College Newsletter | ST2024 Week 2 | Online

MESSAGE FROM THE MASTER

Marlborough College Malaysia has won International School of the Year 2024

We are absolutely delighted to share with you all that Marlborough College Malaysia has been awarded ‘International School of the Year’ by the TES, as part of their inaugural awards for international schools.

The awards bring together international schools from around the world to celebrate excellence across the sector in one inclusive global event.

In the write-up it states that, ‘The judges unanimously voted Marlborough College Malaysia as the International School of the Year. They have shown their dedication in passionately driving academic, wellbeing, and co-curricular activities to help their pupils succeed.’

It is superb that the College has received this external validation from such a prestigious educational institution.

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COMMUNITY

All Blacks Sevens | Sunday 28th April to Tuesday 30th April 2024

We are delighted to inform the Marlborough College Malaysia community that we will be hosting the All Blacks Sevens team at the College from Sunday 28th April to Tuesday 30th April 2024. The All Blacks Sevens have been one of the most successful international sevens teams in the world, competing regularly on the World Rugby Sevens circuit. They will be training on our pitches and using our sports facilities in preparation for the Singapore 7s tournament taking place the following weekend.  It is incredibly exciting to be hosting them and we are immensely proud.

This is a superb opportunity for our pupils (and wider community) to see international athletes in action. We wish to ensure that they have a highly positive experience so we request that the MCM community respects the players and gives them the appropriate space they need to train.  

However, there will be a couple of opportunities where pupils, parents and staff can come and watch them. 

Sunday 28th April

Firstly on Sunday 28th April from 11.30 am to 12.30pm, the All Blacks will be running a training session with a selected group of pupils from Marlborough College Malaysia, English College, and  SSTMI (Malaysian Sports College).  Following the training session, there will be triangular matches between the three schools from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Parents are invited to watch and the training and matches will take place on Pitch 2.   

Please note that Pitch 1 is strictly out of bounds as this will be for the All Blacks exclusive use. 

Please note that Security will only allow Parents’ cars onto the site  to watch. Please park in the main College car park. 

The main swimming pool will also be out of bounds to pupils and staff while the All Blacks are here but there will be an exception for those pupils taking part in the PADI Open Water training on Sunday.  Our pupils and diving instructors will be in the main pool to train. 

Monday 29th April

MCM Senior School pupils will be invited to watch the All Blacks training during break time 10.00am to 10.20am and Parents are welcome to come and watch too.

Furthermore at lunchtime on Monday, the All Blacks will be giving a talk to Sports Scholars about ‘Living a high performance lifestyle’  ( by invitation )

In addition it is hoped that the team will be visiting the Prep School to meet Prep pupils during the day.

Tuesday 30th April

MCM Prep School pupils will be invited to watch the All Blacks training during break time on Tuesday morning. 

There may be other opportunities where the All Blacks are able to engage with our pupils but we need to respect their time and space  to ensure that we do not interrupt their preparations in advance of the tournament later in the week.  

We wish to thank everyone in advance for your cooperation. 

WELLBEING

Flourishing@MCM

At Marlborough College, we are dedicated to ensuring the holistic wellbeing of all our pupils through our Flourishing@MCM framework, which encompasses body, mind, spirit, and community.

In line with our commitment to digital wellbeing, we are excited to announce that Jonathan Taylor, an expert in online safety, will be visiting Marlborough College on 20-21 May. He will be conducting age-appropriate workshops with pupils from Year 3 to Lower Sixth, focusing on online safety and responsible digital behaviour. Additionally, there will be a parent workshop on Monday, 20th May, providing valuable insights and strategies for navigating the digital landscape safely. We believe that education and open dialogue are pivotal in effectively addressing the challenges of online safety for your children.

Your Digital Life – Jonathan Taylor 

Monday 20th May 2024 | 7.00pm | Wykeham Hall

The College is delighted to announce that Jonathan Taylor will be visiting on Monday and Tuesday, May 20th-21st, to deliver a series of workshops to parents, pupils, and staff.

Parents are invited to attend an evening workshop that shares current best practices, as well as a host of information to support their children’s online journey. 

 

Register for the event

We are aware that vaping products are becoming more prevalent across the world and as part of Flourishing@MCM framework, the Senior School pupils will be discussing the dangers of vaping in their House assemblies over the coming weeks.  We also encourage parents to engage in conversations about both of these topics at home. We understand that these discussions can be sensitive, so we have compiled some tips and guidance to assist you:

  1. Educate Yourself: Take the time to gather factual information about vaping and online safety. This will enable you to have informed discussions with your children.
  2. Be a Role Model: Set a positive example through your actions and choices. Children often emulate the behaviour of adults around them.
  3. Establish a Safe Environment: Create a safe and non-judgmental space where your children feel comfortable discussing their thoughts and concerns. 
  4. Listen Actively: Encourage your children to share their knowledge and perspectives. Listen attentively to their concerns and validate their feelings.
  5. Provide Educational Materials: Offer reading materials or videos that can enhance your children’s understanding of the risks 
  6. Help Develop Refusal Skills: Collaborate with your child to develop strategies for rejecting offers to vape or to avoid inappropriate behaviour online. Equip them with specific responses they can use in challenging situations.
  7. Build Resilience: Teach your child that standing up to peer pressure requires inner strength and willpower, which can be nurtured and strengthened over time.

By working together and having open and honest conversations, we can help our children make informed decisions and avoid the dangers, thus promoting a healthy lifestyle.

FRIENDS OF MCM

Friends of MCM Summer Ball | May The Fourth Be With You

Saturday 4th May 2024 | 7.00pm – 1.00am | Wykeham Hall 

We are delighted to extend our warm invitation to all of you to join us at our Annual Summer Ball.

After the resounding success of last year’s Friends of MCM Ball in March, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of MCM, we are thrilled to present another unforgettable evening of social revelry.

Find out more about this wonderful community event and book your ticket now.

Booking deadline 27th April 2024

 

More Information

 

Friends of MCM WhatsApp Community | Parents WhatsApp Groups

We understand there has been some miscommunication regarding this initiative and would like to apologise for any concern this has caused. We hope this update will help you to learn about the Friends of MCM WhatsApp Community and how it will benefit the whole College.  

Since the launch of the Friends of MCM Community in February 2023, we have been focused on expanding the  number of groups available to make this service an even more invaluable resource to the parents and families of the College. 

The Groups we have within our Community have been running smoothly and have become the go to place for the parent activities the groups help facilitate, fostering closer connections within our community. 

Starting from February this year, we have been progressively adding the Year Group WhatsApp Groups into the Community. If you join or are already a member you will see them there. 

Our primary goal in establishing this WhatsApp community function is to provide a central point for viewing the groups that run within the school, allowing parents the opportunity to join if they wish. It will also serve as an easy way for new parents to connect with the Year/Class WhatsApp groups when they first join the school. 

We like to think of it purely as a list or menu of groups that are available.  Our aim is to make it easier for people to find the specific groups their children are part of, thus fostering a closer and well-connected College Community that enables our families to flourish in a welcoming and inclusive environment. 

Firstly, the Class or Year Group WhatsApp Groups do not change in their use, structure or how they are managed by the Group Admins. We would like to reassure you that being a member of the Friends of MCM community does not allow any other group or person any extra access to messages within the Year/Class WhatsApp group. Messages will not be accessed by anyone who is not within the group. Your privacy is as important to us as it is to you. 

We would encourage you to use your WhatsApp group freely and with full confidence that all messages within your class WhatsApp group will only be viewed by those within the group. Friends will not be controlling the group, and the day-to-day running is still in complete control of the parents in the group. The approval for new joiners and messaging in the group will run exactly like it has been previously.

Please click the link for more details on the privacy and security of the Community here:  https://bit.ly/3xOm72G.

We appreciate your concerns and are optimistic about the opportunities that the new structure presents. Connecting with our community is a top priority, especially for new parents eager to establish connections. We’ve noted that this has been a frequently requested item, indicating its importance to our community. 

We look forward to fostering greater inclusivity within our community. We are just parents trying to help parents.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Our email is friendsofmcm@marlboroughcollege.my.

Moving forward, we will be contacting the Admins of existing groups that are not in the Friends of MCM Community and will liaise with them about the process of joining and any concerns they may have. We will obviously take any feedback or wishes on joining before any more groups join the greater community. 

We thank you for your patience and support. 

Justin Regan, Chair of Friends of MCM

Parents WhatsApp Groups FAQ’s:

Who runs the Friends of MCM Community?

Friends of MCM is the parent-led organisation that supports and helps organise social and community based events. Please see here for more information: https://www.marlboroughcollegemalaysia.org/about/people/friends-of-mcm/

The Friends of MCM Number has been used to help facilitate the Community and is the Community admin along with the other Ambassadors. You will see the Friends Number in the groups to facilitate the connection of the groups with the Community.  It is purely an administrative role, the Chair holds it and it is not available or shared with other members of Friends of MCM or the College. There is no College involvement with this initiative, it is parent led for parents.

Why are Friends doing this now?

The summer break and the return to school for the new school year is one of the major points of the year where people are looking to make connections with others in the College community. Our goal was to have all the Groups visible in the Friends of MCM Community by the end of the term so every parent, existing or new, would be able to find the groups that relate to them. We have consistently had feedback that a way to connect existing parents would be very beneficial to new parents, and even having a contact before the first day of school could be invaluable to a new family who has just moved to the area.

Will anyone outside or the College see my Group's messages?

No, only the existing Group Members will see the messages in the group. There will be no ‘Big Brother’ watching you.

Can members of the Community see who is in a group or read its messages?

No, they can only see the Group name and have the option to request to join the group. It is then the responsibility of the Group Admin to allow them to enter., just as the groups will have always been run. If the Groups security settings are not at the required level for the community we can help the Group Admins update and improve this.

Will the Community share my information outside my Group?

No, only members of the group have access to the group.

Who will be the Admin of the Group?

The existing Admins will stay unchanged.

Who will control who enters a Group?

The existing Admins will approve all new joiners.

WHOLE COMMUNITY

MCM Community Golf Day 

Sunday 12th May 2024 |9.00 am | Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort 

RM250 (including golf, lunch and prizes)

Welcome to the highly anticipated MCM Golf Day, an event that brings together members of the Marlborough College Malaysia community for a day of friendly competition and camaraderie on the greens. Whether you’re a parent, pupil, friend of MCM, or part of the wider community, we invite you to join us for a memorable day of golfing excellence and socialising. 

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Straits Course at Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort, this year’s Golf Day promises to be an unforgettable experience. The day will begin at 9.00 am with registration open from 8.15 am. Payment will be collected in cash at the event.  In addition to the excitement of the game itself, participants can look forward to a range of novelty prizes.

Register for the event

COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT

Spotlight On: Language and Literature at IB

These words from our Upper Sixth students about studying the IB Diploma, highlight why this qualification is held in such high esteem worldwide. The broad range of subjects and the academic rigour of the IB mean that students are fully prepared for university and the world of work. Unlike A-Levels, students embarking on the two year course are required to continue their studies in English Literature and Language and there are several different pathways that they can opt for depending on their level of English and their interests. So let’s take a closer look.

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COMMUNITY

Camp Beaumont Summer Camps

Exclusive English in Action Programme

Day Camps from 8th July 2024 | Residential Camps from 7th July 2024

We are thrilled to announce the return of Camp Beaumont, the United Kingdom’s most established multi-activity day camp provider at Marlborough College this summer. They are running two programmes over the summer to boost your child’s English language skills with attractive discounts for Marlborough Parents. 

Please read the information below on how to apply the discounts and visit their website for further programme information.

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Introducing the exclusive English in Action Day Camp programme, developed in partnership with UKLC, one of the UK’s top language providers. This unique collaboration brings together the expertise of Camp Beaumont and UKLC to offer an unparalleled language learning experience for your child. We are proud to inform you that this programme is the only one in Malaysia to offer a British Council accredited certificate upon completion. This prestigious certification not only enhances your child’s language skills but may also open doors to future academic and professional opportunities.

The English in Action Day Camp will take place from 8th July to 2nd August 2024, offering a dynamic 5-day programme filled with captivating activities and immersive language learning opportunities. This camp is specially designed for children aged 5 to 12 years, providing them with an engaging and enriching experience. 

In addition, we are thrilled to offer the English in Action Residential Camp, tailored for children aged 9 to 15 years. This 15-day camp will span from 7th July to 4th August 2024, allowing participants to fully immerse themselves in the English language and cultural experiences. It offers an extended duration for comprehensive language development and a deeper exploration of cultural nuances.

Residential Brochure Day Camp Brochure

We encourage you to take advantage of this limited opportunity to nurture your child’s English language skills and provide them with an unforgettable learning experience. Secure your child’s place in the English in Action programme today!

COMMUNITY

In addition to the after-school program currently offered by JBI at MCM, they have initiated a new girls-only football session. All skill levels are welcome, providing excellent preparation for girls’ football competition in the Straits Football next academic year.

Contact Henry at JBI directly to find out more.

 

COMMUNITY

National Online Safety (NOS) App

“What Parents and Educators Need to Know about Energy Drinks”

While the short-term benefits of energy drinks can be attractive, it’s not wise to ignore the potential health risks. Consuming these beverages regularly can have negative effects on the heart and blood pressure, and even cause dependency on these products to keep users’ energy at a ‘normal’ level. Factoring in that many shops have issued a voluntary ban on selling these drinks to under-16s, the rise in children and young people using energy drinks is a cause for concern.

This week’s guide addresses these possible hazards, letting you know how to minimise them for children and young people who like the occasional can.

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Key Dates

For up to date information please refer to the College website calendar

26th – 27th April 2024

‘Big Sing’ Prep Choir Trip

8.00am – 9.00pm

KL British International School

 

AIMS Year 5 Maths Challenge

9.00am – 4.00pm

MCM, Wykeham Hall

27th April 2024

Touch Girls vs Junior Touch Tournament

U9A / U10 / U11 / U12A / U14 (Blue and White)

8.00am

 

Open Water Pool Training

9.00am – 1.00pm

MCM

28th April 2024

Open Water Pool Training

9.00am – 1.00pm

MCM

29th April – 19th June 2024

IGCSE Exams

29th April – 17th May 2024

IB Exams

29th April 2024

Year 3 and 4 House Matches

2.30pm – 4.15pm

MCM

30th April 2024

Year 7, 8 and Shell House Matches

Touch Rugby (Girls) and Cricket (Boys)

8.30am – 10.00am

MCM Pitches and Cricket Oval

 

Year 5 and Year 6 House Matches
Touch Rugby (Girls) and Cricket (Boys)

2.40pm – 4.15pm

MCM Pitches and Cricket Oval

 

Boarders Dessert – Apollo and Artemis Houses

6.30pm – 7.15pm

The Lodge

1st May 2024

Labour Day – College Closed

2nd May 2024

Seymour Charity Day

8.30am – 4.15pm

MCM

 

Online Information talk: GAP Year

1.00pm – 1.45pm

 

Sheppard Upper Sixth Leavers’ Dinner

6.00pm – 8.00pm

3rd May 2024

University Guidance – Online 

for Hundred and Lower Sixth pupils

2.40pm – 3.25pm

3rd – 4th May 2024

Exeat

3.30pm – 9.00pm

4th May 2024

FoMCM Summer Ball

6.00pm – 1.00am

 

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