As the first and the oldest British international school in Malaysia, the Alice Smith School has a long history of community service. For over 70 years, our efforts to help others has helped shape and sustain the future of Alice Smith as a very successful, not-for-profit educational institution since its humble beginnings in 1946. As a result, community service and helping others is deeply embedded in the culture and ethos of our school.
Our service development programmes across all age groups
We incorporate service learning and development programmes into our curriculum across both school campuses. We believe it is fundamental to any child’s development and learning to be involved in service learning. Students of all ages excitedly get involved and collaborate on activities throughout the year to raise money for those in need. This helps create a fundraising partnership that builds on existing and new, local and regional community projects that make a lasting difference.
Our Sixth Form students organise an annual charity evening of quality, high-end entertainment at a prestigious international hotel in Kuala Lumpur. The students bring together parents, teachers, members of the wider community and students.
There is an annual trips week at the Secondary Campus that is designed to ensure our service work is meaningful and sustainable, raising the community’s social conscience.
At the Primary Campus, the annual charity days reflect the wonderful, charitable spirit of the school community through amazing arrays of stalls and activities. The students showcase their creativity, collaborative efforts and entrepreneurial skills through these initiatives.
Children, staff and parents from Preschool to Year 6 are also involved in collecting food and essential items in support of the Orang Asli community and Kechara Soup Kitchen Society.
Students participate in meaningful community projects
A great example of the work Alice Smith School does is our contributions to the Maekok River Resort community project. Since 2010, Alice Smith has made major contributions to the project and according to General Manager and Director, Bryan Massingham, the school has made an exceptional difference.
“A total of almost US$40 000 has helped toward the construction of two toilet blocks, two canteens, two medical rooms, two libraries, two school shops and a nursery,” Massingham said. “These projects took place in schools which are mainly comprised of under-privileged ethnic minority ‘hilltribe’ students. In one school in particular, San Pha Kha, which has benefitted from seven of the above projects, the improvement in facilities was more than dramatic and has been a huge benefit to the well-being and education of the students.”
It's projects like these that we are proud and committed to being a part of, working collaboratively to make meaningful changes to the community around us.
Community spirit helps connect us all to a bigger picture
Connecting our students, teachers and the greater community is a fundamental understanding of being able to change the lives of others through service work. Every year these projects help connect our students to the world around them, providing opportunities for students to think beyond themselves and their own world experience. It shows them they can and should strive to make a difference, no matter how small.
Being respectful, community-minded, and contributing towards the betterment of others, is part and parcel of an Alice Smith education. We believe that through the generosity of time, our care and attention to every individual, we can bring out the best in all people and create an enduring sense of belonging to something special.
It is this that Alice Smith students take with them once they leave us, on whatever pathway or career path they have chosen. If you’re interested in your child schooling with us, get in touch today or download a prospectus.