Read Our Stories of Learning at the Alice Smith School
As we close the academic year we bring you some final messages from our Head of School and our Principals together with a letter from our Chair of Governors and Head of School.
Have a wonderful summer break everyone! 😎
End of Year Address
Dear Parents, Staff and Students,
We hope that you are all well as we come to the end of another academic year.
To support students with self awareness and the language to identify when things are difficult we have recently started a resilience programme during tutor period. This consists of 4 weekly reviews and activities that the students are encouraged to do from this week until the end of term. In our final week we are looking at 'Benefit Finding'. You can find links to the previous..read more
To support students with self awareness and the language to identify when things are difficult we have recently started a resilience programme during tutor period. This consists of 4 weekly reviews and activities that the students are encouraged to do from this week until the end of term. In our third week we are looking at 'The Resilience Plan'.
How do people overcome..read more
To support students with self awareness and the language to identify when things are difficult we have recently started a resilience programme during tutor period. This consists of 4 weekly reviews and activities that the students are encouraged to do from this week until the end of term. This week we are looking at 'The Best Possible' self. You can find the other activities ..read more
Our weekly student survey feedback reflects that students are continuing well with their learning and engagement in online lessons. However, it is clear that as we have continued in lockdown students are finding that they need to draw on more strength to keep going.
To support students with self awareness and the language to identify when things are difficult we have recently..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
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
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
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
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
Lots of our KLASS Community have been taking part in our CMCO virtual enrichment activities; maybe you have helped your house 'Race across Malaysia', have relaxed making 'Eco-Friendly Christmas Crafts' or perhaps you have been showing off your ball skills in one of the Basketball challenges?
One of our favourites at the blog is always the baking challenges! This year our DT..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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.
Our Year 13's have been following bespoke programmes chosen from over 30 in-school courses (including biomedical..read more
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',..read more
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..read more
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..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
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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
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..read more
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..read more
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..read more
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.
The famous opening line of Rumi’s existential poem ‘The Guest House’ , carries a subtle nudge to.. read more
This being human is a guest house, every morning a new arrival… - Rumi
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..read more
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..read more