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Newsletter No. 59 - October 2014
Festival of Lights at
Tenby Schools Ipoh
Tenby Schools Ipoh celebrated the Festival
of Lights this year on Tuesday, 21 October
2014 before the Deepavali break. The
Deepavali Assembly was held at the school
multi-purpose hall with the gathering of
more than 1000 students and staff from
both Tenby International School and
Sekolah Tenby. The assembly started off
with the lighting of lamps by Mr Howard
Bullock, Mr Lee Harvey, Mr Neil Page,
Mdm Soot and Mrs Puvanes and the event
committee members. It was then followed
with Deepavali themed dance performanc-
es and a sketch by students from both
schools. The assembly ended around
9.30am with a fashion parade by the stu-
dents adorned in their colourful traditional
More pictures inside >>>
One of the Deepavali
Students of Sekolah
Tenby with Ms Yulaga,
drawing a kolam by
using white and
coloured rice powder.
The masterpiece by students and teacher.
Deepavali Assembly 2014
From the Campus Principal
I would like to begin this weeks newsletter with details of our newly
appointed SENCO (coordinator for Special Needs). After an extensive
search and a very rigorous interview procedure, we have appointed Ms
Deborah Jones to this key role. Deborah is currently SENCO at a large
school in South Wales and in fact currently works in the same town that
brought us Mr. Harvey and Mr. Page! Her role will cover the entire campus
including IISEYC and she brings with her over twenty years experience as
a SENCO. Deborah is very excited about her move to Ipoh and is already
booking her ticket to fly here. We look forward to welcoming her to our school at the begin-
ning of next term.
In our last letter I wrote about the next meeting of the committee of the Parents Association.
I am pleased to announce that this will take place on Wednesday 12th November. Please do
feel free to forward any items for our agenda either through a committee member or by email
to [email protected] . The minutes of the meeting will be available to parents after-
wards and I will also write a summary of our discussions in the newsletter following the meet-
This week saw the termly meeting of the School Board of Tenby Schools, Ipoh. The meeting
was chaired by Mr Alister Bartholomew, CEO of Tenby Educare, and representatives of our
corporate team as well as our two parent representatives were in attendance. A lot of very
useful ground was covered, not least in terms of our short and medium term development.
Year 5 have had a busy week with a trip to Kuala Lumpur to visit the Planetarium as well as
preparing for their class assembly which takes place today. Meanwhile our Early Years
students have been very excited in getting ready for their special assembly in line with the
theme of different culture which they have been covering in their class studies.
The Meru Campus came together on Tuesday 21st October for our celebration of Deepavali.
There were a number of exciting performances from all sections of the school and I thank
Ms. Mangales and her team for all of the hard work that went into preparing for the day.
IISEYC also held a very exciting Deepavali assembly with an excellent drama performed by
their teachers. Preparations are now underway for our Christmas assemblies.
With best wishes for a pleasant weekend.
Message from the Head of International Secondary
I hope that all members of our community enjoyed their 3 days off school
last week, taking the time to rest and have some down time. For all those
people who participated in Deepavali celebrations, I similarly hope that it
was a blessed time.
At TIS Secondary, we ae proud of the innovations we are implementing to
positively promote a greater degree of school home communication. The
daily online access by Parents to being able to review their childrens progress and attain-
ment is now possible through Class Dojo. This was a scheme piloted and driven by Miss
Nikki Sullivan, and is something due to its success, we are wheeling out right across Years
7 11. Letters have gone home in this regard, and there is additional guidance on access
via this newsletter. Many thanks to Miss Nikki for this new facility, and I hope that the
response from parents is suitably positive.
In response to last years perceived criticisms of our limits on the frequency of off-site trips,
I am proud to report that on top of our Tioman Island KS3 Humanities Trip, we also have
on offer a London Arts Trip, and a Camps International Trip to Laos. Trips can only run
with positive levels of participation, and by the willingness of teachers to give up their time
to organise and run such opportunities.
With just a little over 5 weeks of school remaining until the end of Term 1 Christmas vaca-
tion, I am keen to see students striving to achieve their respective academic goals right
across the curriculum. It will be only a short while after we return when reports will be sent
out and Parent-teacher conferences will be undertaken.
Message from the Head of International Primary
International Primary IPC Update
We would like to inform you that the school has created our own IPC website.
You can access it by going to http://ipcattis.wix.com/ipcattis, or by going to the
Tenby Schools, Ipoh website and clicking on the tab IPC. The website will
give you information on the philosophy, structure and outcomes of the IPC. It
also gives you information on the IPC units your child/ward is learning from,
and what they will be studying in each unit. Circulars and documents on the
IPC will be included in the download section of our school IPC website.
Following the IPC presentation that was held on the 1st October, feedback from parents/
guardians was that they would like to get more involved in their child/wards learning. To help
you do this, we have created IPC Home Learning folders.
A home learning circular was sent to all parents/guardians of year 1 to 6 students on the 13th
October. The circular explained how the KWHL grids work, how parents/guardians would
have questions to guide learning conversations with their child/ward, and how often you
should have these learning conversations. If the circular has been misplaced, you can find it
in the downloads section on our schools IPC website (http://ipcattis.wix.com/ipcattis#!
These folders are an important way of supporting the learning of your child/ward, so I would
greatly appreciate it if you can get involved. The folders will be looked at by class teachers,
during Knowledge Harvests and Exit Points, to check the learning of your child/ward, and to
adjust planning to ensure IPC lessons are covering the needs of each learner.
You can also insert into the folders any research tasks that you have done at home with your
child/ward to help them further their knowledge, skills and understanding of the topic.
If you have any further questions about the IPC Home Learning folders, please send an e-
mail to Mr Andrew Hamilton at [email protected]
Message from the Head of Sekolah Tenby
Next week, Sekolah Tenby students, both primary and secondary, will
be sitting the End of Year Examination. On Monday, 3 November, the
SPM starts for SM 5 students. The teachers and I would like to wish
our students all the best in this coming exam and pray that they enter
the exam hall with clarity of mind and the ability to recall all that they
have learned over the years and to apply the skills that they have
been taught to give the best answers they can for every subject they
SR6 and SM 3 teachers are organizing some happening activities for these stu-
dents who have recently completed their UPSR and PT3 respectively. There will be
group activities and I am sure great things will happen when students team up and
work together towards a common goal. These activities are great opportunities for
our students to pick up leadership and organisation skills as they get involved in the
planning and executing their plans. The highlight for SR 6 will be the Graduation
Night on 21 November. This is the first time we have organized this event and we
are working very hard to make it a night to remember for our 12 year-olds before they
move up to secondary school next year. Entitled Shine like a Star, our SR 6 are
all ready to dazzle us with their creativity and talent!
Have a blessed weekend, everyone!
Madam Soot MC
Message from the Head of IIS Early Years Centre
We may have had only 2 days of schooling last week but the staff and
children had a great time ending the days with Deepavali Celebration and
Deepavali Celebration 20th