22 May, 2018

Ahmad heads to Cornell!

We are excited to announce that Ahmad Abuzahra, one of our 2017 graduating students, has been offered a place at Cornell University, starting in August this year. Cornell is a private Ivy League research university located in Ithaca, New York. For the past year, Ahmad has been studying at Georgetown University in Qatar, but is looking forward to a change of lifestyle – and weather – with his move to the USA. We caught up with Ahmad to find out more about his move and his plans for the future. We offer him heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for his years ahead at Cornell and his future post-university.

 

You spent this past year studying in Qatar. What did you like about that?

Qatar provided a great education and amazing friends. The people that I met in Doha are what made my experience amazing. My friends there—whether they were classmates, professors, or colleagues—are a very diverse and intelligent bunch. Spending a year in the Middle East also provides  an intimate insight into some different elements of the region’s culture and politics, which adds to my understanding of the world.

 

Why have you chosen Cornell?

Among the greatest universities in the world, Cornell is my pick for its interdisciplinary academics and genuine socio-economic diversity. The Economics program is also very strong and effective at placing in good career paths.

Growing up internationally, I am most comfortable in a diverse environment. From the 1800s when Cornell was founded, it began to set precedents for accepting and integrating minorities into elite institutions. In interdisciplinary academics, Cornell is similar to the IB in how it strongly encourages broad learning.

 

What will you be studying? How long will it take? What do you hope to do once you have graduated?

Currently, I plan to major in Economics and minor in either Computer Science or Near Eastern Studies. It will take three more years for me to receive an undergraduate degree: Class of 2021. After graduation, I plan to work in either the finance or technology sector.

 

What are you most looking forward to?

Cornell’s campus is very beautiful; I’m quite excited to step on the crunchy red-brown autumn leaves and smell the misty waterfalls.

Image from: https://cornell.zoom.us/

 

When do you move there?

Early August!

 

Is there anything you’d like to tell current IGBIS students – advice or words of wisdom?

My teachers at IGBIS are some of the most wise and impactful people that have entered my life. Though many of them aren’t with IGBIS anymore, I would still advise students to take advantage of the attention which teachers so freely give. Work with them ahead of time on papers and exam prep.

 

Anything else you’d like to add?

IGBIS is a great school and housed an amazing teaching staff. All students are presented with a very valuable opportunity and I am proud to be an alumni.

4 May, 2018

CIS Accreditation

We are thrilled to announce that the Council of International Schools (CIS) has now awarded full international accreditation to IGB International School. This is a wonderful achievement for such a young school and shows the world that we are a school that shares a desire to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens; and that we display a commitment to high quality international education. We join a community that includes 738+ schools and 583 colleges and universities representing 116 countries.

Among other requirements, to gain accreditation, evaluators from CIS spent a week in the school earlier in the year. They interviewed staff, students and parents alike, sat in on classes and investigated how IGBIS operates. The CIS website states that to achieve CIS accreditation, member schools must “…infuse their programmes and offerings with international and intercultural perspective so that students can move forward with the attitudes and understanding that will provide them with a solid base wherever their studies or work may take them.”

We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who played a role in helping us to achieve accreditation, from staff (both teachers and administration), the Board, parents, and especially our wonderful students.

9 April, 2018

More opportunities for our Career-related Programme students

Our Career-related Programme (CP) provides students with an excellent foundation to support their studies beyond Grade 12, as well as ensure their preparedness for success in the workforce. The CP combines the highly regarded and internationally recognised IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses with an approved career-related study and a unique CP ‘core’.

Our career-related study has recently expanded with a partnership between IGBIS and Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong (SCAD). With this new partnership, CP students are able to take university-level courses while still studying at IGBIS, and will receive university-level credit for those courses when they move on after graduation. Up to 32 courses are available including drawing, design, fashion, computer arts, game development and motion media design.

We will maintain our partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) by continuing to offer ICAEW’s Certificate in Finance, Accountancy and Business (CFAB).

2 April, 2018

Phoenix: A Musical Story

The elementary school put on a thrilling performance for the whole school before the April break. Phoenix: A Musical Story was the brainchild of our wonderful Elementary music teacher, Ms Susan Bal-Short. Guided by Ms Susan, the students composed their musical pieces themselves, and our art teacher, Ms Elli, guided students to create many of the props, including the beautiful Phoenix that was finally “found” towards the end of the performance. The audience was captivated and the smiles on the faces of all the students showed that it was an afternoon of theatrical fun for everyone.

12 March, 2018

International Day 2018

One of the biggest days on the school calendar, International Day, was celebrated last Saturday. It was wonderful to see the school community gather together, proudly dressed to represent their home country – or the county people felt an affinity towards. The day began with the Parade of Nations and was followed by performances from various countries, sampling of delicious cuisines, and playing traditional games. The cooking demonstrations, dances, artwork and other interactive activities allowed people to immerse themselves in the cultural joys of countries they perhaps hadn’t previously known about. Everyone left at the end of the celebration with big smiles, full bellies, a souvenir or two of their day, and a greater appreciation of the diversity that is the IGBIS community.

2 February, 2018

Grade 4 students take a leading role in road safety

For several months, IGBIS Elementary students have been taking brave steps towards making a real impact on their community. A perfect example of one of these Action initiatives is the Road Safety campaign by Grade 4 students.

Initially inspired by their unit on Growth Mindset and Persuasion in the Media, and moved by a personal experience of a Grade 4 student, five students have come together to research, spread awareness, and campaign for road safety not only in the IGBIS community but across KL and the world. The students spent time designing infographics, brochures, posters and building a website that would support their edu-campaign within and outside the school. Their efforts have been supported by the school, with the children being offered a flexible timetable, use of computers and an office space to make sure they had the all the resources they needed.

All the hard work and commitment have not gone unnoticed. The children were invited by the Prudence Foundation — which in cooperation with United Nations, FIA and National Geographic, promotes road safety via the Safe Steps campaign — to participate in a new programme launch and appointed Junior ambassadors for the Safe Steps campaign. What is more, they had the very great pleasure of meeting and discussing their campaign with the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Road Safety – Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh. The team will now go on to run workshops across all classes of the school and then to book workshops with other international schools across the network in cooperation with Safe Steps. The students are also planning to raise funds to appear on the radio and create their series of media resources. Their action is a genuine testimony of how the IGBIS programmes Ignite minds to Impact lives.

22 January, 2018

Elementary School Splashdown

There were two swimming pools full of watery fun last Monday as the Elementary School Splashdown saw everyone from Early Years to Grade 5 competing in a myriad of fast and fun aquatic events. The younger students played games in the learn-to-swim pool, while students from Grade 1 and up took their fun competition to the bigger pool. Everyone tried hard to earn points for their House team, and even the non-swimmers were involved in the events, so nobody missed out on the fun. Even though Ignis were crowned winners on the day, the enthusiasm and support demonstrated by everyone showed that school spirit was the ultimate winner.

      
3 January, 2018

Welcome back!

As well as welcoming back our returning students following the Christmas break, we would like to extend to our new students and their parents a warm welcome to our IGBIS community. IGBIS is proud to now help ignite the minds and impact the lives of over 400 students. We wish all our students, their families, and the entire IGBIS community a very happy new year.

  
30 November, 2017

Secondary School Theatre Production Success

This past week the Senior Drama Company 2017 staged their production of “Do We Ever See Grace?” by Noel Grieg. What a joy it was to see this wonderful group of students work collaboratively to bring this beautiful piece of writing to the stage. Full of deep commentary on the state of British society and governance in the 1980s, the play still resonates today with the issues of war, homelessness, inequality and unstable governance in many parts of the world.

Congratulations must go to all the performers, the design and stage team, the lighting operator, and the musicians for their invaluable contributions. Particular congratulations to Ms Hadewych Dujardin, for her work with composers and musicians, and especially Mr Jon Suffolk who worked tirelessly to organise the event.

This production was the first time students from IGBIS composed the musical score and it was thrilling to see it performed live along with the play. After just 13 rehearsals this production was a great success and we thank all those who came along in support.

Congratulations to all involved.

10 November, 2017

PHAD at IGBIS

Thursday the 9th of November marked the biggest House event of the school year at IGBIS, the Phoenix House Activity Day, otherwise known as “PHAD”. Students from Kindergarten all the way up to Grade 12 worked in their house teams to complete activities and challenges designed to build team spirit and collaboration. Early Years students came up for a taste of the activities as well, participating in throwing, running and painting activities. Secondary students were there every step of the way, helping their younger teammates to participate and have fun, generating positivity, enthusiasm and team spirit throughout the whole school.

Although the day was all about team spirit and having fun, there was also a competitive side to the event. Each activity earned points for their house, and teams earned bonus spirit points when they demonstrated team spirit. It was a close competition, but Aer won the day, followed by Terra, Aqua and Ignis.

At the end of the school year, the House Cup will be awarded to the team that has accumulated the most points throughout the year from the many competitions and events organised by the Athletics and Activities Department, and at this stage the scores are still close, so any house can win.

16 October, 2017

IGBIS and the Global Cardboard Challenge

   

What can you do with a pile of cardboard, some masking tape, scissors and markers? This was a question posed to the younger members of the IGB International School (IGBIS) community when they took part in the 2017 Global Cardboard Challenge on 7 October.

Now in its 6th year, the Global Cardboard Challenge is run by the Imagination Foundation and inspired by ‘Caine’s Arcade’. In 2011, 9-year-old Caine Monroy spent the summer in his father’s used auto parts store, turning boxes and other everyday items into a games arcade. A documentary filmmaker, Nirvan Mullick, happened upon the arcade and made a short film about Caine and his arcade, which went viral on YouTube and attracted more people to the arcade. The following year, Mullick created the Imagination Foundation, and the Global Cardboard Challenge was borne.

The Global Cardboard Challenge celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering that creativity. Creative play also develops a child’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, perseverance and teamwork, allowing children to explore their interests and passions and, most importantly, have fun. It ignites a child’s imagination and allows them to turn an idea into a reality. All adults need to do during creative play is offer guidance, context and support. Creative play is vitally important to a child’s growth and learning and is one of the most important ways that children learn at IGBIS.

This year almost a million people participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge, in 80 countries. The event at IGBIS was the only event held in Malaysia. Participants were able to connect with others around the world through live sharing on social media including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Over 100 children, accompanied by their parents, participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge. They created everything from houses and forts, to books, trucks, a mermaid, and an aquarium. There were even a few arcade games, directly inspired by the documentary that started the whole movement. The masterpieces were either taken home for further play, donated to IGBIS, or put into the massive recycling pile.

9 October, 2017

IGBIS hosts EdTechTeam KL Summit

IGB International School (IGBIS) proudly hosted 128 educators from 18 different schools across Malaysia and South East Asia at the 4th Annual EdTechTeam Kuala Lumpur Summit Featuring Google for Education on 7 and 8 October. The two-day high-intensity event focused on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

The summit featured world-class presentations by passionate speakers who travelled from USA, Canada and Australia. The keynote speakers were supported by local teachers and educators (including 10 from IGBIS) who ran a variety of workshops on creating websites, using virtual reality in the classroom, student portfolios and how to get the best out of the Google suite of educational tools. Many of the workshop presenters were Google for Education Certified Educators, Trainers, or Innovators as well as Apple Teachers or Apple Distinguished Educators.

They shared their passion and expertise on topics like Project Based Learning (PBL), digital literacy, STEM, maths, digital citizenship, assistive technology and more. Attendees walked away empowered to embrace 21st century tools in their teaching and learning and eager to share what they had learned with their students in the classroom. They also had lots of fun and made great connections with teachers from a variety of schools across Kuala Lumpur and Southeast Asia.

The EdTechTeam and IGBIS are looking forward to working together next year when IGBIS hosts another successful summit.

27 September, 2017

Information Sessions for Japanese and Korean Parents

It can sometimes be difficult to understand all the information parents receive from school, particularly if English is not the primary language used at home. Parents want to stay abreast of what their children are learning so that they can be encouraging and supportive of their children’s academic endeavours. That is why IGBIS recently held parent information sessions in Korean and Japanese. Organised by the Language Department, and conducted by Ms Yuri Kim (Korean) and Mr Gustav Helman (Japanese), the information sessions helped bridge the language gap and explained to parents the International Baccalaureate (IB) philosophy. The sessions also looked at each programme within the IB — the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) and the Career-related Programme (CP) — and how these programmes are taught at IGBIS. The parents were enthusiastic and peppered the presenters with questions and discussion for almost three hours! They left with a better understanding of the programmes within the school, and valuable information about how to better support their children. Both Ms Kim and Mr Helman hope to run more language-specific information sessions later in the year, with a greater focus on each individual programme (PYP, MYP, DP and CP).

20 September, 2017

IGBIS Head of School Elected to the CIS Board of Trustees

The Council of International Schools (CIS) recently announced the results of this year’s Board election, with Mrs. Anne Fowles joining the CIS Board for a three-year term from 2017-2020, as voted by fellow Heads of CIS Member Schools. CIS Executive Director, Jane Larsson, cited the expertise that Anne brings to the Board. “Anne brings perspective from her work leading schools in five Asian/Pacific countries, as well as from her active involvement with ACAMIS and the IB. She possesses strong insights through her service to CIS over the past 18 years as an active volunteer and team leader in our International Accreditation Service.”

The Council of International Schools (CIS) is a membership community working collaboratively to shape international education through professional services to schools, higher education institutions, and individuals. The CIS vision is to inspire the development of global citizens through high quality international education: connecting ideas, cultures and educators from every corner of the world. Mrs Fowles brings a wealth of experience in leading accreditation teams to her role with the CIS.

23 August, 2017

Open Day

IGB International School is excited to once again open its doors to those interested in finding out more about the International Baccalaureate through the IGBIS Open Day. The Open Day will be held on a weekday, giving visitors the opportunity to see the PYP, MYP, DP and CP programmes in action. Staff and students will guide visitors through the excellent facilities of the school, including the open-plan classrooms and spacious and comfortable study lounges, where visitors will experience first hand the IB way of teaching and learning.

Special incentives will be available to those who sign up their children to attend on Open Day. For further information, please click [here]

23 August, 2017

IGBIS Graduate headed for Cambridge

Hwei Minn Khoo is congratulated by Head of School, Mrs Anne Fowles, following her acceptance to Cambridge University.

IGB International School is proud to be the first and only fully authorised continuum school in Malaysia to offer all four of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) and, most recently, the Career-related Programme (CP).

IGBIS proudly congratulates Hwei Minn Khoo upon her acceptance of an offer to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge University’s Magdalene College. A member of the Class of 2017, Hwei Minn earned a top score of 43 points out of 45, placing her in the top 2% of all Diploma Programme graduates worldwide. Other top students have secured places to study Liberal Arts and Computer Science at University College, London, Biological Science at Imperial College London, and Liberal Arts & Sciences at Quest University, Canada. The Class of 2017 achieved an average score of 34 points; well above the world average of 30 points, with 20% of graduates scoring above 40 points, achieved by only the top 5% of IB students globally. IGBIS is the first and only school in Malaysia authorised to offer all four IB programmes, justifying it as one of the premier international schools in Malaysia.

18 August, 2017

CP Authorisation

IGB International School is proud to be the first and only fully authorised continuum school in Malaysia to offer all four of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) and, most recently, the Career-related Programme (CP).

The CP is the newest and fastest growing IB programme in the world. By developing and incorporating the essentials of an IB education, the CP was designed to meet the unique demands faced by High School graduates in the 21st Century. Giving students the edge over their compatriots, the CP has the unique draw of offering many qualifications for the successful student: the Diploma for the CP, the certificates for their Diploma Programme courses, and certificates for the Career-related study.

Consisting of at least two DP subjects, a Career-related study (CRS), and a core of four courses, the CP will equip its students with Personal and Professional Skills, Language Development (Spanish in a business context), Service Learning (central to every IB programme), and a Reflective Project (to address the ethical issues associated with the CRS).

For the Career-related study, IGB International School is one of the first IB Schools in the world to collaborate with the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW) for its much sought after Certificate in Finance, Accountancy and Business (CFAB) qualification. ICAEW CFAB students are awarded the Certificate Level which provides them with six certificates for Accounting, Management Information, Principles in Taxation, Assurance, Business and Finance and Law.  Graduating students can continue to higher levels to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, gain credit for entrance to university, or go straight to the workplace.

8 June, 2017

IGBIS congratulates the Class of 2017

“I am so happy and proud of the university offers received by our students! I hope graduates are excited to start their next adventure and transition to life beyond school. Finding a University to suit you is not easy and students must go through a process of self-exploration and discovery, have numerous family discussions, gain academic merit, and complete essays and applications. It is not an easy task, but IGBIS students took it all in their stride!” Mrs Pauline Davidson, School Counsellor, IGBIS

IGB International School (IGBIS) is extremely proud of their 27 Grade 12 students who celebrated their graduation on Wednesday 24th May.

This is just the second year that students have graduated from IGBIS with this year’s students achieving exceptional results. Although their IB examination results have not yet been announced, the two valedictorians, Hwei Min Khoo and Kai Jun (Dickson) Chong, and salutatorian Zoe Teh, are predicted to have International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results in the top 1-2% of all IB graduates worldwide. They have received university offers from 10 of the most prestigious universities in the world. Not to be outdone, the IGBIS Global Citizen, Yin Xzi Ho, has received multiple scholarship offers from universities totalling USD 276,000.

Staff at IGBIS work to ensure students find the university that best suits them according to their talents and interests. The wide range of university offers is testament to the skills and passions our students possess, and their ability to rise to the challenges they face in order to fulfil those passions by performing well in their examinations and attending some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

The Class of 2017 received 73 offers from 57 different universities, including some of the top universities in the world such as University College London, Imperial College London, Yale-NUS College Singapore, University of St Andrews, University of Edinburgh, and University of Cambridge. The majority of offers have come from universities in the UK and the USA, with other offers coming from Japan, Australia, France, Spain, Malaysia, Canada, Ireland, Singapore and The Netherlands.

More than 90 universities worldwide have offered places to IGBIS students over the past two years which, considering the number of graduating students from last year and this year combined is just 44, is an impressive accomplishment.

We congratulate our exceptional students, and all of the graduating class of 2017 for their achievements. Their success is indicative of their commitment, as well as the guidance and support of their families, IGBIS staff, and the entire IGBIS community.

Although students are still finalising their university commitments, here is a partial list of the colleges and universities offered to IGBIS students:

List of Universities offering places to IGBIS Class of 2016 and Class of 2017 students:

Aberystwyth University, UK* University College Cork, Ireland*
Advance Tertiary College, Malaysia* University College London, UK*
Arizona State University, USA* University of Adelaide, Australia*
Boston University, USA* University of Alberta, Canada*
Brickfields Asia College, Malaysia* University of Arizona, USA*
Columbia College Chicago, USA University of Bath, UK*
Durham University, UK* University of Birmingham, UK*
Emerson College, USA* University of Brighton, UK*
Erasmus University College, Netherlands*  University of Bristol, UK*
Fordham University, USA* University of British Columbia, Canada
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, USA*  University of Calgary, Canada
Global College at Long Island University, USA*  University of California, Davis, USA
 Goldsmiths, University of London, UK*  University of California, Los Angeles, USA*
 Hult International Business School in San Francisco & London, UK  University of California, San Diego, USA
 IE University, Spain*  University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
 Imperial College London, UK*  University of Cambridge (Magdalene College), UK*
 International College of Music, Malaysia  University of Cardiff, UK
 Jacobs University, Germany  University of Derby, UK*
 Kings College London, UK*  University of Dundee, UK*
 Kingston University, UK*  University of Edinburgh, UK*
 Liverpool John Moores University, UK  University of Essex, UK*
 Minerva Schools at KGI, USA  University of Exeter, UK*
 Monash University, Australia*  University of Illinois at Chicago, USA*
 Musashino University, Japan*  University of Kansas, USA
 New York University, USA*  University of Leeds, UK*
 Newcastle University, UK  University of Leicester, UK*
 Northeastern University, USA  University of Liverpool, UK
 Northumbria University, UK  University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
 Pace University New York, USA  University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA
 Pennsylvania State University, USA  University of New South Wales, Australia
 Purdue University, USA  University of Nottingham Trent, UK
 Queen Mary University of London, UK*  University of Oregon, USA
 Queen’s University Belfast, UK*  University of Puget Sound, USA*
 Quest University, Canada*  University of Reading, UK
 RMIT, Australia*  University of San Francisco, USA*
 Royal Holloway, University of London, UK*  University of Sheffield, UK*
 Savannah College of Art & Design, USA  University of St Andrews, UK*
 Suffolk University, UK  University of Warwick, UK*
 Swansea University, UK*  University of Washington, USA
 Teesside University, UK*  University of Waterloo, Canada
 Temple University, USA*  University of York, UK*
 The New School Eugene College of Liberal Arts, USA  Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
 The New School Parsons College of Art & Design, USA  Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands*
 Universite de Nantes, France*  Washington and Jefferson College, USA*
 Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands*  Yale-NUS College, Singapore*

 

*Denotes Class of 2017

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