How We Came About

Humble Beginnings

  • Humble Beginnings: In 1983, Julia returned to Singapore with qualifications from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the London College of Music. She opened a small teaching studio in her home to put into practice the ideals and philosophy she developed in England. She decided that as speech and drama helped her develop confidence, she would share her experience with her own children and those of her friends who became her first students.
  • Early Successthese classes became an instant hit! Word of mouth continued to grow and by 1990, the first Julia Gabriel Speech and Drama Centre was officially opened to meet the popular demand. The centre began with Julia and two other drama teachers, an assistant teacher and a two-person administration team.
  • A Decade of Expansion: Fuelled by the creativity, dedication and passion of gifted educators and support staff, more programmes were added to meet growing demands: Reading and Language Arts, PlayClub for toddlers and parents, PlayNest for children from 6 months, speech and language therapy, educational therapy, BookRoom and a pre-school, Chiltern House. There are 5 Chiltern Houses operating in Singapore today. In addition, the Julia Gabriel Centre developed a strong Mandarin speech and drama department, to support the growing demand for bilingual offering of its unique programs.
  • Going out to Schools: In 1995, Julia Gabriel became the first school to be registered with Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE). This enabled us to take out our English EduDrama programmes to mainstream kindergartens, primary and secondary schools throughout Singapore.
  • Overseas Expansion: In 2003, the Julia Gabriel School of Eduction was formed to train teacheOverseas Centrers, which enabled the start of overseas opennings of Julia Gabriel Centres.  In China, we opened our first centre in Puxi Shanghai in early 2007 (上海嘉宝幼儿园) and the second one in Pudong Shanghai in fall 2015 (上海嘉贝早教中心). Today, there are 5 overseas Julia Gabriel Centres throughout Asia, including Indonesia and Malaysia.
  • Trademark: In 2005 our unique teaching methodology EduDrama® was trademarked. Since then thousands of children have experienced the dramatically different programmes in our centres.