Alice Smith is a very special community. I am always impressed by the ‘extra mile’ that teaching staff, parents and students are willing to go in order to contribute to and further enhance our school. This week’s KLASS Times brings together just a few of the things we do well - welcoming new staff, saying goodbye to our forthcoming leavers, our PTA, our Royal Muse and our incredible support of charities.
Reminder - Half Term Break
The half term holiday is from Monday 28th May to Wednesday 30th May. School will be open on Thursday 31st May and Friday 1st June for normal lessons.
Introducing our new teaching staff for 2018 - 19
Over the course of this term, I will be introducing the new members of our teaching staff who will be joining us in August 2018. At the same time, I will be letting you know who will be leaving us with some information about their new adventures ahead.
Katherine Clark - Katherine will be joining our LSU department from Yorkshire in England.
Katherine achieved her Bachelor of Law (Hons) in Law & Politics and her Primary PGCE from the University of Hull. Her first teaching post was at Wellgate Primary School. After 4 years she moved on to Wombwell Park Street Primary School as a SENCO. Katherine will be joining us from the Hoyland Springwood Primary School where she is currently Head Teacher. She will be moving to KL with her husband Ian and daughter, Phoebe.
Claire Hellier - Claire will be joining our LSU team full time from August.
Claire achieved a BA (Hons) Degree in Latin & Ancient History from the University of Manchester. Subsequently, she achieved her Secondary PGCE from King’s College London. Claire also has a Level 4 CPD Certificate in Supporting Literacy in Learners with Dyslexia. She started her teaching career with St Ignatius College, Enfield and moved on to teach at Junior School Diamanthorst. In 2014, Claire relocated to Kuala Lumpur with her husband and children and she has been working as a Supply Teacher and Dyslexia Support Teacher at the Alice Smith School.
Rebecca Morley - Rebecca will be joining our LSU team full time from August.
Rebecca graduated with a BA (Hons) in Education Studies (Psychology) from the University of Durham with QTS status. She began her teaching career at St Anne’s RC Primary, London. In 2014, Rebecca began teaching internationally at the Alice Smith School until 2017. From 2017 to 2018, she has been working as a Supply Teacher at the Alice Smith School.
Polly Giddings - Polly will be joining our LSU team as a full-time EAL teacher from August.
Polly graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA (Hons) in French Studies and subsequently completed her teacher training with Tudor Grange Academy SCITT. She has also recently completed the CELTA qualification. She taught French and German at a secondary school in the UK before relocating to Kuala Lumpur last summer with her partner, Paul. Polly started the year at The Alice Smith School as a supply teacher before later working within the MFL department. Since February, she has been providing EAL support to children at the school.
- Elaine Steinhart - Elaine is leaving Alice Smith School after 5 years and moving to Muscat, Oman to work in the PDO school in the SEN department.
- David Dickson - David is leaving Alice Smith after joining us in September 2014. David will be taking time off to travel and have some adventures!
A huge thank you to Elaine and David for everything they have done at the school and the support they have provided for so many students. I am sure you will join me in wishing them the best of luck in the future.
Learning Support Department for the new academic year
With the departure of Mrs Elaine Steinhart, Mrs Louise King will be taking up the role of SENCo at the school. Mrs King is a highly experienced LSU teacher and has previously undertaken the SENCo role at her previous school in Thailand. I am sure that Mrs King will continue to ensure this important department at Alice Smith flourishes.
In addition, our LSU team will be further enhanced by the return of Miss Rebecca Morley to the school who has used her year away from Alice Smith to help us with supply teaching in between studying for this new role. She will be joined by Mrs Claire Hellier and Ms Katherine Clark who will be working with us as LSU teachers and Miss Polly Giddings who will be supporting our EAL students. As you can see, we have added two extra staff to this team and I am sure this will continue to ensure we provide the best education for all of our students at Alice Smith.
Staff Appreciation Day by PTA - 8th May 2018
A huge thank you to all the parents and members of our PTA who took the time to bring in a huge amount of delicious food for the Staff Appreciation Day. All of the staff would like to pass on their thanks for feeding them so well and for taking the time to recognise all of the hard work that our staff put in at the school.
Royal Wedding 19th May 2018
We had surprise royal visitors to Primary Campus recently. As you can see from the photo below, Mrs Sloane was joined by various members of the British royal family and the soon to be happy couple, Harry and Meghan.
A huge thank you to Mrs Sloane who has transformed the muse into a celebration of weddings. Please take the time to visit, get your photo taken with royalty and see if you can work out who the fresh faced teachers are in their wedding photos.
Finally, I would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all the children, staff and parents for the success of our recent Charity Days. Everyone from Pre-school to Year 6 was involved in a range of different fundraising activities. There was an amazing variety of stalls, money-making schemes, creative teamwork and entrepreneurial skills, which reflect the real charitable spirit of our school community. As usual, the House ’coin drop’ competition was a popular attraction as well as the teacher Gunkathon Vote. This year the magical amount raised was a staggering RM 45,000 and the money will be used to support children in need from several local charity groups. The Student Council have now been tasked with finalising how the money is spent and we will give you more details later this term.
Many thanks again to everyone in the community for their support in making Charity Days such a success.
SEASAC Swimming Tournament
Both Harry Cheung and Grace Kim did extremely well to qualify for the 12 & under SEASAC team. They were racing against Year 7 and some Year 8 swimmers and so they were giving a lot away in terms of age.
Harry swam superbly making the relay squads and scoring 9 points. He also collected 1 Gold and 2 Bronze medals as part of the relay squads. Grace was able to secure relay places and went home with 3 Bronze medals from this meet. - Mr Bromley
Principal, Primary Campus
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