We have a strong prefect body led by the Year 11 Head Prefects. The prefects form part of the Prefect Working Groups: Student Council, House Events, Student Ambassadors, Charities and Fundraising, Co-Curricular Learning and Paramount Championship. Each working group is responsible for an area of the school and working with a teacher adviser, strives to make a change in the school.
Our Student Council is made up of class representatives who are voted in at the beginning of each academic year and members of the Student Council Prefect working group. The Student Council conducts meetings to discuss areas which students would like to see improvements in and how to put their ideas into practice. Other opportunities to develop leadership skills include:
• Duke of Edinburgh International Award
• Paramount Championship (student-led Talent Show)
• SKIS Year 10 Leadership Development Programme
• People-To-People-International (PTPI) Student Chapter
• Eco-School Club
• Leo Club
Members of our Student Council serve as ambassadors of the school by leading school tours during Open Days and assisting during Parent Teacher Conferences (PTCs). Students in the Charities and Fundraising working group work tirelessly to raise money and awareness during a number of events throughout the year including the ReadATon and Breast Cancer Awareness Week. Our charity partners of the year, as voted in by our students are UNICEF Malaysian and Make-A-Wish Malaysia. Our student exchange programmes, leadership and motivational camps, educational trips and community projects all build confidence and self-esteem. This culminates in a balanced and holistic development of every student.
The annual Paramount Championship, a student-led talent show, takes place during the first term of the academic year. Students participate in a range of events covering creative and academic fields. The Paramount Championship would rival any TV talent show!
The students learn to become Tomorrow’s Leaders, Here and Now in lessons too. Lower in the school we have class representatives and monitors and throughout the school during lessons, group work is established to encourage all students to take turns as being leaders.
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 camping journey in a teams.
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.
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.