We're thinking of making a nice from Geneva to Singapore with the DCs, one of which is bilingual. Has anyone had experience of the French school in Singapore or of moving a bilingual kid and risking them losing their second language?
As far as i can see on the website the lycee has abilingual stream. If it is anything like Hong kong, that is alternate teaching days in the week in primary, prep for IGCSEs in middle school and full fledged IB diploma in english in High school but obviously still a lot of french cultural immersion. That is what you are looking for i suppose. Do call them to get full info though, i have no first hand experience to share. Tanglin trust is a very well established IB uk biased school with french from middle school. I think the canadian school also offers a program that may suit for older children but in younger grades its english/chinese heavy too. Uwcsea also gas a good french program in higher grades but very few kids are actually native speakers. What are you looking for? Do you want them to have the oppirtunity to study in french universities?
Sorry for massive delay! I basically want them to keep up their French to a high level but have to weigh up how important that really is overall. They basically speak better French than me, so that might make it harder for me to get to know other school mums!
Nearly all parents at the lycee speak good English. However I have a good French friend whose kids went to the lycee francais and she was very so so about the academic standards. She moved from Hong Kong to Singapore and felt that the Singapore lycee wasn't a patch on the hk one.
What do you want your kids to achieve with their French? Would an international school with extra activities at the alliance francaise suffice?
Look at the Canadian International School. They don't have a bilingual French programme as such, but they do teach French classes for native or near-native speakers from primary school. I've heard nothing but praise for CIS.
The German European School Singapore (GESS) also has a French programme for high-level/native speakers, but I haven't heard any feedback on the school.