Secondary School Principal Welcome – IGB International School

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Sandy van Nooten

Sandy van Nooten

Secondary School Principal

Welcome to the Secondary School at IGBIS. I feel very fortunate to work with such an outstanding group of secondary students, a talented and experienced group of IB educators, and a supportive and active parent community. What’s more, we get to learn together on an amazing campus where the embodiment of our motto “Igniting Minds, Impacting Lives” is regularly seen through our learning in action.

Our curriculum programmes in the secondary school include the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-Related Programme (CP), as well as our IGBIS High School Diploma (HSD). As a school that is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), our Diploma is recognised and accepted by universities worldwide. Our highly qualified staff teach across the programmes (MYP/DP/CP/HSD) and ensure a smooth transition each academic year, so that students can confidently progress through their final years in the secondary school.

As an inclusive school, we offer a variety of academic pathways for our students to meet their individual needs, so that they can continue their studies at the tertiary level or blaze their own trail in the world. These offerings seamlessly build on the approaches to learning skills (communication, research, thinking, social and self management) developed in the PYP, as students develop a sense of agency towards their learning.

“Igniting Minds, Impacting Lives” is all about taking action.

"Student-led initiatives are one of our greatest strengths, and we support a climate that fosters independence and creativity amongst our student leaders."

Whether this be through Student Council, Model United Nations (MUN) and other student-led clubs, or through our DP Community Activity Service (CAS) programme and events such as leading and organising the 24 Hour Race, our students develop a wide range of skills that will support them in their future.

The IB Learner Profile ties all of our programmes together and provides our “portrait of an IGBIS graduate”: young people who are caring global citizens ready to make a positive impact on the world. Please enjoy getting to know us online through our website and then, hopefully, in person as we welcome you to campus. 

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