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Alice Smith School
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Motto Sic Itur Ad Astra ("In This Way You Shall Go To The Stars")
Established 1946
Type Mixed, Day British International School
Headteacher Val Thomas Peter and Steve Caulfield
Founder Alice Fairfield Smith
Location Malaysia
Gender Co-educational
Houses Muir (yellow), Fleming (red), Fairfield (blue), Scott (green)
Colours White and Dark Green
Website Alice Smith School

The Alice Smith School is a co-educational international school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, founded in 1946. It is a British curriculum school with a strong international flavour. Although priority is given to students of British, Australian, New Zealand, and Irish nationalities, there is a wide range of nationalities at the school. Some 36% of students in the secondary school are Malaysian. The school is administered by The Alice Smith Schools' Association, which is a non-profit-making educational foundation.

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History

In 1946 Hugh and Alice Smith arrived at Kuala Lumpur and needed a school for their daughter. They found that the schools usually attended by expatriates had not yet reopened. Like many other post-war residents, they did not want to be separated from their family after the turmoil of the recent conflict, so Alice Smith decided to educate her own daughter. She was soon educating the children of her neighbours, and by the time she and her family came to leave in 1950, Alice Smith was running a flourishing educational establishment which was then known as the Eaton Road School.

The Smiths were regular worshippers at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church* [1] on Weld Road (today Jalan Raja Chulan)and Alice Smith approached Rev. Sydney T. S. Evans with a proposal that the church took over the running of the Eaton Road School. The St Andrew's Session decided this it was not in a position to take on this responsibility but it would be willing to have the church represented through the Minister or other church official. [1]. Nevertheless, in 1950, Rev. Evans helped to identify candidates for the first board of governors and to formally incorporate the Alice Smith Schools Association, a non profit making educational foundation, to administer the re-named Alice Smith School, in which a British style of education could be offered to British, Australian, New Zealand and Irish children. Rev. Evans himself became one of the first governors of the school[2]. This historical link with St Andrew's is maintained to this very day in St Andrew's having a permanent trustee governor on the board of governors of the school.

The Alice Smith School then started a kindergarten school in the present day fellowship hall of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in 1951[3] and this arrangement lasted until 1963. In 1952 the school moved to the present site in Bellamy Road (now Jalan Bellamy) near the then Sultan of Selangor's State Palace which became today's Istana Negara (National Palace) in 1957. In 1963, extensions to the school enabled the Alice Smith School Kindergarten to be re-united with the rest of the school[4]. Then on the 11th of September 1997, a second purpose-built campus at Equine Park opened as the secondary school and the Jalan Bellamy site became a specialist facility for primary education for children aged 4 to 11.

Campuses

The school operates at two sites: the Primary School is in a wooded area adjacent to Istana Negara at Jalan Bellamy. The facilities at the Primary School include three libraries,a hall, a gym, swimming pool, three computer suites (PC & Mac), performing arts centre, hall and two play areas. The Year 3 and 4 building has been demolished and replaced with a new building with higher quality facilities including interactive white boards, new computers, etc. The Secondary School at Equine Park is approximately 40 minutes south of Kuala Lumpur, was purpose-built and includes a large swimming pool and sports hall, four tennis courts, eight science laboratories, five computer suites, a theatre and library (which has two floors), a 6th form block and a full-size gym. A new performing arts centre has been completed, including six sound-proof practice rooms and a professional recording studio. A new art block has also opened.

The houses are Muir (Yellow), Fleming (Red), Scott (Green) and Fairfield (Blue).

Motto

The school motto is Sic Itur Ad Astra (Latin: "In this way, you shall go to the stars").

School affiliations

The school is a member of the Federation of British International Schools in South East Asia (FOBISSEA), SEASAC, and the Council of International Schools.

School choir

The latest Alice Smith School Senior Choir, named 'Voci del Mondo' are preparing for their upcoming Choral Tour of Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy. Last Summer, 'Irama' returned from their annual international tour involving a variety of performances, masterclasses and concerts in Montreal, Washington DC and New York City. In 2007-8, The Alice Smith School Senior Choir, named 'Suara Merdu', toured San Francisco and Los Angeles in another exciting 10-day tour. Auditions are open to the entire school and are normally held in September. For more information on this, or any of the music department activities and events, please contact Alistair Hamilton - Head of Music, Equine Park or Steve Dixon - Head of Music, Jalan Bellamy.

Notes

  1. ^ Sessions Report 1949, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Weld Road, Kuala Lumpur.
  2. ^ Articles of Association of the Alice Smith Schools Association.
  3. ^ Board of Manager's Meeting Minutes 1951, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Weld Road, Kuala Lumpur.
  4. ^ St Andrew's Outlook, May 1963 issue.

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