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Lodge International School, Kuching City


There are two International Schools in Kuching:

1) Lodge International School, and
2) Tunku Putra International School.

Lodge is located in Tabuan Jaya. It is very central and easy to get to and is considerably cheaper.

Across Sarawak river is Tunku Putra International School. This is a great school that runs from Kindergarten through to Secondary School.

Lodge International School caters for students in the British National Curriculum from Year 2 (age 7) through the Cambridge International Advanced Level (age 16 and above). All course textbooks are sourced from the UK.

At the Lower and Middle School levels, from Year 2 to Year 9, the subjects offered are English, Mathematics, Science, history, Geography, Design and Technology, Information technology, Art and Design, Music and Physical Education. In addition to Bahasa Melayu (Malay), students have the option of studying Korean or Mandarin Chinese. All Malaysian students are to take Moral studies (Pendidikan Moral), Local Studies (Kajian Tempatan) in Year 5 and Year 6 and in Year 7 to Year 9, they are also required to study Malaysian Studies (Sejarah). Islamic Studies (Pengajian Agama Islam) are to be taken by all Muslim students.

Students prepare for the University of Cambridge IGCSE and IGCE A level examinations in the Senior School.

Lodge International School is part of Lodge Group of Schools. Lodge International School runs classes for students from Year 2 (6 years old) through to the Upper Sixth Form (A2 Level) for students who are reaching 18 years. The school teaches the British National Curriculum and the teaching is supported through textbooks and other materials which originate in the United Kingdom. There are students from about 20 different countries attending Lodge International School.

Founded in 1953, Lodge Kindergarten is now the leading child care and pre-school educational center in the Nation. Known previously as Lodge Preparatory School and Kindergarten, Lodge was originally established to cater for the children of expatriates posted to serve in Sarawak when it was a British Colony.

Over the years, because of its reputation and the strong foundation in the English Language, Lodge Kindergarten became very popular among the local parents. Today it caters for both expatriate and local children aged between 3 and 17 years. Lodge Group of Schools now operate under four different entities namely:

Lodge Kindergarten (Tadika Lodge)
Lodge International School (Sekolah Antarabangsa Lodge)
Lodge Primary School (Sekolah Rendah Lodge)
Lodge Secondary School (Sekolah Menengah Lodge)
Lodge has gained a reputation in Sarawak and Malaysia for its excellent teaching of English and more recently, for its achievement in the National Public Examinations.

LODGE, a whole day school, established in 1953, offers quality education with a difference :

Four separate entities from Kindergarten to Form Five in the Malaysian and British Curriculum
Conducive surroundings and environment for learning processes
Highly qualified teachers and dedicated staff
Personalized attention given to every child
Pastoral care and counselling services
Bi-lingual enrichment programmes
Well equipped libraries, computer and science laboratories
Compulsory Extra Curricular Activities
Affordable fees, currently one of the cheapest among the Private Schools
Lodge Group of Schools is fully owned and operated by the Lodge School Association, a non-profitable organisation where members are elected from the parents by the parents during the Annual General Meeting each year.


International School

The Growth of International Schools in Malaysia

In the year 2000, there were 26 international schools in Malaysia teaching a total of 11,917 students. In 2009, that number had increased to 67 international schools teaching a total of 22,760 students. As of 2011, there are 89 international schools teaching 29,729 students and employing a total of 3,097 staff.
Most international schools in Malaysia today are relatively small (78% have under 500 students), but are rapidly growing (there are now four international schools each with over 1,000 students).

52% of the international schools follow a UK curriculum, but an increasing number are adopting an international curriculum (IPC, PYP, IB)

The major locations for international schools in Malaysia are:
Kuala Lumpur (19 international schools)
Petaling Jaya (6 international schools)
Subang Jaya (4 international schools) advocates

According to Andrew Wigford, Director of Teachers International Consultancy (TIC,) an organisation that specialises in recruiting teachers for international schools, Malaysia is definitely an up-and-coming area for international education: “Malaysia is presently attracting a number of UK independent schools including Epsom College which will be opening in Kuala Lumpur in 2012, and Marlborough College which will be located near the Singapore border and will also be opening in 2012. Both of these schools will be offering significant boarding facilities which are a fairly new option for international schools. In fact, Malaysia as a country appears to have been identified as a potential location for boarding potential. This is probably due to its location, infrastructure and quality services. In addition to new developments, many schools are expanding; Garden International School for example (owned by the Taylor’s Group) is literally bursting at the seams at the moment.”

Other international schools of note in Malaysia are Tenby International (which teaches the International Primary Curriculum, and for older children, the UK National Curriculum), Alice Smith School (UK National Curriculum), and Mont’Kiara International School (US curriculum).

English-speaking teachers from all over the world, particularly the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the US are eager to work in Malaysia. It is considered by many teachers as a very popular, up-and-coming area for various reasons; it’s a relatively safe country, a very nice place to live, one of the much better developed countries with good transport networks, a great city (Kuala Lumpur), good standards of medical care, and salaries are usually good at most of the international schools. Also, not far away is Brunei where there are several very good and very well established international schools. For a small region, the quality of international schools is high and the growth potential looks extremely good.”
Recent News reported from Malaysia

Singapore-based Raffles Campus Pte Ltd (RCPL) will develop its first international school in Malaysia in the Bandar Seri Alam township in Pasir Gudang, Johor. The Chairman and chief executive officer of RCPL, Ng Boon Yew said “The project is estimated to be about RM35mil with 400 students for the first intake in the third quarter of 2013.”
The Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) is expanding its premises at the Southern Lake Mines Resort City in Bluwater Estate, Seri Kembangan, Selangor. “There is a strong demand and growth potential for good international schools in Malaysia,” said Taylor’s Education Group (School Division) president BK Gan. He added that besides AISM, other international schools within the group had also seen an increase in the number of students. “The start of the new building developments at AISM is a very exciting time for the school and by the end of 2013, the school would be able to accommodate up to twice the current school population.”