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Alice Smith School
File:The Alice Smith School in Malaysia Logo.jpg
Location
Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia
Coordinates3°07′41″N 101°42′01″E / 3.1281°N 101.7003°E / 3.1281; 101.7003Coordinates: 3°07′41″N 101°42′01″E / 3.1281°N 101.7003°E / 3.1281; 101.7003
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Information
TypeInternational school
Established1946[citation needed]
FounderAlice Fairfield-Smith
PrincipalDr Maria Osowiecki (Secondary)
Alan McCarthy (Primary)
GenderCo-educational
Age3 to 18
EnrollmentApproximately 1,600 students
Houses4
Colour(s)White and dark green
AccreditationFOBISIA, EARCOS, COBIS, CIS
Website

Alice Smith School is an international school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia founded in 1946. The school is a not-for-profit educational institution situated on two campuses. The Primary Campus is at Jalan Bellamy in Kuala Lumpur and the Secondary Campus on Jalan Equine in Seri Kembangan, Selangor.[1]

History[edit]

The Alice Smith School started in 1946 as a stop-gap home school in Kuala Lumpur.[2] At that stage, the expatriate schools in the cooler highlands that had been operating in Malaya before the Second World War had not yet re-opened. In 1975, Patricia Lee, former headmistress of the school from 1964 to 1989, described the motivation behind the school's inception:

People's ideas about living in the tropics began to change as the war had shown them that they had more resistance to the heat than they had imagined and they began to feel it was no longer imperative to send children back to temperate climates at a very early age. One person who held this view was Alice Fairfield Smith, whose husband Hugh was the Statistician at the Rubber Research Institute. In 1946, she decided to keep her daughter Lindsay with her and to teach the child herself. When three months later, there were enough children for two classes, Mrs. Smith realised that this was not going to be the temporary project she imagined, and the Eaton Road School was registered with the Department of Education.[3][4][5]

Faculty[edit]

The Principals of the Primary Campus include:[6]

  • Alice Smith 1946–1949
  • Anne Lilley 1949–1951
  • Doris Muir 1951–1959
  • Mrs. E. Whitmore 1959–1961
  • Mrs. D. Fleming 1961–1964
  • Patricia Lee 1964–1989
  • Joe Eales 1989–1992
  • Sue de Bohun 1992–1997
  • Antony Richards 1997–1999
  • Steve Caulfield 1999–2011
  • Kate Fuller 2011–2016
  • Tom Verity 2016–2020
  • Alan McCarthy 2020–present

The Principals of the Secondary Campus include:[6]

  • Andrew Homden 1996–2000
  • Stephen Murray 2000–2003
  • Nikolas Bishop 2003–2007
  • Richard Dyer 2007–2009
  • Valerie Thomas-Peter 2009–2010
  • Roger Schultz 2010–2014
  • Sarah Howling 2014–2020
  • Dr Maria Osowiecki 2020–present

There have been two Directors of School who have overseen both campuses:

  • Andrew Homden 1996–2002
  • Valerie Thomas-Peter 2008–2014

The current Head of School for both campuses is Roger Schultz, 2014–Present.

The first chairman of the Alice Smith Schools Association Council of Governors was Mr G.G.C. Wilson.[7] The current Chair is Marama Schnitker.[8][full citation needed]

Campuses[edit]

The school operates at two sites: the Primary Campus is in a wooded area adjacent to the old Istana Negara (Royal Palace) on Jalan Bellamy. This is close to the centre of Kuala Lumpur. The facilities at the Primary Campus include interactive whiteboards throughout, a virtual learning platform, three libraries, a hall, a double-storey gym, swimming pool, computer suites (PC & Mac), a performing arts centre, a sports field, sets of adventure play equipment and three play grounds.[9]

The Secondary Campus students, staff and parents were very excited with the opening of the Seri Kembangan Interchange on the KM16.5 of Kuala Lumpur-Putrajaya Highway (MEX) in December 2015. With the MEX highway link, travelling time between the Primary and Secondary campuses and from KL city to the Secondary Campus at Equine Park has reduced significantly to approximately 20 minutes. This makes the school’s wonderful facilities at the Secondary Campus more readily accessible. The site includes a swimming pool, indoor sports hall, rugby and football pitches, an outdoor basketball court and four tennis courts. The school uses the virtual learning platform, further amplified through the widespread use of interactive whiteboards. The performing arts centre includes two theatre halls, six practice rooms and a recording studio. The expanded art space has been the site of exhibitions, recently expanded to allow exploration of other artistic mediums such as Digital Photography. The school boasts Business, Media & Technology as well as Science centres.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Sultan Muhammad V, Sultan of Kelantan
  • Tengku Muhammad Fa-iz Petra, Crown Prince of Kelantan[11]
  • Tengku Amir Shah, Crown Prince of Selangor
  • Tengku Zatashah, Princess of Selangor
  • Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Nazir Razak, Chairman, CIMB Group

References[edit]

  1. "Home." Alice Smith School. Retrieved on 3 May 2018. " The Alice Smith School Primary Campus 2 Jalan Bellamy, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia" and "The Alice Smith School Secondary Campus 3 Jalan Equine, Taman Equine, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia."
  2. Hayden, Mary; Thompson, John Jeffrey (2008). International Schools: Growth and Influence. UNESCO. p. 20. ISBN 9789280313208. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. Report of the Council of Governors at the 25th Annual General Meeting of the Alice Smith Schools Association, 31 March 1975
  4. The Alice Smith Schools Association Circular to Parents, February 1951
  5. The Alice Smith Schools Association List of Parent Members 14 November 1950
  6. 6.0 6.1 Alice Smith Schools Association AGM documentation
  7. Alice Smith School Association Annual General Meeting November 1951
  8. Malaysian Companies Registrar
  9. "Primary". www.alice-smith.edu.my. Archived from the original on 29 November 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Secondary". www.alice-smith.edu.my. Archived from the original on 6 December 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. bin Saleh, Mohd. Zain (1996). The Kelantan Royal Family. Perbadanan Muzium Negeri Kelantan. p. 142. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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