NEWSLETTER - ISSUE 10
Today was a very special day at AISM as we farewelled Mr Ivan McLean after 5 ½ years of service and dedication to our community. During this time at AISM he has led with distinction and enjoyed all aspects of school life at AISM. We have seen him on stage at many assemblies speaking, presenting awards and at times even performing!! He has enjoyed school events, been involved in Co-Curricular Activities and taught his Maths and other classes when needed with passion.
He has made an enormous impact on the lives of many students for which we are very grateful. In addition to this we have benefited from the talents of the extended McLean family with Mrs McLean working as a member of the executive in the Junior School along with Aimee and Liam who were both students at AISM. Each of them has made their own significant contribution to the AISM Community in a spirit of giving and generosity.
In saying farewell today I have identified three words that I think encapsulate in part the contribution Mr McLean has made to AISM, they are - Learning, Love and Laughter.
Learning - Mr McLean is a lifelong learner who has demonstrated his passion for learning with his students. He has overseen the development of the Middle and Senior School Curriculum resulting in us achieving some of the best results in the school’s history.
Love - Mr McLean genuinely loves his students and AISM. This has been demonstrated by the connection and relationships that he has developed over his time at the school, many of which he will carry forward with him long after he has left Malaysia and AISM.
Laughter - Mr McLean has a great sense of fun and actively looks for opportunities to spread that happiness throughout the school with a quick witted comment or one of his infamous ‘Dad jokes’. AISM has certainly been a brighter place due to his presence.
His sense of enjoyment and performance is one of the things that the students have appreciated about Mr McLean so it was only fitting today that they farewelled him with our first House Music Lip Sync competition. The students did a terrific job and it was a true celebration of his time at AISM.
This Saturday 12 June there will also be an opportunity for parents to enjoy a Quiz Night to celebrate Mr McLean’s time at AISM. You can join in this event by clicking on this link at 8:00pm.
On behalf of the community we wish Mr McLean and his family well for the future and we look forward to hearing about their future endeavours.
This week, we have seen COVID-19 case numbers improve slightly in Malaysia, with the seven-day average down to approximately 6,700 compared to 7,700 last week. The graph below shows the tracking of cases in Malaysia since February 2020 and shows that case numbers are starting to show some positive signs. We hope this trend continues that will lead to a return to a campus based program early in Term 3.
Have a great weekend!
As we close the door on Semester 1 2021 we have much to celebrate - and whilst there have certainly been a few challenges our students have stepped up to meet them head on and done a great job. Our reports go live this week and I would encourage all parents to discuss with their children the goals they have set and met and where to next in Semester 2.
Next term there will be an opportunity for our parent, student, teacher conferences to discuss the reports and the goals for the next semester. However, should you have any questions regarding your child's report please don't hesitate to contact their teacher.
We farewell some of our much loved community members as they head home or onwards for future adventures - we wish them well in their travels and know they will always have a place in the AISM family - good luck and stay safe!
A small tribute to Mr McLean - the junior school would like to wish Mr McLean all the best in the next stage in his life journey - he has been a lively character around the Junior School, always showing an interest in working with junior school to make AISM a truly whole school. We will miss his sense of humour, his passion for education and particularly our youngest learners and his expertise and knowledge - from the Junior School we say - travel well Mr McLean - you go with lots of love from AISM.
It’s been a rollercoaster of a term - enjoy the break - time to unwind, relax and perhaps do something nice for yourself! We look forward to a wonderful Term 3 and an exciting second semester 2021.
“What has happened to our classroom?”
Ever said in shock as our Foundation learners were presented with a catastrophic sight.
|“My bag is on the floor!”||“The table is upside down.’’||“Look there are footprints!”|
As our learners processed what had happened to our classroom they noticed key pieces of evidence. We followed the muddy footprints trailing towards the ELC and what did we find?
|"It's a wolf I think," Ellie said excitedly.||"Wolves don't lay eggs," Levi responded.||"That's because it's a dinosaur!" Declan shouted.|
It was our job to investigate and inform Mr King of what had happened.
As we recounted and documented our discovery our Foundation learners were learning how to take their ideas and communicate these through their writing.
Take a look at their wonderful work!
From summer to winter, rain and shine our Foundation meteorologists are investigating weather in the world around them. They have learned how to identify weather and seasonal changes around the globe, explore different types of weather, and express their creativity by displaying different characteristics of each season. Throughout our inquiry learners are developing the skills to observe, ask questions, express their ideas and demonstrate their understanding.
Junior School Captains
10 Tips for Online Success
Gabriel Jones, JS Captain
Make sure your camera is on and microphone muted (unless teacher said to unmute)
Remember to stay on topic ( don’t play games during class time or any other type of entertainment)
Take breaks from the device from time to time.
Make sure to be on your best behavior.
But make sure you have lots of fun!
Don't waste most of your afternoon doing homework, keep yourself active, maybe running around, make sure to finish your homework though.
Check in on your parents or siblings, see how they're going, maybe if they need any help?
From time to time, do something nice for your parents and siblings. Maybe write them a letter, or tell them how much they mean to you.
Sleep in, when you can! Soon you’ll be back to waking up early. That’s if we go back to school.
Make sure to have the best time you can have during online learning!
Aimee Hefford, JS Captain
How we are motivated to listen and complete work is that we sometimes take some time to do something simple but relaxing to calm yourself down - I like to listen to music and sometimes I read a book just to get back in the mood where everything is great and I’m ready to learn - ready to do something that you might not want to do.
I listen to music when there is a big load of work. My advice is when you are allowed - to leave the meet - then do the work while listening to music.
10 Tips for Homework Success from ELC to Year 5
Ethan Selvindoss, JS Vice Captain
Have a sharpened pencil, but not too sharp or else it will break and you’ll have to start sharpening again wasting another 2 minutes of time!
Tilt your page when writing. Just tilt it. But not to 359 degrees!
Make sure you have an eraser, a pencil, a sharpener, a ruler and coloured pencils.
Have some classical music. Studies show that classical music helps people when they study. Even I tried it and it works! But if you want you can listen to other types of music but it has to be soft.
If you have to do your homework on your device then take a 5 minute break off the screen every 15 minutes. That means you’ll be getting 45 minutes of screen time and 15 minutes of breaks. This will help the eyes a lot.
Read at least a chapter a day of a/your book at home.
Practise your handwriting at least once a day. You can do this by asking a sibling or a parent to say a paragraph while you write it down.
If your hand hurts from writing then stop and do something that doesn’t involve you using your hand. So don’t play a NERF Battle with your family. Instead, picture a landmark and think that you're in it. But only do this for a few minutes because those hands need to be trained.
Don’t be distracted. Focus.
When using a colour pencil, you have to remember this: YOU CAN’T ERASE IT! You have to be careful when using a colour pencil because if something goes sideways with your coloured pencil then you’re just going to have to live with it.
Chloe Trevisin, JS Vice Captain
Our experiences online using mindfulness and other strategies.
The pandemic has affected everybody’s lives. From having to stay at home infinitely, it's quite hard to keep our sanity. Mindfulness can help us by making us stay in the present and focus. Meditation is a simple thing and it only takes a few minutes of your time. There are many ways to do mindfulness like colouring and listening to music.
Junior School SRC Meetings
Our SRC is alive and active holding meetings to share what’s working well and what we can improve - here’s what they found out!
These SRC Representatives will continue in their role next semester supporting the new Semester 2 Representatives who will be voted in next week.
Foundation - Ellie Lim
- What have you enjoyed at school this term?
- “Reading eggs, because its an awesome game.” - Felix
- “I like doing finger gym.” - Levi
- “I liked Mother’s Day.” - Mikhail
- “I like Library, looking at books and reading.” - Ethan
- “Playing with my friends.” - Harrison
- “I like Library, you can choose any book and there are dinosaur books and Sonic books.” Declan
Year 1G - Laura Mikayla Adrin Shafil
We had an amazing start to term 2 and enjoyed being at school together. We loved playing and learning in a group, in our classroom. Our lunchtime breaks always went so fast, because we were having so much fun. We really enjoyed eating snacks and lunch in class. We all learnt a lot too! All of us are better readers and writers.
For our unit of Inquiry, Material World, 1G made some magnificent things out of recycled materials. I made a doll’s house and a castle. I really enjoyed making them. In Art, our class made beautiful presents for our mums for Mother’s Day. We played cool games in Maths and learnt about 3D objects. I think we are now really great friends, all of us.
We are also having a lot of fun together in our Google Meet classroom. But we can’t wait to see each other again at school!
Year 2G - Saski Yokota
We made our own inventions and came to Google Meet as our favourite inventor. Even in Art class we are now sketching our inventors and will be painting them too. Most of our friends did the inventors of the lava lamp and rubiks cube. We learned that sketching is more neat.
We are also collecting data and making graphs. First, we didn’t know how to draw our own tally graph and bar graph and now we do! We think that is very cool. During Drama class, we learned how to make a chatterbox and changed them into puppets.
Yea 2W - Baxter Janett
"I love playing the ocarina in Music!"
2W learners are exploring and learning so many things! This week, the 2W SRC, Baxter Jannett asked learners what they are liking and disliking about online learning and encouraged learners to think creatively of ways to make it more enjoyable and fun!
One of Baxter's spontaneous SRC suggestions during campus learning was to have a classroom basketball hoop and when you achieve a learning goal you can score a point through the hoop, but unfortunately due to the Continuity of Learning Program, we haven't been able to implement this.
Baxter has found that learners are enjoying their learning, particularly when they engage in Kahoots - this is lots of fun! 2W suggest having more 'coding' lessons, online pet day and recess Google Meets to promote social interaction and engagement.
Great job Baxter for being a brilliant SRC member! Baxter ran our meeting on pear deck - how cool!
Year 3G - Dora Du
Our awesome 3G class are well and truly settled into our online learning schedule this term. We are, however, still missing our friends and teachers. Online learning is not quite the same as being at school. As we have been discussing lately during our persuasive writing lessons there are some bonuses of being online. We can wear whatever we want everyday, some of us get to sleep in, we get to eat hot lunches and we get to spend more time with our families.
This term we have started our amazing talent show. Year 3 has so many amazing and talented people. Talents include singing, playing musical instruments such as the violin, piano and flute and we even have some gymnasts. As well as our talent show we have learnt so much in inquiry about our solar system and how it affects our life on Earth. In writing we are learning to become lawyers! Learning to convince people with our opinions! Our parents better watch out ! We are getting pretty good at persuasive writing.
In maths we have been learning about fractions and patterns and Algebra. We are finding these concepts sometimes fun and sometimes challenging. This is great because we are developing our mindset to believe in ourselves and become visible learners.
Year 3W - Sophie Doyle
Wow… what a term this has been! We are now, officially, the Lockdown Legends!
We have been doing a full day’s learning each day and making the most of online learning. We have been quite excited about being able to use Peardeck in classes, which gives the opportunity for teachers to give us rapid feedback. It’s kind of like being in the classroom!
This term, we have been exploring the Solar System. (Wait till you see our presentations on our favourite planets… they’re looking amazing!) We’ve also recently been working on our persuasive writing skills, so watch out parents! Expect us children to be more persuasive than ever!
Perhaps the highlight of the term, though, was our talent show: Year 3’s Got Talent. Everyone in Year 3 is super talented. Is there something in the water? Or is it our amazing teachers? Whatever it is, we put on a phenomenal show. We were even lucky enough to have appearances from three special guests: Mr King, Ms Chaplin and Mrs Janett. Among our most exciting acts were a violin performance, many songs on piano, magic tricks, comedy, a science experiment, not to mention Jen Yi singing a song while solving a Rubik’s Cube… wow!
The students of 3W would like to congratulate everyone for a wonderful term and wish you all the best for Term 3.
YEAR 4G - Olivia Davenport
Over this term 4G has been a productive and Visible Learning class that has been taking feedback and improving on various subjects, including; Inquiry, Writing and Maths. This term in Year 4 Inquiry has been a big part of our learning. We have been learning an interesting topic called Forces. We have done many experiments about gravity, friction and more.
Another important subject has been Writing. We have been learning various strategies including alliteration, the Seven Steps, dynamic dialogue, ban the boring and much more.
Maths has been a major subject in 4G. Lately, we have been discussing length, perimeter and much more.
In conclusion, 4G has been a helpful and happy classroom with our fabulous teacher Mr Griffin joking around with his funny jokes and puns.
YEAR 4W - Zara Spurr and Team
What’s been happening in your class this term?
The thing we liked the most about Term 2 was how we were able to persevere and move forward even though we were and still are online. Some of the pros of being online were seeing all of our family and being able to manage our time thanks to the teachers when they make a timeline for the day. Cons unfortunately we cannot see our teachers in the morning everyday and play fun and interactive offline games with our friends.
But even when we had short periods of time when we were not online we were able to celebrate and enjoy events like Anzac Day and buy some amazing gifts for Mothers Day.
Year 5G - Ernest Cheah & Lucas Fong
Online learning has been a challenge for students but we have managed to have a productive and educational term! Here are some status updates for 5G.
What’s going well in 5G?
Students are attending class on time and everyone has great behavior even though they’re staring at a device for multiple hours. Having a writing buddy and using breakout rooms has helped us to develop our ideas when we have been narrative writing. Also, our quiz in the morning has been helping us to improve our general knowledge about the world. Google meets every single session is great because we can ask questions and it feels more like face to face classes. Lastly, on Friday for the last session, Minecraft Education is great fun and it’s a way for us to play together as a group and feel connected.
What can we improve?
One idea we have as a class is not having any homework after school because we are already working all day. This is so we can have more free time to spend with siblings or parents and helping them with anything they need us for. We can also use this time to get active seeing as we are sitting still all day doing online work.
Year 5 is already pretty fabulous so we don’t have many ideas on how to improve it!
Year 5W - Ava Cray
Hello Newsletter!!! I’m SRC Ava Cray from 5W. I was told to write a paragraph about me and my class thoughts, so here we go! Things that’s really going well for us year 5’s this term is that we all have more time than usual to work, and that some of us get to play with our little siblings during breaks! We also have community time at the end of every week, so that’s something to look forward to.
Things that you could improve are making us do seesaw activities more often because some of our parents ask to see our work but it’s almost always on pear deck. Another thing is that we need to start work sooner instead of talking about it too much. Now for the best part…
FABULOUS IDEAS!!! Every morning, we could introduce our pets to the class, and every afternoon we could have a 5-10 minute joke session. When lockdown is over, we could have water bottle holders so if we spill it, the water won’t get on our work. We could also make 1 huge classroom so it would be easier for the teachers to talk and teach.
The students would also have a lot more space to work and move around. For the last idea, it would be having a tiny bit of community time at the end of every day. Well, those were all of my class's ideas and thoughts. - goodbye! 😋
As we come to the end of a term in which we continue to learn about how to deal with revised FMCO restrictions - and the subsequent benefit of a great AISM education - I would like to wish all students and families a well-deserved and relaxing break….after the end of next week, though! This semester has been filled with continued academic challenges for our students, particularly in the light of all things COVID, and they have successfully negotiated their major assessment periods very well.
The International School setting is always one of a transient nature and it is always difficult to say goodbye to our departing students. I would like to wish those families that are leaving our school community the very best in their future endeavours. As always, we also have many new students joining us next term, so be prepared to see many new faces online, too...and please welcome these students as warmly as you would in person.
With a heavy heart, I also bid farewell to the School at the end of next week. Functionally there will be a few little class changes to accommodate the change to timetable caused by staff taking Acting loads - I apologise that my departure causes some change in this manner. But I know that my Year 12 students are well placed with their curriculum and look forward to hearing many positive reports from staff and students about how excited they are that only five weeks into Term 3 they have Trial Examinations!
I would like to take this opportunity in print to thank Dato Loy and Mr BK Gan for their commitment to providing a world’s best, top quality Australian education in Malaysia. Their foresight and vision are laudable and highly honorable. I also thank Mr King, Ms Chaplin, Ms Janett and Mr Unsworth for being such wonderful colleagues in our Senior Leadership Team.
I also thank my colleagues...Heads of Faculty, Year Level Coordinators, Teachers, Teacher Aides, Assistant Teachers, Administration Staff, Cleaners, Gardeners, Security Staff and the Catering team - every single person who has added to this wonderful working experience. Ms Malar and Ms Siti in MSS Reception are saved for a special thank you - we have been a fantastic team and I really appreciate your persistent hard work, support and collegiality.
Additionally I would like to thank the many parents and families who have supported me, but more importantly supported their children in attaining such a great education at our fantastic school. To the students graduating this year, work your hearts out for the next few months and you will reap the benefit. To all others, I have LOVED being your Head of School and am very proud of AISM students. You are very special to me, and I wish you all the best in your future years at AISM! May you continue to work, play and rest well!!
In fact, I hope that the forthcoming break gives all families, students and staff a chance to “re-charge.” It is crucial that students have a break and revitalise in preparation for the second half of the academic year, particularly because sleep patterns have been disrupted again during our off-campus stint. Please try not to spend the next two weeks on technology alone - do some jigsaw puzzles, learn some dances, learn how to juggle 3 balls (or 4 if you can already do 3), or learn how to solve the Rubik’s Cube faster than Xueyi Chee!
Have a safe, relaxing and peaceful end of term and Semester break.
7W Artists Gonna Art!
Shehrbano Waleed, Design and Technology, Visual Arts, Science and Year 8 Homeroom Teacher
This term brought about its own unique set of challenges: we went into the MCO midway through a clay relief project. The 7W artists were undeterred and eagerly explored pen and ink as a medium in their exploration of Ansel Adams’ photography. They have worked tirelessly to interpret the tonal variation in Adams’ photography through their artwork.
MSS House Challenge Results
‘Tricks and Talents’
Well done to all MSS students who entered the ‘Tricks and Talents Competition’ and earnt a participation point for their House. Mr McLean and I enjoyed watching all of the entries. The winning talent above was created by Ru En How in Year 8 and this Mendelssohn piece is so beautiful it brought a tear to Mr McLean’s eyes (truly!)
We had excellent participation in this House Competition with 57 entries, which made it very difficult to choose the top four places! Congratulations to all the place getters. See their entries in the table below.
|MSS Tricks and Talents Results|
|Place||Name||Link to Talent/Trick||Bonus Points||House|
|1st||Ru En How||Piano||20 points||Thorpe|
|2nd||Xueyi Chee||Rubik’s Cube||15 points||Thorpe|
|3rd||Yashvardhan Singh||Card Tricks||10 points||Freeman|
|4th||Riverling Choo||Harp||5 points||Sauvage|
|4th||Zara Yap||Piano||5 points||Rafter|
|4th||Kah Yin Ip||Flashy Moves||5 points||Thorpe|
Overall House Results
|‘Tricks and Talents’ Competition Overall Results|
2021 SASMO Competition
Congratulations to the following students on their exceptional performance in the 2021 SASMO Competition.
Particular mention must go to Joe Cheun who achieved 1st place in Malaysia and 18th Globally!
Our thanks and recognition to the Head of Maths Faculty, Mr. Michael Lewthwaite, and his team who continue to achieve extraordinary results across a range of domestic and international Maths Competitions.
|Name||Class||Award||School Ranking||Malaysia Ranking||Global Ranking|
|Cheun Yeu Joe||10G||Gold||1||1||18|
|Olivier Printemps Zhy Ley||10G||Bronze||3||64|
|Kian Mun Lam||10W||Silver||2||52||209|
|Yuin Yie Wong||11G||Bronze||1||95|
|Kah Yin Ip||11W||Bronze||2||103|
|Cooper Qian Yi Fua||4W|
|Chloe Qing Tai||6G||Honourable Mention||2||216|
|Chong Yong Ho||6W||Honourable Mention||2||216|
|Yashvardhan Singh||6W||Honourable Mention||4||235|
|Jasmin Unsworth||7G||Honourable Mention||3||163|
|Akmal Aiman Akmal Hakim||8G|
|Sze Jia Hor||8W||Honourable Mention||3||191|
Australian Mathematics Competition
Access high-quality problems to help prepare for the Australian Mathematics Competition (or just to develop Maths skills) in the following ways:
|Problemo Student is a free problem-solving platform that allows students to test their skill in mathematics and informatics. It’s packed with problems covering a range of topics and year levels. They can jump in anytime and try one question in the Sandpit or work their way through a series based on a topic in the Discovery Series.|
|AMT competition student practice portal. This is the same place students go on the day of the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC). There are practice questions here so students can familiarise themselves with the online platform before the AMC.|
|AMT’s online shop holds a range of past papers and solutions from previous competitions and programs. Download a single past paper for free or buy compilation books that hold papers and solutions for multiple years.|
Farewell to Mr McLean
On behalf of the whole AISM Community, we would like to thank you Ivan for all the support and guidance you have given the community throughout your time at AISM. We have come to rely on your endless patience, consideration and kindness, and we will miss you dearly.
Please accept this parting gift from the school community, a copy of one of your favourite pieces of art that you have admired over the years along with a beautifully written poem from one of our teachers, Gayatri Unsworth.
All the best on your return home to Australia and your family. Take care and safe travels from all of us at AISM.
LinkedIn Webinar by Angela Eimer
It was an interesting 2 hour session Nina Sharil Khan, one of PopCon’s founders had prepared for the 25 attendees from the AISM community, of which 11 were year 11 and 12 students, 4 academic and 1 non academic staff members plus 9 parents.
As I am quite active on LinkedIn, I noticed a few took action, having realised the value of the presence on LinkedIn, Profile Banners, Profile Pictures, and about write ups were created, existing ones modified, all due to the tips and guidance provided by Nina.
Thank you all for joining and I encourage you to make use of the invitations to join the additional training opportunities they have offered.
Happy LinkedIn journey to all!
PTC Meeting Minutes
Please use this link to access the latest minutes from the 1st of June meeting or you can view them under the PTC badge via the parent portal.