Liam King, Principal
We hope this message finds you well. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all those impacted by these unprecedented circumstances. We really appreciate the healthcare workers, scientists and leaders who are working hard to contain this coronavirus.
Community is at the heart of everything we do. We’ve been trusted with the education of your children and we will continue to deliver high quality learning experiences during this challenging time.
This week has reminded me of one of my favourite novels A Tale of Two Cities, written by Charles Dickens. In the opening paragraph he says:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, …”
This passage suggests an age of radical opposites taking place across the English Channel, in France and the United Kingdom respectively. It tells a story of contrasts and comparisons between London and Paris during the French revolution.
Whilst we are not in a time of conflict in Malaysia and around the world the COVID-19 is a real challenge which will need to be fought to overcome and yet in these challenging times we often see extraordinary effort which results in seeing the best in people.
Over the last week we have definitely seen our staff at their best and I would personally like to extend my thanks to them on your behalf for the effort and work they have put in to ensure a smooth transition to our continuation of learning routine. The preparation of resources, creation of interactive tasks and flexibility of our staff have been outstanding. Our administrative staff have also played their role and are now working from home, under the ‘Movement Control Order’, to ensure that the operational side of the school continues to function.
Our students have adapted well to this new way of learning and our parents have been extremely supportive and responsive. On Seesaw alone, an application we use with our Junior School students, there have been over 8000 interactions in just a few days. In the Middle and Senior Schools, every period of every class has been taught, as per the timetable, via the mediums of Google Classroom and Google Meet. The attendance of students across the school over the last few days has been 96% which is similar to our average on a normal school day. One of our key challenges now is maintaining this level of engagement over or final week of lessons. In order to ensure that we continue to improve our programs during these challenging times we have put together a short survey to allow parents to provide feedback so that we can continuously improve the experiences we are offering the students. Therefore we would like to invite parents to complete this survey by clicking here.
My first term at the Australian International School in Malaysia has been very rewarding as we began with celebrating our 20th year, raised significant funds for those in Australia affected by the Bushfires and adjusted as COVID-19 continued to spread. Next week we will conclude our term and it will be an interesting Term Break, as we await further advice from the Malaysian Government. it is important that students now at the end of Term 1 have down-time as we prepare for Term 2.
I look forward to seeing all students and families ready and refreshed for Term 2, which will hopefully re-commence for students back on campus on Tuesday, 14 April!
Finally, I have been proud of the AISM community’s response to this situation and believe our community is well placed to manage this challenge and emerge stronger as a group when we gather again together next term.