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Vision Primary School Sandakan with modern learning environments

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Vision Primary School Sandakan which has been in operation since January this year, now has 51 students in Primary 1 and Primary 2. Its head teacher, Desmond Chong talks to our Sandakan Bureau Chief James Leong about the school.

The Anglican Churches in Sabah have been running Mission Schools for more than 120 years, and the Vision Schools are the latest instalment of our dedication to this cause.

The Vision Schools Project is a continuation of the Anglican Diocese of Sabah’s commitment to education in Sabah. The Anglican Church has been faithfully involved in providing quality education to Sabahans since the 1800’s, and many of our mission schools are still the schools of choice.

Our classrooms at the Vision Primary School Sandakan are equipped to bring our students into the 21st Century Learning.

The books that we use are also sourced from among the best we could find to promote creativity and critical thinking among our students. Lessons are designed for students to learn together in collaboration and they are trained to give their opinions since young.

We aim to produce forward thinking intellectuals that have a good character and that they may become major contributors to society at large.

As the Vision Primary School is now fully functional and running, we begin to look forward to the building of the Vision Secondary School (15 classrooms) which we expect to run in 2021, the latest. By then, the entire 1st Stage of the project will be completed, and we expect this to be sufficient for the next 15-20 years.

All you need to know about Vision Primary School Sandakan: FAQ(Frequently Asked Questions) 1. When did the school start?  We began operations on the 3rd January 2017, starting with 2 classes of Primary 1 and 1 class of Primary 2.

2. Is it an International School? We are a local private school, running on the Malaysian Education Syllabus.

3. What syllabus do you use? We are licensed to run DLP (Dual-Language Programme) as provided for by the Ministry of Education, whereby our students may answer their UPSR Maths and Science papers in English. We use books from Singapore to supplement our local syllabus requirements for English, Maths and Science.

4. Is it recognised by the Malaysian Ministry of Education? Yes, we are a fully functional school, registered with the Ministry of Education. In fact, our sister school in Bandar Sri Indah, Tawau has been operating since 2009.

5. Can the students get into local universities? Yes, our graduates from Tawau have been admitted into local and private universities, Kolej Matrikulasi Labuan, progressing to University Malaysia Sabah, and also STPM in local schools.

6. Where do you get your teachers? Are they trained? Our teachers are hired locally by the School Board. Training and professional upgrading is provided periodically by our education consultants from KK and the USA. Our teachers will also gather with the teachers from Tawau for corporate training annually.

7. How do I enrol my child? We have started taking Primary 1 in applications for 2018 and 2019. You will need to come to the school and fill in an application form.

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No Negative Response, Vision School Goals Achieved – Education Ministry

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 (Bernama) — The absence of negative reactions to the setting up of the Wawasan (Vision) School Complex in five states, beginning in 2002, shows that the goals of its establishment have been met, according to the Education Ministry.

Assistant director of its Education Policy Planning and Research Division, Rusidah Mohd Amin said the students of these vision schools were interacting well among themselves under one roof.

“They also get to share the basic facilities like sports field, hall, canteen, resource centre, computer lab and so on,” she told Bernama.

However, she added, there were no plans yet to increase the number of Vision School Complexes and meanwhile, the ministry would only be focusing on efforts to achieving more, based on the objectives of the Vision School concept.

Rusidah said the ministry also so far, had no plans to set up the Vision School Complex in Sabah and Sarawak.

The existing six Vision School Complexes are at Pekan Baru in Parit Buntar, Perak; Taman Aman in Alor Setar, Kedah; Tasik Permai in Penang; USJ 15 in Subang Jaya, Selangor; Pundut in Seri Manjung, Perak and in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

Universiti Malaya’s Education Faculty dean, Prof Dr Saedah Siraj said the implementation of the Vision School concept had been an effective initiative towards shaping a nation with its citizens being united, working together and living in harmony, but there was still room for improvement.

She said such a concept had actually already existed in the vernacular schools with their multiracial students inculcated with the practices of sharing, cooperating and tolerance towards each other.

“With the vision schools, I think improvements could be made in some aspects such as reviewing the curriculum and exposing the students to deeper unity in order to raise the effectiveness of the concept.

“But I am confident and believe that the Vision School concept will have effective results in future, as there will be better multiracial understanding from studying under one roof and this will help rid of communal feelings and racist attitudes,” she added.

Assoc Prof Dr Kulanthayan KC Manir from the Community Health Department, Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Medical and Health Sciences Faculty, also believes that the Vision School concept can help forge racial unity as the sharing of infrastructure and facilities enables racial interaction among the students.

Asked to comment on the achieving of the Vision School goals, he said he had not received detailed information on the matter.

“If the objectives have been achieved, I suggest that the initiative be extended to other areas and involve more schools and students.

“If otherwise, I propose that the implementation processes be reviewed and the shortcomings identified, as well as proactive measures taken to overcome them,” he said.

Dr Kulanthayan also suggested that all the Vision Schools set up a Racial Unity Club at their respective complexes as it could help create a continuous process of forging racial unity.

by Nor Hayati Endan,


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Vision Schools

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

MOE implemented eight (8) Vision Schools (Sekolah Wawasan) throughout the nation in 2002. At present there are 5 successful Vision Schools  in operation as follows:

  • Vision School Pekan Baru, Parit Buntar, Perak
  • Vision School Taman Aman, Alor Setar, Kedah
  • Vision School Tasik Permai, Penang
  • Vision School USJ 15, Subang Jaya, Selangor
  • Vision School Pundut, Seri Manjung, Perak.


The essence of the Vision School concept is putting a national school and one or two other vernacular schools together at the same site to share common facilities such as the school canteen, assembly hall, playing field, etc. For example the Vision School in Subang Jaya, which encompasses three schols as follows:

  • SK Dato Onn Jaafar
  • SJK(C) Tun Tan Chen Lock
  • SJK(T) Tun Sambanthan

Each school has its building, its own administrators, teachers, etc. These schools also maintain its own medium of instruction – Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese or Tamil respectively. The different buildings are linked together by a link-way of some sort.

The students from these three seperate schools only get together during break time (at the canteen); weekly assembly (at the assembly hall); sports and games competitions (at the playing field) or during other organised activities.


It is hoped that the close proximity between these students from different back ground, races, religions, etc through such a pre-arranged school setting, and through well organised formal and informal activities such as through games, sports, and other co-curricular activities will encourage greater interactions; better understanding; among them and thus to foster national unity in the long run.

Basically it is an approach towards educating students to understand and accept the cultural diversity of Malaysia and at the same time – still participating the Malaysian mainstream culture.

The whole concept of the Vision schools is excellent, but more time and effort is needed before it can be fully understood and accepted by all.

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