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Following last week’s deep dive into the world of Drama at KLASS, including the team’s recent shortlisting in this year’s International School Awards, we shift our focus this week to our PE and Sport Department. Our Director of Sport, Danny Hodnett, has pulled together a snapshot of the diverse and rich programme in place for our students this year, including some event..read more
There are seven areas of learning within the Early Years, three of which are called Prime Areas. These are communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. Here at JB, our commitment to learning through play is very much influenced by how important these prime areas are and the vital role that play has in developing them in each..read more
We welcome guest writer Zhongyi Ho from Year 13 to tell us more about the KLASSics Alumni Sharing event last week.
"It is always exciting for alumni to visit and share their experiences - and this first KLASSics Konfidential sharing session with Zhi Yan, Lee and Valerie Ho is no exception. Zhi Yan, Lee (KLASS 2018-2020) is a third year BA Chemical Engineering via Natural..read more
The Physical Education (PE) department is passionate and dedicated to our provision for Early Years children and feel that your child’s experiences in their PE lessons build the foundations for happy, healthy and active lives. We deliver a programme which has been carefully considered for our Alice Smith students using Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS).
Your child will..read more
It really has been an extraordinary three weeks for our EP Drama Department. Embracing the freedom of movement and interaction provided by the removal of Covid SOPs, our students have been involved in the auditions and casting for this year’s EP Production - The Wizard of Oz, and they have immersed themselves in the 3-day devised theatre residency led by the..read more
Diversity is a major strength of our school community and can be seen in so many different ways. One of these is the range of languages spoken by parents, students and staff. At JB we feel fortunate to have so many multilingual members of our community and in particular our aim is to nurture our multilingual students.
Hamish Chalmers, a leading researcher in the field of..read more
UPDATE: We're now fully booked for this event! In the event you are unable to attend after you have registered, kindly email Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to demand we will also be live streaming this event. Book mark this YouTube link which will be active from 8.15 am on the 3rd October to watch live.
Throughout the term our Head of School, Ms. Sian..read more
What a privilege to host alumnus Ben Proud on campus! Ben was a student from Reception to Year 11 when he left to pursue a career in elite swimming. Since then, Ben has gone on to win 3 x World gold medals, 5 x European gold medals and recently 5 x Commonwealth gold medals. Here's a recap of our amazing day at both campuses.
Today was the most amazing day..
Is your child 3 years old? Are you curious about how Preschool could help their development? At Alice Smith Preschool your child will learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors. Learning is fun!
But don't take our word for it! We are currently able to offer free taster sessions for three..read more
The celebration of our very international student body continues today the 7th September, with our recognition of the Independence Day of Brazil.On the 7th September 1822, a declaration of independence from Portugal was made by Pedro di Alcantara, the son of the Portuguese King. The day is also referred to as ‘Sete de Setembro’, 'Dia da Independência' or 'Dia da Pátria'.Brazil..read more
Every strategic decision made by Council is guided by our vision for the Alice Smith School: To lead the pursuit of excellence in learning through nurturing, inspiring and enriching the lives and characters of young people. And, as a not-for-profit school, all our resources are focused on our students’ success and wellbeing. Our role as the Council of Governors is to function..read more
We could not have wished for a better start to the new school year. The JB Campus has had the most wonderful atmosphere all week as we welcomed back our staff, parents and students. New families and staff have settled in very well and our students have been incredibly happy.
I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting classrooms this week speaking to students about their..read more
I wonder how many of you have come across the fairytale about the Elves and the Shoemaker? The story was a favourite of mine when I was younger - it tells of a struggling shoemaker and his wife who woke up one morning to find that their meagre scraps of leather had turned into the most beautiful pair of shoes. This happened night after night until they discovered that..read more
Workplaces today and in the future need people who can collaborate and offer creative solutions to complex problems. Educators are increasingly looking for ways to equip their students with those skills within an environment that encourages active learning behaviours.
Teaching methods are evolving, with classes regularly employing group projects and individual work along..
Our students love playing with water and they like doing things that grown ups do too. So when our Reception Classes washed the windows it was tremendous fun!The students enjoyed filling containers to squirt the water, climbing on step stalls to reach the windows and of course adding bubbles makes everything even better!
They experimented with how hard they needed to squeeze..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
1. What is their staff turnover?
High staff turnover is a key issue for any business in any industry - including education. According to research, the average tenure of an international..read more
Here are the next sets of important questions to ask when choosing an international school for your child. You can read the first instalment of this series here.
1. What extra-curriculars do they offer?
Most schools offer extra-curricular activities alongside their traditional core subjects – whether they are international schools or normal schools. Extra-curricular..read more
As a parent searching for schooling, considering an international school for your child is a good idea. With rising demand for international schooling, particularly in East and South-East Asia, according to ISC Research, forecasts suggest that international schools will host almost 7m pupils by 2023. This can make your job of picking a school difficult and you may not know..read more
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..read more
So after 12 terrific years, my time at Alice Smith comes to a close. It has been wonderful to finish this academic year in such a positive way, with events and activities reconnecting us as a community and bringing us together including Awards Celebrations and Founder’s Day on July 4.
Thank youread more
Appreciation and Gratitude at the End of the School Year
Our final weeks at JB for this school year have been so memorable. The students have had a range of exciting events including sports days, house events, day trips, a biathlon, Founders Day and various trips to EP.
This week we had our first in person assemblies for a very long time. Our Year 6 Leavers Assembly involved..read more
Earlier this term we were delighted to hear that Rebecca Lim, one of our talented Musicians had won the COBIS Music Award. We've been following Rebecca's successes on the blog over the past year; she is already our Senior Young Musician of the Year 2022, passed the Malaysian section in the Osaka Music Competition and placed in the Lyrical Flute Legends Competition.
In this..read more
The final celebration of the diversity of our student body for this academic year is the Independence Day of the United States on 4th July.
Fourth of July is a federal holiday, commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the US on 4th July 1776.The Second Continental Congress declared that the 13 American colonies were no longer subject to King George III of the Kingdom..read more
We have just completed the most amazing week of PE and Sport activities at our JB campus. This began last Saturday with our Primary School Biathlon. Around 175 students from Years 2-6 competed in a swim/run event with three different distances to choose from. The effort, resilience and sheer determination on show from the children was so impressive. Our parents attended in..read more
It is wonderful to finish this academic year in such a positive way, reconnecting as a community and celebrating the achievements of our students. Both campuses have been filled with activity this past week.
Congratulations to our graduating Year 13 Class of 2022. They graduated in style this week with many successes and achievements despite an incredibly challenging two year..read more
Outdoor Adventure and so much more: Bronze Duke of Edinburgh (International Award) Expedition
Throughout the last two years of living in these unprecedented times, Alice Smith has adapted to continue to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh International Award as uninterrupted as possible. However, what has been sorely missing was the ability to go out on the Adventurous Journey..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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
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..read more
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.
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..
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..read more
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.
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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
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..read more
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..read more
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.
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..read more