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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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Pastoral Care in our Secondary School Pastoral Care in our Secondary School

At Alice Smith, it is our honour and responsibility to do everything we can to prepare our students for their futures. 

In addition to providing a world-class British education, we look at any learning opportunities we can provide in order to ensure our students grow into well-rounded, educated adults who are ready for any challenge presented to them.

This is why we..

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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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How to Apply to A Levels in Malaysia How to Apply to A Levels in Malaysia

A Levels are an exciting, but challenging, internationally recognised qualification for both university and college entrance. Through this programme, your children will have a qualification highly regarded by top universities world-wide.   

With a lot of hard work, dedication, perseverance and the help of resources available at a Tier 1 school, your children will earn the..

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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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Maintaining Social Connections during MCO Maintaining Social Connections during MCO

With the extension of the MCO (Movement Control Order) this week, Dan, our Primary School Counsellor, discusses why we need to actively maintain our social connections and how we might do this.

Congratulations on completing another week of amazing Alice Smith online learning. It’s clear from the messages I’ve received from parents and staff, that there’s a collective care..

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More about VL @ KLASS More about VL @ KLASS

 

Last week we looked at the basic virtual learning ‘diet’ of our students as they embarked upon the VL programme following school closure. This is based upon regular use of Google Suite, Classroom and Meet to provide a comprehensive toolkit to allow learning to continue unhindered.
 
However, whilst working within the parameters of the KLASS Principles of Excellence in..
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The Unthought Known…. The Unthought Known….

In this post Dan, our Primary Counsellor, asks us to reflect on two questions; Do I live fully? Am I loving well?

“Did I live fully?” and, more than anything else, “Did I love well?” - Jack Kornfield

The Buddhist teacher, writer and psychologist, Jack Kornfield, one of the modern pioneers in integrating mindfulness and Insight meditation into Western consciousness, speaks here..

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“Meditation is the self doing itself by itself” “Meditation is the self doing itself by itself”

Many in our community find meditation a useful practice and in today's blog Dan explores the topic.

Meditation is the self doing itself by itself - Kosho Uchiyama

Wise, clear and searching in his writing, the iconoclastic Zen teacher Uchiyama Roshi challenges the reader to a discovery of the ultimate rationale for meditation; The cultivation of a sense of self beyond our usual..

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A teacher can never tell where his influence stops A teacher can never tell where his influence stops

In today's "Thought for the Day" Dan reflects on teachers and teaching.

We all know what it’s like to fall. After all, we’ve been doing it since we were small children. And life has a habit of re-minding us that experiences of falling down, falling ill, or falling into bad habits continue throughout our lives. This is a natural consequence of what it is to be human and to have..

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“The highest wisdom is kindness” “The highest wisdom is kindness”

In today's "Thought for the Day" Dan, our Primary Counsellor, considers kindness and it is needed more with the unusual, and unforeseen, situation we find ourselves in.

The highest wisdom is kindness - Berakhot, 17A (from the Babylonian Talmud)

A significant part of enlightenment is the awakening to the simple and profound truth of kindness; there is an implicit bond..

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“The friend is the key and I am the lock” “The friend is the key and I am the lock”

We hope you have been enjoying Dan's "Thought for the Day" over the past week giving you a moment for reflection amidst our current situation. Today Dan considers friendship.

The friend is the key and I am the lock - Rumi

Much of the most ancient discovered literature attests to the vital importance of friendship to human life, given it’s archetypal pull upon our lives. It is..

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More Useful Resources More Useful Resources

Last week Dan Lawrence, our Primary School Counsellor, shared a list of 'Useful Resources'. Here Dan offers us a few thoughts and updates with even more great content to keep us on track during these difficult times.

"I hope that the first few days at home have gone smoothly enough, despite the inevitable stresses and strains of being suddenly thrown together in a contained..

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"In wilderness is the preservation of the world"

While many of us remain indoors due to the Movement Control Order Dan Lawrence, our Primary School Counsellor, offers a moment to reflect on our connection with nature even if it's just through our windows today!

In wilderness is the preservation of the world - Henry D Thoreau

Henry Thoreau, the poet-philosopher and environmental scientist author of “Walden”, knew a..

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“One film can change a life forever.” “One film can change a life forever.”

This weekend our Primary Counsellor, Dan, reflects on the impact film can have on us and suggests the enforced retreat to our homes is a great opportunity to share our favourite films with our families.

One film can change a life forever.

- Franco Zefferelli

In a documentary about his beautiful and moving 1976 film ‘Brother Sun, Sister Moon’, (about the lives of St. Francis..

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Virtual Learning is Keeping Learning On Track Virtual Learning is Keeping Learning On Track

Learning through digital media is nothing new at Alice Smith, just as in many modern schools, our teachers and students regularly interact using email, collaborative documents and a host of educational apps forming a rich, varied and innovative academic experience. 

Moving to a fully digital programme is a challenge fraught with compromise and logistical pitfalls which can..

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“Go placidly amid the noise and haste “Go placidly amid the noise and haste"

As many of us have been learning and working at home this week, Dan, our Primary School Counsellor, reflects on how we can use silence to our benefit.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence

- The Desiderata

Whilst its author remains unknown, the anonymous wisdom of the Desiderata, believed by some to have been found on a..

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“It is always the secure who are humble” “It is always the secure who are humble”

In today's 'Thought for the Day", Dan Lawrence, our Primary School Counsellor, reflects on humility and the quality of being humble.

It is always the secure who are humble - G. K. Chesterton

The security of which the British “prince of paradox” speaks is spiritual and could just as easily be put another way: It is the humble who are secure, precisely because they are humble,..

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“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”

In today's 'Thought for the Day", Dan Lawrence, our Primary School Counsellor, looks at how we can approach our fear in these uncertain times.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

This much-repeated quote has perhaps lost something of its context as time passes and since first uttered by President Roosevelt during World War II. And yet I..

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Some useful resources Some useful resources

"Like it or not, we live in interesting times." Robert F. Kennedy, 1966

Our school campuses are now both closed until the Easter term break commencing on Friday 3 April. Our staff are working hard to deliver teaching to our students through distance learning and online resources but none of us are used to this situation.

To help us through this potentially difficult time, Dan..

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Our Les Misérables performance may be postponed but we'd still like to celebrate the student team behind it! Our Les Misérables performance may be postponed but we'd still like to celebrate the student team behind it!

Update May 12th: The 'Les Misérables in Concert' team have been working hard to beat the challenge of the MCO and we're pleased to be able to bring you the first of several 'Virtual' performances the team have recorded. Enjoy 'At the End of the Day' here.

"For this week's blog post we had spoken to students Falk and Shuewen about what was to be our forthcoming student-led..

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What makes an Alice Smith student truly exceptional? What makes an Alice Smith student truly exceptional?

The Alice Smith School is often regarded as one of the best (if not the best!) International schools in Malaysia and indeed Asia. But what makes it so special? Excellent (I)GCSE and A Level grades are an indicator of one aspect of a school's quality, but what about all those activities, initiatives and achievements that do not end with a formal assessment? Think of all the..

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So what is a 'Wider Learning Day'? So what is a 'Wider Learning Day'?

Our Secondary campus holds Wider Learning Days (WLDs) three times a year and on these days, the timetable is collapsed and students participate in learning beyond the syllabus. This often takes the form of working in teams, learning about our place in the world or applying skills in an unusual aspect of life. Have a read below to find out more about our most recent WLD.

Year..

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A Splendid residency! A Splendid residency!

We were delighted to welcome Kerry Frampton, Artistic Director of Splendid Productions, the award-winning UK theatre company, back to Alice Smith School to deliver a theatre-making residency to our KS4 and KS5 Drama students in the mid term break.

Splendid Productions are the UK’s foremost education theatre company. Led by Artistic Director, Kerry Frampton, they tour sell-out..

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Thinking of applying to Cambridge? Thinking of applying to Cambridge?

We were very fortunate to welcome Claire Canning, the Deputy Student Recruitment Manager (International) from the University of Cambridge to Alice Smith this week to talk to our students and parents about applying to, and studying at, this prestigious institution.

What’s so special about Cambridge?

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's leading universities,..

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Women in STEAM Women in STEAM

How many famous scientists can you name? Try it

Maybe your list includes Einstein, Hawking, Newton, Darwin, Fahrenheit, Boyle, Turing, Edison, Bohr, Tesla… but how many in your list were women?

Perhaps you named Ada Lovelace, Rosalind Franklin or Marie Curie? Well done if you did!

It’s a telling point though that most of our most recognised scientists are men and the..

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Music scholarships for Horn player Max Music scholarships for Horn player Max

We talked to Max Howling (Year 13), one of our exceptional musicians, about achieving Grade 8 Merit in 18 months, his aspirations for future study in the UK and how he found his passion for music.

What was your first experience as a musician?

"I think that I played Für Elise in assembly when I was in primary school in Hong Kong after my Mum tried oh so enthusiastically to get..

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