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Secondary Weekly Highlight: Restorative Approaches at EP
Learning is a multi-layered experience: through immersion in a learning environment, our own experiences and interactions we acquire knowledge and skills, which develop into competencies and dispositions. Some of this learning relates to specific ‘subject’ areas, some - arguably the most important - relates to our growth of self and how we understand and navigate the world. We..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlight: Connected Through Learning
Last month, The PE and Sport faculty hosted the prestigious FOBISIA PE and Sport Conference. The event was a major success, bringing together over 150 PE and sport professionals from across South East Asia to share best practice and learn from some of the world's leading experts in the field. The conference provided a platform for attendees to network, exchange ideas and gain..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlight: The COBIS Poetry Competition
Our students have dazzled us again this year with 40 of them submitting poems to the English department for the COBIS Poetry Competition which is a brilliant opportunity for them to express their thoughts and feelings, hone their skills and showcase their talent. In this week’s Secondary Blog, Assistant Head of Department for English, Anna Phillips, introduces and shares poems..read more
Building for the Future - the KLASS Hub
If you have visited the Secondary Campus this term, you will have noticed a startling change: the canteen is no more, we have several new food and beverage outlets and there is a very distinctive green hoarding snaking its way through the campus. The KLASS Hub is well and truly underway. In this week’s Secondary Blog, our Vice Principal for Community and Enrichment, Stefan..read more
Adventures in the Wilderness
In this week’s Secondary Blog, our Enrichment Leader, David Morris, gives us an insider’s view of the recent Silver Duke of Edinburgh International Award practice expedition. During the expedition, our Year 11 students were tested by weather, terrain and exertion, overcoming each of these by drawing on their resilience and some serious Alice Smith team spirit! Over to you, Mr..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlight: SEASAC Football and Volleyball
Over the last few weeks, the PE and Sports team have returned to action in the very prestigious SEASAC competitions. Competing in separate football and volleyball competitions, 46 of our Under 18 boys and girls travelled to Singapore in early November to face some of the toughest competition from around South East Asia. In this week’s Secondary Blog, our Head of Sport, Warren..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlight: Make-Up Artists-in-Residence at EP
In this week’s Secondary Blog, our Head of Creative and Expressive Arts, Holly Sullivan, takes us into the world of make-up artistry and shares how our students are increasingly stepping into this highly technical and creative field.
Make-up artistry has seen a massive growth in interest in recent years. Through the explosion of transformation videos on social media and the..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlight: In Celebration of the Humanities
In this week’s Secondary Blog, our two Senior Humanities Prefects, Zi Xuan Lee and Bhargav Ghantala, describe the events and rationale behind our recent Humanities Week. Both are passionate in championing the importance of studying the Humanities.
This year’s Humanities Week was a great success; we saw students from every year group show their passion for the Humanities and..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlight: Maths Marvels!
Welcome to this week’s Secondary KLASS Blog, in which our Head of Faculty for Maths and Computing, Phil Welch, shares with us what has been happening in the world of competitive Mathematics for our EP students this term.
Congratulations to all those students who took part in this year’s United Kingdom Senior Maths Challenge. The competition involved our students being set..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlight: Remembrance Day
As Remembrance Day approaches on Friday November 11th, many people around the world will wear a poppy as a symbol of remembrance and hope. Should you wish to wear a poppy, then you will find them in Reception, together with the accompanying charity donation box.
The poppy is a well-known and well-established symbol, one that carries a wealth of history and meaning with it...read more
Secondary Weekly Highlight: Setting the Standard for Sustainability
In this week’s Secondary Blog, EP Senior Community Prefect, Keith Poon shares some fantastic and ‘hot off the press’ news with you regarding our Eco Schools status. He has also taken the opportunity to spread the word about the great sustainability steps that we are making at EP.
So far this term, students have been doing a variety of things to promote and practice..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlight: Future Doctors: KLASS Medics at EP
A career in medicine is both an exciting and a daunting prospect. In a competitive and demanding field, how can our young people prepare themselves for the training required, as well as the application process to enter programmes of study? In this week’s Secondary Blog, biologist and Vice Principal for Our Staff, Nicola Howard, shares insights into the valuable forum created..read more
Leading on Leadership: The Changing Shape of Student Leadership at EP
Last Friday, over 100 student leaders across all year groups gathered together to share their learning, passion and experience around leadership. In doing so, their conversations and activities were led by their leadership peers - our Head Students and Senior Prefects. This spiral of vertical learning, modelling and creating demonstrated during this day sits at the heart of..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlight: Sport for All
Following last week’s deep dive into the world of Drama at KLASS, including the team’s recent shortlisting in this year’s International School Awards, we shift our focus this week to our PE and Sport Department. Our Director of Sport, Danny Hodnett, has pulled together a snapshot of the diverse and rich programme in place for our students this year, including some event..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlight: A Dramatic Start to the Year!
It really has been an extraordinary three weeks for our EP Drama Department. Embracing the freedom of movement and interaction provided by the removal of Covid SOPs, our students have been involved in the auditions and casting for this year’s EP Production - The Wizard of Oz, and they have immersed themselves in the 3-day devised theatre residency led by the..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlight: A fairytale summer
I wonder how many of you have come across the fairytale about the Elves and the Shoemaker? The story was a favourite of mine when I was younger - it tells of a struggling shoemaker and his wife who woke up one morning to find that their meagre scraps of leather had turned into the most beautiful pair of shoes. This happened night after night until they discovered that..read more
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh (International Award) Expedition
Outdoor Adventure and so much more: Bronze Duke of Edinburgh (International Award) Expedition
Throughout the last two years of living in these unprecedented times, Alice Smith has adapted to continue to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh International Award as uninterrupted as possible. However, what has been sorely missing was the ability to go out on the Adventurous Journey..read more
Celebrating Key Stage 3: transition and competition
Our Key Stage 3 students have had a wonderfully busy few weeks: sporting fixtures, competitions, swim galas and Year 9’s transition into Key Stage 4 day, to name but a few of the beyond the classroom events that have taken place. Our Head of Geography, Mark Williams, and Key Stage 3 Leader, Jane Stewart-Williams, would like to share two of these moments with you in this week’s..read more
Model United Nations: Beyond Debating
In this week’s Secondary Blog, I am delighted that our Year 8 student, Sachdev, has prepared a thoughtful and impassioned account of his thoughts and experience on participating in Model United Nations (MUN), including the recent MUN SEASAC Conference. Not sure what MUN is? Well, keep reading…
"I first started participating in the Model United Nations Extra Curricular..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Climbing High and Swimming Strong!
In this week’s Secondary Blog, it is a pleasure to be able to celebrate two sporting achievements and experiences that our students have had in recent weeks: one on land and one in water. Francesco Corbetta (Teacher of Physics and Head of EPQ), Melissa Ang (Coach) and Lewis Keens (Director or Sport) share more details below.
Last month, Camp 5 organised the first Council..read more
Gearing up to Graduation: our graduating class of 2022
Term 3 is always what I refer to as the happy-sad term. We have so many points of celebration and joyful reflection on the year that has been and we throw ourselves into those communal events, such as our final assembly, concerts and awards ceremonies, that play such an important role in creating that feeling of togetherness and Alice Smithness. We also know, however, that we..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Live Audiences Back on Campus!
It has been an exciting week for the EP Drama Department as we have welcomed live audiences back onto campus for the first time since before the pandemic. In this week’s Secondary Blog, our Head of Creative and Expressive Arts and Associate Vice Principal, Holly Sullivan, celebrates these events and the students involved.
"First up, at long last, we were able to share..read more
Short Stories and Scholarships: a super week at the Secondary Campus!
It is a pleasure to be able to share with you in this week’s Secondary Blog, two snapshots of special moments that celebrate and highlight the exceptional calibre of our students. In the field of creative writing, Caitlin Gray (Assistant Head of Department for English) explains how our students across Key Stages 3 and 4 have risen to the challenge of this year’s FOBISIA Short..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Mindful versus Mind Full 🧐🧠📝
At a time when young people are being over-stimulated by screens, the process of examinations and just being a teenager, they are in danger of being overloaded satiated and stressed out! Mindfulness can be a tool that helps young people - all people - find calm in the present, regulate their emotions, self regulate their thoughts and actions and develop compassion for..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Reaching Across Borders 🌎 - Tackling global issues through Model United Nations 🇺🇳
Last weekend, our MUN students took part in the SEASAC virtual MUN Conference, working through global issues with students from a range of schools and countries. In this week’s Secondary Blog, our Head of Enrichment, David Morris, and Year 8 student, Caitlyn, share more about the experience of being part of the MUN community. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, our Model..read more
Conceptual Understanding in PE: KLASS Values with Y7
To lead the pursuit of excellence in learning underpins our KLASS vision, mission and belief statement. Our teachers are leaders in learning; they thrive through collaboration and research; through creativity and innovation; through taking risks in their teaching and being reflective in doing so. This week, our Director of Sport, Lewis Keens, shares with us the innovative..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) - A unique academic experience 📚📝🧐
There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of seeing the fruit of our labours come into being; of driving a creative process through from concept to end product; of knowing when we have created something that is uniquely part of us - that has been birthed from our interests, research, hypotheses, care, curiosity and critical thinking. In this week’s Secondary Blog, our Head..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Immerse-d in Education 📚🧑🏫
‘What is history's most significant invention?’ ‘Is stealing a loaf of bread to feed a starving family a crime?’ ‘Should all vaccines for all diseases be mandatory?’
These are just a selection of the interesting questions that some of our students at EP found themselves researching and debating in their entries for the prestigious Immerse Education Essay Competition in..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Student Leadership 🎖
Being at Alice Smith means belonging to something special. There are so many reasons for this but one is the way in which we enrich the lives and characters of young people. Student Leadership is one platform that offers us this opportunity. In this week’s Secondary Blog, our Vice Principal for Our Students, Richard Stockings, shares how our EP community draws upon the..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Daisy Pulls It Off - Golly gosh rehearsals are underway! 🎭👭🏑
What ho! As 2021 drew to a close, Drama students were busy perfecting their best British accents, getting their jolly hockey sticks at the ready and putting their best foot forward to audition for the next drama production. Rather! If that wasn't enough of a clue for you, in this week’s Secondary Blog, Ms Sullivan (Head of Faculty for CE Arts), shares some tantalising updates..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Festive Finale 🎉🎄
We were not able to be on campus for the final week of Term 1 last year, we are certainly making up for that this year! This week has been a joyous medley of celebration, collaboration and singing.
The language of carolsThe week began with our fabulous Year 7 MFL students showing off their ability to sing in different languages. Students of Spanish, French, Bahasa Malaysia..read more
Highlighting Diversity through the Humanities
What a pleasure it was recently to see our Humanities prefects planning and leading on a week of awareness-raising activities and experiences. This year’s theme was diversity and inclusion and the Senior Prefects had the aim of showcasing the important role Humanities subjects play in diversity. They explored the meaning of diversity, its social benefits, how our experiences..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Art and Mindfulness - A Teacher’s Journey
For many of us, the long periods of lockdown in Malaysia were an unprecedented life experience and a time in which we each drew upon a range of resources - human and otherwise. In this week’s Blog, Ms Jone Barrenechea (Teacher of Art), shares a personal account of her exploration of Art and Mindfulness and how these wellbeing strategies are serving her and others in our..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Health Awareness Week
One of the absolute joys of being back on campus is in seeing our students lead on a rich and diverse programme of events and celebrations. Recently, our KLASS Meds group planned and led our annual Health Awareness Week. Our KLASSMeds Senior Leader, Ishna, tells us more about the purpose and key features of the week below.
"KLASSMeds prides itself on being a club that welcomes..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Sustainable Future at EP 🌏💚
We are delighted to announce that we have recently been awarded the Eco-Schools Bronze Award, in partnership with WWF Malaysia. This is our first big step in our journey towards becoming a Green Flag School and is truly a testament to our students’ hard work, resilience and determination. In this week’s KLASS Blog, our Eco-Coordinator, Hannah Richardson, tells us more about..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Welcome to our KLASS Community!
We are now five weeks into the 2021-22 academic year and our newly-arrived teachers have done a fantastic job of getting to grips with teaching in a new school and, for some, living in a new country. Teaching so far this year has had the added challenge of being online and I salute the way our recently-arrived teachers have successfully established relationships for learning..
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Unveiling our EP Eco Code!
As we celebrate Alice Smith School’s 75 years of history in Malaysia, now, more than ever, we must look to the future and ensure our community has the knowledge, skills and passion necessary to act in the defence of our planet. We must lead by example and demonstrate sustainable practices in all we do. In this week’s Secondary Blog, our Enrichment Leader and Associate Vice..
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Rise and Shine!
As we conclude the second week of our new school year, it is wonderful to see and hear of the opportunities and experiences our students are enjoying and preparing for. In this week’s KLASS Blog, our ECA Coordinator and House Leader, Danny Hodnett, is excited to share two such enrichment opportunities with you:
With every new start to a school year, Alice Smith never fails to..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Connecting and Reconnecting
It has been such a joyful week of connecting and reconnecting: students with teachers, students with students, teachers with teachers, teachers with parents, parents with parents. Learning has well and truly begun and so have the social interactions, debate, enthusiasm, discussion and creating that make up such an important part of that learning experience. It was wonderful to..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Keeping music alive!
Perhaps you have been wondering what musicians have been doing around the world in this time of perpetual lockdown? Well, the industry has simply adapted and session musicians are now working remotely on projects and recordings. Multi-million dollar studio complexes have given way to project studios. Significant improvements in computers, software, virtual instruments and..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Spotlight on EPQ
What a week it has been as we have embarked on the myriad celebratory and farewell events that mark the culmination of this academic year. It has been a week of joy, pride and emotion as we have said goodbye to our leavers at our two KLASSics farewell events and recognised the outstanding achievements and contributions of our Year 11 and 13 students in our Year 11 and 13..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Rise and Shine!💪🌄
As the pandemic continues to have a hold over our leisure time, we have sharpened our focus on personal and community wellbeing. At EP, we strive to provide a holistic education that reaches far beyond the classroom and one that supports the whole community. One overwhelming success story has been the introduction of Rise and Shine Morning Motivation.
This week, our House..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Dramatic Year 🎭
This week we were treated to our annual Key Stage 3 Drama Assembly - a celebration of all things Drama that have taken place this year and by which our students have been stretched, challenged and captivated.
Our Drama Team - Ms. Sullivan and Ms. Watkinson - have creatively and expertly adapted the Drama curriculum at Key Stage 3 this year to be delivered virtually. They have..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Care and Wellbeing
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
Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Leadership Legacy of Excellence
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
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Our Amazing Students
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..
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Wow! Is every day at EP like this?!This question burst forth from a delighted Year 6 student at the end of the Creative and Expressive Arts transition day that took place at the EP Campus this Tuesday. Our Head of Creative and Expressive Arts and Associate Vice Principal, Holly Sullivan, tells us more about the day that elicited such excitement and awe:
"The day that many of us worried would never happen..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Behind the Easel
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
Secondary Weekly Highlights: World Book Day!
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
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Hooray for ECAs!
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