Liam King, Principal
This newsletter is the final newsletter for Term 3 and how exciting it has been to have our student’s back on campus enjoying the opportunity to learn with one another. Despite the restrictions of the Standard Operating Procedures under the Recovery Movement Control Order we have had a terrific term and most importantly we have been able to keep our students safe. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff who have endured a significant increase in their workload to implement these protocols whilst at the same time creating such a positive environment for our students to grow and learn.
This coming week our Year 12 students will complete their formal classes for the year and will now focus on the preparation for their final exams in November. This group has had a lot to contend with in their final year with the loss of time last year due to the particularly bad Haze season and this year with COVID-19 leading to the implementation of the Movement Control Order. As a group they have risen to these challenges and remained positive, so I am sure you will join me in wishing them well for their final examinations.
The Senior Leadership Team has been looking at adjusting the end of year dates to facilitate sufficient time for staff and families to travel back to Australia at Christmas with enough time to serve their quarantine and be with their families at Christmas. The current finishing date for staff and students is Tuesday 8 December. In Term 3 students returned to classes one day earlier on Tuesday 14 July and we will also cancel the Professional Development Day at the beginning of Term 4 on Monday 5 October. This creates two additional student days - which maintains the same number of days for student learning, but will allow staff and students to finish on Friday 4 December. Therefore Term 4 classes will now commence on Monday 5 October and Term 4 for students will conclude on Friday 4 December.
I am pleased to announce that AISM has agreed to a partnership with Nexus International School Malaysia to have access to their boarding facilities. This will mean that any new or current students who require boarding will now be able to do so. Therefore if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity or know people who may be interested, please contact our Admissions Team at email@example.com
AISM will be able to recommence CCA’s in Term 4, although it will be a modified program to ensure we are following the Standard Operating Procedures under the Recovery Movement Control Order. Details about this program will be sent to students and parents for registration by our CCA coordinators to ensure we have everything in place so that the program can begin early in the term. We will advertise CCtAs via Engage next week so students and parents can consider which CCAs they would like to join over the holidays. Sign up will occur in Term 4 Week 1, ready to commence CCAs in Week 2.
This year we made a decision to reschedule our Year Level Camps (that were due to take place in March) to October prior to the commencement of the Movement Control Order; at the time parents were notified that this change would create an additional charge for parents. This charge was RM75 for students in Year 3 to 7 and RM150 for students in Year 8 to 10. Since the introduction of the Movement Control Order we have been working with the camp providers and airlines to cancel the camps in October and try and minimise any charges.
We have now reached agreement with all providers and airlines which means the Year Level camps will not proceed this year. The cancellation of these camps have resulted in some additional charges, but we have worked hard to minimise them as much as possible. While the school will absorb a large proportion of these charges, some of these charges will need to be shared with the parents. Therefore this week you will receive an invoice for your Term 4 Fees and as part of this invoice you will receive a credit note for the Camp Fees which will be deducted from your Term 4 Fees.
Year 3 to 7 Camp Fee Refund
- minus RM100 (which is RM75 original additional charge + RM25 cancellation charge)
Year 8 to 10 - Camp Fee Refund
- minus RM350 (which is RM150 original additional charge + RM200 cancellation charge)
- The higher amount in Year 8 to 10 is because these year levels involved flights
Year 11 - Parents will receive a full refund as no bookings have been made.
At the conclusion of each term we farewell a number of students and families who will be leaving AISM. We wish these students and their families well as they continue their adventures elsewhere and we hope that they will look back on their time at AISM fondly and keep in touch.
This term we farewell our two much loved staff members from the Junior School - Siti Afsa Abd Ghani and Tunku Nurul Hidayah Tunku Mahmud. Siti has been a key member of our Learning Enrichment Team for 5 years and facilitated the learning progress of many of our students across the Junior School. Nurul has been a fabulous asset to our ELC and more recently to Year 2 as the Assistant Teacher who is committed and dedicated to caring for her students for the last 5 years. We wish Nurul and Siti all the best in their future adventures.
We also say farewell to three members of our administrative staff - Salim Kasmun, Ahmad Ishak Sarjoni and Agilan Kuppusamy. Salim joined AISM in 2015 in our Security team and has worked for the Taylor’s group for 13 years. He is beginning a new exciting phase of life as he retires from full-time employment. Ishak has been a member of our Facilities Team since 2016 and is leaving to explore future career opportunities. Agilan worked most recently as our Design & Technology Technical Assistant in Middle and Senior School and prior to this he was a member of the Facilities team when he joined AISM in June 2011. Agilan is leaving to begin his own air-conditioning repair business. We wish Salim, Ishak and Agilan all the best for their future.
The end of each Term is a time for reflection and realignment of goals for the next term, but it is also an opportunity to first of all take a break and then reflect on the term in order to set new learning goals for Term 4. It is also a time to stay safe, try something new to challenge yourself and to show gratitude by doing something for someone else.
I hope you have a great break and we will look forward to seeing you all in Term 4.