWCSEA-sponsored scholars, as is the case on Dover Campus. On Dover Campus over 40 UWC scholars contribute much to the rich and culturally diverse life in UWCSEA's international boarding family and a similar number are planned to contribute their unique perspectives to the East Campus. Five UWCSEA-supported scholars from Cambodia, China, East Timor and Indonesia (Aceh) have formed a key part of our boarding community from day one, and they have been joined by fourteen more scholars from Chile, Costa Rica, Ghana, Mexico, Namibia, Peru, Sierra Leona, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
If you would like to know more about life at our community, you can do so by following our blog, our Twitter account or by checking us out in Facebook. You can also download the UWCSEA East Campus Boarding Community Handbook.
Experienced and caring staff work to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of students. Four houseparents live in the same building as the student residents, providing students of all ages with pastoral care and ensuring their welfare, and work with a great team of assistant houseparents.
- Gabriel Abad, is the Director of Boarding; previously has was Senior Houseparent in the Dover Campus boarding community, as well as the Coordinator for the Theory of Knowledge course and teacher of Spanish A1 Literature course
- Natalie Binkin, is the Houseparent, and she also teaches High School Science
- Jackson English, Head of Grade 2 at the East Campus is also resident as Deputy Houseparent
- Ted Cowan, Head of Grade 11 at the East Campus is also resident as Deputy Houseparent
- Helena Asri and Ravin Wimalagunawardhana are our Boarding Services Executivesand manage the day-to-day running of the house during the week
The tallest building in the development, at 14 storeys high, Tampines House boasts impressive modern facilities. Consisting of specifically-designed accommodation, the boarding house is split according to the grade level of the students. There are spacious communal and social spaces and students will have access to a number of school facilities, such as the swimming pool and other sports facilities.
Three-, two- and single-room configurations have been designed so that as a student progresses into the higher grades, they will move into more private accommodations. The boarding house is being fitted with state-of-the-art facilities including the latest IT, communications and security systems.
Nearby are biking and walking trails, opportunities for sailing and other water sports. Singapore has an excellent public transport system; the train (MRT) station is close by and offers connections to most other parts of Singapore and its myriad of recreational and educational facilities.
Academics and more
Please visit the school pages relevant to the age of your child for detailed information on the curriculum, expeditions, activities and service opportunities that are offered to our students:
Middle School Grade 8.
High School Grades 9 and 10.
High School Grade 11 - the IB Diploma is a two-year, pre-university course; students may only join the IB Diploma programme in Grade 11.
Please note that day students must reside in a permanent residential situation with at least one parent living on a full-time basis in Singapore. We do not accept guardianship arrangements for students to reside other than with parents. If the parents leave Singapore, or both parents travel frequently, students must either apply for a transfer into the boarding house, or withdraw from the College.