Mrs Margaret RafeePrincipal, Sri KDU International School
Over the years, Sri KDU International School (SKIS) has continuously sought to evolve and improve its pedagogy while adopting innovative education practices to achieve better student outcomes. Concurrently, our school curriculum embeds emphasis on sports, music, the performing arts and community-service activities to develop our students holistically.
SKIS was founded in 2011 and is now a fully established school which has not just increased in numbers but has gone from strength to strength in quality thanks to the contribution of all staff. Another measure of success for our school is that we retain students, year on year, despite the opening of many other international schools. Sri KDU International Primary School (SKIPS), is much smaller than the secondary but is a very important and successful part of the school. Almost 100% of the students from Year 6 SKIPS have progressed to SKIS. We are in the process of seeking accreditation and the award of the International School Quality Mark (ISQM). We are aiming for a gold rating which is the equivalent of outstanding, the highest rating possible.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
- Nelson Mandela
In the classroom, we strive to infuse excitement into learning through a more learner-centered and interactive activity-based learning. Teachers encourage students to set their own standards and pace of learning commensurate with their capabilities and potential. Congratulations to all teachers who were part of the team in the last academic year and who have contributed to another extremely successful year in terms of student achievement. Almost all subjects improved the % of A*/A grades at IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and there were even more top performers than in the previous year. The IB (International Baccalaureate) students all did exceptionally well and our two top performing students managed to gain an amazing 43/45 points. This year, we are also sending our first student to Cambridge University in the UK to read Engineering.
We have also excelled in our co-curricular activities in each academic year. I extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to students, teachers and staff for their involvement and support in the co-curricular learning and sports activities for their respective Houses. Our student athletes participated actively in the MSSD / MSSS / MSSM events and won many medals, including at national and international levels.
I believe we have an excellent team of highly able teachers who can awaken joy in the students and develop them as learners rather than simply getting the best academic results. We need to make the most of everyone’s skills and knowledge by working together as a team, sharing good practice and working towards the same goals. We also need to apply Building Learning Power dispositions: Resilience, Reflectiveness, Resourcefulness and Reciprocity in our own work as teachers not just develop them in students. The goal that we are all working towards is to make the students and parents feel they attend “the best international school in the world”.