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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 Point’..

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Best British International Schools | Alice Smith 2019 IGCSE Grades Best British International Schools | 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 Campus Innovative Learning Environments | Alice Smith School Campus

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 an effective environment for innovative learning and teaching to take place. They should..

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

Every day, the Admissions team at Alice Smith tour prospective parents and pupils interested in joining our school.

We show them our new sports facilities (we are the first school in Malaysia, and only the third in the world, to have an IAAF certified running track and our pool is bigger than Olympic size), our new Sixth Form, Humanities and Library blocks and in our Primary..

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Alice Smith School | Choosing an International School in Kuala Lumpur Alice Smith School | Choosing an International School in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur's Only Not-For-Profit International British School

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 been providing an outstanding international education in Malaysia with its ethos encapsulated in the richness of our diverse and caring school community.

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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 learning spaces are being designed to be flexible and versatile with mobile and adaptable furniture, supporting and encouraging different ways of learning and teaching and enabling collaboration and encouraging communication and..

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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 been providing an outstanding international education in Malaysia with its ethos encapsulated in the richness of our diverse and caring school community.

An Alice Smith education supports mastery of..

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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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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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International School Receives PDQM Award | Alice Smith School International School Receives PDQM Award | Alice Smith School

The Alice Smith School recently received the Professional Development Quality Mark (PDQM) at the Gold level becoming the first international school to gain this quality mark. 

It’s presented by the Institute of Education at University College London and was originally developed by experience PD leaders in partnership with specialists at the London Centre for Leadership in..

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Questioning to Make a Difference Questioning to Make a Difference

By David Potts, Vice-Principal, Learning & Teaching - Secondary Campus

Understanding the power of questioning in developing thinking skills, both through asking and being asked, is at the heart of learning. We spend a significant part of our education answering questions. We tentatively impart our knowledge, demonstrate our understanding and expound our interpretations of..

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Enriching Lives Through Service Learning | Alice Smith School Enriching Lives Through Service Learning | Alice Smith School

by Roger Schultz, Head of Alice Smith School

Some would argue that school is all about examination results and giving students the best possible opportunity to get outstanding grades for university. In many ways this is a great start to life beyond school but learning goes way beyond subjects and grades.

At Alice Smith School, our expansive approach to learning gives all..

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Learning for Life at the Alice Smith School Learning for Life at the Alice Smith School

by Roger Schultz, Head of School

It is common for schools to speak of educating the “whole child” and providing a “holistic education” for their students, acknowledging that a successful learning environment is about much more than just academic results. However, when considering the relative merits of a school and the quality of its educational provision, looking at..

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Stepping into Higher Education | Alice Smith Sixth Form Stepping into Higher Education | Alice Smith Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form academic curriculum is comprised of linear, two-year A Levels, optional two-year AS Levels and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Within our Pathways programme, students can choose from three key combinations of courses to suit their strengths, needs and aspirations; two-year AS Levels serve as an optional means of providing academic breadth to augment..

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Developing 21st Century Skills Developing 21st Century Skills

by Roger Schultz, Head of School

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 can help encourage active learning behaviours.

Teaching methods are evolving, with classes regularly employing..

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Building Community Spirit by Helping Others Building Community Spirit by Helping Others

by Roger Schultz, Head of School

As the oldest British international school in Malaysia, the Alice Smith School has a long history of community service.

Responding to the needs of others is deeply embedded in the culture and ethos of the school. The voluntary work of its governing body and Parent-teacher Association, for example, illustrate this selflessness.

For over 70..

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Foundation Stage Alice Smith School: Nurturing a Love of Learning Foundation Stage Alice Smith School: Nurturing a Love of Learning

Starting school is an exciting time for parents and children as they begin their learning journey with us at Alice Smith. 

In our Foundation Stage classes you will see children who are encouraged to use their imagination and are responsive to their friends and the adults who work with them.  Rich and engaging discussion is evident, with ideas being formulated through..

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Creating Lifelong Learners in the 21st Century | Alice Smith School Creating Lifelong Learners in the 21st Century | Alice Smith School

‘Imagination is more important than knowledge’

Albert Einstein

Gone are the days when education was about a teacher imparting their knowledge on to their students. In order to be successful and ensure our students are equipped to thrive in an uncertain world, the most important thing we can teach our students are the learning habits needed to handle the unknown.

Cultivating..

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Do Flexible School Campuses Really Benefit Learning? | Alice Smith School Do Flexible School Campuses Really Benefit Learning? | Alice Smith School

Imagine yourself as a student walking into your school, smelling the fresh air even inside the building. The way in which the walls are built to prevent the feeling of constriction. There’s open space everywhere you look, with chairs dispersed throughout the building in such a way that is pleasant to the eye, but also provides the freedom to sit whenever and wherever you..

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