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Region’s oldest girls’ school to become international school

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
Southeast Asia’s oldest girls’ school here - Convent Light Street - is opening a private international school on part of its sea-fronting premises. NSTP/FileSoutheast Asia’s oldest girls’ school here – Convent Light Street – is opening a private international school on part of its sea-fronting premises. NSTP/File

GEORGE TOWN: Southeast Asia’s oldest girls’ school here – Convent Light Street – is opening a private international school on part of its sea-fronting premises.

The 168-year-old school which is located within the city’s United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) heritage core zone, is part of the Roman Catholic Convent Light Street, which was established by three French sisters of the Holy Infant Jesus Mission in 1852.

The school’s last batch of studebts are expected to graduate from the national education system in 2024.

In a statement issued today, The Infant Jesus Sisters Malaysia, the owner of the Convent Light Street Penang (CLS), said that it would be collaborating with education provider ACE Edventure to open a private international school using part of the CLS’s premises.

“The co-ed school, to start as soon as approval has been obtained from the authorities, will initially offer Year 1 to Year 10 classes leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) with an entrepreneurial component,” the statement said.

CLS was the first school set up by the IJ Sisters upon their arrival in Malaysia from Paris in 1852 and has grown to be one of the nation’s premier schools.

“But due to a continuous decline in enrolment of students in the last decade and escalating costs to maintain the heritage school buildings, the IJ Sisters had asked for the return of the CLS premises from the Ministry of Education, approval of which was granted in 2018,” the statement said.

“Not forgetting their mission to provide wholesome education to children, irrespective of race or creed, the IJ Sisters had been actively meeting with a number of reputable school operators over the last one year to identify one with similar aspirations and like-mindedness, and found ACE Edventure a good fit.”

ACE Edventure was touted in the statement as “an establishment able to provide affordable learning that is dynamic, progressive and relevant and, most important of all, willing to maintain the ethos of the IJ Convent schools with their emphasis on character building.”

ACE Edventure’s founders, Anne Tham and Melinda Lim, are both CLS alumni, and currently operating three private schools – Sirius Scholar in Subang Jaya, Sri Emas in Petaling Jaya and Dwi Emas in Shah Alam.

“The IJ Sisters look forward to this collaboration with ACE Edventure and the new role CLS will play towards the advancement of private education in Malaysia.”

After establishing a foothold in Penang, the site where CLS stands today, was reportedly acquired in 1859 by Mother St Mathilde Raclot.

The land expanded over the years to include a chapel, nunnery, orphanage, school and boarding house.

It is the oldest girls’ school in Malaysia and its alumni are also known as ‘Colistrians’.

Penang is currently home to nine international schools, with another one scheduled to open its doors this month.

By Marina Emmanuel.

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New international school opens

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

ANOTHER private Lasallian educational institution has opened its doors in Malaysia.

St Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia (Tropicana PJ Campus) (SJIIM) is also Tropicana Corporation Bhd’s first foray into education.

“Education is a critical component of nation building,” says Tropicana Corporation Bhd group chief executive officer Datuk Yau Kok Seng.

Yau says the group is fully committed to providing a learning environment that will complement the Education Ministry’s aspirations to create a globally competitive future workforce.


“Our methodology will work to develop critical and creative thinking capabilities that will enable students to perform in both the sciences and the arts,” he adds.

“Being an ex-Lasallian, nothing beats a disciplined and holistic education.”

The school’s board of governors, chairman Michael Sng, says the school’s mission is “to nurture young boys and girls to become great people.”

“You are part of a great Lasallian tradition,” he tells students during the official opening ceremony held last Monday.

He stresses that their students “enter to learn and leave to serve.”

The ceremony was in conjunction with the Founder’s Day celebration at the school, which was graced by Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, Tropicana Corporation Bhd founder and advisor, Tan Sri Danny Tan Chee Sing, and Lasallian East Asia District brother visitor, Brother Edmundo Fernandez.

“The school now has almost 500 students in classes from nursery to Year 12 and we are grateful to our founding parents for believing in our ethos and are proud to be the newest international edition in a long line of esteemed Lasallian institutions in Malaysia,” he says.

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Teachers’ vital role

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

WHAT makes an international school truly international?

Eaton International School chief executive officer Datuk Felician Teo believes its teachers play a role.

“There are some international schools which use ternational curriculum but most of their teachers are locals.

“It doesn’t mean local teachers can’t teach an international curriculum but they are not trained or certified to do so,” he said during a press conference last week before the launching of the school’s new campus in Jade Hills, Kajang.

The school currently sits in an interim campus with an occupancy of 400 students.

A collaboration with Gamuda Land, Eaton International School will open its new campus in September and hopes to have at least 600 students for the new school year.

It has a British curriculum and at the same time, offers Chinese Language and Bahasa Malaysia to all students.

Founded in 2013, Eaton Interna-tional School’s first phase is able to accommodate up to 1,200 students.

“We are focused on being a full fledged international school.

“Not only do we offer an international curriculum, but our teachers are expatriate teachers,” said Teo.

Aside from having mostly expat teachers, the school adopts an international ethos.

Students from preschool, primary and secondary levels are offered a variety of co-curricular activities such as fencing, taekwondo and drama.


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Education Ministry Welcomes Investors Setting Up International Schools

Monday, July 18th, 2016

GEORGE TOWN, July 17 (Bernama) — The Education Ministry will assist any investors or education service providers intending to set up new international schools in the country, said its deputy minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan.

He said currently the ministry had received one proposal to set up an international school in Kluang and another one in Batu Pahat in Johor.

“Currently we have about 116 international schools nationwide. The ministry also has approved a few more and we welcome any investors who would like to set up the school away from Klang Valley,” he told reporters after the opening of Straits International School by Penang Yang diPertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas, here Sunday.

He said the ministry would provide them advice and consultation that would diversified the education system in Malaysia.

Kamalanathan said he would continue to support the initiative because that was one of Entry Point Projects (EPP) under the ministry.


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Solid base for lifelong learning

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

THE International School of Penang (Uplands) is renowned for providing an international education in an academically challenging, multi-cultural environment. It offers a broad array of courses designed to give students a solid foundation for lifelong learning.

Available are the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (for ages 4-11 years), an internationally based curriculum for Lower Secondary (11-14 years), Cambridge IGCSE for Upper Secondary (15-16 years) and the IB Diploma for pre-U (16-19 years).

The school has one of the best IB Diploma programmes in South-East Asia. The intensive two-year course prepares students exceptionally well for success at university and life beyond.

With emphasis on critical thinking, intercultural understanding and responsible citizenship, the programme develops students physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

Students are required to study a combination of six subjects, three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. The core elements of the programme consist of a Theory of Knowledge course, the Extended Essay and active involvement in the Creativity, Activity and Service Programme.

All the above offer a highly enriching and holistic approach to student education and are excellent preparation for university. Entry requirements are at least five credits in IGCSE/O-Levels/SPM or equivalent.

Uplands students have achieved great success compared to world average scores in each year of the IB Diploma programme since its inception in 2001. Students Vidhya Karthikeyan, Joseph Tan, Ching Siew Yi and Lim Sheau Yun had achieved the perfect score of 45.

IB Diploma holders have gained admission to prestigious universities worldwide including The Ivy League and Oxbridge.

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Diverse schools for thought

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

INTERNATIONAL schools are an attractive option for parents because of the use of English as the main medium of instruction and the international curriculum that is holistic, more interactive and encourages critical thinking.

In addition, international schools have better facilities and adopt the latest classroom technology and management systems to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

Therefore, it is not surprising that international school education may come with a hefty price. Cost is often a major factor for parents in determining the choice of school for the children. However, Malaysia offers a wide range of international schools to meet different requirements.

Each school has a different fee structure so it is important to understand the various types of fees that will be charged. The tuition or school fees make up most of the cost of an international education.

Schools may also charge an application fee which is usually non-refundable when submitting an application as well as a non-refundable registration fee upon confirmation of enrolment.

A refundable security deposit which is equivalent to one term’s fee is also usually required. This deposit often needs to be topped up as the tuition fees increase every year.

Schools may also require a building or development fee to cover the costs of physical improvements or expansion of school facilities. Other costs include textbooks, school uniform, field trips, extra-curricular activities and transportation.

To find out more, visit the 4th Private & International School Fair to be held at Hotel Jen Penang from 12pm to 5pm this Sunday.

Organised by Mint Communications Sdn Bhd, the event’s admission is free.

Parents will be able to find a suitable school for children of all ages since most of the schools offer preschool right up to pre-university education.

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The price of proficiency

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

DESPITE charging fees that can go as high as RM100,000 per annum, international schools are popular as parents who can afford them believe their children will be more globally competitive, well-rounded and proficient in English.

Businesswoman Sherina Ch’ng said teachers at international schools have a different approach, ability and skills compared to those at government schools.

“International schools have become a necessity rather than a luxury. There are various types offering a range of fees, so parents need not be super rich to send their children to one,” she said.

“Middle-income families can afford to send their children if they save or cut down on other unnecessary expenses,” added the mother-of-two who pays about RM40,000 yearly for her son’s Year One tuition fees at an international school in the Klang Valley.

The amount does not include meals, special classes, school trips and uniforms.

A check by StarEducate showed that international schools in the Klang Valley charge each pupil between RM12,000 and RM78,000 per annum at nursery and kindergarten levels, and between RM14,000 and RM84,000 at primary level. At secondary level, fees ranged from RM17,000 to RM105,000 per annum, depending on the location and reputation of the schools.

The sums quoted are for tuition fees alone and do not include the deposit, building fund levy, as well as application, registration, enrolment, installation and boarding fees.

Working mother J. Tan, who pays about RM50,000 per year for her son to study the American syllabus, feels it was “worth it” as her 12-year-old had improved academically and became more self-confident.

“Since he started attending international school more than a year ago, he has also excelled in extra-curricular activities like sports and music. He would not have had such opportunities in a national school where there’s an over-emphasis of academic-based grading,” she said.

Thomas Gomez, 39, claimed that international schools provide “better classmates and environment” but those with quality teachers and good teaching methodology cost a bomb.

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A renewed partnership

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Britain sets sights on shared solutions with Malaysia throughout the education sector.

BRITAIN’s educational links with Malaysia, already on a firm footing, is set to move several notches up with both sides exploring fresh initiatives.

Five offshore British university campuses have already been set up in Malaysia starting with the University of Nottingham in 2000.

The other four university campuses here are Newcastle University Medical School, University of Southampton Engineering School, University of Reading and Herriot-Watt University.

About 60 British tertiary institutions already have links or collaborative arrangements with their Malaysian counterparts.

There are almost four times as many Malaysia-based students studying British higher education programmes than Malaysians studying in Britain.

About 15,000 Malaysians are currently studying in Britain, with another 58,000 individuals (including non-Malaysians based in Malaysia) either studying for British degrees or undertaking British professional qualifications in Malaysia – which is more than any other country in the world.

Building on success

British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell (pic) says the education sector has been a great success story for Britain in Malaysia and her country wanted to build on that.

Britain, she stresses, has what it takes to help Malaysia achieve its aim of becoming a regional hub for higher education.

Posted here last October, the envoy says the recently-launched Malaysia Education Blueprint (Higher Education) provides an avenue for Britain “to be part of the delivery solution.”

“This is something that we want to work very closely with Malaysia. Britain can be part of realising the vision and ambition that is in the Education Blueprint and I commend Malaysia for drawing it up,’’ she adds in an interview at her residence in Kuala Lumpur.

Treadell says while Britain remains a leader here in the “traditional model” of education – Malaysian students heading to Britain – the development of British universities investing in campuses here will drive Malaysia’s ambition and vision to become a regional education hub.


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