Dear ISP Families,
As another year comes to a close, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on what has been a very successful term. So many events have taken place since the first day of term on 4th September 2017 and this short video is evidence of many of those wonderful events. Having said that, four unique events have made this term a very special one for me:
The opening of the new school building (September 2017).
I now wonder how we ever managed without these magnificent facilities! The addition of the swimming pool, English, Mathematics and Science rooms, along with the Sports Hall, have really helped to enhance the learning provision for our students.
The ISQM Accreditation Inspection (October 2017).
In the outcome of the inspection, we were graded as ‘Outstanding’ in all 8 Standards and were subsequently awarded Gold Accreditation status. We were all obviously delighted with the Final ISQM Report which I believe is a very accurate reflection of our school. As I mentioned in the Coffee Morning last week, even though the report was somewhat glowing, we have no intention of allowing complacency to creep into how we approach school life, and have already started to implement strategies of how we can become an even better school. This links to what is probably my favourite quote from the report, “Everyone is always looking for ways to make this outstanding school even better.”
The royal visit of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall and Her Majesty Raja Zarith Sophiah, Queen of Johor (November 2017).
It was such a pleasure and privilege to host such esteemed guests, and we were honoured that HRH agreed to officially open the new Mawar Wing of the school. The initial purpose of the visit was to launch The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, and it was a privilege for us to be chosen as the school to launch the competition. Our Secondary Chamber Orchestra performed beautifully not only during the visit, but also at the Royal Gala Dinner in the evening at the Majestic Hotel, at which HRH Prince Charles was present. This short video is a wonderful summary of the Royal Visit.
The Secondary School production of Grease (December 2017).
For those of you who were fortunate to watch, I am sure you will agree that this production was quite simply spectacular (video). I had the privilege of watching the full show on four occasions and enjoyed each with equal enthusiasm. The quality of the singing, acting and dancing was sublime. The soloists were stunning and the singing was very uplifting. I was on the edge of my seat throughout and particularly enjoyed the fact that all of the songs were supported by the live band on stage. There are too many people to thank for the success of the show, yet we must give a special mention to Ms Lexi, Mr Matt, Ms Madeleine, Ms Laura, and of course, to our extremely talented students.
In addition to the above, I would also like to share other information on what has happened this term, and things planned for Terms 2 and 3.
Performing Arts @ ISP in Term 1
It has been another amazing term for Performing Arts with astounding performances across the school from Early Years through to Secondary. As I mentioned above, the Grease production was exceptional and is evidence of how the department encourages collaboration and cooperation of students in a wide range of activities. In the Primary School, there have been lots of concerts, musical events and drama performances. Year 3 performed their ‘Bright Sparks’ assembly and Year 4 also performed an amazing drama piece together with the Primary Orchestra with the music of the Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns.
The Primary Orchestra and Choir have been making great progress supported by Ms Evy, Miss Maddie, Miss Li Yien and Mr Beren. The Early Years children also delighted us with a wonderful Christmas sing-along last week, with most children performing for the first time in front of an audience.
As mentioned previously, lots has been happening in Secondary Performing Arts, and in addition there has been the IGCSE and A-Level Music recitals, Black Box Theatre music concerts, IGCSE Drama performances, our Winter Concert and musical contributions in assemblies.
We are eagerly looking forward to our second term which promises to bring more adventures and excitement. The Primary Production will be ‘Annie’ and there will also be Drama devising days, FOBISIA Orchestra Festival, and our Secondary Performing Arts recital.
PE & Sport @ ISP
So many events have taken place within school along with sporting fixtures in KL and overseas. Students and teams have been making good use of our great new facilities with our fantastic swimming pool already playing host to a number of competitive friendly meets. This term we have competed in 77 sporting fixtures across 20 different sporting teams and taken part in 3 sporting tours (U15 FOBISIA Games, U18 Basketball tour and FOBISIA Tennis). As you can imagine, there have been many great achievements in a range of sporting competitions with some outstanding results including:
- Secondary Swimming, KLISS – Champions
- Secondary Swimming, ISAC – 4th place
- U9 Boys Benchball, KLISS – Champions
- Primary Cross Country, KLISS – Champions for a fourth successive time
- Secondary Cross Country, KLISS – Champions for a fourth successive time
- U18 Cross Country, KLISS – Runners-up
- U18 Volleyball, ISAC – 3rd place
- U15 Girls football, ISAC – 3rd place
- U18 Basketball Phuket tour – Girls runners-up, boys 3rd
- FOBISIA Tennis – U15 girls runner-up (Gemma Goh)
- U15 FOBISIA Games – Champions in Athletics, swimming and boys
football, runners-up in boys basketball
More recently, ISP’s sports days for Key Stages 2 to 5 were a great success. Once again, the community feel was further enhanced with our impressive student Sports Leaders taking active parts throughout the
days to encourage and inspire whilst providing positive role-models for our younger students.
I would like to thank all of the students for your involvement in sporting competitions and congratulations on all of your successes so far this year. Thank you also to our dedicated team of PE teachers and coaches who always strive to ensure that our students have access and opportunities to further develop their skills and excel in the sporting arena. We now look forward to next term with more events including swim galas, the FOBISIA swimming tour (January), the U13 FOBISIA tour (February) and many more competitive fixtures scheduled. If you have not done so already, please sign-up to the FlexiBuzz pages for the teams you are interesting in joining for regular updates on training and fixtures.
Creative Arts @ ISP
It has been a very productive and rewarding term for students and staff in Creative Arts. Representatives from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Hong Kong, ran a ‘Solar Designs’ Art workshop with our IGCSE Art students. Through the course of the workshop, students arranged a variety of components in a striking composition and let the sun print their designs onto fabric. The Creative Arts department organised an educational visit to Proton Multi Vehicle Factory (MVF), Shah Alam. The D&T students were given an overview of how vehicles are designed, developed and rigorously tested using latest technologies. This was a fantastic opportunity to see commercial manufacturing methods up close and to understand how assembly lines actually work.
Tim Metcalf from Winchester School of Art conducted an engaging workshop with our senior Art students. The workshop explored the subconscious elements of communication through creative mark making. The IGCSE Art students also visited Art Expo Malaysia Plus 2017 exhibition to study 2,000 pieces of art, photos, prints, paintings, sculpture and installations from 25 countries. This serves as an excellent way to boost inspiration and learn more about specific materials, techniques and compositions.
Several CCAs have run including Batik Painting, Large-Scale Painting and Prop-Making to support the school production of Grease. I would like to thank the wonderful Creative Arts team, and the students, for their continued enthusiasm, dedication and persistence in creating work which they can be truly proud of. New challenges for term 2 include participating in the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) Schools’ Global Canvas Art Competition 2018, and the ‘Science Without Borders Challenge’. More details will follow in due course. (CA Video Term 1)
IGCSE Awards Evening
On Wednesday 5th December 2017 we hosted our annual IGCSE Awards Evening for those students who sat their examinations in May/June 2016. It was a very pleasant evening as we celebrated the success of
all students in our second Year 11 cohort and also presented various special awards for outstanding individual achievement. As a reminder, the table below is a summary of the excellent results that our
|Grades A* – C||Grades A* – A|
IGCSE Mock Examinations
When we return after the vacation our Year 11 students will go straight into their IGCSE Mock Examinations. These will be conducted in exactly the same manner as the actual IGCSE Examinations which will take place in May/June 2018. We wish all of our Year 11 students the success that they deserve, and assume they will be revising during the vacation when the rest of us are relaxing.
Charity and Community Links
We continue to make strong links with various external organisations and the wider community. Our two selected charities to support this year are World Vision and PAWS Animal Welfare Society. In addition, we have supported several other good causes including the Pink October and Movember fundraisers for MAKNA (National Cancer Council Malaysia). Our annual Holiday Gift Appeal for less-privileged children at various schools in the area was once again a great success. Hundreds of gifts were delivered by our parents, teachers and students to schools around Kuala Lumpur. It is important that we continue to be a caring and compassionate school, and I thank all students, staff and parents for your contribution to these very worthwhile causes.
Farewell to departing and welcome to incoming ISP families and staff
It is always sad to say farewell to friends and colleagues as they move on to pastures new, yet this is a reality of being a part of an international community. From the teaching staff we bid farewell to Ms Stephanie who has contributed greatly to the school over the past few years; she will be replaced by Ms Choo Kim Lan. We wish all leavers well for the future and hope you leave with fond memories of ISP. In contrast, we welcome several new families in January 2018 and I am confident that you will join me in embracing those parents and children into the ISP family.
Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs)
The CCA Programme for Term 2 will commence on Monday 15th January 2018 . Once again, students have the opportunity to select from a wide range of activities which hopefully meet the needs and talents of all.
One of the highlights of the school year is undoubtedly International Day. I am delighted to announce that we shall celebrate our international diversity on Friday 2nd March 2018. More details will follow early next term, yet you may wish to start thinking about a national dress costume for your child.
Start Date for Term 2
A reminder that Term 2 will commence on Tuesday 9th January 2018.
Calendar for 2018-2019
The calendar for the 2018-2019 academic year can be found on the website.
A big ‘thank you’ to the newly elected PTA@ISP who continue to be very supportive of the school. Several events are planned for Terms 2 and 3, details of which will be shared with you well in advance.
Congratulations to Gajah House
Congratulations to Gajah House who were crowned Term 1 House Champions in the end of term assembly. There is still a long way to go in the competition, yet it seems that the Pygmy Elephants are going to take some stopping this year!
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support throughout the term and wish you a safe and enjoyable vacation and a prosperous 2018. In addition, a Merry Christmas to those families who celebrate at this time of year. We look forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday 9th January 2018.
Executive Principal & Director of Education