Welcome back to a new academic year and our first KLASS Times. We hope you have had a fantastic holiday and that you are as excited as us about the year ahead.
We would like to extend a very warm welcome to all our new families - I know that you will soon feel part of our community. If you are new to Kuala Lumpur, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is one of the best ways to meet people and to get involved with the school. If you would like to meet the PTA welcoming committee representatives and become more involved in the life of the school, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Coming up soon are our coffee mornings which are a wonderful opportunity for you to meet your child’s tutor and get to know other parents, teachers and school leaders.
Also, a very special welcome to our new Year 7 parents. We recognise that the move from Primary to Secondary can seem a bit daunting. We will do all we can to ensure that this transition is as smooth as possible and hope that your children have been coming home with positive feedback about their experiences so far. If there is anything that you are unsure about, please do not hesitate to ask.
While we have been on summer holidays, our non-teaching staff have continued working to develop our campus and prepare it for the new school year. Our extension and development to Humanities, the Sixth Form, Library and indoor sports facilities really took shape over the summer break. It was so exciting to return to see the new structures visible over the top of our existing buildings. As you will be aware, this development work will continue over this academic year and part of our work over the summer was to relocate some key areas of school to enable this work to continue. Please be aware that the library is currently located on the ground floor of the Steve Warry Building. Mr George and his team have done an amazing job ensuring that we have a fully functioning library even though it is occupying a somewhat smaller surface space. Our Sixth Form is now housed above the library with its own dedicated areas for social activities, group and individual study. To facilitate these changes, our Computing Department has moved to the Maths floor, which will provide huge opportunities for continued and further collaboration and cross-curricular work between these two subjects. Thank you to all our non-teaching staff who worked so hard to make these changes happen alongside considerable upgrades and refurbishments, such as new bathrooms, painting and a new roof for our Art Department.
The summer was also a time for many of our students to receive their examination results. This year almost a third of our graduating class achieved straight A*/A grades in their A Levels, with one student achieving 2A* 2As, four students 1A* 3As, seven students achieving 2A* 1A, eight students attaining 1A* 2As and two students with 3As. Our Year 11 students once again attained outstanding grades, with 70% of all results awarded at grades A* - A. The school reached the heights of 89% A* - B grades and 97% of all grades being A*- C. Our students’ academic achievements are exceptional; these results are a reflection of their ability, commitment and ambition to achieve, the guidance and dedication of their teachers, and the support of their parents. We are also delighted that this year over 80% of our students secured places at UK Russell Group and top world ranking universities, including the Universities of Cambridge, St. Andrew’s, Bath, McGill, British Columbia and Hong Kong. Congratulations!
Our new teachers have now been in Kuala Lumpur for a month and time has certainly flown. They have moved into their new homes, organised transport and are starting to settle into life in KL. They have also made a brilliant start in school and have really enjoyed meeting students since their return. I know they are also looking forward to meeting parents too. Our new teachers are:
- Ms Claire Walton - teacher of English and Language and Literacy Coordinator
- Mr Ben Lewis - teacher of English (responsible for Key Stage 3)
- Ms Kellie Shanahan - teacher of English (responsible for Key Stage 4)
- Mr Michael McKinlay - Head of Media
- Mr Thomas George - teacher of Physics
- Ms Ciara Gillespie - Head of Chemistry
- Ms Lorene Carver - Head of French
- Mr Paul East - teacher of French and Spanish
- Ms Starr Green - teacher of French and Spanish
Over the next few weeks, I will be asking them to introduce themselves in more detail and to tell you more about their role at the school.
Finally, turning to the next few weeks, we will be holding our Back to School Nights next Monday (Key Stage 3), Tuesday (Key Stage 4) and Wednesday (Key Stage 5). These events are an opportunity for parents to learn about the year ahead, the opportunities for our students and for you to meet key members of staff. Furthermore, in the next two weeks you will receive an email from Mr Potts (Vice Principal - Learning and Teaching) providing you with access to your child’s Learning Guide for the year. We will continue to endeavour to further develop the partnerships between home and school with good communication, key school events, Student Parent Teacher Conferences and our popular workshops for parents - Mr Lazaro will be in touch soon with details of our workshops for this first term. As always, we ask that you do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns - we welcome this communication and your feedback.
We are very much looking forward to the year of learning ahead and to welcoming you to our EP campus next week.
Have a lovely weekend
Principal Secondary Campus
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