Primed for life

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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.

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