Sri KDU International School : Learning Through Exploration and Discovery
1. Please mention about the school and its mission/vision and various infrastructural facilities.
Sri KDU Schools are more than just educational institutions. They are centres of development where students learn through exploration and discovery. Students move towards global citizenship through a range of local and international experiential learning opportunities. Students are empowered so that they may continue to grow beyond the classroom.
Sri KDU Schools consist of Sekolah Sri KDU which offers the Malaysian National Curriculum and Sri KDU International School where the National Curriculum of England and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) are taught. Our school mission is shared by all Sri KDU Schools: “Transforming Lives Through Education”.
At our international school, we also have a vision to create “Tomorrow Leaders – Here and Now!” as the school recognizes that students who graduate from our school will become the future leaders of Malaysia and globally, in any sphere they excel in. This starts in the classroom where our pedagogy “Learning Power Approach” encourages all students to lead their learning. We believe in a growth mindset which means that every student has the capability to achieve and to be a leader. Our purpose-built modern facilities on the 12-acre campus in Kota Damansara enable us to provide the best holistic education possible and to deliver on our mission and vision.
2. Kindly mention about the prominent personality of the school and his/her role in the development of the school.
The most important person in the development of our school to date has been our founder Dato’ Teo Chiang Quan. It was his wish to contribute to the nation-building of Malaysia and his great foresight which led to the addition of an international school to the well-established group of educational institutions which were under the Paramount Education umbrella. He has been our guide and moral compass ensuring that the very best education is provided to all our learners until February 2020. Since then, Y.A.M. Tunku Ali Redhauddin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz of the Negeri Sembilan royal family has taken the helm as our chairman. He is also passionate about education, being Harvard and Cambridge educated himself, he wants to ensure that the quality of education in Sri KDU Schools continues to prepare our young people to join the best universities around the world.
3. Kindly describe about the various courses offered by the school and their salient features.
At Sri KDU International School (SKIS), we offer the National Curriculum of England from Year 1 to Year 9 with some adaptations to ensure we nurture “Malaysian Hearts” as well as
“Global Minds”. This provides the learners with a broad and balanced curriculum which would allow them to transfer to the UK or any British international school around the world if the need arose. For Key Stage 4 students, we offer a full range of IGCSE courses, all from the Cambridge examinations board which allow our students to gain the Cambridge International Certificate of Education (ICE). Our Pre-University offer for the Sixth Form is the International Baccalaureate Programme (IBDP); we are an IBO world school accredited to offer this course. We offer IBDP as it is the best preparation for entry into elite universities around the world.
4. Please mention what steps are you taking beyond the traditional curriculum to ensure overall development of the students?
We strongly believe in holistic education. So we make a wide range of opportunities available to our students in sport, the performing arts and academic enrichment programmes. We are members of the Federation of British International School in Asia (FOBISIA) and offer the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.
5. What steps does the school take to motivate and develop the students’ interest towards education?
The best way to motivate students in learning is to ensure that they experience success both academically and in any other talents and interests, they have. From Year 1 onwards, our teaching ensures that children experience success but also challenges which ensure that they become resilient learners. We also make sure that all students have the opportunity to be included in the enrichment programmes on offer to nurture their talents.
6. How are you providing financial assistance to the students in need?
There are Sri KDU scholarships offered each year for those below a certain financial threshold who demonstrate that they would benefit from the education on offer at SKIS. Scholarships are also offered to the highest performing students in Year 11 in order to follow the IBDP in our school. These are based on academic performance rather than financial need.
7. What are the career opportunities available to the students after completion of their courses?
Students graduating from Year 13 go on to study a wide range of courses in the most prestigious universities around the world including medicine, dentistry, law, engineering, Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE), Business Management, the Arts such as fine art, dance, music.
Students graduating from Year 11 usually follow A level courses at excellent schools in Malaysia or the UK. A smaller number take up Foundation Degrees in universities in Malaysia or the UK. Students at SKIS are well-prepared to be life-long learners and to follow any career path they wish.
8. Please enlighten us about the school’s major awards/achievements, its accomplished/renowned alumni, remarkable collaborations, and major accreditations.
We are accredited by the Education Development Trust (a UK inspection body) using the International School Quality Mark (ISQM). In February 2017, we were the first school in Malaysia to achieve ISQM Gold, with an outstanding grade in every section of the award. In January 2020, we were shortlisted for the Community Initiative Award by the International Schools Award of ISC Research. This award is open to international schools around the world, with hundreds of applications received. We were one of only five shortlisted and the only school in Malaysia to achieve this, enabling us to attend the prestigious award ceremony in London. It felt like being nominated for an Oscar!
9. Kindly elaborate about the future plans of the school in the same.
In February 2021, we will be re-accredited and are aiming to be awarded BSO (British Schools Overseas) status which indicates that we have met the standards of the Department for Education in the UK as judged by the Ofsted inspection standards. We are making submissions for the new round of International School Awards in the categories of Innovation in Digital Learning and Ethical Values Education.