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From The Principal’s Office – May 2019
Dear WInS Community

STEM Update

Woodlands is delighted to confirm that we have finally sealed an agreement with UNIMAS to work in partnership with developing our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programme here at Woodlands. They will be providing staff training as well as providing us with the necessary tools to ensure success for Digital Makerspace. UNIMAS have come to measure up our STEM labs and assist us to maximise the design of these areas.

Did you know:

  • 90% of all future jobs will require digital competencies?
  • The digital economy is expected to contribute 18.2% of the national Gross Domestic Product by the year 2020?

The programme will ensure Woodlands remains at the cutting edge of 21st Century education.

Please be assured that we will continue to promote all our subjects offered to ensure we meet all our students’ needs whether it is in Science, Maths, Languages or the Arts as part of our commitment to offering a personalised education.

Sports’ Day Revisited 2019

Following the disappointment of our postponed Whole School Sports Day last month, we were determined that our students wouldn’t miss out.

To this end on Friday 3rd May our Early Years students enjoyed a variety of fun physical activities on our basketball court.

The students brought their Olympic torches for the March Past, before singing the National Anthem and warming up.

Lots of fun activities were in place to help develop the students’ gross motor skills and included a variety of locomotions. All our Early Year students were winners and each received participation medals for their endeavours.

Many thanks to Ms Shirly and all our Early Years staff for ensuring everyone had a great fun-filled morning.

Woodlands Sports Day

On 21st May our Primary and Secondary students and teachers returned to the stadium to complete the rest of the events that were postponed. These included sprints of 40 metres, 60 metres and 4 x 50 metres and 100 metres relays, 1200 metres (Secondary), Mini obstacles (Primary) and our ever popular Tug of War.

The weather played along this time and we were blessed with fair weather. However, someone clearly prayed for clear weather till 11am because the rain came pouring down just as the medals were being presented. However, great fun was had by all and we thank those parents who took the time to come along to cheer on their children.

The Best Athletes in the various categories were awarded to:

Category ATang Yan YaoJessica Choi
Category BRichard LingVidushi Nagori
Category CDarren ChiuAngelia Ling
Category DTang Yan QuonNatasha Law
Category EWilliam Tiong

The warm-up was conducted by Ms. Karlenn as usual. The younger students were really enthusiastic.

The last event of the day was the tug of war! It was fiercely contested and was eventually won as follows:

Primary Tug of WarRejang
Secondary Tug of WarRain Forest

The overall chmpions on the day (or two days) were:

FirstRejang638 points
SecondMulu492 points
ThirdRain Forest450 points
FourthKinabalu 417 points

Congratulations Rejang!!! The other three houses were really close together in terms of results. Maybe next year…..

Kinabalu boys led by Nelson tried really hard and pulled with all their might
Mr Charles presented the medals to the winners of Boys category E 1200metres - won by William Tiong

Many thanks to Mr Ting, Mr Bryan, Ms Lau and all our Primary and Secondary teachers for their invaluable help on the day.

Sibu Chess Tournament

We are pleased that two of our students, Daniel Lau of Year 11 and Titus Ting of Year 10 had the opportunity to compete in the Chess Competition organized by MSS Sibu Division on the 29th and 30th April.

Titus Ting took 4th place and will be representing Sibu for the next level of Chess Competition. We sincerely congratulate both Daniel and Titus for their competitive spirit and outstanding achievements.

Student Council Leadership Camp

Many thanks to Ms Loh and Mr Bryan for organising and accompanying 11 members of the Student Council to a Leadership camp at the Methodist Centennial Park on Friday and Saturday 10th and 11th May.

The students enjoyed a variety of activities aimed to shape good character, enhance their leadership skills and strengthen team spirit through a variety of activities including talks, workshops and games.

Parent / Teacher / Student Conferences

Many thanks to all those parents who took the time to come and discuss their child’s progress with the relevant teachers on Thursday and Friday 23 and 24 June 2019. If you were unable to attend, please contact your child’s Homeroom / Form teacher so schedule an appointment.

Ms Evlyn, the Head of the Bahasa Malay panel discusses the progress of a student with a parent at the Secondary Parent Teachers Conference.

WInS Lower Secondary Trip to Malacca 2019

Many thanks to Ms Tipah and Mr Bryan for organising and supervising a four day three night trip to historic Malacca for 20 lucky Years 7, 8 and 9 students.

Melaka Downtown
Saint Paul’s Cathedral

Twenty students from Years 7, 8 and 9 went on a learning trip to Melaka from 13-16 May, 2019. They were accompanied by their History teacher, Ms. Tipah and the School Counselor, Mr. Bryan. In addition to the many learning experiences in Melaka, the group managed to visit a few important landmarks in Kuala Lumpur during their transit to Melaka on the first day. These landmarks included the Petronas Twin Towers, the Royal Palace (Istana Negara), and the Independence Square (Dataran Merdeka).

During the four days and three nights in Melaka, the students were exposed to a multitude of historical & cultural learning experiences including visitations to the Baba & Nyonya Museum, Cheng Ho’s Cultural Museum, Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park, A’Famosa Fort, Stadthuys, St. Paul’s Church, Maritime Museum, and Christ Church. The students also enjoyed exploring Jonker Walk and trying Nyonya cuisines as part of their cultural enrichment experience.

Additionally, the students were also provided with the opportunity to expand their scientific knowledge with visitations to the Shore Oceanarium and the Malacca Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary, while also sparing time for some fun & adventure at the SYTREX Adventure Park, Sky Tower, Huskitory, and Klebang Beach. Some of their pictures are included below thanks to Mr. Bryan.

Examination Studies

Many thanks to our School Examinations Office Mr Louis for providing Primary and Secondary teachers with the updated Cambridge examinations procedures for 2019. He gave staff a clear overview of the expectations for invigilators so we are fully prepared for our A Levels, IGCSEs and Cambridge Checkpoint examinations to be held over the course of the year.

Parents’ Day in Early Years

Many thanks to all our Early Years parents and grandparents that came to school on Friday 10th May. Our young students wanted to share their gratitude to the mums and dads.

We enjoyed performances by all the classes and celebrated with cake and treats after the show
Our WInS Angels – perform a short song and movement routine
Our Pre K class give it their all!
Our Reception 1 children serenade their mums, dads and grandparents
Our Reception 2 students

Many thanks to our dedicated Early Years team for organising such a wonderful celebration.

Core Values

Our Core Value in May was Gratefullness. We encouraged your child to:

  • Show their teachers and parents that they appreciate them
  • Write “Thank You” notes
  • Be happy and content with what they have

The winners will be announced in our June Newsletter.

For the month of June our Core Value will be contentment. We will be encouraging your child to:

  • Be happy with what they have
  • Accept themselves for who they are
  • Avoid being jealous of others
Our Primary Core Value Winners from April – Tolerance

Important Dates for Your Diary

School reopens on Tuesday 11th June for the start of Term 3

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