Read Our Stories of Learning at the Alice Smith School
Like any area of learning and teaching, the teaching of writing and how best to approach it, has been a constant area of debate for decades. Some of the most widely used approaches include TalkforWriting by Pie Corbett and The Writing Workshop by Lucy Calkin. Here at JB we have begun exploring an approach stemming from a method called The Writing Revolution based on the..read more
Our Secondary Counsellor Team - Jason Pervas Ahmed and ChenYing Lee - provide crucial support and guidance in our wellbeing services of care for our community. They support students through 1:1 counselling and family counselling and they also lend their professional knowledge, skills and experience as members of our safeguarding and child protection team. In addition, both..read more
This week we headed back into another total lockdown. It seems like a never ending cycle, but why not try something different this time around? In this week's blog our Head Students, Noah, Soraya, James and Anette, offer some ideas on activities to keep us busy!
"We know all too well that you can get stuck in the quicksand that is stress as easily as ever at the moment. In..read more
Last week saw the culmination of our Head Student application process for 2021-2022. The Head Students play a pivotal role as ambassadors for the school throughout the entire year of their tenure. They manage and lead events, spend a great deal of time together planning initiatives and event management to support the community, provide guidance to students, liaise with..read more
Year 6 has begun yet another exciting unit with a truly inspiring Hook on 'Forces'. We feel that learning at home should be just as fun and accessible as it is in school and that in no way will online learning be a barrier to what we can achieve.
For this Hook, lots of research went into finding experiments that could be accessible to every child with a lot of thought put into..read more
The play based approach is core to our Early Years philosophy here at Alice Smith. Our teachers provide support and challenge as our children learn through play. This creates a highly personalised and tailored environment, which is appropriately challenging for each individual child.
Our aim is to ensure high levels of emotional wellbeing and involvement. This is..read more
Our selected year 7 and 8 maths students competed in a virtual maths competition, KLJMC, on Saturday 22/5/21, which was hosted by St Joseph's International School. Our students performed exceptionally well and were a real credit to our school.
Overall our Year 7 teams secured 1st and 2nd and our Year 8 team secured 2nd as well.
Here are some reflections of the event from..read more
Our approach to the personal, social, health and emotional (PSHE) education of our students is so important to us at JB. Its value has become even more pronounced given the effect that Covid-19 is having on the world.
The principles of positive psychology underpin our approach to PSHE teaching and this week we have focused on managing and coping with change. With our students,..read more
This week, I would like to pay tribute to our Year 11 and 13 students who have braved the storm of announcements and MCOs and braced themselves against the changing tides of examination arrangements to continue their studies and work towards their final assessment points.
Our Year 13 students have now almost completed their final internal assessments and external Cambridge..
Does this sound familiar? It’s a message we have heard consistently from parents over the last few years and we are working towards putting in place a school single sign on (SSO) that will remove the need for multiple usernames and passwords in school systems.
What is SSO?
National Awakening Day is an Indonesian observance annually held on May 20. It commemorates the creation of the first Indonesian nationalist..read more
Over the last few years, there has been nothing short of a revolution taking place in the world of careers guidance. This change is mostly being driven by the phenomenon known as the 4th Industrial revolution, a process where technological developments and global developments, are introducing, eroding and changing the workplace at a rate simply unprecedented in previous..read more
In an age when you are bombarded with information and stimuli wherever you look, taught what you need to know and shown how you need to appear, it can be difficult to find a space where you can discover what you really believe. It doesn’t help that Generation Z is often stereotyped as “apathetic”, when really, it becomes increasingly difficult to speak your mind amidst..read more
Our Year 6 students were very excited this week as they visited our wonderful EP campus as part of their transition programme to Secondary School (you can read more about their experiences here). I know from speaking to the students that they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and that they are really looking forward to their remaining visits. It has been a pleasure getting to..read more
"The day that many of us worried would never happen..read more
The World Literacy Foundation suggests that 'Parents should encourage early reading habits in their children because a learned child can have a bright future and make an impact on society as they grow.' They cite 7 benefits of early reading;
- Brain development
- Early vocabulary development
- Improved reading
- Better writing
- Better communication
- Creating a hobby
In the latest edition of KLASSics Chronicle, KLASSics caught up with Dr. Navin Roshaan Jayasingam, Alumnus 2005 - 2009.As a medical officer, Dr. Navin was informed by the Ministry of Health Malaysia in October 2020 to serve in Queen Elizabeth Hospital (HQE) in Kota Kinabalu as part of a coronavirus response team that was being sent to address the alarming increase in.. read more
Friday was the final day of mock exams for our Year 10 and Year 12 artists and photographers. Art and photography exams are somewhat distinctive in terms of both their structure and length. Students have 10 (Year 10) or 15 (Year 12) hours to create their final piece based on a particular theme.
Our Year 10 artists have been crafting a representational A3 sized self-portrait..read more
Every week in order to support the happiness and learning of our students and staff, I prioritise as much of my time as possible around visiting lessons. It is one of the most rewarding aspects of being Principal. One feature of learning we focus on here at JB is how we display it within our classrooms.
Learning displays are very important to us in that we recognise how they..read more
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! On Wednesday, 28th April (a day late), we will be..read more
Today is UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day - the day that we embrace and remind ourselves of the joy of picking up a book and allowing ourselves to be taken off to other places, times, experiences and people. We may, in 2021, find that the book we pick up is no longer made of paper - it may be electronic and housed within a device - and yet the experience of learning,..read more
Today we celebrated UNESCO World Book Day at Alice Smith. We began the day with a brilliant assembly. Our students were given the message that books are magical and reading is a superpower. We watched an inspirational video from childrens’ laureates across the world who spoke of the importance of books and the role that reading has played in helping us deal with these..read more
Friday 23rd April is UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2021. UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. It's mission statement is ‘to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.’ When you go onto..read more
Our parent workshops are designed to help support your role at home as well as our role at school. While we are not able yet to bring parents back on campus we will be delivering some of the most popular talks via Zoom over the next few weeks. Here's a selection of the ones you can look forward from the Secondary campus. Don't forget to use the link to sign up!
Zhongyi Ho, Year 11, tells us about two essays he wrote recently which earned him awards...
"Innovacia Sdn. Bhd. is a company that provides affordable technical products and services for professional and educational use - one of which is TiffinBIM, a Malaysian CAD/BIM software that architects and civil engineers use. Recently they ran an essay competition: the TiffinBIM..read more
As a registered centre for the provision of The Duke of Edinburgh International Award, we'd like to commemorate HRH Prince Philip's lifelong legacy of service and dedication, by reflecting on how our students have developed independence, resilience and perseverance through the Award challenge which pushes for their personal limits and achievements.
Not all learning happens in..read more
It has been the most wonderful first week back here at JB. Our staff and students have returned with renewed enthusiasm and energy for learning. Quite a number of new units of learning have launched this week and I am looking forward to experiencing as much of these units as I can along with the students over the coming weeks and sending you updates periodically.
Art and Musicread more
What a fantastic first week in school we have had, particularly with the re-launch of our ECA (Extra Curricular Activity) programme after school. We have 96 ECAs running this term across a wide range of areas, skills and experiences. From Model United Nations and KLASSComm to over 50 students playing in the Orchestra, our students are engaging in and discovering new passions..read more
It's fantastic to be back in school this week but our memories of Zoom and online learning aren't far away and we were delighted when Alif, parent of Aynn (Year 3), shared with us this wonderful project they had worked on together during the MCO.
"It all started when my son Aynn began making up his own song about distance learning and how he dreaded it after almost one year..read more
During the MCO our KLASS MEDS team arranged on line sessions for our aspiring doctors and life scientists. Although we are now back on campus the team has continued to connect our would-be medical students with KLASS Alumni who are now studying to be Doctors.
Firstly we welcomed Hong Yau, a year 3 medical student at the University of Leicester, UK.
Hong Yau was able to give..read more
The Council of Governors’ responsibility is to make sustainable long term strategic decisions in the best interests of the school. The school, like many other organisations, has itself been severely impacted by the pandemic. Hence, the need to balance the financial pressures on the school with the needs of our parents, within the school’s financial means as a non-profit..read more
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. Our students will have careers that we have not yet even thought of and even the traditional professions, such as medicine and engineering, will not look as they do today.
We were delighted to cohost a virtual roundtable event with our..read more
The theme for this year’s FOBISIA short story competition was ‘Spark’, which gave the children a broad topic to explore writes Julie Harrison, our Subject Coach for English. As you can imagine, we had a wide range of stories covering a wide range of ideas, from fires and erupting volcanoes to sparks of emotions. We are very proud of all the Key Stage 2 children for their..read more
This week, our Head of Faculty for English and Media, Victoria Miles, shares with us the island adventures that our Year 8 students have been on in English this term.
Every year Year 8 students take part in the 'Island Project Competition'. Even with virtual learning, this year was no exception. Students worked in teams within their English classes to create a brand new,..read more
This week we reached the exciting crescendo of our Young Musician of the Year Competition. Following a rigorous judging process by our guest judge, Mr Kevin Field, our Junior and Senior winners were announced at this week’s Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form Commendation Ceremonies. Congratulations to our Junior winner, Ivan (Year8), whose performance of a piano piece..read more
With all the dramatic changes that have taken place in the world over the last year, the move into unprecedented levels of virtual space and communication has perhaps been the most startling. Existing workers in myriad industries have been finding ways of moving their endeavours online. But how does it work for those seeking work experience and internships? How can they..read more
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!
Over to..read more
- 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..
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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.
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more