Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar, Johor, Malaysia
In 2005, MOE started to actively encourage schools to establish twinning programmes with overseas schools and institutions. We were truly blessed with the opportunity to link up with Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar. MSAB, also known as English College, a premier school located in Johor Bahru.
During the 6 years that we have been in this twinning programme with MSAB, we have established a good relationship and conducted various activities involving students and teachers. The programme aims to expose our students to different cultures and environments, allowing them to gain a better understanding of the world outside Singapore. Students benefit by gaining a better understanding of the regional and global environment. Through interaction with their peers from MSAB, our students also develop social and cultural skills.
On 19th April 2012, a group of students and teachers visited MSAB for a programme that provided the opportunity for them to experience Science, Mathematics and Language lessons in the classroom as well as participate in some CCA activities. The students involved were from the Malay Special Programme (Upper Secondary) and this was an excellent platform for them to practice conversing in Malay with their buddies from MSAB. Through this programme also, AHS students experienced having lessons in a different physical environment and adapted to their surroundings. The programme ended with a session of 'Catur Bistari' conducted by the CCA members from Tunas Bistari (Business and Enterprise Club). 'Catur Bistari' is Malaysia's own version of Monopoly and is designed to help educate players on the intricacies of the business world and to inculcate the necessary qualities to emerge as successful business people. AHS students together with mentors form Tunas Bistari strategised their 'businesses' and the team with the highest asset won a Top Prize.
In 2013, a group of student leaders and teachers from MSAB visited AHS for a programme that provided them with the opportunity to strengthen the bonds over international waters between the two schools. The main objective of their visit was to enable the sharing of ideas that could facilitate the English College (EC) prefects understanding and exposure to issues pertaining the efficient running of AHS Student Council Board. Our students enjoyed the experience of getting to share their own successes as well as get to know more about how the EC Prefects function within their school. Time was also set aside for our students to bring the visitors to the Heritage Centre as well as a tour of the school where they got to do a comparison of each school’s history in a very lively forum led by the our AHS students. The visit by MSAB was definitely an enriching one for our students as they made new friends from a different cultural background as well as gained valuable insights from the sharing.
This year on 30 July 2015, the Secondary 3 Malay Special Programme (MSP) students and 3 teachers visited Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar (MSAB) English College as part of the overseas school twinning programme. The visit provided them with the opportunity to experience Mathematics, Science and Language lessons in the classrooms as well as participate in the art of batik making. This experience was an excellent platform for them to practice conversing in Malay with their buddies from MSAB. The students enjoyed the privilege of having their lessons in a different physical environment and they adapted to the surroundings very well. The programme ended with a small concert put up by the boys of MSAB in the spirit of celebrating Hari Raya. This visit was definitely and enriching one for the students as they made new friends from a different cultural background. For the teachers, more collaborative programmes were discussed during the visit and future plans for more of such programmes were laid out.
The programme was definitely an enriching one for the students. They made new friends and began to reflect on their learning experience in school. For the teachers, more collaborative programmes were discussed during the visit and in the pipeline is the setting up of an online platform for students from both schools to communicate and conduct more sharing with each other virtually.