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Fantastic results for our EPQ students Fantastic results for our EPQ students

Results day is in August right? Mostly, but not for our Year 13 EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) students who have been patiently waiting for their grades since their presentations last June. It was worth the wait though - an amazing 10 students were awarded an A* and overall 82% of students achieved A*-B. Huge congratulations to all the students on their achievements.

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Learn to Think, Think to Learn Learn to Think, Think to Learn

‘IDK’, if you didn’t know, is a feature of text-speak that has now planted itself firmly into modern parlance as a rapid, shorthand response to a difficult question - ‘I don’t know’.

When we ask Year 7 students what they think is happening when a raw egg appears to ‘cook’ in the presence of a mysterious chemical at room temperature there is no expectation that they will..

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You're invited to dinner! You're invited to dinner!

Join us for a special night, as we celebrate the Foundation Charity Dinner's 10th year anniversary and experience an evening of ‘high KLASS’ food and entertainment, organised and run entirely by our secondary students, staff and parents at the fabulous Grand Hyatt Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 28th February 2020. The evening includes a wide range of outstanding song and dance..

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Foundation Stage: How Children Learn in a Play Based Environment Foundation Stage: How Children Learn in a Play Based Environment

When a baby is born, they have billions of brain cells and through stimulation, those cells connect to form synapses. Stimulation comes in the form of play, exploration, human interaction etc. 

“Brain activity and synapse formation are at their highest when a child is deeply engrossed in something which fascinates, challenges and makes them happy.”Anna Ephgrave, Early Years'..

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Eight ways to help your child revise Eight ways to help your child revise

 

It’s internal exam season at the moment and (I)GCSE and A Level mocks are already underway for our Year 11 and 13 students, who are demonstrating great levels of maturity, organisation and resilience, writes Dr. Sarah Howling, Principal of Alice Smith Secondary School.
 
Exams can be nerve-racking for children and equally for their parents. Here are some tips to help your..
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How to Raise Kids Who Are Global Citizens: Alice Smith School How to Raise Kids Who Are Global Citizens: Alice Smith School

Children who are truly global citizens are aware of and understand the world and all of its complexities. They are the ones who look for ways they can help, work with others and stand up and use their voice for the betterment of the world. 

Global citizens are those who fight for universal equality and sustainability. 

In order to become a successful leader of tomorrow, one..

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National Holidays in Malaysia: History, Origin and Cultural Meaning National Holidays in Malaysia: History, Origin and Cultural Meaning

Holidays allow individuals time to truly celebrate or commemorate a significant event or tradition. What is beautifully unique from country to country is the difference in either the specific celebration of a holiday or the holidays themselves. 

For those who are new to Malaysia or even those who have been here for a while, but haven’t had the time to learn about our..

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Mastery Learning Mastery Learning

Learning is at the heart of everything we do and in this article Nicola Howard, our Associate Vice Principal and Head of Science and Design Technology, focuses on Mastery Learning and how we are developing this at Alice Smith Secondary School.

Mastery Learning or, as it was initially called ‘learning for mastery’ can be traditionally defined as an educational philosophy in..

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Letting Your Child Loose: Benefits of Natural Consequences Letting Your Child Loose: Benefits of Natural Consequences

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”

J.K. Rowling

 

Competition is prevalent in a child’s life from a young age. From playing games with their friends to competing on a sports team to writing a test in school, the notion of winning or..

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What is there to do in Kuala Lumpur with kids? | Alice Smith School What is there to do in Kuala Lumpur with kids? | Alice Smith School

Kuala Lumpur, known for its iconic landmarks, rich history and friendly locals, is a wonderful place to raise a family. 

For those who are new to Malaysia’s capital city, or even for the people who have been here for a while but haven’t found the time to get out and explore, we wanted to help you discover some activities to do with your children.

In the list below, you’ll..

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Simple Malay for Expats: Learning the Local Language in Kuala Lumpur Simple Malay for Expats: Learning the Local Language in Kuala Lumpur

As a first-time expat in Malaysia, it’s important to learn basic phrases in the local language to feel closer to the community and have the opportunity to interact with those around you in a respectful way. 

Learning the local language can help you broaden your knowledge, learn something new and better understand the culture. 

Below you’ll discover 10 basic Malay phrases to..

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Three Ways to Deal with Expat Depression Three Ways to Deal with Expat Depression

As a first-time expat, the abrupt change in your way of living can be a shock to the system. Your daily activities, social circles, everything that was once so familiar is different.

At first, it’s exciting. There’s so much to explore and so many items to check off your to-do list to help your family settle in. But as the days, weeks and months go by, that initial excitement..

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Starting school confidently Starting school confidently

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their parents. It can be a daunting time, too. Chat with your child about starting school. What do they think it will be like? What are they most looking forward to? Is there anything they’re unsure or worried about? Be sure to listen to their concerns and help them to overcome them.

Here are a few ways parents can..

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Innovation in Art Innovation in Art

Art at Alice Smith School, or KLASS, welcomes those to a place where ideas are king and curiosity reigns……

At KLASS the Visual Arts and Photography experience provides students with an excellent opportunity to enhance creative thinking and develop a personal portfolio. The visual experience provides a student with transferable skills in problem-solving, risk-taking,..

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Family Dinner Table Conversation - how’s it going? Family Dinner Table Conversation - how’s it going?

Adapted from an article by Tamsin Kelly

Community and connecting are frequently talking and learning points for us in school. This week’s feature article is from Mr David Slade, our Vice Principal for Achievement and Progression, and looks at different ways to connect with our children at home in their teenage (and other!) years.

Teenagers are more likely to get five good..

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Why Play is important Why Play is important

Play: It’s the way young children learn. A special supplement to the Children’s Advocate, stated, “Play is the main way children learn and develop ideas about the world. It helps them build the skills necessary for critical thinking and leadership. It’s how they learn to solve problems and to feel good about their ability to learn. Children learn the most from play when they..

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School sport and its significance for an international school education School sport and its significance for an international school education

It has long been acknowledged that school sport plays a significant role in a child’s education and overall well being. Participation in school sports supports the healthy growth of the heart, lungs and muscles, as well as increasing agility, balance and coordination. Aside from the obvious physical benefits, sport also has a highly positive effect on a child’s psychological..

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Absolute Magic- Ross Welford Visiting Author Absolute Magic- Ross Welford Visiting Author

Earlier this term we had the pleasure of hosting award winning author Ross Welford  at our Primary Campus and he was F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! Not only did he delight with his amazing piano skills, but his magic tricks during his Year 6 and Year 4 assemblies were real WOW moments. Ross entertained the students whilst discussing how he became a writer and how he engaged with books as a..

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Enrichment Activities & ECAs Enrichment Activities & ECAs

Enrichment activities or ECAs (Extra Curricular Activities) are an integral part of our school’s mission and vision in delivering the enriching, holistic education our students experience beyond the classroom. They are a great way for students to be involved within the school community, learn new skills, make new friends and have a great time.

We believe these activities are..

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The Tempest is coming! The Tempest is coming!

As the clock ticks down to this year's Shakespeare's Double Bill we caught up with our two lead actors, Electra (year 7) and Hunayn (year 8), from The Tempest Company.

Electra is enjoying her role of Ariel a spirit, "I really love my role because I feel that Ariel has so many sides to her. Sometimes she’s a cheeky nymph, but other times she’s a raging harpy seeking revenge,..

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Not one but two! A Shakespeare Double Bill Not one but two! A Shakespeare Double Bill

The Shakespeare Double Bill of The Tempest and Macbeth, takes place on December 10th and 11th at the Secondary Campus, with KS3 students performing The Tempest and KS4 and KS5 in Macbeth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Across twelve weeks of rehearsals, over 70 students have come together to challenge themselves to explore the complex language of the text, master their performance and..

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British High Commissioner visits Alice Smith School British High Commissioner visits Alice Smith School

The Alice Smith School were recently honoured to host HE Charles Hay, the British High Commissioner to Malaysia. On hand to welcome the High Commissioner was Head of School, Roger Schultz who expressed his appreciation to him for taking the time to visit and tour the Secondary Campus. HE Charles began his visit by spending some time engaging with the school’s four Head..

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Be prepared to laugh, cry and be terrified at Macbeth Be prepared to laugh, cry and be terrified at Macbeth

The 2019 Drama production is a Shakespeare Double Bill of The Tempest, performed by our younger students years seven to nine, and Macbeth by our older students in years 10 to 13.

Taking one of the lead roles is India Kolb. India is the current recipient of our Talent Bursary in Creative and Expressive Arts and has recently received the 'Top in Country' award from Cambridge..

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Selangor Princess Tengku Zatashah Visits Alice Smith Primary Campus Selangor Princess Tengku Zatashah Visits Alice Smith Primary Campus

In line with our Giving theme, KLASSics met with member of the Alice Smith School Foundation Board and featured alumna, YAM Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

We were waiting in anticipation as Tengku Zatashah had earlier posted on Instagram how excited she was about coming back to school after all these years. Walking in to our Primary..

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How to Choose an International School in Kuala Lumpur How to Choose an International School in Kuala Lumpur

Choosing an international school can be daunting. You are looking for the perfect balance of high academic standards, engaging, attentive teachers, and fun extracurriculars. 

In short, you want your child to thrive in their new expat school. It's a tall order, especially if it's your first trip to Malaysia. 

For over seven decades, The Alice Smith school in Kuala Lumpur has..

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What is the Extended Project Qualification or 'EPQ'? What is the Extended Project Qualification or 'EPQ'?

The Extended Project Qualification, or ‘EPQ’, is an exciting standalone qualification that encourages students to develop vital skills necessary in Higher Education. Taken in year 12 or 13 students choose whatever topic they like as long as it doesn’t overlap with their A Level course content and many use the opportunity to explore a personal passion or interest. Students..

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STEM: Strategies that help students dream and innovate STEM: Strategies that help students dream and innovate

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are the core components of STEM and are subjects crucial for our future. STEM can look different across different schools, however, there is one fundamental commonality. That is, we do not have enough students entering STEM careers and therefore the development of our future technology, our economy, our well-being and generally..
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Examinations and their Boards Examinations and their Boards

The UK school exam system can be very confusing to parents, even if they are from the UK and experienced it as a student themselves. As educators, we are commonly asked by international parents, ‘Is Cambridge board better than AQA?’ or ‘Edexcel is harder than AQA, right?’These sincere questions reflect a misunderstanding of UK examination boards. The idea is easily held by..

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A Masterclass in Stage Make Up! A Masterclass in Stage Make Up!

The inaugural Inter-House Stage Make Up Competition took place on Friday as a new strand of the House Day. Students from our four houses, Fairfield, Fleming, Muir and Scott competed to create stage make-up designs using the theme of Halloween as inspiration.

The day started with our fantastic student facilitators Mia, India, Pamela and Liyuan giving a Master Class in how to..

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The Green Thumb Project The Green Thumb Project

Make an impact with us by supporting The Green Thumb Project! We provide you with an opportunity to contribute towards three great sustainability projects: Give Life, Clean Energy and Learn Sustainability.

Give Life

"Reversing deforestation is complicated, planting a tree is simple" - Martin O'Malley

#BeRemarkable and make our lungs and earth green again by supporting the..

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'Protect' short story competition 'Protect' short story competition

What are you protecting? Someone? Something? Maybe a secret... 'Protect' is the theme of this year's FOBISIA (the Federation of British International Schools in Asia) short story competition. Open to students in years 3 to 13 in any of the 68 FOBISIA member schools the competition encourages creative writing. Full details can be found here.

We're excited that this years..

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Join our Eco-Community Day Join our Eco-Community Day

Did you know that...Our Earth loses 18.7 million acres of forest every year, which is equal to 27 soccer fields every minute? And that only 9% of the 9 billion tonnes of plastic the world has ever produced has been recycled?

This November through our Foundation, The Alice Smith School is embarking on a journey of environmental stewardship. Working alongside the community and..

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Innovating The Next Generation Innovating The Next Generation

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are the core components of STEM and are subjects crucial for our future. The earlier we can introduce STEM to students, the greater the opportunity for the next generation to innovate and ultimately have an impact on the planet. 

One student who has made such an impact at Alice Smith is Krishna Ghantala. Krishna who is..

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Learn2Master Languages Learn2Master Languages

Our Learn2Master initiative is a unique programme developed by the team at Alice Smith School to effectively teach modern foreign languages (MFL). Our Head of MFL, Stefan Rodic, describes the programme:

"Learn2Master is based on the Swedish concept of LAGOM (balance). We promote a balanced dialogue between student and teacher that centres on two specifics; the ‘Learning..

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British International Schools Malaysia | Alice Smith 2019 IGCSE Grades British International Schools Malaysia | Alice Smith 2019 IGCSE Grades

At Alice Smith, our academic results are consistently excellent and place us among the best British international schools in the world. 

In 2019, Alice Smith students celebrate another exceptional set of examination results with 66% of all (I)GCSE grades at A* or A (grades 9-7) and 52% of all A level grades at A* or A. 

At (I)GCSE almost a third of all students achieved..

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International School Awards 2019 | Pastoral Initiative | Alice Smith International School Awards 2019 | Pastoral Initiative | Alice Smith

Earlier this year, The Alice Smith School was announced as the winner of the International School Awards 2019 in the Pastoral Initiative category. This much celebrated award night highlight best practice in a range of categories which include: learning and teaching, wellbeing, leadership, use of technology, pastoral initiatives, community impact, inclusion, pathway support,..

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Service Learning Supports a Growth Mindset | Alice Smith Education Service Learning Supports a Growth Mindset | Alice Smith Education

Providing opportunities for students to have many different experiences from which they can learn is essential for schools that wish to support and encourage a growth mindset. 

An expansive approach to learning gives students and staff the opportunity to actively engage in a diverse range of activities in the day to day curriculum and beyond the boundaries of the school..

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Finding a University that is the Right Fit | Alice Smith Higher Education Finding a University that is the Right Fit | Alice Smith Higher Education

By Joe Marshall, Head of Higher Education

I work at one of the top international schools in Asia, the Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur, where I am the Head of Higher Education (HE) provision.

Our students are afforded some of the best university opportunities from around the world; should they study in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, Asia or Europe?

The options are too..

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Innovative Learning Environments | Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur Innovative Learning Environments | Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur

The layout of a classroom hadn’t changed in a very long time. The earliest classroom can be traced back to Sumerian society in 3,000 BC and the rows of seats are clearly identifiable. It’s a layout many of us will recognise.

Schools in the 21st-century are different though, providing a positive environment for innovative learning and teaching to take place. They should be..

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Why Parents Should Care About Professional Development for Teachers Why Parents Should Care About Professional Development for Teachers

“Highly effective teachers are able to produce much greater gains in student achievement than their less effective counterparts.”

Pamela D. Tucker and James H. Stronge, Linking Teacher Evaluation and Student Learning

Simply put, the better the teacher, the more likely students are to succeed. The studies quoted in the book above illustrate not only that quality teachers..

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Where Does Your Tuition Go? | Choosing an International School Where Does Your Tuition Go? | Choosing an International School

It goes without question that all international schools, like any businesses, need to be sustainable and financially well managed. But look a little deeper and you’ll see two clear types of school, those run ‘for profit’, owned by corporate groups and backed by private equity investors requiring a return, and those that fall into the ‘not-for-profit’ category. 

Three Reasons..

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Educational Coaching - The Game Changer | Alice Smith School Educational Coaching - The Game Changer | Alice Smith School

In a school of excellent teachers, the best resource we have is each other. A coaching initiative is well underway, with the aim of taking an innovative and whole-school approach to growing the social and professional capital of our teachers in order for them to lead the pursuit of excellence in the context of a mutually supportive and collaborative community of learners..

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Professional Development Quality Mark | Alice Smith School Professional Development Quality Mark | Alice Smith School

The Alice Smith School is a learning community that highly value the professional growth and development of our staff, in addition to the opportunity to offer workshops for parents on a wide range of educational topics. Sharing knowledge and learning together as a community is a thriving aspect of school culture that also extends more widely regionally and internationally.

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Learning Spaces for Collaboration, Teamwork and Creativity Learning Spaces for Collaboration, Teamwork and Creativity

by Roger Schultz, Head of School

Does the design of learning spaces affect the way that learning can best take place and if so, why

Modern, positive learning environments are being designed to be flexible and versatile with mobile and adaptable furniture. These types of spaces support and encourage different ways of learning and teaching, and enables collaboration,..

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How To Promote Student Engagement | 4 Strategies by Alice Smith How To Promote Student Engagement | 4 Strategies by Alice Smith

Student engagement is paramount to the success of the child, teacher and the school as a whole. Individuals need to be enthralled in what they are learning in order to absorb the material in a way that lets them apply their knowledge in complex contexts and ask meaningful questions that foster interesting dialogue. This is the type of engagement practitioners should strive..

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Innovative British Education Foster Development of the Whole Child Innovative British Education Foster Development of the Whole Child

By Roger Schultz

A British education from Alice Smith School has a reputation for quality that is recognised and respected around the world. For over seven decades, we have provided an outstanding international education in Malaysia with its ethos encapsulated in the richness of our diverse and caring school community.

As a British international school, an Alice Smith..

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5 Great Reasons to Ride the Bus | Alice Smith School 5 Great Reasons to Ride the Bus | Alice Smith School

Location is always a consideration when choosing a school for your child. Many parents will start looking at those schools close to where they live or work but most schools have a bus service. A good school bus service lets you widen your choice to pick the school that you really want your child to attend as well as lots of other benefits.

Below we explore five reasons why..

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2019 International School Winner: Pastoral Initiative | Alice Smith 2019 International School Winner: Pastoral Initiative | Alice Smith

Earlier this year, The Alice Smith School was announced as the winner of the International School Awards 2019 in the Pastoral Initiative category. This much celebrated award night highlight best practice in a range of categories which include: learning and teaching, wellbeing, leadership, use of technology, pastoral initiatives, community impact, inclusion, pathway support,..

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2011 Alice Smith Alumna | Lore Declercq 2011 Alice Smith Alumna | Lore Declercq

Making a gift of time is as impactful as making a donation. Sharing experiences and volunteering time to give back creates a personal connection as well as contributes towards the betterment of self and the people you work with. Read more about the stories we support at school.

Making a difference with Lore Declercq and NUV-HOP

Lore Declercq, our alumna from KLASS of 2008 -..

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Paving the Way to University | Higher Education Programme Paving the Way to University | Higher Education Programme

Part of our mission at Alice Smith is to give students a successful international future. Throughout the school, we strive to nurture, inspire and enrich students so that they can make fully informed decisions about their own futures. 

Whilst students will be making decisions throughout their school lives, these decisions become even more focused when they reach the Sixth..

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