IT is not a surprise that Covid-19 pandemic has altered the way schoolgoing children study.
The United Nations Children's Fund notes that school children worldwide have lost 1.8 trillion hours of in-person learning due to pandemic lockdowns as of September 2021.
On local shores, the situation in Malaysia is no different, with children in national schools facing the greatest impact from loss of learning.
Westlake International School is committed to ensuring the success of all its students from primary all the way through to A Levels. As such the school has designed its curriculum to align with its vision of pursuing excellence.
Its Boarding, Education, Sports, Talent (BEST) framework supports all students as they grow to reach their full potential.
An excellent team of expert educators were able to design and execute a comprehensive plan from the start of school closures in March 2020 to ensure that no child was left behind.
Teaching strategies that combined international best practices and effective use of technology learning tools have ensured that all students remain engaged in their learning.
To facilitate a new way of learning, each student is equipped with their own tablet and connected Google Workspace for Education, which allows for educators to enhance and elevate student learning.
Furthermore, the school-based subscriptions to education resources that integrated with Google Classroom ensured that teachers were able to continue to focus on developing the core 21st century skills of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication whilst teaching online.
Lessons continued without interruption with a full five-day timetable, including school assembly, class contact time, co-curricular meetings, sport house challenges and individual appointments with the school counsellor.
The school's structured online assessment system allows it to identify, intervene and support students as needed.
Besides that, boarding at Westlake International School has also meant that the school was able to support learners who struggled with online learning with minimal supervision at home.
The school kept its Boarding House open throughout the period of school closures, with its dedicated Boarding House Parents (BHP) monitoring and supporting the learning of all students in their care.
As such, a significant number of students chose to return to the boarding house and participate in online learning from dedicated spaces in the boarding environment.
This resulted in all its students being promoted into the next grade level at the end of 2020 and 2021 academic year. More significantly, despite the disruptions to learning, students were able to achieve outstanding results in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education and A Level examinations.
Students and parents are encouraged to undergo Westlake International School’s assessment to identify gaps, should there be any, to be placed on the right level to ensure seamless progression in the years ahead.
For more information, call or WhatsApp +605-4672222, or visit www.westlakeschool.edu.my. Online private consultation and campus visit available at your convenience.