Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Affiliation Agreement between Matrix Global Education & Ellesmere College

Full Press Release:

Factsheet

Matrix International Private School Malaysia Seremban
An affiliation agreement was signed on 20th March 2014, in England, between Matrix Global Schools, and Ellesmere College, with Matrix being represented by Dato' Haji Mohamad Haslah bin Mohamad Amin, Chairman, MCHB Group, Dato’ Lee Tian Hock, Director & Group MD, MCHB, Felix Lee, CEO Matrix Global Schools.

Chris Frankland (Principal of Matrix International School) says: “This is a very exciting initiative, which forges strong ties between our new schools here in Seremban, and a long-established, highly successful and acclaimed school in the United Kingdom. I am delighted that this tie is taking place; I see many opportunities which will surely benefit both schools, and look forward to a long, close and productive relationship, which will ultimately benefit the students and teachers, both in Malaysia and in the UK.

Matrix Global Schools

  • Currently under construction in the new township of Bandar Sri Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan
  • Due for completion in July/August 2014
  • 20 acre campus with state of the art facilities, rivalling any school in Malaysia
  • Private and International Schools linked by a bridge. Sharing a common culture, common facilities, common vision and mission
  • “Soft opening” Summer Camp for intending students and students on school holidays, from September to December
  • International School to follow Cambridge UK curriculum. Private School to follow Malaysian curriculum.
  • Both schools fully open and operational January 2015. Total capacity 2000 students.
  • Residential Court will accommodate up to 440 students and 24 staff

Ellesmere College

  • Established in 1884.
  • Recognised as one of the best-performing schools in the UK.
  • Located in rural surroundings, on the English/Welsh border
  • Following Cambridge curriculum, with high levels of academic success
  • Founded upon high quality education, coupled with a strong commitment to extra curricular activities, sport and outdoor pursuits
  • Students are encouraged to express themselves and be stars in as many ways as possible.
  • Equally fine sporting and recreational facilities on a large campus, with an outstanding record of achievement in many sporting areas.
  • A highly proactive and forward-thinking Principal, and professional, committed teaching staff

Why the Partnership?

We have a shared sense of values. Both schools are very close in agreement and mindset in terms of what constitutes an outstanding school. Namely:
  • A focus on the individual, and emphasis on individual performance. We identify and nurture childrens’ strengths.
  • We want our children to reach the very best of their capabilities
  • Our children will be engaged in everything they do in school
  • We foster positive relative relations, between students, teachers and parents
  • We encourage individuals to help each other
  • We believe that confidence is the key to success

How will we be working together?

Initially there will be three main areas of collaboration and cooperation:
  1. Sports Affiliation
    Exchanging sporting skills such as rugby, swimming, tennis, squash, which entails Ellesmere and MGS exchanging sporting skills via an exchange of students and their related activities.
  2. Student exchange and staff immersion programmes
    There will be student exchange programmes during the summer semester at Ellesmere, and staff placements between Ellesmere and Matrix Global Schools, for a staff immersion programme.
  3. Sharing of Matrix Global School’s Interactive Curriculum
    MGS will be designing and producing a series of interactive programmes, using “Augmented Reality”, for key learning components in the Cambridge curriculum, and these will be shared with Ellesmere College.  MGS will be one of the first
Other initiatives will no doubt follow, as teaching staff both in Malaysia and the UK come up with ideas.