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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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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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“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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Absolute Magic- Ross Welford Visiting Author Absolute Magic- Ross Welford Visiting Author

Earlier this term we had the pleasure of hosting award winning author Ross Welford  at our Primary Campus and he was F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! Not only did he delight with his amazing piano skills, but his magic tricks during his Year 6 and Year 4 assemblies were real WOW moments. Ross entertained the students whilst discussing how he became a writer and how he engaged with books as a..

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Enrichment Activities & ECAs Enrichment Activities & ECAs

Enrichment activities or ECAs (Extra Curricular Activities) are an integral part of our school’s mission and vision in delivering the enriching, holistic education our students experience beyond the classroom. They are a great way for students to be involved within the school community, learn new skills, make new friends and have a great time.

We believe these activities are..

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The Tempest is coming! The Tempest is coming!

As the clock ticks down to this year's Shakespeare's Double Bill we caught up with our two lead actors, Electra (year 7) and Hunayn (year 8), from The Tempest Company.

Electra is enjoying her role of Ariel a spirit, "I really love my role because I feel that Ariel has so many sides to her. Sometimes she’s a cheeky nymph, but other times she’s a raging harpy seeking revenge,..

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Not one but two! A Shakespeare Double Bill Not one but two! A Shakespeare Double Bill

The Shakespeare Double Bill of The Tempest and Macbeth, takes place on December 10th and 11th at the Secondary Campus, with KS3 students performing The Tempest and KS4 and KS5 in Macbeth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Across twelve weeks of rehearsals, over 70 students have come together to challenge themselves to explore the complex language of the text, master their performance and..

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British High Commissioner visits Alice Smith School British High Commissioner visits Alice Smith School

The Alice Smith School were recently honoured to host HE Charles Hay, the British High Commissioner to Malaysia. On hand to welcome the High Commissioner was Head of School, Roger Schultz who expressed his appreciation to him for taking the time to visit and tour the Secondary Campus. HE Charles began his visit by spending some time engaging with the school’s four Head..

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Be prepared to laugh, cry and be terrified at Macbeth Be prepared to laugh, cry and be terrified at Macbeth

The 2019 Drama production is a Shakespeare Double Bill of The Tempest, performed by our younger students years seven to nine, and Macbeth by our older students in years 10 to 13.

Taking one of the lead roles is India Kolb. India is the current recipient of our Talent Bursary in Creative and Expressive Arts and has recently received the 'Top in Country' award from Cambridge..

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Selangor Princess Tengku Zatashah Visits Alice Smith Primary Campus Selangor Princess Tengku Zatashah Visits Alice Smith Primary Campus

In line with our Giving theme, KLASSics met with member of the Alice Smith School Foundation Board and featured alumna, YAM Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

We were waiting in anticipation as Tengku Zatashah had earlier posted on Instagram how excited she was about coming back to school after all these years. Walking in to our Primary..

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How to Choose an International School in Kuala Lumpur How to Choose an International School in Kuala Lumpur

Choosing an international school can be daunting. You are looking for the perfect balance of high academic standards, engaging, attentive teachers, and fun extracurriculars. 

In short, you want your child to thrive in their new expat school. It's a tall order, especially if it's your first trip to Malaysia. 

For over seven decades, The Alice Smith school in Kuala Lumpur has..

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What is the Extended Project Qualification or 'EPQ'? What is the Extended Project Qualification or 'EPQ'?

The Extended Project Qualification, or ‘EPQ’, is an exciting standalone qualification that encourages students to develop vital skills necessary in Higher Education. Taken in year 12 or 13 students choose whatever topic they like as long as it doesn’t overlap with their A Level course content and many use the opportunity to explore a personal passion or interest. Students..

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STEM: Strategies that help students dream and innovate STEM: Strategies that help students dream and innovate

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are the core components of STEM and are subjects crucial for our future. STEM can look different across different schools, however, there is one fundamental commonality. That is, we do not have enough students entering STEM careers and therefore the development of our future technology, our economy, our well-being and generally..
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Examinations and their Boards Examinations and their Boards

The UK school exam system can be very confusing to parents, even if they are from the UK and experienced it as a student themselves. As educators, we are commonly asked by international parents, ‘Is Cambridge board better than AQA?’ or ‘Edexcel is harder than AQA, right?’These sincere questions reflect a misunderstanding of UK examination boards. The idea is easily held by..

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A Masterclass in Stage Make Up! A Masterclass in Stage Make Up!

The inaugural Inter-House Stage Make Up Competition took place on Friday as a new strand of the House Day. Students from our four houses, Fairfield, Fleming, Muir and Scott competed to create stage make-up designs using the theme of Halloween as inspiration.

The day started with our fantastic student facilitators Mia, India, Pamela and Liyuan giving a Master Class in how to..

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Innovating The Next Generation Innovating The Next Generation

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are the core components of STEM and are subjects crucial for our future. The earlier we can introduce STEM to students, the greater the opportunity for the next generation to innovate and ultimately have an impact on the planet. 

One student who has made such an impact at Alice Smith is Krishna Ghantala. Krishna who is..

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Learn2Master Languages Learn2Master Languages

Our Learn2Master initiative is a unique programme developed by the team at Alice Smith School to effectively teach modern foreign languages (MFL). Our Head of MFL, Stefan Rodic, describes the programme:

"Learn2Master is based on the Swedish concept of LAGOM (balance). We promote a balanced dialogue between student and teacher that centres on two specifics; the ‘Learning..

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British International Schools Malaysia | Alice Smith 2019 IGCSE Grades British International Schools Malaysia | Alice Smith 2019 IGCSE Grades

At Alice Smith, our academic results are consistently excellent and place us among the best British international schools in the world. 

In 2019, Alice Smith students celebrate another exceptional set of examination results with 66% of all (I)GCSE grades at A* or A (grades 9-7) and 52% of all A level grades at A* or A. 

At (I)GCSE almost a third of all students achieved..

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Service Learning Supports a Growth Mindset | Alice Smith Education Service Learning Supports a Growth Mindset | Alice Smith Education

Providing opportunities for students to have many different experiences from which they can learn is essential for schools that wish to support and encourage a growth mindset. 

An expansive approach to learning gives students and staff the opportunity to actively engage in a diverse range of activities in the day to day curriculum and beyond the boundaries of the school..

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Finding a University that is the Right Fit | Alice Smith Higher Education Finding a University that is the Right Fit | Alice Smith Higher Education

By Joe Marshall, Head of Higher Education

I work at one of the top international schools in Asia, the Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur, where I am the Head of Higher Education (HE) provision.

Our students are afforded some of the best university opportunities from around the world; should they study in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, Asia or Europe?

The options are too..

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Innovative Learning Environments | Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur Innovative Learning Environments | Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur

The layout of a classroom hadn’t changed in a very long time. The earliest classroom can be traced back to Sumerian society in 3,000 BC and the rows of seats are clearly identifiable. It’s a layout many of us will recognise.

Schools in the 21st-century are different though, providing a positive environment for innovative learning and teaching to take place. They should be..

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Educational Coaching - The Game Changer | Alice Smith School Educational Coaching - The Game Changer | Alice Smith School

In a school of excellent teachers, the best resource we have is each other. A coaching initiative is well underway, with the aim of taking an innovative and whole-school approach to growing the social and professional capital of our teachers in order for them to lead the pursuit of excellence in the context of a mutually supportive and collaborative community of learners..

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Professional Development Quality Mark | Alice Smith School Professional Development Quality Mark | Alice Smith School

The Alice Smith School is a learning community that highly value the professional growth and development of our staff, in addition to the opportunity to offer workshops for parents on a wide range of educational topics. Sharing knowledge and learning together as a community is a thriving aspect of school culture that also extends more widely regionally and internationally.

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Learning Spaces for Collaboration, Teamwork and Creativity Learning Spaces for Collaboration, Teamwork and Creativity

by Roger Schultz, Head of School

Does the design of learning spaces affect the way that learning can best take place and if so, why

Modern, positive learning environments are being designed to be flexible and versatile with mobile and adaptable furniture. These types of spaces support and encourage different ways of learning and teaching, and enables collaboration,..

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How To Promote Student Engagement | 4 Strategies by Alice Smith How To Promote Student Engagement | 4 Strategies by Alice Smith

Student engagement is paramount to the success of the child, teacher and the school as a whole. Individuals need to be enthralled in what they are learning in order to absorb the material in a way that lets them apply their knowledge in complex contexts and ask meaningful questions that foster interesting dialogue. This is the type of engagement practitioners should strive..

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Innovative British Education Foster Development of the Whole Child Innovative British Education Foster Development of the Whole Child

By Roger Schultz

A British education from Alice Smith School has a reputation for quality that is recognised and respected around the world. For over seven decades, we have provided an outstanding international education in Malaysia with its ethos encapsulated in the richness of our diverse and caring school community.

As a British international school, an Alice Smith..

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5 Great Reasons to Ride the Bus | Alice Smith School 5 Great Reasons to Ride the Bus | Alice Smith School

Location is always a consideration when choosing a school for your child. Many parents will start looking at those schools close to where they live or work but most schools have a bus service. A good school bus service lets you widen your choice to pick the school that you really want your child to attend as well as lots of other benefits.

Below we explore five reasons why..

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Paving the Way to University | Higher Education Programme Paving the Way to University | Higher Education Programme

Part of our mission at Alice Smith is to give students a successful international future. Throughout the school, we strive to nurture, inspire and enrich students so that they can make fully informed decisions about their own futures. 

Whilst students will be making decisions throughout their school lives, these decisions become even more focused when they reach the Sixth..

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International School Receives PDQM Award | Alice Smith School International School Receives PDQM Award | Alice Smith School

The Alice Smith School recently received the Professional Development Quality Mark (PDQM) at the Gold level becoming the first international school to gain this quality mark. 

It’s presented by the Institute of Education at University College London and was originally developed by experience PD leaders in partnership with specialists at the London Centre for Leadership in..

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Questioning to Make a Difference Questioning to Make a Difference

By David Potts, Vice-Principal, Learning & Teaching - Secondary Campus

Understanding the power of questioning in developing thinking skills, both through asking and being asked, is at the heart of learning. We spend a significant part of our education answering questions. We tentatively impart our knowledge, demonstrate our understanding and expound our interpretations of..

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