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A LEVEL TWINNING PROGRAMME

HONSBRIDGE ACADEMY IN PARTNERSHIP
WITH PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE, UK

Giving you the solution to gaining
an international education

HEAD’S WELCOME

Let me wish you a warm welcome to Honsbridge, a British curriculum academy for students in Malaysia. Our goal at Honsbridge is a simple one – to offer all our Students the best possible preparation for their future educational careers.

The Honsbridge IGCSE/O Level Tuition is designed for students who believe in choosing their own subjects; in building a strong foundation in their command of English to excel in their academic progression; to enable the students to achieve the high grades that they truly deserve; and last but not the least students have the option to sit their examination in June or Nov.

For a very long time, the Education Ministry of Malaysia has recognised the importance of English language in higher education. Hence, the UPSR and SPM examinations have now included English as the written scripts in Maths and Science examinations. This is a fine example of meeting the changing needs of students today.

GCSE, IGCSE and GCE O Level/Cambridge International O Level are UK qualifications equivalent to SPM qualifications. For further information on these qualifications, please look it up on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GCSE .These courses are taught in the English language as such the examinations use the English scripts only. We can consider GCSE, IGCSE and GCE O level as very valuable qualifications, because they are recognised worldwide as the basic admission requirement to higher education.

As part of my continuous quest for learning, my education and career pathways have taken me abroad besides my home, Malaysia. Therefore, I can share with you the various providers of these valuable educations.

  1. In UK, GCSE is available with several examination boards. e.g. Edexcel, OCR and AQA.
  2. In Singapore secondary schools, private schools and tuition centres, GCE O level is available with Cambridge International Examination (CIE) board.
  3. In Malaysia international schools e.g. Garden International School, Alice Smith International School and several others, IGCSE and GCE O level are available with CIE board or Edexcel.

In Malaysia, the majority of students follow the national education curriculum, SPM pathway to higher education. There are some students whose parents can afford the very high school fees and living expenses at the above mentioned schools, these students shall follow the international education curriculum. I am one of many who have studied GCE O levels in Singapore, Cedar Girls’ Secondary School. When I look back, I always thank my parents who have provided me an education that has improved my life learning skills.

Our students benefit not only from outstanding academic tuition, but also from a nurturing environment which gives them the time and space to develop as individuals and to prepare themselves for the challenges ahead.

Our motto “Building Bridges, Exceeding Expectations” illustrates the Honsbridge ethos and our desire to equip our students with the skills they need to be successful in whatever they choose to do.

I hope to have the opportunity to welcome you and your child to Honsbridge in the future. If you have questions or would like to visit us, please contact me.

Mrs Emma Furze
Head of Honsbridge (2008 to present)

OUR MISSION

TO GIVE STUDENTS OF ALL BACKGROUND A CHANCE TO BE THEIR FRIEND, MENTOR & TEACHER. TO EMPOWER THEM TO BE THE BEST THEY CAN BE. TOGETHER WITH HONSBRIDGE, WE BELIEVE IN NEW BEGINNINGS.

HONSBRIDGE, LIVING, BREATHING MALAYSIA

Honsbridge is a thriving independent academy in the heart of Petaling Jaya. Since our foundation in 2008, an outstanding record of success has been achieved. This has been demonstrated by our strong O-Level/ IGCSE results of our graduates and their academic progression on entering the competitive pre-degree courses locally and abroad.

We provide an academically challenging environment in which all our students can achieve their potential. Students are treated as young adults and expected to adopt a mature and responsible attitude to their studies. Approachable tutors, small classes, course specific notes and supplementary supervised prep have maximised student achievement.

During their time at Honsbridge, students develop time-management skills along with sophisticated learning and study techniques. Our programme of weekly homework and exam-focused classes rapidly improves self-confidence. Each is carefully monitored and difficulties are rapidly and sympathetically addressed through our academic and pastoral support.

 

We are committed to helping each student to achieve the very best academic standards. This is done through rigorous yet informal teaching, frequent tests with in-depth feedback and by the use of expert tutors.

Great care is taken in the selection of our tutors; prerequisites include passion for teaching and expertise in their subject, along with first-class communication skills. Honsbridge tutors are driven by examination success and are fully conversant with the requirements of the subject specifications.

Our students tell us that their time at Honsbridge was hard work but was also the most rewarding period that they have spent in secondary education.

Honsbridge is an educational initiative to help both local and international students who want to obtain a qualification alternative to SPM. We aspire to provide quality and affordable IGCSE/O levels tuitions to students who meet the basic requirements.

To help you choose a successful higher education, we provide all higher education placement counseling and assistance in scholarship applications.

Our Three Commitments

  • To nurture students to their fullest academic potential through effective teaching.
  • To equip students with critical thinking skills, to be creative, innovative and independent learners.
  • To provide students counselling and placement opportunities for their higher education. Through counseling, students may develop their personal and educational aspirations.

Finally, we have bounds of energy to drive eco-friendly initiatives to do our part for the environment and the next generation.

EMMA FURZE (PRINCIPAL)

Miss Emma spent much of her childhood in Singapore when she read her PSLE and O-Levels, she returned briefly to Malaysia to complete her A-Level studies, before graduating with a BSc from the National University of Singapore (Merit) and University of Hong Kong. Emma has been involved in education for over fourteen years since her undergraduate days in 2000. She accepted her first job as a full time O Level teacher to teach Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Additional Math in Singapore before joining Menara Citibank, Malaysia briefly as an Investment Services Consultant.

In 2005, she graduated from the University of Liverpool, England with the MSc (Distinction), she then accepted the offer to work as a full time research chemist for 3 years at the AstraZeneca in Horsham and at the GlaxoSmithKline in Stevenage (UK) during the day and tutoring Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Add Maths in the evenings. After being conferred as the Member of Royal Society of Chemistry in 2008, she founded Honsbridge International in Malaysia along with a few stakeholders in 2009. Together with a growing team of dedicated and experienced staffs, Emma has since been the dedicated Principal, teacher and mentor in delivering year on year strong O Level/IGCSE results for the school that has in excess of 180 students and teachers.

Given Emma’s familiarity with the educational systems in Malaysia, Singapore and England, she understands the Malaysian parents’ general concern and expectation of their children’s academic and extra- curricular pursuits. She continues to counsel using her experiences from helping parents and students successfully in building a strong academic and character reference report for scholarship and college application. Emma is a strong believer in an all -round education. She has strong athletic training background and passion for sports since completing her O Levels at Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, Singapore. It is no wonder that she supports all students at Honsbridge to enjoy as many as 20 sporting events during the Physical Education lesson weekly and Sports Day annually. Till today, she enjoys swimming 500m three times weekly which can take her between 25min to an hour leisurely.

Her goal is to better her swimming skills over time and she runs with her parents (who walk) at the park at the weekends. She wishes all her students and teachers to keep an active healthy lifestyle both outdoor and indoor. After all, good health is the most precious gift and all the good things will come!

SAMANTHA KHO (ACADEMIC HEAD)

Miss Samantha Kho graduated from the University of Malaya with a BSc and MSc in Biotechnology and has lectured and tutored extensively for 6 years as well as heading up the pre-tertiary programme for three years before joining Honsbridge as Science, Chemistry, Biology Teacher and Academic Head.

DOMINIC HON (VICE PRINCIPAL)

Mr Dominic also studied for his O-Levels in Singapore before moving, firstly to the states to study for a BSc in Psychology at Western Michigan University, and then to Australia where he graduated with an MA in Communication Management from the University of South Australia and worked as a tutor in Murdoch University.

Once back in Malaysia he worked with autistic children as a Psychologist for NASOM before moving to KDU College where he was a Programme Leader and Lecturer before joining Honsbridge in 2008.

DR ALISTAIR (HEAD OF SIXTH)

Dr Alistair, after reading Chemistry at the University of Oxford, spent two years synthesising novel anti-viral drug candidates under the direction of Professor Stan Roberts at the University of Liverpool before pursuing his MPhil and PhD in Tissue Engineering at the University of Manchester. During this time he tutored Chemistry and Physics up to A-Level extensively before obtaining his Qualified Teacher Status from the University of Chester.

He began his teaching career at the prestigious Downe House School, initially founded in Charles Darwin’s former home in 1907. He moved to Malaysia in 2009, firstly teaching at Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar and then Kolej Yayasan UEM until 2014 when he joined Honsbridge.

ALICIA HON (MARKETING DIRECTOR)

Miss Alicia studied a Bachelor in Management and Marketing at Curtin University, Australia. She has more than 8 years of professional experience in counseling and education placement. On top of that, she is undertaking her MBA whilst working at Honsbridge. All parents and students turn to her for help for choosing subjects and education pathway after O Levels.

COLIN HON (OPERATIONS ASSISTANT)

Mr Colin studied a professional course in ACCA and practice accounting before joining Honsbridge.

MICHAEL MELLOR (HEAD OF ENGLISH)

Mr Michael Mellor graduated from the University of Edinburgh with MA in History. He has more than 38 years of teaching experience both locally and abroad. Before joining Honsbridge, he was the Director of Studies, Highlands International Boarding School. At Honsbridge, he specialises in History, English Literature and English Language.

English Teacher

Miss Jenny completed her studies in Singapore with a degree in English and Sociology at the National University of Singapore before achieving an MA in Sociology from the University of Toledo in Ohio, USA.

She has taught and lectured English at the University Tenaga, Taylors College, Inti College and most recently KDU College. She joined Honsbridge in 2009 as the first and the most inspiring English Teacher. Hundreds of students have been motivated under her teaching to write spellbinding essays that have won the hearts of examiners. Many of her students have scored 100 UMS for English and students who barely passed the subjects have achieved credit passes. She is ever proud of her students from the class of G1 to G10. She has since resume teaching English in April for the class of Year 9, J8 and the class of Year 10, G16. Honsbridge is honoured to recognise Ms Jenny as the longest serving teacher since inception in 2009. Her dedication and effective teaching methodology to teach her students English, have touched all her students and counting.

Ms Willie Pat Kanchana Amaldass
She holds a Bachelor of Arts English Language degree from the University of Putra Malaysia. Her teaching experience spans from teaching English Language full time in five established schools at Malaysia for the last twenty- five years. She supports the teaching of English language and lower years Literature classes.

Mathematics Teacher

Miss Emma‘s life’s calling after working at major corporation such as BMC Academy, St. Francis Methodist School, Citibank, Astrazeneca and GlaxoSmithKline is to alleviate fear of Math, Chemistry and Physics off the face of her students. As such, she has been helping countless students through regular class sessions for the past 10 years (and counting). Regardless of whether the students are from the International schools, local schools or homeschools , Ms. Emma has seen and handled them all. Students who fear the subjects and never like the subjects has overcome the difficulties with Ms.Emma’s coaching.

She spent much of her childhood in Singapore when she read her PSLE and O-Levels and A Levels, she returned briefly to Malaysia to complete her A-Level studies. She graduated with a BSc from the National University of Singapore (Merit) and University of Hong Kong in 2001. Emma has been involved in education since her undergraduate days as a private tutor for O Level candidates. She accepted her first job as a full time O Level teacher to teach Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Additional Math in Singapore before joining Menara Citibank, Malaysia briefly as an Investment Services Consultant.

In 2005, she graduated from the University of Liverpool, England with the MSc (Distinction), she then accepted the offer to work as a full time research chemist for 3 years at the AstraZeneca in Horsham and at the GlaxoSmithKline in Stevenage (UK) during the day and tutoring Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Add Maths in the evenings. After being conferred as the Member of Royal Society of Chemistry in 2008, she founded Honsbridge International in Malaysia along with a few stakeholders in 2009. Together with a growing team of dedicated and experienced staffs, Emma has since been the dedicated Principal, teacher and mentor in delivering year on year strong O

Level/IGCSE results for the school that has in excess of 180 students and teachers. She specializes in teaching Math, Add Math, Science, Chemistry and Physics for all levels.

WARNING: A typical class session with Miss Emma involves 100% ALL-OUT LEARNING, instead of students just sitting and watching her talk and write on the whiteboard. Students are expected to write their answers on the board and present their work for the class. May faith have mercy on those who turn up late for class or without doing their homework …as PENALTY applies.

Dr Yvonne Kong – Teacher of Physics and Math She has a doctorate in Science from the University of Malay, before that she read her Master of Science from the University of Malaya and read a Degree in Engineering at the University of Lincoln. To many students of class G14, G15, G10 and G12, they would be very familiar with her because she has taught at Honsbridge since 2013. She is now returning to Honsbridge from her maternity leave and having completed her doctorate. Her specialty subjects are Physics and Mathematics and her students are looking forward to welcome her back.

Science Teacher

Dr Alistair – Acting Principal, Teacher of Physics and Chemistry
He is a mentor for Oxbridge candidates who aspire to enter the University of Cambridge and Oxford. He specialises in Physics and Chemistry. Under his coaching, his students have performed exceptionally well because of various experimentation and visualisation of key concepts in all his lessons. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a Masters degree in Chemistry before completing his Doctorate in Tissue Engineering at the University of Manchester. He also obtained his Qualified Teacher Status from the University of Chester.

He began his teaching career at the prestigious Downe House School, initially founded in Charles Darwin’s former home in 1907. He moved to Malaysia in 2009, firstly teaching at Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar and then Kolej Yayasan UEM until 2014 when he joined Honsbridge in 2014.

He is never short of jokes to cheer up the Chemistry and Physics lessons, it’s a matter of whether the students understand them. Interested in Physics and Chemistry, read on the subject with the expert.

Mr Kuldip Singh – Teacher of Chemistry and Science.
He has a degree with Honours degree in Chemistry from the Nicholls State University, Thibodeaux in 1978. He has been lecturing in local colleges in Chemistry for many years. To many students of Honsbridge, they would be very familiar with him because he has joined Honsbridge since 2013 teaching Chemistry for 2 years before he took a rest year in 2015. Just as his students were missing him, Mr Kuldip showed up at Honsbridge in May 2016 to resume teaching Science and Chemistry at Honsbridge. To many students, he is like a father and the Proctor of Honsbridge.

Mr Leong Yim Kheng – Teacher of Biology & Science
He read his first degree in Biology and Chemistry from the Campbell University, USA. After that, he pursued his Master degree in Biotechnology from the University of Malaya. His passion in research has driven him to embark a Phd in Medicine from the Nagoya University of Japan. Since completing his professional degrees, he has been passionate in lecturing Biology at local colleges.

Miss Samantha Kho graduated from the University of Malaya with a BSc and MSc in Biotechnology and has lectured and tutored extensively for 6 years as well as heading up the pre-tertiary programme for three years before joining us as Chemistry and Biology teacher and Manager.

Business, Economics and History Teacher

Mr Michael Mellor – Head of English, Teacher of English, History and Literature
He specialises in Literature, History and English at both O Level and A Level. Under his teaching, his students have attained outstanding results because they have found his teaching methods effective to learn and easy to understand. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with MA in History. He has more than 38 years of teaching experience both locally and abroad. Before joining Honsbridge in 2015, he was the Director of Studies, Highlands International Boarding School. We are proud of Mr Mike’s outstanding achievements because his students have achieved outstanding English and Literature IGCSE examination results.

Mr Dominic – Vice Principal, Teacher of Business and History
He studied for his O-Levels in Singapore before moving, firstly to the states to study for a BSc in Psychology at Western Michigan University, and then to Australia where he graduated with an MA in Communication Management from the University of South Australia and worked as a tutor in Murdoch University.

Once back in Malaysia he worked with autistic children as a Psychologist for NASOM before moving to KDU College where he was a Programme Leader and Lecturer before joining Honsbridge in 2008.

As the Vice Principal, he also teachers Business and History to many students, he gently guide the students and he closely walks them through the wide scopes of various topics in Business Studies and History.

With a penchant for teaching students and an inclination towards simplifying the learning process as much as possible, Mr Dominic is known for his emphasis on critical- thinking in class to ensure their firm foundation of all concepts involved, and expose them to every style of question and scenario through a series of practicing many years of exam papers and exercises.

Mr Bakhtiar Ulhaq – Teacher of Business, Accounting and Economics
He holds a certified Chartered Accountancy and his first degree is in Applied Accounting from the Oxford Brookes University. He has taught Cambridge IGCSE syllabus in Economics, Accounting, Business Studies including English Language at three established International Schools in Pakistan since 2014 before relocating to Malaysia in 2016. In June 2016, he has been teaching revision classes in Economics, Accounting and Business Studies to the students of class G14, G15 and G16 at Honsbridge. His students have found him so energetic and well versed in the subjects. His specialty includes teaching Business, Economics, Accounting and Debate. He is also eager to engage students in various students club and societies.

Miss Esmai – Teacher of Bahasa Melayu and Science
Equipped with her first degree in Science from the University of Malaya and a Master degree in Education from the University Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has taught subjects such as Geography, History, Bahasa Melayu and Science at the Malacca International School before joining Honsbridge

Miss Choo Kim Lan – Teacher of Mandarin and Economics
Equipped with her first degree in Science from the University Science of Malaysia, she has been teaching Mandarin in various establishments since 2014. Before 2014, she has gained professional working experience at the Help University as the Assistant Manager and as well as the best Customer Service Officer of Call Centre DBS, Singapore. In 2014, she was awarded the HKC Chinese Language Teachers Certificate

Mr Rajakumar  – Teacher of Physical Education
Equipped with a Bachelor degree in Sports Science with Hons from the University of Malaya. His coaching experience as a PE teacher and teacher in charge of sports and societies began in 2008 at two established institutions. He is a talented coach of various sports such as Handball, Captain’s ball, Futsal, Badminton, Frisbee, Track and Field, Dodgeball, Cricket and Volleyball. The school’s athletics standard is set to rise with Mr Raja’s experienced training and delivery of sports meetings.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

What makes learning at Honsbridge unique and effective is the combination of:

  • Highly qualified academics are masters of their own craft and in delivering all lessons.
  • Small class sizes (maximum 16 students) ensure that teachers are able to focus their time and attention on individual students.
  • Dedicated supervised study and preparatory lessons for all students. The lessons promote peer learning and teachers help the students to learn independently.
  • Students who come to us from many different parts of the world. This diverse mix of nationalities ensures that all students are required to use their English skills to communicate.

This means that our students will have the best possible preparation for their examination, whilst making lifelong friendships with other pupils from around the world.

A-Level Twinning Program

In partnership with award winning Pembrokeshire College, Honsbridge would like to offer you the opportunity to gain an international pre-university education. Read More

Upper Secondary

Honsbridge provides the perfect GCE ‘O’ Level/ IGCSE foundation for boys and girls, aged 11-17, seeking to prepare for secondary or higher education in Malaysia and overseas. Read More

Lower Secondary

Combines high quality language tuition with subject teaching and is designed for students leading to their GCE ‘O’ Level or IGCSE exams in 1.5 years to four years. Read More

Primary Education

Combine Standard 5 & 6 subject teaching in 1.5year leading to express 4 year GCE ‘O’ Level/ IGCSE program. Read More

Mastery Revision

The Year 6 to Year 12 revision classes offer students a head start on English, Mathematics and Science subjects i.e. to build a solid foundation to excel in their IGCSE/ O Level / A Level examinations. Read More

Preschool

Early years school

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Honsbridge believes in both academic and character building excellence. Hence, students are encouraged to participate in various activities throughout the year.

All students have the opportunity to enjoy a range of sports at the sports centre across from the academy or the nearby field. Supervised sports and activities are therefore an important part of the extra curricular activity (ECA) curriculum at the academy.

  • Futsal
  • Dodgeball
  • Captain’s ball
  • Badminton
  • Chess
  • Relay
  • Speed walk
  • Cheerleading
  • Three-legged race

Annual events are celebrated by the school for the teachers, parents and students. This promote a close knitted bonding within the academy. Competitions are also held for students to compete with students from other schools to increase exposure and standard.

  • Festive celebrations e.g. Chinese New Year, Teachers’ Day, Friendship Day
  • Honsween (Halloween)
  • Christmas Bash
  • O Level/IGCSE Graduation Party
  • Speech Day
  • College visitation
  • Study tours e.g. Brewery
  • Sports Day
  • O Level Challenge
  • Debate Challenge

Weekly specialised ECA are also organised to explore hidden talents of our students. This provides a platform for students to share and learn new skills with their peers.

  • Music appreciation e.g. Guitar, Violin, Keyboard, Drumming, Dancing and Singing.
  • Art & crafts e.g. Making decorations for school events
  • Green challenge e.g. Recycle material to make models and presentation.
  • Chess club
  • Debate and public speaking appreciation

Sunway Giza & The Strand Mall

  • A premier shopping, leisure and entertainment haven specifically tailored to offer products & services that meet the lifestyle of neighbouring catchment. For instance, the TGV cinema is just a stone throw away from Honsbridge.

Food & Beverages

  • Students will find that there is a wide range of eateries located near the academy. There is everything from gourmet coffee such as Starbucks to yakitori and plenty of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Western cruisine. There are many modern styled coffee shops that serve local food delights and supermarkets that serve sushi and freshly baked pastry and bread.

Convenience Stores

  • 7-eleven, 99 Speedmart, Watson and etc

Central Park Dataran Sunway

  • A commercial complex consists of an integrated indoor sports centre (badminton & futsal courts), food courts, restaurants, retails outlets, and multi-storey covered car park.

All major banks

  • Maybank, HSBC, Alliance, RHB, Public, UOB, OCBC, CIMB, Standard Chartered, Ambank and Hong Leong

Hotel accommodation

  • De Jaya Hotel, Tune Hotel, 9 Square Hotel, Bukit Bintang Royale Damansara Hotel and i-Hotel

1. A Levels Twinning Programmes
SPM and O Level/ IGCSE students may consider the 1.5 year to 2 year A Levels Twinning program offered at Honsbridge and Pembrokeshire College. The key difference between the A Level program offered at Honsbridge and other colleges is the small class size e.g. 3 to 16 students a class and the UK A level syllabus is more attractive than the International A Level syllabus. Above all, students of this elite program have the chance to study in the UK for one year at very affordable fees.

2. Fast Track Cambridge O Level/ IGCSE Programmes
In the space of one to two years, the students are taught at least five subjects syllabus and are prepared for their exams. The lessons are held Monday through Thursday between 8:00 and 15:15, and Friday between 8:00 and 12:00.

3. Fast Track Cambridge Pre-O Level/ IGCSE Programme
Student may join Honsbridge Pre-O Level Comprehensive Tuition Programme after Year 6 / UPSR / AOP Grade 6 and be prepared for Cambridge O Level/ IGCSE in four years time. All students will study English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science and History. Apart from academic learning, group work, written assessment and presentation grooming, students also participate in sports such as futsal, dodgeball, captain’s ball, badminton etc. The lessons are held Monday through Thursday between 8:45 and 14:30. And Friday between 8:45 and 12:00.

4. Cambridge IGCSE O Level/ A Level Mastery Revision Programmes
In the space of one to two years, the students have the chance to revise on popular subjects such as Add Math, Chemistry, Business Studies, Physics and English to get ready for their exams. The lessons are held on Saturday between 09:00 and 13:00. For private lessons, please enquire on 1700-815188.

5. Pastoral care
Students are guided and supported throughout their course and given extensive assistance with university applications.

6. Teachers

7. Outstanding Track Record of Results

8. Extra Curicular Activities
Honsbridge believes in both academic and character building excellence. Hence, students are encouraged to participate in various activities throughout the year.

9. Admission
To register for the coming intake, please bring along the followings:

  1. Registration fee: RM500 (GST is not included)
  2. A photograph of Identification Card/ Passport
  3. 2 passport photograph
  4. Latest academic results and transcripts
  5. A completed application form as enclosed
  6. A aptitude placement fee: RM100 where necessary

* For more information, view our admission details

10. Term Dates for 2015
* For more information, check our term dates details

11. Fees & Payment
All payments may be made by cash, and cheque only.
* For more information, read our payment details

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