KEEN to provide quality education for the community, Datuk Albert Ong took the lead by opening up the first international school in northern Johor.
Located in Muar, Johor, Orbix International School opened its doors three months ago and has already enrolled 100 students from the region.
The name Orbix is derived from the Latin word orbis, referring to the Earth or the world. The name was chosen to reflect the global education that students will receive.
Ong who is Orbix Education chairman, said the school was set up to cater to the growing needs of quality education that is at par with international standards in the country.
“For students in northern Johor, there are not many options available for them as all the other international schools are located in either Kuala Lumpur or Johor Baru.
“We want students here to have the opportunity to experience world-class education without
having to stay too far away from their families,” said Ong who is also Abric Berhad Board of Governors chairman during its open day here.
Orbix International School is one of the first schools in the country to offer all three programmes from Fieldwork Education - International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC), International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC).
In addition, the school is also in the process of completing its final registration as a Cambridge international school for the Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Lower Secondary, Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge A-Levels programmes.
“We will be launching our A-Levels programme this June.
“We hope that this will give the opportunity for students in the area to take up the course without having to travel too far.
“We will also be providing 10 scholarship opportunities for students who have obtained excellent results in their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) for the A-Levels programme,” he said.
Students who obtained 9 As and above would be given full scholarships while those with 8As and above get 75% scholarships and those with 6As and above will be given 50% scholarships.
Ong added that scholarships for other levels would also be provided in the future to help the community access quality education, which the school provides.
“We will be opening two other international schools in Melaka and Kuala Lumpur in the near future,” he added.
Meanwhile, Orbix International School’s academic director Goh Wee Beng said that the school offers a unique learning experience as it is the first school in Johor to offer combined subject based classes through the Cambridge curriculum with thematic lessons through Fieldwork Education.
“We do not want to just teach but we want to ensure that each and every student actually learns from the classes we conduct.
“We prioritise hands-on learning experiences because we believe that students learn best in an interactive and engaging learning environment,” he said.
Goh said all the school facilities, including classrooms, are in accordance with the strict standards outlined by Cambridge.
“This includes maintaining a class size of not more than 25 students to ensure that each student gets enough attention to perform well,” he said.
Goh added that the school also places heavy emphasis on languages, especially English as it is an important tool to allow students to do well in the globalised world on graduating.
“Students coming from government or vernacular schools are given special English classes to allow them to adjust to the English medium here.
“Other languages such as Mandarin and Malay are not left behind as we also offer regular classes for them to sharpen their ability to communicate effectively as well as to read and write in these languages,” he said.
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