12 Jul Nurturing winners in school and beyond
Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) believes in helping its scholars in school and beyond.
This was exemplified when its secondary scholar Maryam Mahmud won a gold medal at the recent Skate Malaysia competition at Sunway Pyramid.
Maryam’s coach is none other than Michelle Shepherdson, who also teaches ballet at GOTS.
Maryam won the Artistic 6 category in Skate Malaysia.
The artistic event is about the flow of one’s skating movements and facial expressions.
Skate Malaysia attracted some 300 skaters from Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia.
Held at Sunway Pyramid Ice since 2003, it is supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“I was nervous as Skate Malaysia is a big event. I got even more anxious before my performance as GOTS co-founder (Veronica Shepherdson) and the Head of Academics and Head of Curriculum (Gerard Abisheganaden) were at the rink,” said the Year 7 student.
“I had to push it all to the back of my mind and just focus on my routine. I’m happy I won and would like to dedicate the victory to my coach and also my family members who have always supported me,” said Maryam.
Michelle said Maryam has huge potential and has won medals in several competitions at home and abroad.
“She really is a gem. We only competed in one event this year as she is preparing for her grading examination,” she said.
“I’ve been coaching her for quite a while and feel she has it in her to go far. It is not unheard of for Malaysians to compete in the winter Olympics – just look at Julian Yee.
“Hopefully one day, one of my students, Maryam included, can qualify for the Olympics.”
GOTS’ unique method of focusing on academics while placing equal importance on social skills and character building lessons means scholars are able to adapt and perform on any stage.
This is done via its Chill Out sessions and SHINE classes which allow students to express themselves artistically.
This also helps to build a bond between coaches – as teachers are called in the school – and scholars.
Maryam and Michelle certainly embolden this spirit and it shows just why GOTS is ‘Definitely Different’.
To learn more about GOTS, contact our education consultants at +6010-2956340 or visit www.gots.edu.my
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