Foreword by the Principal

FOREWORD BY THE PRINCIPAL

"Superhuman effort isn't worth a damn unless it achieves results."

Ernest Shackleton

Whether you are joining Sri KDU® International School for the first time or you are returning for another year, I extend a warm welcome and wish everyone a rewarding and successful academic year 2018-2019. Congratulations to all teachers who were part of the team in the last academic year and who have contributed to another extremely successful year in terms of student achievement. In IGCSE, 62% of A*/A grades were achieved as well as 62% Distinctions in the International Certificate of Education (ICE) with 96% at Merit or above and a 100% pass rate. The IBDP students also did very well and our average point score of 34 was above the world average. Students in the primary school and at KS3 also made excellent progress. There were many individual successes, not just among the high flyers but for students who achieved even more than they thought possible or their CATS data suggested because of the dedication and skill of the teachers.

Another measure of success for our school is that we retain students, year on year, despite the opening of many other international schools; there is such demand for places, especially in our Primary School, that we have opened another new class in Year 6 for this academic year. Most year groups are full with children on the waiting list. Our primary school, SKIPS, is much smaller than the secondary but is a very important and successful part of the school. Most children progress from Year 6 to Year 7 which is quite unusual in an international context and very few students are withdrawn during their secondary education; this demonstrates the trust that the parents have in Sri KDU® International School.

We had some fantastic achievements in the last academic year including taking part in our first FOBISIA U15 and U13 games with great success. We have sustained our high standards which were identified in the ISQM inspection in 2017. I suggest that everyone re-reads the report at the beginning of this academic year in order to feel proud again of what was written about the school but also to reflect upon what we need to do to sustain this Gold standard. We will be subject to an MOE inspection in October of this academic year and need to maintain our 5-star rating. The excellent results, all of our achievements and quality marks will help us to be attractive to parents in what continues to be a very competitive market.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"

Nelson Mandela

We have continued to educate our students in areas that will inspire them to want to make a difference in the world. The students’ commitment to environmental matters is demonstrated through our Eco-Schools programme throughout the year but especially through the annual Eco-Day. We have an Environmental Policy for all to follow and many areas of the curriculum as well as PSHLE teach about the importance of sustainability. By December of this academic year, we will be re-assessed for the Green Flag from WWF Malaysia, so I hope everyone will get behind this to ensure we retain this prestigious award.

Early in the new academic year, the students will be choosing the charity which they would like their fundraising to support. Part of the education at SKIS is to ensure that the students understand that not everyone is as fortunate as they are and through our charity work they have the opportunity to experience this first hand and to really make a difference to the lives of others.

"We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something."
Marie Curie

I believe we have an excellent team of highly able teachers who can awaken joy in the students and develop them as learners rather than simply getting the best academic results. We need to make the most of everyone’s skills and knowledge by working together as a team, sharing good practice and working towards the same goals. We also need to apply Building Learning Power dispositions: Resilience, Reflectiveness, Resourcefulness and Reciprocity in our own work as teachers not just develop them in students. The goal that we are all working towards is to make the students and parents feel they attend “the best international school in the world”. I look forward to working with you in this academic year and to moving closer to this goal thanks to your contributions.

"The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete."
Pierre de Coubertin

Maggie Rafee
September 2018

 

VISION, VALUES AND AIMS

Sri KDU International School is part of the wider community under the umbrella of Paramount Education and we live by the Paramount vison, values and education charter.

The Paramount Vision

“Changing lives and enriching communities for a better world”

 

Paramount Values

Whilst trying to achieve our vision, we subscribe to the values of:

  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Bravery
  • Energy

 

The Paramount Education Charter

  • We inspire students and staff to lead, share and serve.
  • We create a community in which learning, teaching and research are encouraged, enabled and enjoyed.
  • We promote critical thinking, independent learning and creative problem solving.
  • We nurture individuals to be ethical and responsible global citizens.
  • We share our success with stakeholders and the community we serve.

 

The Sri KDU International School aspiration is

“To be the best international school in the world”

 

The Sri KDU schools’ Motto is

Malaysian Hearts, Global Minds 

Although the school is international in curriculum, the majority of students who attend the school are Malaysian, thus it is important that we nurture their “Malaysian Hearts” as well as developing their “Global Minds” as befits an international approach. It is also important for all members of the SKIS community who are not Malaysian by nationality to understand what a “Malaysian Heart” is. We nurture the “Malaysian Heart” in many ways from playing the National Anthem in Assemblies to celebrating Malaysia Day with special assembly. All students study Bahasa Malaysia, the values of Malaysia through Moral Studies or the values of Islam through Islamic Studies as well as studying Malaysian History through special projects. The “global minds” of the students are developed through the international curriculum as well as through many different partnerships across the world, including through the People-to-People-International Chapter.

 

The Sri KDU International School motto is

Tomorrow’s Leaders: Here and Now

The student body of SKIS is made up of those who will be the future leaders of Malaysia and internationally; the school was founded as part of the nation building for Malaysia. As such, it is essential that the leadership skills and character of our students is built up from Year 1- Year 13 so that they can be the type of leaders that Malaysia and the world needs to promote peace, stability and success for all. The leadership ethos of the school is founded upon the works of Stephen R Covey: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and “The Leader in Me”. All teachers employed in SKIS should read these seminal texts for their own development and so that they can ensure that they embed the seven habits into every aspect of their work. We embed the 7 Habits into the school through Assemblies and the PHSLE programme delivered in Form Time. There are also many opportunities for students to develop character and display leadership through the Prefect System, the House System, CCL Activities, student-led events such as The Paramount Championships and of course in their day-to-day learning through the active pedagogy we promote.