PISA is an innovative and forward-thinking school with very special ethos. Put simply, we constantly strive to be the leading light in education known for excellent academic achievements, which I strongly believe, can be best achieved with the highly-regarded Australian Curriculum.
Our partner in the delivery of this curriculum is Peninsula Grammar from the state of Victoria in Australia, which has a long and distinguished record of educating Malaysian students and expertise in international curriculum delivery and administration. It is our mission to provide the highest quality teachers who can inspire and nurture our students to reach for personal excellence through a broad range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities.
It is worth mentioning that this strong partnership between the Peninsula International School Australia and Peninsula Grammar brings over 55 years of high quality education based on the Australia’s Victorian Curriculum which is being offered in over 25 international schools in countries ranging from China to South Africa leading to the prestigious Victorian Certificate of Education, a university entrance exam recognised by leading tertiary institutions in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
At PISA, we want our students to be the very best they can be. Our dynamic Victorian curriculum recognises that every student are on a lifelong learning journey and is driven by our mission to not only produce students who are all-round high achievers, but also to promote personal growth and social responsibility in a multicultural educational environment.
I very much look forward to welcoming you and showing you our school in action.
Senior School PrincipalView More
Senior School Principal
I have always believed that teaching is a vocation and that the finest educators believe passionately in the importance of this vocation. I endeavour to bring this passion to my role as Secondary School Principal, working collaboratively to forge strong Student-Parent-Teacher relationships to ensure the best outcomes for each individual student. As we begin on our journey as a school, we have a unique opportunity to be a part of creating something great; the opportunity to work with our foundation students, teachers and parents to shape a school that brings together the best of the Victorian Curriculum with modern teaching approaches incorporating technology alongside traditional Malaysian culture.
I was born and educated in the UK at an International school and so, from a young age, learnt the importance of being a global citizen through being exposed to an eclectic mix of cultures. After obtaining a First Class Honours degree in Natural Science and postgraduate teaching qualification, I worked at an outstanding all-girls school in the UK which served to fuel my love for classroom teaching, providing inspiration and challenge for these exceptionally capable young ladies. It also reinforced my appreciation of the power of extra-curricular experiences to hone essential life skills and build independence. From here I moved to Penang to be a part of a start-up school before accepting the exciting challenge of moving to be Head of Science and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at the prestigious Ballarat and Clarendon College in Victoria, Australia.
Returning to Kuala Lumpur, my husband’s home country, I took up the post of Deputy Head of Secondary with whole school Pastoral responsibility. Through my variety of experience both in the classroom and in leadership, I have become a strong advocate of restorative practices in Education. This provides a language and framework for students and teachers to take ownership of their actions, turning mistakes into teachable moments. I have been fortunate enough to share this work at conferences and with other Internationals schools in Malaysia. I am thrilled to be returning to the Australian curriculum. Drawing on my experience obtaining outstanding VCE results, I hope to develop a culture of excellence measured in progression alongside a love of lifelong learning both within and outside the classroom.
Middle School Principal
Head of Pastoral Care
Middle School Principal
Head of Pastoral Care
As a qualified, dynamic and passionate educator and leader with over 18 years’ experience, I have been a Form Tutor, Principal Teacher, Faculty Head, Acting Deputy and a Head of Lower Secondary. Within each role I have acted upon my genuine desire to inspire and motivate children and young people to become independent, confident and inquiring lifelong learners. My experience to date in Senior Management positions in both international and UK context, along with my student centred approach to education, commitment and drive have ensured an outstanding track record in raising attainment and ensuring high standards of pastoral care. Beyond my Masters and PGCSE in History and Modern Studies, I have also achieved a Diploma in Education Studies.
My journey as an educator began in Scotland where I started out as a teacher of History and Modern Studies (Politics and International Relations). I was quickly promoted to Principal Teacher, Faculty Head and then Deputy based upon my proven track records in raising attainment and increasing student uptake in these subjects. I also enjoyed success outside of the classroom, taking up a seconded position as a Policy Officer for Inclusion. Within this role I worked with the Scottish Executive to develop city wide policies and procedures designed to enhance the pastoral provisions for students. More recently I have been the Head of Lower Secondary at the prestigious European School RheinMain, in Germany. It has been an honour and a privilege to work for an accredited European School and to experience such multilingual and multicultural educational environment. Preparing our learners to take their place as global citizens is an important aspect of my educational philosophy.
Junior School PrincipalView More
Junior School Principal
I am delighted to have joined the Peninsula team and to be a part of this dynamic new school that is offering a holistic, 21st Century approach to teaching and learning. My home country is New Zealand and I have been living and working in Malaysia since December 2015. I graduated from Massey University with a B.Ed. – Teaching (Primary) in 2001 and was awarded a “Massey Scholar” having graduated in the top 5% of students completing their studies that year. After graduating I have been very fortunate to have gained extensive experience in both teaching and leadership roles in a range of schools. This has included local state and privately funded schools. I have a passion for providing extension opportunities for Gifted and Talented Education as well as supporting students for whom English is not a first language. I am excited to be working with the Victoria Curriculum which, very much like New Zealand, values a 21st Century approach to teaching and learning that encompasses Visible Learning and an Inquiry based model. The combination of this teaching approach, matched with recognition of local cultural identity, will ensure that we are providing a unique educational experience for our students and one that will give them a thinking skill set and academic advantage they will take into the future. I am enjoying my time in Malaysia and have met many warm and friendly people – and of course the weather is fantastic. Please contact me if you have queries regarding any aspect of the Primary School. I look forward to working with our students and their families in the years to come.