FAQs


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1.) What are the nationalities of the students?

GEMS International School of Pearl City, Penang welcomes students of all nationalities.

2.) Where are the teachers from?

Teachers are recruited locally and abroad. Some have transferred from existing GEMS schools and current teachers are from the UK and Malaysia with one from the USA. All teachers are fully trained and approved by the Ministry of Education (MoE).

3.) What is the school calendar?

The school calendar will run from September until June providing at least 180 instructional days and will follow the breaks normally found in international schools as well as Malaysian public holidays. You can download the calendar on this website.

4.) What are the school timings?

For the 2015-2016 school year:

  • Primary/Secondary school 8.15 a.m. – 3.00 pm.
  • Little GEMS 9.00 a.m. – 3.00 pm.

Note the Friday session ends at 2.00 p.m. for all GIP students.

5.) Will bus transportation be provided?

We are operating two routes along convenient locations. The exact locations and times are available elsewhere on the website.

6.) What is the school uniform requirement?

The school sets a high standard for student presentation, and requires students to be dressed in their school uniform when they attend. The school uniform requirements are set out in the ‘Parent Handbook’ (Go to Page).

7.) What are the school facilities?

In the new campus, the facilities will include

  • Air-conditioned classrooms
  • Art rooms
  • Black box theatre/drama room
  • Dance Studio
  • Design Technology workshop
  • ICT/digital learning spaces
  • Libraries
  • Music rooms
  • Science Laboratories
  • Sports halls and outdoor sporting facilities
  • Basketball courts
  • Futsal court
  • Soccer pitch
  • Swimming pool and learning pool

8.) What curriculum will you follow and what will the Secondary curriculum prepare
students for?

The school follows a combination of the Cambridge (CIE) Curriculum (with check point tests in English, Maths and Science) and the Malaysian National Curriculum.

All Malaysian students study Bahasa Malaysia, Malaysian Studies and Islamic/ Moral Studies. The school also offers Mandarin as a compulsory subject until Year 9 after which the subject becomes an IGCSE elective.

The school curriculum is a hybrid one: the international curriculum is combined with a Malaysian core. We teach students to appreciate the history and development of Malaysia and build an international outlook upon this appreciation. This is the GEMS advantage where our students develop a ‘Malaysia first, the world next’ perspective.

Primary and secondary students sit for checkpoint examinations (Years 6 & 9) that are externally provided by CIE. Years 7- 11 (secondary schooling) will help prepare students towards the IGCSE and Year 12 (pre-university studies) the A-Levels examinations of the CIE.

9.) What about extra-curricular activities?

Activities will be provided and offered each term. Physical education is provided in our curriculum and students will also have the opportunity to sign-up for activities in sports after school (some maybe organised by third party providers). Other clubs e.g. music, art and drama will be developed by the staff in after school hours. The school curriculum includes ‘enrichment activities’ which will focus on our core values and a range of key skills and competencies.

10.) Will the IGCSE enable students to enter a Malaysian university?

The IGCSE feeds to pre-university studies e.g. A-Levels, Australian Matriculation, and American degree transfer programmes. The A-Levels results feed to universities both abroad and in
Malaysia – private universities e.g. Taylor’s, Sunway, KDU and foreign branches in Malaysia e.g. Nottingham in Malaysia, Monash in Malaysia and more.

11.) What Malaysian and foreign bodies currently recognise GEMS?

The school is registered with the Malaysian Ministry of Education (MoE) and it is accredited by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

12.) Will my child have difficulty making the transition from another school system or indeed, back into a local system?

Many students entering into a new school may require a period of adjustment. This is particularly so for students who come from schools where the style of learning may be markedly different. However, with timely support and intervention, these students adapt well and become happy learners. Our curriculum and CIE examinations are recognised worldwide. As such moving on to another school system should not be an issue. As usual, some initial need for adaptation should be anticipated and can be duly addressed.

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