Senior Leadership Team
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Lam Chee Fong

Principal

Mr Lam Chee Fong graduated from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) with a Bachelor of Mechanical & Production Engineering (Hons). Following that, he joined the Ministry of Education (Singapore) and obtained his Post Graduate Diploma in Education in 1998. He worked in a government school for five years and he was the Head of Physics (cum Acting Head of Science) before he returned to Malaysia to be with his family.

Mr Lam has more than 20 years of experience in the education industry. He joined Sri KDU Secondary School in 2003 as a Physics Teacher and was promoted to Head of Science in less than a year. Subsequently, Mr Lam was promoted to Head of Assessment, Head of Academic & Assessment (Lower Secondary), Deputy Principal of Sri KDU Primary School and Vice Principal of Sri KDU International School, before he became the Principal of Sri KDU Secondary School in end 2015.

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Lili Mariah 

Deputy Principal - Academic & Faculty

With an M.Ed in Education Management and Instructional Design, Ms Lili Mariah was also a scholarship recipient for the B.Ed TESL degree from the University of Exeter, UK. Furthermore, she has also attained professional certifications on competitive management, innovation, virtual education and professional education and teaching from professional institutions and universities abroad such as University College Plymouth St Mark and St John.

A passionate educator, with an extensive education experience close to 20 years, Ms Lili had worked with few high schools in the UK, such as the Tomlinscote School in Surrey as well as our local government and private secondary schools. She was also a principal for more than 5 years, and she has held the positions of an academic director and education consultant prior. She joined Sri KDU Secondary School as the deputy principal in 2019 and hopes to assist in creating a culture of excellence, universal integrity and supportive, holistic development for our children.

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Bong Sew Hwa

Deputy Principal - Student Development

Ms Bong graduated from the University of Malaya with a Master’s Degree in Education with distinction, Bachelor of Arts Degree (Major in Chinese Study and History) with Honours Class II Upper, as well as Diploma in Education with distinction.

Prior to joining Sri KDU Secondary School, Ms Bong was the Senior Editor and one of the founding members of Citta Bella, an international Chinese lifestyle magazine. She also writes for the Textbook Division under the Ministry of Education Malaysia, where her Mandarin textbooks for Secondary Two were used in all schools over a period of 14 years (2003 to 2017). She has also written several workbooks for the Mandarin subject. 

Ms Bong Sew Hwa joined Sri KDU Secondary School in 2004 and previously held the Head of Special Programmes position. In this Senior Leadership Team role, she has led several strategic programmes including The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, People to People International, The Eco-Schools Programme and played a key role in Pastoral Care and Discipline. She was also Head of Subject (Mandarin Department) from 2011 to 2015.

In her current role, Ms Bong focuses on student engagement programmes with the objectives of developing good students with high moral values and the right attitude, as well as enhancing students’ ability to execute and plan with an end goal in mind. 

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Hew Kee Harn

Head of Academic & Assessment (Upper Secondary)

Mr Hew has been a member of the Senior Leadership Team since 2014. He graduated from University of Malaya with First Class Honours in Mathematics after completing STPM in year 1997, in which he was a top scorer with five distinctions. He then completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Education at Technical Teacher Training College with two awards, the Excellence Award (Academic) and Excellence Award (Overall).

Mr Hew has 16 years of experience as a teacher. He joined Sri KDU Secondary School as a Mathematics and Additional Mathematics teacher in 2003 and was assigned the role of Head of Subject (Mathematics) for Upper Secondary in 2005 and Senior Head of Subject in 2009. During his tenure as Head of Mathematics, the school’s SPM results for Additional Mathematics improved every year from 52% distinctions in 2005 to 79% distinctions in 2013. Likewise, the results for Mathematics improved every year (bar 2011 where there was a 2% drop) from 68% to 91%.

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Asokan Thatchinamurthi Pillay

Head of Academic & Assessment (Lower Secondary)

Mr Asokan Thatchinamurthi Pillay holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Actuarial Science from City University, London. He has more than 8 years of teaching experience in Mathematics and Additional Mathematics.  Prior to becoming a teacher at Sri KDU Secondary School, he has worked in the international banking sector for 15 years specialising in export credit, project finance and overseas investment.

His current position involves developing and improving the quality of education offered. Over the years, he has been in charge of the administration of the school- based assessments, Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint Diagnostics Tests, PT3 and SPM.

He also has a passion for outdoor activities, especially mountain climbing.  As an avid mountain climber, he has led student expeditions and successfully reached the peak of Mount Kinabalu in Sabah three times as part of the school’s student enrichment programme. He is also a qualified Duke of Edinburgh International Award Leader and Assessor.

 
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Sarawanan Arumugam

Head of Co-Curricular Activities

Mr Sarawanan Arumugam graduated from the National University of Malaysia or University Kebangsaan Malaysia, majoring in Communication and History. Following that, he pursued his teaching diploma at Sultan Abdul Halim Shah Teacher’s Training College in Kedah.

Mr Sarawanan joined Sri KDU Secondary School in 2002 as a history teacher and has been fondly known as “001” by his colleagues as he was the first registered staff of KDU Smart School Sdn Bhd (currently known as Sri KDU Sdn Bhd). As a dedicated and passionate history teacher (some students call him Mr History), Mr Sarawanan engages students with vibrant historical themes, using art, literature, economic theories and strategic analysis.

In 2016, Mr Sarawanan was awarded the National Outstanding Educator Award from the Private Education Cooperative of Malaysia. Mr Sarawanan is currently the Head of Co-Curricular Activities and he teaches Secondary 5 students history.

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Foo Mei Kay

Head of Structured Performing Arts

Ms Foo Mei Kay joined Sri KDU Schools in 2002. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Education Psychology.  She has considerable experience developing units of inquiry within the music curriculum and has been a coordinator of that arena for Sri KDU Secondary and Primary Schools since 2008.  She has been involved in many music productions and has led various choirs, bands and ensembles.

She is now coordinating the Performing Arts Programme together with Rock School Music Academy in London which provides innovative and contemporary qualifications for music and the arts. At the same time, she is responsible for organising and coordinating some inter-class activities and some major school events.

Gayathri Joseph

Head of Pastoral Care & Discipline

Ms. Gayathri Joseph joined the Sri KDU family in 2008 as an Upper Secondary English teacher. She graduated from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia with a double major: a BA in Comparative Literature and a BA in Philosophy. Since joining us, she has been a part of various academic and non-academic activities, including teaching the dual syllabus when it was implemented.

Often heard over the PA system, she has been the emcee for various activities. Three years ago, she took on the Secondary School Performance project where she wrote and directed original productions. Ms Gaya took on the role of Level Coordinator before she was eventually appointed as the Head of Pastoral Care and Discipline.

Angela Ho

Exam Officer

Ms Angela Ho Shu Yean graduated from First University College with a BA (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design. The love for teaching led her to embark her journey in education. She has experience teaching in learning centers and public primary and secondary schools.

Ms Angela Ho joined Sri KDU Secondary school in 2011 as a Visual Art and Geography teacher and was promoted to the Head of Visual Art in the following year. She started teaching Science in 2017 as she believes that integrating Art, Geography and Science in a class can better engage the students.

As the Exam Officer, she oversees the registration, administration, execution & evaluation of both local and international exams. Ms Angela also champions the Makerspace project, with the main objective of encouraging students to be creative and innovative learners.