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Head of School Message: Celebrations! Head of School Message: Celebrations!

There is much to celebrate as we complete the last weeks of the school year. The level of activity on both campuses has been terrific and we are excited about what is still to come, including the graduation of your Year 13 students next Tuesday afternoon.The 75th Anniversary Diamond 💎 Gala Ball on Saturday was a terrific evening, with outstanding performances highlighting the..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Primary Art Primary Weekly Highlights: Primary Art

It has certainly been a busy year in the KLASS Primary Art Room! You need only walk along the JB Campus where the Diamond Jubilee Art Celebration is currently being exhibited to see the wide range of artistic skills that our talented JB artists have on display. 

The students have enjoyed learning a variety of print-making techniques – ranging from monoprints in Year 3 to..

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Celebrating Key Stage 3: transition and competition Celebrating Key Stage 3: transition and competition

Our Key Stage 3 students have had a wonderfully busy few weeks: sporting fixtures, competitions, swim galas and Year 9’s transition into Key Stage 4 day, to name but a few of the beyond the classroom events that have taken place. Our Head of Geography, Mark Williams, and Key Stage 3 Leader, Jane Stewart-Williams, would like to share two of these moments with you in this week’s..

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Early Years: Alice & Smith make their own perfume Early Years: Alice & Smith make their own perfume

Our students had a wonderful time making perfume and, although they didn’t realise it, they were working on their core skills for maths and literacy, developing their fine motor skills and using their imaginations at the same time! 

Let’s take a closer look at what they were doing and how you could do this at home with your child.

Like all good projects, let's start with an..

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It's Onion Day! It's Onion Day!

The onion, also known as the bulb onion or common onion, is a vegetable that is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium.

There are 27 different types of onion, green, purple, yellow or white.

Health Benefits of Onions

Onions are healthy, whether they are eaten raw or cooked and have a plethora of benefits to our health.

1. Improving heart health

Onions are..

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5 tips to help you in raising global citizens 5 tips to help you in raising global citizens

The importance of raising your children as global citizens cannot be emphasized enough, but what are some ways to actually do so? Even when your children are young and you make the decision to help them become globally aware, how do you achieve this goal?

Below we outline five tips to help you in raising global citizens. 

1. Read, and Then Read Some More

Reading provides..

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75th Diamond Gala Ball: Silent Auction 75th Diamond Gala Ball: Silent Auction

In conjunction with our 75th Anniversary Diamond 💎 Gala Ball on Saturday we are launching an online silent auction to raise funds for The Alice Smith School Endowment Fund. The auction ends on at 10.00pm on Tuesday, 21st June 2022. You can view all the items and bid HERE but let's take a closer look at some of the categories and fabulous items on offer.

Astounding Artworks

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Power, Ambition, Guilt and Madness: Our Leading Lords and Ladies and their Monologues Power, Ambition, Guilt and Madness: Our Leading Lords and Ladies and their Monologues

Every year, the Year 9 students of the English department tackle one of their most demanding challenges in Key Stage 3: their 'Macbeth' monologues. This task requires students to analyse various Shakespearean monologues, have an in-depth understanding of the emotional development of their chosen character, write creatively using a wide range of techniques and then deliver..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Reading Developments at JB Primary Weekly Highlights: Reading Developments at JB

Here at JB we are committed to being an evidence informed school. This means that we examine the best available research and evidence, we consider our context including our students and setting and we reflect using our own experience and expertise when making decisions around learning. 

We have spent the last 18 months reviewing our curriculum with a view to becoming more..

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Model United Nations: Beyond Debating Model United Nations: Beyond Debating

In this week’s Secondary Blog, I am delighted that our Year 8 student, Sachdev, has prepared a thoughtful and impassioned account of his thoughts and experience on participating in Model United Nations (MUN), including the recent MUN SEASAC Conference. Not sure what MUN is? Well, keep reading…  

"I first started participating in the Model United Nations Extra Curricular..

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75th Diamond 💎 Gala Ball: Live Auction items 75th Diamond 💎 Gala Ball: Live Auction items

One of the highlights of the 75th Diamond 💎 Gala Ball will be the live auction with amazing items, auctioned off by our Head of School, Mr Roger Schultz. Attendees can support our various activities on the evening to raise funds for our Endowment Fund and the work of the Foundation, helping to sustain our not-for-profit school as a regional and world leader in education for..

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How an International School Education Creates Global Citizens How an International School Education Creates Global Citizens

It is widely argued that to become a successful leader in their future career, students must possess a strong sense of global awareness. Global citizens are those who look for ways they can help, work with others, and stand up and use their voice for the betterment of the world. Those who fight for universal equality and sustainability. 

At Alice Smith School, we strive to..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: How strong is a piece of spaghetti? Primary Weekly Highlights: How strong is a piece of spaghetti?

Our Year 6 students have just completed a brilliant Design and Technology unit focused on structures. The aim of this unit was for students to know that;

  • Structures can be supported with guy lines and flying buttresses
  • The shorter the piece of spaghetti, the stronger it will be

They would be able to:

  • Construct a flying buttress to support a tower 
  • Use appropriate lengths of..
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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Climbing High and Swimming Strong! Secondary Weekly Highlights: Climbing High and Swimming Strong!

In this week’s Secondary Blog, it is a pleasure to be able to celebrate two sporting achievements and experiences that our students have had in recent weeks: one on land and one in water. Francesco Corbetta (Teacher of Physics and Head of EPQ), Melissa Ang (Coach) and Lewis Keens (Director or Sport) share more details below.

 

Last month, Camp 5 organised the first Council..

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Sport Returns to KLASS!🏸🏀🏊⚽ Sport Returns to KLASS!🏸🏀🏊⚽

On 11 March 2020, our U18 Boys Badminton team flicked, cleared and pivoted their way through the seasonal AIMS Tournament, held at MKIS, blissfully unaware the event would be the last competitive fixture for over 2 years! Fittingly, our eagerly anticipated return to sport begins with a friendly Badminton tournament at the Secondary campus.

  On Wednesday 8 June we welcome..
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Gearing up to Graduation: our graduating class of 2022 Gearing up to Graduation: our graduating class of 2022

Term 3 is always what I refer to as the happy-sad term. We have so many points of celebration and joyful reflection on the year that has been and we throw ourselves into those communal events, such as our final assembly, concerts and awards ceremonies, that play such an important role in creating that feeling of togetherness and Alice Smithness. We also know, however, that we..

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Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at JB Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at JB

We always encourage our students to learn about important events in history and this week we have dedicated time and focus to the incredible reign of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom.

Several events have taken place across the week and today this historic occasion. These have included the most brilliant timeline display dating back to the date of her..

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Welcome our 2022-2023 Head Students Welcome our 2022-2023 Head Students

Last week we announced our new Head Students and like any other job our applicants went through a rigorous selection process! Here our new Head Student Team reflect on the process and give us some insight into how this year's Head Students were appointed.

"The process of becoming Head Student was a meaningful and rewarding one. All the candidates were exemplary which created..

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Celebrating our diversity! Indonesia 2022 Celebrating our diversity! Indonesia 2022

Continuing with the celebration of our diverse and international community, on 1st June we celebrate the birthday of Pancasila, the state ideology of Indonesia. The ideology was introduced during a speech by Indonesia’s founding father and first president Sukarno on 1st June 1945, prior to Indonesia gaining its independence.

Pancasila is the official, foundational.. read more

Secondary Weekly Highlights: Live Audiences Back on Campus! Secondary Weekly Highlights: Live Audiences Back on Campus!

It has been an exciting week for the EP Drama Department as we have welcomed live audiences back onto campus for the first time since before the pandemic. In this week’s Secondary Blog, our Head of Creative and Expressive Arts and Associate Vice Principal, Holly Sullivan, celebrates these events and the students involved.

"First up, at long last, we were able to share..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Learning through play in Year 1 Primary Weekly Highlights: Learning through play in Year 1

Play is an extremely important part of every child’s early development. When children play, they learn. Here at JB, we consider our Year 1 to be an extension of our Early Years. In this week's blog Alexis Farrell, our Year 1 Leader tells us more about how this happens in practice.

Play is an extremely important part of every child’s early development. When children play, they..

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Learn Something New Everyday: PE Teachers CPD Learn Something New Everyday: PE Teachers CPD

In PE we love to learn new things and over recent weeks our PE & Sport Department have been busy developing our knowledge across a range of activity areas.

During the Easter break our dedicated team of swim coaches spent two exhausting days upskilling their Lifeguarding skills by taking the ‘National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches’ (NRASTC) qualification. 

The..

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We ❤️Alice & Smith! We ❤️Alice & Smith!

If you have been to the Primary School you have probably already met Alice and Smith - they are our friendly teddy bears who can often be found sat in Reception. They make regular appearances at our school assemblies and on our social media feeds. They are a fun loving pair who enjoy school and seeing what our children get up to every day! So we thought why not let them join..

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Dr. Frost is coming to visit!➕➗📐📏 Dr. Frost is coming to visit!➕➗📐📏

It's not been long since Malaysia reopened it's borders and we are very pleased to hear one of our first visitors will be Dr. Jamie Frost! ➕➗📐📏Students world wide used his online Dr. Frost Maths resources during the pandemic and Dr Frost's work was recognised when he was awarded The Global Teacher Prize Covid Hero Award. Here's a bit more about our esteemed visitor!

Dr Jamie..

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Vote For Sophie - Our award winning young film maker! Vote For Sophie - Our award winning young film maker!

We are delighted to hear that Sophie's film Emergensea has won two more awards! The film had already won in the KS4 category of the FOBISIA Online Student Film Festival 2022 and then last night at the Across Asia Youth Film Festival (AAYFF) 2022, it was awarded Best Animation as well as Best Film (13 - 15 age category).

Sophie's film, which she worked on with her younger..

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Retrieval Practice - Making Learning Stick at Alice Smith Retrieval Practice - Making Learning Stick at Alice Smith

In this week's Primary blog post our Year 5 Leader, Marym Elagha, talks to us about the work she has been doing this year with the Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) teachers on applying retrieval practice into their classrooms.

"Over the past 12-months, I have worked with the KS2 teachers at our primary campus on applying retrieval practice into their classrooms. This..

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Camp Beaumont coming to JB this summer! Camp Beaumont coming to JB this summer!

Camp Beaumont, the United Kingdom’s most established multi-activity day camp provider has arrived in Kuala Lumpur, creating inspiring adventures throughout the school holidays at the Alice Smith School! With over 40 camps in the UK, and 8 in Hong Kong, Camp Beaumont’s much-loved, confidence boosting experiences encourage 5 to 11 year olds to step outside their comfort zones..

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FOBISIA Virtual Run 🏃and Virtual Swim🏊 FOBISIA Virtual Run 🏃and Virtual Swim🏊

Before the Easter break a number of our students were involved in some exciting FOBISIA Virtual sport events.

FOBISIA Virtual Run🏃

For 8 weeks leading up to the break, a small group of determined students from JB and EP worked hard both at home and at school to prepare their minds and bodies for the FOBISIA Virtual Run.

The Virtual Run, over a distance of 5km, challenged our..

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FOBISIA Short Story Competition: Results FOBISIA Short Story Competition: Results

In March, the school submitted our top short story entries into the annual FOBISIA Short Story Competition on the theme of ‘Memories’ and it is now our great pleasure to share the results!

The competition is a great opportunity for children to apply their writing skills for an authentic, engaging purpose and we have been bowled over with the exceptionally high standard of..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Parents and Play Times Return to JB Primary Weekly Highlights: Parents and Play Times Return to JB

What an amazing week this has been! For the first time in over two and a half years our students enjoyed playtimes at the JB campus and our parents were permitted to walk onto campus to bring their child to school.

The noise of play times has restored the one major social element of school that has been missing for so long. Children have been engaging in a wide range of play..

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Celebrating student success in the Bronze Medallion Lifesaving Award Celebrating student success in the Bronze Medallion Lifesaving Award

Since the start of Term 2, our Year 9 Sports Leaders have been focusing on lifesaving, working towards achieving their Bronze Medallion Lifesaving Award.  In this week’s Secondary Blog, Alice Curwood (Head of Curriculum PE) and Mark Atkinson (PE Teacher and Lead teacher of the Sports Leaders Elective) share their insights into this valuable student learning pathway.

The..

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75th Anniversary Celebrations- Luncheon, Gala Ball & More 75th Anniversary Celebrations- Luncheon, Gala Ball & More

The excitement of our 75th anniversary celebrations continues as we approach the end of our academic year on a high note. Here's a note from our Head of School, Roger Shultz, updating on some of the exciting events coming up later this term!

75th Anniversary Diamond 💎Gala Ball

Thanks to the great support of our community, donors and corporate partners, our gala ball is now a..

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FOBISIA Film Fest review 2022🎞️🎬 FOBISIA Film Fest review 2022🎞️🎬

Back in March we brought you details of the FOBISIA Online Student Film Festival 2022 which Alice Smith had the honour of hosting this year. There were a wonderful 82 entries from schools across Asia and we were delighted to see the students passions for storytelling, film and animations come through! Here's our Head of Media, Ms. Charlotte Moore to tell us more;

I love the..

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85% A*-A Grades for our EPQ Students 85% A*-A Grades for our EPQ Students

It is always wonderful to hear of the success of our EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) students and this year is no exception. We are delighted to share that an amazing 61% of students have been awarded an A*, 85% of students achieved A*- A and 90% of students achieved A*- B. We have also just had confirmation from AQA that our results now place us in the top 5% of schools..

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Sustainability at EP: What have we been up to? Sustainability at EP: What have we been up to?

The two KLASS values that resonate most with our Eco Club are kindness and respect - to ourselves and to our planet Earth. In this week’s Secondary Blog, our student Eco Club members, Meeraam, Alexa, Letty, Noshin and Risa share how KLASS and the Eco Club are working towards a more sustainable future and how you can get involved too. 

The increasing amount of non-recycled..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: World Book Day 2022 Primary Weekly Highlights: World Book Day 2022

Friday 22nd April saw great excitement engulf the JB campus, as we prepared to celebrate the UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. After so many months of distance learning and various other restrictions, it was truly a joy to come together and celebrate this fabulous event as a school.

The corridors and classrooms were a riot of colour as children and staff showed off their..

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Firefighters, Samurai, Turtles and Bears #WBD2022 Firefighters, Samurai, Turtles and Bears #WBD2022

On Friday 22nd April, we celebrated UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day at KLASS.📚🌏 In anticipation for the event, our vlog featured recommended texts from members of our community, creating a fantastic buzz alongside offering lots of contemporary and classic reads. It was so wonderful to see our secondary school students engage with the full range of opportunities..

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Celebrating our Diversity - South Africa Celebrating our Diversity - South Africa

In our continued celebration of the diversity of our student body we are commemorating South Africa’s Freedom Day. This is an annual celebration of South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections of 1994.It marked the end of 300 years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule, and established a new democratic government led by Nelson Mandela.

Of South Africa’s..

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Celebrating our Diversity - The Netherlands Celebrating our Diversity - The Netherlands

King’s Day is when the Dutch celebrate the birthday of their King 👑. Originally Princess’ Day, it was celebrated on Princess Wilhelmina’s birthday on 31st August. The feast involved many children's games and decorated streets. After the death of Wilhelmina’s father, it was changed to Queen’s Day.

Juliana, the next queen, celebrated Queen’s Day on her birthday, 30th April,..
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St George’s Day 2022 St George’s Day 2022

In celebration of the diversity of our student body, we commemorate many of our student nationalities throughout the year. This celebration involves serving traditional food in both canteens.Our first event this term is to celebrate the St George’s Day of England, on 22nd April.23rd April is the anniversary of the death of St George, the patron saint of England. Born around..

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International World Book Day - It's here! International World Book Day - It's here!

World Book Day is finally here! 📚🌏By now, we hope we have helped you find a good read for today, or any other day! However, if you are still looking for some more suggestions, here is Matt Dickinson with his final video as well as a wide range of go to books that our secondary students have been reading! Here is Matt Dickinson's third and final instalment. We hope you all..

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Yale University among the US offers for #KLASSof2022 Yale University among the US offers for #KLASSof2022

Our #KLASSof2022 have reached their final term at Alice Smith and are making decisions on their university offers. Our students, together with our Higher Education Counselling team, put a huge amount of effort into ensuring each student's applications are of the highest quality, giving them the best chance of receiving an offer from their first choice school (last year 95% of..

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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 a daunting task. Finding the perfect balance between high academic standards, engaging and attentive teachers, and fun extracurriculars to help your child thrive can be tricky, especially if it's your first trip to Malaysia.

Trusted by expat families since 1946, Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur provides an outstanding international..

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What do the International School tiers mean? What do the International School tiers mean?

A big part of choosing a school for your child is making sure that school provides opportunities for students to excel and reach their full potential. These opportunities will differ depending on the type and tier of school.

But what are the different international school tiers, and what does that mean for your child? Read on to learn more about that and how your child..

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Short Stories and Scholarships: a super week at the Secondary Campus! Short Stories and Scholarships: a super week at the Secondary Campus!

It is a pleasure to be able to share with you in this week’s Secondary Blog, two snapshots of special moments that celebrate and highlight the exceptional calibre of our students. In the field of creative writing, Caitlin Gray (Assistant Head of Department for English) explains how our students across Key Stages 3 and 4 have risen to the challenge of this year’s FOBISIA Short..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: A Term Full of Learning Primary Weekly Highlights: A Term Full of Learning

Term 2 ended today with two wonderful assemblies in which we reflected on the achievements and learning of everyone during these past few months. As an entire community we faced numerous covid related challenges but through incredible perseverance and teamwork we not only overcame them but we achieved and in many ways flourished. Sharing the story of learning highlights with..

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FOBISIA Orchestral Project 2022 🎶 FOBISIA Orchestral Project 2022 🎶

The FOBISIA music scene has been very quiet for the past two years, due to the impact of COVID-19. We were therefore very excited to get the opportunity to take part in the FOBISIA Orchestral Project 2022. As an orchestra, we have been working on more challenging repertoire, but mostly in the realm of film music. This opportunity posed an exciting challenge of performing two..

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International World Book Day - 3 weeks to go! International World Book Day - 3 weeks to go!

With three weeks to go to World Book Day, 🌏📚here we are again with our reading recommendations for this week. We want to share some more recommendations from Matt Dickinson with you, as well as some top choices from Dr. Maria Osowiecki and Mr. Rob George.

Here is Matt Dickinson, explorer and writer, with the second of three videos recommending some more reads:

{%.. read more

Collins Big Cat Writing Competition 🦁✍️ Collins Big Cat Writing Competition 🦁✍️

Over the last week we have brought you news of the FOBISIA Short Story Competition and some of the wonderful writing that was entered! Has it inspired your child to write more? Are you looking for an activity for them over the Easter break? If so here's another writing competition our Primary Students can enter! The Collins Big Cat Writing Competition 2022 🦁✍️

What does home..

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🎼Young Musician of the Year 2022 🎼Young Musician of the Year 2022

Term 2 has seen the second year of our ‘Young Musician of the Year’ competition. Being back in school has created more excitement for the competition with an amazing 66 entries being submitted. The standard of performances were excellent and we were pleased to announce our winners at the end of term Commendation Assemblies.

There were two categories, Year 7-9 and Year 10-13..

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