Duke of Edinburgh International Award
The Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) programme began in the United Kingdom in 1956 and it has gone from strength to strength, and there is now an international section to the organization, the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. Students work towards the Bronze (over 14 years old), Silver (over 15 years old) and then possibly even Gold (over 16 years old).
With a high reputation worldwide, and a track record stretching back more than 50 years, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a challenging yet rewarding programme of personal development which is of the highest quality and the widest reach. Upon completion of this programme, student participants would become more confident of themselves, independent, responsible, gain a better understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses and contribute to the community. They will learn skills that include time management, problem-solving, presentation and communication. More importantly, students and youths have the opportunity to acquire a sense of identity, develop leadership qualities, interpersonal skills and work together with other group or team members.
Year 10 and Year 11 students follow this programme, over an academic year to qualify for the Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards, as a result. They need to complete four principal activities:
• Volunteering - helping people, animals or the environment;
• Skill - some hobby or pastime leisure;
• Physical Recreation - maintaining or improving personal physical health and performance;
• Adventurous Journey - completing a demanding journey in a team, using tents.
Participants spend about one hour every week on each Volunteering, Skill and Physical Recreation activity for a set number of months. These activities ensure that a healthy balance is maintained between work and leisure, time spent alone and time spent in the company of friends. Students must complete all the categories in order to achieve the Award which is a fantastic way for them to show their skills in a range of fields.
The Bronze and Silver Awards cost RM1,000 and RM1,200 respectively and eligible students can enroll during September. As part of the Bronze qualifying expedition at SKIS, participants are required to undergo a two-day adventure trail whereby their basic camp-craft and navigation skills will be put to the test. For the 2015/2016 session, students have to trek uphill trail in the Cameron Highlands from 19th-20th March 2016. A total of 74 SKIS students from Years 10 and 11 will be taking part in this camping trip, guided by D of E Award Leader and House Coordinator, Mr William Harris.
One of our former IB student, Shaneal Diiren A/L Ratherkrishnan, attained the Silver Award after completing the following activities:
• one year of Creative Development taking guitar and piano lessons;
• one year of Physical Activity in the gym;
• one year of Service volunteering at the DUMC to teach individuals with Downs Syndrome some life skills;
• expedition in November 2014, camping in the hills of Hulu Langat and reaching Puncak Pengasih at 1,399 metres.
This experience had enabled him to develop his leadership and organizational skills, making new friends in the process.
PTPI Student Chapter
People to People International (PTPI) creates lasting cross-cultural connections between citizens of countries worldwide to help them explore global issues, serve and enrich their diverse communities, and become more effective leaders in creating a more peaceful world. The mission of PTPI is to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among people of different countries and diverse cultures. Its mission is to build a cross-cultural network of engaged and knowledgeable everyday citizen leaders into an active force in creating and sustaining a more peaceful world.
With a presence in more than 160 countries, PTPI’s foundation is built on four pillars comprising: Experience; Connect; Learn; Lead. Students involved in PTPI participate in a range of activities including fundraising, leadership coaching, cultural awareness and environmental conservation. Initiated in 1956 by then US President Dwight Eisenhower, the concept of People to People represented part of his lifelong crusade for peace. He believed that citizens around the world could achieve peace more effectively without government interference. Eisenhower’s vision to enhance international understanding and friendship translates into action by thousands of PTPI members globally, whose efforts enrich their communities and nations.
PTPI Global Youth Murals
The PTPI Chapter in SKIS, led by PTPI Adult Advisor and CAS Coordinator Mr Ben Davey, had organized an exciting activity for all students to get involved in. Our students’ mural Human Being Rights was selected to receive the 2015 Primary School Level Winner award for the Global Youth Murals project this year. This award, which complements our Eco-School Award, was presented to SKIS in January 2016 by the PTPI (People to People International) World Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, United States (US). Our mural, among six winning works of art, is presently on display at Images Art Gallery in Overland Park, Kansas, US, where it can be viewed by the public until March. All the six winning murals would be featured in more exhibits throughout 2016 and their images included in PTPI’s publication.
Here at the Leo Club, young people have the opportunity to serve their communities and make a positive impact in society. It offers a great way to have fun, make new friends and develop valuable leadership skills.
On Sunday, 4th October 2015, 42 students were formally installed into the SKIS Leo Club for the 2015/2016 session. This was a great event with dignitaries in attendance from the Petaling Jaya Metro Lion’s Club as well as Leo Club members from other schools. This club is being guided by Mathematics teacher, Ms Zehan Asyraf Binti Jamel and President Genevieve Ooi of Year 10 Delta.
Committee members will be developing the Leo Club further, organizing events and creating awareness within the local community. Currently, club members are undertaking a project which concerns setting up billboards in selected classrooms that display various subject themes like science and mathematics. Students would also be particularly involved in charitable work with the Dignity for Children Foundation.