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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Walk in at 156 designated PPVs for teenagers - who can or cannot walk in

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said in a statement today that 156 PPVs have been designated for walk in vaccination of teenagers aged from 12 to 17. Below is the list of 156 public PPVs for walk in vaccinations. The walk in vaccination will begin operations from 23 September 2021.



Who can or cannot walk in for vaccinations at the designated PPVs?

Scheduled walk-in vaccinations will be arranged by schools within close vicinity of these PPVs. Parents and students will be notified of their appointments. 

Note:

1. all teens aged 12 to 17 who are not attending school can walk in
2. all students from higher institutions of learning whether public or private who are under 18 years old can walk in
3. students who have received vaccination appointments from school are not allowed to walk in
4. only one (1) parent is allowed to accompany the teenager for walk in to prevent congestion

In other words,  the "walk-Ins" are "scheduled walk-ins" ie. you have to wait for your schools to give you an appointment and date first. Only those who do not attend schools (ie remaja yang tidak bersekolah) or teenagers below 18 from higher institutes of learning can walk in without appointment.

Note: The above info is subject to further confirmation and clarification from the authorities.


Read the full press statement below. Source of info: Twitter KKM


Latest Update as at 22 Sept 2021

Parents who are uncertain about the vaccination process for PICK- Remaja (Program Imunisasi Covid-19 Kebangsaan - Remaja) ie the National Covid-19 Immunization Programme for Adolescents, can refer to the following chart.



How to teach your children leadership skills



Guest post by Geoff Taylor, the Head of Young Learners at the British Council in Malaysia

Good leaders can communicate well, motivate others, handle responsibility, understand different views and solve problems. A good leader is also inspirational and can communicate a positive view of any situation. Developing these attributes can help our children lead happier and more fulfilling lives. So how can we help our children become great leaders?

Teaching optimism

Having a positive outlook is linked to success. The key to teaching this is to notice when your child is feeling negative. If your child is focussing on the possible negative outcomes (but what if I can’t do it? But what if everyone laughs at me?) ask them why they are choosing to think about negative outcomes when they could be thinking about positive outcomes (but what if I do it and it is amazing? What if everyone gives me a round of applause?) Likewise, when they are feeling positive, notice this too and praise them for having a great attitude. Obviously, our children will fail sometimes and may feel bad as a result. We want to protect them from this bad feeling, but it is more important to help them to embrace the failure, reflect on it and learn from it. Talking about this is the key, “I know you feel bad now, but I promise you it won’t last. Let’s focus on what you will do differently next time.” Our children may go on to remember a failure as being the most important steppingstone to a great success.

Teaching people skills

Encourage your children to get involved in group activities. Nature clubs, football teams, swimming, reading or chess clubs, playing music in a group - anything where they will spend time trying to collectively achieve something with others. Your child will develop emotional intelligence, sympathy, empathy, and problem-solving skills through participating in group activities. Children learn through watching other people, so they will learn from the leader of the group. How do they establish rules? How do they deal with different personalities? How do they manage expectations? Hopefully your child will have fun too!

Teaching negotiation

Children need to constantly negotiate for what they want, because they are completely dependent on adults to give it to them. It is important that we help them learn that throwing a tantrum is not the best approach. We need to teach them to see things from the other person’s point of view and maintain a calm and respectful attitude. We can do this by expressing our concerns when they ask for something. For example, if a child asks us for a new toy, we can say that we are concerned that it might distract them from their homework. Let them come up with reasonable arguments as to why they should get the toy, and see if you can reach an agreement whereby, for example, they can have the toy but only if they agree to do their homework before they play with it. We then need to be consistent in sticking to this agreement, not only in ensuring they do their homework, but also in ensuring they have plenty of time for play.

Teaching decision making

As they get older, children become more independent. They will increasingly need to learn how to make decisions for themselves. A particularly powerful way to help them learn is to tell them how we would make the decision. We should explain our thought process to them so they can copy and then (hopefully) even improve on our way of thinking. We can allow children to start making small decisions, such as which after school activity they would like to do, and as they learn the concepts of responsibility and that decision making has consequences, we can allow them to make more and more decisions for themselves.

Encouraging hard work

Being able to accomplish ambitious tasks is part of being a successful leader. When our children feel overwhelmed by expectations, we can teach them to break the task down into smaller, achievable chunks. For example, if the child has a large amount of homework to do, we can help them to start small, “Let’s look at the maths together for 15 minutes, then you can take a break.” When the maths is done give them a short break as a reward and move onto the English for 15 minutes, then have another short break. If they get frustrated, talk them through how they are feeling and help them to solve the problem. It is better to guide them to do the work themselves, no matter how tempting it is to just do it for them. When they have completed their homework, tell them how proud you are. They have done what seemed impossible.

At the British Council we help children develop ‘core skills’ as well as English. Areas such as leadership, critical thinking, self-confidence, and effective communication are a vital part of our courses. For example, a common activity is for children to work collaboratively when researching a topic and then present their findings to the class. We can give them different roles and responsibilities in the group, and ensure each child has the chance to be the ‘group leader’ throughout the term. Through simple activities like this we give them children skills that will, hopefully, benefit them for a lifetime.

Join our September intake and take advantage of our new weekday online English classes at an introductory price of only RM599! Contact us today.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Vaccination for teens commenced in peninsular Malaysia today starting with teens aged 16 & 17

 


Today vaccination for teens was launched. Vaccination commenced in selected schools and PPVs starting with teens aged 16 & 17. 

From our experience, one parent was allowed to accompany the teen but only up to a certain point. Parents will be required to submit a completed and signed consent form in duplicate. A vaccine info sheet is also given to all parents on the vaccine being offered. Currently the vaccine to be administered is Pfizer in 2 doses. 

Items required on vaccination day:

  • parents IC, 
  • student's IC, 
  • consent form in duplicate,
  • pen and 
  • phone (either students or parents, depending on whose phone was used to register the teen under MySejahtera)


Consent form to be completed in duplicate.

Vaccine Information for parents.


Vaccination may be done at schools with 1000 students or grouped together for schools with fewer students. For example, vaccination of students in Petaling Utama district are conducted at the Chancellor Hall, MSU (Management & Science University) University Drive, Off Persiaran Olahraga, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor. Each school is given a selected time and coordinating teachers from the school will be present.

Parents and students waiting to register.



Students waiting to be vaccinated. It is advisable to wear school gym uniforms so that teachers in charge can easily recognize students from their own school. 



For those who are heading to MSU for vaccination, here's a rough guide on how to get there from the federal highway. Note that vaccination for some schools will be at different PPV other than the one shown in this post but the procedure should be more or less the same.

1.  Traffic can be heavy so plan your time. Students may be required to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled time for vaccination. 



2. Continue straight. As usual this turnoff to ICON City/Sunway towards LDP bridge often has heavy traffic flow



3. Get ready to exit the highway when you see these signages.



4. Exit the highway and turn right here.



5. Go straight



6. Turn left here, then go straight and turn left at the next t-junction.




7. You have arrived at your destination.  MSU, Management & Science University.
 


8. Signage to the carpark is clearly shown.



During the launching of PICK-Remaja today, health minister YB Khairy Jamaluddin mentioned that kids and teenagers will be able to do walk vaccination for Pfizer vaccine at selected PPVs to be announced tomorrow. This is an option for those who prefer not to wait for their school vaccination programme.

Watch the launching of PICK-Remaja by the ministers of health and education below. It was announced that as at 16 September 2021, about 85,000 teenagers have received their first dose without any serious side effects. The government aims to get 60% of eligible teens between 12 to 17 years old jabbed with at least one dose by November whereby 80% will be fully vaccinated by early next year when the new school term begins.




The map below shows the distance and map from PJ Hilton to MSU using the federal highway.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Is my child going back to school in October 2021? Check here



Today, the Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM) in a live press conference on FB announced the instructions for going back to school in October 2021. Will your child be affected? 

It was an hour long press conference and everything was covered in the presentation from preschool right up to university levels. However, for the purpose of this post, we will simplify it to focus only on preschool, primary and secondary schools. 

We have organized the information according to states and level, so you can quickly jump to the one that is relevant to you. However, firstly, let's have a look at the important points that affect everyone.

8 things to note about the latest announcement by KPM on going back to school in October 2021


1. The academic school year has been extended to March 2022. This means that if your child is in Std 6 in the year 2021, he will continue to be in Std 6 in January and February 2022. He will then advance to Form 1 in March 2022. Likewise for all other standards. 

2. Std 1 2022 will start school in March 2022.

3. Students who have outgrown their school uniforms may wear clothes that are neat and appropriate to school.

4. Parents who choose not to send their kids to school may do so by giving the school notice in writing. This will not be considered a disciplinary offence. 

5. Back to school will be done in stages in a hybrid manner by weekly rotation.

6. There will be a mask mandate in school ie it will be compulsory to wear masks in schools.

7. PJPK (Pendidikan Jasmani Pendidikan Kesihatan) or Physical Education classes is allowed provided kids come to school in their gym uniforms. 

8. Extra curricular activities is not allowed.








Back to school will be done in stages according to phases as set out in the National Recovery Plan (NRP) or PPN (Pelan Pemulihan Negara)

What this means to parents in the following states.
Note that the phases are as at the time in writing on 12 September 2021.
PdPR = (Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran di Rumah) or Home-based Teaching and Learning

Phase 1 - Kedah and Johor *

- Preschool - not allowed to open
- Primary school (Std 1 to Std 6) - PdPR
- Secondary School (Form 1 to Form 6) - PdPR

Phase 2 - Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, Pulau Pinang, Sabah, Melaka, Selangor, WP Kuala  Lumpur and WP Putrajaya *

- Preschool - not allowed to open (except to parents who are both frontliners)
- Primary school (Std 1 to Std 6) = PdPR
- Secondary School
(Form 1 to Form 5) - PdPR
(Form 6 Semester 2 students and students sitting for International examinations including IGCSE O-Level & A-Level, Australian Higher School Certificate and IBDP) and students at special needs schools - fully back to school with no rotation

Phase 3 - Perlis, Sarawak, Negeri Sembilan *

- Preschool - fully back to school with no rotation

- Primary school

  • (Std 1 to Std 6) - PdPR 
  • students at special needs school - fully back to school with no rotation

- Secondary school
  • Form 1 to Form 4 = PdPR
  • (Form 6 Semester 2 students and students sitting for International examinations including IGCSE O-Level & A-Level, Australian Higher School Certificate and IBDP) and students at special needs school - fully back to school with no rotation
  • Form 5 (SPM, STAM, SVM), other Form 6 (STPM) students, other international exam students - back to hybrid school on weekly rotation
  • boarding schools, sports school and art school - fully back to school with no rotation

Phase 4 - Labuan *

3/4 Oct - 17/18 Oct 2021

Preschool - fully back to school with no rotation
Primary school - PdPR 
Special needs school - fully back to school with no rotation

Secondary school 
- Form 1 - Form 4 = PdPR
- exam students Form 5, Form 6 , special needs school, boarding school (exam students) and international exams students = back to school fully with no rotation


17/18 Oct - 31 Oct/1 Nov 2021

Preschool - fully back to school with no rotation
Primary school
- Std 4 - 6 = PdPR 
- Std 1 - 3 = Back to hybrid school on weekly rotation
Special needs school - fully back to school with no rotation

Secondary school 
- Remove Class, Form 1 & 2 = PdPR
- Form 3 & 4 = Back to hybrid school on weekly rotation
- exam students Form 5, Form 6 , special needs school, boarding school (exam students plus Form 3 & 4) and international exams students = back to school fully with no rotation


31 Oct/1 Nov - 10/11 Dec 2021

Preschool - fully back to school with no rotation
Primary school
- Std 1 - 6 = Hybrid school on weekly rotation
Special needs school - fully back to school with no rotation

Secondary school 
- Form 1 - Form 4 in public, private and international schools = back to school on weekly rotation
- exam students Form 5, Form 6 , special needs school, boarding school (all students) and international exams students = back to school fully with no rotation

In short, primary school students continue with home-based teaching and learning or PdPR until their state reaches Phase 4.

* Updated information wef 24 September 2021.

The following changes have been announced by KPM (Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia) in a press statement dated 24 September 2021. 

The following states have entered a new phase and will therefore follow the rules for the new phase within 2 weeks of the change.

Johor 

To follow Phase 2 rules starting from 10 October 2021

Pahang

To follow Phase 3 rules starting from 11 October 2021

Negeri Sembilan

To follow Phase 4 rules starting from 18 October 2021

Kedah

Still in Phase 1. However, Form 6 Sem 2 and IGCSE O-Level students will now attend physical class without rotation. Other students continue with PdPR starting from 10 October 2021

Pulau Langkawi 

As Pulau Langkawi is in a travel bubble and is now in Phase 4, schools shall follow Phase 4 rules starting from 3 October 2021

Please refer to the full press statement below.












Note that the states in the phases are as at today 12th September 2021. However should your state move to the next phase in the NRP, schools will have 2 weeks to transition to the new phase.


 


*Key

PPN = Plan Pemulihan Negara
PdPR = Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran di Rumah
IPS = Institusi pendidikan swasta
MBK = Murid Berkeperluan Khas (special kids)
SKPK = Sekolah Kebangsaan Pendidikan Khas (school for special kids)
PPKI = Program Pendidikan Khas Integrasi (integrated education program for special kids)
Tahap 1 refers to Std 1 - Std 3
Tahap 2 refers to Std 4 - Std 6
SMKPK = Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Pendidikan Khas
SMPKV = Sekolah Menengah Pendidikan Khas Vokasional

** Things may change or be clarified by MOE (Ministry of Education) over time.


References:

View the press conference by Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia in its entirety here.
Check for latest SOP for the different phases as well as which phase your state is currently at from here.


















Thursday, August 19, 2021

How to have confident children





Guest post by Geoff Taylor, the Head of Young Learners at the British Council in Malaysia

If I could give my daughter one gift, and one gift only, it would be self-confidence. I would choose this over academic achievement or sporting success or anything else that parents traditionally wish for their kids. And it seems I am not alone. Malaysian parents often tell me they wish their kids were more confident: “I want my daughter to speak out and assert herself”, “I want to see my son standing at the front of the class giving a great presentation.”

Parents recognise that without self-confidence it is difficult for our children to succeed in life. Confident people are more likely to make the most of opportunities and achieve success. When they make a mistake they don’t get upset, they try again and keep trying until they get it right. These traits give them a massive advantage in life. So how can we give our children this gift?

Reward effort as well as results

We all know the old cliché “It’s not the winning, it’s the taking part that counts.” A better phrase may be “It’s not the winning, it’s the trying your best that counts.” If a child has really struggled over a piece of homework, for example, but has not given up, then this should be recognised and rewarded, even if the homework is not all correct. Insisting on perfection every time is not realistic and will damage children’s self-esteem. It teaches them that they are not good enough, and that no matter how hard they try, they never will be good enough. It is far better to grow the mindset of if you have tried your best, then the result is not important. Phrases like “Well done for trying so hard / I am really pleased that you didn’t give up / I know this was difficult, but I am very proud that you completed it” are very useful.

Teach them by doing it ourselves

It is important that as parents we show our children what confidence looks like. They should see us embracing challenges and see how we prepare for them. Even if we do not feel completely confident ourselves, it is important that our children see us demonstrating a willingness to ‘have a go’. We can tell our children that we feel anxious, but we are not focussing on the nerves, we are focussing on the positive steps we are taking to succeed.

Embrace failure


Even Superman (or woman) fails sometimes. What children need to focus on is that making mistakes isn’t a bad thing at all. In fact, it is the opposite. Trial and error is how we learn. If a child does not manage to reach a goal, that is fine. They need to think about what went wrong and how to fix it. Focus on not making the same mistake again rather than on the fact that it wasn’t perfect first time.

Teach them how to achieve challenging goals

My daughter, who is 8 years old, told me recently that she was going to write a book that was longer than the Harry Potter novels. I was pleased, but doubtful that she would succeed. Rather than letting her fail, I suggested we break it down into more manageable chunks. We focussed on first writing a paragraph, then a page, then two pages and so on. Finally, she had filled her notebook with an action-packed adventure story. It was not longer than the Harry Potter books, but by taking it one step (or page) at a time, she had succeeded in doing something very challenging. Helping kids to break tasks down into several smaller, more achievable chunks, is an excellent skill. It can be applied to many areas of life and can help them to achieve things that at first look impossible.

Encourage them to try new things


While all kids have certain things they are good at and enjoy, it is important that they learn there is nothing to be afraid of when trying something new. Mastering a new skill or talent is a great way to show how they can feel confident whatever situation they find themselves in. If they are not successful, this is no reason to be upset, and no reason to avoid trying new things in future.

At the British Council we foster confidence among our students by encouraging them to do challenging tasks in a supportive and relaxed way. For example, some shyer students may feel nervous about giving a talk to the class, however once they have seen their friends have a go, and once the teacher has given them plenty of help to prepare, they realise that they can do it and there is no need to be afraid. Facing and overcoming fears is a very powerful way to develop self-confidence.

British Council teachers embrace mistakes as being the best way to learn. We encourage children to express their ideas and make mistakes and learn from mistakes. If they were perfect already, they wouldn’t need to attend classes!

We also focus on the less obvious ways to build confidence. For example, the way you stand can show how you are feeling, but it can also directly affect how you are feeling. Posture and body language are important and often overlooked areas of development.

All children have the potential to succeed and excel in any field they choose. A few simple measures can help to really increase their chances of success.

Join our upcoming September intake and take advantage of our new weekday online English classes at an introductory price of only RM599! Let us help you develop your child’s confidence. Contact us today

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Sekolah Sri KDU's Virtual Info Week to be held from 14th to 20th August 2021



Sekolah Sri KDU’s Info Week will be held virtually from 14th to 20th August 2021. During the virtual Info Week you can attend presentations by the principals, have  1-to-1 e-meets with the academic team, and even have your child attend a virtual trial class.

Here are the details on what you can expect during the Virtual Info Week.

Virtual School Previews

School previews by the primary and secondary school principals, alumni and students will be held on 14th August 2021 as scheduled below:

14 Aug 2021, 9am - 10am
Primary school preview by Principal Puan Shamsiah Anverdeen & Students.
They will share the primary school experience on campus as well as online.

14 Aug 2021, 10.30am - 11.30am
Secondary school preview by Principal Mr Lam Chee Fong, Alumni & Students.
They will share the secondary school experience on campus as well as online.

1-on-1 E-Meets with the Academic Team

If you have any questions you would like to ask the academic team, you can book a 1-on-1 meeting on Google Meet. Meetings are available in 40 minutes slots at the following dates and times.

14 Aug 2021: 12pm - 3pm
16 - 19 Aug 2021: 10am - 3pm
20 Aug 2021: 10am - 1pm

Virtual Trial Lessons

20 Aug 2021: 8am - 12.30am

Students can attend virtual classes at Sri KDU Primary School to experience and get a taste of how lessons are conducted at the school.

Exclusive Offer

Parents who enroll their children from 14th - 20th August enjoy 50% off the registration fee. *T&C applies.

Sign up and book your slots for Sri KDU's Virtual Info Week events here.

You may also be interested in the following video:

Why Parents Choose Sri KDU School

Monday, July 26, 2021

Cambridge IGCSE Learning Pathway Q & A Session with Sri KDU Klang


 
Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16-year-olds. It is offered by many international schools in Malaysia. Leading universities and employers worldwide recognize Cambridge IGCSE and it opens many doors for students who want to study locally or overseas.

Many parents are interested in letting their child take up IGCSE, however some are not familiar with the pathway for future education and have many questions about the course structure, exam grading format, what are the available options and core subjects and how their choices will affect their child's future options for university and career.

Parents, here is your chance to find out what your child's learning pathway will be like with Cambridge's IGCSE. Sri KDU Klang is having an IGCSE Preview meeting hosted by principal, Ms April Peters. She will break down the journey for you on 31st July, 2021 from 10.30am to 12pm on Zoom. Below are the details of the zoom meeting and how you can sign up.

Sri KDU Klang – IGCSE Preview


Topic: Sri KDU Klang - IGCSE? Sneak Peek into your final schooling years 

Time: Jul 31, 2021 10:30am to 12pm

Host: Ms April Peters , Principal of Sri KDU International School Klang (SKIS)

Programme:

✅Learning pathway from IGCSE to University

✅Q&A session

✅Break-out session (with Head of Subjects)

Register here to sign up for the zoom meeting.



Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Teaching Your Child Critical Thinking

Guest post by Geoff Taylor, the Head of Young Learners at the British Council in Malaysia

Schools around the world are increasingly trying to teach children to think critically. Employers say that they want staff with critical thinking abilities. We are told that critical thinking is one of the essential skills for the 21st century. But what is critical thinking? Why is it important? How can we help our children to develop this ability? And why should we want to?

In simple terms, critical thinking is the ability to look at a piece of information and decide whether it is right or wrong. More than this however, critical thinking means being open minded and considering different solutions to the same problem. People who can think critically can see possibilities that others cannot. They can find creative solutions for problems.

The modern world is complicated. We are bombarded with conflicting opinions every time we open Facebook or go online. We have fake news and differences of opinion on almost every subject. We also have problems such as global warming and the current pandemic that threaten us all. In this new world it is easy to see why being able to identify the facts and find new ways to solve problems is so important.

Teaching critical thinking has been proven to increase our children’s IQ. It helps them to do better at school and increases their chances of success in later life. Critical thinking also helps children to better communicate their ideas and beliefs. It improves their relationships with others. It fosters creativity and thinking ‘out of the box’, which can benefit every area of life.

So, developing critical thinking ability is important. The good news is that a few simple ideas can help children to become critical thinkers from an early age. Here are some easy strategies that can make a big difference:

· Teach them to think critically: A simple way to do this is to teach your child how to win at games. For example, when I am playing cards with my daughter for fun, I will sometimes show her my cards and explain what I am going to do. I will also help her to think about how to use her cards.

· Don’t always jump in! We want our children to succeed, but if we are doing everything for them, they are not really succeeding. Be patient and let your child struggle a bit with doing homework or other tasks. Encourage them to think things through and explore different options. When they start to get frustrated or lose motivation, then it is time to directly help them.

· Play time: Making sure your child has time to play is a very simple step. Free play can be tremendously beneficial. For example, when role playing with friends children use their imaginations to create and then solve problems in very creative ways.

· Answering questions with questions: When your child asks you something, try asking questions like “Why do you think that?” or “Let’s try and think of all possible solutions”. If they give an answer that is not correct, don’t immediately give them the right answer, try saying “Why do you think that?” to encourage them to retrace their thought process. The best question is always “How do you know that?” This makes your child think about the evidence they have to support their opinion, which is key to critical thinking.

Obviously sometimes it is best to directly help your child. When they become frustrated, asking “How do you know you are angry?” is not going to help! When helping my child I like to tell her what my solution is, and why I think it is the best solution. Children can learn from how we think, but only if we let them in on the secret!

At the British Council developing critical thinking is a basic part of how we teach. For example, instead of just telling children grammatical rules, we help them to look at examples and guide them to deduce the rules themselves. This gives them a deeper understanding of the language, and also gives them an analytical skill that can be applied to any part of life. Our interactive lessons encourage children to express themselves and to reflect what their peers are saying. We encourage them to think about how they learn, what they learn and what is the most effective way of learning for them. We aim to help children to approach the 21st century not only speaking authentic English, but also with the broad range of modern skills they need to succeed.

Learn more about our English courses for kids and teens by contacting our course consultants today 

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