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In many ways 2020 will be a year we’d all rather forget but we are reminded that ‘Events are neither good or bad - it’s our evaluations that make them so’ (Ellen Langer, Professor Of Psychology at Harvard University) and at Alice Smith we have had a lot to celebrate this year! Here are some of our highlights.
We began the year with a shortlisted entry in the..read more
This week, in the run up to Christmas festivities, the Drama and English departments at EP have been showing students The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington, by UK theatre company The Sleeping Trees.
The show is a traditional British pantomime - with a difference! It was completely created, performed and filmed at home.
With Covid numbers rising in the UK, a live pantomime was..read more
Every year our secondary students organise a whole week of activities focusing on improving our physical and mental wellbeing. With our campus still closed and online lessons replacing our usual face to face activities this year they have provided us with some great facts and quizzes and supported by our catering team from Delischool who have suggested some recipes to try.
It's been a baptism of fire for Lauren Purchase as she enters the world of top tier football; having successfully trialed for well-respected Birmingham City Football Club; Lauren made a last-minute pre-season decision to sign for Championship winners and newly promoted to the Womens Super League (WSL), Aston Villa and will now be taking up a much sought after Academy position..read more
We love to hear about all the extraordinary things our Alice Smith Students get up to both in and out of school. In this blog Omar, in Year 8, tells us how his love of football ended up getting him a role in a movie!
"I love football. I play a lot of football and joined the National grassroots training squad. One day my coach announced that there was a producer coming to cast..read more
Congratulations to Soraya, from Jerudong International School, who is this year's overall winner of the Secondary category in the FOBISIA (the Federation of British International Schools in Asia) short story competition and also to our runners up Summer, from Taipei European School, and Gan from Help International, KL.
Our judge, Curtis Jobling the designer of worldwide hit..read more
Congratulations to Year 5 and 6 winners of the FOBISIA (the Federation of British International Schools in Asia) short story competition Sizhe, overall winner from Dulwich College, Singapore and runners up Roselyn, from International School at Desa Park City, Kuala Lumpur and Harriet from Dover Court, Singapore.
The response this year was overwhelming! With over twenty..read more
Congratulations to our Year 3 and 4 winners of the FOBISIA (the Federation of British International Schools in Asia) short story competition, Amelia, overall winner from The Alice Smith School, and runners up Sofia from The British School of Colombo and Garam at Bangkok Patana.
The theme of this year's short story competition was 'Protect'. Launched back in October the..read more
Our students have been spending their time during the CMCO / MCO in a huge variety of ways - some more surprising than others. Here Year 13 student Adam English tells us about how his passion for jerseys ended up with him collaborating with @WorldRugby.
"The MCO/CMCO here in Malaysia and cancellation of exams has not been easy to deal with but it has given me some extra free..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
"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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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.
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..read more
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,..read more
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.
‘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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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,..read more
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..
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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,..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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.read more
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..read more
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.. read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..
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..
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..read more
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..
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.