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It's Health Week! It's Health Week!

Every year our secondary students organise a whole week of activities focusing on improving our physical and mental wellbeing. With our campus still closed and online lessons replacing our usual face to face activities this year they have provided us with some great facts and quizzes and supported by our catering team from Delischool who have suggested some recipes to try.

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Media e-JAWS (Job Alike Workshop) Media e-JAWS (Job Alike Workshop)

In our previous blog post we talked about how Alice Smith teachers are still continuing to collaborate and develop professionally through our TeachMeets. e-JAWS (Job Alike Workshops) take this a step further and are networking events where colleagues from FOBISIA Member Schools can gather virtually to share good practice and co-construct new knowledge across Asia.

Here our..

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FOBISIA Photography Festival FOBISIA Photography Festival

Students have recently been working on their entries for the FOBISIA Photography Festival, an online competition in which students have been asked to respond to the theme "Building Bridges'.

Conceptualised around Internationalism, Building Bridges is an online Art festival using Photography and digital manipulation media for students from Key Stage 2-5 to visually express..

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What is a Virtual TeachMeet? What is a Virtual TeachMeet?

Even during these uncertain times and during online learning, our teachers are still continuing to collaborate and develop professionally. Ensuring they maintain the highest levels of professional practice to deliver the best learning and teaching experience for our students.

A TeachMeet is an informal gathering of teachers where we share good practice, innovation and..

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Restlessness and Worry Restlessness and Worry

While we all continue to deal with the uncertainty that the current situation brings Dan, our Primary Counsellor, returns to the blog with some thoughts on restlessness and worry.

Restlessness and worry are especially prevalent in modernity and in so-called ‘developed’ countries. We feel the urge to fill our time with endless distractions or achievements and are driven to a..

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Alumna Jun Yi awarded ISTD membership Alumna Jun Yi awarded ISTD membership

During the summer break Ms Cooper heard from Alumna Jun Yi, who graduated in 2018. Jun Yi progressed to Nottingham Trent University to study Graphic Design and wrote to share her recent success in the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) Student Assessment scheme and how she attributed part of success to her study of A Level Literature.

"A few months ago, I..

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Virtual Learning: Take Two Virtual Learning: Take Two

Things were just beginning to feel like 'normal'. We had been back in school since the beginning of term and our community had successfully adjusted to the SOPs required to stay safe and healthy. Facemasks, hand washing and physical distancing had become part of our everyday, our 'normal'. However the rise in Covid-19 cases locally means that all schools in Selangor and the..

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A Level music and more A Level music and more

Our musicians throughout the school continue to delight and amaze us and it is wonderful to hear and see them at work! All students, from Preschool to Year 9 have specialist music lessons each week and we offer music at both GCSE and A Level. Here we hear from James, one of our current music A Level students, about his composition work.

"This photo highlights a major..

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Finding the right pathway: Higher education guidance in a non selective school Finding the right pathway: Higher education guidance in a non selective school

For many students and parents, A Levels can appear to be something of a daunting prospect, yet the truth is they can be a far more flexible and accessible qualification than they may first appear. It may also seem that at a school which produces so many students that get very high grades and go to top universities, that this is where our key support for students is mostly..

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Remember to order your school meals! Remember to order your school meals!

We're getting used to a lot of new ways of doing things at school and one that now needs a weekly reminder is to order your school meals before midnight on Sunday.

Working within the guidance and SOPs from the Ministry of Health, our provider “Delischool” has developed a 'bento' box style meal with two delicious meal options to choose from everyday all in a recyclable..

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New Chromebooks for our Year 5's New Chromebooks for our Year 5's

Our Year 5's are excited to receive their new Chromebooks this week! They are the first year group to benefit from the change as the Primary campus transitions to Chromebooks from iPads over the next two years. This change combines the very best features of a traditional laptop and an iPad into one device. Starting this term, the incoming Year 5 students have received ..

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FOBISIA Drama Online Monologue Challenge FOBISIA Drama Online Monologue Challenge

Alice Smith's Drama Department is delighted to invite the FOBISIA community to join us virtually for this exciting new event in the FOBISIA Drama calendar. The Monologue Challenge is an opportunity for our school communities to share solo work and offer a platform for dramatic performance. We recognise how the recent lockdown and social distancing measures have afforded many..

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The Difference Between Teaching at a Tier 1 versus a Lower Tier School The Difference Between Teaching at a Tier 1 versus a Lower Tier School

While there is no official definition for what qualifies as a Tier 1 school, the international community has agreed that certain qualities can earn a school this classification. 

These qualities include:

  • An internationally recognised curriculum
  • Ease of transfer between schools
  • High quality teachers and staff
  • Impressive academic results and post-secondary destinations

While..

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Our Teaching Assistants Graduate Our Teaching Assistants Graduate

Congratulations to our 23 Teaching Assistants at the Primary School who have successfully completed the COBIS Diploma for International Teaching Assistants (DITA) and to our Lead Teaching Assistant, Jennifer, who successfully completed the COBIS Diploma for International Lead Teaching Assistants (DILTA). 

In a wonderful, physically distanced, graduation event in the main hall..

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Reaching Out to the Needy with Kechara Soup Kitchen Reaching Out to the Needy with Kechara Soup Kitchen

Ever wonder when will your next meal be? Food is a basic human need but yet some are deprived of it. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on nearly every aspect of our lives, especially the B40 community (the bottom 40% of Malaysian income earners) and homeless who are badly affected.

To support those in need and encourage giving among the community through its..

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Learner Profile of Students in a Tier 1 International School Learner Profile of Students in a Tier 1 International School

At Alice Smith, we not only focus on providing our students with a world-class education that will help them progress to any university around the world, we also value our responsibility in shaping them into being well-rounded learners.

Helping students develop into resilient and self-assured individuals, not only allows them to learn better, it also paves the way to a..

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Parent Workshops and Learning Power Parent Workshops and Learning Power

During a 'normal' term we are delighted to offer parents a wide range of workshops to help support their role at home as well as our role at school. These workshops run most weeks during 'normal' term time and cover a wide range of subjects.

Some workshops will be age and year group specific, such 'Transition Meetings' for Year 6 parents or 'Early Reading' for Reception..

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What Makes Alice Smith a Tier 1 School in Malaysia What Makes Alice Smith a Tier 1 School in Malaysia

At Alice Smith, we pride ourselves on being regarded as a Tier 1 international school, and we ensure every decision we make is to the benefit of our students and their families. 

In our school, your children will learn essential knowledge, discover new talents through extra-curricular activities and develop the necessary characteristics to become well-rounded adults.

Below,..

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Year 13 Results and Destinations 2020 Year 13 Results and Destinations 2020

UPDATED 24th August: This article has been updated with our latest results following the changes announced by the UK government to allow teachers assessed grades to be awarded where it was higjer than the grade previously achieved.

We are very pleased to share with you the news that 92% of our A Level students have already confirmed offers from their first choice universities..

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What International School Tiers Mean for my Child What International School Tiers Mean for my Child

A goal of any parent is to provide their children with all the opportunities that will help them reach their full potential. 

Everything about a Tier 1 school should be designed to put student success first, taking away any worries or concerns a parent may have in regards to their children's futures. 

At Alice Smith, we take great pride in what we do by setting your children..

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Rebecca takes 2nd place in Oxbridge Society Humanities Competition Rebecca takes 2nd place in Oxbridge Society Humanities Competition

It may be the summer holidays but we are still very excited to hear the news that Rebecca (Year 10) has been awarded 2nd place in the Humanities category of the Academic Exploration Competition held by the Oxbridge Society of Malaysia.

The competition, which was open to students up to Year 13, was held over six weeks in April and May and students had to write an essay of..

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The Alice Smith School Foundation Tertiary Study Grant The Alice Smith School Foundation Tertiary Study Grant

The dream of a Malaysian student to pursue Chemical Engineering tertiary studies in the elite Pembroke College, University of Cambridge is now possible! Zhi Yan Lee, a current Alice Smith scholar in Year 13 is the first proud recipient of the Alice Smith School Foundation Tertiary Study Grant.

Launched in November 2018, the Alice Smith School Foundation was established to..

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Spotlight on Sociology Spotlight on Sociology

What is Sociology?

Sociology is a wide-ranging field that encompasses many aspects of society and develops students' awareness of the world around them. It is the study of society, people and their behaviour. Sociologists examine theories of society, look at evidence and collect research to establish whether theories are correct. We also hope to use this research practically..

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Student Support Programme Student Support Programme

The Student Support Programme (SSP) is a scheme that allows our older students to help other students in their academic studies and it has continued and developed even during virtual learning. The 'regular' scheme involves volunteers from Year 12 and 13 offering support to students in the lower year groups in a subject of their choice. These choices are then matched with..

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Founder’s Day Celebrations at Alice Smith Founder’s Day Celebrations at Alice Smith

Held annually in July on Mrs Alice Fairfield-Smith’s birthday, Founder’s Day is a very special occasion for the community to learn about the unique story of how the school began, and reflect on the legacy and success as one of the oldest and most respected international schools in the Asian region.

To commemorate the birthday of our founder, July 4th, the school adopted a..

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Shamirah Nurhaida Low Binti Abdullah Shamirah Nurhaida Low Binti Abdullah

On 2nd July 2020, we saw the tragic loss of our beloved colleague, with the sudden passing of Shamirah Nurhaida Low Binti Abdullah. Mostly known to her colleagues and the school community lovingly as 'Mira', she joined The Alice Smith School almost a decade ago on 21st December 2010.

Mira made significant contributions to our school through her utmost dedication and..

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Grade Placement in an International School: How We Help Each Child Transition Between Key Stages in Their Learning Grade Placement in an International School: How We Help Each Child Transition Between Key Stages in Their Learning

Any change in a child’s life can be a source of stress and anxiety, especially when it relates to their education. 

At Alice Smith, we do everything we can to limit any strain caused by moving from one key stage to the next, sometimes known as grade placement transitioning. This is particularly important when your child moves from our primary campus to the secondary campus..

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Bastille Day Bastille Day

With nearly 50 different nationalities in school we are very lucky to be able to celebrate many national days. The last of our National Days for this academic year would have been held on 1st July, to celebrate Bastille Day of France.

Bastille Day or La Fete Nationale is celebrated on the 14th July each year, to commemorate the storming of the Bastille, a Parisian prison in..

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Science Extension Projects Science Extension Projects

The Science Faculty introduced our Year 11 and 13 students to the Science Extension Projects in May. These were designed as a result of the cancellation of (I)GCSE and A Level examinations and provided an opportunity for students to delve into aspects of science that fascinated, nurtured, extended and inspired their learning. Students were briefed with the outline of the..

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Virtual EPQ Presentations Virtual EPQ Presentations

This week saw the culmination of a year's work for our EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) students with the presentation of their final projects - virtually of course! From detailed economic discussion considering ‘How did The 1997 Asian financial crash affect people and the local economy in Malaysia in a social and economic perspective?’ and scientific analysis of ‘Will..

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Lauren signs for Aston Villa Football Academy Lauren signs for Aston Villa Football Academy

It's been a baptism of fire for Lauren Purchase as she enters the world of top tier football; having successfully trialed for well-respected Birmingham City Football Club; Lauren made a last-minute pre-season decision to sign for Championship winners and newly promoted to the Womens Super League (WSL), Aston Villa and will now be taking up a much sought after Academy position..

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No Exams But Lots Of Learning No Exams But Lots Of Learning

Our Year 11 and 13 students, left without the traditional Summer Term exams, have been engaging with our enrichment and extension programmes and in doing so they have shown great resilience, independence and a real passion for learning in its truest sense.

Year 13

Our Year 13's have been following bespoke programmes chosen from over 30 in-school courses (including biomedical..

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Football Mad Omar Lands a Movie Role! Football Mad Omar Lands a Movie Role!

We love to hear about all the extraordinary things our Alice Smith Students get up to both in and out of school. In this blog Omar, in Year 8, tells us how his love of football ended up getting him a role in a movie!

"I love football. I play a lot of football and joined the National grassroots training squad. One day my coach announced that there was a producer coming to cast..

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FOBISIA Story Winners: Secondary FOBISIA Story Winners: Secondary

Congratulations to Soraya, from Jerudong International School, who is this year's overall winner of the Secondary category in the FOBISIA (the Federation of British International Schools in Asia) short story competition and also to our runners up Summer, from Taipei European School, and Gan from Help International, KL.

Our judge, Curtis Jobling the designer of worldwide hit..

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Being useless... Being useless...

In his 'Thought for Today' Dan, our Primary School Counsellor encourages us to ...stop, collaborate and listen to the more marginalised parts of yourselves before planning too much more usefulness over the weekend!"I'm reminded today of an old zen koan teaching the value of cultivating uselessness (to balance our 'useful' obsession). In the spirit of being more 'eyebrow',..

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FOBISIA Story Winners: Years 5 and 6 FOBISIA Story Winners: Years 5 and 6

Congratulations to Year 5 and 6 winners of the FOBISIA (the Federation of British International Schools in Asia) short story competition Sizhe, overall winner from Dulwich College, Singapore and runners up Roselyn, from International School at Desa Park City, Kuala Lumpur and Harriet from Dover Court, Singapore.

The response this year was overwhelming! With over twenty..

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How to Reduce the Stress of How to Reduce the Stress of "Homeschooling"

Here's the second of our new posts from the Secondary School Counselling Team with more tips and strategies to help us move from surviving to thriving during these challenging times. Read on to find out about e.S.O.S. - empathy, Simplify, Observe and Structure.

How to Reduce the Stress of "Homeschooling" on Everyone

With school closures in effect, many parents find..

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FOBISIA Story Winners: Years 3 and 4 FOBISIA Story Winners: Years 3 and 4

Congratulations to our Year 3 and 4 winners of the FOBISIA (the Federation of British International Schools in Asia) short story competition, Amelia, overall winner from The Alice Smith School, and runners up Sofia from The British School of Colombo and Garam at Bangkok Patana.

The theme of this year's short story competition was 'Protect'. Launched back in October the..

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Play is essential Play is essential

Play is an essential part of every child’s life. During the weeks of lockdown and partial lockdown, play has been particularly important for emotional regulation and the movement in and out of stress states.

It is a joy to be hidden, but a disaster not to be found - D.W. Winnicott

It is not always easy as a parent to sit and engage in uninterrupted play or to connect with our..

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Animal Crossing Rugby Jerseys Animal Crossing Rugby Jerseys

Our students have been spending their time during the CMCO / MCO in a huge variety of ways - some more surprising than others. Here Year 13 student Adam English tells us about how his passion for jerseys ended up with him collaborating with @WorldRugby.

"The MCO/CMCO here in Malaysia and cancellation of exams has not been easy to deal with but it has given me some extra free..

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The Hot Chocolate (or Milo) Method The Hot Chocolate (or Milo) Method

Who'd have guessed that one of our favourite drinks can also help calm our children down! Read on to find out more about the 'Hot Chocolate Method' from Dan, our Primary Counsellor.

When children are in the grip of anxiety or anger, we often respond to the cognitive-thinking brain first with rational information such as, ‘there’s nothing to worry about’ or ‘calm down!’

This..

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A Look at Studying A Levels in Malaysia A Look at Studying A Levels in Malaysia

A Levels are an internationally recognised pre-university programme with high academic standards. They are exam-based and require in-depth knowledge of the chosen subject matter are equivalent to other pre-university programmes such as Australian Matriculation, Canadian Pre-University (CPU) and the Malaysian STPM.

Though they are known to be challenging, students with this..

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What is the Pastoral Care Award What is the Pastoral Care Award

Every year, the International School Awards recognise excellence in teaching and learning at schools around the world. 

This awards ceremony was established by ISC Research, the world's leading provider in international school data. A school that receives such awards sets the benchmark for others to reach, setting them apart as high quality institutions in the community.

One..

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If we cannot make peace within... If we cannot make peace within...

Thought for today... from Dan, our Primary Counsellor.

If we cannot make peace within, how can we hope to bring about peace in the world? (Thich Nhat Hanh)

I’d intended to write a short piece about the spiritual and emotional power of music today - this is still about that - but settled on the quote above even though it points more towards restless minds and the seeking of..

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Covid fatigue is taking a toll on us all... Covid fatigue is taking a toll on us all...

Whatever our situation —good pacing, refreshment, and support will be key to surviving the long road ahead. It’s time to establish a healthier and more human(e) rhythm. Dan, our Primary Counsellor, shares with us an adaptation of an email from Clare Gerada, Medical Lead of Hurley Group.

Here in Malaysia we have been under MCO or CMCO for nine weeks and our personal and..

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The rollercoaster of life during the MCO The rollercoaster of life during the MCO

Our Counselling Team at the Secondary School, Mr Ahmed, Ms Lee and Mr Slade, have written a couple of articles to help us make sense of what’s happening and how we’re feeling, with some tips and strategies to help us move from surviving to thriving during these challenging times.

The rollercoaster of life during the MCO and trying to make sense of it

Adjusting to life under..

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Photograph a Day Challenge Photograph a Day Challenge

So what is life like for our students right now? Our 'Photograph a Day' project intends to find out. As part of the range of activities currently on offer for our Secondary School students this exciting project offers them the chance to document how the world looks to them, one day at a time.

Follow our dedicated Instagram page klass_photographychallenge and see if you can..

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How Alice Smith Ensures a Quality British Education How Alice Smith Ensures a Quality British Education

Ensuring their children have a quality education is a concern for any parent.

International schools that offer an internationally recognised curriculum bestow your children with the educational foundation they need to succeed in any post secondary institution they choose, preparing them for a future that meets their highest potential. 

At Alice Smith, we ensure your children..

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Spinach is a Superfood! Spinach is a Superfood!

Student welfare is at the heart of everything we do. We care passionately about individual students and know that happy, healthy, resilient and self-assured students learn better and have more successful lives. That's why 'Happy and Healthy' is one of our KLASS Learner attributes and that includes making great food choices. 

May would have seen one of our special themed days..

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Four Benefits of Having a Higher Education Programme Four Benefits of Having a Higher Education Programme

Planning for post-secondary education can be a stressful time for students, especially when they have to fit researching and working on their applications into their already full schedules. 

Having a resource that is solely dedicated to helping them reach their post-secondary goals can be a huge relief and a much-needed source of guidance for students. 

At Alice Smith, our..

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