As a young school from a young nation, our approach values exploration, to help every child extend their horizons and excel in their chosen fields. We are not bound by tradition. Instead we maintain our desire to continually strive for what is best, rather than what has been done before. Our curriculum, the new Australian curriculum, is thoroughly researched and continually reviewed, and is designed to prepare your child for the dynamism of the 21st century.
How we began
Australia’s strong links with Malaysia began in the Second World War, and were fostered by the innovative Columbo Plan which ran from the 1950s to the 1980s. Through this plan, Asian scholars, including about 3000 from Malaysia, received scholarships to study at universities in Australia.
In recognition of this link, and of growing educational and business ties between our countries, the Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) was founded in 2000, through an Australian and Malaysian partnership. Broadfields Sdn Bhd. Sunrise Berhad, a well known public listed property company was the Malaysian partner. The aim of the partnership was to bring to Malaysia a well rounded and rigorous Australian education, drawing on Australia’s academic strengths and sporting prowess.
Building a sense of community
From small beginnings in our first campus at Country Heights, and our first two students and five members of staff, we’ve grown today to have over 650 students of 37 nationalities.
Our service learning work has always been a high priority, and in our first year, we established a connection with an orphanage in Kajang, which was targeted for our first fundraising event.
By 2001 the school was already growing, and a new site for the school was found at the Mines Resort. In the school’s first visit to the new site, students and teachers erected a flag which still remains on the playing field today. They then played a game of cricket – students, staff and parents together - reflecting a strong sense of community also still evident today.
“This sense of community is one of the great strengths of our school today,” Mr Peter Syme, Foundation staff member and Head of Middle School, staff member from 2000 – 2010.
After lots of hard work, along with rapid growth in the student population, AISM gained registration with the New South Wales (NSW) Board of Studies, Australia in 2002, enabling the school to present its first NSW School Certificate.
AISM moves to purpose built campus
By 2003, the school was bursting at the seams at Country Heights, and we moved into our new home at the Mines Resort City, 20 kilometres south of central Kuala Lumpur. We held our first on campus swimming competition and time records were firmly established. We participated in a small part of history in 2004, when our students carried the torch for the Commonwealth Games through Putrajaya as it made its way to Melbourne. In 2005, we introduced International Day and Team Building Day, which have remained much loved parts of the school calendar.
A member of Taylor’s Education Group
Our future was secured in 2007, when our school became part of Taylor’s Education Group, now one of Malaysia’s largest providers of private education with a mission of ‘educating the youth of the world to take their productive place as leaders in the global community.
We celebrated our 10th year anniversary in 2010, with a charity gala dinner attended by The Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. Mr. Miles Kupa. The dinner was also the start of AISM's involvement with the Matilda project, designed to help rural children in Sabah access primary education. In early 2014, we celebrated the opening of the new Junior School and Performing Arts Centre which increased the school's capacity to 1000 students, and included a range of state of the art facilities.
With accreditations from regional and international bodies, we continue to grow and develop to meet the needs of this generation.
We welcome fellow 21st century explorers to be part of our story.