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End of Academic Year 2020 - 2021 End of Academic Year 2020 - 2021

As we close the academic year we bring you some final messages from our Head of School and our Principals together with a letter from our Chair of Governors and Head of School.

Have a wonderful summer break everyone! 😎

End of Year Address

Dear Parents, Staff and Students,

We hope that you are all well as we come to the end of another academic year. 

Thank you

We deeply..

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Resilience Programme: Benefit Finding Resilience Programme: Benefit Finding

To support students with self awareness and the language to identify when things are difficult we have recently started a resilience programme during tutor period. This consists of 4 weekly reviews and activities that the students are encouraged to do from this week until the end of term. In our final week we are looking at 'Benefit Finding'. You can find links to the previous..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Keeping music alive! Secondary Weekly Highlights: Keeping music alive!

Perhaps you have been wondering what musicians have been doing around the world in this time of perpetual lockdown? Well, the industry has simply adapted and session musicians are now working remotely on projects and recordings. Multi-million dollar studio complexes have given way to project studios. Significant improvements in computers, software, virtual instruments and..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Our Students Primary Weekly Highlights: Our Students

Our students have been extraordinary this school year. Faced with so much change and challenge, they have continued to amaze me with their resilience and fortitude.

As Principal, I have been shared into countless examples of our students showing kindness and humility throughout the school year. Students have engaged in service to others through awareness raising, charity..

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Resilience Programme: The Resilience Plan Resilience Programme: The Resilience Plan

To support students with self awareness and the language to identify when things are difficult we have recently started a resilience programme during tutor period. This consists of 4 weekly reviews and activities that the students are encouraged to do from this week until the end of term. In our third week we are looking at 'The Resilience Plan'.

How do people overcome..

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Wi-Fi Upgrade and SSO - FAQs Wi-Fi Upgrade and SSO - FAQs

Our IT team will be working throughout the summer to upgrade our Wi-Fi on both campuses and move us towards a Single Sign On (SSO) for school systems.  The FAQs below give some more detail on this but if your question isn't answered you can also email our IT team directly who will be happy to help.

Is there anything else I need to know?

The iSAMS system will be offline between..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Spotlight on EPQ Secondary Weekly Highlights: Spotlight on EPQ

What a week it has been as we have embarked on the myriad celebratory and farewell events that mark the culmination of this academic year. It has been a week of joy, pride and emotion as we have said goodbye to our leavers at our two KLASSics farewell events and recognised the outstanding achievements and contributions of our Year 11 and 13 students in our Year 11 and 13..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Community Primary Weekly Highlights: Community

As we approach the end of a very challenging school year, I have been reflecting on my experiences as Primary Principal at Alice Smith. One aspect of our school has continually demonstrated its strength and importance; our community. I believe it is our community that has played a significant role in supporting us all through this testing year. 

Here at JB we have strived to..

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Thanking Our Unsung Heroes Thanking Our Unsung Heroes

Last week our Secondary students hosted a virtual assembly for our 'Unsung Heroes' to say thank-you to the non teaching staff (NTS) that work across the Equine Park campus. Both students and teachers took time out to express their gratitude for the effort that is put in, especially in this most difficult of years, to keep the school running. 

Here are some of the many comments..

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AIMS Percussion Masterclass🎶 AIMS Percussion Masterclass🎶

On Tuesday afternoon some of our talented percussion students were involved in an online Association of International Malaysian Schools (AIMS) Percussion Masterclass, taught by Joshua Vonderheide of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ahead of the workshop students were asked to prepare different rhythmic patterns so they were able to contribute to the workshop. Two of our..

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Resilience Programme: Best Possible Self Resilience Programme: Best Possible Self

To support students with self awareness and the language to identify when things are difficult we have recently started a resilience programme during tutor period. This consists of 4 weekly reviews and activities that the students are encouraged to do from this week until the end of term. This week we are looking at 'The Best Possible' self. You can find the other activities ..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Turtles 🐢 Primary Weekly Highlights: Turtles 🐢

Our learning here at JB is always purposeful. We plan and teach units of learning through our cross curricular approach which are a combination of knowledge and skill building aimed at deepening student understanding. Our recent unit on turtles 🐢 in Year 2 was an example of all that is great about our approach. 

The unit comprised a brilliant balance of knowledge acquisition..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Rise and Shine!💪🌄 Secondary Weekly Highlights: Rise and Shine!💪🌄

As the pandemic continues to have a hold over our leisure time, we have sharpened our focus on personal and community wellbeing. At EP, we strive to provide a holistic education that reaches far beyond the classroom and one that supports the whole community. One overwhelming success story has been the introduction of Rise and Shine Morning Motivation. 

This week, our House..

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Resilience Programme Resilience Programme

Our weekly student survey feedback reflects that students are continuing well with their learning and engagement in online lessons. However, it is clear that as we have continued in lockdown students are finding that they need to draw on more strength to keep going.

To support students with self awareness and the language to identify when things are difficult we have recently..

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EYFS student wins AIMS Science competition👏 EYFS student wins AIMS Science competition👏

We were very excited to hear that our EYFS student was one of the three winners in their age group in the AIMS Science Easter Holiday Challenge.

The challenge set was to build a Rube Goldberg machine. 

Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author engineer and inventor. He drew popular cartoons showing complicated gadgets performing simple tasks, such as a..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Dramatic Year 🎭 Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Dramatic Year 🎭

This week we were treated to our annual Key Stage 3 Drama Assembly - a celebration of all things Drama that have taken place this year and by which our students have been stretched, challenged and captivated. 

Our Drama Team - Ms. Sullivan and Ms. Watkinson - have creatively and expertly adapted the Drama curriculum at Key Stage 3 this year to be delivered virtually. They have..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Music Matters!🎼📻🎶 Primary Weekly Highlights: Music Matters!🎼📻🎶

Despite the ongoing challenges we are facing on a global scale, music making has continued to enhance the lives of many, including those within our school community. 

The positive impact that music in its many forms has on wellbeing is widely documented. Whether participating or listening, music is associated with improved mood, reduced anxiety, lower levels of depression,..

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Celebrating our diversity! Russia Celebrating our diversity! Russia

In our continued celebration of the diversity of our student body, on 11th June, we will be commemorating Russia Day for the first time. 

Celebrated annually since 1992 to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic on 12th June 1990. 

This marked the beginning of constitutional reform in the Russian..

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Online Learning Safety and Online Social Activities Online Learning Safety and Online Social Activities

As we continue with online learning and engaging in educational activities, it is good to be aware of the challenges that such a platform can present to our students. The school’s educational platform of Google is a secure platform that permits students to access materials used by the school for educational purposes. Students have the ability to share work and chat through..
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How do you become a Head Student? How do you become a Head Student?

Last week we announced our new Head Students and like any other job our applicants went through a rigorous selection process! Here two of our new Head Student Team, Rishabh and Tyler, reflect on the process and give us some insight into how our Head Students are appointed.

"The Head Student application process is an amazing opportunity to reflect on your strengths and..

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Celebrating our diversity! Denmark Celebrating our diversity! Denmark

5th June commemorates the anniversary of Frederick VII signing the Danish constitution in 1849, establishing Denmark as a constitutional monarchy; locally known as Grundlovsdag.

Whilst not a public holiday, Government offices, banks and schools are closed, as are most shops.

The day has added significance as women were given the vote on 5th June 1915, and the constitution of..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: The Writing Revolution Primary Weekly Highlights: The Writing Revolution

Like any area of learning and teaching, the teaching of writing and how best to approach it, has been a constant area of debate for decades. Some of the most widely used approaches include TalkforWriting by Pie Corbett and The Writing Workshop by Lucy Calkin. Here at JB we have begun exploring an approach stemming from a method called The Writing Revolution based on the..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Care and Wellbeing Secondary Weekly Highlights: Care and Wellbeing

Our Secondary Counsellor Team - Jason Pervas Ahmed and ChenYing Lee - provide crucial support and guidance in our wellbeing services of care for our community. They support students through 1:1 counselling and family counselling and they also lend their professional knowledge, skills and experience as members of our safeguarding and child protection team. In addition, both..

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Virtual learning for Secondary Students: What, Why and How Virtual learning for Secondary Students: What, Why and How

Malaysia will be in lockdown for at least two weeks from 1st June, possibly longer. At this time, it is unclear if we will be able to return to campus for face-to-face learning this term. We hope that the lockdown will significantly reduce the transmission of Covid-19 and that this, along with the accelerating vaccination programme, will enable us to re-open to students as..
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20 things to do during the MCO! 20 things to do during the MCO!

This week we headed back into another total lockdown. It seems like a never ending cycle, but why not try something different this time around? In this week's blog our Head Students, Noah, Soraya, James and Anette, offer some ideas on activities to keep us busy!

"We know all too well that you can get stuck in the quicksand that is stress as easily as ever at the moment. In..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Leadership Legacy of Excellence Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Leadership Legacy of Excellence

Last week saw the culmination of our Head Student application process for 2021-2022. The Head Students play a pivotal role as ambassadors for the school throughout the entire year of their tenure. They manage and lead events, spend a great deal of time together planning initiatives and event management to support the community, provide guidance to students, liaise with..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Another Fantastic Hook! Primary Weekly Highlights: Another Fantastic Hook!

Year 6 has begun yet another exciting unit with a truly inspiring Hook on 'Forces'. We feel that learning at home should be just as fun and accessible as it is in school and that in no way will online learning be a barrier to what we can achieve.

For this Hook, lots of research went into finding experiments that could be accessible to every child with a lot of thought put into..

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Why should I pay for my child to play? Why should I pay for my child to play?

The play based approach is core to our Early Years philosophy here at Alice Smith. Our teachers provide support and challenge as our children learn through play. This creates a highly personalised and tailored environment, which is appropriately challenging for each individual child.

Our aim is to ensure high levels of emotional wellbeing and involvement. This is..

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KLASS Mathematicians triumph! KLASS Mathematicians triumph!

Our selected year 7 and 8 maths students competed in a virtual maths competition, KLJMC, on Saturday 22/5/21, which was hosted by St Joseph's International School. Our students performed exceptionally well and were a real credit to our school.

Overall our Year 7 teams secured 1st and 2nd and our Year 8 team secured 2nd as well.

Here are some reflections of the event from..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Managing Change Primary Weekly Highlights: Managing Change

Our approach to the personal, social, health and emotional (PSHE) education of our students is so important to us at JB. Its value has become even more pronounced given the effect that Covid-19 is having on the world.

The principles of positive psychology underpin our approach to PSHE teaching and this week we have focused on managing and coping with change. With our students,..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Our Amazing Students Secondary Weekly Highlights: Our Amazing Students

This week, I would like to pay tribute to our Year 11 and 13 students who have braved the storm of announcements and MCOs and braced themselves against the changing tides of examination arrangements to continue their studies and work towards their final assessment points.

Our Year 13 students have now almost completed their final internal assessments and external Cambridge..

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Single Sign On is coming this summer! Single Sign On is coming this summer!

"So many usernames and passwords to remember! Why can't we have one to access all the school systems?"

Does this sound familiar? It’s a message we have heard consistently from parents over the last few years and we are working towards putting in place a school single sign on (SSO) that will remove the need for multiple usernames and passwords in school systems.

What is SSO?

..

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Celebrating our diversity! Indonesia Celebrating our diversity! Indonesia

Continuing with the celebration of our diverse and international community, on 20th May we would have been observing the National Awakening Day of Indonesia. Not a public holiday, but a historic day for the independence of Indonesia.

National Awakening Day is an Indonesian observance annually held on May 20. It commemorates the creation of the first Indonesian nationalist..

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What is careers guidance? What is careers guidance?

Over the last few years, there has been nothing short of a revolution taking place in the world of careers guidance. This change is mostly being driven by the phenomenon known as the 4th Industrial revolution, a process where technological developments and global developments, are introducing, eroding and changing the workplace at a rate simply unprecedented in previous..

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KLASS Journal - A Student Led Webpage KLASS Journal - A Student Led Webpage

In an age when you are bombarded with information and stimuli wherever you look, taught what you need to know and shown how you need to appear, it can be difficult to find a space where you can discover what you really believe. It doesn’t help that Generation Z is often stereotyped as “apathetic”, when really, it becomes increasingly difficult to speak your mind amidst..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Service to the Community Primary Weekly Highlights: Service to the Community

Our Year 6 students were very excited this week as they visited our wonderful EP campus as part of their transition programme to Secondary School (you can read more about their experiences here). I know from speaking to the students that they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and that they are really looking forward to their remaining visits. It has been a pleasure getting to..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Wow! Is every day at EP like this?! Secondary Weekly Highlights: Wow! Is every day at EP like this?!

This question burst forth from a delighted Year 6 student at the end of the Creative and Expressive Arts transition day that took place at the EP Campus this Tuesday. Our Head of Creative and Expressive Arts and Associate Vice Principal, Holly Sullivan, tells us more about the day that elicited such excitement and awe:

"The day that many of us worried would never happen..

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6 ways to help your child develop early reading skills 6 ways to help your child develop early reading skills

The World Literacy Foundation suggests that 'Parents should encourage early reading habits in their children because a learned child can have a bright future and make an impact on society as they grow.' They cite 7 benefits of early reading;

  1. Brain development
  2. Early vocabulary development
  3. Improved reading 
  4. Better writing
  5. Better communication
  6. Creating a hobby
  7. Professional..
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Alumni stories: Treating the Coronavirus in A Prison Alumni stories: Treating the Coronavirus in A Prison

In the latest edition of KLASSics Chronicle, KLASSics caught up with Dr. Navin Roshaan Jayasingam, Alumnus 2005 - 2009.

As a medical officer, Dr. Navin was informed by the Ministry of Health Malaysia in October 2020 to serve in Queen Elizabeth Hospital (HQE) in Kota Kinabalu as part of a coronavirus response team that was being sent to address the alarming increase in.. read more

Secondary Weekly Highlights: Behind the Easel Secondary Weekly Highlights: Behind the Easel

Friday was the final day of mock exams for our Year 10 and Year 12 artists and photographers. Art and photography exams are somewhat distinctive in terms of both their structure and length. Students have 10 (Year 10) or 15 (Year 12) hours to create their final piece based on a particular theme.

Our Year 10 artists have been crafting a representational A3 sized self-portrait..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Our Curriculum Primary Weekly Highlights: Our Curriculum

Every week in order to support the happiness and learning of our students and staff, I prioritise as much of my time as possible around visiting lessons. It is one of the most rewarding aspects of being Principal. One feature of learning we focus on here at JB is how we display it within our classrooms.

Learning displays are very important to us in that we recognise how they..

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Celebrating our diversity! Freedom Day - South Africa Celebrating our diversity! Freedom Day - South Africa

At Alice Smith School we welcome students from over 40 different nationalities and enjoy celebrating many festivals often through our shared love of food! National and special days give us opportunities to come together and experience a small part of each other's cultures - with the support of our wonderful kitchen teams! On Wednesday, 28th April (a day late), we will be..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: World Book Day! Secondary Weekly Highlights: World Book Day!

Today is UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day - the day that we embrace and remind ourselves of the joy of picking up a book and allowing ourselves to be taken off to other places, times, experiences and people. We may, in 2021, find that the book we pick up is no longer made of paper - it may be electronic and housed within a device - and yet the experience of learning,..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: UNESCO World Book Day Primary Weekly Highlights: UNESCO World Book Day

Today we celebrated UNESCO World Book Day at Alice Smith. We began the day with a brilliant assembly. Our students were given the message that books are magical and reading is a superpower. We watched an inspirational video from childrens’ laureates across the world who spoke of the importance of books and the role that reading has played in helping us deal with these..

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UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2021 UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2021

Friday 23rd April is UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2021. UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. It's mission statement is ‘to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.’ When you go onto..

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Parent workshops - register now! Parent workshops - register now!

Our parent workshops are designed to help support your role at home as well as our role at school. While we are not able yet to bring parents back on campus we will be delivering some of the most popular talks via Zoom over the next few weeks. Here's a selection of the ones you can look forward from the Secondary campus. Don't forget to use the link to sign up!

Parent..

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How Will We Discover our Potential? How Will We Discover our Potential?

Zhongyi Ho, Year 11, tells us about two essays he wrote recently which earned him awards...

"Innovacia Sdn. Bhd. is a company that provides affordable technical products and services for professional and educational use - one of which is TiffinBIM, a Malaysian CAD/BIM software that architects and civil engineers use. Recently they ran an essay competition: the TiffinBIM..

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The Duke of Edinburgh International Award The Duke of Edinburgh International Award

As a registered centre for the provision of The Duke of Edinburgh International Award, we'd like to commemorate HRH Prince Philip's lifelong legacy of service and dedication, by reflecting on how our students have developed independence, resilience and perseverance through the Award challenge which pushes for their personal limits and achievements.

Not all learning happens in..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Art and Music Primary Weekly Highlights: Art and Music

It has been the most wonderful first week back here at JB. Our staff and students have returned with renewed enthusiasm and energy for learning. Quite a number of new units of learning have launched this week and I am looking forward to experiencing as much of these units as I can along with the students over the coming weeks and sending you updates periodically.

Art and Music

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Hooray for ECAs! Secondary Weekly Highlights: Hooray for ECAs!

What a fantastic first week in school we have had, particularly with the re-launch of our ECA (Extra Curricular Activity) programme after school. We have 96 ECAs running this term across a wide range of areas, skills and experiences. From Model United Nations and KLASSComm to over 50 students playing in the Orchestra, our students are engaging in and discovering new passions..

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