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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Insights into Internationalism  🌏 ✍️ Secondary Weekly Highlights: Insights into Internationalism  🌏 ✍️

Our student-led KLASSComm body seeks to promote the idea of accepting and understanding other cultures through educational events run throughout the year. Participating, contributing and developing their own cultural identities through collective experiences and the sharing of values with others is one of the group’s core aims. In this week’s Secondary Blog, KLASS Comm..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Year 6 New Skill Presentation 🗣🎙 Primary Weekly Highlights: Year 6 New Skill Presentation 🗣🎙

Year 6 New Skill PresentationThis week, as part of the Year 6 Challenge award, some of our Year 6 children have taken part in the New Skill Presentation event. This aspect of the Challenge asked our children to learn a new skill and evince their progress through a live presentation. With many parents watching eagerly online via a live Youtube link, the children seriously..

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10 Surprising Facts about the Irish Medical Degree 10 Surprising Facts about the Irish Medical Degree

Are you contemplating whether you should study Medicine in Ireland? It's a subject and destination many of our students are considering with more and more aspiring doctors choosing Ireland to pursue Medicine. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the University College Dublin (UCD) are known for delivering top-notch higher education that ranked both institutions..

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Parent workshops Term 2 - Register now! Parent workshops Term 2 - Register now!

Our parent workshops are designed to help support your role at home as well as our role at school and we are delighted to share with you this term's programme. The workshops will be face-to-face at our EP campus, meaning we need to manage numbers carefully so places will be limited due to SOPs. If you have signed up and are unable to attend, let us know so we can free up the..

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Celebrating our Diversity - Australia Day Celebrating our Diversity - Australia Day

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 a busy time for the kitchens, as we celebrate our truly international and multicultural student population with not one but five national days! Australia Day is the first and falls on 26th January each year.

What is Australia Day?

The official..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Daisy Pulls It Off - Golly gosh rehearsals are underway! 🎭👭🏑 Secondary Weekly Highlights: Daisy Pulls It Off - Golly gosh rehearsals are underway! 🎭👭🏑

What ho! As 2021 drew to a close, Drama students were busy perfecting their best British accents, getting their jolly hockey sticks at the ready and putting their best foot forward to audition for the next drama production. Rather! If that wasn't enough of a clue for you, in this week’s Secondary Blog, Ms Sullivan (Head of Faculty for CE Arts), shares some tantalising updates..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Learning through Poetry 📖🎙 Primary Weekly Highlights: Learning through Poetry 📖🎙

Our students get numerous opportunities to participate in academic events throughout the school year. Here at JB, our teachers often see this as more than a competition or event and will look to plan a unit of learning around the event theme or topic. 

Over the last few weeks, our Year 4 and 5 students have been learning about Poetry in connection with an upcoming COBIS Poetry..

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A Busy Term for Computer Science💻 A Busy Term for Computer Science💻

In today's blog our fantastic Computer Science (CS) prefects reflect on the events and competitions they took part in during Term 1. From running their own competitions to winning international ones it was a very busy and successful Term 1 for our Computer Scientists! 

"Last term, students were presented with several opportunities to develop and enrich their knowledge of..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Upcoming Academic Competitions 🥇🥈🥉 Primary Weekly Highlights: Upcoming Academic Competitions 🥇🥈🥉

Alice Smith School is a member of many prestigious regional and international learning communities. These groups offer us opportunities to celebrate learning with other schools in Malaysia and around the world. This week in school, many of our students are preparing for competitions hosted by some of our linked organisations.

In Year 4 and 5, students are excited to be..
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The Role of the Council of Governors The Role of the Council of Governors

Every strategic decision made by Council is guided by our vision for the Alice Smith School: To lead the pursuit of excellence in learning through nurturing, inspiring and enriching the lives and characters of young people. And, as a not-for-profit school, all our resources are focused on our students’ success and wellbeing. Our role as the Council of Governors is to function..

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Asia Pacific International Arts Festival - Music Competition 2021 Asia Pacific International Arts Festival - Music Competition 2021

We always love to hear about student success both inside and outside of school. In today's blog Kenisha tells us about her experience in taking part in the Asia Pacific International Arts Festival - Music & Talents Competition 2021 where she achieved a Gold Award for the Vocal Competition and a Silver Award for the Piano Competition. She now goes into the Grand Finals round..

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KLASS Students on Top of the World🌏! KLASS Students on Top of the World🌏!

We were delighted to hear that three of our students have received impressive awards from Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) one of the examinations boards we use for A Level and (I)GCSE examinations. We would like to congratulate;

  • Emily Choi-Ying Chong - Top in the World for Media 🌏 (Cambridge Intl A Level)
  • Juan Sebastian Beltran - Top in the World 🌏 for..
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2021 - What a year!🎉🥂🎆 2021 - What a year!🎉🥂🎆

It's been a real year of 'Ups and Downs' or maybe 'Ins and Outs' would be more appropriate as we found ourselves moving backwards and forwards between physical and virtual classes. Despite the challenges the KLASS Community has lots to celebrate as we reflect on the achievements of our 75th year! #KLASSturns75

January

We didn't get the start to the year we were hoping for..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Festive Finale 🎉🎄 Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Festive Finale 🎉🎄

We were not able to be on campus for the final week of Term 1 last year, we are certainly making up for that this year! This week has been a joyous medley of celebration, collaboration and singing.

The language of carolsThe week began with our fabulous Year 7 MFL students showing off their ability to sing in different languages. Students of Spanish, French, Bahasa Malaysia..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Final Week of Term🥳 Primary Weekly Highlights: Final Week of Term🥳

Final Week of Term

We have had a week full of joy and cheer this week at JB. Our students have been excitedly coming to the end of various units of learning but also engaging in a range of Christmas activities.

JB Virtual Christmas Performance

On Wednesday evening our JB Music Virtual Christmas Performance took place. There were performances involving students from Early..

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Lyrical Flute Legends Virtual Competition 2021 Lyrical Flute Legends Virtual Competition 2021

It's always wonderful to hear of our students' successes in competitions outside of school. This week our Head of Music, Will Payne, has updated us on the success of one of our talented A Level musicians.

"One of our A level Music students, Rebecca Lim entered a highly prestigious international flute competition last month, and was awarded 2nd prize in the 15-17 years..

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Planning your Future Pathways with Cialfo Planning your Future Pathways with Cialfo

At Alice Smith School, our Higher Education provision utilizes an external platform called Cialfo. Cialfo is an online college and career planning platform that students and parents can use to help in planning their Future Pathways.

Students are introduced to Cialfo in Year 10, during which they complete career and personality assessments and explore different career..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Music Moments 🎶 Primary Weekly Highlights: Music Moments 🎶

Music Moments has been a much loved staple in the JB Music calendar for a number of years. The event provides an exciting and high profile, yet low stakes performance opportunity, allowing students of all ages and skill levels to experience the joy of performing and share their learning and their progress with their peers and the school community. Performance is vital in the..

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Highlighting Diversity through the Humanities Highlighting Diversity through the Humanities

What a pleasure it was recently to see our Humanities prefects planning and leading on a week of awareness-raising activities and experiences. This year’s theme was diversity and inclusion and the Senior Prefects had the aim of showcasing the important role Humanities subjects play in diversity. They explored the meaning of diversity, its social benefits, how our experiences..

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AIMS English holiday competition AIMS English holiday competition

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Time for the AIMS Holiday Writing Competition. 🎄☃️🎅This year AIMS have decided to change things up a little with a poetry and performance competition, where children are encouraged to submit a voice recording alongside their entry. There is an Early Years, KS1 & KS2 category, so hopefully everyone can get involved. The theme is ..

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Personalised support for competitive STEM applications Personalised support for competitive STEM applications

At Alice Smith School, our students go on to pursue a variety of courses in higher education. Our extensive Higher Education provision supports every student in their pursuits, from Law to Humanities and from Art to STEM. 

Applications to competitive STEM courses such as Maths, Economics, Science, Computer Science, and Engineering typically require skills and knowledge beyond..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: The Highwayman Primary Weekly Highlights: The Highwayman

Over the last three weeks, our Year 6 students have been exploring Alfred Noyes’ classic narrative poem The Highwayman. The poem is about a highwayman - a robber, who steals from travellers and his lover, Bess. The poem focuses on the lives of these two main characters, their love for one another and their deaths. From this work, the children have learned the language features..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Art and Mindfulness - A Teacher’s Journey Secondary Weekly Highlights: Art and Mindfulness - A Teacher’s Journey

For many of us, the long periods of lockdown in Malaysia were an unprecedented life experience and a time in which we each drew upon a range of resources - human and otherwise. In this week’s Blog, Ms Jone Barrenechea (Teacher of Art), shares a personal account of her exploration of Art and Mindfulness and how these wellbeing strategies are serving her and others in our..

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FOBISIA Virtual Dance and Gymnastics FOBISIA Virtual Dance and Gymnastics

Last week KLASS students watched in anticipation as their hard work creating gymnastic routines and dances during lockdown was shared with the FOBISIA community.

FOBISIA Virtual Dance

Back in distance learning, Ms Sullivan and Miss Curwood worked closely with our students, offering them the opportunity to enter the FOBISIA Invitational Dance, hosted by Bangkok Patana School...

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Celebrating our diversity! Scotland Celebrating our diversity! Scotland

We are celebrating St. Andrew’s Day today, November 30th! Here our KLASS Comm students at Equine Park tell us more about Scotland's official national day and how we are celebrating in school.

"St. Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day. While Andrew the apostle has never been to Scotland, he has been the patron saint since 1320, possibly due to an appearance in a..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Learning through Block Play Primary Weekly Highlights: Learning through Block Play

Play is an important feature of learning here at JB. From Preschool to Year 2, our students' learning is supported by providing opportunities to play. We consider Preschool, Reception and Year 1 to be our kindergarten years and we adopt a very play-based approach to learning. 

A significant focus for us in these years is on the personal and physical development of children..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Health Awareness Week Secondary Weekly Highlights: Health Awareness Week

One of the absolute joys of being back on campus is in seeing our students lead on a rich and diverse programme of events and celebrations. Recently, our KLASS Meds group planned and led our annual Health Awareness Week. Our KLASSMeds Senior Leader, Ishna, tells us more about the purpose and key features of the week below.

"KLASSMeds prides itself on being a club that welcomes..

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Remembering Chee Qi Yan Remembering Chee Qi Yan

On Friday 19th November, our Year 11 student, Qi Yan Chee, died at home in the company of his family. His death was unexpected and our thoughts and prayers are with his parents, brother, family and friends at such a sad time. Qi Yan has been part of our Alice Smith community - our family - since he arrived at EP as a Year 7 student back in 2017. His tutor group and friends..

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Grief and loss: a guide for parents Grief and loss: a guide for parents

Children can have quite different experiences when someone they know dies. They feel and show grief in different ways, particularly in the case of sudden or unexpected death or loss.  It is important to understand as a parent that there is no one ‘right’ way for them to respond to a loss. This means that feelings and behaviours will vary across children and can change..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Sustainable Future at EP 🌏💚 Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Sustainable Future at EP 🌏💚

We are delighted to announce that we have recently been awarded the Eco-Schools Bronze Award, in partnership with WWF Malaysia. This is our first big step in our journey towards becoming a Green Flag School and is truly a testament to our students’ hard work, resilience and determination. In this week’s KLASS Blog, our Eco-Coordinator, Hannah Richardson, tells us more about..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Planning by Backward Design Primary Weekly Highlights: Planning by Backward Design

Here at JB, we use a curriculum planning approach called understanding by design or backward design. This was a concept developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. A ‘traditional’ approach to lesson design involves content being identified, along with a sequence of lessons and finally an assessment. In a backward design approach, what students should know and be able to do is..

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KLASS HE Team shortlisted for the #ISAwards2022 KLASS HE Team shortlisted for the #ISAwards2022

We are delighted that our fantastic Alice Smith Higher Education team have been nominated as one of the finalists for the Pathways to Continued and University Education award in this year’s International School Awards! 👏 Here's the team to tell you more about their Future Pathways initiatives.

"The Alice Smith School Future Pathways initiatives aim is to expand both Higher..

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Hook with a Book: The Great Chocoplot Hook with a Book: The Great Chocoplot

At the beginning of term we heard from Mr. McCarthy, our Primary Principal, about the ‘Hook from a Book’ units which brought great excitement and interest amongst our Year 1 to 6 students.

In Year 4 Ms. Ferguson's class (4I) read 'The Great Chocoplot' by Chris Callaghan. It's the story of young Jelly and her family who live in the chocolate factory town of Chompton-on-de-Lyte...

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Primary Weekly Highlights: We are back! 🤩 Primary Weekly Highlights: We are back! 🤩

Welcoming more students back on campus this week has brought such happy and positive emotions. Our students have amazed us in how they have readjusted to face to face learning. Visiting classrooms has been an absolute pleasure and the JB campus has been the most wonderful place this week.A big focus in our assemblies and PSHE lessons has been friendship and the character..

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KLASS Library Publishes Student EPQs KLASS Library Publishes Student EPQs

The Alice Smith School has offered the EPQ to Sixth Form students since 2009. It was initially a compulsory component for Sixth Form students but has more recently become optional. With universities now giving greater recognition of this qualification in entry offers, we are seeing a strong take up by our students.

Our results for EPQ have risen to a very high level with 54%..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Introducing...📣 Secondary Weekly Highlights: Introducing...📣

In this final blog post welcoming our new staff for 2021-22, I have the pleasure of introducing you to the newest members of our Modern Foreign Languages and Science and DT teams. Please join me in welcoming Ms Lise Noyau (French and Spanish), Ms Cherylann Lewis (Bahasa Malaysia) and Mr Jamie Twinney to KLASS and EP!Lise Noyau (Teacher of French & Spanish)

I am excited to be..

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AIMS Virtual Olympics Results AIMS Virtual Olympics Results

After 5 weeks of competition, involving 1,639 participants from 41 AIMS schools the official AIMS Virtual Olympics Results are in…

We are pleased that 50 KLASS students took part in the competition with 10 of our students managing to make the leaderboard in the events! 🏅

To see the final leaderboards for each individual event and a list of all participating schools please..

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In memory of Wodayar Kumar In memory of Wodayar Kumar

Sadly, Wodayar Kumar, Facilities Manager at our Equine Park Secondary Campus, passed away unexpectedly on the morning of Monday 1 November 2021. Here Roger Schultz, our Head of School, writes of his memories of Kumar.

"This is a huge loss to our school community. Kumar was a loyal, dedicated and hardworking colleague for so long. 

Kumar joined our school on 3rd October 2005..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Launch of New and Exciting Units of Learning 📖 Primary Weekly Highlights: Launch of New and Exciting Units of Learning 📖

Recently the students have begun some new learning units at JB. This is always an exciting time for students as they discover what they will learn about through the steps of learning within their unit and the end goal.

Year 5 teachers have launched a brilliant unit focused on learning all about the Aztec Civilisation. The students had to develop their teamwork skills on..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: KLASS Competes in Style and with Kindness!😎🎁 Secondary Weekly Highlights: KLASS Competes in Style and with Kindness!😎🎁

This week, Phil Welch (Head of Faculty for Maths and Computer Science) and Val Quaye (Teacher of Computer Science) share with you two great events that our EP students have been involved in recently. Join us in celebrating their achievements by finding out more about the 2021 FOBISIA Maths Competition and the Kode for Kindness Computer Science Coding Competition below.  

We..

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Celebrating our diversity! Austria! Celebrating our diversity! Austria!

We continue our celebration of the diversity of our student body with a look at Austrian National Day which is celebrated on October 26th and relates to the political developments of the country after WWII.At the end of the war, Austria was occupied by four Allied Forces; Soviet Union, United States, Great Britain and France. As a result, the country was divided into 4 zones...

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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

Finally our last few year groups are heading back onto campus. For many of these students it is the first time they have been into school since May having finished the last academic year, and started this one, with online classes.

It is great to see the students connecting with each other and their teachers in way that isn't possible on 'Zoom' or other virtual platforms but it..

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