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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Fairview International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Review-of-Fairview International School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The facilities are satisfactory, a basketball court, football field (small) and 3 badminton courts in the hall. They have a decent mix of indoor and outdoor ECAs but perhaps could do with some external ones like horse riding, uniformed clubs.... (Continue)
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My question to the negative feedback givers is how then does the school achieve accreditation from the International Baccalaureate Organisation? Is there merit to your assertions?
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I was a student in Fairview and finished my University of London O Levels there in 1981. I was part of the original batch of 19 students , most of us had followed our year teachers from Garden International when the parents and teachers had a dispute with the Principal of GI and left to form Fairview. The original teachers who formed Fairview were the best I ever had. The original school was just a rented bungalow facing the General Hospital, we did not have much in the way of facilities. Even our football field was 'borrowed' from the neighboring local school. ( we used an old vollyball to play football with back then, it was all we had) when we moved to the 2nd building The one on Jalan Ampang near the army camp., we students volunteered to clean and help paint it because the school was short of funding. we did it because we were proud of the fact that it was OUR school! Regardless of the lack of facilities ( back then we were seen as the runt of the international school litter. so to speak) The teachers and us students were content with what we had, we were like a small family almost, it was a close friendly relationship between us and our teachers, based on mutual respect. We learned more than just academics, we grew up. Looking back now I think we really enjoyed our school life. the teachers, classmates; In a way, the entire experience was somehow romantically colonial in its innocence and charm. (rose tinted glasses perhaps? im 47 now!) It saddens me to think that from our happy and humble beginnings. the school has transformed into such a big entity with such a bad name... The shame... and to think. when I returned a few years after my college years in the UK to see the old school; (actually it was the 2nd, the original was a small bungalow ) it had already changed for the worst.. fenced in yards, some unfriendly English principal. The only good thing to come from that visit was meeting my old Geography teacher (and former headmistress) who said our class year was the best the school had had. Times haven't changed for the better it seems. - Old Boy
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Expat Report Review of Cempaka International School in KL, Malaysia was published
Review-of-Cempaka International School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Quite comprehensive. They have indoor and outdoor basketball courts, badminton, ping pong, swimming pool, wall climbing, field for rugby, football, hockey, handball, frisbees. Their library is small though. Two dancing studios, a broadcast studion, art gallery, music rooms. Extra activities are conducted after 3.30pm with additional cost for certain activities. I particularly like the school's performing arts curriculum. Students showcase their talent several times a year. (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Mutiara International Grammar School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Review-of-Mutiara International Grammar School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
OK. Not much sport, no gym, senior school labs ok, but nothing in junior. library pretty basic. Principal has made much more sport accessible to pupils, and now school finally having matches with other schools. No real after school classes. Most teachers especially in the senior school seem to have little interest if any outside their "specialisms". Only the British teachers in senior school (Principal plus 4 others seem to have any real talent that they wish to share with the pupils. (Continue)
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It has been a year now that I have sent my son to MIGS. I am not too sure of the comments above however, what I notice is that the school has managed to unearth his talents that his former school wasn't able to do so and he loves the school. .however, will check out what was mentioned above. Ah yes, there's no PTA which is a shame.
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I agree totally - my sentiments exactly. A real rio off
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Global Indian International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Review-of-Global Indian International School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
This school is a new enterant in Kuala Lumpur hence the Campus is not very large although it has gone from 1 campus to 2 Campuses. It does not have any swimming pool, not a lot of extra curricular activities like Horse riding etc. This is one area the school must improve upon (Continue)
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GIIS started on the right note but from 2011 onwards has been going downhill. The key factor in any school are the teachers. In this respect, GIIS has failed to attract good teachers and there is a high turnover of teachers. Such a waste.
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Since the fees of School is so high, and there are no playgounds, no airconditioner. So, Air conditioners should be initated in the scholl from next session for childern's comfortablility.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Australian International School Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Review-of-Australian International School Malaysia
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Great learning and teaching facilities. Very well equipped libraries. Good provisions for Performing Arts and the Visual Arts Department. Could work on Language learning resources though.

It is pretty of being an Aussie to love sport! This is so visible in the broad range of extra curricular activities the school offers. It is compulsory that students take part in three different activities per-term and for three afternoons each week. Our kids are spoilt for choice. Many inter-school sporting events, debates, musical and drama productions (no less than three a year). Impressive for a small school. The teachers all are part of the ECA programme and what is on offer reflects their interest. There are also private music tuition during the normal school day in a purpose built music department. (Continue)

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Does the school accept locals ?
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Hi I am the Marketing Manager for Australian International School Malaysia. Please log on to our website www.aism.edu.my for more details on fee structure. You will be able to find it under the tab of Enrolment. you may also contact us directly via admissions@aism.edu.my for further details.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Moving-to-Kuala-Lumpur
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Most expats here tend to live in either Bukit Damansara, or if able to afford it - Kenny Hills. These are dominated by larger houses, usually with pools and nice gardens.

You will need to consider proximity to the office/schools etc, since traffic here can be diabolical, especially in the rainy season.

It is often better to ask among existing expats for house availability. This can be a lot cheaper than using an agent. (Continue)

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I am wanting to relocate to Kuala Lumpur. I have no job lined up and have my own company which I will not have when I move to KL. How hard will it be for me to find a job? I am not picky as long as its enough to live on and have some spending money and a little time off. How can I go about getting a job considering I dont know anyone and only job experience I have is owner of company.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of International School of Kuala Lumpur in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Review-of-International School of Kuala Lumpur
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Excellent facilities. Many activities available. Well supported little league program. Exceptional special teaching services for ESL, reading, maths etc... (Continue)
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One of the best international schools we have been. Very indulgent both academics and social aspects of education. There is good care and excellent education. Great community spirit. Highly qualified staff.
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Very poor attention to students for serious academic studies. Levies and new building charges are imposed arbitrarily. Children are spoiled by asking to bring money to school instead of lunch cards commonly used in other school. ISKL is academically a very poor institution that educated offspring of rich Chinese who want an English education.
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Expat Report Review of Utama International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was published
Review-of-Utama International School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The school has a small swimming pool, small library, not so big field and not so big classrooms. It has no canteen/cafeteria, no hall/gym, no projector/modern equipment in classrooms, almost no extra-curricular activities, no expatriate teachers, no parent association and no 'wow' factor! Most importantly, the school has no proper selection of teachers. Just because one studied overseas, it does not mean he makes a good teacher, especially if he can't even communicate properly in English and has difficulty putting simple messages across to students. (Continue)
Expat Report Review of Garden International School (GIS) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was published
Review-of-Garden International School (GIS)
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Excellent top-notch facilities. Recent upgrade to field rm 2 million investment. CCAs are varied from sports, to creative thinking and community outreach projects - A very impressive selection. Very happy with the variety available. (Continue)
Expat Report Review of Garden international school kuala lumpur in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was published
Review-of-Garden international school kuala lumpur
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
This school is the biggest private school in Malaysia so the facilities are brilliant, everything is up to expectations. (Continue)

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