We applied to be Parent Volunteer (PV) for Northland Primary School, but alas, we weren’t chosen to serve. This post is to share my experience and tips for parents.
tldr; To stand a chance, you need to be Singapore citizen, and stay within 1 km. Check their website regularly, because they won’t email you (your fault if you miss the balloting date).
We applied to 3 schools - Chongfu, Northland, and Anderson - and so we get to see how each school carry out their PV selection. Every school does it their own way.
When applicants exceed 20..
Phase 2B has a minimum of 20 vacancy. Therefore PV will usually limit to 20. And popular schools will have more than 20 applicants, so a selection process is required.
For Northland this year (where P1 enrolment in 2021):
- 121 applicants!
- 20 PV places
Remember: this is merely to become a volunteer. Once selected, we have to serve 70 hours.
IMPORTANT: You must stay < 1km
From the 121 applicants, they further filtered out applicants for the balloting. To qualify, you MUST:
- stay < 1 km
- is Singapore citizen
This year, only 80 applicants qualified for the balloting.
I highlighted this point because I was disqualified because we stay 1.2km from the school. Honest to god I have every intention to move house to within 1 km, so I feedback to Northland principal:
We subsequently changed address to within 1 km, and therefore qualify for the balloting.
Check their website regularly
A strange thing about Northland is that they won’t notify you of the results. No email.
You’re responsible for checking their website regularly for:
- application datelines
- results of qualifying for the balloting
- balloting date
Northland does a live balloting where all parents must be present. Due to COVID-19, they use Google Meet, which I am glad since that save time, and I can use my phone throughout the 40 minutes 😂.
They carry out a fair and open process.
Alas, we have no luck for the 20 places, nor the 8 reserves.