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Wednesday, November 21, 2018



Starting School Tip: Label Your School Supplies

Starting School Shopping

We've got a healthy discussion going on in our FB group on back to school shopping for school uniforms, shoes and bags. Once we have got those out of the way, we will move on to the next stage, stocking up on school supplies. If your child is just starting school, we recommend that you hold back on that really cute design stationery that costs a bomb. As many parents will tell you, during the first year of school, many of these items get misplaced or lost very frequently!

When planning your starting school shopping, don't forget the little details. 

One important detail is labeling. One of the ways to protect your child's stuff and your sanity is to label them with personalized name labels. Most schools have a lost and found cabinet or someone in charge of lost and found items. You can easily retrieve your items if your child's name is clearly labelled on it.

Labels also help to avoid confusion, especially when children carry the same colour and design for bags, tumblers, pencil cases and more. With a name label, your child can easily recognize their own stuff. Clothing and shoe labels also help your child to differentiate their school and extra curricular uniforms, sports or gym wear, shoes,  hats and more from those of their classmates or school mates.

Where to find personalized name labels in Malaysia?



Moms and dads, you can check out the online sticker and labels store Fun Printz. They have labels in various sizes and shapes in cute, colourful designs which you can personalize for your child.

How to choose your labels

The labels at Fun Printz come in many shapes and sizes. So many shapes, which one do you choose? Here's a rough guide.

S-Size Labels

Choose S or small size labels for small items like pencils, swimming goggles, sports rackets etc.



M- Medium Size Labels

If your child goes to an after school daycare, it is important to label his or her items to prevent mix-ups. You can use the M Size labels to label school supplies like pencil cases, colour pencil case, crayons case, water colour sets and palette, water tumblers, food containers, sports equipment and other items headed towards the daycare centre.

L- Large Size Labels

The L or Large size labels are perfect for bigger items like school bags, homework bags and arts and crafts file or bag.

Shape Labels

Shape labels come in various cute shapes and designs. They are for the kid who likes fun things with an identity. It is also easier to recognize from afar. Younger kids in P1 or P2 will probably enjoy these stickers.

















Shoe Labels

Just as its name suggest, these labels are made for shoes. Why do you need shoe labels? You would not believe how many shoes get mixed up when the children remove it to go to the library, the prayer room etc. Not only do the waterproof shoe labels prevent mix up, they also help your little one keep each foot in the right shoe.





Square Labels

Square labels is an option you can use to stick onto your child's water tumbler, food container, mobiles and more.


Iron-On Labels

Iron-on labels are good for school essentials made of fabric like school uniforms, socks and day-care clothes. Iron on your child's personalized name labels to make sure the clothes and uniforms your child has to change in and out of is never misplaced.




Other Sizes

Other size labels include mini labels and fun labels.


Value Packs

Not sure which to pick? Choose the Value Pack or Value Pack Plus which comes in an assortment of labels in various sizes all personalized for you.

The Value Pack is RM159

















The Value Pack Plus with Iron On Labels is RM179
















Fun-Printz Labels are waterproof, machine washable and dryer friendly. They are also dishwasher and microwave oven safe. So you can wash your clothing and school supplies as you normally do without worrying about the labels coming off.

School Holiday Promotion

Free shipping for purchases above RM100. No promo quote required.
10% discount on all labels including iron on labels.
Value Pack = RM159
Value Pack + Iron On Labels = RM179

Visit Fun Printz for further details.

This post was brought to you by Fun Printz

Friday, November 16, 2018



10 Family Friendly Movies To Watch This School Holidays

We're one week away from the school holidays which means its time to hit the cinemas soon! We compiled a list of family friendly movies showing this November and December 2018 and put the trailers all on one page for convenience and easy reference. Of all of these 10 Family Friendly Movies, which one do you like the best?

1. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Release Date: 15 November 2018
Runtime: 133 minutes
Synopsis: This is part 2 of 5 of JK Rowling's Fantastic Beast series. In the Crimes of Grindelwald,  Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander to help thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.



2. The Grinch

Release Date: 8 November 2018
Runtime: 90 minutes
Synopsis: The Grinch attempts to silence Christmas once and for all for the villagers of  Whoville by posing as Santa Claus.



3. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms


Release Date: 1 November 2018
Runtime: 100 minutes
Synopsis: A colourful tale of young Clara who travels through a parallel world where she meets a soldier named Philip who helps her find the key to unlock a box to a priceless gift.



4. Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Release Date: 22 November 2018
Runtime: 116 minutes
Synopsis: Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz are back, this time they have to travel through the world wide web in search of a missing part to save Vanellope's video game.



5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Release Date: 7 December 2018
Synopsis: In Spider-Verse, there's more than just one Spider-Man. That's what Miles Morales discovers when he meets Peter Parker and many other web-slinging superheroes. Together, they team up to stop a threat to all reality.



6. The House with a Clock in its Walls

Release Date: 29 November 2018
Runtime: 105 minutes
Synopsis: Newly orphaned, 10-year-old Lewis Barnavelt is sent to live with his uncle in a creaky old house. He discovers that is uncle is a magician and he needs to help him find a magical clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.




7. Aquaman

Release Date: 20 December 2018
Synopsis: Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. He finds himself caught between a surface world that ravages the sea and the underwater Atlanteans who are ready to revolt.




8. Bumblebee

Release Date: 20 December 2018
Synopsis: Charlie who is almost 18 now, finds Bumblebee the Autobot, battle-scarred and broken in a junkyard in a small California beach town. She revives him and discovers that he is no ordinary yellow Volkswagen Beetle. This is the 6th installment of the Transformers Series.



9. Mary Poppins Returns

Release Date: 25 December 2018
Synopsis: Mary Poppins Returns this Christmas to visit the grown up Jane and Michael Banks and Michael's 3 children. She helps them rediscover the joys and magical wonder they knew as children.





10. March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step

Release Date: 29 November 2018
Runtime: 85 minutes
Synopsis: About two penguins, a father and son and the young penguins first journey into the unknown.

Thursday, November 15, 2018



Back To School Shopping 2019



It's that time of the year again for back to school shopping! Our Facebook group: The Malaysia Primary School Parents Group is very active now discussing about school uniform brands, what type of school bags to buy, what colour shoes to purchase. We're all gearing up for Back To School 2019.

As with previous years, we noticed that most retailers will start their back to school promotion in mid November, carrying on end December or the first few days of January. We bring to you a summary of some of where you can download some of these back to school shopping brochures. We suggest that you view the brochures or download them so you can make a price comparison and shop smartly.  Links to the catalogues are provided for your easy reference.

Image Credit: Aeon Big, Parkson, Tesco, Mydin Catalogues with links as shown below.

Here you go, in no particular order.

1. Aeon Big - Keep Calm Back To School Promotion from 16 Nov to 31 Dec 2018

Here is the link to the 16 page AEON Big Back To School Brochure on everything back to school including school uniforms, school bags, school shoes, stationery, undergarments, and storage essentials for your home study area. There are no pdf downloadable brochure but you can view this online.

School uniform brands sold include Canggih, Unggul and U-Cemerlang with a 20% discount for Unggul and U-Cemerlang. Shoes include Asadi and Diadora Campus brands.




2. Parkson Malaysia Back To School Promotion 15 November 2018 to 1 January 2019

Parkson's Back To School Promotion runs from 15 November 2018 to 1st January 2019. According to the brochure, you will get 3X bonuslink points for all merchandise at Parkson's One Stop School Shop. You can view the brochure here. Parkson's Back To School Promotion Brochure

Below is an excerpt of the brochure which has many other items including school bags and stationery. There is quite a lot of shoe brands available from what I can see in the brochure.








3. Tesco Back To School Promo 15 Nov - 5 Dec 2018

We're surprised that the Tesco promotion ends on 5 December this year. The Tesco School Shop Catalogue has 24 pages in all. You can either choose to view it online or download the pdf version.

Uniform brands include Canggih, APlus, U-Cemerlang and Adam Hawa. What we like about the catalogue is the pricing is stated very clearly for each brand and the discounts available. Shoe brands include Pallas, Asadi and Diadora.






4. Mydin Back To School 15 Nov to 9 Dec 2018

Just like Tesco, the Back to School promo at Mydin ends in early December. You can either view the back to school brochure online or download the pdf version. Look for Back To School (Edisi Hypermarket Semenanjung) to view or download.



5. Aeon Retail Back To School Promo On Uniforms

We couldn't find any catalogue on Aeon Retail's site possibly because they are still winding up their early bird 15% off all school uniform deal which ends on 18 November 2018. The image below is taken from Aeon Retail's Facebook Page here.


Monday, November 05, 2018



British Council Celebrates 70 Years In Malaysia




To commemorate its 70th Anniversary in Malaysia, British Council has planned many exciting activities this November 2018 including workshops, prizes, giveaways, storytelling and more.

Here's how not to miss out on these fantastic promotion and your chance to win the 15x iPad 7.9", free placement tests, limited edition goodie bags and more which are up for grabs.

1. Like British Council Malaysia on Facebook


2. Visit the British Council Malaysia Facebook page daily from 31 Oct till 14 Nov to check out the latest promotion. There will be different treats and tips each day which will be announced on Facebook

This milestone celebration continues on to the weekend of 17-18 November 2018 with free workshops for all parents. Parents who visit the centre during this weekend and register for the new Young Learner term starting in January 2019 stand to win iPad 9.7". Further details will be shared on British Council Facebook Page.

Workshop 1: Introduction to the Young Learner's courses at British Council
Venue: British Council Kuala Lumpur
Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm
Date: Saturday, 17 November 2018
Description: You will receive an overview of the British Council classes and teachers and how it helps students achieve. You will also receive advice on how you can help your child get the most from their lessons

Workshop 2: Introduction to Phonics
Venue: British Council Kuala Lumpur
Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm
Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Description: You will receive a brief overview of phonics methodology with a chance to participate in some typical classroom activities. (Phonics classes are suitable for 5 - 7 year olds)

Workshop 3: Creating Confident Learners 
Venue: British Council Kuala Lumpur and The Curve
Time: 11am - 12pm
Dates: 17/18 November 2018 (2 sessions)
Description: You will discover how confidence helps the learning process and improves student performance across all disciplines. You will learn how British Council courses help develop confidence and receive tips on what you can do to help your child develop confidence in the classroom and in life.
Special session of Workshop 3 is available for members of  The Malaysia Primary School Parents on FB group/Malaysia Secondary School Parents on FB group) *
Venue: British Council Kuala Lumpur
Time: 9.30am - 10.30am
Date: Saturday, 17 November 2018

*Members please visit the group links to find out more

For further information on any of the above or on the British Council Holiday Programme for the remaining few available spots,  visit the British Council Malaysia website, Facebook page or call 03-2780 3894 (Kuala Lumpur / The Curve) or 04-202 0014 (Penang).












Monday, October 22, 2018



School Bags Guideline for Schools, Teachers, Students and Parents

School Bags Guideline for schools, teachers, students and parents


The Ministry of Education recently issued a handout dated 12 September 2018 on the guidelines to address the issue of  heavy bag problems in school.  The guideline covers guidelines for school, teachers, students and parents.

Guideline for school

1. Arrange school time table to 3-4 subjects per day

2. Encourage modular teaching in line with 21st century learning so that assessment activities can be completed in school and homework reduced

3. Create a locker system if possible for storing books and other stuff. Only books requiring homework is taken home.

4. Have regular two-way meetings with PIBG to discuss and resolve the heavy bag problem.

5. School can arrange to have free drinking water so that students do not have to bring water tumbler (subject to agreements between school and canteen operator)

6. Can consider special tables with locker facilities as an alternative to lockers that are kept outside the classroom.

7. Check the weight of students' bags regularly.


Guideline for teachers

1. Give clear instructions to students on the books/items that are required to be brought to school for the next day.

2. Minimize the number of exercise books per subject (for Upper Primary students).

3. Advice students to bring books and items according to time table.

4. Plan lessons according to 21st century learning styles. It is recommended to complete all lessons in class and if unable to complete, activities or exercises should be carried forward to the next lesson.

5. Encourage students to keep books and other items in lockers or cabinets if provided by the school.


Provide guidance to students

1. Advice and guide students to bring textbooks and activity books according to time table.

2. Advice and guide students to bring only essential items that are required for learning in school.

3. Advice and guide students to do daily checking and arranging of books and other items required for learning in school.

4. Advice and guide students to keep books and other learning items not required for homework in the school locker/cabinet (if provided by the school)

5. Roller bags are discouraged because the weight and use of the bag may create problems for the shoulders.


Recommendations to parents and guardians

1. Provide appropriate school bags

2. Encourage and guide children to pack school bags according to school time table

3. Get your child into the habit of doing daily checking and sorting of school bags

4. Avoid children from carrying thick and heavy books (exercise books/comics/reference books)

5. Teach your child to put down their bags while waiting for transporter, during assembly etc.

6. Once a week, remove irrelevant items and books, pieces of paper etc from school bag and sharpen pencils etc.

The above is a translation of the guidelines that was issued on 12 September 2018 by the MOE.

Download the full set of guidelines from the MOE official website from this page. Look for the link that says

Surat Siaran Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia Bilangan 8 Tahun 2018 Panduan Menangani Isu Beg Berat Murid Di Sekolah


Thursday, October 18, 2018



Update on DLP (Dual Language Programme)



Quick Overview of the DLP (Dual Language Programme)

DLP which is short for Dual Language Programme is a programme where Math and Science are taught in English for schools approved to do so.  Please read our earlier post on What Parents Need To Know About DLP for a more detailed explanation.

The DLP was first implemented in 2016. 2019 will be the fourth year of its implementation. Here is a quick summary of how it is implemented in schools which have been approved to run the DLP programme.

2016 
Std 1
Std 4
Form 1

2017
Std 1
Std 2
Std 4
Std 5
Form 1
Form 2

2018
Std 1
Std 2
Std 3
Std 4
Std 5
Std 6
Form 1
Form 2
Form 3

2019
Std 1 to Form 4

2020
Std 1 to Form 5

What Are The Schools Approved To Run The DLP?

At this point of writing, we do not have a list for 2019. For the 2016. 2017 & 2018 list, please read our earlier post on Complete List of DLP Schools (Note that the post mentions Selangor in particular but you can find the list for all states at the end of the post listed as First Cohort, Second Cohort and Third Cohort. You will need to look at all three to get the entire list)/

Is DLP Here To Stay?

Where are we headed and is DLP here to stay is a frequently asked question by parents. 

The Ministry of Education (Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia) recently uploaded an 18 page guideline plus 11 pages of attachment for the implementation of DLP wef 2018 (to replace its earlier guideline from 2015). This is an indication that it is here to stay and the implementation of it has been refined.

This post highlights pages 1, 3, 4 and 9 of the guideline. You can download the entire guideline from the MOE official website from this page. Look for the link that says 


Surat Pekeliling Ikhtisas Bil 8 Tahun 2018 (Garis Panduan Pelaksanaan Dual Language Programme (DLP) di sekolah-sekolah KPM Tahun 2018) 
- pada 5 October 2018


The first page of the guideline lists down the purpose and objective of the DLP. 
Page 3 lists down the criteria for selection of schools. The schools must have the resources, the head of school must have a plan on how to implement the DLP, there should be at least 15 written applications by parents and the school's UPSR or SPM results for the year before application should be the equal or higher than the achievement set by the MOE.

Page 4 lists down the procedure for DLP to be implemented in approved schools including the starting of DLP classes once the minimum of 15 students is achieved. It also states that once the school has been approved to start a DLP class, it must continue to Std 6 or Form 5 level even if the number of students drop below 15.

Page 9 highlights the action that is required by parents who wish to attend the DLP class for Standard 1, Form 1 and Form 4 levels in DLP approved schools. Parents must apply for placement on the given form during the first week of school. Once application is approved, parents must complete the consent letter. Should the application be rejected, parents must make an appeal within 7 days upon receipt of the letter of rejection. Finally, Form 4 students who have not attended DLP classes in lower secondary will be considered by the school based on the student's ability.

The rest of the document covers other guidelines including criteria for selection of teachers, curriculum, textbooks, assessment, withdrawal of student from DLP class,  transfer of student from one DLP school  to another, transfer of student from DLP school to non-DLP school, transfer of teachers and more.

In other words, everyone's role from PPD (Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah) to Heads of schools, teachers and parents have been set out in detail. Since this guideline is dated 5th October, 2018, it would mean that DLP is here to stay, for now.





Wednesday, October 17, 2018



Do SJKC and SJKT students need to attend remove class?






One of the frequently asked questions among parents of SJKC (Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina) and SJKT (Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil) kids who are going on to SMK (Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan) is whether there is still a need to attend remove class and if so, what is the minimum grade required to advance to Form 1 without needing to attend remove class?

Recently, the Ministry of Education (Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia) sent out notices to schools regarding remove class for students going to Form One in 2019.

According to the notice as shown below, students born in the year 2006 or 1st January 2007, and who sat for the UPSR in 2018 with at least a Grade D in Bahasa Malaysia Paper One and Bahasa Malaysia Paper Two may advance to Form 1 in 2019 without attending remove class.

Those who did not manage to get the minimum Grade D in BM paper may appeal if they managed to get the minimum Grade D during school based assessments while they were in upper primary school. (Standard 4 - 6).

No other subjects are taken into account in the decision on whether to send a student for remove class or otherwise.





The above info is obtained from KPM official website.

Monday, October 01, 2018



Confident Speaking and Writing Through Science And Technology Holiday Programme

Hi parents,

It's October! The year-end school holidays begins next month! For those of you searching for school holiday programmes, it is a good time to start hunting now so that you can enjoy the early bird discounts.

Here's one for parents looking for English Language Holiday Courses. It's the British Council year-end holiday programme. The theme this year is Science and Technology. Participants will learn Confident Speaking and Writing through Science and Technology. 

Sign up before 31st October 2018 to get a 5% discount.

Confident Speaking and Writing through Science and Technology is available at all of the British Council centres in Malaysia including Kuala Lumpur, The Curve and Penang. The course will be held from 3-7 December 2018 for every age group from 5 to 17. The course is personalized for each age group using the Science and Technology theme.

There is a shift towards Science and Technology subjects in schools everywhere. Understanding the subject terminology and being able to express oneself well in this area is crucial. Having these incorporated into an English programme is a bonus.

Here's what you can expect for this year's English Holiday programme.
  • 7 hours of fun learning each day
  • 5 days of speaking and writing practice
  • Creating posters and presenting them
  • Imagining life on other planets
  • Making up fictional animals
  • Taking part in interactive experiments

Get full details from our earlier post British Council Year-End Holiday Courses 2018.


Summary
Programme: English Language 2018 Year-End Holiday Programme at The British Council Malaysia
Theme: Confident Speaking and Writing through Science and Technology
Where: British Council Kuala Lumpur, The Curve, Penang
When: 3-7 December 2018 (7 hours per day)
Fee: RM940
Early Bird: 5% discount for registration before 31st October 2018
Enquiries:  visit www.britishcouncil.my/holidays or call 03-2780 3894 (Kuala Lumpur / The Curve) or 04-202 0014 (Penang).

Also available exclusively at The Curve
Confident Speaking and Writing through Art and Culture
Date: 10 - 14 December 2018

This post was brought to you by British Council Malaysia

Thursday, September 27, 2018



Sekolah Sri KDU Info Day to be held on 16 October 2018

We attended Sekolah Sri KDU's Mandarin Open Day recently. It was very well organized. It is always interesting to listen to the insights and views of academicians, principals and teachers, not to mention the students themselves who were there to give parents guided tours of the school.

Below are our insights and thoughts on the school. This is a long post but readers are encouraged to read to the end including the most important part which is the Summary at the end of the post.

About the Open Day

Firstly, we'll walk you through the Open Day as it happened so you know what to expect at the school's Open Day. We note that it is advisable to attend the Open Day from start to end so that you get the full picture and do not miss out on any of the planned or organized activities.

The Open Day started at 10 am with the rousing performance by the primary school's 24 Seasons Drum troupe. This was in the school hall where primary school teachers and secondary school teachers were seated to personally talk to parents. You can speak to the teachers one-to-one here and ask them any questions you have about the school.



The school had organized talks by the primary school principal at 10.30 am and secondary school principal at 11.30 am. The talks were about 45 minutes each. You can ask questions during the talk or privately afterwards. You can tour the school at any time with the help of the student ambassadors.

About Sekolah Sri KDU

We attended all the talks and spoke to academicians of both the primary and secondary schools and we will share with you what we have learned.

Two Schools Under One Roof

Sri KDU schools is made up of two schools under one roof.

1. Sekolah Sri KDU is a private school doing the Malaysian National Curriculum (KSSR/KSSM)

2. Sri KDU International School is an international school using the National Curriculum of England followed by the Cambridge IGCSE.

The Open Day we attended is for Sekolah Sri KDU which is the private school that is using the Malaysian National Curriculum (KSSR/KSSM) so that is what we will talk about in this post. Let's start with some questions that immediately come to mind.

Q1. What Makes Sekolah Sri KDU Different From A Public School If It Runs The Same Syllabus?

- The schooling hours are from 8.00 am to 3.30 pm for Mondays to Thursdays and from 8 am to 12.30 pm on Fridays. For the secondary school, the schooling hours are from 7.50 am to 3.40 pm for Mondays to Thursdays and from 7.50 am to 12.30 pm on Fridays.

- It incorporates Singapore and Cambridge curricula into our local syllabus. In this way, it combines and makes use of the best in both worlds - the detailed content in the local syllabus plus the pedagogy of the international curriculum with more emphasis on higher order thinking skills.

- In addition to the local syllabus, students learn coding and performance arts making them more rounded individuals.

Q2. Why are the hours so long?

- Compulsory co-curricular activities of one sport and one uniformed unit/club are included during schooling hours.

- There are some additional compulsory subjects including Mandarin, Cambridge ICT Starters/ Computer Science (Coding), and Structured Performing Arts Programme.

- Students need to take 2 activities under the Structured Performing Arts Programme
Assigned one from Musical Theatre, Dance, Vocals and pick one from Musical Instruments (Primary: Violin, Ukelele or Piano; Secondary: Acoustic Guitar or Drums) or assigned two from Musical Theatre, Dance, Vocals if they do not want to take any Musical Instruments.

- For subjects like Maths and Science, the hours may be longer than those required by the Ministry of Education by an extra 4 periods each. This makes it possible for students to study both local and other syllabi including the Singapore and Cambridge curricula.

Q3. Why the extended periods for Maths and Science?

Although the primary school conducts the local syllabus, it incorporates the Singapore and Cambridge Primary Curricula for English, Maths and Science.

In secondary school, the Cambridge Secondary 1 Curriculum is used for English, Mathematics and Science. Form 3 students can opt to sit for the Cambridge Checkpoint Test in addition to PT3 which acts as a diagnostic test to gauge if students understand the syllabus.

Below are some of the curriculum and co-curricular activities that may interest you.






Now, let's go on a mini "tour" around the school. I was taken on a tour by two delightful girls from the primary school and a teen boy and teen girl from the secondary school. Below are some pictures I managed to snap.

Sekolah Sri KDU which does the local syllabus and Sri KDU International School share the same campus with separate buildings for both schools including separate buildings for primary and secondary schools. Certain facilities like canteens and libraries are separate while others like the swimming pool and multi-purpose hall are shared.

This is the corridor of the primary school classrooms. There are about 5-8 classes for each level in primary school with each class having a maximum of 28 students. Each class has a homeroom teacher and assistant homeroom teacher while Primary 1 classes have additional academic assistants.




These nice lockers are located just right outside the classroom. Books can be easily accessible. No need to worry about heavy bag loads.

























This is the primary school canteen. Food can be catered for the lower primary school children. Teachers will be present to make sure they finish their food.
 


This is the primary school library. There is a cosy corner (not included in the picture) for weekly storytelling activities. The language teachers will tell stories in English, BM and Mandarin (once a week for each language) during lunch breaks.

 


The primary school library includes a section with computers for doing research.




This is the secondary school building. The classrooms are similar to the primary school classrooms but in a different colour scheme and with lockers provided as well. There are about 7-10 secondary classes with up to 28 students per class. 




This is the secondary school field. The primary school has its own school field. However, sports day events are often big events that are held at the stadium. 
 




These are some of the sports day decor done by the secondary school students. They look really awesome. I also noticed other props from the students' theatrical production which are just as impressive. Every year the students put up a production and handle all stages of production independently.



This is the swimming pool which is one of the shared facilities. It is compulsory for all students to learn swimming from P1 onwards with the exception of those with medical issues.

 

This is the secondary school library.



This section is also part of the secondary school library. Sometimes, the teachers may bring the students to the library for lessons or they may use it for Tutor Time. Tutor Time is a form of additional support that is initiated by the school when needed and is given to students until they show improvement.



The library is stocked with English, Chinese and Malay books. This is because Sekolah Sri KDU is a trilingual school. They use the national KSSR/KSSM syllabus where most of the subjects are taught in BM. They are a DLP school which means that Math and Science is conducted in English. In addition to that they use the Cambridge Secondary 1 Curriculum for English, Maths and Science.

Mandarin is a compulsory subject for P1 to Secondary 3 and an elective subject for Upper Secondary. (Secondary 4 & 5). Students can also opt to sit for Mandarin in PT3 and SPM. Mandarin classes are divided into basic, intermediate and advanced offering listening and speaking skills and advancing to reading and writing skills especially for those who come from SJKC schools (local Chinese schools).



This is the amphitheatre for the secondary school.



This is the dance room where students can learn Latin dance and more. Other facilities include science laboratories, music rooms, sewing room, cookery lab, ICT Labs, art rooms etc. I was not able to take clear photos of those so I won't be sharing those.



This is the secondary school cafeteria. According to a student, they are able to order freshly cooked food for lunch. Students, both primary and secondary carry an ID card which they can top up with cash and use it to purchase food.



Summary

Sekolah Sri KDU offers a unique learning environment that is very versatile. This is why we think so.

1. If offers the teaching and learning of Mandarin for families who want their children to learn Mandarin but prefers not to send their kids to SJKC.

2. It offers those who has had 6 years of learning Mandarin in SJKC to have some form of continuity in learning Mandarin during the secondary years without the stress of taking exams so that they do not lose touch with the language. They are encouraged to take the exams if possible.

3. It offers a cheaper alternative to international school. The trilingual environment means that students are frequently exposed to English which would improve their fluency in the language. Some students join Sekolah Sri KDU in primary and switch to Sri KDU International school in secondary.

4. It offers ICT for the whole of primary and secondary and computer science (coding) for primary as part of its curriculum. These are compulsory subjects.

5. It encourages holistic learning. The performing arts, speech, drama, dancing, singing and music is encouraged and included in the curriculum during schooling hours.

6. Since the national syllabus is taught at Sekolah Sri KDU, parents can opt to move their children back to SK at any time if the situation calls for it.

Fees start from RM21,000. If you need more information on the fees or other information not included here, you can visit the school during the Sekolah Sri KDU Info Day on 16 October 2018, 9:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. This is during a weekday when classes are ongoing so you can see the school in action. The best time to visit a school is during school days so you can see the students and teachers going about their day to day routine and visualize if your child will fit in the school.

Happy school hunting everyone!




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