As we reach the end of our second term of the year, I look back on the term and indeed, the year to date and cannot help but be in awe of our students, their drive and their achievements. Most recently, the Taylorian's Rhapsody performance last Friday and Saturday demonstrated how truly wonderful our students are. In addition to this, last week’s Open Week and Open Day on Saturday allowed TIS Puchong to show its strengths and, in particular, the abilities, commitment and personal qualities of the students and staff who make up our community. 

Developing a true culture of inclusion and learning within a school takes time and I am pleased to see the huge and positive progress that has and is being made by the TIS Puchong community across the gamut of what we do. In the classroom, our continued work with Quantum Learning education is visibly raising and improving the standard of learning. On the sports field, TIS Puchong continues to triumph in existing competitions in all sports as well as participate in new inter-school competitions involving the top international schools in Malaysia. 

Our Performing Arts teams continue to excel with high level performances taking place termly. Community support and involvement by our students continues to gain momentum with, most recently, support for the local orphanage being conducted by TIS Puchong students who made furniture for local orphan children. Further, our links with the Rotary Club and the Interactive Outdoor Classroom have enabled our students to support and learn from children who are not as fortunate as themselves. Academically, our results for IGCSE are excellent and comparable with schools who have been established far longer than TIS Puchong. All this and so much more has led to this being a very successful two terms for our school and something that we are all proud of. Before we close for the holidays, however, I would like to report on the following items from last week. 

Taylorian Rhapsody 2018: Broadway Classics
Last Friday and Saturday saw our second annual Taylorian Rhapsody performance play to full houses. Performers from Year 1 through to Year 11 danced, sang and demonstrated their instrumental music talents and entertained peers, parents, visitors and staff.  I was particularly proud of the fact that the students led the majority of this event with a student orchestra conducted by two student conductors in addition to the event being supported by a student back stage and front of house crew. The performances were nothing less than outstanding and, in addition to all the students involved,  my particular thanks go to Mr Ian Schoeman and Ms Rebecca Yap and their teams who enabled this event to take place. Their professionalism and commitment to their specialisms as well as the school, ensured that this event was a real highlight of the year. Such events not only allow students to develop their performance abilities but offer a great many opportunities in learning, skill development, team work, communication, organisation and problem solving. A superb event and one that is firmly fixed as an annual event in the TIS Puchong calendar.

Rugby: Representing Malaysia
Rebecca Jay (Y11) has been selected to represent Malaysia in the Youth Touch Rugby World Cup, 2018. She will play for the Girls U18 team on 8-11 Aug 2018 at the Equestrian Park, Putrajaya. Months of weekend and out of school training has paid off. Well done and good luck Rebecca

Next term, our last of the current academic year will see a number of key events taking place. The most important for Year 11 are October’s IGCSE examinations where our largest cohort of Year 11 students to date will sit these challenging and important examinations. Additional classes, targeted lessons and holiday classes have been undertaken in school and are scheduled for the forthcoming holidays so as to best support our Year 11s at this challenging time.  

For the remainder of the school, we will all be moving forward in a number of different ways.  Early Years and Year 5 will enter the IPC and complete our adoption of the IPC curriculum across the primary school. For sports, we have a packed calendar of KLISS and other competitions ahead for which our teams have been training this term. In the classroom, we continue our partnership with Quantum Learning and the overall improvement of pedagogy and teaching practice across the school.  For the performing arts, the annual “Taylor’s Got Talent” event will take place to the enjoyment of all. September will see 24 of our students travelling to Japan to visit Niigata School as part of our annual exchange as well as welcoming Niigata students to our campus prior to this.  Exchanges are valuable learning opportunities that allow students the opportunity to learn with others who have different backgrounds and experiences as well as enable students to visit an experience a different part of the world.  

Next term, our numbers continue to increase with new children joining us across the school from schools in the area and from across Kuala Lumpur as we further profile ourselves as the school of choice.  All in all, a busy and exciting term lies ahead and one that my staff and I very much look forward to. 

In closing this, the last newsletter of the term, I would like to thank you all for your support for what has been a superb term of learning, development and enjoyment. I wish you all a well deserved and restful holiday and look forward to welcoming you back to our new term in August.
 
Kind Regards,

David Flint 斐迪偉
Principal of Taylor’s International School Puchong