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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Stay at home and order school uniforms online

2020 has been a rather challenging year so far with a global pandemic requiring parents to work from home and children to stay at home with schools closed. 

It's coming towards the end of the year now and normally at around this time of the year, parents are preparing for the next school year and malls would be packed with parents shopping for back to school items. However, this year, some malls are closed at times and most malls have few shoppers especially in red COVID 19 zones or areas where CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order) or even EMCO (Enhanced Movement Control Order) are imposed.

Yet, we still have to prepare for next year 2021. One way is to buy school stuff including school uniforms online. 




We tested out online buying for school uniforms and below is a video of how we did it as well as tips and pointers on the process. 

For our online buying, we went to Thomtex School Uniform Shop. Watch the video below on how we shopped online for school uniforms. 

Thomtex sells wrinkle free school uniforms online. It sells school uniforms for primary and secondary school girls and boys including co-curricular school uniforms.




It is Important to Follow Measuring Guides When Ordering School Uniforms Online

One of the most important things you should do when shopping for school uniforms online is MEASURE, MEASURE, MEASURE. Every school uniform shop have their own measurements and guidelines for measuring.


For example, my kid usually wears size M tops and size 33 pants.  However, when I did the measurements following the measuring guide at Thomtex School Uniform Shop, it suggests that I order size S shirts and size 34 pants which I did and it turned out exactly the same size as the ones he has been wearing. That is a relieve because one of the things you want to do when ordering clothing online is to get it right the first time. 

You can measure directly on your child or measure using their most comfortable clothing.  Remember to follow the picture guides provided at the online school uniform shop to know where to measure.




After measuring and selecting the right size, you add your items to your shopping cart when you are satisfied with the sizes and number of pieces you wish to order. Complete  your shipping information accurately, then check out to pay by credit card or direct debit and stay at home to wait for your uniforms to arrive by courier. 



What will 2021 hold for us? We hope that a vaccine will be found and life will be back to normal again but in the meantime, we still need to live a new normal life which includes shopping for school uniforms online. 

Shop now for Wrinkle Free School Uniforms. Early birds can enjoy a buy two free one promo in October. 




Tuesday, October 20, 2020

New Normal in Education at Sri KDU Schools

March 18, 2020 will always be remembered as the day when Malaysia implemented MCO or Movement Control Order to try to flatten the COVID 19 curve. However, that is not the only thing that happened. In a way, it led to a positive and immediate change in education, transforming it from a traditional classroom to blended digital learning almost overnight. Education may never be the same again. How prepared are we for this change? Let's have a look at one school and how they transition towards the new normal in education.




Online Learning at Sri KDU Schools

One of the things that Sri KDU Schools emphasizes to its teachers and students during this challenging period is "NEVER STOP LEARNING". As you can see from the video below, whether it is academics, sports or music, teaching and learning never stops at Sri KDU. 




Teachers learnt new ways to reach out and educate students while students were taught how to attend classes online and submit homework digitally.  In a way COVID 19 is positive for education, especially schools which are quick to rise up to the challenge and quickly adapt to the new normal in education, shifting from traditional classroom styles towards 21st century digital and online teaching. 

At Sri KDU schools, students were quickly taught the new skill of learning through video conferencing and other digital means. This is an important skill for all students during this time as schools may be required to close with short notice if needed like the current CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order) in the Klang Valley. With this new skill in place, students can quickly switch back to online learning mode with ease.




Parents were not left out as they too must be involved in order to support their children's studies. With this in mind, parents workshops were conducted online to help parents understand how online lessons were carried out.




Learning truly never stops at Sri KDU, not even for sports and music lessons as these were carried out virtually as well. Virtual choirs and band performances are yet another positive outcome of the pandemic. Who would have imagined that virtual concerts by students singing and playing musical instruments from their homes could sound so good!




Parents’ feedback on Online Learning at Sri KDU Schools

It is amazing how Sri KDU embraced online learning so well and has seen positive feedback coming in.

Below are some testimonials from their existing parents on online learning:

Sekolah Sri KDU (Private National School) 

  • I would like to thank all the schoolteachers for a job well done on this first day of online classes. It has also been a test of our organisation at home, and there were inevitably teething problems. But despite these circumstances, I think what transpired today deserves a pat on the back. I am particularly keen to see that student & teacher do not let the pause in active school life affect their relationship and collective spirit in the classroom. The online system cannot replace the classroom in terms of learning, but it is important for the children's moral confidence that life goes on for them. Please convey my sincere gratitude to all the teachers involved.
  • A BIG thank you to the teachers of Sri KDU secondary for carrying out the extra classes next week and remaining online for the students. Acknowledging that it was announced as extended school holidays, I sincerely appreciate the efforts by teachers in “keeping the school open”
  • I support online learning so that the students can keep to a routine. Grateful that the teachers are also willing to continue to deliver the lessons despite the government announcement of an extended holiday. I believe this would be the first time online learning will be deployed fully. It’s a good time to start and explore the tool. Thank you, and stay healthy!

Sri KDU International School
  • My child and I are enjoying the online learning. Thank you to the teachers.
  • My child and I are enjoying the work set on the Seesaw app. The app is easy to use and the instructions from teachers are clear. We also get real-time feedback. Thank you for helping us keep the kids learning and occupied.
  • Thank you to all the teachers in SKIS for the efforts and attention put in to ensure that the students of SKIS continue to get their education at the highest level possible. I really appreciate it.
  • It looked like they truly enjoyed your Seesaw activities and your Hangout classes. It is apparent that you have put in a lot of thoughts into your teaching methodology with plenty of variations and creativity and with that extra mile, you made learning fun. Your marking system is also commendable, making them think again to correct their mistakes. Thank you for making the children learn in eagerness. It must have been challenging at times.

Interested to know about Sri KDU schools? Click here for more information. Registration is now open for 2020/2021 session.


Sunday, October 18, 2020

A good night's sleep starts with a good pillow

Having a good night's sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Yet, many of us struggle with getting a good night's sleep. Some tips for getting a good night's sleep include having a relaxing before bed schedule, making your room dark and comfortable with just the right temperature and not to mention having a good pillow. 


Recently, I had an opportunity to test out the Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow. This pillow is voted as one of The Best 8 Pillows in Singapore. Having gone through dozens of sleep trials, more than 10 different product tests and 100 density changes before being marketed, The Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow is designed by a team of experts in Germany.



The pillow feels bouncy and soft yet firm and with good support at the same time. I like the feel of the tencel cover case. Tencel is a a new age cellulose fibre. Tencel is smooth, gentle on the skin  and anti-bacterial. It feels luxurious. I find that it provides good back support if you prop it up because it is firm. My current pillows are the kind that can be punched into any shape. This one stays firmly in shape. Takes a little bit of getting used to for me.



Where to buy the Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow?


The Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow is available at Origins Malaysia which also markets the award winning Origin Hybrid® Mattress. Founders Shaun and Gee started Origin Mattress to give Malaysians more comfortable sleep at lower prices. Origin products are designed in Germany and made in Malaysia for Malaysians. You can buy it online and have it delivered to you with no shipping charges.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

School Holiday Activities your kids can enjoy at home

With rising Covid-19 cases, kids may have to stay at home even during school holidays. School holidays are round the corner again, for International School students, its 24 - 31 October, 2020. For public school students, they can look forward to the festive Deepavali holidays from 13 - 16 November, 2020.

Here are some fun activities to do at home for kids of all ages. Younger kids may need some supervision.

Digital Activities

There are many digital activities kids can do at home. They can create music digitally and put their music on spotify, they can start a website to teach their favourite subject, conduct lessons through video conferencing or make videos for sharing. They can even create their own mobile apps or build cool things with electronics. If they need a little help getting started on these activities, sign them up for online classes on mobile app development




Nature Activities

Gardening, weeding, planting a plant and watching it grow, catching a caterpillar, feed and watch it turn into a butterfly. These are great activities for kids to get out of the house and into the sun, even though it may just be at the porch of your house. These activities help kids to understand nature and life cycle.





Math Activities

Did you know that coding can help improve math skills? When children debug a programme, they actually practice solving problems. If you are not sure where to start, you can check out KidoCode's free trial class on coding and the good thing is, you can do it from the comfort of your home as online free trial classes are available.





Science Activities

One of the easiest science activities you can do at home is making a rainbow. All you need is a mirror and a glass to make a rainbow on the wall. Place your mirror in a glass, then position it so that it catches the sunlight from outdoors and allow it to shine on the wall of a dark room. 




Happy Holidays!


Monday, October 12, 2020

Coding Learning Box for Kids

One of the most frequently asked questions on our platform is "Where to buy Educational Toys for my child?"  Kids love to play and have fun, and if they can learn something useful at the same time that would be a bonus for the parents. This is even more so now during this pandemic period when kids are stuck at home. 

EDU:BIT Project Kit for Children to Code • Play • Learn
Introducing the play-and-learn EDU:BIT Project Kit




Today, we're going to talk about one such educational toy or learning box. It is the EDU:BIT Project Kit for children aged 7 and up. The EDU:BIT Project Kit is an all-in-one complete kit for kids to learn coding and electronics as they play in a fun and engaging way. The projects also help the children develop creativity and foster problem-solving thinking skills.

With coding being an essential skill in education these days, as basic and important as your 123s and ABCs, it is good for kids to get a head start and practice these skills from a young age. Coding is now included in many school curriculums all over the world including Singapore and Japan. In Malaysia, coding is introduced in the new KSSR syllabus under the subject Design and Technology for Y4, Y5 and Y6 students.. Coding need not be a dry, boring or difficult subject to grasp for kids. It can be fun and creative play too. Children can learn coding skills as they play with this educational learning box.


What is included in the EDU:BIT Project Kit?




The graphics below show what is included in this Educational Learning Box. The most important component in this box is the EDU:BIT board which is the heart of it all. (See item 1 in the graphics)

The EDU:BIT board comes with the BBC micro:bit board. The micro:bit was designed by BBC to get kids actively involved in coding and making projects.

Beginners can easily learn to code using Microsoft's Makecode with simple drop and drag modules while more advanced users switch to Python or Javascript to programme.

Since this learning tool is specially designed for young kids and beginners, a step-by-step colourful guide is included on how to complete up to 10 projects using the Microsoft Makecode platform to code. By following the guidebook, kids can turn early childhood games like rock, paper, scissors or snakes and ladders into fun digital projects. Cute cutouts are included for this purpose.




 


Younger kids may need supervision but older kids can self-learn on their own. 


Where to buy the EDU:BIT Project Kit for Children

Looking for a gift for your child or a friend’s kid?
Get EDU:BIT now at a discounted price on Kickstarter.
Only US$35 (RM145) now - (NP: RM219) 
Pledge a Reward to get this at RM145 on Kickstarter

Here's how to get a set for your child. 

The EDU:BIT Project Kit for Children is now available on Kickstarter. Pledge a Reward to get this educational learning box for your children before Christmas. Here is a video on how you can back the project by pledging a reward to get this educational kit for kids age 7 and up at USD35/RM145. 

As some of your may know, kickstarter is responsible for launching many of the coolest toys and games available in the market today. You can pledge a reward for an early bird discount to get this one. The team has already secured the funding they need to produce this product, so all you have to do after pledging your reward is to wait for them to contact you at the end of October to get your shipping address. Your credit card will not be charged till the kickstarter campaign is completed on 22 October. The kits will be shipped out in November, in time for Christmas 2020. You can read up the risks and rewards of pledging a reward on kickstarter.

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Parents Workshops, Storytelling Sessions and Kids Speaking Workshops at British Council Malaysia

 

This is a guest post by British Council Malaysia

[Update – 12/10/2020]

Given the recent rise in Covid-19 cases, the British Council has taken the precautionary measure of postponing both the parent workshop on 17 October and the Secondary Speaking workshop on 17 and 31 October to a later date in November. We thank you for your interest in our events and hope to inform you of the new dates very soon.


Our new teaching method combines face-to-face classes ‘in-centre’ and guided learning that students do independently online at home to prepare for class. The guided learning is made available to your child on a safe and secure platform.

What is Guided Learning?




Guided Learning:


 is designed to keep your child motivated, it includes fun quizzes and games based on the topics they’re doing in class
         
- gives your child the space to practice and improve their reading and listening skills and vocabulary

-   is child-friendly and easy to use, so they can work independently



Your child’s progress is tracked, scored and presented in a personalised dashboard so you can both track progress.


How does the new guided learning component benefit your child?

We believe this approach gives your child a more rewarding experience. When your child completes the guided learning in advance, they will arrive in class feeling:


- engaged, motivated and confident to express themselves because they are more prepared

connected, inspired and ready to share their ideas with classmates. Classes are more productive, with more time spent exchanging ideas and opinions and less time spent reading

more in charge because they’ve had the space to work through related activities at their own pace

a greater sense of progress and ownership for their work


During class,  teachers focus more on sparking discussion, supporting students individually and giving them personalised feedback. At the end of the class our teachers encourage your child to reflect and evaluate their progress. Ultimately it helps them build good habits for life and feel more confident –like they’ve pushed through barriers and reached a new personal best.

 

Want to learn more?



Attend our free GuidedLearning workshop, on 10 or 17 October, where we will introduce the new structure of our Primary and Secondary courses to understand how they help your child excel and what you can do to support them. There will be a free storytelling session for your kids to attend while you’re sitting in our workshop too.



Alternatively, if you have a 12-15-year-old who’s ready to experience the British Council’s way of teaching but not ready to commit to a full term, sign them up to attend our one-day Secondary Speaking workshop, on 17 or 31 October, at only RM50 per student.


Attend either one of our workshops and get the chance to register for our January 2021 intake at a special rate of only RM799 (NP: RM940)! Terms and conditions apply*.


More details available on our website, so hurry and book your spot today:

-          Guided Learning workshops (for parents) and storytelling sessions

-          Secondary Speaking workshop for 12 to 15-year-olds

-          Early bird registration for January 2021 intake (use promo code ‘MG880’)


Terms and conditions:

1.       The special rate of RM799 is only valid for new enrolments. Only a maximum of 10 enrolments at the special rate is allowed.

2.       Parent(s)/new student(s) must have attended the workshop in order to be eligible for the special rate.

3.       Enrolment must be done on the same day as the workshop attended.

4.       After the special rate has been fully redeemed, our course fee will revert to early bird pricing of RM880 which is valid from 31 October to 30 November.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Online Coding Classes At KidoCode

Where to find Coding Classes in Johor, Penang, Sabah, Seremban, Melaka etc?

Where to find Coding classes out of Klang Valley is a frequently asked question by parents. Now you don't have to look very far anymore as you can have coding lessons in the comfort of your home from anywhere in Malaysia, even out of Malaysia. For example, if you are travelling or moved from one state to another, your child does not have to skip their classes as classes are available even in Singapore, Indonesia, Phillippines, India and more. All you need is your laptop, a good wifi connection and your webcam, headphones and speaker.

When are the online classes scheduled?

The good news is there is no scheduling! Kidocode offers online classes every day from 10 am to 10 pm with no scheduling for the class, it is entirely up to your own schedule. All your child needs to do is go to the kportal website and log in with their KidoID and Password. Coding lessons are limitless and accessible at all times.

How does the online classes work?





The Kidocode online classes is comprised of structured online content with the support of online coaches who will help students when they log in. Whenever a student logs in and say Hi in the chatbot, a trainer is assigned.

Kidocode has a fully developed artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that is capable of adapting difficult tasks, track errors, adjust topics and customize the exact curriculum for students. 

When a student needs help or has any questions, they will communicate with the trainers in chatbot in the form of short videos, voice message or text messages.  During the entire session the trainer will provide support if and when required in the virtual environment. Students receive a personalized education through the trainers combined with an adaptive system through AI.

Kids not only learn coding during the learning process, it also helps them learn independently, improving their problem solving and self-learning skills along the way.

At the end of each session, both students and trainers will leave a feedback. This is immediately checked and communicated to parents or students to evaluate and improve learning. Parents will also receive a Progress Report including the number of hours used.

At Kidocode, parents are encouraged to be involved with their kids learning, to learn alongside them and bond with them through the process. 





















Python Programming and Mathematics, Mobile App Development, Electronics and Robotics, and Web Development for kids and teens

Kidcode continues to offer face-to-face lessons for those who prefer to attend lessons at the Kidocode headquarters in Solaris Mont' Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Kidocode has successfully trained over 4500 kids and teens from aged 5 to 18 on coding using python, creating mobile apps, launching a website and working with electronics. Now kids all over Malaysia has an opportunity to learn all these from their home.

Click here to sign up for a free online trial class today. 





Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Online English Classes for Kids and Teens at British Council Malaysia

Hi parents, did you know that your kids can now attend English classes at the British Council online? With existing infrastructure and materials to conduct online lessons, British Council was quick to put together online classes for their students during the MCO. 

Now that the RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) has been extended to 31st December 2020 and life has gone back to a new normal with some students returning to their regular classes, the good news is you can still opt for online classes if you prefer. This is also good news for students in other states for example Johor, Melaka, Sabah etc. Now you have the opportunity to attend British Council Malaysia English classes from anywhere in Malaysia!



What courses are available online?

- Primary Plus Online - English for kids aged 6-11 *

Primary school students can attend the Primary Plus Online classes. Classes are interactive with a specialist teacher. There will be team work, in pairs or groups. In addition to learning English, your child will learn communication skills and essential digital skills too. Virtual lessons are conducted once a week with online self-study materials for the rest of the week before the next class. Parents can monitor their lessons as each student will have their own personal dashboard.

- Secondary Plus Online - English course for 12-17 year olds *

The secondary years English lessons will prepare students for success in school exams and international universities. They will be exposed to a variety of real-world topics like artificial intelligence, gaming, ethical food and climate change. Classes are small, allowing students the opportunity to practice with fellow classmates and get support from their teacher. Students will work in teams in exciting tasks that will encourage them to think creatively.

* The Primary Plus and Secondary Plus face-to-face lessons have resumed at the British Council centres at Kuala Lumpur, Mutiara Damansara and Penang for parents who prefer this option. Face-to-face lessons are conducted once a week with SOPs in place, online self-study materials are available for the rest of the week before the next class.

What you will need to attend online classes

- a good wifi connection
- a microphone (headphones with built-in microphones would be best)
- a speaker and a webcam

How to sign up 

Malaysia Day Special! Sign up for the virtual English courses for kids for only RM600. Offer limited to the first 20 registrants. Terms and conditions apply. Use code MD600 when you contact the British Council Malaysia to sign up for the online English course at RM600. 

Click here to sign up.  – British Council Malaysia will be in touch via email with more information regarding your selected course. A free online consultation will also be arranged to discuss your child’s needs and motivations so that the right course is found for your child.


Teaching centre Duration of course Number of students per class* Price
Online 10 weeks Max. 10 students RM620
Kuala Lumpur and Damansara
(Face-to-face classes)
10 weeks Max. 10 students RM990
Penang (Face-to-face classes) 11 weeks Max. 10 students RM860
*Class sizes are limited to maintain online delivery quality and SOPs in place for face-to-face classes. Please enquire to check if your desired course for your child’s level is still available for online or face-to-face delivery.


Friday, August 28, 2020

Sekolah Sri KDU Virtual Info Day 2020

 


We are in the Recovery MCO phase now and life has gotten back into some normalcy with a new normal routine. Students have gone back to school while parents continue to look for better school options and opportunities for their children. The one positive aspect about the MCO is the fact that students, teachers and schools were fast tracked into the new digital learning environment. 

Schools like Sekolah Sri KDU can move seamlessly into the new normal with their existing infrastructure. Students were able to continue learning from home and now busy parents can even attend the school's 'Info Day' from the comfort of their homes. Parents can view the school premises virtually and ask questions during FB live sessions. 

Sekolah Sri KDU Virtual Info Day 2020

If you have always wanted to find out more about Sri KDU as a school option for your child, the virtual info day is an excellent opportunity for you to do so.

Who should attend the Sekolah Sri KDU Virtual Info Day 2020?

Parents with children going to or currently in primary or secondary school who are looking for private schools doing the Malaysian National Curriculum with emphasis on Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mandarin.

Here are 10 things you should know about the Virtual Open Day

1. It will be held on Saturday, 5th September 2020 from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.

2. There will be LIVE CHAT sessions 

3. You will be able to learn more about the school through a VIRTUAL TOUR

4. School preview sessions will be done LIVE on Facebook

5. You can join Parents and Students sharing sessions on Zoom

6. The Sekolah Sri KDU Primary school Live Preview is at 12.00 pm

7. The Sekolah Sri KDU Secondary school Live Preview is at 10.00 am

8. You can enjoy a *rebate of 50% off the Registration Fee when you register during the Sekolah Sri KDU Virtual Info Day *Terms and Conditions apply.

9. You can ask questions about Sekolah Sri KDU's curriculum which is the Malaysian National Curriculum supplemented by the Cambridge and/or Singapore curricular for English, Maths and Science

10. You can learn more about Sekolah Sri KDU's trilingual focus on Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mandarin proficiency

Interested in attending the Sekolah Sri KDU Virtual Open Day on Saturday,  5th September 2020?
RSVP here

Sports and Co-curricular Activities restarting in schools wef 1st September 2020


With effect from 1st September 2020, sports and co-curricular activities will be allowed in schools including the PJPK (Pendidikan Jasmani dan Pendidikan Kesihatan) classes. 


This means that students may not need to be confined in classrooms all day long as before and they can also take part in inter-house or club/society matches.

Full SOP on what to do before, during and after such activities can be downloaded from the Ministry's website. The SOP apply to all public primary and secondary schools as well as private schools registered with the Minsitry of Education, Malaysia including SK, SJKC, SJKT, SMK, SMJK, Kolej Vokasional and Kolej Tingkatan Enam etc.

Some of the SOPs and FAQs laid out include social distancing of 1 to 3 metres during stretching and warming up exercises and 3 to 5 metres for more dynamic exercises like sports, marching and dance.  Where social distancing is not possible during the activities, then face masks are required.

What Parents Should Know 

Students are encouraged to use their own sports equipment like badminton racquets or musical instruments. School provided equipment may be shared provided they are cleaned and sanitized before and after use.

Students are required to bring their own food, drinks, towels, clothing and equipment, sharing is not allowed. Shower/changing room/toilet facilities may be used with limits according to capacity. Number of students for each activity may also be limited according to capacity.

Students with low immunity may join provided they have written consent from their parents.

If outside agencies are involved in the activities, they must be agencies approved by the Ministry. Parent's consent is also required. The agencies must follow SOPs including having any outsider's temperature taken and recorded before entering the school premise.

After the activities, teachers, students and trainers are required to wash their hands with soap and water or sanitize their hands and all rooms used to be cleaned and equipment sanitized. Everyone is to leave immediately after the activities.

What Parents Can Do

1. Make sure you provide your child brings their own food, drinks, towels, clothing and equipment (if they have their own) and remind them about the no sharing SOP

2.Make sure you provide your child with hand sanitizers 


3. Make sure you read through and give written consent or otherwise if you are uncomfortable about your child taking part in activities especially those organized by outside agencies. (for example, many activities in SJKCs are conducted by third parties.) Make sure they are approved by the ministry and follow the SOPs.


4. Make sure you arrange for transportation to pick your child up immediately after their activities

What do you think about the restarting of Sports and Co-curricular activities in schools wef 1st September 2020? Yay or Nay?

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Malaysia School Holiday Calendar 2021 - Changes and Possible Implications

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The Ministry of Education has released the 2021 school holidays calendar.  The school holidays for 2021 are as follows:

27 March - 4 Apr 2021 First Semester Break
29 May - 13 Jun 2021 Mid Year Break
17 Jul - 25 Jul 2021 Second Semester Break 1
11 Sept - 19 Sept 2021 Second Semester Break 2
11  Dec - 31 Dec 2021 End of Year Break

The school holiday calendar 2021 can be downloaded from the Ministry of Education Malaysia official website here: Takwim Persekolahan 2021


Let's compare next year's holidays with the 2020 (before ammendmend for Covid calendar). What is the difference?  Let's see what this means to us parents. Note that we compared with the original school calendar for 2020 before any ammendmends were made due to Covid-19 because every year the calendar is more or less the same.


What is the difference and what are the implications?

1. School starts later ie on 20th January instead of 2nd January.

Possible Implications: This may be good news for those doing school transfers because the results of transfers usually come out around this time. We hope the results will continue to be out at this time instead of delayed further because one of the issues parents and schools face is students often have to attend school at the school they want to transfer out of for a few weeks before they get the results of their appeal or application for transfer. Inconveniences such as not being able to attend the orientation of their new school, whether to buy workbooks and gym clothes, pay school fees etc arise from this.

2. Number of school days and holidays. 

In 2020, number of holidays are 9 + 16 + 9 + 41 = 75 days
In 2021, number of holidays are 9 + 16 + 9 + 9 + 21 = 64 days 

In 2020, the number of schooling days are 49 + 40 + 35 + 75 = 198
In 2021, the number of schooling days are 45 + 35 + 25 + 33 + 56 = 194 days

As you can see from this comparison, in 2021, there are 5 holiday breaks instead of 4. Although the number of holiday breaks have increased, the number of days has actually decreased.  Also, in the second half of the year, students attend school for just 25 days (about 3 weeks) and then they have a break and then they attend school again for 33 days (about a month) and they have another break again. This has not taken into account cuti perayaan or festive holidays yet. 

For example if you were to take into account the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festive holidays, then students will be having off days on the following days.

11 May to 16 May 2021 - Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays
29 May to 13 June 2021 - Mid Term Break
17 July to 25 July 2021 -  Mid Semester Break


Possible Implications: Will teachers and schools find it more challenging to schedule exam dates with increased number of breaks in between schooling days? That remains to be seen. We trust that our teachers and schools will be able to schedule their lessons and exams around these dates as necessary. Working parents may also find it challenging to make arrangements for child care with breaks which are scheduled close together.

3. The End of Year Break is in December instead of November

Possible Implications: Flood prone areas may face challenges

Here's a look at the two calendars side by side.


What about Festive Breaks?

Let's compare the Festive Breaks for 2021 with 2020. At a glance, there is not much difference as each of the major  festival is given 2 extra holidays in addition to the public holiday.  So, let's just have a look at the 2021 total number of holidays for each festival including public holidays and weekends.

Chinese New Year = 5 days ie  Wed, 10 Feb to Sun, 14 Feb 2021

Hari Raya Aidilfitri = 6 days ie Tue 11 May to Sun 16 May 2021

Hari Kaamatan and Hari Gawai Dayak  is within the Mid Term Holidays

Hari Deepavali = 5 days ie Wed 3 Nov to Sun 7 Nov 2021


We have used Group B schools as example in the above comparisons. Group B Schools are schools in Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan and Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya. 

Group A schools are schools in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu. They observe  Friday and Saturday as a weekend. Therefore the start and end dates of the holidays differ by one or two days and holidays are usually adjusted to fit the weekends accordingly. The school calendar for both Kumpulan A and Kumpulan B are shown below.

Parents from Group A schools can refer to the school calendar at the top of this page for the dates.

With this calendar out, parents can now plan for their time off to spend time with their kids. Even if not going on a vacation, annual leave can be taken to spend time with kids and arrangements for child care etc can be made. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Revised School Holiday Calendar 2020 for Group A Schools

Revised School Holiday Calendar 2020 for Group A Schools



Group A Schools are schools in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

According to the recently uploaded revised school days and holiday calendar for 2020 by the Ministry of Education on  its website, below are some dates parents might be interested in.


20 - 24 August 2020 = Revised Mid Term Holidays for 2020 (Awal Muharram is on Thur 20 August 2020)


15 - 16 Nov 2020 = Deepavali School Holidays. (Deepavali is on Saturday, 14 Nov 2020)


19 Dec 2020 to 19 Jan 2021 = Final Term Holidays

Coming soon....

- Revised School Holiday Calendar 2020 for Group B schools
- Malaysia School Holidays 2021 - Changes and Possible Implications

The full revised 2020 calendar for schools can be downloaded here while the relevant pages for Group A schools are displayed below.



Revised School Holiday Calendar 2020 for Group B Schools

Revised School Holiday Calendar 2020 for Group B Schools



Group B Schools are schools in Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan and Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya. 

The Ministry of Education recently uploaded the revised school days and holiday calendar for 2020 on  its website.

Here are some of the main dates to pay attention to.

20 - 24 August 2020 = Revised Mid Term Holidays for 2020 (Awal Muharram is on Thur 20 August 2020)


13 &16 Nov 2020 = Deepavali School Holidays. (Deepavali is on Saturday, 14 Nov 2020, therefore total days off is 4 days from 13 Nov to 16 Nov 2020)


19 Dec 2020 to 19 Jan 2021 = Final Term Holidays

Coming soon in our next posts 

- Revised School Holiday Calendar 2020 for Group A schools
- Malaysia School Holidays 2021 - Changes and Possible Implications

The full revised 2020 calendar for schools can be downloaded here while the relevant pages are displayed below.


 

Free Online Trial Class - Why is Coding Important




Where can I find a free online class for my kids? This is one of the frequently asked questions by parents today. We noticed that more and more parents are searching for online classes as we continue with our new normal lives during this RMCO period (Recovery Movement Control Order).  Many parents are concerned that their children have missed out on academic and other learning during the MCO. They are looking for new ways of teaching to keep their children safe at home while continuing with their learning.

Where can I find a free online class on Coding?

This is our topic for today. We hope this information will be useful for parents who are looking for online classes as well as those who know the value of coding in today's digitally transformed world and would like to introduce it to their children. 

KidoCode is currently offering free online trial classes on what is coding and why it is important. 



Why Coding Is Important

It is an undeniable fact that we live in a digital age with an app for almost everything. For example, the MySejahtera app was quickly developed for Malaysians to easily track and trace Covid-19 cases. We find businesses switching from traditional brick and mortar models to e-commerce where web development and writing codes that work are crucial to businesses. 

Technology has advanced and evolved to the extent that now Coding is at the centre of every development in every department in a corporation. Coding is now recognized worldwide in many school curricula as a necessary skill to equip students for the digital world we now live in. New ways of teaching coding have been developed to make coding fun and easy to understand.

Coding for kids is now as important as learning ABCs, 123s or music. Are your kids equipped with coding skills? Check out the free trial class below. It is available both online as well as on-campus. No prior knowledge of coding is required to attend.

Below are the details and dates of the free trial class.



Coding For Children
Online Free Trial Class Dates: Available Everyday Monday to Sunday
Duration: 2 hours
For Whom: kids and teens 6 to 18 years old
Fee: Free
Organizer: Kidocode
Contact : +6012 620 2073
Email: info@kidocode.com
Link for Online Registration is here.


We believe that the MCO has fast-tracked online learning. Companies like KidoCode who have been practicing online learning even before the MCO have the resource and network to run online lessons so that students' learning will not be interrupted. 

Now you can enjoy their free demo classes from the comfort of your home. Siblings can learn together. There will be a concurrent session for parents too! All you need is 2 hours of your time according to your own schedule. Now we can learn everything online, including coding. Find out more about the online coding trial class timetable.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Back To School Under the New Normal

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Today 1st July 2020, The Menteri Kanan Pendidikan Dr. Radzi Jidin addressed the nation in a live telecast. Below is a brief summary of the press conference.

Back to School Under the New Normal
Students are to return to school under the following schedule.

15th July 2020

Standard 5 & 6
Form 1 - Form 4

22nd July 2020

Standard 1 - Standard 4

Schools will apply the following models for back to school depending on the school's capacity.

Model 1 = All students return to school at the same time (for small schools with enough capacity to practice social distancing)

Model 2 = Observe dual or two sessions (for schools which are unable to accommodate all students)

Model 3 = Rotation system (for large schools which cannot apply Models 1 or 2) *

* Schools doing the rotation system will have a hybrid system of lessons in classrooms + online learning.
MOE (Ministry of Education) will list down the school and the type of models to be applied by the school one week before school reopens.

Tuition centres registered with KPM may start operating with effect from 15th July 2020.

SOP during Recess
School recess and canteen must have the following SOP in place.

1. Social Distancing must be followed
2. Food must be packed

Students are encouraged to bring food from home. Schools may have staggered recess. In some schools, students can buy packed food from canteen and return to their classrooms to have their meal. In others, pre-ordered food will be sent to the classroom. Either method is fine as long as the two SOP listed above are followed ie social distancing and packing of food is observed.

What about the school holidays?

Recently the MOE amended the school calendar. Below is the new amended school calendar for 2020. The mid term school holidays is expected to be from 20th August to 24th August 2020. 





Is It Safe To Return To School?
Let's have a look at the Covid 19 statistics in Malaysia for 1st July 2020.

Recovered = 21 cases
New Positive Cases = 1 (1 imported case and 0 local transmission case)
No of deaths = 0
No of cases in ICU = 4
No of cases requiring ventilator = 2

While the numbers look promising, we must not let down our guard. We need to continue to be vigilant to fight against Covid 19 so long as a vaccine has not yet been found and world infection numbers are still rising.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

10 Things You Need To Know About The Cancellation of UPSR, PT3 and Postponement of SPM 2020



Today Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin announced the cancellation of UPSR, PT3 and postponement of SPM 2020 to early 2021. Here's what parents need to know for now.

1. School sessions will be postponed until we are more certain of a recovery situation

2. School reopening will be announced 2 weeks beforehand.

3. For now, school reopening will only involve examination classes SPM, SVM, STPM, STAM and other equivalent overseas exams.

4. Teachers, parents and students are to follow SOPs on safety, cleanliness and social distancing when school reopens

5. SPM,  SVM and STAM will be postponed to the first quarter of 2021

6. STPM Semester 2 will be rescheduled to August 2020 whereas Semester 3 will be held on the first quarter of 2021.

7. New intakes for institutes of higher education including Asasi, Matrikulasi and diploma programmes will be postponed to July or August 2021. Degree programmes will be postponed to September or October 2021.

Update: In a Press Release dated 16 April 2020, the ministry further explained that the postponement of intakes are for those taking SPM 2020 whereas intake dates for those who took SPM in 2019 will proceed as planed. (Refer to press release at the end of this page)

8. UPSR and PT3 2020 will be cancelled.

9. Progression to Secondary School: With the cancellation of UPSR, the MOE will introduce a new method of assessment (which is not solely focused on academic performance alone) for admission to full boarding schools (SBP), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama (SMKA), Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) and Royal Military College (RMC),

10. Progression to Upper Secondary: With the cancellation of PT3, a new method will be introduced to assess students for upper secondary school. Results from this assessment will be used as one of the criteria for admission to specific schools such as full-boarding or technical schools.

We did a quick poll on this and at this time of writing, 345 parents voted in agreement of this move with 30 dissenting.

For full details, please refer to the press statement from the Ministry of Education, Malaysia below or visit the official site:

Ministry of Education Malaysia official website
Ministry of Education Malaysia Facebook Page
Ministry of Education Malaysia Twitter






Saturday, April 11, 2020

Free Children's Book to Explain about COVID-19 in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese

The Movement Order Control in Malaysia has just been extended another 2 weeks to 28 April 2020. That means children will be home for another 2 weeks. They will be restless and some of them may be confused. It is not easy to explain something that you cannot see with the eye to children. What is COVID-19? Why do we have to #stayathome ? Why can't we go to see grandpa/grandma?

Children can feel anxious especially if they overhear their parents talk about the daily statistics on the number of cases as well as the demise of more people due to it.



The World Health Organization in collaboration with more than 50 organizations including the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children and more has come up with a book to explain COVID-19 to children.

This book has been translated into many languages including English, Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia, to reach as many children as possible including

Entitled "My Hero Is You", the book talks about hand washing, staying at home, social distancing etc in simple terms to help children understand the current situation with the help of a fantasy creature called Ario.

This book is suitable for kids from age 6-11 years old.

It is written and illustrated by Helen Patuck, who together with her project team drew on the sharing from 1700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from all over the world to make sure that the story and its messages are relevant to children from different backgrounds.

Download links (The book is free to download)

My Hero Is You (English version)
Engkaulah Adiwiraku (Bahasa Malaysia Version)
你是我心中的英雄 (Chinese Version)

Interestingly, the Bahasa Malaysia translation is translated by Dr Feisul Idzwan Mustapha from our own Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia or Ministry of Health Malaysia. :-)

Below is the audio version, a public reading by Howard Donald. You can put this on together with your book for kids to listen and read at the same time. Howard Donald is an English singer, songwriter, drummer, pianist, dancer and record producer. He is a member of English pop-group Take That and a judge on the German reality talent show Got to Dance.







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