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Personalised support for SAT/ACT and LNAT Personalised support for SAT/ACT and LNAT

At Alice Smith School, we strive to support our students in their higher education aspirations. While the majority of our graduates will be applying to and attending UK universities, the number of students applying to the US has steadily increased, partly based on some excellent placements over the past few years.

To ensure that our students are able to produce a strong and..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: A half term congratulations!👍 Secondary Weekly Highlights: A half term congratulations!👍

We have concluded our first half term of this academic year. Congratulations to all EP students who have engaged, learned, created, discussed, explored and problem solved over the last 7 weeks, whether you did so through our distance learning programme or on campus. Congratulations also to the newest members of our teaching team at EP who have survived and thrived through..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Drawing and Early Representation ✏️〰🖼 Primary Weekly Highlights: Drawing and Early Representation ✏️〰🖼

Drawing is a crucial activity during kindergarten years. It is a way for a child to express their understanding of the world around them. Drawing allows children to make meaning and freely express their ideas, thoughts and feelings. Children usually have a natural urge to draw and here at JB, we ensure our learning environments support this. 

Across our kindergarten years,..

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Celebrating our diversity! Spain! Celebrating our diversity! Spain!

In our continued celebration of the diversity of our student body, today we commemorate the National Day of Spain or Fiesta Nacional de Espana which falls on the 12th October.

On October 12th 1492, it is cited that Christopher Columbus first stepped onto American shores, assuring Spain’s overseas projection and legacy to the world. The Spanish Empire was one of the greatest in..

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🎉Congratulations, Year 11 Computer Science Whiz, Eugene!👏 🎉Congratulations, Year 11 Computer Science Whiz, Eugene!👏

Eugene Hwang is a Year 11 Computer Science student who we would like to formally recognise for his remarkable problem solving and programming skills in the community. In the May 2021 award ceremony, he achieved a gold medal in Digital Technologies at the UNSW International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS). This is a prestigious award which is only given to the..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Conceptual Understanding in PE - KLASS Values Secondary Weekly Highlights: Conceptual Understanding in PE - KLASS Values

’The first to help you up are the ones who know how it feels to fall down’

The world is evolving at an exponential rate and as educators, we are teaching students to pursue careers that don’t currently exist. To prepare students for tomorrow’s world, we need to look carefully at the concepts and skills that are universal. In this week’s Secondary Blog, Alice Curwood (Head of..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Our Teachers Primary Weekly Highlights: Our Teachers

World Teacher Day was celebrated this week and I would like to thank all parents and students for showing their appreciation to their teachers in different ways. This day has made me reflect on how outstanding our teachers are here at JB.Our teachers are some of the most caring and committed people I have ever worked with. I was reminded of this recently, when we came together..

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Kode For Kindness Competition Kode For Kindness Competition

Calling all coders from Years 7 to 13: test out your Python programming skills with unique challenges of various difficulties!

Andrea and Annushka (Year 13 Computer Science students) are running ‘Kode For Kindness’ - a virtual fundraising coding competition! Over to Andrea and Annushka to tell us more.

"This is a fundraising event where individuals pay a RM40 / $10 entry fee..

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Returning to School Safely Returning to School Safely

It is wonderful to see more of our students on site at our campuses this week as we welcome back our oldest students in the examination years at the Secondary School. They join our youngest students in the Kindergarten years who have been on campus since the end of September. We are hopeful that the rest of our students will be able to join them soon. 

It is great to see the..

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Competition Winners! 👏🏆 Competition Winners! 👏🏆

We always love hearing about our students success both in and out of school. Recently several of our students have had fantastic success in competitions nationally and internationally across a diverse range of subjects from photography to engineering and from English to investment management. Read on to find out more!

Sony Malaysia Photography Competition 2021

First,..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Welcome to our KLASS Community! Secondary Weekly Highlights: Welcome to our KLASS Community!

We are now five weeks into the 2021-22 academic year and our newly-arrived teachers have done a fantastic job of getting to grips with teaching in a new school and, for some, living in a new country. Teaching so far this year has had the added challenge of being online and I salute the way our recently-arrived teachers have successfully established relationships for learning..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Student Leadership Primary Weekly Highlights: Student Leadership

As part of our citizenship programme, we encourage the development of student leadership throughout the Primary campus. There are many positions that any child, dependent on age, can aspire to. When in school, at class and year group level, we offer a range of roles from Environmental Officers and Buddies to Break/Lunch Monitors. Each class from Year 2 – 6 also vote termly,..

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Celebrating our diversity! Nigeria & Hong Kong! Celebrating our diversity! Nigeria & Hong Kong!

Continuing our celebration of the diversity of our student body, we are commemorating not one, but two countries today as October 1st is both Nigerian Independence Day & Chinese National Day in Hong Kong! 

Nigerian Independence Day

Independence Day in Nigeria, marks the country's independence from British rule on 1st October 1960 and is recognised as a national holiday...

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Personalised support for Oxford and Cambridge Personalised support for Oxford and Cambridge

With entrance to elite universities becoming ever more competitive and with increased emphasis on specific entrance examinations and interviews required by certain universities, Alice Smith School aims to ensure that such students have a personalised support programme catered for their needs.As a part of the extensive Higher Education provision given to A-Level students at..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Our Students Return! Primary Weekly Highlights: Our Students Return!

Yesterday was a special day. Our students across the kindergarten years returned and brought our campus back to life. Classrooms were full of happy and joyful children who embraced being back at school and brought smiles to everyone at JB.

I was so impressed with how instantly comfortable and settled our children were as they separated from their parents and strolled into..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Leading Parent Partnerships Secondary Weekly Highlights: Leading Parent Partnerships

A strong, effective and positive partnership with parents is one of the hallmarks of an outstanding school. Parents trust us with their children with the expectation that we will do the absolute best for every individual child at JB and EP. Good communication, solid relationships, understanding the needs of both parties, a commitment to success and a constant drive towards..

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AIMS Virtual Olympics AIMS Virtual Olympics

Competitive sport brings excitement, collaboration and connection, so come and join in!On Monday 13 September The AIMS Virtual Olympics was officially launched across over 40 Malaysian international schools and is a fantastic opportunity for our students to compete, connect and collaborate through physical activity whilst we are Distance Learning.The AIMS Sports Virtual..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: International Dot Day Primary Weekly Highlights: International Dot Day

ART ROOM BLOG

This week in the virtual Art Room, we have been celebrating International DOT Day! Dot Day is based on the book, The Dot, by Peter Reynolds which tells the story of a child called Vashti who resists creating art until her teacher empowers her to discover what a talented artist she really is! It is also a story of how even the youngest of us can ‘Make their Mark’..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Unveiling our EP Eco Code! Secondary Weekly Highlights: Unveiling our EP Eco Code!

As we celebrate Alice Smith School’s 75 years of history in Malaysia, now, more than ever, we must look to the future and ensure our community has the knowledge, skills and passion necessary to act in the defence of our planet. We must lead by example and demonstrate sustainable practices in all we do. In this week’s Secondary Blog, our Enrichment Leader and Associate Vice..

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Celebrating our diversity! Chile Celebrating our diversity! Chile

The celebration of our very international student body continues on 17th September, with our recognition of the Independence Day of Chile, Dia de la Independencia, Chile which is observed on 18th September.

The 18th September marks the day when Chilean people declared their independence from Spain in 1810. Spain had ruled over Chile since the middle of the 16th Century. The..

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Celebrating our diversity! Malaysia Celebrating our diversity! Malaysia

The largest proportion of our student population are Malaysian, therefore it is fitting that our next national day celebration is for Malaysia Day on 16th September.

Malaysia Day recognises the establishment of the Malaysian Federation on 16th September 1963. Malaya, North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak and Singapore unified into a single state (Although Singapore was later expelled..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Our Students Primary Weekly Highlights: Our Students

As I reflect upon the first two weeks of this school year, it is our students who are foremost in my mind. Our students have yet again demonstrated incredible levels of resilience and strength in the face of some major challenges. 

They have had to cope with a change of year group including new teachers and classmates while continuing to learn virtually. Speaking with our..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Rise and Shine! Secondary Weekly Highlights: Rise and Shine!

As we conclude the second week of our new school year, it is wonderful to see and hear of the opportunities and experiences our students are enjoying and preparing for. In this week’s KLASS Blog, our ECA Coordinator and House Leader, Danny Hodnett, is excited to share two such enrichment opportunities with you:

With every new start to a school year, Alice Smith never fails to..

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Applying to... University in the Netherlands 🌷 Applying to... University in the Netherlands 🌷

Each year Alice Smith Students progress to Universities and Colleges around the world. The Netherlands is a destination that is growing in popularity and several Alumni have gone to Dutch Universities including:

The University of Applied Sciences Utrecht Maastricht University Rotterdam Business SchoolUniversity of AmsterdamUniversity of GroningenWillem De Kooning Academy

They..

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Celebrating our diversity! Brazil Celebrating our diversity! Brazil

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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Connecting and Reconnecting Secondary Weekly Highlights: Connecting and Reconnecting

It has been such a joyful week of connecting and reconnecting: students with teachers, students with students, teachers with teachers, teachers with parents, parents with parents. Learning has well and truly begun and so have the social interactions, debate, enthusiasm, discussion and creating that make up such an important part of that learning experience. It was wonderful to..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Learning has begun at JB! Primary Weekly Highlights: Learning has begun at JB!

Students have made an amazing start to their year in this first week at JB. Our students in Preschool have shown such enthusiasm for their learning and adapted brilliantly to online learning with their teachers. Across Year 1 and Reception, children have engaged in a range of activities getting to know each other, their teachers and sharing information about themselves.

From..

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Celebrating our diversity! Vietnam Celebrating our diversity! Vietnam

In celebration of the diversity of our student body, we commemorate many of our student nationalities throughout the year. When we are on campus this celebration includes serving traditional food in both canteens.

This year we will be celebrating more countries than ever before!

Our first event is to celebrate the National Day of Vietnam on 2nd September.

Background

At the..

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Applying to ... University in South Korea Applying to ... University in South Korea

We've a growing number of South Korean families in school and we're often asked which curriculum offers the best entry route to top South Korean universities. Would it be better for students to study IB or A Levels? Let's find out some more from Head of Higher Education, Joe Marshall, who works with our students as they make their university applications and speaks directly..
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End of Academic Year 2020 - 2021 End of Academic Year 2020 - 2021

Thank you

We deeply appreciate your support and understanding throughout this school year as we responded to the changing circumstances of the pandemic. From pivoting between being fully open, to being partially open, to being fully closed again, it has been an uncertain and difficult school year for everyone. 

From the recent parent surveys, it was reassuring to see your..

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Resilience Programme: Benefit Finding Resilience Programme: Benefit Finding

To support students with self awareness and the language to identify when things are difficult we have recently started a resilience programme during tutor period. This consists of 4 weekly reviews and activities that the students are encouraged to do from this week until the end of term. In our final week we are looking at 'Benefit Finding'. You can find links to the previous..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Keeping music alive! Secondary Weekly Highlights: Keeping music alive!

Perhaps you have been wondering what musicians have been doing around the world in this time of perpetual lockdown? Well, the industry has simply adapted and session musicians are now working remotely on projects and recordings. Multi-million dollar studio complexes have given way to project studios. Significant improvements in computers, software, virtual instruments and..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Our Students Primary Weekly Highlights: Our Students

Our students have been extraordinary this school year. Faced with so much change and challenge, they have continued to amaze me with their resilience and fortitude.

As Principal, I have been shared into countless examples of our students showing kindness and humility throughout the school year. Students have engaged in service to others through awareness raising, charity..

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Resilience Programme: The Resilience Plan Resilience Programme: The Resilience Plan

To support students with self awareness and the language to identify when things are difficult we have recently started a resilience programme during tutor period. This consists of 4 weekly reviews and activities that the students are encouraged to do from this week until the end of term. In our third week we are looking at 'The Resilience Plan'.

How do people overcome..

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Wi-Fi Upgrade and SSO - FAQs Wi-Fi Upgrade and SSO - FAQs

Our IT team will be working throughout the summer to upgrade our Wi-Fi on both campuses and move us towards a Single Sign On (SSO) for school systems.  The FAQs below give some more detail on this but if your question isn't answered you can also email our IT team directly who will be happy to help.

Is there anything else I need to know?

The iSAMS system will be offline between..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Spotlight on EPQ Secondary Weekly Highlights: Spotlight on EPQ

What a week it has been as we have embarked on the myriad celebratory and farewell events that mark the culmination of this academic year. It has been a week of joy, pride and emotion as we have said goodbye to our leavers at our two KLASSics farewell events and recognised the outstanding achievements and contributions of our Year 11 and 13 students in our Year 11 and 13..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Community Primary Weekly Highlights: Community

As we approach the end of a very challenging school year, I have been reflecting on my experiences as Primary Principal at Alice Smith. One aspect of our school has continually demonstrated its strength and importance; our community. I believe it is our community that has played a significant role in supporting us all through this testing year. 

Here at JB we have strived to..

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Thanking Our Unsung Heroes Thanking Our Unsung Heroes

Last week our Secondary students hosted a virtual assembly for our 'Unsung Heroes' to say thank-you to the non teaching staff (NTS) that work across the Equine Park campus. Both students and teachers took time out to express their gratitude for the effort that is put in, especially in this most difficult of years, to keep the school running. 

Here are some of the many comments..

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AIMS Percussion Masterclass🎶 AIMS Percussion Masterclass🎶

On Tuesday afternoon some of our talented percussion students were involved in an online Association of International Malaysian Schools (AIMS) Percussion Masterclass, taught by Joshua Vonderheide of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ahead of the workshop students were asked to prepare different rhythmic patterns so they were able to contribute to the workshop. Two of our..

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Resilience Programme: Best Possible Self Resilience Programme: Best Possible Self

To support students with self awareness and the language to identify when things are difficult we have recently started a resilience programme during tutor period. This consists of 4 weekly reviews and activities that the students are encouraged to do from this week until the end of term. This week we are looking at 'The Best Possible' self. You can find the other activities ..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Turtles 🐢 Primary Weekly Highlights: Turtles 🐢

Our learning here at JB is always purposeful. We plan and teach units of learning through our cross curricular approach which are a combination of knowledge and skill building aimed at deepening student understanding. Our recent unit on turtles 🐢 in Year 2 was an example of all that is great about our approach. 

The unit comprised a brilliant balance of knowledge acquisition..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Rise and Shine!💪🌄 Secondary Weekly Highlights: Rise and Shine!💪🌄

As the pandemic continues to have a hold over our leisure time, we have sharpened our focus on personal and community wellbeing. At EP, we strive to provide a holistic education that reaches far beyond the classroom and one that supports the whole community. One overwhelming success story has been the introduction of Rise and Shine Morning Motivation. 

This week, our House..

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Resilience Programme Resilience Programme

Our weekly student survey feedback reflects that students are continuing well with their learning and engagement in online lessons. However, it is clear that as we have continued in lockdown students are finding that they need to draw on more strength to keep going.

To support students with self awareness and the language to identify when things are difficult we have recently..

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EYFS student wins AIMS Science competition👏 EYFS student wins AIMS Science competition👏

We were very excited to hear that our EYFS student was one of the three winners in their age group in the AIMS Science Easter Holiday Challenge.

The challenge set was to build a Rube Goldberg machine. 

Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author engineer and inventor. He drew popular cartoons showing complicated gadgets performing simple tasks, such as a..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Dramatic Year 🎭 Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Dramatic Year 🎭

This week we were treated to our annual Key Stage 3 Drama Assembly - a celebration of all things Drama that have taken place this year and by which our students have been stretched, challenged and captivated. 

Our Drama Team - Ms. Sullivan and Ms. Watkinson - have creatively and expertly adapted the Drama curriculum at Key Stage 3 this year to be delivered virtually. They have..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Music Matters!🎼📻🎶 Primary Weekly Highlights: Music Matters!🎼📻🎶

Despite the ongoing challenges we are facing on a global scale, music making has continued to enhance the lives of many, including those within our school community. 

The positive impact that music in its many forms has on wellbeing is widely documented. Whether participating or listening, music is associated with improved mood, reduced anxiety, lower levels of depression,..

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Celebrating our diversity! Russia Celebrating our diversity! Russia

In our continued celebration of the diversity of our student body, on 11th June, we will be commemorating Russia Day for the first time. 

Celebrated annually since 1992 to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic on 12th June 1990. 

This marked the beginning of constitutional reform in the Russian..

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Online Learning Safety and Online Social Activities Online Learning Safety and Online Social Activities

As we continue with online learning and engaging in educational activities, it is good to be aware of the challenges that such a platform can present to our students. The school’s educational platform of Google is a secure platform that permits students to access materials used by the school for educational purposes. Students have the ability to share work and chat through..
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How do you become a Head Student? How do you become a Head Student?

Last week we announced our new Head Students and like any other job our applicants went through a rigorous selection process! Here two of our new Head Student Team, Rishabh and Tyler, reflect on the process and give us some insight into how our Head Students are appointed.

"The Head Student application process is an amazing opportunity to reflect on your strengths and..

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Celebrating our diversity! Denmark Celebrating our diversity! Denmark

5th June commemorates the anniversary of Frederick VII signing the Danish constitution in 1849, establishing Denmark as a constitutional monarchy; locally known as Grundlovsdag.

Whilst not a public holiday, Government offices, banks and schools are closed, as are most shops.

The day has added significance as women were given the vote on 5th June 1915, and the constitution of..

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