Leadership Team
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Mr George Piacentini

Principal

Mr George Piacentini spent over 30 years leading schools around the world. He holds a B.Ed in Primary Education, a Diploma in Religious Education and is a graduate from Glasgow University. He spent two years teaching in Scotland before embarking on his teaching and leadership journey at several international schools in Doha, Ethiopia and Venezuela. His first Principal position was at The International School of Moshi, Tanzania. Following this, he was appointed Principal at an International School in Singapore for 6 years and subsequently in Finland.
 
Seeking to develop his skills in strategic and operational leadership, he was then invited to be Director of Ihsan Dogramaci Bilkent Erbil College in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq, a foundation school, offering an IB Programme up to Key Stage 5. He then moved to Ibadan, Nigeria to Director of The International School of IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture), a school that offered IBPYP, supported by English National Curriculum.
 
He most recently was founder and executive director of George Piacentini Consultancy (GPC) focused on supporting school improvement. GPC has most recently helped a variety of international and national educational organizations in Nigeria, allowing them develop a better understanding of how to effectively implement child protection procedures and practices in their organizations, how to develop their curriculum and nurture effective middle and senior leadership. George has also been very involved in the Council of International Schools (CIS) school evaluation and accreditation process, supporting school improvement, by leading teams that have visited many schools in the last 20 years. He has also led joint accreditation and synchronized visits with CIS/New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) / Middle Schools Association (MSA)/ Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). He is currently leading a new CIS online accreditation protocol.
 
He is certified in International School Leadership from the Principals’ Training Centre, London. In addition, he has gained further professional credentials through the International Leadership and Management Programme at Bath University. He is currently a member of the Graduate School of Education at University of Exeter where he is further embedding his understanding of efficient Educational Leadership with a focus on teaching and learning in a global context. He has supported the candidacy, authorization and re-authorization of IB programmes in various international schools around the world.
 
He is passionate about school improvement with a particular focus on a school’s Purpose and Direction, Learning, Support and Well-Being and being a Global Citizen. His vision is for the school to be the best international school in the world. 
 
Mr. Piacentini joined Sri KDU Intentional school as the new Principal in August 2021. 
 
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Mr Andrew Wyeth

Head of Secondary

Mr Andrew Wyeth began his teaching career in 1993 after obtaining a B.Ed. in Physical Education at St. Paul’s and St. Mary’s, Cheltenham, UK. He taught for 5 years in Surrey, UK as the Head of Department before moving into sports administration on Sport England partnership projects. From 2003 to 2008, he was appointed to the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) as Director of Sport at a co-educational independent school also in Surrey, UK. Upon completing his MBA in Leadership and Management, he moved to Kuwait in August 2009 and assumed the position of Director of Sport at one of the largest international schools in the Middle East.

In 2016 Mr Wyeth moved to SKIS taking up the role of Vice Principal, with responsibility for Teaching and Learning. In 2019 Mr Wyeth took up the new SKISS role as Secondary Headteacher.

Andrew is a passionate sportsman and played rugby for and coached Rosslyn Park in London, UK. He took up triathlon and cycling after retiring from rugby in 2003 but has now focussed his available time on reducing his golf handicap on the many beautiful courses here in Malaysia. His 2 children are students at the school and his wife Louise is the Deputy Head of Primary – truly a family affair!

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Mrs Katie Tomlinson

Head of Primary

Mrs Katie Tomlinson started her teaching career in 1995 after completing a B.Ed. (Hons) with English specialism at Liverpool Institute of Higher Education. She initially worked as a Key Stage 2 class teacher, taking responsibility for Assessment, English and Music before moving into school leadership as a Deputy Headteacher in 2002. After completing the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers in 2006, she moved into Headship and has been a Headteacher in three different Primary schools in the UK. Her previous post was Headteacher of a large Primary school in Lancashire in the North of England.

As the Head of Sri KDU International Primary School (SKIPS), her role is to inspire and motivate the Primary staff and children to achieve the highest educational standards. Mrs Tomlinson leads and manages all aspects of the daily routines and running of the Primary school. As an experienced Headteacher of over 15 years, she is passionate about providing an environment which ensures that all children have an opportunity to discover their interests, develop their skills and become the best possible versions of themselves.

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Mrs Brenda Connolly

Deputy Head of Secondary - Academic

Mrs Connolly has vast teaching experience both in the United Kingdom (UK) and internationally. She holds a BA Honours in English Language and Literature and an MA with Distinction in Education. Mrs Connolly started her teaching career in 1996 as an English teacher, and after working in secondary schools in the UK and Russia and, having the added responsibility of Head of Psychology from 2007 to 2009, while teaching in an OFSTED outstanding school in the UK, she then decided to further her professional career and gain experience in international education by joining a well-established international school in Bangkok in 2009 as a teacher of English Language and Literature, where after a year she was promoted to Head of English.

Mrs Connolly joined Sri KDU International School in August 2021 as Deputy Head of Secondary with direct responsibility for the academic programme in the secondary school, including teaching and learning, student achievement and progress, as well as teacher training and professional development. Mrs Connolly also continues to teach English at Key Stage 3, IGCSE and IBDP level.

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Mrs Jasmine Sabharwal

Deputy Head of Secondary - Pastoral and Holistic Education

Mrs Jasmine Sabharwal has over 9 years of international teaching experience with the past 6 years in middle and senior leadership positions. After completing her B.Sc. (Hons) in Biotechnology, she continued her research and publications in Microbiology at the Asian University of Medical, Science and Technology Malaysia. She then pursued her career in stem cell studies and found her interest in education after providing seminars and talks for medical students at various Malaysian universities.

Mrs Jasmine joined SKIS in 2011 teaching IB and IGCSE Biology as well as Key Stage 3 Science. She was the Head of Year 11 for 2013-2014, before joining the Senior Leadership Team as Key Stage 4 Director from September 2015 to August 2019. She was promoted to Vice Principal – Pastoral and Holistic Education, beginning September 2019. Mrs Jasmine is currently responsible for the pastoral provision of the school. She leads the creation and implementation of a high quality co-curricular and enrichment programme, which will provide the students with the skills and character development they need to succeed in life.

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Mrs Louise Wyeth

Deputy Head of Primary – Achievements & Pastoral Care

Mrs Louise Wyeth has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management from Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University in the UK. She later completed her PGCE at Nottingham University, UK. She has 9 years of teaching experience across KS1 and KS2 in British International schools and has held responsibilities including Science Coordinator, History Coordinator and Social Media Coordinator.

Mrs Wyeth joined SKIPS in 2016 as the Science Coordinator and Year 4 teacher. She is now the Deputy Head of Primary with direct responsibility for student achievement and pastoral care in the primary school.

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Mr Matthew Hunt-Brown

Assistant Head of Primary – Teaching & Learning and Professional Development

Mr Matthew Hunt-Brown holds a BA Hons in Primary Education with QTS from the University of Sheffield Hallam. After having trained for three years to be a Primary School Specialist Teacher, he achieved his QTS alongside his degree in 2014. He then secured a job in a flagship school for refugee children in the North of England, working specifically in the year groups 5 and 6. The school consisted of no less than 16 different ethnic groups with children coming from a wide variety of geographical origin, heritage and economic backgrounds. This experience, is what he believes helped him build his excellent foundation for working with children who have EAL (English as an Additional Language). During his tenure at his previous school, he coordinated Computing and had a passion for innovative classroom practices, trialling many different methods in his own professional learning environment.

After three successful years at the same school, he looked abroad for new challenges and experiences, accepting a post at Sri KDU International Primary School (SKIPS) in 2017, teaching in Year 5. During the next two years he coordinated both Maths and Computing within SKIPS, before being promoted to the position of Assistant Headteacher (with direct responsibility for Teaching and Learning).

Mr Hunt-Brown believes heavily in the concept of a ‘Growth Mindset’. He drives all children in his care to achieve the best possible outcomes and maintains high expectations for learning and provision at SKIPS.

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Mr Phillip Weatherup

Key Stage 5 Director | IBDP Coordinator

Originally from Northern Ireland in the UK and having studied at Durham University for both his BSc Hons in Environmental Management and PGCE in Secondary Geography, Mr Philip Weatherup had been teaching since 1999 in the North East of England. Joining Sri KDU in September 2018, Mr Weatherup became the Head of Co-Curricular Learning in 2019 before becoming the Key Stage 5 Director in 2021.
 
With his knowledge, experience and passion for teaching all humanities subjects, specialising in geography, Mr Weatherup has a great appreciation for the importance of the roles everyone plays as global citizens as well as the uniqueness of culture and the strength that it brings to individuals. A cultural identity and global awareness is key for everyone, and he always ensures that each child is given every opportunity to be successful in their studies.
 
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Mrs Avis Parker

Key Stage 4 Director

Mrs Avis Parker has a BA in Ancient History and Classics from the University of Swansea, a PGCE from the University of Bristol in History and Humanities, an MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Nottingham and a Diploma in Pastoral Care and Counselling from the University of Aberdeen.  She has experience working in schools, both in the UK and internationally, as well as working in School Improvement for a large Local Authority in the UK. 

Mrs Parker has held several key positions in schools from Head of Department to Assistant Headteacher in the UK as well as key leadership roles in international schools in Malaysia.

She joined Sri KDU in September of 2019 as a History teacher and Head of Year 11. In 2020/21 she was Head of PSHLE and Associate Vice Principal.  The new role of Key Stage 4 Director will enable Mrs Parker to support students both academically and pastorally in Year 10 and 11 to flourish at IGCSE.

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Mr Brian Orr

Key Stage 3 Director

Mr Brian Orr attended Nottingham Trent University where he gained a Bachelor’s degree in Design Technology with Education and then went on to complete his PGCE. He has 13 years of teaching experience across KS3 - KS5 and specializes in the field of Graphics and Resistant Materials. He taught in UK secondary schools from 2004 to 2016 and was a lead practitioner in his previous position.

Mr Orr joined SKIS in 2016 as the Head of Art and Design Technology (DT) before moving into the role of Associate Vice Principal in September 2017. He enjoys teaching a range of year groups and has been appointed as the Key Stage 3 Director at Sri KDU International Secondary School.

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Mr William Harris

Assistant Head Teacher - Enrichment

Mr William Harris started teaching Information Technology and Computing in 2007 and taught for six years at a secondary school in England. Prior to that, he had worked for nearly 20 years in the IT industry as a programmer, systems analyst and project manager.

He joined SKISS in January 2014 and later that year took over as House Coordinator. Since then he has overseen the development and smooth running of the SKISS House System, working to deliver a range of sporting, non-sporting and fund-raising activities throughout the academic year. He is also responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh International Award at SKISS and ensuring we fulfil our role as an International Award Centre. In September 2021, he took on a new role as Assistant Head Teacher - Enrichment, supporting staff in running the wide range of societies and clubs available for students to take part in as well as overseeing all matters related to educational trips and visits.

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Mr David Crane

Assistant Head Teacher - Inclusion

Mr David Crane completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK, before going on to study at the University of East Anglia, where he completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 

He has been teaching since 2010 in UK schools, starting as a class teacher and moving up to Head of Department, before returning to the University of Wolverhampton, where he received his National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination. Mr Crane then took up a role as Special Educational Needs Co Ordinator of a large secondary school in the east of England. This job included co-ordinating the additional support of students who experienced barriers to their learning as well as providing support and advice, to teachers and parents, regarding strategies to ensure students can be the best versions of themselves.

He joined Sri KDU International School in September 2019 as the Assistant Head Teacher - Inclusion and this is his first teaching role outside of the UK; his role covers both the International Secondary and International Primary schools.

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Mr Jocelyn Gamble

Director of Teaching & Learning

Mr Jocelyn Gamble holds both a Bachelors Degree from Manchester University and a PGCE from Reading University, both in the UK. With over 12 years of experience of teaching both in the UK and internationally, he has built up a passion for education and technology in the classroom.

After completing his degree he worked in London's West End for a number of years within the Lighting and Sound field with a focus on design and programming where he also supported the teacher training of staff. He then went on to study for his PGCE in ICT and upon graduating worked to become both a head of department and an assistant head of year for a large secondary school and 6th form in Surrey, UK and was instrumental in the development and deployment of whole-school technology projects.

Upon arriving in Malaysia to work for Sri KDU international school Jocelyn became the Head of Co-Curricular Learning before taking up the role of Director of Teaching & Learning. Alongside this Jocelyn also sits on the advisory board for BETT Asia and is part of the regional Computer Science Teachers Association (SEACSTA).

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Mrs Kalaivani Duraipandian

Head of Exams and Assessment

Mrs Kalaivani Duraipandian has over 20 years of teaching experience. She has a BSc (Mathematics) from University Malaya and a Masters Degree in Education (Leadership Development) from Asia e University.

Throughout her career, she taught Mathematics, Science and ICT first in a private, then merged  international school. She is passionate about teaching students the fundamentals of Mathematics, considering the usefulness of Mathematics in life, in general. 

She was Head of Science then, Head of Exams and Assessment in her previous school. Her serious approach in carrying out her duties made her a key and integral part of the management team in her previous school. 

She joined SKIS as the Head of Examinations and Assessments and is the CAIE Examinations Officer. 

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Mrs Nicola Robinson

Head of CCL

Mrs Nicola Robinson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in European Studies (French and German) from Bath University and a PGCE from Oxford Brookes University. She started teaching in 2002, after a successful career in sales, and taught French and German in three secondary schools in the UK, with four years as Head of Modern Languages. A sabbatical, teaching TEFL in Argentina, inspired her to move into international teaching.

Mrs Robinson originally worked at SKISS from 2015 - 2018, teaching French and English and launching the Student Leadership Development Programme. After three years teaching French at an international school in Turkey, she returned to SKISS in 2021, to teach French and English again, and to take on a leadership role as Head of Co-curricular Learning (CCL).

She is passionately committed to ensuring that SKISS students receive a holistic education, developing a broad range of skills and interests to equip them for their lives ahead.