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75th Anniversary Birthday Gifts Update 75th Anniversary Birthday Gifts Update

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Alice Smith School, the 75th Anniversary Birthday Gifts campaign was launched virtually on 1st November last year on the day of the school’s birthday. The aim is to raise funds to support sustainability efforts.

A total of 2,895 birthday gifts worth over RM 70k were purchased in just over a month. Almost 2,300 kindness food sets..

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Distinction at Grade 8 Piano for Dheeraj🎹👏 Distinction at Grade 8 Piano for Dheeraj🎹👏

"Despite the challenges that the pandemic has brought, our students have continued to work hard in independently preparing for music examinations. Dheeraj is one such student, who has demonstrated that with effort, dedication and guidance incredible things can be achieved. To attain an ABRSM distinction at Grade 8 is notable, but to score 140/150 is simply outstanding, and not..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) - A unique academic experience 📚📝🧐 Secondary Weekly Highlights: The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) - A unique academic experience 📚📝🧐

There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of seeing the fruit of our labours come into being; of driving a creative process through from concept to end product; of knowing when we have created something that is uniquely part of us - that has been birthed from our interests, research, hypotheses, care, curiosity and critical thinking. In this week’s Secondary Blog, our Head..

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Primary Weekly Highlights:  PE & Swimming at JB ⛹🏻‍♀️🏊🏼‍♂️ Primary Weekly Highlights:  PE & Swimming at JB ⛹🏻‍♀️🏊🏼‍♂️

Physical Education at JB

What a week of learning we have had in PE; kicking off with a brand new unit of work for our Key Stage 2 students using the game of spikeball. This game will challenge the students to deepen their understanding of some key physical education skills, concepts and strategies. Students will be learning transferable movement skills including sending and..

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Celebrating our Diversity! Japan 💮 Celebrating our Diversity! Japan 💮

As a diverse and multicultural community, it is important to celebrate National Days around the world - the Japanese National Foundation Day is no exception! Here our KLASS Comm team tell you more about the festivities and the events their arranged this week.

During National Foundation Day, festivals such as the Kenkoku-sai are held at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples...

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Rocks, Fossils and Volcanoes 🪨🪵🌋 Primary Weekly Highlights: Rocks, Fossils and Volcanoes 🪨🪵🌋

As I visited lessons this week, I could not help but be impressed by our students in Year 3. They have been coming to the end of their unit about rocks, fossils and volcanoes. Their learning began with some discussions and reflections connecting to the students’ prior knowledge of materials. This included some deeper learning around the three types of rock: igneous,..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Immerse-d in Education 📚🧑‍🏫 Secondary Weekly Highlights: Immerse-d in Education 📚🧑‍🏫

‘What is history's most significant invention?’ ‘Is stealing a loaf of bread to feed a starving family a crime?’ ‘Should all vaccines for all diseases be mandatory?’

These are just a selection of the interesting questions that some of our students at EP found themselves researching and debating in their entries for the prestigious Immerse Education Essay Competition in..

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It's Sweetcorn day!🌽 It's Sweetcorn day!🌽

It's not one of our national celebration days today but instead we are celebrating sweetcorn!🌽Read on to find out more...

“Sweetcorn is a variety of maize grown for human consumption with a high sugar content. Sweet corn is the result of a naturally occurring recessive mutation in the genes which control conversion of sugar to starch inside the endosperm of the corn kernel...

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Post Covid - Impact on Learning 📆 Primary Weekly Highlights: Post Covid - Impact on Learning 📆

This week we began our series of parent workshops. Parents joined us in the session both online and face to face. To have parents back onsite was amazing!The focus of this first session was sharing our observations on trends and patterns we are identifying within our students. Has Covid, lockdown and numerous school closures and disruptions had an impact?

Our general findings

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Student Leadership 🎖 Secondary Weekly Highlights: Student Leadership 🎖

Being at Alice Smith means belonging to something special. There are so many reasons for this but one is the way in which we enrich the lives and characters of young people. Student Leadership is one platform that offers us this opportunity. In this week’s Secondary Blog, our Vice Principal for Our Students, Richard Stockings, shares how our EP community draws upon the..

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Student Virtual Work Experiences with InvestIn Student Virtual Work Experiences with InvestIn

COVID-19 and the ongoing restrictions in physical work experiences do not hamper our students and their motivation. Alongside our partners like InvestIn, Alice Smith students have the opportunity to still pursue their work experiences from the comfort of their own house. Here is one of our students, Annushka who shares her experiences after she was awarded a school’s bursary..

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Celebrating our Diversity - New Zealand Day Celebrating our Diversity - New Zealand 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! Our second national day of the term is New Zealand Day!

The New Zealand public holiday of Waitangi Day..

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Getting to Know our New Head of School, Ms. Sian May Getting to Know our New Head of School, Ms. Sian May

2022 brings a lot to look forward to, including welcoming our new Head of School, Ms. Sian May. Sian's appointment was made last summer after a five month search by our Council of Governors to ensure we found the right successor to take over leadership from Mr. Roger Schultz as he retires at the end of the academic year. 

Sian is a passionate British educator with a strong..

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Thank-you for your kind donations🎁 Thank-you for your kind donations🎁

As we celebrate Chinese New Year we would like to take a moment to think back to Christmas and thank the #KLASSCommunity for their fantastic donations to our annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal. In today's blog our Enrichment Student Leadership team give an update on the campaign.

"For Christmas last year, the Enrichment Student Leadership team ran the annual Christmas Shoebox.. read more

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

UPDATE March 2022: The final results of the competition have been announced!

At the beginning of the year we told you about Kenisha's success in the Asia Pacific International Arts Festival - Music & Talents Competition 2021 and how she had made it through to the Grand Finals. Here Kenisha gives us an update on what happened next!

"Firstly, on 22nd February I received the..

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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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