Cul­ture of con­tin­u­ous learn­ing

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OVER the last few years, in­ter­na­tional schools have mush­roomed in Malaysia. Par­ents who plan to en­rol their chil­dren in an in­ter­na­tional school want to make the right choice.

Th­ese may be the ques­tions whirling through par­ents’ mind: Where will my child be happy? What makes a great school? Where will my child get the best and most ef­fec­tive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences?

While choos­ing the right school is not an easy task, it is not im­pos­si­ble. B.K. Gan, pres­i­dent of Tay­lor’s Schools, ad­vises par­ents and their chil­dren to visit the school, sur­vey the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment and ob­serve if stu­dents par­tic­i­pate ac­tively in dif­fer­ent sur­round­ings.

Tay­lor’s Schools com­prise Gar­den In­ter­na­tional School (GIS), Nexus In­ter­na­tional School (Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore), Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional School Malaysia (AISM) and Tay­lor’s In­ter­na­tional School (Kuala Lumpur and Pu­chong).

Mak­ing learn­ing fun and rel­e­vant

Tay­lor’s Schools pride them­selves in cre­at­ing fun learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments to en­gage stu­dents. Ev­ery­thing taught and learnt is rel­e­vant to the real world.

The schools be­lieve in ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing where mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences are con­nected to the con­cepts taught.

“Ms Vasinthi teaches his­tory and I en­joy her lessons very much. She can turn any bor­ing topic into some­thing fun and ex­cit­ing, such as group work, mind maps, mak­ing 3D mod­els of his­tor­i­cal events and mak­ing posters,” says Rachel Lim Jia Ying, Year 9 stu­dent at Tay­lor’s In­ter­na­tional School, Kuala Lumpur.

Year 11 AISM stu­dent Kaveen Parthiban says, “AISM teach­ers have sup­ported me through dif­fi­cul­ties and given me op­por­tu­ni­ties to shine and pur­sue my pas­sion. They are ap­proach­able and there is a strong bond be­tween stu­dents and teach­ers.”

Pas­sion­ate and in­no­va­tive

At all Tay­lor’s Schools, teach­ers are not only qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced but also pas­sion­ate in­di­vid­u­als who con­tin­u­ously hone their skills.

Tay­lor’s Schools al­lo­cate time for Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment Af­ter­noons for teach­ers to im­prove and em­brace new skills. In­vest­ing in teach­ers ul­ti­mately re­sults in more en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for stu­dents.

“I love the di­ver­sity. One week we cel­e­brate Book Week and the next we will be camping in the jun­gles of Bor­neo. I can go from al­ge­bra to movie-mak­ing within an hour. There is a gen­uine growth mind­set ethos shared by staff and stu­dents, which en­cour­ages us to ac­tively seek new ex­pe­ri­ences,” says To­mas Thur­man, Year 6 teacher at GIS.

Never stop learn­ing

Tay­lor’s Schools have de­vel­oped an ecosys­tem for shar­ing knowl­edge in­ter­nally and be­tween the dif­fer­ent schools. Stu­dents and teach­ers prac­tise the cul­ture of con­tin­u­ous learn­ing and im­prove­ment by shar­ing and in­ter­act­ing with one another.

This spirit of pro­gres­sion is a value in­stilled in all stu­dents. As more than aca­demic coaches, teach­ers be­come role mod­els for stu­dents and are de­pend­able sources of ad­vice and sup­port.

“Two of my favourite teach­ers are Ms Man­gin and Mr Netcher. Ms Man­gin is clear with her teach­ing and al­ways pushes us to achieve our po­ten­tial. Mr Netcher de­vel­ops our core un­der­stand­ing of a topic and en­riches us with ex­ten­sion ques­tions to deepen our un­der­stand­ing,” says Shaun Fendi Gan, Year 13 stu­dent at GIS.

Christina Lau, par­ent of two AISM stu­dents, says, “I see sig­nif­i­cant and pos­i­tive changes in both my chil­dren af­ter switch­ing to this school. They have greater mo­ti­va­tion to learn in terms of aca­demics and sports.

“They also wish for no school hol­i­days as they would miss school very much. I have no idea how AISM teach­ers do that.”

Holis­tic learn­ing

A Tay­lor’s School stu­dent is a holis­tic child who is aca­dem­i­cally com­pe­tent and armed with ex­pe­ri­ences to take on chal­lenges be­yond school.

The Tay­lor’s RECIPE core val­ues sys­tem em­bed­ded in ev­ery school’s teach­ing en­sures stu­dents con­sis­tently stand by the right val­ues in life.

Tay­lor’s RECIPE core val­ues are: Re­spect­ing and car­ing for each other

Be­ing ded­i­cated to a cul­ture of Ex­cel­lence

Open­ness in Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Act­ing with In­tegrity

Be­ing Pas­sion­ate in what we do Cre­at­ing en­joy­able En­vi­ron­ments

“The best thing about GIS is the way the school sets us up for suc­cess in the fu­ture. GIS has also helped me learn the skills nec­es­sary to con­nect with others,” says Ni­cole Chan, 2011 alumna of GIS.

Re­gard­ing AISM, 2015 alumna Seo Yiie Lyn says, “We are con­tin­u­ously as­sessed through projects and as­sign­ments, so ev­ery­thing counts. This has made me de­velop bet­ter time man­age­ment, con­sis­tency and self-dis­ci­pline.”

Ng Wi Kiat, Nexus In­ter­na­tional School’s 2015 alum­nus, adds, “The best thing I’ve learnt at Nexus was the im­por­tance of be­ing open to new ideas, ex­pe­ri­ences and ac­tiv­i­ties. When you do things be­yond your com­fort zone, you dis­cover as­pects and skills that you never knew you had.”

Ac­cred­ited schools

“What others say about us means more than what we say about our­selves. For all Tay­lor’s Schools, the ac­cred­i­ta­tions we have re­ceived from in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tional ex­perts ac­knowl­edge our qual­ity in ed­u­ca­tion de­liv­ery,” says Y.Y. Chew, ad­vi­sor of Tay­lor’s Schools.

“This is a hall­mark of an ed­u­ca­tion group that has in­vested much to en­sure that its teach­ing and learn­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties are out­stand­ing and ex­ceed in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.”

With four suc­cess­ful brands of in­ter­na­tional schools, Tay­lor’s Schools are un­ri­valled in their strength and spirit to cre­ate an ex­cep­tional ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for your child.

Visit any of the Tay­lor’s Schools and see for your­self what the world of learn­ing should be for your child.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit school.tay­lors.edu.my.

As one of Tay­lor’s Schools, AISM em­ploys teach­ers who are qual­i­fied, ex­pe­ri­enced and pas­sion­ate about bring­ing out the best in stu­dents.

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