Having served in Public Schools and the Department of Educational as a Classroom Teacher, a Secondary School Principal and an Educational Leader for over 34 years, I had called it a day on 7th October 2014. My years of cross-cultural experience in different settings in Sarawak have been most fulfilling. Many teachers and students have crossed my path and they have made a difference in my life. Now I am entering a completely new landscape, the Woodlands International School Sibu, WInS for short. Great excitement was waiting for me as I wanted to experience the new setting whereby English is the medium of instruction and also the widely recognised Cambridge Curriculum that will produce a new generation who are capable of facing the challenges of the future. I understand that the school pioneers had a difficult start, but nevertheless, their labour has set the school on a solid foundation with the much-awaited noble School Philosophy, its Vision, Mission and the core values beginning to become a reality.
All these noble aims are very close to my heart. I am glad that WInS has provided me the avenue to rekindle my passion for education. WInS motto “Together we Shine” entails all school stakeholders, the community of parents, teachers, staff and students to work together hand-in-hand. Such spirit de corps is desired in ensuring the dynamic learning community to be at its best to nurture our students with the global outlook and Godly Character. With all these embedded in us, we are ready to surge ahead in making a difference in providing quality education in this part of the world. May our Almighty God bless our beloved school. In God we trust.
Aubrey is from London, England. He received a BA (Hons) in Social Sciences from the University of West England, a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Wales and an MA in International Education from Oxford Brookes University. He is a graduate of the Principals Training Centre in London and Miami, and has worked as an international school inspector for both the Council of International Schools and New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Aubrey has taught in international school classrooms for over 20 years across four continents, ranging from Early Years to Secondary. He has led international schools in Colombia, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka.
Outside of education, Aubrey enjoys global travel (he has visited over 70 countries across all seven continents), SCUBA diving, photography and golf. He fanatically follows Watford Football Club in the English Premier League.
I am Albert Ng from Sibu. I completed my BSc (Hons) Forensic Science at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) under the Public Service Department (JPA) scholarship scheme. Upon graduation, I was then offered the chance to pursue postgraduate study in Transfusion Science at Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, USM with sponsorship from the Ministry of Higher Education. During my postgraduate study, I worked under the regenerative medicine cluster to complete a research study on hematopoietic stem cells. During my studies, I completed my practicum with the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (Fire investigation division), the Royal Malaysia Police (Crime Scene Investigation), the Department of Chemistry Malaysia (Forensic division) and the National Blood Centre (Transfusion service).
Since 2014, I have found my passion in the teaching of Science in an international school in Johor Bahru. I have actively engaged myself in professional development, specialising in teaching skills, special education, educational technology and STEM education. As an educator, I believe that education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think; my primary goal in teaching is to encourage students to develop critical thinking skills. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, photography, martial arts, swimming, jogging and latin dance.
Peter is from Sibu. He received his Bachelor degree in Education from Science University Malaysia, Penang and later he earned a Master in Education from the Open University Malaysia. Peter has served in many government primary and secondary schools as a teacher, a senior assistant and as a principal for 27 years. In his last 10 years of public service he also served as a school inspector in the Inspectorate of Schools and Quality Assurance.
In his free time, Peter likes jogging and he regularly goes on runs to keep fit and healthy. He also enjoys travelling overseas.
Shirly was born in Kuching but grew up in Sibu. She received a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Methodist Pilley Institute Sibu and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies from Teesside University, United Kingdom. She has been in the field of early childhood education for almost 10 years.
She joined the Woodlands teaching staff in its inaugural year in 2013, and implemented the International Primary Curriculum for young learners including PE, Numeracy and Literacy. At WInS Early Years she emphasises ‘Learning Through Play’ and is a proponent of building foundation skills for children.
From 2015 to 2016, she worked as the Head of the Kindy Department, alongside Ms. Yong. From 2017 to 2018, she worked as a Year 1 Teacher and taught Science, Numeracy and ICT to Year 1 classes. She has always acted as a mentor to WInS Early Years teachers and has supervised the Early Childhood Education (ECE) practicum students from Pilley Institute.
Outside of education, she enjoys sport such as badminton and swimming. She reads widely on the subjects of children’s behaviour, parenting, religion, psychology, counselling and self-motivation.
My name is Desmond Ngu; I am currently handling Administration duties for Woodlands International School. I graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Science Degree in Psychology with extended studies in Industrial/Organisational Psychology at Emporia State University. I have spent 9 years in the United States doing various jobs. These include: Food and Beverage(F&B), computer technician, consultant, etcetera. One thing in common for these jobs is that they have revolved around understanding people and offering your time and commitment to fulfill their needs.
Similarly, I believe that Woodlands International School is responding to the call of people from Sibu. This school is offering an invaluable learning experience for the children. It is opening up another window of opportunity for students to learn in a different way in order to bring out their full potential. Therefore, I am proud to be involved in this project. We are not only providing the people of Sibu with a school; We are reshaping the community with many great things to come. During my spare time, I enjoy badminton, basketball, jogging and movies. I also enjoy travelling where I can capture different cultures through photography.