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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.
‘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..read more
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..read more
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'..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
“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.”
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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,..read more
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..
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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,..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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.read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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.
"Reversing deforestation is complicated, planting a tree is simple" - Martin O'Malley
#BeRemarkable and make our lungs and earth green again by supporting the..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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,..
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..
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..
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..read more
“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..read more
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..read more
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..
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.
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,..
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..
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..
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..
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,..read more
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 -..read more
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..