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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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Next Year's Production is .... Annie! Next Year's Production is .... Annie!

We are delighted to announce that the EP Production of 2021 is...Annie! This heart-warming musical is set in 1930’s New York and follows the adventures of a plucky orphan called Annie. Set against the backdrop of the economic Depression, Annie escapes from her orphanage and the questionable care of a frightening Miss Hannigan, in search for her family.

Taking the Directing..

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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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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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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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Awaken. Do not squander your life Awaken. Do not squander your life

Dan, our Primary Counsellor, shares some more thoughts to help us through the challenging situation we find ourselves in.

Awaken. Do not squander your life. Live with your humble heart wide open…(Unknown nun ‘fire-green eyes’, Convent retreat, Chigwell 1999)

I stumbled across this quote written in an old contemplative notebook I filled some 21 years ago whilst on retreat in..

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PE & Sport: How we're adapting our teaching during the MCO PE & Sport: How we're adapting our teaching during the MCO

Staff in the EP PE & Sport Department have been working hard to provide students with quality online learning during these difficult and challenging circumstances. We have created a series of videos and resources via our online portal, provided live lessons via google meet and developed further academic and enrichment learning opportunities for our older students. Read more..

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Why is it so hard to develop and sustain a contemplative practice? Why is it so hard to develop and sustain a contemplative practice?

If you've been following our 'Thought for the Day' from Dan, our Primary Counsellor, over the past few weeks you may have been trying to develop a contemplative practice. In today's post Dan looks at some of the common questions about why this is so hard to achieve.

If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? - Eihei Dogen

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Alumni stories: Meet The Wildlife Ranger Alumni stories: Meet The Wildlife Ranger

In the latest edition of KLASSics Chronicle, KLASSics caught up with Michelle Campbell, Alumna 1998 - 2001, and now Director and Private Guide of Wild Wonderful World in South Africa.

Not a day goes by where I am not thankful to be in the bush surrounded by incredible wildlife, and I feel proud to have broken through the corporate mould and followed my dreams

Like many of..

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Using Learning Technology to Enhance Assessment Using Learning Technology to Enhance Assessment

In recent articles on virtual learning at EP we have introduced some of the technologies our teachers use to improve the learning experience for Alice Smith students. In this update our Lead Learning Coach, James Collinson shares some of the ways teachers are using technology and innovative teaching strategies specifically to improve the quality and impact of teacher-student..

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‘Praise the rain…’ ‘Praise the rain…’

In today's 'Thought for the day', Dan, our Primary Counsellor, reflects on Joy Harjo's poem ‘Praise the Rain’ which invites the reader into a contemplative response to the vicissitudes of human life; To gently witness the visitations of the thoughts, images, synchronicities and tragedies of life in a spirit of profound and simple praise.

Praise the rain… The curl of plant, the..

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Contemplation is the ancient technology of inner change Contemplation is the ancient technology of inner change

Today in his post Dan, our Primary Counsellor, invites you to understand more about contemplation and consider what space you might have for a contemplative practice in your life.

...not very clever, not very proud and therefore all the more warm, curious and sympathetic - Herman Hesse

This quote, from Hesse’s spiritual classic ‘Siddhartha’, describes a subtle but profound..

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How to Create a Positive Virtual Learning Environment at Home How to Create a Positive Virtual Learning Environment at Home

With the MCO (Movement Control Order) extended, Alice Smith School students will continue their learning online, virtually and at a distance. We recognise this creates different types of challenges for families. 

The Alice Smith School Primary Pastoral Team has outlined 3 tips for creating a positive virtual learning environment at home.

Be realistic about what you can do

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Ten contemplative tips and more resources! Ten contemplative tips and more resources!

Dan, our Primary Counsellor, shares ten contemplative tips and some more useful resources to help everyone through the MCO.

"Welcome back to term 3 everyone. I’m heartened that the Alice Smith community is coming together at a time when we all naturally feel a little fragmented, and that parent / child feedback has shaped new online offerings this term. I’m also glad there’s..

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King's Day - Netherlands King's Day - Netherlands

King’s Day is when the Dutch celebrate the birthday of their King. On King’s Day, the Dutch wear orange clothes and wigs and have many orange coloured decorations. In addition, flea markets are held in parks and streets and people make a toast to the King with Orange Bitter, a bright orange liqueur.

Originally Princess’ Day, it was celebrated on Princess Wilhelmina’s birthday..

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The art of bowing The art of bowing

As social distancing becomes the new norm in our lives we are no longer able to express thanks through a handshake or a hug, so perhaps the simple bow is one solution. In today's blog Dan, our Primary Counsellor, looks at the act of bowing.

If the only prayer you say in your entire life is ‘Thank-you’, that would suffice - Meister Eckhart

These comforting words of the..

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What Makes Distance Learning in Primary School Excellent? What Makes Distance Learning in Primary School Excellent?

Primary school teachers at The Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur are learning new skills daily to provide the best distance learning programme possible for students in these challenging circumstances. 

While older students in Secondary school are enjoying a full virtual timetable, ensuring the outstanding learning and teaching continues for our younger students needs a..

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Do you have time... Do you have time...

With the restrictions of the current MCO many of us have found changes in how we use our time. Take some time now to read today's 'Thought for the day', in which Dan, our Primary Counsellor, reflects on time.

This being human is a guest house, every morning a new arrival… - Rumi

The famous opening line of Rumi’s existential poem ‘The Guest House’ , carries a subtle nudge to.. read more

St George’s Day St George’s Day

With nearly 50 different nationalities in school we are very lucky to be able to celebrate many national days. St. George is the patron Saint of England and St. George's Day is celebrated on April 23rd each year.

23rd April is the anniversary of the death of St George.

Born around 280 A.D in Turkey, he was a Roman soldier, executed for being a Christian.

Legend states that..

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Innocence of mind Innocence of mind

In today´s ¨Thought for the Day´, Dan, our Primary Counsellor, asks us to engage with our earlier innocence and wonder “Who am I?”

There are few writers, philosophers or spiritual teachers in human history as concerned with ‘innocence of mind’, as the late Jiddu Krishnamurti. One might summarise his rich life as an extended meditation on the spiritual importance of..

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‘Our appointment with disappointment need not be miserable…’ ‘Our appointment with disappointment need not be miserable…’

The start of term 3, with the continuation of the MCO, sees us returning not to campus but to the virtual learning environments set up at the end of last term. While we all continue to deal with the uncertainty that the current situation brings Dan, our Primary Counsellor, returns to the blog with his ‘Thought for the day’.

Our appointment with disappointment need not be..
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Life of a Distance Learning Teacher in Kuala Lumpur Life of a Distance Learning Teacher in Kuala Lumpur

Alice Smith School faculty have been working hard to ensure we are providing our quality learning and teaching online. 

Innovating in our delivery methods to ensure learning continues for all our students. With the MCO extended into Term 3 it will be a little longer before we get back onto campus but learning will continue across the school.

Read on to see how distance..

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Don't delay - watch today! Don't delay - watch today!

In last week's 'Culture in Quarantine' blog, Holly Sullivan, our Head of Creative and Expressive Arts, shared with us a whole host of online plays, musicals and operas to enjoy during the MCO. Lots of you have taken advantage of these online treats and below you will find reviews and recommendations from members of our #KLASS Community. Do remember though some of these are..

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Culture in Quarantine | Live Performances in your Living Room Culture in Quarantine | Live Performances in your Living Room

During this period of restricted movement, families are spending much more time together at home. When previously, we may have spent Saturday evening seeing the latest blockbuster at the cinema now we look to Netflix for our cinema fix. But what about the other art forms that previously fulfilled our creative needs and our desire to consider the world from different..

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“Community will be humanity’s salvation’ “Community will be humanity’s salvation’

In today's #KLASSBlog, Dan, our Primary Counsellor, looks at the idea of community.

Community will be humanity’s salvation - Bede Griffiths

Father Bede Griffiths, that true icon of interspiritual thought and interreligious dialogue, lived most of his adult life in monastic communities. The founder of Shantivanam, the Benedictine ashram in Southern India, was perhaps a living..

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Easter Baking Easter Baking

Looking for something to do in the holidays? While not try some of our traditional Easter recipes? Don't forget to tweet us your baking pictures @AliceSmithSch Or send us a new recipe to try!

Easter Millionaire's Shortcake

To make 12 large pieces you will need

For the base:

  • 150g plain flour
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 150g cold unsalted butter, cubed, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 tsp..
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“It is no sign of sanity to be well adjusted to a sick society “It is no sign of sanity to be well adjusted to a sick society"

Find a little personal space today. Just breathe. Enjoy today's 'Thought for the day'.

It is no sign of sanity to be well adjusted to a sick society - R D Laing

This famous quote by Ronnie Laing, the much-maligned yet unarguably brilliant founder of the anti-psychiatry movement, speaks directly of the profound and implicit impact of family and social systems upon our..

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“Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you” “Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you”

Thought for the day….

Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you - Carl Jung

This wonderfully playful statement, by the truly pioneering psychoanalyst and (prolific) writer, Carl Jung, illustrates something profound at the heart of the Jungian approach; An attitude of oft-deliberate ignorance to what is ‘known’ and a giving up of the need to ‘understand’ everything...

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"There is no danger that dauntless courage cannot conquer"

Today's 'Thought for the day' is a reflection on courage.

There is no danger that dauntless courage cannot conquer - Helena Blavatsky

The nineteenth century co-founder of the esoteric Theosophical society, Madame Blavatsky, lived a highly controversial public life as a figure for some of deep spiritual wisdom and for others of suspicious charlatanism. There is no doubt..

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Even more great resources! Even more great resources!

As we enter our third and final week of distance learning before the term break here's another batch of great resources and content to help you get through the MCO.

Here's what various UK celebrities are offering you and your kids for free daily to help with their education while schools are closed. The timings are UK based but lessons remain on there to be browsed at your..
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"Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things"

We start the new week with some reflections on compassion, an important emotion for us all in our current situation.

Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things -Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton, the wonderfully compassionate Trappist monk and contemplative writer, was one of the most spiritually influential figures of the twentieth century. He remains,..

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