Primed for life
THE first batch of Australian International School Malaysia ( AISM) Year 12 students recently completed a week- long Trinity College Personal Leadership Program at the University of Melbourne.
The students, who are in their final year of schooling, are due to sit for their Australian Higher School Certificate ( HSC) examinations in Malaysia in September.
They were mentored throughout the week by university and college staff as well as by high- achieving senior students from University of Melbourne and senior teachers from AISM.
The partnership with University of Melbourne was an excellent opportunity for AISM’s senior students to explore leadership capabilities, focus on academic goals, and enhance their teamwork and collaborative skills.
The programme also helped students become more aware of the skills they would need when transitioning to university study.
At the commencement of the week, a blog was created to provide families and teachers of the Year 12 students with an opportunity to see photographs and comments from those involved as the week progressed.
Sophie Cusworth, one of the University of Melbourne student mentors, wrote about the students in the blog, saying, “It is a real pleasure having AISM students here – they are enthusiastic, fun, hardworking and insightful. What a great group.”
During the week at University of Melbourne, AISM students went through a range of learning experiences that was designed to help them explore their individual potentials and unique talents.
The activities included seminars and workshops on leadership, personal development, problem- solving and teambuilding skills.
Students were also treated to drama communication sessions, early morning tai chi classes, rock climbing, a tour of the University of Melbourne and city sights and even a trip to the theatre to see Georgy Girl – the Seekers Musical.
“The programme gave us an insight into the ups and downs of university life and is especially relevant to us during our final year of schooling,” says Praveen Revi Chandran, who also attended a two- week residential summer school programme in Oxford University two years ago.
“We have received an impeccable amount of knowledge through the daily seminars in this programme, which covered topics crucial for university and personal development.”
Another students, Edly Elias, loved the programme’s focus on learning about oneself and friends.
“The friendship among our HSC Year 12 batch grew to a whole new level as we bonded with each other in an environment outside of school,” says Edly.
This Year 12 Personal Leadership Program is the culmination of a range of learning experiences the students have garnered at the school.
In addition to the study of individual subjects, the Australian Curriculum emphasises the need for all students to learn a range of general capabilities to be effective and contributing adults.
AISM ensures that students at the school experience all that the Australian Curriculum offers by employing predominantly Australian teachers who understand the importance of a truly holistic education for all students.
Teacher Justin West feels privileged to be a part of the inaugural leadership programme to University of Melbourne.
“AISM students challenged themselves, worked hard and supported each other as a group, and I believe they gained so much from the experience.
“They were great ambassadors of the school and, just simply, impressive young men and women,” he says.
The school will also soon bid farewell to the Year 11 cohort of students to Western Australia where they will experience learning in an outback setting as well as explore the marine habitat in a coastal setting, both settings near Perth.
Other year groups in the Middle and Senior Schools will be heading to neighbouring countries to undertake community service works and cultural learning while students in the younger years will extend their transdisciplinary learning by exploring important locations in Malaysia.
AISM invites you to visit the school during the Open Week from March 14 to 19 from 10am to 1pm.
The school is offering an exclusive 50% discount on admission fee for entry into Year 11 and an application fee waiver for any applications received during this period.
Various activities, including curriculum talks, trial classes, science experiments, iPad activity and storytelling, will be organised for parents and children.
For more information, visit www. aism. edu. my/ open- week or e- mail events@ aism. edu. my or call 03- 8949 5000.
AISM’s Year 12 students recently went through a range of learning experiences through their week- long Trinity College Personal Leadership Program at the University of Melbourne.