Home Bound

After a great breakfast at the YMCA, we are on the road – or sky – home.

Can’t wait to see you in Australia tonight.

Flight SQ 217 arriving at approximately 8pm.

In Their Own Words – Volume 2

Isabella- “I have really enjoyed everything here and the food is absolutely amazing. I love everything except for the heat.”

Samudra – “I loved spending time with my host family with Brianna. We went to Gardens by the Bay! It was beautiful!”

Mckenzie- “I have enjoyed everything that we have done so far! Especially going with my host family to Gardens by the Bay! It was an amazing afternoon. It has been wonderful!”

National Day

After an alfresco breakfast at the YMCA hotel, we all headed back to the rooftop pool for a swim.

After two hours of swimming, everyone packed their bags and headed to the spectacular Gardens by the Bay.

Everyone had a fantastic time exploring the flora and fauna of the gardens.

As the sun set on Singapore, everyone enjoyed the National Day celebrations.

After a fantastic and busy day, we all headed back to the YMCA to get some rest before our long flight home tomorrow.

Return to Tampines Primary

This morning, we returned to Tampines Primary for an early breakfast at 7am. The school ensured there was food and drink aplenty and made us feel very welcome once again.

After breakfast, we proceeded to the “National Day” celebration assembly – with both the primary and secondary school students of Tampines. We were welcomed as honoured guests and enjoyed the patriotic assembly.

The assembly extended into the great hall where the primary school students (and their teachers) performed a series of songs and dances.

After the assembly, it was time to go home. The students were farewelled by Miss Tay (the principal of Tampines) and her staff and we left inspired by their beautiful school and their wonderful hospitality.

Now we think it’s time to hit the pool… 🙂

Tampines Primary

Every year, as part of this wonderful cultural experience, the students attending the Singapore trip visit Tampines Primary School. This is an excellent opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the lives of students from another country – and even meet and visit a “host” family – a family selected by Tampines Primary to teach the student’s about Singapore for an evening at their home or other significant location.

Tampines Primary School is dedicated and committed to providing a quality holistic education for every child with emphasizes on high academic standards, a deep appreciation of the aesthetics, a strong character development and comprehensive co-curricular programmes. Our efforts are driven by our vision to enrich each child beyond limits and to love him/her beyond measure.
We firmly believe that every child who is entrusted to us, is like a Tampines seedling, can be nurtured to be deeply rooted in our core values of being resilient and adaptable, pursuing excellence and be driven by the passion for learning. Under our tender loving care, each child grows and matures to be life-long learners of good character, ready to take on challenges and be successful even after their 6 year learning journey in Tampines Primary School.
Today’s experience was no different – it was just as fantastic as every other year! We were welcomed by Tampines Primary with open arms. 🙂
The students had an amazing day. They attended different classes at school, participated in numerous fun activities, explored the six story school and were simply buzzing with excitement after returning home from their ‘host’ family visit this evening.
From all of us in Singapore,
Goodnight. 😊

A “Thank You” To Parents

Hi there Parents.

Thank you again for the many comments and messages you have been sending us over the last five days. Your children enjoy hearing what you say – and are only a little embarrassed by all the virtual hugs and kisses. 😉

As we’re out from dawn to dusk, students haven’t had time to reply to your messages via text. I have been recording videos and I’m trying to upload as many as I can on the YMCA’s hotel Wi-Fi. But as with our previous trip’s Skyping experience, the Wi-Fi can be flakey here.

Everyone is enjoying their time in Singapore though. This really is a trip of a lifetime!

In Their Own Words – Volume 1

Question: What have you learnt about Singapore thus far?

Jayda – “I’ve learnt that the Merlion [at Marina Bay] weighs seventy tons. That’s pretty heavy.”

McKenzie – “I have learnt that Singapore’s food is delicious.”

Lilly – “The official language in Singapore is Malay.”

Darcy – “Singapore is clean and very different to Australia.”

Brianna – “In Singapore, they don’t have Prep. They start school in Year 1.”

Elise – “I learnt that Singaporeans speak better English than us because we use Aussie slang and they don’t.”

Live From Singapore Zoo!

Live Update #1

G’day from Singapore.

It’s 10.56am in Singapore and we’re at Singapore Zoo. After a delicious breakfast, we’re now sitting at the Zoo’s Splash show waiting to see the seals. 😊

Live Update #2

Wow! That was a fantastic show and the students had a great time. (Of the hundreds of people attending the show, Mr Pryor was selected (for a second year in a row) to partake in the wet and wild action – but more on that later. (Some photos need to be saved exclusively for the photo book. 😂))

Live Update #3

Now we’re waiting to see the Elephants of Asia show…

Live Update #4

Another amazing show! 😊 The beautiful and clever elephants of Asia 🐘 entertained the kids and made us laugh. 🐘

Live Update #5

It’s now 12.12pm and we’re waiting for another show to start called Rainforest Fights Back. We can’t wait! 😊

Live Update #6

Well, that was yet another amazing show. From snakes to big birds, we saw characters of all shapes and sizes. Mrs Maskery even particpaited in the show – but more on that later. 😊

We hope you enjoyed today’s live updates from Singapore Zoo. We have all had another BIG day, but it’s not over yet. We’re about to hit Singapore’s streets and visit the famous Bugis Market.

But for now, here’s a few extra shots from today’s visit to Singapore Zoo..


Sentosa Island and so much more…

Today we travelled across to Singapore’s Sentosa Island (on the monorail) with our guide J.P.

Once we arrived, the team posed for a photo at Universal Studios, visited the Images of Singapore (interactive exhibition), enjoyed Subway for lunch, visited Madame Tussauds, dipped toes in pristine waters and walked along the most beautiful sandy beaches. We then enjoyed Sentosa’s illuminating light and sound show ‘Wings of Time’ on the beach. (As Riley said, “There are no words to describe how good that show was.”)

After an exciting day, we returned home to the YMCA to rest before another busy day at Singapore Zoo tomorrow.

All in all, we have had another great day. But don’t just take my word for it! Check out the video messages from the kids below. 👇










* Some students preferred not to record a video message on the way home (as they were feeling too tired). We’ll try again tomorrow. 😊