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Westlake International School Malaysia

Education

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award


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WHAT IS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S INTERNATIONAL AWARD?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), is the world’s leading youth achievement Award and equips young people for life in over 140 countries and territories across the globe.

The Award is available to all young people aged 14‐24. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements consistently. The Award encourages young people to design their own programme of activities, set their own goals and challenge themselves to achieve their aims.

Since its launch 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE AWARD?

The Award is open to young people ages 14 to 24. There are three levels :

  • Bronze: 6 months minimum participation.
  • Silver: 12 months minimum participation.
  • Gold: 18 months minimum participation.
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Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their Award.

Circles Service

GIVE BACK

The Award encourages young people to spend time volunteering in their community, which both benefits others and contributes to their own growth and well-being.

Circles Physical Recreation

BREAK A SWEAT

Physical Recreation encourages healthy behavior not only for Participants, but also for their communities, via improved health, or active participation in team activities. This section specifically aims to impacts the health, team skills, self-esteem and confidence of participants.

Circles Skills

FIND YOUR GENIUS

Participants can choose to improve on an existing skill or try something completely new, as they develop personal interests and enhance their practical and social skills.

Circles Adventurous Journey

GET WILD AND EXPLORE

The Adventurous Journey sparks exploration and drives a sense of adventure, as small teams plan, train and undertake a journey through an unfamiliar environment.

At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.

Circles Residential Project

RESIDENTIAL PROJECT

GO AWAY, EXPLORE, DISCOVER

Completed at the Gold level, the Gold Project provides a Participant the opportunity to learn how to work with people of different backgrounds, develop skills and build confidence living in new environments.​

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Cho Jeong

A Mother of Lee Junwoo

 

When our family came to Malaysia, our initial plan was to travel the country and visit many international schools before making a decision. Westlake International School was the first school our family visited. And it also ended up being the last. The clean and relaxing environment, simple lifestyle, and the happy, bright smiles of the students captivated us. For some reason we knew that this is the one. And looking back after three and a half years, entrusting both of my children in this school was an absolute fortune. A blessing, perhaps.

Both my children took full advantage of the classes, extracurricular activities and sports provided by the school. And without any help from outside the school, I was able to see massive growth in both of them. Unlike my first son, the younger son couldn’t say a word in English. But after witnessing not just his linguistic abilities, but his studies improving over time, I could tell that the school is definitely doing something right. The school offered many different programmed and competitions when the time was right, and my children took the opportunity. I believe that any student, if he is eager to achieve, the school can provide the stimulus and support they require.

I was astonished by the skill and efforts of the teachers, after my first son finished his IGCSE and A levels without private tuition. I would like to say thank you to the school, for having such great teachers available for the students. For the longest time, my son has been pursuing his dreams in the field of medicine. And thanks to the support from the school, he was able to receive offers from medical schools in England. The fact that his achievement was possible without any external guidance shows that Westlake’s career support is something else.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, I was forced to return to South Korea with my younger child, entrusting my first son in the A level Boarding House. However, I was not nervous or worried in any way, for he was in good hands of the boarding house parent. He was able to take a further leap into becoming an adult, by maturing and growing in a mini society called the boarding house. He experienced friendship, bond between students and teachers and living in a community. These will all be great assets to him as he becomes an independent member of society.

If you are still wondering if this will be the right choice, I say this with confidence. If you have the will to grow and achieve, you will be able to make the most out of what this school provides. Westlake International School is the definition of ‘minimum cost, maximum output’.

David Lho Jinwoong

Lim You Kyoung

 

How are you? Hello, I am David Lho Jinwoong’s mother.

First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for providing a place where I can express how I feel about sending David to study in Westlake International School. While David was attending elementary school in Korea, his father's assignment abroad led him to attend an American-style international school in Guangdong, China. I thought a lot about David's school selection. We considered several things in selecting a school; we put safety first, and would choose a school that has a bespoke education system that must be done at that age rather than just studying a standardized curriculum. For example, a school that has an active musical instrument orchestra or athletic team. At that time, David was young, so it seems that he made a choice based on experience.

After 4 years, we finished the work in China and had to go back to Korea. Still, we wanted David to continue to study at an international school under the global educational system because we want him to grow into a person who can freely experience the world and see the world broader than being confined by the Korean entrance exam-oriented education. So we started to search for a country and a school where he can stay and study by himself.

I looked for international schools around the world. I had in mind to look for a school that has a boarding house and where children can study safely and have fun on their own, a school that provides education that maximisers the strengths of children, as well as equips them with skills and passion for college admissions.

There were many colleagues who were dispatched as expatriates to each country around me, so I was able to get information about the leading schools in each country through them.

At that time, my  nephew was attending Westlake International School in Kampar, Malaysia. My sister was very happy with Westlake and excitedly introduced me to it. I came to Malaysia from China to visit Westlake for 3 days and 2 nights. My first impressions of Westlake were friendly and warm.  I think that the education policy set by this school is well managed. I also think that there has been a very high level of educational support as well as the teachers' passion and love for their students. We chose WIS right away without considering any other school, and I was sure that it was the best choice.

I confess that it was God's amazing grace that I chose Westlake. Throughout my trip in Westlake, I was moved and grateful. David had a safe and enjoyable life in the boarding house and appreciated the skills and trust he has developed throughout the A-Level program. He liked all his teachers and enjoyed being with his friendly and warm friends. They were like brothers and sisters.  When I heard about how excited he was when telling me about his school life from time to time, I could not help but feel grateful and shed tears of joy.  In particular, under the Movement Control Order (MCO) situation due to COVID-19, I was so worried about his safety but I was so glad that the school staff has worked to their best to keep the oversea students like David safe
while being away from their parents. I really want to thank Ms. Sandrie, for playing her role as a mother in the boarding house. Thank you, Ms. Anushia who put all her energy in supporting him to move closer to his vision. Thank you, Ms. Ellen, Mr. Chien, Mr. Zunren. And Mr. Hew, the chairman of Westlake International School. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. And above all, I would like to  thank my sister who introduced this school to me and took care of him from the beginning to the end. To my friends,  I often said , “there is a good school called Westlake International School. Our children can dream happily and pursue their dreams there.  If someone is looking for a really good school, I will really introduce Westlake International School without any hesitation.

Mr Lean

Father of Lean Yi Fan

 

9A*’s in IGCSE 2020, DofE Bronze recipient, currently studying A Level at WIS. Westlake curriculum consists of both indoor and outdoor learning. Over the years, my daughter took part in several outdoor camps. She also had the opportunity to join the Wind Orchestra Westlake, where she played the trumpet. They took part in performances in Ipoh and Pulau Pinang.
As my daughter is now part of the A Level programme, I have come to realize how much assistance the school provides for their students. If a student is willing to work hard, Westlake provides an excellent package to help students achieve more.

Mr Lean

Father of Lean Yi Fan

 

9A*’s in IGCSE 2020, DofE Bronze recipient, currently studying A Level at WIS. Westlake curriculum consists of both indoor and outdoor learning. Over the years, my daughter took part in several outdoor camps. She also had the opportunity to join the Wind Orchestra Westlake, where she played the trumpet. They took part in performances in Ipoh and Pulau Pinang. As my daughter is now part of the A Level programmed, I have come to realize how much assistance the school provides for their students. If a student is willing to work hard,

Mr Lean

Father of Lean Yi Fan

 

9A*’s in IGCSE 2020, DofE Bronze recipient, currently studying A Level at WIS. Westlake curriculum consists of both indoor and outdoor learning. Over the years, my daughter took part in several outdoor camps. She also had the opportunity to join the Wind Orchestra Westlake, where she played the trumpet. They took part in performances in Ipoh and Pulau Pinang. As my daughter is now part of the A Level programmed, I have come to realize how much assistance the school provides for their students. If a student is willing to work hard,

Mr Lean

Father of Lean Yi Fan

 

9A*’s in IGCSE 2020, DofE Bronze recipient, currently studying A Level at WIS. Westlake curriculum consists of both indoor and outdoor learning. Over the years, my daughter took part in several outdoor camps. She also had the opportunity to join the Wind Orchestra Westlake, where she played the trumpet. They took part in performances in Ipoh and Pulau Pinang. As my daughter is now part of the A Level programmed, I have come to realize how much assistance the school provides for their students. If a student is willing to work hard,