The new Tenby Schools’ campus in Bandar Meru Jaya might just be the answer for parents who are seeking an international-level education for their kids. Covering an area of 13.5 acres, the school held its soft launch on Thursday, August 22.
With five campuses around Malaysia, Tenby has a total of more than 1000 students in all of its branches. In addition to Malaysians, many of them are of different nationalities such as Japanese, Koreans, Indians, Pakistanis, Americans and others.
The new campus offers a conducive and secluded environment which is very suitable for studying. It has many facilities that students can enjoy, like classroom blocks, early-years centres, specialist rooms for science subjects, library and an expressive arts centre.
Co-curricular programmes are given emphasis by the setting up of the sports complex that includes a swimming pool, football field and a multi-purpose hall. This is to keep students from burying their noses inside academic books all day.
“We encourage students to take part in at least one or more co-curricular activities,” said Mdm Lee Yam Sei, Director of Tenby Schools Ipoh.
With the vision of “A United World at Peace – Through Education”, Tenby hopes to promote a living model of racial and cultural diversity, international mindedness through its International and Malaysian curricula.
Tenby Schools Ipoh, the pioneer in international education in Ipoh, will be moving to a new 13-acre purpose-built campus situated in the silver state’s new Bio-D township, Bandar Meru Raya.
With more than 20 fully facilitated specialist rooms, alongside a multi-purpose sports hall, swimming pool and auditorium, the new campus will provide greater opportunities for students to pursue academic and extra-curricular activities.
The new university-style library provides not just reading and revision materials, but discussion areas and computer facilities for students’ research purposes. The new campus encapsulates the school’s goal to nurture well-rounded individuals who will be responsible, articulate and participatory citizens and leaders of the world.
In line with the school’s vision of “A United World at Peace – Through Education”, Tenby Schools Ipoh offers both International and Malaysian curricula on one site to promote a living model of racial and cultural diversity, international mindedness and global citizenship.
In addition to being fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the school has also established strong ties with Stranmillis University College (a College of the Queen’s University in Belfast) that is renowned for its teachers’ training courses.
With this new campus opening in September 2013, the school will be holding its Orientation Day on August 23 and 24 between 9.30am to 2pm.
Parents, teachers, students and the public were invited for the lantern walk and the launching of the hot air lanterns that marked the highlight of the celebration. More than 100 students showcased their talents which included singing, dancing and acting, martial arts displays, poetry recitation and witty banter.
The celebration also provided an opportunity for the Tenby Schools Community to mix and mingle with each other and strengthen the bonds of friendship and understanding. For the staff and the students, it was a pleasurable learning experience to work together to prepare for the celebration.
Three hundred pupils from Tenby Schools Ipoh were involved in two productions entitled, A Journey Through An Enchanted Forest and The Mouse and The Gruffalo. The performances were held at Dewan Jubli Perak, Politeknik Ungku Omar, Ipoh recently.
The children, ranging from 3 to 7 years old, not only showcased their talents but the values and skills learnt at school, especially the physical, social, health and emotional developments. They practised for two months before the big day.
The first production, A Journey Through An Enchanted Forest, written by the principal, Mrs Puvanes Mahendran, was about a school trip to the forest. The pupils lost their way because they did not heed the advice of their teachers to move as a group and not to stray away. They faced lots of challenges in finding their way out, until they met with a flock of birds. The moral of the story is to always listen to instructions.
The second production, The Mouse and the Gruffalo, was an interpretation of Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo. It is a story about a mouse that was in danger of being eaten by larger animals in the forest. The mouse had to outwit them in order to survive. The intended message is that size is not a factor in life.
Besides the children, credit also goes to the teachers for their commitment in making the productions worthy.
Students Puvendran Pillay Pushpanathan, Kimberly Chen Poh Yi and Debbie Ho Lee Lian were awarded the SiWu Education Trust Scholarship at a simple ceremony held at Tenby Schools Ipoh recently. Puvendran and Kimberly, both KBSM 4 students at Tenby Ipoh, together with Tenby’s A-Level Centre student Debbie, received their scholarships from Datin Stella Lim, who presented the awards on behalf of the Trust.
Each year, Tenby Schools Ipoh, through the SiWu Education Trust Fund, offers scholarships to three high achieving students based on their academic and co-curricular performances, as well as out-of-school activities and achievements. The scholarships, which cover school fees for up to two years at Tenby Schools Ipoh, are open to students for study in Year 10 of its International School, Form 4 of its National School and in the A-Level Centre.
Tenby Schools Ipoh chartered another milestone with the construction of a new campus in Bandar Meru Raya, approximately 7km from city centre. With an investment of a few million ringgit and occupying almost 14 acres of land, this new school site is slated to be the best privately managed campus in Malaysia.
Chief Minister Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir was the guest of honour at the ground-breaking ceremony held in situ recently. He was joined by his wife, Datin Seri DiRaja Saripah Zulkifli, Special Adviser Dato’ Chang Ko Youn, Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim, Chairman of Tenby Schools Dato’ Seri Dr Abdullah Fadzil Che Wan, Director of Tenby Schools Ipoh Dato’ Lim Si Boon, senior officials of the school and guests.
The existing campus at Jalan Kelab Golf, Ipoh has an enrolment of 1,200 students. However, the new campus can accommodate up to 1,500 students. Upon completion, in time for the September 2013 intake, it will boast state-of-the-art facilities and an integrated sports complex.
Development of young minds through quality education is the key to a better future. About 3,300 students representing 30 nationalities are attending Tenby schools throughout Malaysia, right from kindergarten to A-Levels.
Starting as a simple kindergarten for expatriate children in 1960, Tenby recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Over the years Tenby has developed Ipoh’s only international school offering a UK-style education alongside a private national school offering the Malaysian curriculum. Responding to the wishes of their customers, both schools provide learning in the English language to prepare their students as true global citizens. And sharing the best experiences in teaching and learning with each other, the schools have students ranging from pre-school to pre-university level.
Now, scholarships for A-Level students are available, courtesy of the SiWu Education Trust, announced the Director of Schools, Mdm. Lee Yam Sei (Mrs. Lai) at the glittering 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner held recently in the Grand Ballroom of Syuen Hotel. Following on from those already established for students in Year 10/Form 4, the new scholarships have been set up to ensure high-achieving and well-rounded students have access to the range of quality education provided by Tenby Schools.
Having started in January 2010, the Cambridge International A-Level Programme has met with the greatest enthusiasm not only by existing Tenby students but also by the many high achievers from government schools in Ipoh and around Perak who have come to study in the programme.
Mrs. Lai added, “We are providing the people of Ipoh with a much-needed service by introducing the Cambridge A-Level Programme. Many parents are getting more and more concerned about letting their children live by themselves in bigger cities owing to logistics and security issues. Furthermore, the education and experience one gets by studying in Tenby Schools amid an international community is far more enriching than that anywhere else.”
Over 600 members of the Tenby Schools community from past and present attended the gala dinner to honour their alma mater. They caught up with old friends and relived their happy memories of a school that had brought them all together. The lively entertainment for the evening – singing, dancing, cultural displays – was by courtesy of students, alumni and staff of the school, making it a truly Tenby evening for all.
All students in Tenby schools and from outside are encouraged to contact the school if they wish to apply for a scholarship. Tenby will offer free places to high achieving young people in Year 10 of its International School, Form 4 of its National School and in the A-Level Centre.
The schools look forward to another fifty glorious years and with the availability of the Cambridge A-Level Programme, Tenby now provides complete and holistic education to its students – in every sense of the word.
For more information and scholarship application, contact Tenby Schools Ipoh at 05-2538530 or email: email@example.com.
Yeun Yin Fong