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Frequently Asked Questions


School Year

Q. What will the term dates be?
A. Please click here for the School Calendar.

Q. What will the start and finish time of each day be?
A. Please click here for the School Timetable.

Q. What are the subjects offered?
A. Please refer to admissions for the subject list.

Q. What is the maximum class size? 
A. High School maximum class size will be 25. In reality many classes will be smaller than this at ICGSE and IB as students pick from a variety of subject options. We anticipate that the average class size in the ICGSE will be 22 and 18 in the IBDP.

In the Elementary school the maximum class size will be 22 and student learning will be supported by Learning Assistants. Y4-6 1 LA between 2 classes. EYFS Ratio 1:9



Curriculum

Q. What do you mean by Holistic Education?
A. Educating the whole child, incorporating academic learning with values, ethos and training.

Q. How many students can the school hold?
A. We can hold 1512.

Q. What are the classroom periods/ timetable like?
A. Elementary will not follow the standard structured timetable. High School will have 8 x 40 mins with a mixture between double periods – 80 mins and single periods of 40 mins. 

Q. Do you offer help for children who are weaker in English, EAL? 
A. Students for whom English is an additional language will be supported by teachers and Learning Support Assistants in the Elementary School.

Q. What is Singapore Math?
A. This is a highly successful International Maths programme and involves a more advance & interesting way of learning mathematics for elementary school students. Dr Ng, Professor of Maths at The Institute of Education in Singapore will be training our staff in the delivery of this programme.

Q. What is the difference between IB and A Levels?
A. - Broader range of subjects, 6 subjects in total with 3 at Higher Level and 3 at Standard Level. 
     - Prepares students more thoroughly for university and employment because of the holistic and broad    
       nature of the course.
     - Recognised by all Tier 1 international universities.  

Q. What Languages will be taught as part of the curriculum? 
A. The language of instruction for all subjects will be English.

Malay: As per government requirements, Malay will be compulsory for all students who are Malaysian citizens up to and including Year 11. Non Malaysian citizens will have the option of studying Malay as a 2nd language if they wish to do so. In the Elementary School all students will have 1 lesson of Malay per week.

Chinese: Mandarin will be offered as a 1st Language, Second Language and Foreign Language at all grade levels.

Spanish: In the Elementary School, students will be exposed to some Spanish Language and Culture but will not study Spanish formally. There will be the opportunity to attend a Spanish CCA. In the High School, Spanish will be offered as an elective subject at all grade levels.

Q. Will there be the possibility of extra language lessons as part of the After-School Programme?
A. We will run extra language lessons as part of the Co-curricular Activities Programme. There will be a cost associated with this programme. The type and nature of the activities will depend on the level of interest. For example, we may offer students the opportunity to do more intensive Chinese study for those wanting to study Chinese at a Higher Level at the IB and beyond.

Q. Will the school run a Co-curricular Activity Programme?
A. With an aim to be the top international school in Kuala Lumpur, we will offer a comprehensive range of Co-curricular Activities in line with our strong commitment to educating the ‘whole child’. A wide variety of sport, music, drama, academic, service and other CCAs will occur at lunchtime and after school at no extra cost. 

Q. How will Religion and Values Education be incorporated into the life of the school?
A. Religion and Values Education will be taught as a key component of the PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Civics Education) curriculum. PSHCE will be taught as a core subject at all grade levels to all students. The Religion and Values component will emphasise things such as values, service and leadership. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to take part in specific Religious Education activities in line with their faith and our Lasallian inclusive ethos as part of our CCA programme.

Q. Will pupils be able to complete their Confirmation and First Communion at school?
A. The School will be in regular contact with the Parishes of our Christian students and enhance and support the preparation for Sacraments organised by their own parishes.

Q. Information Technology
A. This will be delivered through the computing curriculum during the school day.
     
     Devices – School will provide iPad and laptops to support learning but there won’t be a personal device 
     given to each student.

     IGCSE and IB – Students will bring their own device from home.



Admission

Q. Do you merge classes for the Elementary School? 
A. No, we are opening two classes or more in most year groups so this will not be necessary.

Q. What do you mean by Lasallian ethos and practices? Are Muslims allowed to enroll in the  school? 
A. Muslims are encouraged to enroll; we will provide support for Friday prayer, offer Islamic studies (Agama) and the school has a Prayer Room.

Q. Do you help apply for international student & guardian visas?
A. Yes if necessary and there is a RM 2000 service reimbursement charge for it.

Q. What is the school’s SEN policy?
A. We are inclusive but as a new school we may not have the staff or facilities to meet all SEN needs. As such, we will be taking a very limited number of students and this will be exclusive to those with siblings in the school.

Q. Which year groups are you allowing enrolment for in Sept 2017?
A. All year groups except Year 11 and Year 13. (Unless special IGCSE cases for Year 11s)

Q. Will students need to do an assessment to gain entry into the school?
A. Yes, students will need to do an assessment to gain entry into the school.
     
Nursery : Reception meet the teachers for informal assessment with parents.

Year 1 - 2 : Verbal and non-verbal assessment with an adult.

Year 3 - 6:
Online Cognitive Assessment tests.

Year 7 - Year 12 : English, Maths, Non Verbal reasoning.

Q. Will entry to SJII Malaysia guarantee entry into SJII Singapore?
A. SJII Singapore and SJII Malaysia are both Lasallian Brother schools but have completely separate management with their own independent enrolment procedures. The application process at SJII Singapore is separate and students will have to apply as per a normal student to be considered for enrolment at SJII Singapore. 

Q. Is there a sibling discount and how much is it?
A. Yes, there will be a sibling discount. The discount will be 3% (2nd sibling), 5% (3rd sibling) and 8% (4th sibling) on the annual fees. There will also be sibling discount on the enrolment fee being 20% (2nd sibling), 30% (3rd sibling) and 40% (4th sibling). This is however not applicable if a student is enrolling with the welcome package.



Fees

Q. How much are the fees? How do I find them? How does the welcome package work?
A. The information is available under Admissions on our website. 

Q. Do you have scholarships? What’s the procedure?
A. There will be full and partial scholarships at IB and IGCSE level and we will be holding assessments in  Jan 2018. Please see the scholarship section on our website for further information.

Q. Books
A. Cost Included in the fees for Elementary School including exercise books but for High School - only textbook is included.



Staff

Q. What will be the profile of the background and qualifications of your staff?
A. All of our teachers, including subject specialists are from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada. All of our teachers will hold a degree as well as a recognised teaching qualification and have at least 3 years’ experience teaching in their home country and/or a leading international school.  We will also employ specialist language teachers from Malaysia to teach subjects such as Malay and Mandarin. Teachers are committing to a 3 year contract. For profiles of the staff, please visit the website.

Q. How will the school determine what year/level my child will be in for the 2017/18 academic year?

 

Age of Child

Age Range
(by Date of Birth)

SJIIM Department

Year Group

3+

1 Sep 13 - 31 Aug 14

Early Years

Nursery

4+

1 Sep 12 - 31 Aug 13

Early Years

Reception

5+

1 Sep 11 - 31 Aug 12

Pre-Prep

Year 1

6+

1 Sep 10 - 31 Aug 11

Pre-Prep

Year 2

7+

1 Sep 09 - 31 Aug 10

Prep

Year 3

8+

1 Sep 08 - 31 Aug 09

Prep

Year 4

9+

1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 08

Prep

Year 5

10+

1 Sep 06 - 31 Aug 07

Prep

Year 6

11+

1 Sep 05 - 31 Aug 06

Senior

Year 7

12+

1 Sep 04 - 31 Aug 05

High School

Year 8

13+

1 Sep 03 - 31 Aug 04

High School

Year 9

14

1 Sep 02 - 31 Aug 03

High School

Year 10

15+

1 Sep 01 - 31 Aug 02

High School

Year 11

16+

1 Sep 00 - 31 Aug 01

IBDP

Year 12

17+

1 Sep 99 - 31 Aug 00

IBDP

Year 13





















2017/2018 Entry

Age of Child

Age Range
(by Date of Birth)

SJIIM Department

Year Group

3+

1 Sep 13 - 31 Aug 14

Early Years

Nursery

4+

1 Sep 12 - 31 Aug 13

Early Years

Reception

5+

1 Sep 11 - 31 Aug 12

Pre-Prep

Year 1

6+

1 Sep 10 - 31 Aug 11

Pre-Prep

Year 2

7+

1 Sep 09 - 31 Aug 10

Prep

Year 3

8+

1 Sep 08 - 31 Aug 09

Prep

Year 4

9+

1 Sep 07 - 31 Aug 08

Prep

Year 5

10+

1 Sep 06 - 31 Aug 07

Prep

Year 6

11+

1 Sep 05 - 31 Aug 06

Senior

Year 7

12+

1 Sep 04 - 31 Aug 05

Senior

Year 8

13+

1 Sep 03 - 31 Aug 04

Senior

Year 9

14

1 Sep 02 - 31 Aug 03

Senior

Year 10

15+

1 Sep 01 - 31 Aug 02

Senior

Year 11

16+

1 Sep 00 - 31 Aug 01

Sixth Form

Year 12

17+

1 Sep 99 - 31 Aug 00

Sixth Form

Year 13





















Q. Teaching Support
A. For ES, SJIIM will have Learning Assistants in each class Nursery - Y3. Y4 - 6 1 LA shared between 2 classes. 

Q. The role of the Brothers in the school
A. Being a Lasallian international school, there will be Brothers on the boards and within the teaching staff. They will have a presence in the school and are committed to the education. They impart the school’s Lasallian values and education as well as act as a pastoral support system to the children.



Transport

Q. Will the school operate a bus service for students to get to and from school?
A. Yes, the school will operate a bus/taxi service to get students to and from school.


 

Parents

Q. How will parents be involved in the life of the school? 
A. Links and communication with parents are key to the success of our new school. 
     
We intend to engage with our parent body in the following ways:
1. Parent’s Forum: Representatives of each class will have monthly meetings with the Principals.  
2. Parent's Support Group: This group will organise social events and fund raising activities.
3. Website/ class dojo/ blogs.