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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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Where Does Your Tuition Fee Go? | Choosing an International School Where Does Your Tuition Fee Go? | Choosing an International School

It goes without question that all international schools, like any businesses, need to be sustainable and financially well managed. But look a little deeper and you’ll see two clear types of school, those run ‘for profit’, owned by corporate groups and backed by private equity investors requiring a return, and those that fall into the ‘not-for-profit’ category. 

Three Reasons..

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Inspiring Must-Read Books for Expatriates Inspiring Must-Read Books for Expatriates

As you know, moving abroad is both an exciting and daunting experience. 

It's exhilarating exploring a new place with your family, but it can also create quite a few questions in the mind of an expatriate. 

How can I help make the transition easier for our family? What is it like being a parent as well as an expatriate? How will living as an expatriate affect me and my..

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Fantastic results for our EPQ students Fantastic results for our EPQ students

Results day is in August right? Mostly, but not for our Year 13 EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) students who have been patiently waiting for their grades since their presentations last June. It was worth the wait though - an amazing 10 students were awarded an A* and overall 82% of students achieved A*-B. Huge congratulations to all the students on their achievements.

The..

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Learn to Think, Think to Learn Learn to Think, Think to Learn

‘IDK’, if you didn’t know, is a feature of text-speak that has now planted itself firmly into modern parlance as a rapid, shorthand response to a difficult question - ‘I don’t know’.

When we ask Year 7 students what they think is happening when a raw egg appears to ‘cook’ in the presence of a mysterious chemical at room temperature there is no expectation that they will..

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You're invited to dinner! You're invited to dinner!

Join us for a special night, as we celebrate the Foundation Charity Dinner's 10th year anniversary and experience an evening of ‘high KLASS’ food and entertainment, organised and run entirely by our secondary students, staff and parents at the fabulous Grand Hyatt Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 28th February 2020. The evening includes a wide range of outstanding song and dance..

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Foundation Stage: How Children Learn in a Play Based Environment Foundation Stage: How Children Learn in a Play Based Environment

When a baby is born, they have billions of brain cells and through stimulation, those cells connect to form synapses. Stimulation comes in the form of play, exploration, human interaction etc. 

“Brain activity and synapse formation are at their highest when a child is deeply engrossed in something which fascinates, challenges and makes them happy.”Anna Ephgrave, Early Years'..

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Eight ways to help your child revise Eight ways to help your child revise

 

It’s internal exam season at the moment and (I)GCSE and A Level mocks are already underway for our Year 11 and 13 students, who are demonstrating great levels of maturity, organisation and resilience, writes Dr. Sarah Howling, Principal of Alice Smith Secondary School.
 
Exams can be nerve-racking for children and equally for their parents. Here are some tips to help your..
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How to Raise Kids Who Are Global Citizens: Alice Smith School How to Raise Kids Who Are Global Citizens: Alice Smith School

Children who are truly global citizens are aware of and understand the world and all of its complexities. They are the ones who look for ways they can help, work with others and stand up and use their voice for the betterment of the world. 

Global citizens are those who fight for universal equality and sustainability. 

In order to become a successful leader of tomorrow, one..

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National Holidays in Malaysia: History, Origin and Cultural Meaning National Holidays in Malaysia: History, Origin and Cultural Meaning

Holidays allow individuals time to truly celebrate or commemorate a significant event or tradition. What is beautifully unique from country to country is the difference in either the specific celebration of a holiday or the holidays themselves. 

For those who are new to Malaysia or even those who have been here for a while, but haven’t had the time to learn about our..

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Mastery Learning Mastery Learning

Learning is at the heart of everything we do and in this article Nicola Howard, our Associate Vice Principal and Head of Science and Design Technology, focuses on Mastery Learning and how we are developing this at Alice Smith Secondary School.

Mastery Learning or, as it was initially called ‘learning for mastery’ can be traditionally defined as an educational philosophy in..

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Letting Your Child Lose: Benefits of Natural Consequences Letting Your Child Lose: Benefits of Natural Consequences

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”

J.K. Rowling

 

Competition is prevalent in a child’s life from a young age. From playing games with their friends to competing on a sports team to writing a test in school, the notion of winning or..

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What is there to do in Kuala Lumpur with kids? | Alice Smith School What is there to do in Kuala Lumpur with kids? | Alice Smith School

Kuala Lumpur, known for its iconic landmarks, rich history and friendly locals, is a wonderful place to raise a family. 

For those who are new to Malaysia’s capital city, or even for the people who have been here for a while but haven’t found the time to get out and explore, we wanted to help you discover some activities to do with your children.

In the list below, you’ll..

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Simple Malay for Expats: Learning the Local Language in Kuala Lumpur Simple Malay for Expats: Learning the Local Language in Kuala Lumpur

As a first-time expat in Malaysia, it’s important to learn basic phrases in the local language to feel closer to the community and have the opportunity to interact with those around you in a respectful way. 

Learning the local language can help you broaden your knowledge, learn something new and better understand the culture. 

Below you’ll discover 10 basic Malay phrases to..

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Three Ways to Deal with Expat Depression Three Ways to Deal with Expat Depression

As a first-time expat, the abrupt change in your way of living can be a shock to the system. Your daily activities, social circles, everything that was once so familiar is different.

At first, it’s exciting. There’s so much to explore and so many items to check off your to-do list to help your family settle in. But as the days, weeks and months go by, that initial excitement..

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Starting school confidently Starting school confidently

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their parents. It can be a daunting time, too. Chat with your child about starting school. What do they think it will be like? What are they most looking forward to? Is there anything they’re unsure or worried about? Be sure to listen to their concerns and help them to overcome them.

Here are a few ways parents can..

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Innovation in Art Innovation in Art

Art at Alice Smith School, or KLASS, welcomes those to a place where ideas are king and curiosity reigns……

At KLASS the Visual Arts and Photography experience provides students with an excellent opportunity to enhance creative thinking and develop a personal portfolio. The visual experience provides a student with transferable skills in problem-solving, risk-taking,..

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Family Dinner Table Conversation - how’s it going? Family Dinner Table Conversation - how’s it going?

Adapted from an article by Tamsin Kelly

Community and connecting are frequently talking and learning points for us in school. This week’s feature article is from Mr David Slade, our Vice Principal for Achievement and Progression, and looks at different ways to connect with our children at home in their teenage (and other!) years.

Teenagers are more likely to get five good..

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Why Play is important Why Play is important

Play: It’s the way young children learn. A special supplement to the Children’s Advocate, stated, “Play is the main way children learn and develop ideas about the world. It helps them build the skills necessary for critical thinking and leadership. It’s how they learn to solve problems and to feel good about their ability to learn. Children learn the most from play when they..

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School sport and its significance for an international school education School sport and its significance for an international school education

It has long been acknowledged that school sport plays a significant role in a child’s education and overall well being. Participation in school sports supports the healthy growth of the heart, lungs and muscles, as well as increasing agility, balance and coordination. Aside from the obvious physical benefits, sport also has a highly positive effect on a child’s psychological..

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