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UWCSEA Residential Boarding

“Studying at UWCSEA is a horizon-widening experience which I would never have been able to experience in other schools. It has developed me into an all-rounded person by encouraging me to take up responsibilities and undertake new challenges. Here, you can initiate activities, take part in music concerts and sports tournaments, and go overseas on field trips. On top of that, this school celebrates and treasures cultural diversity. I have the privilege to meet people coming from all around the globe and learn about their cultures. Studying at UWCSEA was a rewarding and fulfilling experience for me, one that I will never forget.� Prudence, Hong Kong

Welcome to UWCSEA Boarding Kurt Hahn, the founder of the United World College movement, believed the experience of boarding with other young people from around the world should be at the heart of UWC’s philosophy. Properly designed and managed, such an experience, he thought, could be transformational. He was right. And our students prove it, every day. For a long time now, UWCSEA has hosted residential students from almost all socio-economic, geographic and cultural backgrounds. What we have seen is that at the core of a successful boarding experience is the quality of relationships between individuals in the house. Bring together students from around the globe—students with a diversity of outlooks and narratives—and you can build unique relationships that stretch into adulthood. Staff know students as individuals who have the potential and capacity to develop into mature and responsible adults, those who will go on to shape the world. Students know one another as confidantes, inspirations and, of course, friends. The homogeneity found in some boarding schools is replaced by an environment that crackles and fizzes with energy and possibilities. There is no flag over our door. Of course, the boarding experience offers an intense level of support for learning. It is not merely academic achievement that is enhanced by increased interaction with others: those other skills and qualities that help define young men and women at university and beyond are nurtured in a challenging but safe environment. Falls are all part of the plan, but falls are cushioned by caring adults. Most of all, it’s the moments a Head of College cannot define in an introduction to a brochure: the special conversations that shape your thinking forever; the examples that inspire you; the differences that show you how beautiful, diverse and in need of understanding our fellow human beings are. The poet William Blake talked about seeing the world in a grain of sand. Well, we’re hardly that, but I doubt there’s another residential boarding programme that better reflects and instils the challenge and wonder of our world today than UWCSEA. Chris Edwards Head of College

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Part of an international movement The UWCSEA boarding experience is a culturally rich one, providing a supportive international family for our students. Its caring environment nurtures self-discipline, self-management and leadership skills, and is true to the mission of the UWC movement to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

Developing international-mindedness and understanding

“Boarding has become not just a place to live but my home and my family. Although living with so many people might be tough at times, you learn something new from someone every day. This has made my cultural experience in UWCSEA amazing.â€? SofĂ­a, Guatemala

Over 50 different nationalities are represented in the boarding community, and over 90 in the student body as a whole. As a result of this exposure to an international community, our students are able to absorb insights into their world that are central to the UWC experience. Life in the boarding community not only provides students with insights into many different cultures, but also encourages them to discover a deeper appreciation of what is special about their own.

Scholarship students Life in the boarding community is enriched by scholarship students, who are a key part of our boarding community. Our scholars are students from all over the world who attend the College on scholarships. They are nominated for these scholarships by UWC volunteers in their home country, on the basis of both their academic ability and their commitment to the UWC mission and values. As a result of their passionate commitment to embrace the opportunity their scholarship provides, our scholars contribute much to the rich and diverse life in our international boarding family. Such is the richness of their experience, and the strength of the friendships formed, many boarders find it difficult to leave our community at the end of their schooling. The lasting links established across the world are a demonstration of both their life-defining experience while at UWCSEA and their identity as global citizens of the 21st century.

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“At first I was very afraid, because everyone here has different cultures and traditions, so what is right for you can be wrong for others and vice versa. But the fact that everyone has different points of view and different beliefs raises your awareness, it makes you tolerant and open-minded. The only thing you should do is to bring your culture to this community and to celebrate diversity.� Tatia, Georgia

“One of the things that I value most about UWCSEA is the opportunity to have long, meaningful discussions with my peers on a daily basis. One has only to state an opinion and it will automatically be taken up, considered and challenged—that’s just the nature of a UWC student.” Heather, Zimbabwe “UWCSEA changes you for the better; it gives you a broader perspective on life. It helps you break out of your shell and shine.” Aashna, India

Preparing for University and beyond Boarding at UWCSEA prepares our young people for university life and beyond, equipping them with the confidence, independence and social skills they need to be successful. We foster the qualities our students will need to become principled, proactive contributors to the world—resilience, adaptability and selfmanagement. Our staff encourage the boarders in their care to make the most of the opportunities on offer and to engage fully in both the educational programme and in the life of the boarding house. Our boarders are embedded in the fabric of the campus; both enthusiasm and proximity mean that they are deeply involved in the rich and varied life at UWCSEA.

Developing independence and resilience Involvement and participation are central to boarding life. Boarders are expected to contribute to the boarding community by showing individual initiative, and are encouraged to get involved in a range of diverse activities. The boarding programme is deliberately structured to develop independence by gradually allowing boarders, as they progress into Grades 11 and 12, to adapt their personal routines to selfmanage. This is done under the watchful eyes of our Houseparents, who provide advice and guidance where necessary, with the ultimate goal of equipping our students to make a smooth transition into the next stage of their life.

“Boarding has taught me to become mature and independent, how to be comfortable with my peers, how to forge new friendships and build unbreakable ones. It taught me that no matter what, someone is always willing to lend a hand.” Nabila, Malaysia

Singapore is our campus Our programme takes advantage of being located in a global hub, while our ethos expects students to explore the cultural diversity offered at both the College and in the region. The self-contained nature of Singapore, with its extensive transport systems and secure environment makes it easy and safe for our boarders to explore the island. Boarders at UWCSEA can be given meaningful independence in a safe urban environment. This results in a programme which supports them to develop this important skill in a way that few other boarding schools can offer. Many schools concentrate on the development of an individual student’s selfmanagement and emotional resilience, but then cannot provide opportunities to test those skills in the ‘outside’ world. UWCSEA’s residential boarding programme combines all of these factors to provide a genuine pre-university residential experience.

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Our boarding

Dover Campus: Kurt Hahn and Nelson Mandela Houses

Boarders by grade

Boarders by region 63



119 Asia



1 Middle East 3 Oceania 9 Africa

Boarders’ nationalities





16 Americas 29 Europe





G10 (FIB)


Day staff

Assistant Houseparents




Resident Houseparents

Dover Campus

Scholars by grade

47 Scholars


26 17








G10 (FIB)

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Languages spoken

Burmese, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Malay, Marathi, Mongolian, Panjabi, Portuguese, Russian, Sinhala; Sinhalese, Spanish; Castilian, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Vietnamese, Wolof


East Campus: Tampines House

Boarders by region

Boarders by grade

Asia 97


Middle East 0 Oceania 9 Africa 5


Americas 10




5 G8

East Campus



Boarders’ nationalities

Europe 26





G10 (FIB)


Day staff

Assistant Houseparents




Resident Houseparents

Scholars by grade



Languages spoken

Amharic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, Dutch, Dzongkha, English, Estonian, Fijian, French, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Marathi, Panjabi, Russian, Spanish; Castilian, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Twi, Vietnamese


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G10 (FIB)




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Residential life UWCSEA offers a residential boarding experience unmatched by traditional boarding school programmes. While we are a large and busy international school, located in a fast-paced urban environment that serves as a global hub, our relatively small community of boarding students who live on campus are a vital part of the College. Our ethos, common to all 17 UWC schools and colleges around the world, promotes cultural diversity and a values-based education. The community is truly global, representing a diversity of experience, cultures and passions. Our boarders are given a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the life of both the school and our community. Each of our boarding houses is a ‘home away from home’ for the community of young people who live there—all UWCSEA students, aged between 13 and 18 years old.

Settling in An orientation programme, held the week prior to the start of classes each year, is the first in a series of activities that welcomes new students in our boarding community. It fosters friendship and community spirit in the residential houses, and helps students adjust to a more ‘communal’ life. All students are allocated living and study spaces that they can personalise. Singapore has a multi-faceted expatriate community, and over 90 nationalities make up our student community. Most of our students, day or boarding, understand the challenges and opportunities of living in a new country, and this understanding support is available to our boarders as they adjust to living away from home. Many students adapt to boarding right from the start, but we recognise that for some it can take a little longer. We proactively support our students in establishing themselves as part of our friendly and caring boarding community. Our weekly routines helps our boarders strike a balance between academic and leisure pursuits, and enables them to engage fully in the learning programme offered at the College, as well as in residential life.

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Daily life All boarders have a daily schedule, with a gradual increase of self-management expected of students as they reach the IB Diploma Programme. Our younger boarders have a more structured routine, to help them maintain a healthy balance by ensuring they get enough sleep, have scheduled study times, are accompanied when off campus and manage their use of technology. Our goal is for boarders to learn to manage their time and grow in personal responsibility, preparing them for life after school. There are also organised activities each week such as cultural evenings, discussions and movie nights. Many activities use the campus facilities. In any one week, boarders might participate in a house meeting, attend a music lesson or recital, perform on stage, debate a current affairs topic with their peers and play in a sports match—all in addition to their studies! There are also a host of recreational options in Singapore which our boarders are also encouraged to explore on the weekends, including bicycle and exercise trails, libraries and parks. A wide array of events and activities on campus and outings around Singapore includes cultural talks (in which boarders introduce the rest of the community to their countries and cultures), themed evenings, movie nights, thought-provoking discussions and presentations, sports such as dragon boating and trips to the Esplanade for concerts and other festivals. These activities provide boarders with the chance to hear different perspectives and share ideas, and to develop an appreciation for others and their different viewpoints.

“So, how is boarding life? … … I might be totally different from my peers, but we share a common dream to make the world a better place and a curiosity for other people. I am so honoured and grateful to call these people not only my friends, but rather my sisters and brothers through the amazing and absolutely incredible UWC moments, that I will think of 50 years from now. Each of us will watch the news as grown ups, not putting a location to a country, but a face, a memory, a feeling. And that is not only going to change us, it’s going to change the way we act and how we influence other people. Changing the world just a little bit. Today by helping one of the Chinese Grade 10s with her homework, listening to the girl from Bhutan talking about Buddhism, with her face glowing like the sun itself, giving me a feeling for the religion that no book has ever done before, and then laughing and crying arm in arm with my Kasach roommate. How would I ever—and I mean ever—support a war that would put any of my friends’ homes in danger? Not all of us will go into politics, but there will come a time when we’ll have to make a decision on where we will stand in this world, and not only crossing the right box while electing a party, but calling our friend to say ‘what on earth can we do about that earthquake in the hometown of our friend’ and ‘which other former roommates can help us with that.’” Julia, Germany



Breakfast check-in at Santai is compulsory for everyone. We go directly to lessons from there. If we’re not feeling well we can go to the clinic to see the Doctor.

Wake up


This probably seems like a sleep-in to our day community …


Lights out!


Younger students go to bed earlier, however in Grade 11 our main lights go off at 10.30pm, and reading lights at 11pm. WiFi curfew starts at midnight and runs until 5.30am.

Kirti Lamba, a Grade 11 Boarder f school day in the life of a Tampin

CommuniTea, relaxation and organisation


At 9pm, we have a bed time snack, and time for a chat and a catch up with friends and Houseparents. Hang out with friends, get ready for the next day, extra study, make a snack, read … also, if you’re in Grades 8-10, hand in your device at ‘technology curfew’.

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Study time


Homework, prep, call it what you will, every weekday except Tuesday, Grades 8 and 9 are in the 6th floor Common Room; Grades 10 and 11 are in the Kishore Mahbubani Library; and Grade 12 in their own rooms. On Tuesdays, if you’re up to date with your school work, you can join a community activity with your ‘boarding family’. This can be anything from sharing ‘My Story, to a sports or art activities, baking or a film night.

School day


Tampines House is ‘out-of-bounds’ during the school day, unless you’re in Grade 11 and 12 and have a ‘free’ in the last timetable block (1.45–3pm). If you’re ill, you stay in the clinic under supervision from the nursing staff. Lunch is in the canteen with our day students - we have a pre-loaded ewallet in the student pass to cover it.

Afternoon tea or after school activities


(some sports run up to 6.30pm) If you don’t have an Activity after school, it’s a dash back to Tampines House for afternoon tea before it disappears!


Free time


AKA, touch base with our Houseparent, hang out with our ‘boarding family’, study, make a snack in the kitchen, collect our laundry, or even message our parents. We can go off-campus if it’s preapproved—Grades 8 and 9 can go up the road to the Hawker Centre or Fairprice, while the rest of us can venture farther afield.

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Our themed dinners are another way for us to share our culture—through that most important of mediums, food. (Food is a major preoccupation for boarders!) On Monday nights we have a ‘House Assembly’ to run through operations for the week and share and celebrate the achievements of our community.

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WEEKENDS in the house


This is a guide to Dover Campus routines, however Tampines House weekends look remarkably similar.

Friday 3pm

Your weekend starts now!


Sign out of the house Go to a movie, explore the local mall, bike the local park connector... but first, afternoon tea!

6.30-7.30pm Dinner

Meals are served in the Pavilion canteen for those on campus.


Relax in the house Pre-planned activities led by boarding staff, based on who is in the house—think pizza making night or other cooking, movie night, mah jong, board or computer games.


Check in to the house You only get to go off campus with preapproval from the boarding house, and you need to check back in by curfew - this time depends on your grade. Grade 8 and 9: 10pm back on campus. Grade 10: back on campus by 10.30pm. Grade 11 and 12: back on campus by midnight.

Flexible routines Weekends in the boarding houses run from Friday after school to Sunday night, when the ‘school night’ routine kicks back in. There are many activities on offer, and access is available to some school facilities including the gym, swimming pool and music practice rooms. Students are also encouraged to explore Singapore.



Supervision A duty team of Houseparents is rostered 24/7 and are available to support boarders. The medical clinic is staffed by a registered nurse. Overnight leave If you’ve organised it in advance (and your parents have approved it), boarders can overnight at a friend’s house in Singapore. Boarders can sometimes invite a day student to stay in the house, or swap beds for the weekend between Tampines House and Dover Boarding.

10pm onwards

Bedtime and lights out Grade 8 and 9: 10pm in their room with tech handed in. Lights out 10.30pm. Grade 10: 11pm in their room with tech handed in. Lights out 11.30pm. Grade 11 and 12: midnight in their room, with lights out 12.30am. Wifi stays on for Friday and Saturday nights.

9pm onwards

Check in to the house

10pm onwards

Bedtime and lights out



Check in Although most boarders are up by this time, Houseparents check everyone is up and about by 11am on Sunday morning.

From 7am

Breakfast in the house We make our own breakfast when we wake up. Eggs, cereal, milk, bread and spreads, juice and more are delivered to the house kitchens the night before.



Brunch and relaxation

Brunch is available whenever we feel like it. Sunday sleep-ins are often followed by hanging out while waiting for a load of laundry or as we tidy up our rooms. We can also make plans off campus, as long as we are back by check in.

Check in We get to sleep in as long as we like, but need to check in with the duty team by 11am.


Free-choice afternoon Pool is open with a lifeguard on duty; we’ve also got access to tennis, badminton, football, volleyball, hockey pitch and a gym.



Afternoon tea

Check in


Outdoor pursuits

Grade 8, 9 and 10: School night routine kicks in. Grade 11 and 12: those on ‘Independent Study’ can stay off campus until dinner time with pre approval.

Boarders are encouraged to take up a weekend activity—sports on the weekends including tennis, cricket, rugby, swimming, badminton, hockey—or play an instrument, explore Singapore, and more.

5-6.30pm Study time Yes, on Sunday!





Afternoon tea

6.30-7.30pm Dinner

Free time, duty team or organisation Free time: touch base with our Houseparent, hang out with friends, study, make a snack, or even message our parents. Duty team (on rotation): at 8.30pm a ‘room’ is responsible for cleaning the kitchen and all common areas. In a year each room does this 3–4 times. Organisation: get ready for the week ahead.

9pm onwards

Bedtime and lights out Back to our ‘school night’ routines. WiFi goes off at 12am.

Our boarding facilities While the experience and outcomes of being part of our residential community are the same, and there are more similarities than differences in how the houses are run, here is the low down on the logistics and facilities, by comparing the campuses side-by-side. It’s really only here you will see any difference in the campsues. Overview

Dover: Kurt Hahn and Nelson Mandela Houses

East: Tampines House

Insurance The College arranges a group policy covering hospitalisation and personal accident insurance for all boarders. Please ask Admissions for details of the levels of cover; some families elect to purchase additional insurance. Settling-in programme A full orientation programme welcomes new boarders to the house before the ‘day school’ orientation starts. Experienced staff assist boarders settle in, ensuring they are immersed in the planned activities which includes Singapore and campus exploration days, time to get to know daily routines and their peers and staff in the house. The whole boarding house travels together for a weekend in the first weeks of the academic year to help boarders get to know each other and relax away from Singapore after the hectic start to the school year. Care and supervision • If we have any concerns, we contact parents directly. • 24hr emergency number is held by the Houseparent on duty. • Assistant Houseparents are also member of the UWCSEA staff, and are rostered to support students after school and on weekends.

• Boarders are assigned to a Houseparent in a ‘family’. Houseparents meet their ‘family’ on a regular basis. • Houseparents are responsible for the welfare of the boarders in their ‘family’, supported by a team of Assistant Houseparents and Day Staff.

• During the school week, Day staff help boarders with personal organisation i.e. finances, air tickets, school trips and visas. Resident Houseparents • Teachers in the school who live with their families as part of the residential community. Accommodation • Individual student provision: bed, desk, wardrobe, storage space. • Daily cleaning (not tidying!) is provided.

• Boarders are assigned to a ‘house family’ at the start of the year, and remain in this house family for the duration of their stay in Tampines House. • Each house family is supported by a Houseparent and a Boarding Services Executive. This team is directly responsible for the wellbeing of the boarders in their house family, in consultation with the Director of Boarding and supported by the Assistant Houseparents.

• Apartments located on the ground floors of each house.

• Apartments located every second floor.

• Four-bedded rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

• Grade 8 and 9: four-bed rooms.

• Genders are separated by floor.

• Grade 12: single rooms with sink.

• Grade 10 and 11: two-bed rooms.

• Regular laundry service provided.

• Bathrooms are shared, single gender facilities, located at opposite ends of the building on each level.

• Laundry (washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board) for those who need off-schedule services.

• Students housed by grade on each floor, with hotel-style, individual key-card security access.

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Dover: Kurt Hahn and Nelson Mandela Houses

East: Tampines House


• Boarding office is located at the entry to each house.

• Boarding office main desk is located at the entry lobby; all students pass by the main desk on their way to the lifts.

• Multiple indoor and outdoor common areas with recreation facilities including TV, pool tables, computer and board games, movie room, reading room.

• Small in-house conditioning gym.

• Kitchens and BBQ facilities. • Study rooms, music practice rooms • School facilities access includes gym, swimming pool, and other sports facilities. Meals • Asian, Indian and Western options every meal, including vegetarian.

• Breakfast and dinner: buffet style, served in the undercover Pavilion Canteen.

• Each school day, boarders eat lunch in the school canteen, using a pre-loaded stored-value card.

• On Saturday provisions are made available for students to make their own breakfast.

• East Campus kitchens are Halal certified. • Breakfast and dinner: buffet style, served indoors in Santai Cafe. • All boarders gather for a House Dinner on Sunday evening.

• Full kitchen facilities to prepare snacks and other meals. Security • 24 hour security.

• Coded security gates on each floor of boarding houses.

• Hotel-style smart-card system manages individual access.

• Nearest ER: National University Hospital.

• Nearest ER: Changi General Hospital.

• Safe deposit box for valuables. • All students must have a valid Singapore handphone number and be contactable via this number when off campus. • Monitored access and touchpad sign-out/sign-in system. Medical provision Medical clinic on campus with: • Registered nurse to dispense and manage medications. • Weekday clinic with priority access to consult a GP. Medications are delivered. • Sick bay staffed by registered nurses. Staff assist students with follow up medical appointments. Residential boarding | 17

Come and join us UWCSEA offers full-time residential boarding for students aged 13 to 18 years. Families can apply for their child to join our boarding community in Grade 8, 9, 10 or 11. We seek to enrol students who are committed to our mission and values and who will embrace the opportunities on offer at UWCSEA. Applicants need to demonstrate that they possess the skills to enable them to thrive in our learning programme, and that will enable them to integrate into our boarding community. We encourage families to visit Singapore, and our campuses and boarding houses before submitting an application. Some of the areas that we take into consideration when assessing a boarding application include the applicant’s approach to learning, their academic profile, their English language proficiency and any individual learning needs as well as their readiness to join the boarding community.

Approach to learning A positive approach to learning, including effort and behaviour, is crucial. We also look for active involvement in a range of activities including the Arts, service, sports, outdoor pursuits and student leadership.

Academic profile Applicants must have school reports that indicate they can progress well and with confidence in our curriculum, but we do not rank applications according to academic results. Grade 8: if full reports are not available or are unclear, or if learning support or EAL support may be needed, interviews and assessments may be required. Grade 9, Grade 10 FIB, and Grade 11 IB Diploma Programme: all eligible applicants are required to participate in an immersion day, which includes interactive activities, assessments and an interview. This will take place on campus if you are in Singapore, or during one of our overseas visits. During the immersion day or overseas outreach visits, applicants will have assessments in Mathematics, English (if English is not the applicant’s first language) and, if applicable, alternative Language A (first language or mother tongue) and/or Language B (second language). The test results are used as a guide for subject selection: they typically do not play a role in the process of allocating places to eligible candidates.

The test results are used as a guide for subject selection; they do not play a role in the process of allocating places to eligible candidates. More information is available on our website.

English language proficiency Applicants in Grades 8 and 9 may be admitted to our English as an Additional Language programme if they demonstrate the required level of English and proficiency in their first language (mother tongue). Grade 10 FIB and Grade 11 IBDP applicants are tested in English and any other language(s) suitable for Language A Group 1 subject option in the IBDP.

Individual learning needs Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis; please contact Admissions before applying.

Boarding interviews All eligible boarding applicants are interviewed. The interview provides us with an opportunity to get to know the applicant and to look for a demonstrated readiness to join the boarding community. We look for evidence that the applicant is likely to become an enthusiastic, involved and positive participant in our boarding community.

Making an application Applications open in September ahead of each new academic year. All applications need to be submitted using our online system, which can be accessed via our website. Families apply for a place in UWCSEA boarding, rather than to a specific campus, although we take preferences into account if there is a compelling case for preferring one campus over another, i.e., subject availability. Our assessment and interview process helps us to allocate places for successful applicants at the campus we feel would be most suitable for the individual student. Once a place is accepted, the student is committed to remain a boarder: • for one full academic year, in the case of Grade 8–10 students • until the completion of the IB Diploma Programme, in the case of Grade 11 students

When to apply All boarding applications should be submitted by end January, as testing and interviews take place in February and March. Places are offered in March. Applications after March of the year the boarder would commence at the College are accepted only if there are places available—please contact Admissions for advice.

For more information Please contact our Admissions team who will be happy to answer questions, arrange a tour of either campus or to help with your application. Dover Campus 1207 Dover Road, Singapore 139654 | T +65 6774 2653 East Campus­­ 1 Tampines Street 73, Singapore 528704 | T +65 6305 5353 |

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The information in this brochure is correct at the time of printing (October 2018); boarding routines may be amended from time to time. Printed on recycled paper | 016COM-1819

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