End of Term


Ivan McLean, Head of Middle and Senior Schools

As we come to the end of a very busy semester, I would like to wish all students and families a well-deserved and relaxing break.

The international school setting is always one of a transient nature and regardless it is always difficult to say goodbye to our students, along with the departing staff that Dr Priest mentioned in her article. I would like to wish those families that are leaving our school community the very best in their future endeavours and if you return to KL at any time, we are more than happy to have students visit the School. There will be just as many new staff and students joining us, so be prepared to see many new faces too.

This semester has been filled with so many great academic challenges and achivements for our students - I hope that they have been able to reach their targets and goals. The demonstration of talent among our student body is inspirational. I have witnessed the success of a vast array of students academically in terms of their individual results and academic competitions; creatively through their exhibitions of photography/artworks, Drama/Music and STEM Showcases; physically through both the individual and team success of so many talented sportspeople (and dancers at the Team Building Day!); and emotionally as students work their way through difficult and trying times as they become young adults.

The holidays are times for students to take stock of their wellbeing and enjoy “doing things that children should do”. As one of my friends says at his school, find time for your children to “unplug from the matrix”. Let them get incredibly bored. While it sounds ridiculous, it is the act of unplugging and getting bored that always created the perfect holidays for many of us in our youth. Yes, they will complain. Heavily. However, if we use these opportunities to help our children BE children...creative, constructive, collaborative...their lives will be similarly enriched. Before moving to KL, my family sorted through boxes and boxes of old photos (when we used to go get them printed) and my kids loved the experience. They were fascinated by stories they knew little about and their curiosity was piqued around “old” friends, hair and (most unfortunately) fashion!

Enjoy the moments and return to school in Term 3 ready to make more new stories. I look forward to seeing students return (to their Homerooms) on Wednesday 20 July, ready to write a new chapter together.

Early Term 3 Events
ICAS English Competition Thursday, 21 July
CCA’s commence Monday, 25 July
AMC Mathematics Competition Thursday, 28 July
ICAS Mathematics Competition Tuesday, 2 August
Year 8 and Year 10 Subject Selection Evening Tuesday, 2 August
Kathryn Sutherland, Deputy Head of Middle and Senior School
As a reminder, the current Year 8 and Year 10 students have commenced the subject selection process for next year.

Students have received subject selection forms, which are required to be complete and submitted by Friday 5 August 2016. These forms can be accessed via the links below.

To support students in their selection of subjects, the handbooks are now available and can be access via the links below.

Please click on the link below for further information about the subject selection process.


Questions and queries about 2017 subject selections may be directed to the following staff:

HSC 2017- Parents of Current Year 11 students
Alex Stavenuiter, Learning Enrichment Teacher
The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) has a program to help students with practical support in their Higher School Certificate (HSC) examinations. This practical support, known as provisions, assists students to read examination questions and to write their answers. Provisions may include rest rest breaks, extended writing or reading time or small or individual supervised rooms. The use of any provision is not written on the student’s results. Students may need provisions for:
  • a permanent condition, such as diabetes or reading difficulty
  • a temporary condition, such as a broken arm, or
  • an intermittent condition, such as back pain when sitting for long periods

To apply for provisions, the school submits an online application to BOSTES. This application tells BOSTES which provisions the student is requesting and includes recent evidence. Evidence may include medical reports, reading results, spelling results, writing samples and teacher comments.

If you think that you or your child may require support in completing the HSC examinations for 2017, please discuss the matter with Ms Alex. Please contact her through email alexandras@aism.edu.my by Friday 29 July so we can begin collating the required documents.