Southeast Asian Mathematical Olympiad (SEAMO) is a yearly competition that consists of mathematical challenges. It receives thousands of participants from the region and beyond. Our student will participate in the Southeast Asian Mathematical Olympiad (SEAMO) Paper D on 1st Oct 2022 under the guidance of Ms Saktis and Mr Kevin.
Vanda is an International Science Competition held annually around the globe. It focuses on the student’s ability to think critically and creatively to pick out hidden information to aid them in solving the question, thus developing higher-order thinking skills.
Chen Jingrun’s Cup Mathematics Competition is a yearly competition organized by the Department of Mathematics of Xiamen University Malaysia. It is to be noted that this is an individual competition. Under the guidance of Mr Kevin, the school has successfully registered 14 students from the Lower Secondary Division. The students are as follows:
According to the United Nations, World Youth Skills Day was declared in 2014 to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for various purposes such as employment, decent work as well as entrepreneurship. On 19 July 2022, Lower secondary students from J22AB/Year 7, J20/Year 8 and J18AB/Year 9 were guided by their respective homeroom teachers, Mr Tang, Mr Billy, Ms Umi, Ms Fadhilah and Ms Izyani. The students have caught the attention of everyone during our weekly assembly by showcasing their skills which range from playing computer games to musical instruments and sports activities.
HONSBRIDGE PREFECT BOARD
Apart from our academic programs, our students are equally equipped to be part of student leaders. Class monitors and prefects would be trained on the characteristics and roles before their final appointment into the Secondary Prefect Board under the guidance of our Disciplinary Head, Ms Sarah and Honsbridge Prefectorial Board Head, Ms Prash. The Prefect Board is a student-led organization at Honsbridge International School. Apart from fostering self-regulation among all students, the Prefect Board aims to help them develop their self-awareness to become responsible and respectable young adults. Below is the board of prefects with a few new additions to the Honsbridge Prefects’ Board:
Here are some examples of the weekly duty rosters created by the Head Prefect:
The Prefect Board recruits new Prefect Leaders and school prefects every year through the Self-Nomination Scheme, and the applications are available at the beginning of every term. The executive committee heads the perfect board, including the Head Prefect and Assistant Head Prefect, who supervises a group of Prefect Leaders. They support school prefects and class prefects by providing training workshops. This is how we create young leaders from the school level. In addition, the class monitors are equally vital in helping teachers in their classrooms.
The functions that are related to imagination, expression and creativity are of foremost importance which should be nurtured in the early years. We take pride in our students' work where they were given opportunities to showcase their best work during assembly when there were special events such as the 2021 Teachers’ Day and Mothers’ Day. Cultural exposure to understand Hari Raya Aldilfitri and Merdeka Day. During each celebration, each class can spend the enrichment time to work on art and craft which their homeroom teacher proudly shares during assemblies.
The students’ creativity are also applied in the digital form, in their ICT and coding classes starting from Year 7 to Year 9. I am proud to share that they have become the creator of digital media instead of just merely consumer of technology
One of the most enjoyable times for the students in the past 4 months was the 2021 E- speech in June 2021 where they can express themselves with ‘I have a dream’ production and costume design and Honsbridge’s Got Talent competitions.
The functions that are related to language, analytical, numbers reasoning and logical thinking.
i) Literacy program
Students that need to have a good mastery of language were provided with extra classes in the new programs under English plus and Malay beginners. These programs are to help students catch up with their basics to enable them to follow the regular class. They will have more interest in all their subjects when their understanding of the language improves.
The more competent students in the English language were encouraged and guided to participate in the Queens Commonwealth Essay Competition (QCEC). There were not only excellent pieces of Literacy work but also in maths work by the Year 8/J18 readers. They are currently actively preparing for their South East Asia Maths Olympiad championship. Special congratulations to be mentioned again to Noreen Sophia Binti Muhammad Shahruddin of Y8/J18C who was awarded Bronze in the VANDA SCIENCE 2021 COMPETITION when she represented Honsbridge International.
ii) Academic result of Year 8/J18
The dedication and work of the students and their teachers bear fruit with the excellent academic performance among the Year 8/J18 students. Overall, the class of Year 8/J18 did very well for their Year 8 virtual term 2 2021 exam. I am pleased to announce students who score A/A* in Maths and have academic results’ average that are 80% and above have been recommended to skip Year 9 and to read Add Maths as an elective in the Year 10 intake on the 21 Sep 2021. Students whose academic results’ average are 70% and above have also been recommended to skip Year 9 and to read Business Studies as an elective. Here is the list of top 10 students out of a cohort of 53 students from Year 8/J18.
I am pleased to congratulate the following students who have achieved straight A (80% and above for all their papers). Further, I am excited to announce Jovan Tan Joo Wen and Noreen Sophia Binti Muhammad Shahruddin are eligible to apply for this term’s TFK scholarship awards. Upon successful application, these outstanding students will be rewarded with a RM500 rebate off their next term tuition fee.
During the online learning or physical class, students are equally equipped to be part of the student leaders. Class monitors and prefects would be trained on the characteristics and roles of a leader before their final appointment into the secondary prefect board under the Disciplinary Head, Ms. Sarah. Below is the board of prefects from the students of the lower secondary classes inclusive of those under probation (P) for their future role.
The class monitors have equally an important role to play in helping out teachers in their virtual classroom. They unmute the microphone to greet the teacher and ensure their classmates do not spam the chat box. The term 2 2021 Class Monitors and Assistant Class Monitors for each class are listed below
Last but not the least, I would like to give my highest commendation to the student leaders who make every event special and who work behind the scenes tirelessly on a weekly basis. They are also the students’ voices of Honsbridge. This special lot of student leaders make up the Honsbrige Principal committee 2020/2021 as helpers to try out all the different roles and responsibilities .
Our teachers are trained every 6 months to be well-honed in the latest technology to engage the students during on-line learning. Our innovative teachers have done a great job in maintaining great academic results and enjoyment in virtual lessons. Currently all our teachers are fully vaccinated and are ready to come back to school for physical class when required.
Daily, there is the homework summary for parents to help track the students’ workload after school. Do check out the 1-CUBE application. It not only has homework announcements but also the CA report card and tips from the teachers for improvement before the major exam. There is also the weekly assembly notes which gives a weekly update on what is happening at our school.
Despite conducting online classes during the MCO periods, our students manage to pick up during the holiday lessons in June. The extra classes supplemented the setback of online lessons. Our students have achieved reasonably good results.
There are 33 students that sat for the Year 9 checkpoint exam for all the 7 subjects. The subjects offered are English, Mathematics, Science, Literature, ICT, Mandarin and Malay. The newly introduced ICT scored the highest average among the 7 subjects. Our students' excellent result in Mandarin has also boosted their confidence to pursue Mandarin second language for their upcoming IGCSE.
The class average was 74%.
The table below were the average results for each of the subjects and their average of students that achieve A or B
The laureates of the Year 9 that achieved all As for the subject that they sat for
The top performers that achieved all As for the 3 main internal checkpoint subject of English, Mathematics and Science are
There were leap and bounce improvements in technology and gadgetry which has propelled the meaning of online learning to a different level. The sudden change in the education scenario during the MCO has catalysed digital literacy and student learning behaviour from our senior students down to our younger primary students. Currently, we are training a whole new batch of students that relate to the computer at a young age that it is not only an entertainment gadget but also part of the lessons in the form of edutainment. When all these disciplines are integrated, it's, therefore, more realistic to have real-life applications than traditional philosophies of education that have the various subjects in silos.
Our pilot project on teaching Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and coding to our junior secondary with 0417 syllabus from cambridge that is part of a continuation from primary.
In 2021, the Primary 1 to 3 will be doing the 'Initial introduction' as starter to ICT and the 'Next Step' in Primary 4 to 5 and 'On Track' when they are in their secondary Year 7, 8 and 9. The current J18 ICT would still be using their ICT InteraCT textbook together with supplementary material to prepare them for their senior secondary class.
You will expect our students who receive STEAM education engage more in experiential learning, collaborate with others, and persist in problem-solving as they take thoughtful risks and work through the creative process.
In order to have a universal experience in learning and the flexibility for remote learning. We have dedicated classes to be online and physical while some students and parents would want to continue with only their virtual presence.
Digital transformation is not limited to our online lessons, we have recently conducted physical and online examinations. Our students have the opportunity to try the idea of using not only for fun in preparing for their E-speech day video but also serious matters such as their exam.
Leonardo da Vinci, an italian painter studied biology and civil engineering, astronomy and human anatomy. He is described as a Renaissance man. We have our Honsman on Honsbridge Instagram. We organised the ‘Honsbridge United’ drawing competition for our primary class with the same passion as daVinci. Honsbridge students can build an appreciation not only to technology but also appreciate the beauty of the art. The other digital art that we are learning is in their coding class to animate. Primary students starting from year 2 onwards will follow the coding class by code.org lessons plan and they will code with Scratch by scratch.mit.edu progressively.
Going digital in education also poses some danger in cyber security. We use secure platforms such as google classroom and google hangout meet to conduct our class without exposing our students online. It is important that you understand that all our activities such as our weekly PE or weekly assembly or our big event require every student to log in with the official Honsbridge email. Cybersecurity is an important part of our organization priority
We have new staff and teachers who help us to achieve our target to move on to the next level of digital transformation in delivering knowledge and skill to our students. Please welcome
We also believe in the human touch and there are certain skills that could not be replaced with artificial intelligence. Our program rates the empathy of our students to work together and have good emotional intelligence. We have a weekly score board announced during assembly and presentation of certificate awards once a month to recognize the class’ effort to upkeep the cleanliness of their classroom. It is vital to have a clean classroom for them to study and to eat as we practice physical distancing.
Beginning of this year we have refined our mentoring program. It has been implemented in the Year 7 class of J18 and Year 9 class of J16 students. The goal of the mentoring program is to establish a trusting relationship with accountability and responsibility between the mentor and mentee. We create a program where the subject teachers are sponsoring the program by appointing students who are good at the subject to be a mentor to a student who will like to be mentored. Mentors were identified in February and their training started before the lockdown. They are trained to see themselves as Hero to guide their friends. While renewing their enthusiasm in the subject. Mentor and mentee, has his/her strength and they contribute to the school and society in a different way.
The table below is the list of mentors from our junior classes.
Accordion 2 Content
Junior students have our highest priority in terms of safety and growth. Application to join Honsbridge Principal Committee (HPC) was opened to all the Year 9 students of J16 class. Students were recommended by the teachers and elected to lead in organising events. It is a stepping stone to train future leaders at a young age as they have shown maturity to learn from the seniors to organise events. Succession planning to groom leaders in the prefects board and sports committee are equally important where they can learn from peers. Students can have an authentic learning experience beyond their classroom where they make a genuinely useful contribution to their community and are not afraid of the ambiguities of real life complex situations.
The table below is the list of leaders from our junior classes.
School has been taking precautions since the beginning of February and March to reduce the risk of students exposed to virus infection with good personal hygiene practice by enforcing them to wash their hands properly before break time and lunch time. We advise them not to touch their face at all times when having outdoor PE as well as wash their hands frequently when they have their PE. With these measures, we have successfully celebrated our sports day with our Secondary Junior building good sportsmanship without any health and safety incident.
Before the start of COVID-19 movement control, every student has to sanitise their hands and have their temperature taken before entering school. Personal travel declaration was made compulsory to assess the risk of infection for every student and their parents. On the 16 Mar, taking consideration of the personal travel declaration and precautions for health and safety, school advised parents ONLY the Year 7 class of J18 students to have classes and social distance was exercised with the class. For example, lunch was delivered to the classroom in the tupper wares to avoid gathering during lunch time or break time. The aim is to reduce risk of transmission in as small a gathering as possible.
When school was closed to enforce social distancing, the junior division was not left out. They were given the same consideration as the seniors students. Their needs were not neglected. Each has an personal email and each is assigned to a class. The class still keeps close interaction with teachers. Parents play a big role to have a continuity in the child education. Parents joined force with teachers to teach in a different way. Using technology in a way never before possible. A balance of working in front of the screen in virtual classroom, homework submission and project. All the similar ground rules of exercising self control to take turns to speak up and being independant are applied in the virtual class too. Students learning from the comfort of their home showed improvement and more confidence as they feel the control now is with them.
Honsbridge has moved a long way in the past 2 months to continue with various activities to be as close as possible to a normal school life.
Revised lower secondary schooling hours as follows:
Mon, Wed and Thur - 8:00 to 13:30
Tue - 8:00 to 14:15
Fri - 8.45 to 12:00 (PE attire is compulsory)
vii. Additional Math or Business Studies
Please RSVP on the PTM day and latest by the 4 Oct 2019 for attending these below mentioned events and together with our students, to share and to learn more about how we can support our students’ education at Honsbridge.
You may RSVP at the teachers’ booth stationed at the Reception area.