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Secondary Weekly Highlight: Sport for All 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlight: A Dramatic Start to the Year! 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlight: A fairytale summer 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..

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Bronze Duke of Edinburgh (International Award) Expedition 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..

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Celebrating Key Stage 3: transition and competition 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..

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Model United Nations: Beyond Debating 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Climbing High and Swimming Strong! 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..

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Gearing up to Graduation: our graduating class of 2022 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Live Audiences Back on Campus! 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..

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Short Stories and Scholarships: a super week at the Secondary Campus! 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Mindful versus Mind Full 🧐🧠📝 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Reaching Across Borders 🌎 - Tackling global issues through Model United Nations 🇺🇳 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..

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Conceptual Understanding in PE: KLASS Values with Y7 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) - A unique academic experience 📚📝🧐 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Immerse-d in Education 📚🧑‍🏫 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Student Leadership 🎖 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Daisy Pulls It Off - Golly gosh rehearsals are underway! 🎭👭🏑 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Festive Finale 🎉🎄 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..

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Highlighting Diversity through the Humanities 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Art and Mindfulness - A Teacher’s Journey 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Health Awareness Week 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Sustainable Future at EP 🌏💚 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Welcome to our KLASS Community! 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Leading Parent Partnerships Secondary Weekly Highlights: Leading Parent Partnerships

A strong, effective and positive partnership with parents is one of the hallmarks of an outstanding school. Parents trust us with their children with the expectation that we will do the absolute best for every individual child at JB and EP. Good communication, solid relationships, understanding the needs of both parties, a commitment to success and a constant drive towards..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Unveiling our EP Eco Code! 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Rise and Shine! 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Connecting and Reconnecting 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Keeping music alive! 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Spotlight on EPQ 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Rise and Shine!💪🌄 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Dramatic Year 🎭 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Care and Wellbeing 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: A Leadership Legacy of Excellence 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Our Amazing Students 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Wow! Is every day at EP like this?! 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Behind the Easel 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: World Book Day! 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,..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Hooray for ECAs! 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..

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Secondary Weekly Highlights: Year 8 Island Adventures and Easter Secondary Weekly Highlights: Year 8 Island Adventures and Easter

This week, our Head of Faculty for English and Media, Victoria Miles, shares with us the island adventures that our Year 8 students have been on in English this term. 

Every year Year 8 students take part in the 'Island Project Competition'. Even with virtual learning, this year was no exception. Students worked in teams within their English classes to create a brand new,..

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Secondary Weekly Highlight: STEM Week '21 Secondary Weekly Highlight: STEM Week '21

We have had a STEM-tastic week at EP. Our fabulous student prefects for STEM, Maths and Computer Science, Biology, DT, Physics, Eco and Chemistry have treated staff and students to a medley of activities and learning moments as part of STEM Week - a week-long exploration of all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths related. 

Our student prefects have worked..

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