Education is not only inside the classroom

At the end of term 1, the Business Stream students (grade 10A and 11A) of Penabur Secondary Kelapa Gading carried out a project named “Blessed to Be a Blessing” by visiting the orphanage “Kasih Agape” in Kelapa Gading. The project was an integrated project of 3 subjects: Accounting, Religious Studies, and Leadership. It aims at encouraging the students to not only focus on their formal studies but also to apply the Christian values in their daily life by showing compassion towards others (especially those in needs) through the act of sharing.

During the visitation to the orphanage, PSKG students and the children in the orphanage played various games together, followed by presenting gifts the students have prepared months before. At the end of the day, the children presented a warm surprise by singing the song “How Great is Our God” and openly prayed for each one of the PSKG team. It was truly a blissful and unforgettable experience.

Disadvantages for leaving after year 10

Disadvantages for leaving after year 10:

1.  Maturity
The student may not be mature enough and therefore not suitable to leave in such young age. The child may need support from parents, After year 10, the child is likely to be 15 or 16 years old. Some children may be ready but they are likely to much more ready if they go when they are over 17 years old. I heard there are some cases that students go overseas and they were heavily influenced by their surroundings and not focused on their studies.
2.  Academics
Some students are exceptional, but if we talk about average students, most of them still require to improve their study habits. Some students may be ready academically, but to survive tertiary education level, they need to be ready to continuously study on their own. The key is to be able to study on their own, additional two years in high school will improve this dramatically.
3.  Choices of major
While two-year colleges offer associate degrees and they start from the beginning to review a subject. It is likely that some four-year colleges and Universities require a deeper understanding of the basic science course.  An O level and IGCSE level although have provided some grounds for technical studies, but they are barely enough for students to cope with a  technical major such as engineering. Therefore, leaving after year 10, will not provide enough science background for the students. So some major choices may be limited.
4. Transfer of courses and credits
Although community colleges provide some general courses and they are usually transferable to a four-year college/university, the program curriculum of the choice may require a different science course. Credits are transferable but some courses may not be counted towards the completion of a Bachelor's degree program.  An Engineering student is definitely at a disadvantage because the set of science courses for engineering are usually different compared to some other majors.
5; Transfer of grades
While the credits can be transferred, the grade point average and the grades for each of the courses completed at the two-year college definitely cannot be transferred at the four-year university/college. Some of the first two years are relatively less demanding so it is likely that these courses can be used to create a foundation for the overall students' Grade Point Average (GPA). Some opportunities in the future depend on the overall GPA and therefore it will be to advantageous for the students to have the confidence to maintain higher GPA.
6.  Possibility to transfer
In order to transfer to a respectable four-year institution, students must do extremely well in a two-year college. If for some reason, the students were down or not focused and the grades slipped, they can only complete An Associate degree or transfer to less respectable institutions.
7. Adjustment to study and social atmosphere
Some students easily adapt to their surroundings while some others may need to take more time. Going directly to a four-year college/university will ensure only one adjustment, chances are students adapt and become comfortable, develop friendships and network during their first two years in college/university. It is a lot easier to adjust only once and finish the degree program.
8. Academic adjustment
It is a general belief that the competitiveness and challenges of courses in a four-year institution are usually higher compared to a two-year institution. There is a possibility that students may not meet the expectations and challenges of courses at their Junior (third) year. They may do ok, They may not.
9.  Facilities
Although some two-year institution market that the education level is the same, I would say they are comparable and definitely not the same. We get what we pay for. It also goes for education. Four-year universities/colleges definitely have superior facilities. Laboratories, Workshops, project-related courses, and school spirits are only available in four-year universities/colleges.
10. High school completion
Some four-year institutions require a high school completion letter even when students would like to transfer from a two-year college. When the students cannot produce this letter, it will automatically limit the number of four-year colleges/universities they can apply to for transfer.
A personal statement from my own experience.
I have managed to send my first child to a four-year university directly after year 11. After one semester of doing well, My first child did not recommend her younger sibling to follow her path. Reasons are maturity, and time management, and some academic disadvantage for not completing A level.
A letter from Mr Andy Santoso, - Amy Santoso Parents (former student of PENABUR Secondary KG)

Batam Mondial School Visitation

Edufair 2017 Information

Dear Parents of PENABUR Secondary Kelapa Gading,

We are pleased to present and invite you to PENABUR Secondary Kelapa Gading Education Fair 2017. More than 20 renowned institutions of higher learning will take part in the fair to answer your questions regarding further education opportunities.

The fair will be held on the following schedule:

Day / Date Time



4 October 2017

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Unit booth


7 October 2017

07.30 a.m. – 12 noon

(fill out the reservation form for your seat in the presentation)

  • Unit booth
  • Program presentations (for selected universities only)
* see the schedule

The educational institutions for

Wednesday, 4 October 2017:

1.   Assumption College

2.   Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

3.   Everett Community College

4.   Georgetown University in Qatar

5.   Hamline University

6.   Marquette University

7.   Maryville College

8.   Michigan State University

9.   Millersville University of Pennsylvania

10. San Francisco State University

11. Seattle University

12. Skagit Valley College

13. St. John’s University

14. Tompkins Cortland Community College

15. University of Cincinnati

16. University of Iowa

17. The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

18. University of Wisconsin-Parkside

19. Utah State University

20. West Virginia University

21. Western Michigan University

The educational institutions for

Saturday, 7 October 2017:

  1. National University of Singapore (NUS)
  2. Nanyang Technological University
  3. Melbourne University
  4. Polytechnic University
  5. City University
  6. University of Sydney
  7. University of Birmingham
  8. Coventry University
  9. Queensland University of Technology
  10. Oregon State University
  11. American University
  12. Macquarie University
  13. Swiss Hospitality
  14. Hokkaido University
  15. Tokyo International University
  16. AUG (AusEd UniEd Group)
  17. Nuffic Neso
  18. University of Arizona
  19. Lassale Singapore
  20. Universitas Pelita Harapan International
  21. Binus International
  22. Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences ( I 3 L )

If you are seriously looking for first-hand information on the institutions’ specialized programs, scholarship opportunities, and the admissions process, you may contact Ms. Santy (082299909588).

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