62 years of ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - EDUCATION GUIDE -

SINCE the school’s in­cep­tion at Lake Gar­dens in 1951, Gar­den In­ter­na­tional School (GIS) has grown to what is now con­sid­ered as one of the premier in­ter­na­tional schools in the Asian re­gion.

Over the years, GIS has con­tin­u­ously ini­ti­ated many aca­demic, so­cial, ex­tracur­ric­u­lar and phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ments to bring the school to greater heights and this is some­thing the school will con­tinue to do in the years ahead.

In the pur­suit to ed­u­cate youths to be lead­ers in the global com­mu­nity and guided by its Stu­dent Vi­sion, GIS is com­mit­ted to iden­tify and bring out the best in ev­ery stu­dent.

For 62 years, Gar­den In­ter­na­tional School has pro­vided an in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion for both ex­pa­tri­ates and Malaysians. The de­vel­op­ment of the school from Lake Gar­dens to Bukit Kiara has seen changes to the lo­ca­tion and, more im­por­tantly, changes to the type and qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion pro­vided.

GIS is far more than its build­ings and rep­u­ta­tion. It is the peo­ple within its com­mu­nity that makes it unique.

At this mo­ment in time, the staff mem­bers, stu­dents and fam­i­lies are the cus­to­di­ans of the school and its progress builds on the work of those be­fore them.

The Malaysian in­flu­ence has been sig­nif­i­cant in main­tain­ing con­ti­nu­ity and sta­bil­ity to the po­ten­tially highly tran­sient world of in­ter­na­tional schools.

The school has teach­ers who have been with it for over half of its life and for­mer stu­dents now send their chil­dren to GIS as they be­lieve and trust the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion GIS de­liv­ers. These fac­tors make the school unique.

This back­bone is also sig­nif­i­cant in the tight-knit com­mu­nity of the school which, al­though be­ing a big school, has a small school feel that pro­motes the de­vel­op­ment and ed­u­ca­tion of all mem­bers of its com­mu­nity.

In 2007, the school com­mu­nity em­barked on defin­ing what it be­lieves ed­u­ca­tion should be at GIS. This man­i­fested it­self as the “stu­dent vi­sion” – a set of ed­u­ca­tional, so­cial and cit­i­zen­ship goals de­vel­oped by the fam­i­lies, teach­ers, stu­dents and the Board of Gover­nors.

It is this “stu­dent vi­sion” that has driven the school’s de­vel­op­ment by fo­cus­ing on a holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion at GIS.

We have in­vested in the de­vel­op­ment of fa­cil­i­ties to sup­port sports ac­tiv­i­ties, vis­ual and per­form­ing arts. It saw the con­sol­i­da­tion and im­prove­ment of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and res­i­den­tial pro­grammes, which have been in­te­gral to our quest of broad­en­ing the con­cept of ed­u­ca­tion out­side the class­room.

Clearly there is a need to en­sure that each child can move to the next stage of their ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney equipped with the high­est cre­den­tials pos­si­ble as GIS moves for­ward.

In the past two years, GIS stu­dents have achieved out­stand­ing re­sults in the IGSCE and A-Level qual­i­fi­ca­tions, al­low­ing them to en­ter the univer­sity of their choice.

In 2013, 100% of stu­dents at­tend­ing UK, Cana­dian, US, Ja­panese and Korean uni­ver­si­ties gained en­try in their first or se­cond choice univer­sity (Aus­tralian and other south­ern hemi­sphere uni­ver­si­ties have a Jan­uary en­try).

Stu­dents re­ceive ex­ten­sive higher ed­u­ca­tion coun­selling as well as be­ing ex­posed to ad­mis­sions per­son­nel from the lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties in the world, in­clud­ing Ox­ford and Cam­bridge. These op­por­tu­ni­ties do not come about through a cou­ple of years of hard work in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with a com­mit­ted and highly skilled teach­ing staff.

They are the com­bi­na­tion of a care­fully mapped jour­ney which ex­tends from the early years (three- to five-year-olds at the Early Years Cen­tre) through the pri­mary and sec­ondary schools. There is a strong em­pha­sis on in­quiry-based learn­ing which nur­tures cre­ative thinkers and in­de­pen­dent learn­ers.

Gar­den In­ter­na­tional School has pro­duced some suc­cess­ful stu­dents over the last 62 years. As GIS con­tin­ues its ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney along­side its stu­dents and staff, it will con­tinue to un­leash po­ten­tial and build on its her­itage.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Gar­den In­ter­na­tional School, look out for its ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

GIS is com­mit­ted to iden­ti­fy­ing and bring­ing out the best in ev­ery stu­dent.

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