Soonufat Supramaniam: Heart for the Arts brought me back to Malaysia

“We believe that excellent education is beyond academic achievement and it’s about transforming mindsets and exposing students, about creating opportunities for them to succeed.”     Soonufat Supramaniam, better known as Soon, is a 2015 Alumnus currently teaching English at a high-need school in Lubok Buntar, Kedah. As a graduate from The Australian National University…

What Makes Teachers Great?

This is an excerpt from What Students Want, an upcoming book showcasing personal glimpses into current education issues that are pertinent to students. This essay was written by Soon Teck, a former student of Brian Geh (2012 Alumnus). It is indisputable that teachers play a pivotal role in shaping young minds for the future. The…

Dragons’ Den and beyond: How we raised RM25,000 for ARTspire

In anticipation of this year’s Dragons’ Den happening this Saturday, 10th March, Jia Qi (2018 Fellow) sits down with Candee Chee (2016 Fellow) to talk about ARTspire, an initiative that she pitched at last year’s Dragons’ Den. 1. Hi Candee! What’s your initiative about?  ARTspire is an initiative that aims to empower students to express…

Warda: Lessons from the Fellowship | part 2

If you haven’t, check out part 1 of Warda’s story, where she shares the challenges she encountered in her community while teaching on the Fellowship. For my second-year initiative, I started BLISS because I want to shift the “budak kampung” mindset. I want to empower students like Hakim to lead their own learning — which…

Warda: Lessons from the Fellowship | part 1

After graduating with a degree in business management, I never thought I’d be teaching in an underprivileged community in Johor for the next two years. It’s been an experience unlike anything I expected. I was faced with intense, immediate challenges from day one, and I had to learn to thrive. On a daily basis, I…

Lim Mei Jin: What I want for my students

In their second year, our Fellows kickstart initiatives to address a problem in their communities. Mei Jin, a 2016 Alumna co-founded Project FLY to address the need for better discipline and diversity among students, through camps and community project workshops. Mei Jin wrote this poem to commemorate the past 2 months she spent with her…

Stories from the front line: Kenneth Khoo

We often think the goal of schooling is to graduate with perfect grades. We emphasise academic excellence because we know it can deeply affect a student’s future opportunities. But sometimes, we fail to appreciate how important extra-curricular activities are in shaping a student’s character, and in some cases, their future too. Bernard, one of my…