12 Jun A successful half term at GOTS
Life is about evolution. If you stand still, chances are you will be overtaken by your rivals.
That is why Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) continues to make improvements.
Into its second year of existence and buoyant by the positive feedback from scholars and parents, the international school keeps striving to stand out and live up to its mantra of being ‘definitely different’.
This year it opened its secondary school in Plaza Jelutong, Bukit Jelutong and expanded its pre-primary classes to go with its primary school.
While maintaining a high-level of education, GOTS has added several other elements to encourage its scholars.
One such example is the introduction of the Student of the Month award.
“The evolution of Global Oak Tree Scholars has seen us become better in our second year. Like an oak tree, we shall continue to protect and provide the best for our scholars,” says GOTS co-founder Veronica Shepherdson.
“The introduction of the Student of the Month award is a way of encouraging scholars. We want to reward them for their hard work all the time and not wait until the end of the year.
Shepherdson says that is why GOTS also introduced several other events such as the Bahasa Melayu and English Weeks in the first half of the year.
The two language-theme weeks exposed the scholars to the nuances and history of BM and English while allowing them to express themselves in the said languages.
The scholars were also rewarded for their efforts and this has, in turn, encouraged more of them to learn about the languages, especially BM.
Being ‘definitely different’ means GOTS places equal importance on BM and Mandarin – something which makes it stand out.
“BM and Mandarin are important and was something we decided from the start,” says Shepherdson, adding this was before the recent decision by Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) to allow students to choose Bahasa Melayu as a subject.
This kind of forward thinking is helping GOTS lead the way.
Shepherdson and her team are also planning more workshops to introduce the ‘GOTS way’ to the public following a successful Gen Y Leadership Workshop at its City of Elmina Campus, Shah Alam on May 25.
“We are very proud of the way we are bringing up our scholars and these workshops are a way of reaching out to parents who are considering sending their children to an international school,” explains Shepherdson, adding the school will be hosting a VAK (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic) and Edu Games workshop on June 29.
Humans are divided into three types of learners – some grasp lessons visually, others by listening and the rest are the kinesthetic types who need to ‘do’ to fully understand.
At GOTS, each lesson incorporates something an audio learner, a visual scholar and a kinesthetic pupil can identify with to ensure everyone gets maximum understanding from a lesson.
“We are confident that if we can showcase our methods to the public, we can convince more that GOTS is the place to be,” says Shepherdson.
For more information contact our education consultants at +6010-295 6340 or visit www.gots.edu.my
#GlobalOakTreeScholars #GOTS #IGCSE # InternationalSchool #Elmina #ShahAlam #BukitJelutong #DefinitelyDifferent #VeronicaShepherdson