April 28, 2016

Penang Campus

IntroductionWhat Makes Us SpecialMessage From Head Of School

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.

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 schools facilities include air-conditioned classrooms, sports field, multi-purpose hall, sports hall, basketball court, badminton court, canteen, IT resource centre, library and performing arts rooms.

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

Mdm.Lim Yen Lee (Head of School, Penang)

We bid farewell to the long summer break (I hope many happy memories of holidays with loved ones have since found their way to cherished albums and Facebook accounts!) and now welcome our second quarter of the academic year. Allow me to introduce the 1st issue of Fairview Newsletter for 2014/2015 by expressing my pleasure at seeing so many familiar faces ready for a brand new adventure in Fairview. First day of school was certainly exciting, with the students getting to know their respective homeroom and subject teachers. A special welcome is also a must for the children in the Reception class and Grade 1 students who are no longer the babies of the Fairview family.

Lest we forget, I take this opportunity to recollect the amazing array of events which had marked our first quarter. The monthly Coffee Morning started off with celebration of the Moon-cake Festival and sharing of the importance of parental involvement for students' achievement in school. Other activities included Yoga session (we aspire to practice values in healthy living), Clay Craft and homemade bread making demonstration. I believe most of us were pleasantly surprised by the hidden talents of the fathers who participated in the Clay Craft activity. Would anyone think it was possible for them to mould clay into miniature teddy bears? Their nimble fingers proved naysayers wrong. Although attendance for coffee mornings was encouraging, we hope to have more fun activities lined up and to be continuously amazed by the parents' participation.

Next was the “Malaysia through the Ages' celebration consisting of Merdeka and Malaysia Day festivities. Students walked through the annals of Malaysian history from her formative years to the present landscape through activities designed to cultivate patriotism among our future leaders. We also gave a nod to the enviable inter-racial coexistence of Malaysians by celebrating ‘DeepaRaya'. Focusing on the rich cultural tapestry of both the Indian and Malay ethnicities in Malaysia, the celebration saw students and parents coming together for mouth-watering delicacies and multi-cultural performances. Students and teachers came to school dressed up in national costumes and against a background of Indian and Malay songs, many were spotted getting their hands painted with henna and trying their skills in congkak. batu seremban and gasing.

The Academic Week was another successful event in our calendar. Students had their fair share of interesting and exciting activities in English. Mathematics, Science, Humanities and ICT. The school community was also in fora real treat through the Fairview Got Talent finals for arts and music. We were undoubtedly impressed and entertained by our own artistic talents. I'm sure many of them will continue to dazzle us, especially considering that Fairview's Christmas celebration on I9th December is just around the comer.

While we were busy with academic pursuits and celebrations, we found time to be involved in protecting Mother Earth. In line with our Eco-code “Think Green, Love Green and Live Green", Fairview's Eco-School Program was carried out. Parents are encouraged to bring their recyclable materials to school and fill up the recycling bins to support the school's initiative. It is indeed a proud moment to witness the high number of volunteers spending time for this programme and related activities. The programme is a small drop of water in the sea of commitments to save the treasures of Nature but I am happy nonetheless. The whole school community has shown that we're capable to work together for a better tomorrow and a greener future.

Last but certainly not the least, parents have been constantly updated on the school's activities and programmes. In this respect, parents are encouraged to read the Fairview Newsletter and attend Parents' Forum and Info Sessions which are platforms to disseminate information. An important event to look forward to is the upcoming Parents Forum where there'll be a sharing session with parents on the topic 'How will we know what we have learnt?‘. With Fairview Open Day coming up on 29 November 2014, the school management and academic staff look forward to continued support and co-operation from the parents. The school might have provided the students with a roadmap at the beginning of each academic year but parents still play a pivotal role in helping the children achieve their intended destination. I once read that 'the bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot'. We have exciting times ahead of us and I eagerly anticipate where Fairview students will lead us, to soaring heights in achievements and greater depth in understanding.

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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