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“Art is my favorite subject,” reports gentle and soft-spoken Amylea Qistina who is in Form 1 this year.
“I like to draw. When I feel inspired or when I have free time, I pick up a pen and start drawing cartoons. It’s a great way for me to relax and unwind.”
Amylea is this year’s recipient of The Founder’s Award, the highest scholarship award granted at INCS. The school offers a series of scholarships and awards each year to deserving scholars.
“Every year we choose several students that excel in their UPSR or PT3 results. These students are given a fee waiver for as long as they study here” explains Mr. Aiza Rizal, the school principal.
“However, we don’t just look at their academic achievements. Our scholarship recipients are all-rounders. They’re active in sports and extra-curricular activities, too. We also look at their character. They must have good moral standing and be disciplined students,” adds Principal Aiza. “It’s also a bonus when we see that they’ve taken an active interest in school life.”
The scholarship is awarded with certain conditions. “Students must ensure that their academic performance remains excellent in order for the scholarship to be renewed each year. If they can maintain outstanding performance, then their award is renewed,” explains Aiza.
The academic pressure doesn’t seem to have fazed Amylea one bit. “I really like studying at INCS. I feel that I belong here. The teachers are kind and attentive,” she says excitedly. “I didn’t really feel that at my last school. Here the class size is much smaller, so I can actually interact with my teachers more closely.”
Despite being a top student, Amylea faces her own set of challenges. “I struggle with Math and Sejarah,” she admits shyly. “I want to improve so I’m working hard on these subjects. I’m also not much of an outgoing person so I am considering getting more involved with school sports,” she laughs.
As a Muslim, Amylea also expresses a desire to be more attentive to performing daily prayers.
“I don’t know what I want to do when I leave school yet. I’m still figuring that out. But I do know that I want to have a happy school life.”
As Amylea walks off with her best friend, she is the picture of a student who has truly blossomed in her environment as her dream of a happy school life unfolds before her.
If you would like to learn more about how your child can benefit from the INCS scholarship program, call us at +6012 268 1258 or drop by the school for a visit and speak with one of our educational consultants.
Report Card Day can be terrifying for any child. Imagine sitting beside your parents while your teacher reviews all your mistakes and how you’re not paying attention in class. Your parents say very little except to acknowledge your teacher’s report. It’s going to be painful ride home. This scene probably happens at most other schools.
Just not at INCS.
“Come see our submarines!” little Mia and Mika call out excitedly. They’re both flanking a table where a small water tub rests. “Blow into the straw and the plastic bottles float to the top. We made these ourselves”.
At the next table, Demas of Primary 3 is busy fiddling with his own plastic assembly. “It’s a car I made out of a plastic water bottle. I put a motor here, and connected it to a battery with a wire. When you put the battery in place, the propeller spins and then the car moves.” He struggles momentarily to get his car to start. “I think it’s the wire,” reports the young mechanic as contemplates other possibilities.
All around the reception and waiting area, student projects are proudly on display. One section of wall showcases student essays written in English besides a series of Chinese brush calligraphy. A group of students present a multimedia slide show on a wide-screen display. On the other end of the wall, science projects sit on individual tables with poster boards explaining the primary concept of the student project.
Two girls break out in laughter in one corner of the foyer. “Most of my friends left already with their parents,” chimes Mia. “I’m still waiting for my mommy to come,” she says then runs off to chat with a few remaining classmates.
Along a corridor leading away from the foyer, children walk beside their parents, smiling while proudly holding their report cards.
“We’ve set up the hall area for teachers to meet with parents and students,” explains Puan Siti who teaches ICT. “We try and keep these sessions with parents as casual, relaxed and friendly as we can.”
In a nearby classroom, two teachers prepare a word game for students. “Come and play the Spelling Bee game. It’s fun!”
As students wander off, you can’t help but wonder what happened to the gloom and aversion that usually hangs in the air during Report Card Day in most schools. Parents and teachers come to celebrate and praise their students for their effort and progress over the semester. The event has been planned as a celebration or festival of learning. It’s the first of a new tradition unfolding which event coordinators have called the ‘EduFiesta’. The good news Is no one leaves with a scowl or frown on their face. It’s a happy Report Card Day here at INCS.
There is no other Malaysian holiday quite like Hari Raya. Traditionally celebrated after Ramadhan, the month of fasting for all Muslims, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a celebration of homecoming and family. Many invite guests into their homes and establishments as a custom known as ‘Open House’.
Students and teachers invited parents and friends to the school’s first Hari Raya Open House celebration where over 300 people mingled and enjoyed the musical performances and local delicacies. Dressed in traditional attire, students, teachers and staff came together as a delightful tapestry of beautiful baju kurungs, kebayas, saris, dupattas and cheongsams.
For Malaysians, no other gesture conveys warmth and hospitality as directly as a wonderfully prepared meal. Where else can a guest feast on traditional specialties like satay, ketupat, nasi impit, chicken Rendang and sweets than at a Hari Raya luncheon in the heart of Malaysia.
Hari Raya is a special time of caring and sharing in a uniquely Malaysian way. At INCS, students have quietly practiced a culture of brotherly love during mealtimes. Secondary students especially were actively taking care of younger students by making sure they were comfortably seated and adequately served and looked after.
For this occasion, the celebratory luncheon served as a prelude for the main event to come. Following the meal, guests were escorted to the school hall for school performances celebrating Hari Raya. Form 3 students Rachhita and Kahlia served as emcees who welcomed guests both in English and Bahasa Melayu. They then joined their friends for an inspired dance performance featuring the classic Raya songs ‘Selamat Berhari Raya’ by Rahimah Rahim and ‘Suasana Di Hari Raya’ by Anuar and Elina.
Students from other classes took turns to sing and dance in groups. The lower school students performed a delightful rendition of Sudirman’s ‘Balik Kampung’. Even teachers got in on the fun with an acoustic performance of ‘Senandung Hari Raya Untukmu’ by Dayangku Intan.
The festivities continued with a fashion show as students walked on stage in groups dressed in colorful traditional costumes.
As the afternoon came to a close, students were presented with duit raya to bring home as seasonal gifts. The Hari Raya event at INCS served as a fitting celebration of Malaysian values at its best.
We invite you to visit INCS with your child to enjoy an education offering the best of modern Malaysian values and learning. The school offers ‘trial classes’ for prospective students to judge for themselves before deciding to register. If you would like your child to participate in a trial class, call us at +6012 268 1258.
“I love watching YouTube videos!” shouts Mia from Primary 2 while classmate Kaesya nods vigorously beside her. “But it’s not just YouTube videos, we do a lot of other things too, like making ‘Thank You’ cards online,” she adds excitedly.
“I like the part where we insert pictures into stories that we’ve posted,” Kaesya says happily.
Held in the school’s computer lab ICT classes are a source of excitement for students learning the rules of engagement in an internet world, and it’s not hard to see why Keasya and Mia easily lose track of time working on class assignments. The course provides opportunities for students to explore their creativity and experiment with new tools.
“We’re here to ensure everyone is equipped with the IT skills they need as adults” says Puan Siti, who teaches ICT classes to secondary students. “There isn’t any written homework. Our lessons are very hands-on and project based. Every time we learn about new software, we use it to create something.”
ICT lessons at INCS are also the perfect platform to nurture and explore hidden talents, as Kahlia from Secondary 3 shares. “We’re working on music mash-ups today. Mine is about the evolution of music from the 90s until the present day.”
“And mine is a medley of Disney songs that I really love” adds her classmate Nurin. Secondary Four classmates Hsiang Wei and Amna are also working on their mashups. “I’ve made mine about sad songs” says Amna. “We’re using a music editing software called Audacity. My mashup has lots of chill-out tunes that you can shower to” she laughs.
Learning to edit and create sound bites with Audacity is just the tip of the iceberg. Students also create slides using Powerpoint, convert data into graphs and diagrams using Excel, and make short videos using MovieMaker, among others.
“We’re using MovieMaker to make our own podcast videos now” says Form One student Dhaniyaa. “I’ve made my podcast about the different types of students here at school. You know, based on their personalities and habits,” she says proudly.
“We’re working in groups of threes and fours. My group’s podcast is a step-by-step guide on how to make slime,” adds Aleeya, another Form One videographer. “We brought all our own ingredients too.”
INCS’s computer labs equip students with a useful set of software skills expected of internet savvy, gadget-wielding students preparing to enter the work force in the near future. For now, the assignments are fun and engaging for the kids but the skills learned will easily translate into employable skills.
If you’re interested to learn about how INCS can help your child explore their creative sides through ICT classes, give us a call at +6012 268 1258 or drop us an email at email@example.com.