Letter from the Director
Happy New Year and a warm welcome to all returning and new students! 2018 promises to be exciting and busy as teachers introduce new activities and content in the classroom.
Most of you would know Mersedeh, our Head of Academics and Michael, our Coordinator. If you are new, do look out for them and if you have a question about our course or an academic matter, please approach either or email them at Mersedeh.Badrian@britishcouncil.org.my or Michael.Lee@britishcouncil.org.my. For any other administrative matters, you can approach any of our Customer advisors ie Tenny, Amy or Amalina or email our Office manager, Bharathi at Bharathi.Veerasamy@britishcouncil.org.my.
Do look out for announcements for activities that will be happening later in the year. Just a few other housekeeping details :
- Children age 10 and under need to be collected by an adult from the Centre after class. If your child has turned 11 this year and you would like him to leave the centre unaccompanied, please approach one of the customer advisors for a green tag (10 and below wears a pink card).
- Just a quick reminder that no photos of the class or other children should be taken. This is part of our Child Protection policy.
- As always, we are happy to receive any feedback. If we’ve done well, please let us know so staff continue their good work. If there’s any area we can improve on, then we would definitely like to know as well!
Thank you for your support and here’s looking forward to another collaborative year with our parents and students!
Meet our new senior teacher!
Adam Jameson (Corporate Senior Teacher)
Hi! My name’s Adam (the second one in the centre at the moment). I have been teaching for about 15 years - I have taught in the UK, Indonesia and China as well as the three years I worked in Malaysia before! Apart from teaching across Asia, I love playing and watching sport, relaxing with a book and cooking.
Karen Rito (Full-time teacher)
Hello, my name is Karen! I’ve been working with children and education for over ten years – I’ve worked in Brazil, the Netherlands, the USA, Russia, England and Vietnam. I’m really happy to be in Penang now and can’t wait to explore Malaysia. In my free time I enjoy cooking, painting, playing games and being outdoors.
James Munday (Full-time teacher)
Hi! My name’s James, I’m 31 years old and originally from the United Kingdom. Over the past years I’ve had great fun teaching in Hanoi, Vietnam and Moscow, Russia. I really love working with young children – they are great fun, usually hilarious to be around and have so much energy. I especially love helping young kids to communicate with each other and develop and develop social skills. That said, now that I’m in Penang, I am looking forward to working with older students again. When I’m not teaching you’ll find me doing lots of things – playing guitar, reading some odd books, listening to rock music, playing board games, swimming in the pool or gobbling hamburgers!
This term we will be saying goodbye to 4 of our teachers; Adam G, Hannah, Andy and Kasia as they pursue their careers in Vietnam, the UK and New Zealand respectively. We thank them for all of their hard work and dedication and wish them all the best.
Global Art Competition 2017
As you may remember, we participated in the British Council’s Global Art Competition. We had winners from around the world and we are very proud of our student, Tiew Zhi Sien in Damansara for the Under 8 Runner up entry “Future flying car”
Holiday course 4th-8th December 2017
Close to a 100 students joined us for a week of English classes in December. We focussed on the theme of Games and had students produce some magnificent work.
How can you support your child?
There are many ways you can support your child in their language learning journey. Take a look at our Padlet page for tips (and feel free to leave a comment!). We also have tips for you to take home. You can find these near the computers in the front office.
Other sources of information and student work, parent noticeboard, and wonderwall.
What is our Child Protection Policy?
A child is defined in the British Council as anyone who has not reached their 18th birthday (UNCRC 1989) irrespective of the age of majority in the country where a child is, or their home country.
The British Council is committed to:
- valuing, respecting and listening to children
- ensuring all necessary checks are made when recruiting staff
- maintaining strong child protection systems and procedures for staff
- training its staff and providing a common understanding of child protection issues
- to inform planning and practice
- sharing information about child protection and good practice
- maintaining open communication between staff and parents
- providing effective management for staff through clear processes, supervision, and support.
- We believe that Child Protection is everyone’s responsibility and we work very hard to ensure that all children feel safe, valued and included.
2018 Registration dates
Re-registration for Term 2 will start on the 3rd of February.
If you have any friends who want to register their children for the first time, they can do so from the 27th of February.