Ben Marsh of Broomfield Colorado is an accomplished international school administrator and leader. He has teaching and administrative experience in both primary and secondary school divisions and has served as Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, Principal, and School Director in multicultural settings in the United States, Africa and Southern Asia.
Most recently, Ben lived and worked in Dhaka Bangladesh for the past seven years serving as a High School Principal. Prior to that he served as Middle School Principal. He has lead school-wide accreditation and reaccreditation processes and served as a visiting team member for schools seeking accreditation.
Before Bangladesh, Ben served as a school Director in Southern Africa where he successfully brought the school through its first accreditation process and over saw the schools rapid growth and expansion.
He received a B.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Montana and an M.Ed in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland.
Lara Manasfi brings twenty two years of experience in international education including nine years in senior leadership roles. In addition to her prior role as an elementary school principal in Bangladesh, Lara has served as an Elementary School Assistant Principal in two different international schools and as a School Project Design and Manager for a new campus at an international school in Korea. Lara brings extensive experience and expertise that developed through the course of her many years in elementary schools both as a teacher and principal. She has experience at IB international schools in Lebanon, Korea and Bangladesh and is looking forward to working in Malaysia. Lara holds a BA in Psychology, a Teaching Diploma in Primary Education, an MA in Primary Education, and a Post Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership.
Robert Muntzer, with almost 30 years of academic experience, joined us as our IB Diploma Coordinator in January 2015. A former Deputy Principal, Director of Studies, IB Coordinator and Head of Faculty in IB World Schools such as Bangkok Patana School, Repton School Dubai, Dulwich College Shanghai, ISHCMC and Dulwich International College, Robert brings a wealth of expertise and experience to Excelsior. He has successfully undertaken three IB DP authorizations, two IB DP reviews, two IB MYP authorizations and two CIS accreditations.
Rashid is a Malaysian citizen who is a Ministry of Education qualified teacher and holds a Diploma in Mathematics in Education from Maktab Perguruan Kedah. He has 26 years experience of teaching in a variety of contexts including in International schools to IGCSE level, government schools, Smart School and corporate programmes. These positions have covered teaching Bahasa Melayu as a first, second and foreign language and preparing students for a variety of national qualifications.
Rashid is an experienced Scouter having achieved the level II Scout Malaysia leadership award.
Ms Anika is a citizen of the Philippines who holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History and a Bachelor of Secondary Education specialising in History and Geography. She has been teaching for 15 years International schools in Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei.
Ms Anika enjoys travelling to experience different cultures and has a passion for the Arts, particularly acting, singing and water-colour painting.
Mong Lin holds a degree in Computer and Information Sciences from the National University of Singapore and a teacher's diploma from the University of Cambridge. She is currently pursuing MA in education with IB Educator Certificate in PYP with University of Bath, UK.
A former PYP Coordinator of an IB World School, an IB Online Workshop Facilitator and having gone through authorisations in PYP, MYP and DP, Mong Lin is committed to the philosophy of the IB.
Chris has 5 years' experience in teaching DP English B, IGCSE First Language English, IGCSE History, IB MYP English B, DP Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and as an IB DP CAS Advisor. Chris has attained an IB Category 2 training in DP Language B and an IB Category 1 training in MYP Languages A. Chris will augment the faculties of Group 2 Languages and Group 3 Humanities where he will be teaching DP English B, IGCSE History, IGCSE First Language English and Literature. Chris will become the homeroom tutor for Grade 10B.
David is originally from the UK and gained a B.Sc. in Sports Science and a PGCE in Physical Education from the UK as well as a Masters in Education from the US. Having 20 years teaching experience, he taught in the UK for four years and has since worked for 15 years teaching in international schools in Malaysia, Qatar, Italy, China and Saudi Arabia. David has held many leadership positions and brings a wealth of experience in teaching Primary and Secondary school children and developing programmes and initiatives to promote engaging and active learning for all students in the school community.
David competed in Hockey at State level and played Football and Swimming to club standard. He holds national coaching awards in a variety of sports and has coached school teams for local, national and international tournaments, including winning several prestigious National and International Soccer tournaments.
Outside of the school, David enjoys playing Badminton and Tennis as well as Swimming. He also loves going to the movies and travelling to new and exciting places.
Edward has a P.G.C.E from Sunderland University and a BA in Ceramic Design. He has worked in Thailand for over 10 years as a primary teacher from grades 1 - 4. During this time he has specialised as a teacher of English Language Arts and Social Studies. He has worked closely with students to help them become responsible members of a classroom community. He also encourages students to be reflective learners who can express their opinion about the world around them.
Edward has used his background in the arts to help students with creative extra-curricular projects in story writing, photography, and drama. He also has a passion for many genres of music and composes songs in his free time. Edward lives in Southeast Asia with his wife and is a proud father of two boys, who are his greatest inspiration. He is also glad to be part of the EIS family.
Enrico has almost 10 years' teaching experience in IB World Schools in Asia and his native Canada. He will be joining EIS as an additional teacher in Group 3 Humanities where he will be teaching DP History, IGCSE History and DP TOK. Enrico has attained Category 2 training in both DP History and DP TOK and is an IB Examiner for both subjects.
Jamie has almost 4 years' experience as a teacher of DP Mandarin B, IGCSE Chinese Second Language, IB MYP Mandarin B and IB MYP Chinese A Language and Literature. Jamie also has experience as an IB DP CAS Advisor. She will join EIS as an addition to the Group 2 Faculty of Languages where she will teach DP Mandarin B, IGCSE Second Language Chinese and Secondary School Chinese. Jamie has attained an IB Category 2 DP Languages B training and an IB MYP Category 1 training in MYP Languages A.
Joan has 10 years' experience in teaching DP Maths SL, DP Maths Studies SL and IB MYP Maths. During her teaching in Malaysia and Philipines at IB World Schools, she has also been an IB MYP Coordinator. Joan will be an additional teacher in the Faculty of Maths, where she will be teaching DP Maths Studies SL and IGCSE Maths. She has attained an IB Category 2 training in DP Maths Studies SL. Joan will become the homeroom tutor for Grade 9A.
Joel is a citizen of the Philippines who has a Masters degree in Physics and sixteen years of teaching experience in the Philippines and Japan. Throughout his teaching career, Mr Joel has taught Secondary and High School Science, Physics and Mathematics. He is a trained and experienced Physics and Theory of Knowledge (ToK) teacher and Extended Essay (EE) supervisor within the IB Diploma Programme. He has a passion for music and loves to play the guitar.
Jordan has taught in a number of different schools at both primary and secondary level, and has recently moved from Hong Kong where he spent three years as a head of year in the primary section of a new school. He holds a post graduate teaching degree, has an abiding interest in film, world cultures and politics and is moving to Malaysia with his wife and puppy.
Judy has at least ten years' teaching experience in international schools in China, Mongolia and South East Asia. In previous schools she has been an ESL Coordinator and, at EIS, she will be part of the English and Humanities teams, providing support for students who need assistance in English language skills. Judy has experience in both IB MYP and IGCSE.
Lavanya has almost 20 years' experience teaching IGCSE Drama and A Level Drama in the UK. She will be joining the Faculty of Arts to provide classes in DP Literature and Performance, IGCSE Drama and Secondary School Drama and Dance. She has directed and produced several school productions in previous schools and will be coordinating future school events.
Lorna was born in raised in New Zealand. After gaining her Bachelor of Arts and her Bachelor of Teaching in Primary and Secondary Education from Victoria University in Wellington, she spent five years teaching at an Intermediate School in Wellington New Zealand. As well as being a classroom teacher, Lorna acted as the teacher in charge of music. She loves seeing students develop their creativity and has enjoyed facilitating school choirs, orchestras, bands, skills she looks forward to unitising at EIS.
Most recently, Lorna and her husband have moved to Malaysia where she has been teaching English to various levels in an International School in Johor Bahru. Lorna loves teaching and promotes inquisitive learning where students are encouraged to ask questions, find solutions and work together as a community while learning.
Lorna and her husband are loving being in Malaysia and she is very excited to be joining the EIS family.
Louren completed her Masters Degree majoring in Special Education at New Era University and her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology, at Philippines Normal University. She was able to obtain her Montessori Certification for primary level at Collin Community College, Plano Texas and her lower elementary Montessori Certification at North American Montessori Center. During her 17 years in the field of education, she spent 12 years working with children ages 3 to 6 years old using the Montessori Methodology.
Being able to guide a child to becoming a functional citizen in any part of this world is definitely a very rewarding profession. She also find herself "as a child within" in the world of education because she continues to learn, grow and search out new ways to meet the needs of the children.
Maria is originally from a small European country called Slovakia. She has been teaching for five years now and she also has a management experience. She has taught in Slovakia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Maria has a Bachelor in Education from the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra, Slovakia. Maria enjoys working with young children very much and she brings a lot of creativity and fun into her lessons that are enjoyable and fully engaging.
In her spare time Maria enjoys singing, cooking/baking, learning about different cultures and sports, particularly ZUMBA that she has taught to children and adults before.
Maricar is a dynamic and passionate teacher with 12 years teaching experience in the Primary years, specialising in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) in the Early Years. She has taught in the Philippines, Japan and China before joining EIS. She loves having fun and teaching young kids and this is reflected in the activities she does with her class.
Maricar is artistic and creative. She loves cooking, baking and doing some arts and crafts activities both in school and at home. She also likes to travel and learn about different cultures. In her spare time, she keeps herself active by doing boxing and playing badminton and volleyball.
Melinda comes from the Philippines. She holds a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree with a specialisation in Library Science. She has been a Teacher-Librarian for more than twenty years in both local and international schools in Thailand and Brunei.
During her time in schools, she has nurtured her philosophy of valuing each child as an individual and as part of a community. She aims to give the children as many learning opportunities as possible in order to motivate and develop their critical thinking.
Nurul is a Malaysian citizen with five years experience in teaching Bahasa Malaysia and Islamic Studies to international students. She holds a BA in Statistic from UTM Shah Alam and currently pursuing MA in Education with The Open University.
When she is not teaching, she enjoys trying new foods from different countries,cooking and travelling.
Olga has 20 years' teaching experience, including 10 years of teaching IB MYP Music. A native of Kazakstan, Olga has an MA in Piano Teaching and Orchestration. She will be teaching Secondary School Music from Grades 6 to 10. Ms. Grichshenko will be a homeroom tutor for Grade 8A. She is looking forward to setting up a singing club as an ECA.
Omar has been teaching in the United Kingdom for the past eight years, working in both mainstream and specialist schools for cognition and learning. He has taught Early Years through to Sixth Form and has been a subject leader for RE and PSHCE. He received his Primary Teaching (QTS) Honours Degree, specialising in ICT, from the University of Hull and his MA in Global and International Citizenship Education from the University of York.
Omar enjoys competitive sports; having represented various teams in Tae Kwon Do, football and hockey. He partook in rugby tours of Northern England, Holland and Ireland. He now coaches but likes playing racquet sports for recreation and swims for fitness. A recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award, Omar has enjoyed supporting young people achieve theirs and eagerly looks forward to outward bound in Johor.
Omar describes himself as a global citizen. He is married with two teenage sons, one of whom will be joining secondary at EIS. Omar and his family are excited about being part of the Excelsior community. His wish as an educator at EIS would be to continue to learn from and share best practice with all colleagues, and to support all his students to become effective participants in their communities and confident young citizens of the world.
Pei is a Malaysian citizen who graduated from the National Taipei University, Taiwan with a BA. She has taught Chinese language and Mandarin Foreign Language in two International schools in Malaysia for five years to all grades from Nursery to Grade 11. Pei has also worked as an English teacher in a tuition centre in Taipei.
In her spare time, Pei enjoys traveling, reading and jogging.
Rinky has almost 20 years' teaching experience in IB World Schools in Singapore, Indonesia and the UAE. She is very experienced in DP Language A Literature, DP Language A Language and Literature, IGCSE First Language English, IGCSE Literature in English, and IB MYP English A. Mrs. Lal has attained IB Category 2 training in DP English A and an IB Category 3 training in DP Theory of Knowledge (TOK). She holds an MA in English Literature. Rinky will be joining EIS as our DP English A teacher and will also fulfill the role of our DP Librarian in charge of the IB DP Study Room. Mrs. Lal will also be one of the two Grade 11 IB Diploma CAS Advisors.
Russell is a proud Scotsman who has over 15 years experience as an educator and school leader and joins Excelsior having taught in England, Dubai and the UAE. He holds a BSc(Hons) degree in Sports and Exercise Science, together with a PGCE (Secondary) Physical Education from London, UK.
Being driven to give of his best for his students' benefit, Russell strives to make a difference in all that he does. He regards some of his greatest achievements in education as being the support and guidance he has offered his students to become independent learners, by ensuring the provision of sporting and life affirming opportunities. He has developed and established new sporting curriculums (UK and Australian), initiated international exchange programmes with partner schools and created sporting opportunities for his students to excel both in-school, in extra-curricular pursuits and in local and national sporting events.
Simon has 18 years teaching experience, twelve in English as an Additional Language (EAL) and six in Art/Design. Prior to joining Excelsior he was teaching EAL at an international school in Bangalore, India, to grades 6 through 9 and coaching the IGCSE and IB grades through competitive exams such as SAT, ACT, IELTS and TOEFL, for entrance to college and university. He has also taught in China. Simon has a BA (Hons) in 3Dimensional Design and CELTA, IELTS, TOEFL teaching qualifications.
With a strong interest in all things creative, Simon has also taught Middle years Art and Design and being a DIY enthusiast has enjoyed designing and building props and sets for school drama productions. His other interests include: cinema, cooking and graphic design, but most importantly spending time with his family. Simon is originally from England and is here in Malaysia with his wife and their young son.
Sophia joins us from mainland China where she has more than six years' experience in local and international schools. She has been teaching IGCSE First Language Chinese, IB MYP Chinese A and IB DP Chinese A Language and Literature. She also has considerable experience in IB DP CAS and will be setting up a CAS-related ECA. Sophia will become the homeroom tutor for Grade 7B.
Soh Haan Chang (Mr. Eugene) has thirteen years experience of teaching Mandarin to First Language IGCSE level in both National and International schools in Malaysia and has held the position of Head of Department. He is particularly keen to use everyday, real life examples in his teaching of the Language and likes to encourage students' participation through interactive activities and role play.
Eugene enjoys reading, singing, listening to music and playing Badminton and Table Tennis.
Sonia comes from a multicultural family with origins in Scotland, Germany and France. For the past 10 years, Sonia has been living in Vietnam where she has taught English, French and Early Years in International Schools. She has a Bachelors of English from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and a CELTA from Cambridge, UK. Sonia is currently completing her Post Graduate Certificate of Education (International) and her Masters of Education with the University of Nottingham, UK.
Sonia loves sharing her interest for cosmopolitanism with her students and she hopes to transmit some of her passion for lifelong learning and international-mindedness. She is delighted to join the EIS team and can't wait to discover a new culture in Malaysia. She will be accompanied by her son, Tam, who will also attend EIS.
Stephen Almond has almost 30 years' experience in teaching IB DP Visual Arts and IGCSE Art and Design in his native UK and in IB World Schools in Ethiopia, Spain and Sudan. He has attained an IB Category 2 training in DP Visual Arts and will join EIS to teach DP Visual Arts, IGCSE Art and Design as well as contributing to DP TOK. Stephen is an MA History of Art holder. He is very keen on developing the Arts within and beyond the school community; in previous schools his students have won major arts awards.
Steve Hart is from Burnley, England and is a former Chief Engineer from the Paper Industry but he always stated that one day he would like to "pay it forward" by teaching the next generation, therefore after gaining a PGCE from the University of Nottingham he began teaching three years ago at an IB PYP school in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.
Although only formerly teaching in schools for three years, he has been a lecturer at the University of Bolton also teaching other engineers during his Engineering career while helping teach in his wife's schools over the years.
Steve believes in encouraging children to become independent inquirers so they have the skills to be self-reliant for their lifelong learning. He does this by having an interesting class room environment which is thought provoking, open minded and respectful thus motivating children to gain greater knowledge.
Steve and his wife enjoy travelling to learn more about different cultures of the world and he is looking forward to joining Excelsior in Malaysia to begin the latest chapter in his life.
Subash is an Indian citizen with a total of 5 years teaching experience in India and International schools in Malaysia and Qatar. He holds a BSc in Mathematics and Secondary Education and is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Mathematics.
Prior to entering the teaching profession, Subash spent 6 years in the IT industry as a software engineer, involved in graphic design and developing e-learning applications for schools.
Subash arrives in Malaysia with his wife and is keen to coach Badminton and is an enthusiastic player of both Badminton and Cricket.
Su Hua Li joins EIS as a support teacher in Maths and Sciences. Su has extensive experience in teaching Maths in her native China and, most recently, with teaching Maths and Science in the UK for 7 years. Su will be the homeroom tutor in Grade 9.
Val Hart, from Preston, England has been teaching for over 20 years and graduated from Warwick University with an Honours degree in English, Religious Studies and Educational Studies with Qualified Teacher Status. She has worked in both the North of England, London and internationally, in Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE. In the course of her career, she has, for the most part, taught Year 6 which is where her passion lies but has also been a deputy head, an acting head and phase leader.
Val believes in developing children as life-long learners by providing them with opportunities to learn through inquiry, the encouragement of independence and the taking of action. Her classroom is stimulating, positive and well-resourced enabling the children to be motivated and encouraged to work hard and learn the moment they enter the room; it promotes student engagement. Positive attitudes are always encouraged and my classroom is a place of respect and tolerance.
In her spare time, Val loves travelling and especially road trips with her husband. Cats are her favourite animal and she enjoys cooking...and eating! She is very much looking forward to joining the Excelsior team and is excited to be moving to such a culturally rich place.
Vanila is an enthusiastic and committed teacher with the ability to appreciate and inspire children. She is a dedicated teacher with 10 years of Primary school experience. She has a BA degree with a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Sunderland, UK.
Her personal goal is to challenge students and watch them grow academically and socially, to meet their full potential. She ably supports students of different abilities and helps them progress as a class, and for the betterment of each individual.
In her extensive international-school teaching experience, she has gained the knowledge of using a variety of curricula in a way that is suitable and relevant to international students. She is also knowledgeable and skilled at supporting EAL learners as well as learners with special needs.
Vanila's greatest strength is her enthusiasm and love for children and teaching. She believes this is reflected in her teaching and motivates the students she works with. In her spare time, Vanila enjoys reading and travelling.
Vincent has 10 years experience teaching PE. He gained his Bachelor and Master degree and teaching qualification in Physical Education from Paul Sabatier Toulouse University in France, with focus on education and motor skills. He has taught in France, Egypt and Djibouti following the french curriculum and worked in China with the IB Primary Years Program (PYP). He will join us as PYP PE teacher and will use his background to create new sporting opportunities for our students. His favourite activities are football, water sports and capoeira, which he has been teaching for 7 years. He is joining us with his wife Maricar who will be working with the Early Years department.
William has had more than 5 years' experience teaching DP Biology and DP Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) in his native UK and two IB World Schools in China. William also has experience in teaching DP TOK, IGCSE Biology and IGCSE Coordinated Sciences as well as IB MYP Sciences. He will augment the Faculty of Sciences where he will teach DP Biology, DP ESS, DP TOK and IGCSE Biology. William will also become the homeroom tutor for Grade 8B.
Zeeshan a Pakistani citizen who has worked in Malaysia for the past seven years. He holds an MBA in Information Technology, MBA in Banking & Finance and Master of Arts in Education. He also has specialist qualifications in Word Processing and Spread-sheets from Singapore along with a Leadership Development Certificate from the United Kingdom.
Zeeshan has been Head of Department for ICT in his previous teaching posts and he is an ICT Exam Supervisor, actively mentoring, training and supervising a team of exam invigilator teachers. He has created an online Virtual Learning Environmental (VLE) website for teaching ICT and Business Studies, where students have access to the curriculum, teaching notes, videos, presentations and assessments.
Siti graduated from the University of Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia with a Degree in Industrial Chemistry.
She chose to work in the laboratory because she is passionate about doing analysis and experimentation. She worked as an assistant in microbiology and to a chemist before joining EIS and believes that her experience provided advantages to utilising that knowledge to assist EIS students in their learning.
Siti is delighted to be given the opportunity to join the academic team at EIS as this affords her the opportunity to work in a multicultural environment exploring new cultures.
Ilyn graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Accountancy at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. In 2005, she left for Dubai where she spent 3 years as Administrative Supervisor of Emirates British Nursery.
She loves cooking and playing with her kids during her spare time. She believes that 'Learning is a lifetime journey and always has a better way of doing it.'
Priya obtained her Bachelor of Education with Honours in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Selangor in 2010. She worked in a private international school, teaching English at Secondary School level for 3 years before joining EIS. Currently she is the Teacher Assistant for Nursery B. She strives to obtain new knowledge and experience in teaching her young charges.
She enjoys being with the children and seeing them learn everyday. Besides caring for them, she is a keen believer that children need to be taught responsibility, empathy and cleanliness. This enables them to become creative balanced individuals in the future. Priya is looking forward to completing her Master of Education in Early Childhood Education by next year.
Shalini is a Malaysian citizen who earned her Bachelors in Psychology from HELP University, Kuala Lumpur. Her passion and love for children has drawn her towards a career in early childhood/preschool education.
Shalini worked for a year as an Enrichment Teacher in Kuala Lumpur and spent another year in Singapore working as a Childcare Teacher. She is currently the Teacher Assistant for Nursery A and is absolutely enjoying her job! Shalini is looking forward to obtaining a Masters in Educational Psychology in the near future.
Nurse Sharol Farahnaz binti Musa is a Malaysian citizen with 22 years experience in nursing. Her nursing studies were sponsored by the KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital and she is a graduate of the School of Nursing, Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru. Upon completing her sponsor bond, she worked at Panasonic and WD Media Malaysia as an Industrial Nurse for 17 years.
Nurse Sharol says she is blessed and thrilled to be part of the EIS team as it provides her with the chance to explore and gain new experiences and to enhance the development of her nursing career.
Note: This page will be updated progressively as and when new teaching colleagues join the team.
News and Events
Excelsior International School Interact [...]
The EIS interact club has been serving and giving back to the community since its inception by sponsoring activities such as the Run for Hope which primary objective is to raise funds for the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation ("Foundation")
Excelsior International School's Interact Club is a service club for students ages 12 - 18 whose primary purpose is to give students a chance to make a difference in the world. EIS Interact club is sponsored by Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral. Rotary International is an international service organisation whose stated human rights purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a secular organisation open to all people regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 Million Individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs.
This year, as part of our community service program, EIS Interact Club in support of Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral will be launched the "Plant a Tree Campaign" which is meant to instill an environment loving culture among our youths. This project involves Interact Club members and primary students from the Excelsior International School, and 16 orphans from the SHAFAR Welfare Organisation (Pertubuhan Kebajikan Shafar), Johor Bahru.
The launch was held on the 23rd September 2016 by His Highness Tunku Idris Iskandar Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Temenggong Johor during the Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral 5th Installation Dinner at Doubletree, by Hilton, Johor Bahru, Johor. EIS staff and students were in attendance where EIS Interact Club president Lim Ee Lyn helped launch the event. In addition to launching the project EIS also had both primary and secondary students perform a song for all in attendance.
The campaign is aimed to be the biggest community tree-planting and nature care event in Johor. Coordinated by Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral and proudly sponsored by Asia Plantation Capital, these are special days for all to help out by planting and caring for native trees and shrubs to improve the environment in which they live in.
EIS is proud that students from our school in both our Primary section and students from our Interact club are teaming up with students from Shafar orphanage to participate in this important community service endeavour.
In the final week of September Excelsior International School in Johor celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Students enjoyed a 'week-long Chinese riddles' competition, presentations by their peers on various aspects of the festival, student-produced videos and a Mooncake tasting session.
This full week of activities, information sharing and fun challenges based in, and coming from, the Mandarin lessons, ensured that all students were able to become aware of, and celebrate this annual Chinese event.
Excelsior International school staged the first of their Curriculum Information Sessions for the academic year on Saturday 5th September 2015. At 9.30am, the Head of Primary and Early Years, Mr Tony Blacklock, with assistance from his specialist teachers, gave an overview of the curriculum for Nursery to Grade 5 at Excelsior. Parents and students were then invited to visit the individual homerooms for further presentations specific to each age group. At 11.00am the Head of Secondary and High School, Mr Ian Stanley gave a presentation regarding the curriculum and the study strands all the way through Grades 6 to 12. After a short genera question-and-answer session, students and parents then had the opportunity to meet with individual subject teachers.
Excelsior International School hosted 48 teams for the Johor State round of the Rotary International Interactors I-Quiz on Saturday 22nd August 2015. This is a general knowledge and 'knowledge of Malaysia' quiz for students aged from 12 to 18 Years and leads onto national and international finals. A crowd of over 300 participants and supporters enjoyed a wonderful morning of friendly competition.
On 15th August students and parents packed the auditorium at the Excelsior International for an Orientation/Information session prior to the school beginning on Monday 17th August.
Following a welcome/welcome back from School Principal, Mr Julian Leah, the Chairman of Excelsior, Mr Ng Boon Yew, presented a review of the previous year and outlined the developments put in place and the plans for the forthcoming academic year.
Following the welcome back to returning teachers and the introduction of the new teachers, students and parents were then able to visit the homerooms and classrooms to find out more from the teachers about the exciting year ahead!
Excelsior International School was delighted to hold its first Curriculum meeting of the school year 2014/15 for Primary and Early Years parents. This was an opportunity for parents to learn more about the different curricula taught at Excelsior, and to discuss with the homeroom teachers the learning activities planned for the children for the coming academic year. Parents were also able to find out more about how they can best support their children's learning at home.
The meeting was extremely well attended and we thank all those parents who participated.