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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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Zoom Rhapsody Zoom Rhapsody

It's fantastic to be back in school this week but our memories of Zoom and online learning aren't far away and we were delighted when Alif, parent of Aynn (Year 3), shared with us this wonderful project they had worked on together during the MCO. 

"It all started when my son Aynn began making up his own song about distance learning and how he dreaded it after almost one year..

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KLASS MEDS: Applying to Medical School KLASS MEDS: Applying to Medical School

During the MCO our KLASS MEDS team arranged on line sessions for our aspiring doctors and life scientists. Although we are now back on campus the team has continued to connect our would-be medical students with KLASS Alumni who are now studying to be Doctors.

Firstly we welcomed Hong Yau, a year 3 medical student at the University of Leicester, UK.

Hong Yau was able to give..

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Fees Frozen for 2021-22 Academic Year Fees Frozen for 2021-22 Academic Year

The Council of Governors’ responsibility is to make sustainable long term strategic decisions in the best interests of the school. The school, like many other organisations, has itself been severely impacted by the pandemic. Hence, the need to balance the financial pressures on the school with the needs of our parents, within the school’s financial means as a non-profit..

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Webinar: Preparing students for a successful international future Webinar: Preparing students for a successful international future

The world is changing rapidly and many jobs of the 20th Century will not exist by 2025 and the remaining industries will see massive changes. Our students will have careers that we have not yet even thought of and even the traditional professions, such as medicine and engineering, will not look as they do today.

We were delighted to cohost a virtual roundtable event with our..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: ‘Spark’ Story Competition and Principal's message Primary Weekly Highlights: ‘Spark’ Story Competition and Principal's message

The theme for this year’s FOBISIA short story competition was ‘Spark’, which gave the children a broad topic to explore writes Julie Harrison, our Subject Coach for English. As you can imagine, we had a wide range of stories covering a wide range of ideas, from fires and erupting volcanoes to sparks of emotions. We are very proud of all the Key Stage 2 children for their..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Year 8 Island Adventures and Easter Secondary Weekly Highlights: Year 8 Island Adventures and Easter

This week, our Head of Faculty for English and Media, Victoria Miles, shares with us the island adventures that our Year 8 students have been on in English this term. 

Every year Year 8 students take part in the 'Island Project Competition'. Even with virtual learning, this year was no exception. Students worked in teams within their English classes to create a brand new,..

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🎼Ivan and Soo Jeong are Our Young Musicians of the Year 🎼Ivan and Soo Jeong are Our Young Musicians of the Year

This week we reached the exciting crescendo of our Young Musician of the Year Competition. Following a rigorous judging process by our guest judge, Mr Kevin Field, our Junior and Senior winners were announced at this week’s Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form Commendation Ceremonies. Congratulations to our Junior winner, Ivan (Year8), whose performance of a piano piece..

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InvestIn - Virtual Work Experience to enrich your university applications InvestIn - Virtual Work Experience to enrich your university applications

With all the dramatic changes that have taken place in the world over the last year, the move into unprecedented levels of virtual space and communication has perhaps been the most startling. Existing workers in myriad industries have been finding ways of moving their endeavours online. But how does it work for those seeking work experience and internships? How can they..

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Emily & India win the National Schools Geology Challenge 🎉👏 Emily & India win the National Schools Geology Challenge 🎉👏

Many congratulations to Emily Chong and India Kolb in Year 13 have won the British Geological Society 'National Schools Geology Challenge'. The National Schools Geology Challenge is a worldwide competition where students showcase their interest in geology, learn more about the way geoscience impacts our lives, and put their teamwork and presentation skills to the test!

Over to..

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Six ways to help your child develop early maths skills Six ways to help your child develop early maths skills

Here's six ways you can help your preschooler to develop early maths skills and build important foundations for later number work:
  1. Counting: Understanding numbers will help children in all areas of maths. When children hear adults counting, using numbers and talking about quantity it develops their understanding of the concept of number. Count steps, cups on the table, number..
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Secondary Weekly Highlight: STEM Week '21 Secondary Weekly Highlight: STEM Week '21

We have had a STEM-tastic week at EP. Our fabulous student prefects for STEM, Maths and Computer Science, Biology, DT, Physics, Eco and Chemistry have treated staff and students to a medley of activities and learning moments as part of STEM Week - a week-long exploration of all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths related. 

Our student prefects have worked..

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Primary Weekly Highlight: Year 6 New Skill Presentations Primary Weekly Highlight: Year 6 New Skill Presentations

To achieve success one must sometimes fail. To learn one has to often struggle. Failure and struggle can be discouraging for some but not for our Year 6 students. A major highlight this week has been the new skill presentations as part of the Year 6 Challenge Award. As part of this challenge, students must identify a new skill and attempt to develop it. The learning experience..

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Applying to... University in Ireland ☘️ Applying to... University in Ireland ☘️

Have the St. Patrick's Day ☘️celebrations made you think about the possibility of studying in Ireland? Each year Alice Smith Students progress to Universities and Colleges around the world  including Irish Institutions like University College Cork and RCSI. They are able to do this with the support and guidance from our dedicated Higher Educated Counselling team. In this blog..

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Celebrating our Diversity: St. Patrick's Day ☘️ Celebrating our Diversity: St. Patrick's Day ☘️

It's time to celebrate another of our Founding Nations on March 17th with St. Patrick's Day ☘️☘️☘️.

St Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of St Patrick (Lá Fhéile Phádraig), is a global celebration of Irish culture held on March 17th. This is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland, who administered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth..

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#BuildKindness: Product Showcase & Celebration Day #BuildKindness: Product Showcase & Celebration Day

As we move into March, with all students back on our campuses and vaccination happening globally, there is cause for optimism and a recovery from the pandemic. The challenges of the pandemic has not prevented our community from supporting needy urban families in Kuala Lumpur through our giving.

Since the launch of our Foundation’s #BuildKindness campaign last November, we have..
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Cross-Curricular Learning in Action: The Hook Cross-Curricular Learning in Action: The Hook

For their new topic our Year 6's were treated to inspirational messages from two very special guests connected with their new cross-curricular unit - Professor Peter Frankopan and Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS.

In Key Stage 2 our Primary curriculum approach uses flexible, well planned cross-curricular units to encourage students to make sense of their learning by creating links..

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

In Term 2, the EP community were looking forward to our annual ‘Celebration of Music’ concert. With school closure in response to the pandemic, we have had to think a little differently about this. In its place, the EP Music Department is running an online performance competition to find our ‘Young Musician of the Year.’ The competition is an opportunity to motivate our..

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The impact of School Closure and Covid on Learning The impact of School Closure and Covid on Learning

We're going back to school! Yes on March 8th we will welcome all our students back to  campus after spending most of this term engaged in distance learning due to the pandemic. We'll be very pleased to see them but a question on many parents minds is 'How much impact has the school closure and the pandemic had on learning?'

Our recent Primary parent workshop focused on this..

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What is Futurescope? What is Futurescope?

Futurescope was born in the 2016/17 academic year. The brainchild of Jake Lynn, who at the time was Head of Media Studies at Alice Smith, Futurescope was initially a teaching and learning project wherein students from Years 10-13 volunteered to research, prepare and deliver a TED-style talk of around ten minutes on a topic of their choice.Although staff were available for..

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Celebrating our diversity! Japan 💮 Celebrating our diversity! Japan 💮

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!

With the extension of the MCO we now know we won't be..

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The School Library in the age of Virtual Learning The School Library in the age of Virtual Learning

In this week's blog our Head of Libraries, Rob George, looks at the how Alice Smith School library has responded to the challenges of the pandemic.

"Like all aspects of educational provision the school library has not been spared from significant challenges as Covid 19 forced a rapid transition to virtual learning. We pride ourselves on having an amazing library that..

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We 💖 KLASS PTA! We 💖 KLASS PTA!

Every year the KLASS PTA makes significant contributions to our school and we are fortunate to benefit greatly from their voluntary efforts. The PTA is parent led and they play a key role in supporting the school in a number of ways.

In particular, the PTA:

  • Provides a positive welcoming climate for all parents and new families on their arrival to the school;
  • Builds our school..
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Construction Play in Early Years Construction Play in Early Years

Our Primary Principal, Alan McCarthy, shares how our Early Years team use construction play with our youngest children to help them express themselves, deepen their understanding of the world around them, connect with other children and, most importantly, develop personally and emotionally.
 
"Children within our Early Years are offered a broad range of learning opportunities..
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Careers and Skills for the 21st Century Careers and Skills for the 21st Century

The world is changing rapidly and many jobs of the 20th Century will not exist by 2025 and the remaining industries will see massive changes according to a Gartner Report. New positions, that didn't exist at the turn of the century have taken over as the most lucrative jobs in the world. Such changes have direct impacts on the future jobs of graduates, no matter which industry..

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KLASS MEDS: Do you want to be a Doctor? KLASS MEDS: Do you want to be a Doctor?

During the MCO our KLASS MEDS team has been arranging on line sessions for our aspiring doctors and life scientists. During January they have heard from three great doctors who have talked passionately about their careers in medicine and particular specialties.

In the first week of term we welcomed Dr. Ryan Ponnudurai of Prince Court Hospital (PCH), who spoke to our KS4 and 5..

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Year 2 learning during the MCO Year 2 learning during the MCO

Our Alice Smith Primary Curriculum has been developed specifically for our student body. Our students are consistently high attainers academically and have had a wide range of diverse experiences before starting school. We have designed a curriculum that challenges the thinking of our able learners, preparing them for jobs requiring high level problem solving skills,..
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Applying to ... University in France Applying to ... University in France

Thinking of studying in France? In this week's blog we talk to Guillaume and Hugo who both picked French institutions for their degree studies.

Hugo Bellemin / KLASS of 2020

Degree: Bachelor in Cinematography

University: ESRA, France

Guillaume Pans / KLASS of 2015

Degree: Masters of European Affairs

University: The Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris),..

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Australia Day Jan 26th Australia Day Jan 26th

With so many different nationalities in school we are very lucky to be able to celebrate a huge variety of national days. Term 2 is usually a busy time for the kitchens, as we celebrate our truly international and multicultural student population with not one but five national days!

And while we can't be together on the first of these, Australia Day which falls on Tuesday 26th..

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Applying to ... University in Japan Applying to ... University in Japan

Each year Alice Smith Students progress to Universities and Colleges around the world. They are able to do this with the support and guidance from our dedicated Higher Educated Counselling team. In this blog we talk to Francis who chose Japan as her higher education study destination.

Francis Therese Calalang / KLASS of 2015

Degree: B.A. EconomicsUniversity: School of..

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On with the show! On with the show!

In times of social distancing how can a subject like Drama survive? In an online world how can Drama not just survive, but thrive? Our Head of Creative Arts, Holly Sullivan reflects on these questions in this week's blog.

The impact of the global pandemic on education has of course been unprecedented in its scope and exceptionally challenging in the issues it has produced...

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Applying to ... University in New Zealand Applying to ... University in New Zealand

Each year Alice Smith Students progress to Universities and Colleges around the world. They are able to do this with the support and guidance from our dedicated Higher Educated Counselling team. In this blog we talk to Aaryaman who chose New Zealand as his higher education study destination.

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Aaryaman Desai / KLASS of 2018

Degree: Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering..

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What a year! Some highlights of 2020 🎉🥂🎆 What a year! Some highlights of 2020 🎉🥂🎆

In many ways 2020 will be a year we’d all rather forget but we are reminded that ‘Events are neither good or bad - it’s our evaluations that make them so’ (Ellen Langer, Professor Of Psychology at Harvard University) and at Alice Smith we have had a lot to celebrate this year! Here are some of our highlights.

January

We began the year with a shortlisted entry in the..

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#BuildingKindness Campaign #BuildingKindness Campaign

During these challenging times of COVID-19, the livelihood of many people especially the B40 group are affected. The B40 community comprises of Malaysian citizens in the bottom 40% household income range, also known as the B40 group. Their only meal today could be their last. Every empty plate, every empty kitchen, can be filled up because of you.

The Alice Smith School..

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