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Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-Primary

Do I need to send my child to preschool?

Most definitely. A child’s most important learning years are at the ages of three and four.

Why should I choose GOTS?

Our approach to teaching children is unconventional as we incorporate play with learning. We
also focus on social and emotional skills, how to improve students’ gross and fine motor skills while cultivating their listening, speaking, music and art skills.

What are your operating hours?

All GOTS schools – pre-primary, primary and secondary – are from Monday to Friday, 8am until 4pm.

What is the medium of instruction?

Lessons are in English but we place equal importance on Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin.

How many students do you have in a class?

For those aged three to four years old, there will be a maximum of 12 students while it is 15 for
five-year-olds. This is to ensure they get personalised attention.

What are the qualifications of your teachers?

All our coaches (as they are known at GOTS) have either diplomas or degrees in early childhood education (ECE). One of our teachers also used to do ECE training for the Ministry of Education. We also have several assistant teachers.

What does the curriculum comprise?

We adopt an active and integrated learning approach through carefully planned activities,
thematic units and projects with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy.

What sort of physical activities can my child expect at GOTS?

We have a daily Funky Tots session which gives our scholars a good workout.

What is Funky Tots?

It is a creative and innovative approach to the implementation of extra-curricular activities. The classes are conducted midway through the school day and involve speech and drama, boot camp, dance, pool play and music lessons.

Does the school provide meals?

We have a food technologist as our caterer. He not only prepares meals according to the Health Ministry’s guidelines but also counts the calorie intake of each meal.

Do you offer transport services?

Yes, we have several transporters who can pick up and drop off students for a fee.

Primary

Why should I choose GOTS?

Our approach to teaching children is unconventional as we incorporate play with learning. We
also focus on social and emotional skills, how to improve students’ gross and fine motor skills while cultivating their listening, speaking, music and art skills.

What are your operating hours?

All GOTS schools – pre-primary, primary and secondary – are from Monday to Friday, 8am until 4pm.

What is the medium of instruction?

Lessons are in English but we place equal importance on Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin.

What are the qualifications of your teachers?

All our coaches (as they are known at GOTS) have an early childhood education diploma/degree, CIDTL (Cambridge International Diploma for Teacher Learners) and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) for the Academics certification from the American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

How many students do you have in a class?

Only 15 to 20 students per class to ensure they get the best out of each lesson.

What does the curriculum comprise?

Within the Cambridge primary stage, the GOTS International Primary Programme for five to 11-year-olds sets clear learning objectives in English, Mathematics and Science skills for each year of primary education. What makes GOTS different is the learning environment. We focus on fun, activity-based learning.

What are the subjects offered at GOTS?

They include English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), History, Geography, Art and Music

Do you offer any special programmes?

Yes, we also have two special programmes – FinancialSmart and Shine which is the first
experiential Emotional Intelligence focused training framework in Southeast Asia.

What is FinancialSmart?

FinancialSmart is aimed at developing financial-savvy kids and teenagers by complementing
academic achievement with financial literacy. Your child will learn to understand financial concepts like saving, investing, interest, assets vs liabilities, providing them the foundation for financial literacy.

Can you tell me more about Shine?

It stands for (S)ocial, (H)umble, (I)maginative, (N)etwork, (E)ffective and it helps mould your child to be committed to life’s core values that will accelerate his or her journey towards industry or entrepreneurial success.

What sort of physical activities can my child expect at GOTS?

We have a weekly boot camp session and our daily Funky Munky sessions give our scholars a good workout.

What is Funky Munky?

It is a creative and innovative approach to the implementation of extra-curricular activities. The classes are conducted midway through the school day and involve taekwondo, hip-hop dance, ballet, speech and drama and Taiko drums.

Does the school provide meals?

Yes. We have a food technologist as our caterer. He not only prepares meals according to the
Health Ministry’s guidelines but also counts the calorie intake of each meal.

What about security?

We have security guards at the door all the time – 24/7 even on non-school days. There are also
closed-circuit TVs (CCTVs) around the school.

Is it true my child will not have homework?

Our coaches will spend the last hour of each school day helping the scholars finish their
‘homework’ before they go home.

Do you offer transport services?

Yes, we have several transporters who can pick up and drop off students for a fee.

Isn’t homework good?

The scholars spend 40 hours a week at GOTS, the equivalent of a normal work week for adults.
Adults hate bringing work home, so it is the same for children. Scholars and parents are
‘encouraged’ to talk about their day and take turns reading to each other. We consider this ‘homework’.

How will scholars be assessed?

Our summative tests will show the scholars’ progress at the primary level to prepare them for
secondary school.

Secondary

Why should I choose GOTS?

Our approach to teaching children is unconventional as we incorporate play with learning. We
also focus on social and emotional skills while cultivating their listening, speaking, music and art skills.

What are your operating hours?

All GOTS schools – pre-primary, primary and secondary – are from Monday to Friday, 8am until 4pm.

What is the medium of instruction?

Lessons are in English but we place equal importance on Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin.

What does the curriculum comprise?

While we follow the Cambridge syllabus, we also offer a Heuristic-based education which focuses on activity and creative teaching.

What are the subjects offered?

Subjects offered include English Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, ICT, Art, History, Geography, Music, Additional Mathematics, Economics, Accounting and Business Studies.

What are the qualifications of your teachers?

Our teachers have an early childhood education diploma/degree, CIDTL (Cambridge International Diploma for Teacher Learners) and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) for the Academics certification from the American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

What is the student-teacher ratio per class?

There will be a maximum of 25 students per class to ensure they get the best out of each lesson.

Do you offer any special programmes?

Yes, we also have two special programmes – FinancialSmart, and Shine which is the first
experiential Emotional Intelligence focused training framework in Southeast Asia.

What is FinancialSmart?

FinancialSmart is aimed at developing financial-savvy kids and teenagers by complementing
academic achievement with financial literacy. Your child will learn to understand financial concepts like saving, investing, interest, assets vs liabilities, providing them the foundation for financial literacy.

What about Shine?

It stands for (S)ocial, (H)umble, (I)maginative, (N)etwork, (E)ffective. It helps mould your child to be committed to life’s core values that will accelerate his or her journey towards industry or entrepreneurial success. This will help them not only in college but also when they graduate and become working adults.

Does the school provide meals?

Yes. We have a food technologist as our caterer. He not only prepares meals according to the
Health Ministry’s guidelines but also counts the calorie intake of each meal.

What about security?

We have security guards at the door all the time – 24/7 even on non-school days.

What facilities are available at the school?

Through a partnership with a nearby club, scholars will have access to badminton and basketball courts, swimming pool and bowling lanes.

What physical activities can my child expect at GOTS?

We have a weekly boot camp session and our daily Chill Out sessions give our scholars a good
workout.

What is Chill Out?

It is a creative and innovative approach to the implementation of extra-curricular activities. The classes are conducted midway through the school day and involve taekwondo, hip-hop dance, ballet, speech and drama and Taiko drums.

Do you offer transport services?

Yes, we have several transporters who can pick up and drop off students for a fee.

Is it true my child will not have homework?

Our coaches will spend the last hour of each school day helping the scholars finish their
‘homework’ before they go home.

How will my child be prepared for exams?

We will record our scholars’ progress through formative and summative tests to prepare them for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) final examinations.

Isn’t homework good?

The scholars spend 40 hours a week at GOTS, the equivalent of a normal work week for adults.
Adults hate bringing work home, so it is the same for them. Scholars and parents are ‘encouraged’ to talk about their day and take turns reading to each other. That can be considered ‘homework’.

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OUR ADDRESS

Global Oak Tree Scholars (Pre-Primary & Primary School)

City of Elmina Campus
Persiaran Elmina, Elmina East, 40160 Shah Alam,
Selangor, Malaysia

Global Oak Tree Scholars (Secondary School)
Plaza Jelutong
GL1, Persiaran Gerbang Utama
Bukit Jelutong, Seksyen U8
40150 Selangor Darul Ehsan

Phone: 011-3906 6866

WORKING HOURS

Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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