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Emily & India win the National Schools Geology Challenge 🎉👏 Emily & India win the National Schools Geology Challenge 🎉👏

Many congratulations to Emily Chong and India Kolb in Year 13 have won the British Geological Society 'National Schools Geology Challenge'. The National Schools Geology Challenge is a worldwide competition where students showcase their interest in geology, learn more about the way geoscience impacts our lives, and put their teamwork and presentation skills to the test!

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Six ways to help your child develop early maths skills Six ways to help your child develop early maths skills

Here's six ways you can help your preschooler to develop early maths skills and build important foundations for later number work:
  1. Counting: Understanding numbers will help children in all areas of maths. When children hear adults counting, using numbers and talking about quantity it develops their understanding of the concept of number. Count steps, cups on the table, number..
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Secondary Weekly Highlight: STEM Week '21 Secondary Weekly Highlight: STEM Week '21

We have had a STEM-tastic week at EP. Our fabulous student prefects for STEM, Maths and Computer Science, Biology, DT, Physics, Eco and Chemistry have treated staff and students to a medley of activities and learning moments as part of STEM Week - a week-long exploration of all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths related. 

Our student prefects have worked..

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Primary Weekly Highlight: Year 6 New Skill Presentations Primary Weekly Highlight: Year 6 New Skill Presentations

To achieve success one must sometimes fail. To learn one has to often struggle. Failure and struggle can be discouraging for some but not for our Year 6 students. A major highlight this week has been the new skill presentations as part of the Year 6 Challenge Award. As part of this challenge, students must identify a new skill and attempt to develop it. The learning experience..

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Applying to... University in Ireland ☘️ Applying to... University in Ireland ☘️

Have the St. Patrick's Day ☘️celebrations made you think about the possibility of studying in Ireland? Each year Alice Smith Students progress to Universities and Colleges around the world  including Irish Institutions like University College Cork and RCSI. They are able to do this with the support and guidance from our dedicated Higher Educated Counselling team. In this blog..

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Celebrating our Diversity: St. Patrick's Day ☘️ Celebrating our Diversity: St. Patrick's Day ☘️

It's time to celebrate another of our Founding Nations on March 17th with St. Patrick's Day ☘️☘️☘️.

St Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of St Patrick (Lá Fhéile Phádraig), is a global celebration of Irish culture held on March 17th. This is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland, who administered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth..

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#BuildKindness: Product Showcase & Celebration Day #BuildKindness: Product Showcase & Celebration Day

As we move into March, with all students back on our campuses and vaccination happening globally, there is cause for optimism and a recovery from the pandemic. The challenges of the pandemic has not prevented our community from supporting needy urban families in Kuala Lumpur through our giving.

Since the launch of our Foundation’s #BuildKindness campaign last November, we have..
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Cross-Curricular Learning in Action: The Hook Cross-Curricular Learning in Action: The Hook

For their new topic our Year 6's were treated to inspirational messages from two very special guests connected with their new cross-curricular unit - Professor Peter Frankopan and Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS.

In Key Stage 2 our Primary curriculum approach uses flexible, well planned cross-curricular units to encourage students to make sense of their learning by creating links..

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🎼Young Musician of the Year 🎼Young Musician of the Year

In Term 2, the EP community were looking forward to our annual ‘Celebration of Music’ concert. With school closure in response to the pandemic, we have had to think a little differently about this. In its place, the EP Music Department is running an online performance competition to find our ‘Young Musician of the Year.’ The competition is an opportunity to motivate our..

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The impact of School Closure and Covid on Learning The impact of School Closure and Covid on Learning

We're going back to school! Yes on March 8th we will welcome all our students back to  campus after spending most of this term engaged in distance learning due to the pandemic. We'll be very pleased to see them but a question on many parents minds is 'How much impact has the school closure and the pandemic had on learning?'

Our recent Primary parent workshop focused on this..

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What is Futurescope? What is Futurescope?

Futurescope was born in the 2016/17 academic year. The brainchild of Jake Lynn, who at the time was Head of Media Studies at Alice Smith, Futurescope was initially a teaching and learning project wherein students from Years 10-13 volunteered to research, prepare and deliver a TED-style talk of around ten minutes on a topic of their choice.Although staff were available for..

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Celebrating our diversity! Japan 💮 Celebrating our diversity! Japan 💮

At Alice Smith School we welcome students from over 40 different nationalities and enjoy celebrating many festivals often through our shared love of food! National and special days give us opportunities to come together and experience a small part of each other's cultures - with the support of our wonderful kitchen teams!

With the extension of the MCO we now know we won't be..

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The School Library in the age of Virtual Learning The School Library in the age of Virtual Learning

In this week's blog our Head of Libraries, Rob George, looks at the how Alice Smith School library has responded to the challenges of the pandemic.

"Like all aspects of educational provision the school library has not been spared from significant challenges as Covid 19 forced a rapid transition to virtual learning. We pride ourselves on having an amazing library that..

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We 💖 KLASS PTA! We 💖 KLASS PTA!

Every year the KLASS PTA makes significant contributions to our school and we are fortunate to benefit greatly from their voluntary efforts. The PTA is parent led and they play a key role in supporting the school in a number of ways.

In particular, the PTA:

  • Provides a positive welcoming climate for all parents and new families on their arrival to the school;
  • Builds our school..
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Construction Play in Early Years Construction Play in Early Years

Our Primary Principal, Alan McCarthy, shares how our Early Years team use construction play with our youngest children to help them express themselves, deepen their understanding of the world around them, connect with other children and, most importantly, develop personally and emotionally.
 
"Children within our Early Years are offered a broad range of learning opportunities..
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Careers and Skills for the 21st Century Careers and Skills for the 21st Century

The world is changing rapidly and many jobs of the 20th Century will not exist by 2025 and the remaining industries will see massive changes according to a Gartner Report. New positions, that didn't exist at the turn of the century have taken over as the most lucrative jobs in the world. Such changes have direct impacts on the future jobs of graduates, no matter which industry..

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KLASS MEDS: Do you want to be a Doctor? KLASS MEDS: Do you want to be a Doctor?

During the MCO our KLASS MEDS team has been arranging on line sessions for our aspiring doctors and life scientists. During January they have heard from three great doctors who have talked passionately about their careers in medicine and particular specialties.

In the first week of term we welcomed Dr. Ryan Ponnudurai of Prince Court Hospital (PCH), who spoke to our KS4 and 5..

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Year 2 learning during the MCO Year 2 learning during the MCO

Our Alice Smith Primary Curriculum has been developed specifically for our student body. Our students are consistently high attainers academically and have had a wide range of diverse experiences before starting school. We have designed a curriculum that challenges the thinking of our able learners, preparing them for jobs requiring high level problem solving skills,..
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Applying to ... University in France Applying to ... University in France

Thinking of studying in France? In this week's blog we talk to Guillaume and Hugo who both picked French institutions for their degree studies.

Hugo Bellemin / KLASS of 2020

Degree: Bachelor in Cinematography

University: ESRA, France

Guillaume Pans / KLASS of 2015

Degree: Masters of European Affairs

University: The Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris),..

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Australia Day Jan 26th Australia Day Jan 26th

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 usually a busy time for the kitchens, as we celebrate our truly international and multicultural student population with not one but five national days!

And while we can't be together on the first of these, Australia Day which falls on Tuesday 26th..

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Applying to ... University in Japan Applying to ... University in Japan

Each year Alice Smith Students progress to Universities and Colleges around the world. They are able to do this with the support and guidance from our dedicated Higher Educated Counselling team. In this blog we talk to Francis who chose Japan as her higher education study destination.

Francis Therese Calalang / KLASS of 2015

Degree: B.A. EconomicsUniversity: School of..

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On with the show! On with the show!

In times of social distancing how can a subject like Drama survive? In an online world how can Drama not just survive, but thrive? Our Head of Creative Arts, Holly Sullivan reflects on these questions in this week's blog.

The impact of the global pandemic on education has of course been unprecedented in its scope and exceptionally challenging in the issues it has produced...

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Applying to ... University in New Zealand Applying to ... University in New Zealand

Each year Alice Smith Students progress to Universities and Colleges around the world. They are able to do this with the support and guidance from our dedicated Higher Educated Counselling team. In this blog we talk to Aaryaman who chose New Zealand as his higher education study destination.

Details

Aaryaman Desai / KLASS of 2018

Degree: Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering..

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What a year! Some highlights of 2020 🎉🥂🎆 What a year! Some highlights of 2020 🎉🥂🎆

In many ways 2020 will be a year we’d all rather forget but we are reminded that ‘Events are neither good or bad - it’s our evaluations that make them so’ (Ellen Langer, Professor Of Psychology at Harvard University) and at Alice Smith we have had a lot to celebrate this year! Here are some of our highlights.

January

We began the year with a shortlisted entry in the..

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#BuildingKindness Campaign #BuildingKindness Campaign

During these challenging times of COVID-19, the livelihood of many people especially the B40 group are affected. The B40 community comprises of Malaysian citizens in the bottom 40% household income range, also known as the B40 group. Their only meal today could be their last. Every empty plate, every empty kitchen, can be filled up because of you.

The Alice Smith School..

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The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington

This week, in the run up to Christmas festivities, the Drama and English departments at EP have been showing students The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington, by UK theatre company The Sleeping Trees.

The show is a traditional British pantomime - with a difference! It was completely created, performed and filmed at home.

With Covid numbers rising in the UK, a live pantomime was..

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Applying to ... Canadian Universities Applying to ... Canadian Universities

Each year Alice Smith Students progress to Universities and Colleges around the world. They are able to do this with the support and guidance from our dedicated Higher Educated Counselling team. In this blog we talk to Raphaelle and Ethan who chose Canada as their study higher education study destination.

Raphaelle Tseng, KLASS of 2017

Degree: Mathematics and Computer Science

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Christmas Baking 🎄🎅☃️ Christmas Baking 🎄🎅☃️

Lots of our KLASS Community have been taking part in our CMCO virtual enrichment activities; maybe you have helped your house 'Race across Malaysia', have relaxed making 'Eco-Friendly Christmas Crafts' or perhaps you have been showing off your ball skills in one of the Basketball challenges?

One of our favourites at the blog is always the baking challenges! This year our DT..

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Applying to ... Australian Universities Applying to ... Australian Universities

Each year Alice Smith Students progress to Universities and Colleges around the world. They are able to do this with the support and guidance from our dedicated Higher Educated Counselling team. In this new blog series our Alumni reflect on their experience of applying and studying in countries around the world. First to share their experiences are Alan, Maddison and Nikita.

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Sunway National Poetry Slam Success Sunway National Poetry Slam Success

Congratulations to our SNaPS (Sunway National Poetry Slam) finalists, Aaliya who placed 2nd in the Junior category, and Anandita who placed 1st for Senior. Here they tell us about the competition and their experience.

"The Sunway National Poetry Slam (SNaPS) 2020 was evidence that creative expression will persevere even in the face of a pandemic. With the theme “Voices Of..

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KLASS Academic Lecture Series KLASS Academic Lecture Series

Virtual Reality: The positive and lasting impact of online learning on University engagement

An important part of the Higher Education programme at Alice Smith School is the connections that we have with various top universities across the globe. In 'normal' times our students are lucky to be able to meet senior academics and other university representatives during their..

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Alice Smith wins at the ISAs! Alice Smith wins at the ISAs!

UPDATE Jan 2021: We are delighted to have won the Inclusion category at the International School Awards 2021 with our initiative, 'KLASS Student-Support Programme: empowering students to lead on in-class support'. Congratulations to our Personalised Learning Faculty for the recognition of their great work!

November 2020

We're so honoured to announce that we have been..

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It's Health Week! It's Health Week!

Every year our secondary students organise a whole week of activities focusing on improving our physical and mental wellbeing. With our campus still closed and online lessons replacing our usual face to face activities this year they have provided us with some great facts and quizzes and supported by our catering team from Delischool who have suggested some recipes to try.

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Media e-JAWS (Job Alike Workshop) Media e-JAWS (Job Alike Workshop)

In our previous blog post we talked about how Alice Smith teachers are still continuing to collaborate and develop professionally through our TeachMeets. e-JAWS (Job Alike Workshops) take this a step further and are networking events where colleagues from FOBISIA Member Schools can gather virtually to share good practice and co-construct new knowledge across Asia.

Here our..

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FOBISIA Photography Festival FOBISIA Photography Festival

Students have recently been working on their entries for the FOBISIA Photography Festival, an online competition in which students have been asked to respond to the theme "Building Bridges'.

Conceptualised around Internationalism, Building Bridges is an online Art festival using Photography and digital manipulation media for students from Key Stage 2-5 to visually express..

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What is a Virtual TeachMeet? What is a Virtual TeachMeet?

Even during these uncertain times and during online learning, our teachers are still continuing to collaborate and develop professionally. Ensuring they maintain the highest levels of professional practice to deliver the best learning and teaching experience for our students.

A TeachMeet is an informal gathering of teachers where we share good practice, innovation and..

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Restlessness and Worry Restlessness and Worry

While we all continue to deal with the uncertainty that the current situation brings Dan, our Primary Counsellor, returns to the blog with some thoughts on restlessness and worry.

Restlessness and worry are especially prevalent in modernity and in so-called ‘developed’ countries. We feel the urge to fill our time with endless distractions or achievements and are driven to a..

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Alumna Jun Yi awarded ISTD membership Alumna Jun Yi awarded ISTD membership

During the summer break Ms Cooper heard from Alumna Jun Yi, who graduated in 2018. Jun Yi progressed to Nottingham Trent University to study Graphic Design and wrote to share her recent success in the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) Student Assessment scheme and how she attributed part of success to her study of A Level Literature.

"A few months ago, I..

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Virtual Learning: Take Two Virtual Learning: Take Two

Things were just beginning to feel like 'normal'. We had been back in school since the beginning of term and our community had successfully adjusted to the SOPs required to stay safe and healthy. Facemasks, hand washing and physical distancing had become part of our everyday, our 'normal'. However the rise in Covid-19 cases locally means that all schools in Selangor and the..

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A Level music and more A Level music and more

Our musicians throughout the school continue to delight and amaze us and it is wonderful to hear and see them at work! All students, from Preschool to Year 9 have specialist music lessons each week and we offer music at both GCSE and A Level. Here we hear from James, one of our current music A Level students, about his composition work.

"This photo highlights a major..

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Finding the right pathway: Higher education guidance in a non selective school Finding the right pathway: Higher education guidance in a non selective school

For many students and parents, A Levels can appear to be something of a daunting prospect, yet the truth is they can be a far more flexible and accessible qualification than they may first appear. It may also seem that at a school which produces so many students that get very high grades and go to top universities, that this is where our key support for students is mostly..

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New Chromebooks for our Year 5's New Chromebooks for our Year 5's

Our Year 5's are excited to receive their new Chromebooks this week! They are the first year group to benefit from the change as the Primary campus transitions to Chromebooks from iPads over the next two years. This change combines the very best features of a traditional laptop and an iPad into one device. Starting this term, the incoming Year 5 students have received ..

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FOBISIA Drama Online Monologue Challenge FOBISIA Drama Online Monologue Challenge

Alice Smith's Drama Department is delighted to invite the FOBISIA community to join us virtually for this exciting new event in the FOBISIA Drama calendar. The Monologue Challenge is an opportunity for our school communities to share solo work and offer a platform for dramatic performance. We recognise how the recent lockdown and social distancing measures have afforded many..

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The Difference Between Teaching at a Tier 1 versus a Lower Tier School The Difference Between Teaching at a Tier 1 versus a Lower Tier School

While there is no official definition for what qualifies as a Tier 1 school, the international community has agreed that certain qualities can earn a school this classification. 

These qualities include:

  • An internationally recognised curriculum
  • Ease of transfer between schools
  • High quality teachers and staff
  • Impressive academic results and post-secondary destinations

While..

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Our Teaching Assistants Graduate Our Teaching Assistants Graduate

Congratulations to our 23 Teaching Assistants at the Primary School who have successfully completed the COBIS Diploma for International Teaching Assistants (DITA) and to our Lead Teaching Assistant, Jennifer, who successfully completed the COBIS Diploma for International Lead Teaching Assistants (DILTA). 

In a wonderful, physically distanced, graduation event in the main hall..

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Reaching Out to the Needy with Kechara Soup Kitchen Reaching Out to the Needy with Kechara Soup Kitchen

Ever wonder when will your next meal be? Food is a basic human need but yet some are deprived of it. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on nearly every aspect of our lives, especially the B40 community (the bottom 40% of Malaysian income earners) and homeless who are badly affected.

To support those in need and encourage giving among the community through its..

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Learner Profile of Students in a Tier 1 International School Learner Profile of Students in a Tier 1 International School

At Alice Smith, we not only focus on providing our students with a world-class education that will help them progress to any university around the world, we also value our responsibility in shaping them into being well-rounded learners.

Helping students develop into resilient and self-assured individuals, not only allows them to learn better, it also paves the way to a..

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Parent Workshops and Learning Power Parent Workshops and Learning Power

During a 'normal' term we are delighted to offer parents a wide range of workshops to help support their role at home as well as our role at school. These workshops run most weeks during 'normal' term time and cover a wide range of subjects.

Some workshops will be age and year group specific, such 'Transition Meetings' for Year 6 parents or 'Early Reading' for Reception..

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What Makes Alice Smith a Tier 1 School in Malaysia What Makes Alice Smith a Tier 1 School in Malaysia

At Alice Smith, we pride ourselves on being regarded as a Tier 1 international school, and we ensure every decision we make is to the benefit of our students and their families. 

In our school, your children will learn essential knowledge, discover new talents through extra-curricular activities and develop the necessary characteristics to become well-rounded adults.

Below,..

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Year 13 Results and Destinations 2020 Year 13 Results and Destinations 2020

UPDATED 24th August: This article has been updated with our latest results following the changes announced by the UK government to allow teachers assessed grades to be awarded where it was higjer than the grade previously achieved.

We are very pleased to share with you the news that 92% of our A Level students have already confirmed offers from their first choice universities..

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