April 28, 2016

Penang Campus

IntroductionWhat Makes Us SpecialMessage From Principal

Welcome To Penang Campus

A visionary leader of education for a better world, Fairview uses the best teaching practices from around the world. All campuses are designed with 21st century learning in mind, wireless, digitally advanced and up to date with the newest educational technology. Fairview Penang is an English medium, co-educational day school set within extensively purpose built grounds.

Some of the school’s facilities include air-conditioned classrooms, school field, multi-purpose room, basketball court, canteen, IT resource centre, library and performing arts rooms.

The school also offers English language support, counselling services and tutorial classes for students.

The History of Fairview

Dedicated to providing premier yet affordable education, Fairview International School was established in 1978 for parents seeking a more enriching and comprehensive form of learning. From its humble beginnings and only a handful of students, Fairview International School is now home to over 3,000 students in four IB World Schools across Malaysia, representing over 55 different nations.

Established in 1978, Fairview was founded by a group of like-minded parents seeking greater educational opportunities for their children. Despite the schools many achievements, Fairview lacked one thing – a true home. Until 2009 the students and staff of the Kuala Lumpur campus had been uprooted several times from one location to another, for various reasons.

Since then, Fairview has grown in leaps and bounds, reaching a significant milestone of 35 years in 2014. More importantly, Fairview has inspired the minds of thousands of students over the years; students who not only achieve outstanding academic results but are nurtured socially, emotionally and physically. Our students leave the halls of Fairview as internationally minded global citizens, equipped with essential skills for the many challenges of the 21st century.

Fairview International School is the only IB World School in Malaysia to offer the continuum of IB programmes; the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP).

Fairview Today

Fairview International School is a member of Fairview Global, a growing regional network of international schools dedicated to enriching learning in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Since 2009 Fairview International School’s Kuala Lumpur campus is now permanently located in Wangsa Maju. This first fully-owned campus features Halls of Residence, classrooms, auditorium, playing fields, sports halls and swimming pool contained within a sprawling modern complex.

Ms.Valerynne Chang (Principal of Fairview International School, Penang)

I take great pleasure in welcoming you to Fairview International School Penang, one of the leading International Baccalaureate World Schools in the region, located in the lush green suburbs of Penang Island.

There is never a dull moment in the classrooms, at the field, in the music rooms or along the corridors of Fairview Penang. Besides focusing on high teacher performance and student achievements, we also strive to be internationally-minded lifelong learners. A daily life of a Fairview student involves problem-solving, volunteering for community service, expressing self through arts and languages, critical thinking, presenting self-initiated proposals for school events, respecting self and others, applying knowledge in familiar and unfamiliar contexts, caring for the environment…..and the list goes on.

We may not have what some would deem as state-of-the-art infrastructure, but year after year, the team at Fairview Penang never ceases to provide our learners with a plethora of activities and experiences using technology, hands-on inquiries and concept-based approaches to teaching and learning. All these come together in a kaleidoscope of sustainable creativity that empowers and encourages our teachers to model best practices, so that our learners can see beyond subject boundaries and unlock a more holistic understanding of life and themselves.

To our teachers and staff, some of you are the first in and last out at school on most days. Some of you do more than is required and go much further than is expected. At times, your dedication to your students is at the expense of your personal time during weekends. Do not for a moment think it goes unnoticed but rest assured that it is evidently reflected in your students’ growth and development each day.

To our existing parents and students, thank you for choosing Fairview Penang. The journey of discovery at Fairview Penang would not be a constant success if not for your dynamic partnership with us. We appreciate your active involvement in your child’s school life by way of volunteering yourselves as guest speakers, helping out during festive celebrations, participating in our monthly coffee networks, providing valuable feedback and building constructive relationships with the teachers and staff.

To friends and families who are new to the school, we welcome you with open arms and are very excited to learn from and work with you in raising our standards for education while emphasizing on the holistic development of each child that comes through our door.

This academic year, the team here at Fairview Penang continues to welcome new trysts, new questions, new problems, new solutions, and new heights. And while we do that, we remember that, “Unless we try to do something beyond what we have already mastered, we will never grow.” As we keep ourselves mindful of the aim “Education for a Better World”, we learn. As we learn, we grow a better world for education.

Primary Years ProgrammeCelebration of LearningCCAs - PYPPYP AssemblyPYP Brain Food

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The PYP is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as transdisciplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry.

What is the Primary Years Programme?

The PYP represents a combination of research and experience which includes excellent practices derived from a variety of national system and independent schools from around the world. It is an international transdisciplinary programme specifically designed for young learners between the ages of 3 and 12 years. The PYP focuses on the total growth of developing a child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare. A PYP school strives towards developing an internationally minded person who demonstrates the attributes of the Learner Profile. PYP in Fairview penang is no exception!

The PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums and provides the best preparations for students to engage in the IB Middle Years Programme.

The IB Primary Years Programme:

  • Addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being
  • Encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
  • Supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it.
  • Helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish

The Six Subject Areas Identified Within The IB Primary Years Programme:

  • Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Arts
  • Personal, Social and Physical Education

The Most Significant And Distinctive Feature Of The IB Primary Years Programme Are The Six Transdisciplinary Themes

These themes provide IB World Schools with the opportunity to incorporate local and global issues into the curriculum and effectively allow students to “step up” beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.

  • Who We Are

    Inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human

  • Where we are in place and time

    Inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilisations, from local and global perspectives

  • How we express ourselves

    Inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic

  • How the world works

    Inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment

  • How we organise ourselves

    Inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organisations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment

  • Sharing the planet

    Inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution

Each theme is addressed each year by all students. (Students aged 3 to 5 engage with four of the themes each year.)

In addition all PYP students have the opportunity to learn more than one language from the age of seven.

These transdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiries – investigations into important ideas, identified by the school, and requiring a high level of involvement on the part of the students. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks.

Since these ideas relate to the world beyond the school, students see their relevance and connect with it in an engaging and challenging way. Students who learn in this way begin to reflect on their roles and responsibilities as learners and become actively involved with their education. All students will come to realise that a unit of inquiry involves them in in-depth exploration of an important idea, and that the teacher will collect evidence of how well they understand that idea. They will expect to be able to work in a variety of ways, on their own and in groups, to allow them to learn to their best advantage.

Source: "The IB Primary Years Programme:." International Baccalaureate Organization. >> click here <<

Student Council Involves Many Community Minded Projects:

  • (Phase 1) School beautification. Clean up, Essential Agreement, Library duties, painting, repairing, and students led assembly
  • (Phase 2) Community Service. Food drives, recycling projects, Eco School project, fund raising.

Celebration of Learning

Celebration of Learning is a much awaited day for all. It is a student-led conference involving students and parents which is held at the end of each unit of inquiry. The students are responsible for leading the conference, and also take responsibility for their learning by sharing the process with their parents on their recently explored Unit of Inquiry. It may involve students demonstrating their understanding through a variety of different learning situations such as presentations or mini-tour of their classroom. It will also involve the students discussing and reflecting upon samples of work that they have previously chosen to share with their parents that are from their portfolio. The student identifies strengths and areas for improvement. In order for parents to gain a clear insight into the kind of work their child is doing and offering an opportunity for them to discuss it with their child, we invite all parents to attend every unit of inquiry COL. It is a form of reporting and at the same time letting students take pride of their achievements.

FISP CCA TEAM (SEMESTER 1 - 2015/2016)

 
CCA Advisor

Ms Ann Lim

CCA Leader (Clubs)

Ms Teoh Cherylyn

CCA Leader (Sports)

Ms Grace Ho

 
Club Advisors
Clubs & Sports
Some Activities (Photos)

PYP ASSEMBLY

Apart from the regular assembly held every day, PYP students will be having an official assembly once a week led by PYP students. Students from different grades will take turns to present their understanding on the Unit of Inquiry being learned in the form of public speaking, poem recital, choral speaking, demonstration of an experiment, role play and many more. Celebration of cultural diversity is also evident in our assembly through presentation about a culture from a selected country. This promotes international mindedness among students as well as allowing international students to feel honoured in sharing information about their culture. So, kindly educate your child on the culture of your country as much as possible at home.

PYP BRAIN FOOD BREAK

The PYP children enjoy two break sessions- one from 9.30 am to 10.00 am and another Brain Food Break at about noon. Kindly note that only fruits, vegetables, nuts( not granola bars) and milk are permissible to be consumed during the Brain Food break as it is only for 10 minutes and students are expected to be in their class.

Middle Years ProgrammeCCAs - MYP

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)

The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement – essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

The MYP is flexible enough to accommodate most national or local curriculum requirements. It builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and prepares student to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC).

The IB Primary Years Programme:

  • Addresses holistically students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being
  • Provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future
  • Ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups
  • Requires the study of at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice) to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others
  • Empowers students to participate in service within the community
  • Helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning

The Curriculum

The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community.

MYP teachers organise the curriculum with appropriate attention to:

  • Teaching and learning in context

    Inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human

  • Conceptual understanding

    Inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilisations, from local and global perspectives

  • Approaches to learning (ATL)

    Inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic

  • Service as action (community service)

    Inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment

  • Language and identity

    Inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organisations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment

MYP Projects

MYP projects provide students the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned in the MYP. In schools that include MYP years 5 (Grade 11 in Fairview), all students must complete the personal project. In schools that include MYP years 4 or 5, schools may offer the opportunity to do both the community project and the personal project. In schools that include MYP year 3 or 4, students must complete the community project.

  • The community project encourages students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. Students may complete the community project individually or in small groups.
  • Each student develops a personal project independently, producing a truly personal and creative piece of work that stands as a summative review of their ability to conduct independent work.

Source: "The IB Middle Years Programme:." International Baccalaureate Organization. >> click here <<

CCA Advisor

Ms Ann Lim

CCA Leader (Clubs)

Ms Teoh Cherylyn

CCA Leader (Sports)

Ms Grace Ho

 
Club Advisors
Clubs & Sports
School LifeStudent Excursion
Be An Eco- Hero (Grade 1)
Physical Features of the Earth Grade 3)
A journalist works 24/7! (Grade 6)
Leaders of the future (Grade 11)
Excursion to the Batik Factory (Grade 2)
Where We Are In Place Time (Grade 3)
Let’s broadcast! (Grade 6)
Growing up is fun! (Grade 5)

News and Events – Penang Campus

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