This time last week, I was wishing our athletes the very best of luck at ISAC Cross Country and I am delighted to share that Alice Smith students really did themselves and our school proud! Please read Mr Ward’s article in today’s KLASS Times for successes and highlights.
It’s hard to believe that we have already reached the end of our first half term. It has been a very productive and exciting one with many different experiences for our students, from Geography field trips to Oxbridge interview preparation; Biology Olympiads to Wider Learning Days; Student leadership conferences to Careers Days. We certainly have a wide and varied educational programme.
This week our final three new teachers introduce themselves to you. They are in our Modern Foreign Languages Faculty.
Ms Lorene Carver, Head of French and Teacher of French and Spanish
I am a food loving mum of two who enjoys travelling and discovering new places and cultures. Having studied in Spain and France, travelled around Asia, South America and Europe, as well as trained and taught in England, I am now settling here in Kuala Lumpur with my husband Dan and my two monsters Benjamin and Victoria. After working in an outstanding school in North East London (Essex really, but let’s call it London!) for the past 8 years as Head of French, I felt ready for a new challenge and so far I think this has been the best decision that I took last year (other than actually getting married, of course…).
I have been absolutely taken aback by the kindness of everyone here in KL and particularly in Alice Smith, being the staff or the students, and everyone I have spoken to has played a part in making my transition very smooth and enjoyable.
I am really looking forward to getting to know people better, finding my feet in my new role and developing students’ enthusiasm for learning about new languages and cultures. My aim is also to be able to speak (some) Bahasa and try every single dish in Malaysia before the end of my time here. I have been told I might have to renew my contract a few times before that!
Ms Starr Green, Teacher of French and Spanish
I have just joined the Alice Smith School as a teacher of French and Spanish, having previously taught in the UK for 11 years. During this time, I acted as form tutor to groups from Year 8-13, before taking on the role of Deputy Head of Year for 3 years, so I am fortunate to have had the chance to gain a wide range of pastoral experience. Prior to this, I worked and studied in Canada and Iceland, as well as taking every opportunity to travel to other countries whenever I could.
My first month in Malaysia has been an extremely positive experience and I’m very much looking forward to getting to know the country and culture as well as building strong relationships with my colleagues and pupils in school. In addition to my passion for travel, I enjoy cooking, reading, films, music, dance and photography, and as you may have guessed from my role in school, I’m a very keen linguist and love learning new languages – I’m currently working on my Bahasa, but I hope to also master basic Mandarin and Tamil during my time in Malaysia.
Mr Paul East, Teacher of French and Spanish
I am an MFL teacher of French and Spanish who has taught in the UK for the past 5 years. I have moved here with my partner Polly and we have really enjoyed getting to know Kuala Lumpur over the past few weeks. We have travelled a lot in South East Asia in the past and we are looking forward to exploring it further.
It has been an exciting move for me and I have found both the MFL and wider Alice Smith team extremely welcoming and helpful in supporting me to settle into the new role, school and country. I am pleased to be part of a very supportive and dedicated team! Personally, I am a sports enthusiast as well as enjoying a variety of music, especially if there’s a guitar in it! I look forward to meeting you!
Please remember that, as we have a staff INSET day on Monday 23rd October, the first day back for students is Tuesday 24th October.
Have a lovely half term break.
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