IN anticipation of Epsom College in Malaysia’s inaugural student intake this September, the co-educational boarding school for three to 18-year-olds opened its doors for an exclusive glimpse of its state-of-the-art campus facilities.
The 20.2ha development is Epsom’s first overseas campus and is located in Bandar Baru Enstek in Negri Sembilan.
On hand to greet and lead the media and invited guests on a tour of the school’s campus was its chairman of the board of governors Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.
“I am very excited to be here today. Epsom College in Malaysia is everything I imagined and so much more,” he added.
The school steeped in 150 years of rich heritage, will offer students a first-class British education experience, said Fernandes. The school will utilise the Cambridge International Examination syllabus.
The student classrooms at the college will accommodate 24 pupils in the senior school and 16 in the prep school.
At the college library, dedicated facilities for class teaching, group study and individual research offer a conducive space for further learning.
“The college has allocated RM1mil for books and digital resources for 2014 alone. Together with Wi-Fi capability, this will be the perfect working and research environment for our students,” said Epsom College in Malaysia headmaster Martin George.
Fernandes said the institution has world-class facilities for the students as well as the support of a first-class teaching faculty and a management team.
The team of housemasters and housemistresses live alongside the students in the boarding house and are responsible for their welfare and progress, be it academic, co-curricular, social or personal.
This “home away from home” setting has become an integral part of college life and ensures that students receive the guidance and support they need in a safe and supportive environment.
Epsom’s approach to student boarding fosters a community atmosphere among students with each house having a kitchen, laundry and a common recreational and games room. Epsom’s excellent sporting facilities include three astro-turf football pitches, two rugby pitches, three squash courts, specialist fields for football, cricket, athletics events, a swimming pool and a sports hall accommodating 10 badminton courts, two basketball courts and a fitness centre.
The art and design facilities include a stunning 600-seat theatre, recital hall, dance studio, 20 music rehearsal suites, five ensemble rooms and a specialist Art and Design Technology Centre.Meanwhile, Epsom College UK former head girl Briana Norris who was also present, said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be in Malaysia to witness the development of Epsom’s first overseas campus. The college has not only nurtured my academic goals but has provided me with a desire to meet future challenges with confidence.”
“My acceptance to Oxford University next year is in many ways a tribute to the holistic environment provided at Epsom College. It is encouraging to know that many more people will now benefit from the first-class education experience that Epsom will offer,” she added.
Also present during the tour were Epsom College in Malaysia head of senior school Mike Oliver, head of prep school Jane Smith, board of governor members Lim Kian Onn and Gareth Lim, director of building development Ng Lip Khong and EDUC8 (which wholly owns Epsom College in Malaysia) chief executive officer Joyce Lai.
The presence of the Epsom College UK board of governors chairman Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen and member Mark Ralf and head girl Lydia Sheils, made the tour all the more memorable.