Dear Students, Parents and Friends of KIS, Welcome to our 2011-2012 School Magazine. I am sure you will agree that the following pages offer a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the many events and happenings that have made this another memorable year in the history of Kinabalu International School. Incredible achievements in the classroom, on the stage and on the sports fields of South East Asia are all featured in the following pages as we recall our annual Sports Days, Swimming Gala, Book Week, Healthy Lifestyles Week, field trips and assemblies, together with a variety of musical and dramatic productions. There is much more of course for you to enjoy and I would like to think that each page of our magazine reflects not just the skills and enthusiasm of our students, but also the professionalism of our staff and the support of our parents and wider community. Together we have helped to create a school culture that would be the envy of many similar institutions around the world and there is much to be proud of in terms of where we are and what we are planning to achieve in the future. The exciting prospect of our new ‘A’ Level Programme starting in September 2012 is drawing ever closer and it symbolises our commitment to best serve the needs of our community in a rapidly changing world – something KIS has done for nearly 40 years now and long may it continue! The end of the current school term will see some KIS students and staff leave us for new schools, new challenges, and even new countries. It is a privilege to be trusted with the education of our students and everyone who spends time at the school leaves something behind for future generations. Accordingly, I want to thank all those who have moved on during the course of the year or to whom we will be saying a fond farewell shortly. We naturally wish the departing members of our school community all the very best and we look forward to hearing about your new adventures and successes in the future. I would like to conclude by also thanking everyone who contributed to the success of the 2011-2012 academic year and the creation of this fantastic record of the last 12 months. Stuart McLay, Principal
Dear Students, Parents, and Friends of KIS: Time flies and no more so than this year, as it seems I was just writing this letter for last year’s Year Book! The KIS community is a vibrant one, full of life, and a very busy one indeed, and time just rushes by. I think one of the great things about the school is its busy nature. Every day I walk through the gate there are children playing in one playground, doing sports in another; reading over in one corner, or studying in another. I see children leaving on bus trips for sports and extracurricular events, and I see children rushing in and out of classrooms and laboratories and computer labs. I see parents bringing in lunches, dropping off someone or picking up young ones, or meeting with staff, the Principal, or members of the PTA. I see staff switching from class to class, nurturing, laughing, guiding, and teaching all day long. If you stand still at KIS, you’re likely the only person to do so. We put the CIS milestone behind us last year but didn’t stop at that. The ensuing improvements the CIS committee recommended have all come along nicely since then, and our CIS update report was submitted to them a year ahead of schedule. The A-Levels plan is right on track. We have been lucky to have had two of our A-Level staff with us this year, getting things ready, developing the curricula and stockpiling the materials they will need, and we have already hired two more staff who will join us in August to round out the staff needs for a very diverse post-16 education. I hope you will be as proud of this achievement as I am. For me, there is no better way for KIS to grow than to give our children the chance to complete all academic years at KIS, and I look forward to welcoming the very first batch of KIS A level students personally. We put on hold our building plans, but this in no way detracts from our A-levels programme, and I hope we will be able to update you on progress along these lines shortly. In the meantime I turn you over to the pulse of this school community: our children. In these pages you will see wonderful examples of why KIS is renown for being the oldest and the best International School in Sabah, testament to our children and our staff. I hope you will join me in congratulating all of them on their wonderful achievements. Wishing you all the very best, Nicolas Pilcher, Chairman, KIS Board of Management
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Year 5 think they are well on the way to becoming successful world citizens because they â€Ś Always persevere
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Physics Challenge Year 7-9: Build the tallest tower possible using only the materials supplied (paper, plastic cups, straws and cellotape), that can support a 100g mass!
Winners: Sam Sathya, Ian Jang and John Cheng. Height 1.32 meters.
Year 10-11 Build a marble track that keeps a marble off the ground for the longest time.
Winners: Ellie Ancrenaz, Lewis Ling and Red Win. Time : 11 Seconds.
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Secondary Student Council
One Fund Raising Event each Term Thousands of Ringgits Raised for Charity!
Good Luck to our new Sixth Form intake at this exciting time in their educational careers!
OK, ok, ok, ok! Think, think, think! When was the last time I saw that darn pen? Maybe it was in the kitchen? While I was cooking those noodles? Charlotte Yap
â€˜Have Pen, Will Writeâ€™ FOBISSEA Short Story Competition 2012
73 Stories, 7300 words, 7 Short-Listed, One Winner
Papa, itâ€™s dark and Iâ€™m running. Running like mad but I donâ€™t know why. I donâ€™t know nothinâ€™ no more. Just that Iâ€™m running and scared. Scared out of my wits. Be a man Kit, be a man. Bit I ainâ€™t a man papa. Fourteen and I ainâ€™t a bliddy man yet. Iâ€™m more of a kid than ever now. I canâ€™t even control my own legs and Iâ€™m crying like a baby. Crying for nothing. Crying for everything. Crying cos Iâ€™m scared. And I canâ€™t remember what Iâ€™m afraid of.
Congratulations Bo Woo Lee! Winner of the KIS Competition KISâ€™ entry to the FOBISSEA Short Story Competition 2012