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MORE! Top World-class University Offers to GIS Students

25 Mar 2022

As testament to the hard work, dedication and determination of our GIS sixth formers, many of them have received some incredible offers from some of the world’s best universities.

As such, we continue to celebrate these achievements by hearing from some of the students themselves. We caught up with some more of our Year 13 students to find out more about their passions, their offers and the exciting university paths that lie ahead.

Alisa Avdic

What are you passionate about?

Expressing individuality through fashion while remaining sustainably conscious is a great passion of mine. I enjoy the creativity that comes with styling outfits, but the health of our planet is equally important to me so upcycling clothes and finding sustainable businesses to support have become a big part of my life.

What do you aspire to do in the future?

I’d love to contribute to the sustainable fashion scene from a technological aspect. I see myself developing and using AI-enhanced technology to encourage the innovation of fashion designers without sacrificing the health of our planet but instead uniting them in such a way where both can flourish and be achieved.

What offers have you received?

I was offered a full scholarship to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to study BSc Risk Management and Business Intelligence, but instead have accepted an offer for VU Amsterdam to study BSc Artificial Intelligence

Describe GIS in three words

Student-focused, forward-thinking and nurturing.

Sonny Ku

What are you passionate about?

I love to explore and carry out independent research on various topics in Astrophysics & Astronomy. I also love problem-solving, whether it be through competitive programming or small coding projects!

What offers have you received?

I’ve received offers from University of Manchester (BEng Computer Science), Northeastern University with a Dean’s Scholarship of $64,000 (B.S. Computer Science and University of Massachusetts Amherst with Chancellor’s Award of $64,000 (B.S. Computer Science). I also have an interview at Imperial (MEng Computer Science with Software Engineering)

How has GIS brought out the best in you?

GIS has a lot of CCAs ranging from sports to academic clubs. I’m able to diversify my time here at GIS and get a balance of all the essentials – entertainment, academic rigour and mental/physical wellbeing. In addition, you can even start your own clubs here! My peers and I started an academic club called the Science Society where we host weekly sessions on various topics in the three Sciences. Doing this has allowed me to explore my subjects beyond the curriculum, and to share my passion with other students from different year groups!

I’d like to shout out to the Maths department at GIS for being super dedicated! Thanks to them, I’ve been able to participate in competitions (UKMT, KMC, SEAMC, etc.), Senior/Turbo Maths Club and other fun events!

Lastly, the amazing support system for Higher Education guidance has definitely taken a lot of stress and pressure off my shoulders. I’d like to thank my HE guidance counsellor (Mrs Phillips), form tutor (Mr Henderson), Head of Sixth Form (Dr Browning) and Head of Year 13 (Mr Robinson) for assisting me with the questions I’ve had about the entire university applications process

Sahana Kaur

Where do your interests lie?

I’m really interested in politics, human rights, and climate action — and more specifically, how policy can be used to institutionalise human rights and sustainability.

What university offers have you received?

I’ve been offered the Pogue Scholarship at UNC- Chapel Hill and the Chancellor’s Scholarship for Vanderbilt University. In addition, I have an offer from University of Michigan and have interviewed at Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Duke, UPenn, Cornell and Georgetown.

How would you describe GIS?

GIS provides a holistic education — there are so many opportunities to engage in applied academics, leadership, and projects, and this is what makes it so special.

Avantika Gupta

What are you passionate about?

My main passion lies in computer science, and I’m interested in fields such as neural computation and machine learning, particularly the creation and applications of artificial neural networks. I also like learning about innovative ways technology can be used for environmental protection and sustainability, something I am keen to continue exploring at university.

What university offers have you received?

I have offers to study Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University (in the Honors College), the University of Michigan, and the University of Toronto (with a $100k scholarship). I also just received an offer from University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, for Computer Science.

What has been the best thing about studying at GIS?

The support system created within the GIS community, between peers, teachers, form tutors, counsellors, HE advisors, and more, who are always willing to help students with everything from the intricacies of university applications to the challenges of A-levels. A lot of time and effort is dedicated to hosting positive education sessions for students, ranging from topics like mental wellbeing to revision techniques, and a lot of teachers go above and beyond to mentor and motivate students.

Beatrice Khor

What are you passionate about?

My passion is music; in particular, classical and jazz piano. Playing the piano is far more than an activity for me. I make music everyday purely for the bliss of it, as well as the intellectual stimulation it invokes in me. It is incredibly rewarding that I am able to explore the complex, multifaceted masterpieces constructed by composers like Chopin and Beethoven that I’ve always wanted to learn. When I want to entertain my family and friends, it is really cool that I can do this by playing the Tik Tok songs, movie soundtracks, and oldies that everyone can understand and relate to.

What university offers have you received?

For the US, I’ve received an offer from the Berklee School of Music in Boston; as for the UK, Bristol and Glasgow have also offered me a place!

What is the best part of being at GIS?

I truly enjoy school life at GIS; the support I receive from my teachers, classmates and friends is incomparable. Every day is an opportunity to learn something new and to connect with people- something that is really special to me.

Alisa Avdic

What are you passionate about?

Expressing individuality through fashion while remaining sustainably conscious is a great passion of mine. I enjoy the creativity that comes with styling outfits, but the health of our planet is equally important to me so upcycling clothes and finding sustainable businesses to support have become a big part of my life.

What do you aspire to do in the future?

I’d love to contribute to the sustainable fashion scene from a technological aspect. I see myself developing and using AI-enhanced technology to encourage the innovation of fashion designers without sacrificing the health of our planet but instead uniting them in such a way where both can flourish and be achieved.

What offers have you received?

I was offered a full scholarship to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to study BSc Risk Management and Business Intelligence, but instead have accepted an offer for VU Amsterdam to study BSc Artificial Intelligence

Describe GIS in three words

Student-focused, forward-thinking and nurturing.

Sonny Ku

What are you passionate about?

I love to explore and carry out independent research on various topics in Astrophysics & Astronomy. I also love problem-solving, whether it be through competitive programming or small coding projects!

What offers have you received?

I’ve received offers from University of Manchester (BEng Computer Science), Northeastern University with a Dean’s Scholarship of $64,000 (B.S. Computer Science and University of Massachusetts Amherst with Chancellor’s Award of $64,000 (B.S. Computer Science). I also have an interview at Imperial (MEng Computer Science with Software Engineering)

How has GIS brought out the best in you?

GIS has a lot of CCAs ranging from sports to academic clubs. I’m able to diversify my time here at GIS and get a balance of all the essentials – entertainment, academic rigour and mental/physical wellbeing. In addition, you can even start your own clubs here! My peers and I started an academic club called the Science Society where we host weekly sessions on various topics in the three Sciences. Doing this has allowed me to explore my subjects beyond the curriculum, and to share my passion with other students from different year groups!

I’d like to shout out to the Maths department at GIS for being super dedicated! Thanks to them, I’ve been able to participate in competitions (UKMT, KMC, SEAMC, etc.), Senior/Turbo Maths Club and other fun events!

Lastly, the amazing support system for Higher Education guidance has definitely taken a lot of stress and pressure off my shoulders. I’d like to thank my HE guidance counsellor (Mrs Phillips), form tutor (Mr Henderson), Head of Sixth Form (Dr Browning) and Head of Year 13 (Mr Robinson) for assisting me with the questions I’ve had about the entire university applications process

Sahana Kaur

Where do your interests lie?

I’m really interested in politics, human rights, and climate action — and more specifically, how policy can be used to institutionalise human rights and sustainability.

What university offers have you received?

I’ve been offered the Pogue Scholarship at UNC- Chapel Hill and the Chancellor’s Scholarship for Vanderbilt University. In addition, I have an offer from University of Michigan and have interviewed at Yale, Columbia. Stanford, Duke, UPenn, Cornell and Georgetown.

How would you describe GIS?

GIS provides a holistic education — there are so many opportunities to engage in applied academics, leadership, and projects, and this is what makes it so special.

Avantika Gupta

What are you passionate about?

My main passion lies in computer science, and I’m interested in fields such as neural computation and machine learning, particularly the creation and applications of artificial neural networks. I also like learning about innovative ways technology can be used for environmental protection and sustainability, something I am keen to continue exploring at university.

What university offers have you received?

I have offers to study Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University (in the Honors College), the University of Michigan, and the University of Toronto (with a $100k scholarship). I also just received an offer from University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, for Computer Science.

What has been the best thing about studying at GIS?

The support system created within the GIS community, between peers, teachers, form tutors, counsellors, HE advisors, and more, who are always willing to help students with everything from the intricacies of university applications to the challenges of A-levels. A lot of time and effort is dedicated to hosting positive education sessions for students, ranging from topics like mental wellbeing to revision techniques, and a lot of teachers go above and beyond to mentor and motivate students.

Beatrice Khor

What are you passionate about?

My passion is music; in particular, classical and jazz piano. Playing the piano is far more than an activity for me. I make music everyday purely for the bliss of it, as well as the intellectual stimulation it invokes in me. It is incredibly rewarding that I am able to explore the complex, multifaceted masterpieces constructed by composers like Chopin and Beethoven that I’ve always wanted to learn. When I want to entertain my family and friends, it is really cool that I can do this by playing the Tik Tok songs, movie soundtracks, and oldies that everyone can understand and relate to.

What university offers have you received?

For the US, I’ve received an offer from the Berklee School of Music in Boston; as for the UK, Bristol and Glasgow have also offered me a place!

What is the best part of being at GIS?

I truly enjoy school life at GIS; the support I receive from my teachers, classmates and friends is incomparable. Every day is an opportunity to learn something new and to connect with people- something that is really special to me.

Thank you to all of the students featured here- we can’t wait to follow more of your journeys over the coming months. We are incredibly proud of the journeys of all of our Year 13 students and look forward to hearing more about their achievements.

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Sixth Form Curriculum: Year 12 & 13
Year 1 & 2

Key Stage 5 (age 16 to 18)

Year 12 & 13 Curriculum

Introduction

The GIS Sixth Form promotes academic excellence in all students, offering international AS and A Level qualifications. These are delivered by outstanding teachers with knowledge and expertise in Key Stage 5 education, who are always ready to go the extra mile to set their students on the path to success.

However, our philosophy of education goes far beyond that. We are proud of our bespoke Sixth Form Diploma which allows students to enrich their studies beyond the formal curriculum, develop leadership skills and nourish a love of learning. In Sixth Form, we recognise the need to equip our students with the soft skills that will prepare them for like beyond our school, and are proud of the opportunities our students have to do this as part of our THRIVE Programme, GIS electives and through our extensive CCA programme.

Underpinning everything we do is our approach of academic care. As well as the care and support of their tutors team, our students complete lessons in Social and Emotional Learning to promote the wellbeing and understanding of others that helps support their success both during their time in GIS and beyond.

As a result of our track record of academic excellence, holistic approach and skills-based education, it is not surprising that GIS Sixth Form students are sought after by the world’s best universities. 

In The Classroom

Taught Curriculum

Students can select from a wide range of A Level subjects which are recognised globally and support our students’ progression to universities in a wide range of countries. These are taught by subject specialists who inspire students to explore their passions and provide rigour and challenge to develop higher-order thinking skills.

A Level
(Cambridge & Edexcel)

Beyond the Classroom

Wider Learning

The range of opportunities that our students benefit from beyond their taught curriculum causes them to really stand out. Our wider learning programme gives students the opportunity to get involved in things that they enjoy, build a sense of community and develop skills that they will use in later life.

Bespoke Learning

GIS Diploma Programme

At GIS, we believe in the importance of a holistic education, which is about more than just achieving fantastic A Levels. We believe it also needs to prepare our students for the future, enabling them to develop a broad knowledge and a wide range of skills. For this purpose, we have developed our curriculum, offering an extensive choice of electives that will help prepare students for the next steps and life beyond school. Our GIS Sixth Formers are given the opportunity to complete the GIS Diploma or the GIS Diploma with Honours.

A GIS Diploma is awarded to students who:

A GIS Diploma with Honours is awarded to students who:

Secondary Curriculum: Year 10 & 11
Year 10 & 11

Key Stage 4 (age 14 & 16)

Year 10 & 11 Curriculum

Introduction

The Secondary School curriculum at GIS focuses on supporting young confident adults to reach their potential, in line with our GIS Learner Skills and our commitment to ensuring academic care for all.

Our Year 10 to 11 (KS4) curriculum is designed to meet the academic, personal and cultural needs of our students and better equip them for future challenges, while at the same time creating enjoyable learning environments that inspire and motivate. Students begin to select courses that appeal to them and follow a broad range of examined and non-examined subjects that prepare them for success both in and out of the classroom. Alongside examined subjects, students follow courses designed to develop them as individuals through Social Emotional Learning and a range of elective subjects. The Year 10 and 11 curriculum creates young adults not only with strong academic credentials but who are also well rounded individuals ready for the next stage of their learning.

Our focus on involvement outside the classroom alongside academic excellence aims to create the opportunity for students to become world changers in both their local and global communities.

In The Classroom

Taught Curriculum

Our KS4 taught curriculum provides students with a balanced yet bespoke programme of study at GIS. At its core is a personalised combination of International GCSE qualifications that all students undertake and enhanced by our elective program. To ensure students are well rounded with successes beyond just academic achievements, the programme offers all students in KS4 a range of bespoke GIS elective courses as well as the study of Social and Emotional Learning. This balanced robust curriculum ensures students are well prepared for our our outstanding GCE (A Level) programme in Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) or study beyond GIS. As with all other Key stages academic care remains central to our ethos with regular curriculum time allocated to the pastoral system and supported through contact with tutor groups.

Core Subjects

Option Subjects

Beyond the Classroom

Wider Learning

Our KS4 wider curriculum supports students in their engagement, enjoyment and personal personal development as they move through Years 10 and 11. A wide range of activities are available that take place beyond timetabled lessons enable all students to gain engage in our school community and develop as individuals.

Bespoke Learning

GIS Elective Programme

At GIS we believe in the importance of a holistic education that is more than just achieving fantastic IGCSEs: it also needs to prepare you for the future, which requires a broad knowledge and wide range of skills. For this purpose, we have developed our curriculum, offering an extensive choice of electives that will extend learning and help prepare you for your own next steps and life beyond education.

Secondary Curriculum: Year 7 to 9
Year 1 & 2

Key Stage 3 (age 11 to 14)

Year 7 to 9 Curriculum

Introduction

The Secondary School curriculum at GIS focuses on supporting young confident adults to reach their potential, in line with our GIS Learner Skills and our commitment to ensuring academic care for all.

Our Year 7 to 9 (KS3) curriculum is designed to meet the academic, personal and cultural needs of our students and better equip them for future challenges, while at the same time creating enjoyable learning environments that inspire and motivate. Students follow a broad and balanced range of subjects that are linked to the National Curriculum of England and Wales but modified to create courses appropriate for an international education.

Our focus on involvement outside the classroom alongside academic excellence aims to create the opportunity for students to become world changers in both their local and global communities.

In The Classroom

Taught Curriculum

Our KS3 taught curriculum provides students with a broad and balanced approach to study at GIS. A range of subjects are followed that gives learners a solid foundation to build upon in later years and ignite a passion for learning. Alongside delivering strong academic foundations, our KS3 taught curriculum is supported through our academic care provision. Students are supported by one-to-one conversations with subject teachers and tutors about their learning.

Subjects

Subjects

Beyond the Classroom

Wider Learning

Our KS3 wider curriculum supports students in their engagement, enjoyment and personal development as they move through Years 7 to 9. A wide range of activities are available that take place beyond timetabled lessons enable all students to gain engage in our school community and develop as individuals.

Early Years Curriculum: Nursery & Reception
Nursery & Reception

Early Years Foundation Stage (age 3 & 5)

Nursery & Reception Curriculum

Early Years

Our EYC learning environment, both inside and outside, is well-resourced and offers a wide range of multi-sensory learning opportunities that are linked to the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. We balance play-based learning with the teaching of fundamental literacy and numeracy skills, PE and music lessons, as well as social and emotional skill development.

Mandarin is taught as an additional language through a combination of discrete teacher-led sessions, and as part of continuous provision, with our outstanding teachers encouraging authentic and natural language acquisition amongst our youngest learners.

Throughout their time at EYC, our young learners have opportunities to follow their interests and take ownership over their learning. This is encouraged through first-hand experiences that create a sense of awe and wonder for children, inspiring them to learn more about the world around them.

Children’s brains develop connections faster in the first five years than at any other time in their lives. This is the time when the foundations for learning, health and behaviour throughout life are laid down. In fact, by the time they turn five 90% of their brain will have been developed.

Our curriculum and approach are designed to ensure that a strong foundation is laid down to support your child’s further development throughout their life.

In The Classroom

Taught Curriculum

Our Early Years offering consists of carefully designed opportunities to learn through play, directed curriculum and wider learning opportunities such as Jungle School, gardening and cooking.

A Unique Child

Prime

Specific

Mandarin

Jungle School Programme

Beyond the Classroom

Wider Learning

Even at EYC, we offer a broad curriculum, with the aim of igniting passions and developing new interests amongst our children. We offer swimming, Water Play Days, Woodwork, Cooking, Trips and CCAs. We also offer our Jungle School programme. Unique to Malaysia, this is a hands-on programme based on the ‘Forest School’ approach in Europe. At Jungle School, our EYC children are able to learn about nature, explore and take risks is a safe and controlled environment and learn to become responsible citizens of the earth who respect and preserve her resources.

Primary Curriculum: Year 3 to 6
Year 3 to 6

Key Stage 2 (age 7 to 11)

Year 3 to 6 Curriculum

Introduction

This stage builds upon the foundations laid in the Early Years and Key Stage 1, preparing children for the next phase of their education. English is taught daily with a strong emphasis on the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The development of practical, mental and applied mathematics is achieved through our mathematics lessons.

In Years 5 and 6, French and Spanish are added to the World Languages programme. Students can decide to continue learning the Asian language they have been learning or replace this choice with one of the European languages. Either way, they will still have the opportunity to learn the other language as part of the language club programme after school. Homework is provided throughout the school, and is aimed at consolidating skills taught at school and encouraging parents to play an active role in their children’s education.

Children’s progress is assessed throughout Key Stages 1 and 2 to ensure we have a good understanding of their ongoing progress, individual abilities and to ensure their future needs are met.

In The Classroom

Taught Curriculum

The Primary Curriculum follows a topic-based, cross-curriculum approach to learning with the British National Curriculum as it’s foundation. Soft skills are developed through a set of bespoke ‘Golden Threads’ that are carefully interwoven throughout the curriculum.

Subjects taught in our topic curriculum are:

Specialist Teaching subjects are

Beyond the Classroom

Wider Learning

In Year 3 to Year 6 we offer our students wider learning opportunities to encourage them to learn new interests and skills beyond the classroom including:

Primary Curriculum: Year 1 & 2
Year 1 & 2

Key Stage 1 (age 5 to 7)

Year 1 & 2 Curriculum

Introduction

The first key stage of school welcomes children from Early Years into the Primary School and encourages each child to continue their development and maintain the fun, active approach to learning. Information Communication Technology (ICT) is used to support the learning process. Classroom-based learning along with a broad co-curricular programme and education outside the classroom ensure we provide a holistic education for your child.

The majority of learning takes place in the nurturing environment of the classroom facilitated by the classroom teacher and assistant teachers. Specialist teachers support the teaching of Art, Music, ICT and Physical Education. In World Languages, students learn Mandarin or Bahasa Malaysia – the national language, helping them to develop the skills and passion to learn an additional language in depth. Students also have the opportunity to explore other languages as a part of the language club programme which happens after school. Science, History, Geography, Design Technology and Drama are taught through our exciting Topic Curriculum which is underpinned by the ‘Golden Threads’ of Intercultural Learning and Social and Emotional Learning.

GIS utilises both the classroom and education opportunities outside the classroom to provide a programme that develops World Changers. At GIS we believe that our responsibility goes beyond producing outstanding academic results. We are fully committed to providing a holistic, well-balanced education.

In The Classroom

Taught Curriculum

The Primary Curriculum follows a topic-based, cross-curriculum approach to learning with the British National Curriculum as it’s foundation. Soft skills are developed through a set of bespoke ‘Golden Threads’ that are carefully interwoven throughout the curriculum. The subjects taught in our topic curriculum are: English, Science, Mathematics, History, Geography, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Art & Design, Design Technology

Subjects taught in our topic curriculum are:

Specialist Teaching subject are:

Beyond the Classroom

Wider Learning

 

In Year 1 & 2 we offer our students wider learning opportunities to encourage them to learn new interests and skills beyond the classroom including: