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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 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Sri KDU International School (Kota Damansara) e-Info week


Sri KDU International School (SKIS), Kota Damansara is having its e-Info week from 21st June to 2nd July from 9am to 4pm daily.  Throughout the e-Info Week, parents and students have the chance to explore Sri KDU’s International Primary School,  Secondary School & International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for pre-university students.

You will have the opportunity to discover the curriculum and course structure during the 1-to-1 virtual meeting with the Academic Team. Join the FB live school previews led by the heads of schools to help you make an informed decision for your child.


Activities you can join during the e-Info week:

  • School Previews on Sri KDU Schools Facebook Page (26 June 2021) 
  • 1-on-1 E-meet with Academic Team (28-30 June 2021)
  • E-Experiential Hands-on Lessons for Primary School, Secondary School and IBDP
Below are further details of the activities:

School Previews

School Previews presented by the respective Head of schools together with their academic leadership teams will be held live on 26 June 2021 at Sri KDU Schools Facebook Page.

  • Primary School
9:00am – Pastoral Care & Character Formation at Sri KDU International Primary School

10:00am – Recruiting, Training and Developing the Best Teachers – how we do it at Sri KDU International Primary School

11:00am
– Year 1 and Year 2: Learn about induction and teaching methods for younger students

  • Secondary School
2:00pm – Sri KDU International Secondary School Preview

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) 
3:00pm – Approaches to learning at IBDP

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

From 10am to 3pm daily, starting from 28 June to 30 June 2021, parents will have the opportunity to have a virtual meeting with the academic team on Google Meet or Zoom to find out more about the teaching and learning offered by the school.

E-Experiential Lessons 

Students who are keen to experience lessons offered by Sri KDU International School may join the e-experiential lessons on the following dates:

Primary School
30 June: 8.20am - 9am

Secondary and IBDP
21 - 25 June: 8.20am - 4pm (Mon - Thur) and 8am - 12.30pm (Fri)

e-Info Week Fee Promotion

50% off the Application Fee for new Primary and Secondary school applications. and 50% off the IBDP Registration Fee for new application to Year 12

In conjunction with SKIS’s 10th Anniversary celebrations, students who are applying to IBDP for the September 2021 Intake may enjoy 50% off the Tuition Fee for the entire 2-year programme.

*Terms & Conditions apply

Where to sign up

Click here to sign up or enquire further by contacting the Admissions

Tel: 03-6145 3888
email:  info@srikdu.edu.my
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/760464317968984/

This post was a brought to you by Sri KDU International School (Kota Damansara)



Friday, June 18, 2021

Transitioning from a primary school to an international school

 



Selecting the right secondary school for your child is just as important as choosing their primary school and requires some thought and research. Some parents are also thinking about transitioning from public primary school to international secondary school and have many questions about the process. 

Previously we could visit schools to do our research but it is not possible to do so now during the covid-19 pandemic. Fret not because now we can attend zoom meetings to ask our questions and share thoughts with other parents and academicians. Here is an upcoming zoom meeting organized by Sri KDU (Klang) on how to select the best secondary school for your child. You can attend it from the comfort of your home. 

Below are the details. 

Zoom Meeting Date/Time: 26 June, 2021 (Saturday) from 10.30am to 12.00pm

Title: Sri KDU Klang - Selecting the Right Secondary School for Your Child

Speaker: Ms April Peters, founding Principal of Sri KDU International School, Klang.

Topics:
  • secondary school options
  • the transition from a primary school to an international school
  • the mechanics of seamless online and physical education
  • our plan to journey with your child pastorally
  • introduction to the Cambridge curriculum.
How to sign up for this zoom conference

Click here to register.

Contact Information

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SriKDUKlang

Tel: +603 3082 6888

Email: info.klg@srikdu.edu.my

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Keeping Your Child Safe Online


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

Under the MCO, Malaysian children are spending more time online. This is generally for good reasons  such as attending distance learning classes or virtual playdates with friends. We are all scrolling through social media or browsing the internet more and this is fine. However, children may not be aware of the dangers of spending time online. The British Council categorizes digital risks in three ways:

1. Content risk: 
While the internet is an incredibly useful tool, we all know that there are many sites that we do not want children to visit. Whether it is violence or explicit content, hate speech or self-harm, there is plenty that we do not want our children to see.

2. Conduct risk: 
It is unfortunate that when some people are online, they forget how to behave. Bullying, harassment and other upsetting behaviours are surprisingly common, and again, we do not want our children to suffer from these things.

3. Contact risk: 
Some people have bad intentions toward children. The internet provides them with an anonymous way to meet and befriend kids. It is a sad fact that global lockdowns have seen an increase in the activities of online predators in every country.

So, what can we do to keep our children safe online? There are a few simple steps to increase our peace of mind:

-  Keep the laptop or iPad in common areas where everyone can easily see what is going on. Avoid  younger kids using computers or electronic devices alone in their bedrooms.

- Ensure your kids know how to find their favourite sites easily so they don’t stumble across  inappropriate content. Bookmarking these sites will help.

- Set all parental controls and other safety features to the strictest settings. If you do not now how to do this, it is simple to Google the procedure.

- Check the browser history if you are concerned about your child’s online activity. A friend of mine  recently noticed that her 8-year-old daughter had spent a very pleasant day watching YouTube videos when she should have been attending her school’s distance learning and extra tuition classes.

The most effective thing we can do is to talk to our children about online safety and explain why it is  important. If we can negotiate some family rules this will help us. Aim for something like this:

- Never respond to a post, message, email etc. that is not nice.

- Don’t use your full name as your screen name.

- Never reveal any personal information, such as your address, phone number or even the school you  attend. Never post any personal pictures and do not trade pictures with someone you meet online.

- Never share passwords, except with your parents.

While we should trust our children and we do not want to ‘over police’ them, warning signs such as your child quickly shutting down the computer or trying to hide what they are doing when you walk into the room could suggest something is wrong. Likewise, if your child is suddenly reluctant to talk about what they have been up to online it may indicate a problem.

At the British Council we take online safety very seriously. We have measures in place to protect the  security of our online classes and regularly teach children about staying safe online. While distance  learning may never be popular with some parents, with some awareness of the dangers and a few  simple precautionary measures in place, we can be sure they will not come to harm while sitting at  the kitchen table taking an English class.

Learn more about the online safety measures taken by the British Council by contacting our course  consultants today 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Primary 5 and 6 students can now start applying for Sri KDU International School (Klang) scholarship


It is that time of the year when parents start pondering the question of whether to transfer their children out from public school to international school which starts its intake in September. 

It is around this time that many students make the switch from public school to International school. Some parents prefer to move their kids from Std 5 straight to the corresponding level in International school while others prefer to switch in Std 6 after completing primary school in SK, SJKC or SJKC. Which will it be for you?

Good news! Sri KDU International School Klang is now offering a limited number of scholarships for the September 2021 intake. The Sri KDU International School (Klang) Scholarship is open to outstanding Malaysian students applying for entry into Year 7 & 8. 


Sri KDU International School Klang Scholarship

Who can apply: 

Std 5 and Std 6 students from SK, SJKC or SJKT with excellent academic results and co-curricular participation

What does the scholarship cover?

The Sri KDU International School Klang scholarship covers the application fee, registration fee and annual tuition fee for full scholarships and up to 50% off the annual tuition fee for partial scholarships.


When to apply: 

Starting from 9th June 2021

When is the closing date: 

4pm on 1st July 2021

What to expect: 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an assessment or interview which will be held between 6 July to 26 July 2021 with one parent in attendance. 


What is required:

During application, you may be required to submit the following supporting documents.
  • Photo
  • Birth Certificate/MyKID/MyKAD
  • Letter of recommendation from current school teacher or Principal (if available).
  • Latest semester results (school reports/transcripts).
  • Results/proof of outstanding achievements (games, sport or other relevant areas).
  • Proof of involvement in school/community activities.

Where to apply: 

The application is fully online. Click here to apply for Sri KDU International School Klang Scholarship

Contact Information

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SriKDUKlang

Tel: +603 3082 6888

Email: info.klg@srikdu.edu.my

About Sri KDU International School Klang

Sri KDU International School (Klang) offers programmes of study leading to the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), as laid out in the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) curriculum supplemented by the National Curriculum of England (NCE), alongside the requirements set by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia. Sri KDU International School (Klang) aims to bring quality education to students so that they will demonstrate a strong commitment to learning. Sri KDU International School (Klang) is Asia’s 1st school for Digital Leadership where students will be equipped with the mindsets to push the technological boundaries of any industry they choose. 

This post was brought to you by Sri KDU International School Klang


Wednesday, June 09, 2021

6 Reasons Why You Should Have a Computer Monitor ScreenBar instead of a Desk Lamp


 

What Is a Computer Monitor ScreenBar?


For the purpose of this article, let's take a look at the BenQ LED e-Reading Monitor Light / ScreenBar.

The BenQ Monitor ScreenBar is an eReading light bar which rests directly on your desktop computer for illumination therefore eliminating the need for a desk lamp.
  

Here are the top 7 reasons why you should have a monitor light bar instead of a desk lamp


1. Space Saving and Unobtrusive

The e-Reading Monitor Light or ScreenBar is space saving and unobtrusive as it can be attached to any monitor. You do not have to worry about a lamp base fighting for space on your already cluttered desk filled with your mouse, speakers, keyboards and more. No gooseneck or mechanical arms getting in the way. BenQ's Monitor ScreenBar has a patented clip design which instantly attaches to any monitor without the need for any tape or screws that may damage your computer. Webcams can easily be attached on top of the monitor light.





2. Anti Glare and No Reflection


The Monitor ScreenBar is glare free. This is due to the asymmetrical optical design that illuminates your desk without shining on your screen, which ensures zero reflective glare off your monitor screen. In addition to this, the LED light does not flicker and is free of blue light hazard. In contrast, you will have a challenging time trying to angle your traditional desk lamp to ensure that there is no glare.






3. Smart Lamp with Auto Dimming


The ScreenBar e-Reading lamp is equipped with a sensor that detects the surrounding brightness and automatically adjusts the brightness of the light to just the correct level for eye comfort. You do not have to continually adjust the brightness of your computer screen which can emit uncomfortable
strong contrasts of lights. Monitor light bars can brighten your and focus on your workspace without boosting the brightness of the screen, which can be taxing on your eyes. 


4. Hue Adjustment


The type of light you need is different when reading an e-book or when looking at a heavily animated site with lots of graphics. The BenQ Screenbar Light comes with ambient lighting adjustment 2700K warm light and 6500K Cool Light . Cool light for concentration or warm light for relaxation. You can adjust it at the tap of a button.




5. Conveniently USB powered

No extra wiring required as the lamp is powered by USB which you can plug into your monitor, CPU, phone charger or power bank.

6. It's portable


As the screenbar is easy to install and portable, you can move it from computer to computer easily, for the kids to do their online lessons or dad and mom to work from home.




With the Ministry of Education's recent announcement of extended home-based learning until the end of the mid term in July, and more parents working from home, it is timely to invest in a good Monitor Light / ScreenBar to protect your eyes with proper lighting designed to relief eye strain from insufficient or too much lighting.





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Friday, May 21, 2021

Where to look for digital story books for kids

 Imagine if there were a search engine for digital story books. How wonderful that would be. Well, there isn't one right now but let's look at the next best thing. 

Did you know that you can find digital story books for kids in flipping book sites?

What are flipping book sites?

A flipping book site is a site that lets you convert your pdf into a digital book format or interactive html5 format that is mobile friendly and it even lets you design them. This is a great software for work and students. Students can now present their work with style. 

There are so many flipbook sites online but in this post I am only going to talk about 3. They are

  1. Anyflip
  2. Fliphtml5
  3. Pubhtml5

The reason why I picked these 3 are because they have a search function for uploaded books which we can use to search for digital story books for kids or any other books too for that matter. Let's give it a trial run. 

Below is a short demo of how to search for books in all of the 3 sites. Use keywords to find books. Once you have found the book you like, look at the uploader to check out the other books that have been uploaded into their account. You may be in for a very nice surprise as you find dozens of wonderful storybooks for kids. Many schools including SJKC, SJKT, SK and SMK use these sites to upload whole libraries of books for students.


If you prefer hard copies of story books, check out the following but remember to read our tips for buying books online from ecommerce sites before you purchase.





We end this post with a book on coronavirus for kids.


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