Besides academic excellence, TIS Kuala Lumpur also take their community responsibilities seriously. The School aims to nurture students not only be good in their studies but also caring individuals who care about their community and the world.

Refugee Sports Day

Children of the School for Refugees run by the Sahabat Support Centre (SSC) had their first sports day at the Kampung Pandan Sports Complex with the help of Taylor’s International School, Kuala Lumpur’s teachers and students.

Sports and games are an integral element of a modern education that seeks to reach the whole child. Without neglecting the basic skills of the 3R’s (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic), holistic learning recognizes the all-round development of the child. In this respect, games and sports play a significant role. Sports can also provide an important link to community service. Supported by the teachers and students of TISKL, the school recently held a Sports Day to provide an opportunity for the students of TISKL to interact with local refugee children.

TISKL’s first Refugees Sports Day, organized in partnership with the Sahabat Support Centre (SSC), drew over 130 participants to the Kampung Pandan Sports Complex. The Sahabat Support Centre was established in 2011in Ampang as a school for refugee children living in Malaysia. Originally an initiative of the Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI) , as of June 2014, there were over 910 refugee families registered at the SSC, totaling over 3,000 refugees and asylum-seekers from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, and Pakistan.Taylor’s International School, Kuala Lumpur (TISKL) established a partnership with SSC in 2013, but this was the first time that they have organized a Sports Day for the children.
 
TISKL principal Mr. Peter Wells noted, “This event was an opportunity to have some fun while providing some much needed encouragement to children who often pursue their studies in cramped and crowded conditions. At the same time, it motivated the children to work in groups while allowing them a healthy involvement in competitive activities.” Generally months of preparation precedes such an event. The children were divided into different groups and competed with each other in numerous track and field activities. Other than sports related activities, the day also saw the children of SSC receiving educational items such as books and stationery items which came from funds collected by TISKL’s Non-Uniform Day. Staff and students were encouraged to wear blue to school which is the theme colour for refuge oriented activities and make a minimum donation of RM 5. This was timed to coincide with in The World Refugee Day. A total of RM 5,000 was collected on behalf of the SSC children.

Taylor’s International School constantly aims to instil good morals and great values in their students through community projects such as these, and encourages students to be exemplary leaders who are passionate and caring about the community around them, the environment and also to be positive influences in a growing global society. TISKL's outreach to this an other community service activities helps to develop an attitude of caring among both staff and students. This also is part of the kind of holistic education that Taylor's schools seek to develop in its students. Further information regarding this or other community projects at TISKL can be found by contacting the school's marketing & communications executive, Ms. Jennette Tan at  tan.jennette@kl.tis.edu.my.

Nepal Earthquake Relief Fundraising

Partnering with UNICEF Malaysia, students of TISKL had a couple of activities to raise funds for the victims of Nepal Earthquake.

In Taylor’s International School Kuala Lumpur (TISKL), students are taught to always respect and care for the less fortunate. Following the shocking 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal on 25th April 2015 and another measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale on 12th May 2015 have claimed more than 9,000 lives, more than 21,800 injured and destroyed countless homes. Children are facing an unprecedented emotional toll as they deal with the devastating consequences — and with 5,000 schools damaged or destroyed, more than 1 million are without classrooms. After the disaster, the guidance teams have organised a week of events this week to raise money for Nepal.

On Tuesday, 26th May 2015 a Mufti Day was held, where the school encourages everyone to wear a combination of red and white clothing that represents the main colours of the Nepalese flag and make a donation of a minimum of RM5 towards this important cause. There was also a jumble sale by the secondary students from Year 8 and 10. They conducted the event with a donation drive by selling various items such as bags, accessories and more. A special thank you to one of the parent sponsor Ms Chung Siew Kim and her son Chung Tzun Tze. The donation drive was a huge success. 
 
At the same time in the Early Years Centre (EYC), students have created a coin trail of ‘gold’ coins for Nepal. Linking to the theme of gold and treasure, the EYC students laid a trail of golden coins (20 and 50 cent pieces) to raise money for UNICEF Malaysia. The money collected will be used to help the poor children in Nepal.

TISKL collectively raised RM18,000, and a cheque presentation by its Principal, Mr. Peter Wells to M. Richard Beighton, Chief of Private Sector Fundraising & Partnerships of UNICEF Malaysia was held on 2 June 2015. On behalf of UNICEF Malaysia, Mr Beighton would like to thanked TISKL for their generosity and support. “We are very proud of all our students, parents and staff who selflessly donated and helped raise funds for this good cause and putting the needs of others ahead of ourselves. This was a great way to show respect and care for one another,” said Mr Wells at the cheque presentation ceremony.

TISKL believes its students have a moral responsibility to those in their own community and beyond. It is a very important part of their education. Raising funds and helping to allocate them develops develops a social awareness and important leadership skills. Academic results without developing empathy for those around would be an incomplete education. Developing a strong moral compass and selflessness are values that rightly underpin all the work that the students of TISKL undertake.

Those who wish to find out more about the community service activities in TISKL may contact Ms Poh Wan at choong.pohwan@tis.edu.my.

Charity Food and Fun Fair

‚ÄčThe Charity Food and Fun Fair organized by Taylor's International School, Kuala Lumpur, was held to raise funds for five charity organisations in the Klang Valley, while allowing students and local residents to relax and sample some local delicacies.

In order to fund the many community service projects run by the school, Taylor’s International School Kuala Lumpur (TISKL) organized a Charity Food and Fun Fair. An all day event held on the school grounds,  the Food and Fun Fair with filled with nearly 60 stalls selling food, drinks, games, and various items for shoppers and interested visitors to buy. TISKL set what they considered to be an ambitious target: to raise RM 50,000 in support for five charity organizations.

But as organizers pointed out, “through the support and help from students, teachers and parents, we managed to surpass our targeted figure. We received a phenomenal response and support from the public and there were a lot of fun and exciting stalls for this year’s Food and Fun fair. As a result we raised nearly RM 75,000. We definitely would not have been able to make it without the support and contributions of our community.” Of course, none of this would have happened with the dedicated staff and students of the school enthusiatically volunteering their time and effort to help the community around them. The five organizations that will benefit from this event are The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Malaysia, Yayasan Nanyang Press, Leukemia’s Lions Lyfe-Line Fund and orphanages – Rumah Kebajikan Sinthamani Divine Life Ashram, Rumah Raydha and Baitul Ehsan.
 
Months of planning and hard work before and during the event concluded with a successful day that brought smiles to many. In line with the school’s vision and core values for community service, the event aimed to create a culture of helping the less fortunate. The event also served as a part of the students' holistic learning to build strong characters who are able to take their productive place as leaders in the global community. Moving forward, TISKL hopes to get involved in more community service programs and urged support from students, teachers and parents in upcoming activities. For more updates ion TISKL’s projects please visit http://www.kl.tis.edu.my/

Charity World Cup

World Cup fever was high in the primary division of TISKL, which featured football matches between the students and a much awaited match between the teachers and the students, all held to raise funds for a local charity.

An “All In One Rhythm” event was held on the grounds of Taylor’s International School in Kuala Lumpur  to raise funds for a local charity project run by Asian Youth Ambassadors. As part of the International Primary Curriculum 'World Cup' Unit, the entire division of the school was involved in a lively Brazilian Carnival with drumming, Capoeira dancing and loads of colourful clothing by all participants. As part of their learning about the needs of the community around them, this event was linked to the Street Kids Charity being promoted by FIFA (The Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Year 5 and 6 students rose to the Backpack Challenge to collect stationery items for children in a local community centre.

In addition to the school supplies, more than RM 8,000 was raised in cash which will be used to develop a school premises within a local community centre. Parents of TISKL students were very supportive in helping children to shop for their chosen items for their backpacks, and taking care to ensure that these would be items that these needy community children would find useful. TISKL students are excited about getting to meet their ‘buddy child’ in the near future.
 
The highlight of the event was the teacher-student match. TISKL principal, Mr. Peter Wells and Head of Primary, Ms. Lynne Cadenhead turned out to play to raise money for the event. Ms. Cadenhead notes, “In order for me to make an appearance, the students had to raise RM 2,000. To get Peter Wells on the field, the challenge was set at RM 3,000. These targets proved to be very easy for our generous parents and students and by noon, they had raised over RM 5000! In addition each student who wanted to come to the Brazilian Carnival in casual clothes was asked to pay a minimum of RM 5 for the good cause. It was wonderful to see how enthusiastic and positive the children were about this project.” With such enthusiastic support a local charity was provided with educational supplies and a significant contribution to the facility itself. Those wishing to help with this worthy initiative can contact the marketing & communications executive at the school, Ms. Jennette Tan at tan.jennette@kl.tis.edu.my