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Restlessness and Worry Restlessness and Worry

While we all continue to deal with the uncertainty that the current situation brings Dan, our Primary Counsellor, returns to the blog with some thoughts on restlessness and worry.

Restlessness and worry are especially prevalent in modernity and in so-called ‘developed’ countries. We feel the urge to fill our time with endless distractions or achievements and are driven to a..

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Virtual Learning: Take Two Virtual Learning: Take Two

Things were just beginning to feel like 'normal'. We had been back in school since the beginning of term and our community had successfully adjusted to the SOPs required to stay safe and healthy. Facemasks, hand washing and physical distancing had become part of our everyday, our 'normal'. However the rise in Covid-19 cases locally means that all schools in Selangor and the..

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Reaching Out to the Needy with Kechara Soup Kitchen Reaching Out to the Needy with Kechara Soup Kitchen

Ever wonder when will your next meal be? Food is a basic human need but yet some are deprived of it. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on nearly every aspect of our lives, especially the B40 community (the bottom 40% of Malaysian income earners) and homeless who are badly affected.

To support those in need and encourage giving among the community through its..

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Science Extension Projects Science Extension Projects

The Science Faculty introduced our Year 11 and 13 students to the Science Extension Projects in May. These were designed as a result of the cancellation of (I)GCSE and A Level examinations and provided an opportunity for students to delve into aspects of science that fascinated, nurtured, extended and inspired their learning. Students were briefed with the outline of the..

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No Exams But Lots Of Learning No Exams But Lots Of Learning

Our Year 11 and 13 students, left without the traditional Summer Term exams, have been engaging with our enrichment and extension programmes and in doing so they have shown great resilience, independence and a real passion for learning in its truest sense.

Year 13

Our Year 13's have been following bespoke programmes chosen from over 30 in-school courses (including biomedical..

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Being useless... Being useless...

In his 'Thought for Today' Dan, our Primary School Counsellor encourages us to ...stop, collaborate and listen to the more marginalised parts of yourselves before planning too much more usefulness over the weekend!"I'm reminded today of an old zen koan teaching the value of cultivating uselessness (to balance our 'useful' obsession). In the spirit of being more 'eyebrow',..

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How to Reduce the Stress of How to Reduce the Stress of "Homeschooling"

Here's the second of our new posts from the Secondary School Counselling Team with more tips and strategies to help us move from surviving to thriving during these challenging times. Read on to find out about e.S.O.S. - empathy, Simplify, Observe and Structure.

How to Reduce the Stress of "Homeschooling" on Everyone

With school closures in effect, many parents find..

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Play is essential Play is essential

Play is an essential part of every child’s life. During the weeks of lockdown and partial lockdown, play has been particularly important for emotional regulation and the movement in and out of stress states.

It is a joy to be hidden, but a disaster not to be found - D.W. Winnicott

It is not always easy as a parent to sit and engage in uninterrupted play or to connect with our..

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Animal Crossing Rugby Jerseys Animal Crossing Rugby Jerseys

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..

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If we cannot make peace within... If we cannot make peace within...

Thought for today... from Dan, our Primary Counsellor.

If we cannot make peace within, how can we hope to bring about peace in the world? (Thich Nhat Hanh)

I’d intended to write a short piece about the spiritual and emotional power of music today - this is still about that - but settled on the quote above even though it points more towards restless minds and the seeking of..

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Covid fatigue is taking a toll on us all... Covid fatigue is taking a toll on us all...

Whatever our situation —good pacing, refreshment, and support will be key to surviving the long road ahead. It’s time to establish a healthier and more human(e) rhythm. Dan, our Primary Counsellor, shares with us an adaptation of an email from Clare Gerada, Medical Lead of Hurley Group.

Here in Malaysia we have been under MCO or CMCO for nine weeks and our personal and..

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The rollercoaster of life during the MCO The rollercoaster of life during the MCO

Our Counselling Team at the Secondary School, Mr Ahmed, Ms Lee and Mr Slade, have written a couple of articles to help us make sense of what’s happening and how we’re feeling, with some tips and strategies to help us move from surviving to thriving during these challenging times.

The rollercoaster of life during the MCO and trying to make sense of it

Adjusting to life under..

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Photograph a Day Challenge Photograph a Day Challenge

So what is life like for our students right now? Our 'Photograph a Day' project intends to find out. As part of the range of activities currently on offer for our Secondary School students this exciting project offers them the chance to document how the world looks to them, one day at a time.

Follow our dedicated Instagram page klass_photographychallenge and see if you can..

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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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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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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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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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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

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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