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Vision Primary School Sandakan with modern learning environments

29th May, 2017

Vision Primary School Sandakan which has been in operation since January this year, now has 51 students in Primary 1 and Primary 2. Its head teacher, Desmond Chong talks to our Sandakan Bureau Chief James Leong about the school.

The Anglican Churches in Sabah have been running Mission Schools for more than 120 years, and the Vision Schools are the latest instalment of our dedication to this cause.

The Vision Schools Project is a continuation of the Anglican Diocese of Sabah’s commitment to education in Sabah. The Anglican Church has been faithfully involved in providing quality education to Sabahans since the 1800’s, and many of our mission schools are still the schools of choice.

Our classrooms at the Vision Primary School Sandakan are equipped to bring our students into the 21st Century Learning.

The books that we use are also sourced from among the best we could find to promote creativity and critical thinking among our students. Lessons are designed for students to learn together in collaboration and they are trained to give their opinions since young.

We aim to produce forward thinking intellectuals that have a good character and that they may become major contributors to society at large.

As the Vision Primary School is now fully functional and running, we begin to look forward to the building of the Vision Secondary School (15 classrooms) which we expect to run in 2021, the latest. By then, the entire 1st Stage of the project will be completed, and we expect this to be sufficient for the next 15-20 years.

All you need to know about Vision Primary School Sandakan: FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) 1. When did the school start? We began operations on the 3rd January 2017, starting with 2 classes of Primary 1 and 1 class of Primary 2.

2. Is it an International School? We are a local private school, running on the Malaysian Education Syllabus.

3. What syllabus do you use? We are licensed to run DLP (Dual-Language Programme) as provided for by the Ministry of Education, whereby our students may answer their UPSR Maths and Science papers in English. We use books from Singapore to supplement our local syllabus requirements for English, Maths and Science.

4. Is it recognised by the Malaysian Ministry of Education? Yes, we are a fully functional school, registered with the Ministry of Education. In fact, our sister school in Bandar Sri Indah, Tawau has been operating since 2009.

5. Can the students get into local universities? Yes, our graduates from Tawau have been admitted into local and private universities, Kolej Matrikulasi Labuan, progressing to University Malaysia Sabah, and also STPM in local schools.

6. Where do you get your teachers? Are they trained? Our teachers are hired locally by the School Board. Training and professional upgrading is provided periodically by our education consultants from KK and the USA. Our teachers will also gather with the teachers from Tawau for corporate training annually.

7. How do I enrol my child? We have started taking Primary 1 in applications for 2018 and 2019. You will need to come to the school and fill in an application form.

8. How many students are there in a class? We are taking in 2 new classes of Primary 1 every year, and each class can take in a maximum of 30 students. That means we only have 60 places up for grabs every year.

9. What is the difference between Vision School and other schools in Sandakan? The biggest difference is our method of teaching. Our classrooms are designed so that the students are more relaxed, and the teachers are trained to ask questions rather than give answers.

10. Are there any exams? Yes, our students will be tested 4 times a year, and you may expect a Report Card every semester. Together with the Report Card, our students will also be assessed according to their 21st Century skills (6C’s) during their classroom activities.

   
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