Culture of continuous learning
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.”
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.”
“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.