Melbourne University Welcomes Students from AISM

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First batch of AISM pre-university students attend leadership program in Melbourne University. Year 12 students recently completed a week long Trinity College Personal Leadership Program at Melbourne University. The students, who are in their final year of schooling, are due to sit for their Australian Higher School Certificate (HSC) examinations here in Malaysia in September. The students were mentored throughout the week by university and college staff as well as by high-achieving senior students from Melbourne University and senior teachers from AISM.

The partnership with Melbourne University was an excellent opportunity for AISM’s senior students to explore leadership capabilities, focus on academic goals and enhance their teamwork and collaborative skills.  The program also helped students become more aware of the skills they will need when transitioning to university study and optimise learning experiences when they return to AISM.

At the commencement of the week an online trip blog was created to provide families and teachers of the Year 12 students with an opportunity to see photographs and comments from all involved as the week progressed.  One of the Melbourne University student mentors, Sophie, wrote about our students in the blog saying, “It is a real pleasure having AISM students here - they are enthusiastic, fun, hardworking and insightful. What a great group. :)”

During the week at Melbourne University, AISM students undertook a range of learning experiences which were designed to explore their individual potentials and unique talents. The activities included seminars and workshops on leadership, personal development, problem-solving and teambuilding skills. Students were also treated to  drama communication sessions, early morning Tai Chi classes, rock climbing, a tour of Melbourne University and the city sights and even a trip to the theatre to see Georgy Girl - the Seekers Musical. A Valedictory Dinner was organised at the end of the week to celebrate the achievements of all the students as well.

“The program gave us an insight into the ups and downs of university life and is especially relevant to us during our final year of schooling, “ says Praveen Revi Chandran who also attended a two-week residential summer school programme in Oxford University two years ago. “We have received an impeccable amount of knowledge through the daily seminars in this program which covered topics crucial for university and also personal development.”

Edly Elias on the other hand, loved the focus the program had on learning about oneself and friends. “The friendship among our HSC Year 12 batch grew to a whole new level as we got bond with each other in an environment outside of school. We also had the perfect combination of teachers with us on the trip,” said Edly.

AISM believes strongly in providing students with an ‘holistic education’ that goes far beyond the rhetoric so commonly associated with this phrase. This Year 12 Personal Leadership Program is the culmination of a range of learning experiences the students have at the School that occur outside the classroom, in the community, in service of others, as team members and mentors and as leaders of the School community.

The Australian Curriculum indeed emphasises, in addition to the study of individual subjects, the need for all students to learn a range of general capabilities in order to be an effective and contributing adult.  AISM ensures that students at the School experience all that the Australian Curriculum offers by employing predominantly Australian teachers who understand the importance of a truly holistic education for all students.

Justin West, one of the teachers who joined the program feels privileged to be a part of the inaugural leadership program to University of Melbourne. “AISM students challenged themselves, worked hard and supported each other as a group, and I believe they learned and gained so much from the experience. They were great ambassadors of the school and just simply, impressive young men and women,” he adds.

The school will also soon farewell the Year 11 cohort of students to Western Australia where they will experience a range of learning opportunities in an outback setting and will explore the marine habitat in a coastal setting, both settings near Perth.  Other year groups in the Middle and Senior Schools will be heading to neighbouring countries to undertake community service works and cultural learning, while the students in younger years will extend their transdisciplinary learning by exploring important and interesting locations in Malaysia.