We are delighted to announce that The International School of Penang (Uplands) has approved a new fee structure for its primary school students to ensure we remain competitive and continue to attract students despite the challenging circumstances that we find ourselves in due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have modified the fees in each year of the primary school, as well as reducing the entrance fee into the school by RM 5,000 per child. We are also delighted to offer existing Uplands primary school students reduced school fees in Years 7 and 8 as they transition into our secondary school which is on the same campus.
In the Primary School at The International School of Penang (Uplands) we understand that learning is inseparable from its social and cultural context. Students learn best when they feel accepted when they enjoy positive relationships with their fellow students and teachers, and when they are able to be active, visible members of the learning community. Our school motto “Respect for Self. Respect for Others” drives every decision we make. We believe our purpose is to create self-directed learners who know what makes them unique, what they are good at, what they need to work on and what steps they need to take to get there. We use a range of assessment tools to involve our students in their own learning so they can identify their own individual goals and areas of growth. We are proud to offer a balanced curriculum where students are grown academically, as well as in the Arts, Physical Education, sport and Technology, under the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). We celebrate diversity and the achievements and progress of our students in all areas of the curriculum.
We understand that it is impossible to predict what it will be like for current learners in their futures and the knowledge that they will require, but we believe our IB PYP learner vision outlines the skills, values and dispositions that are essential for our learners to make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of others. Our unique school values provide a contextual framework where the IB Learner Profile is unpacked for our students along with our school values. The IB PYP framework incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them. The themes include ‘Who we are’, ‘Where we are in place and time’ and ‘How the world works’. This provides the foundations for our students to take action, where they apply their learning into new contexts aiming to make a positive difference to their community.
Students learn most effectively when they develop the ability to stand back from the information or ideas that they have engaged with and think about these objectively. Reflective learners assimilate new learning, relate it to what they already know, adapt it for their own purposes, and translate thought into action. Over time, they develop their creativity, their ability to think critically about information and ideas, and their metacognitive ability (that is, their ability to think about their own thinking). Teachers encourage such thinking when they design tasks and opportunities that require students to critically evaluate the material they use and consider the purposes for which it was originally created.
Our teachers stimulate the curiosity of their students, requiring them to search for relevant information and ideas, and challenging them to use or apply what they discover in new contexts or in new ways. They look for opportunities to involve students directly in decisions relating to their own learning and to set learning goals in each area of the curriculum. These are shared with parents continuously, enabling them to see their child’s progress at all times.