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To all in the Uplands Community,

Message from The Principal

The exam season is now upon us which


means the end of the academic year is
approaching fast. This week has seen
the Year 11 & 13 students start their
IGCSE and IB exams. I would like to
wish them every success. They have
worked hard for it.

Secondary School News


Withdrawal Procedure
Year 8
Mathematics
Primary School News

UPTA News
Upcoming Events

This week has seen a massive response to our fundraising


effort to support the Nepalese Earthquake Disaster Relief.
Thank you to all have contributed so far. We will be
continuing to collect for the next several weeks. It will be a
long process for Nepal to get back on its feet. Please see the
posters on the following pages for further details.
If you have been into school recently you will have noticed
that there is a new selection of artwork being displayed
around the school. If you have not yet seen it a selection is
included in this newsletter.
Have great weekend!
Yours sincerely,

Matthew Bristow
Principal
Follow us on Twitter: @ISPUplands

Thank you to all who have donated toiletries, stationary, currency and coins to the schools
fundraising effort.
We have received advice from an aid organization that the most useful thing that we can send
is money. It does not need transportation. It does not take up space and can be used to provide
precise target support where it is needed.
We WILL keep collecting all the items requested and use them for local charities in Malaysia.
All currency and coins collected will be sent electronically to a major charity in Nepal (yet to be
decided).

Secondary News:
I have been made aware that the Secondary Student Diary states that there is a public holiday on
Monday 1st June for Wesak Day. Please note that this is a printing error and that it is not a public
holiday. Normal timetabled classes will be running on this day and all students are expected to
be in school.
I wish to inform you that Mr. Iain Driscoll has had to return suddenly to the UK for family
reasons. This was a very, unexpected departure. We have been extremely fortunate in being able
to recruit a replacement PE teacher very quickly. Mr Andre Double has been teaching in the UK
for fourteen years and arrived in Penang last Sunday. Mr Double began his teaching duties at
Uplands on Tuesday, 5th May. For the remainder of this academic year the following provisions
have been made for Mr Driscolls positions of responsibility:

Mr Dean Metcalfe will be overseeing the Head of Secondary PE position

Mr Bill Mitchell, with my assistance, will be overseeing the Head of Year 10 & 11 position

Last Thursday was the lower secondary school production, which was organised by Miss Amy
Sands, with the assistance of Miss Justine Bell. It was a great evening of entertainment as the
audience watched Dorothy follow the Yellow Brick Road. Congratulations to all of the students
involved in putting on this terrific theatre performance. Thank you to Miss Sands and Miss Bell,
as well as all of the other staff who assisted in the success of this event.
It was a very special day for the Year 13s last Friday, being their last official school day before
they began their final examinations this week. Last Monday, Mr Hollis hosted a Farewell
Assembly for our senior students, which was full of fun and laughs. Best wishes to all of the
Year 13 and 11 students who are currently sitting their external exams over the coming weeks.
In the early hours of Saturday 25th April, there was a small Uplands contingency, both staff and
students, who attended the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the War Memorial Monument and
Cenotaph at the Esplanade in Georgetown. Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance
in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders
"who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution
and suffering of all those who have served. This year the service was extra special as it was the
100th anniversary since the First World War. Uplands laid three wreaths; one on behalf of the
students (Zara, Jonah and Josh Ruhl), one on behalf of the staff (Melinda Skinner and Zeynep
Dincer) and one on behalf of the management (Craig Skinner & Alison Nicholson).
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They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We shall remember them
Have a great weekend
Craig Skinner
Head of Secondary
craig.skinner@uplands.org
Follow us on Twitter: @UplandsSecSch

Withdrawal Procedure
Admissions would like to remind families who may be relocating in the near future to take note
of the School's withdrawal procedure for refunds. Prior notice, in writing, stating the date of
leaving must be given to the Admissions Office via email: admissions@uplands.org or
submission of the online withdrawal notice form at:
http://www.uplands.org/school/?page_id=12497
The form must be filled in according to the following date for non-returning students
(School/Boarding):
15th May 2015 for students not returning in August 2015
The School will send an acknowledgement upon receipt of the Notice of Withdrawal. If you do
not hear from us within three working days of your submission, please contact the Admissions
Office at extension 106.

Incorporating International Mindedness through International School Links


Over the last two weeks, the students of 8Q at Uplands have been collaborating on a Science
project with students from Ilford County High School in London, England.
Students from both schools have been working on Project Adaptations, where Year 8 students
from each school produce posters on how local plants and animals are adapted to the
environments they live in. These posters are shared via the British Councils International
Schools project space and then assessed by students in class.
The students at Uplands produced some fantastic pieces of work and thoroughly enjoyed
learning about the different wildlife native to the UK, as well as the opportunity to provide
meaningful feedback to their peers across the globe.
This project will hopefully mark the first of many collaborations between Ilford and Uplands,
whilst schools in India and Kenya have also expressed an interest in working with our talented
students.
James Waring
Teacher of Year 8

United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Intermediate Challenge competition


The Intermediate Challenge for Years 9 to 11 was held in February 2015. Over 200,000 students
from across the UK and international schools around the world participated in this prestigious
competition, with roughly the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, the next 13% silver and the next
21% bronze.
Approximately 1500 of the top students are invited to sit a follow-on Olympiad round, and a
further 9000 or so to a multiple-choice Europe-wide Kangaroo round.
80 of our students participated, and 67 students came away with certificates:
13 Gold, 23 Silver and 31 Bronze
These students have done well:
a) Yosuke Asai

Best in the School award

Best in Year 10 award

Gold Certificate

Merit Certificate in the Hamilton Olympiad round


b) Kim Dong Joo

Gold Certificate

Merit Certificate in the Hamilton Olympiad round


c) Gilbert Valentino

Best in Year 9 award

Gold Certificate

Merit Certificate in the Cayley Olympiad round


d) Tim Streller

Best in Year 11 award

Gold Certificate
e) Lim Bing Yi

Gold Certificate

Merit Certificate in the Grey Kangaroo


f) Teh De Juan, Chalyn Goh, Anawar Win Maung, Cassandra Khoo,
Chan Jing Ren, Sparsh Singhal & Ernest Poon

Participation Certificate in the Grey or Pink Kangaroo


Congratulations to all the students who participated.
Julie Tan
Head of Maths

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We have now completed three weeks of the third and final term of this academic year. With only
six weeks remaining we still have a busy schedule ahead including the Year 6 Exhibition in the
last week of May, and Uplands is hosting the Primary FOBISIA Games during the first week of
June. The success of these two major events requires extra commitment from both students and
staff. One of our strengths is working together as a team to support each other and the students
to achieve the best possible results.
Last week Year 4 children experienced a dance session at Island Plaza Dance Studio supporting
their current unit of inquiry. This week Year 5 Bahasa students visited the SILA Ceramic Studio
with Ms Farah and Ms Dass in conjunction with Languages Week. The children thoroughly
enjoyed their day using their Bahasa language skills and exploring the kampung. On Wednesday
Year 2 children spent the morning at the Spice Gardens. Next week Year 4 children will visit the
Iglass and 3D Trick Museums. A special thank you must go to all the teachers, assistants and
parents helpers for the extra preparation that is needed to make these learning experiences
possible.
At the end of this term the Primary House Cup will be awarded to the winning House for this
year. Children are awarded House Points for many things to reinforce the IB Learner Profile and
PYP Attitudes. The House Points accumulated so far this year are: Crag = 2484 School = 3218
Hill = 2608
With six weeks to go, we are still a long way from determining the winning House for this year!
Primary Disco - Next Friday, 15 May, students from the Do Something Society have organized
a Disco with a SPACE theme for Primary children in Years 4 - 6. The disco will be held in the
Sports Hall beginning at 5:00pm and concluding at 7:00pm. The entry fee will be RM 5 and tickets
can be purchased from the Primary Office. Children may wish to bring up to RM10 with them
to purchase drinks and pizza. I will be there with my dancing shoes! Please join us for fun,
dancing and games!
Primary Sharing Assembly Year 1 children will be hosting our Sharing Assembly on Monday,
11 May. Please join us at 2:00pm in the foyer.
Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies DVD - If you wish to order copies of the DVD Robin and
The Sherwood Hoodies please come to the Primary office for an order form. We will have copies
available until the end of next week only!
Alison Nicholson
Head of Primary
Follow us on Twitter: @uplandsprisch

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Tabata Bootcamp - "Calling all ladies! With only 6 weeks until the summer holidays, get bikinibody ready with Tabata Bootcamp in the Sports Hall at school Tuesday's and Thursday's at 7pm.
Contact gillian@gilliangray.com"
School Photographs -Thank you for your 2015 Photo Album orders. We are distributing the
albums to the students. If you would like to place new orders or have special size requests, kindly
email to Marketing@uplands.org before 15th May 2015. The second batch of photo orders

YEAR 2 SPICE GARDEN VISIT

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YEAR 5 CERAMIC STUDIO

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Reception class costume day

Monday 11 May 2015

UPTA coffee morning 8:15 am @ Parkroyal

Tuesday 12 May 2015

Year 4s trip Iglass museum, 3D Trick Museum

Tuesday 12 May 2015

Year 4i trip - Iglass museum, 3D Trick Museum

Wednesday 13 May 2015

Years 4 6 Primary Disco


organized by DSS, 5:00-7:00pm, Sports Hall

Friday 15 May 2015

Year 6 PYP Exhibition

Tuesday 26 Thursday 28 May 2015

Primary FOBISIA Games hosted by Uplands

Tuesday 2 Saturday 6 June 2015

Primary FOBISIA Games (Athletics & Swimming @ USM) Wednesday 3 June 2015
Primary FOBISIA Games (TBall @ PFS)

Thursday 4 June 2015

Primary FOBISIA Games (FBall @ PSC)

Friday 5 June 2015

Transition Day for Year 6 students

Tuesday 16 June 2015

Primary Awards Assembly

Wednesday 17 June 2015

Primary student reports issued

Friday 19 June 2015

Presentation Day & End of academic year

Friday 19 June 2015

Boarding House closes at 12.00 noon

Saturday 20 June 2015

FOR FULL INFORMATION PLEASE SEE SCHOOL CALENDAR


http://online.uplands.org/calendar/SitePages/Home.aspx

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