About Prince of Wales Island International School (POWIIS)
Prince of Wales Island International School (POWIIS) has rapidly emerged as one of Malaysia’s most impressive schools since its opening in 2011. The school was designed, built and equipped to bring the very best of the British education system, into an authentic Malaysian context. We pride ourselves on a unique atmosphere created with our large on site community of boarders and staff – deliberately modelled on an established and traditional UK pattern of boarding.
We teach the UK curriculum leading to IGCSE and A level qualifications. Our students move on to top universities, across the globe – with the majority heading for the UK. They have a range of abilities, but our outcomes are exceptional; these can only be achieved by high expectations of all, and teaching practices which are adapted to individual needs.
My son started year 8 here in September. It's only been a couple months but so far things are going very well. All the teachers and school management have been great. My son likes the school and is even OK with the 40-min bus ride from the side of the island where we live.
Our son started Year 7 this year. It was a difficult decision choosing which school to send him to on the island. However we are feeling more confident it is the right one. So far teachers are very supportive, learning environment is challenging yet fun. Location is the downside yet worth it for the 'right' school.
First for all as an experienced ex student in this school I don’t recommend studying in this school.
1.School meals, breakfast lunch and dinner doesn’t even look appetising and it is not delicious,most of the student rather bring their own meal to schoo or for boarders they are most likely to ask their friends to bring food for them.Sometimes the food is not even cooked properly and not healthy while some “people” assume it is healthy and has a balanced diet.
2.Boarding House,I don’t recommend to let your children to stay in the boarding house as the aircon temperature can only be on 24 degree which is not ur average room aircon temperature,even tho they supply every room a portable fan but it takes up the space in the room + noise pollution for the student and it is uncomfortable for them.
3.Still Boarding House, Full time boarding students are required to wake up on a Sunday for their breakfast,like seriously? Why can’t they just rest.Dont talk to me about the health of the student they are teenagers,they know when they are hungry.Besides that, some stupid activity that students are required to do which are compulsory are just a waste of time,they could have use the time to enjoy or do better things during the weekends.
4.Lunch Rules, Student are not allowed to bring their phone to the canteen.I agree with this but seriously? Why can’t student put their phone just on top of the table,what are the disadvantage to be scared of? Radioactive in the pants?I am angry about this because recently my friends were eating lunch and their phones was just on top of the table and not even using it but they got scolded for that and I find this action stupid.Besides that students are not allowed to be in the classrooms during lunch time,this is just stupid as they are not many place for student to rest during lunch times or maybe some student needs private place to study,don’t tell me about the library it’s just noisy as hell with the younger students running around in the library.
5.Social Media,I don’t think the school should interfere in this as this is their problem and they should know how to sort it out with their family.In addition recent years there is a case where teachers and students can’t be in a whatsapp group and I totally don’t support this because this is the modern world which how student and teachers should interact with each other,for example student can ask what homework or what daily task they should do in the group and every student can reply instantly.In addition what if there is an emergency for boarding students in the boarding house,it is the quickest way for them to inform the staff.Dont talk to me about email as email is just stressful to use and it will take a longer time to reply .I suggest the school should change perceptions about social media towards student and staff.
6.Year 11,as the school price are increasing year by year without any valid reason,I suggest that the school should make a graduation dinner for the year11’s as most of the student are their final year in the school.I don’t support the part where they have to stay in school until year13 to have the graduation dinner as it’s unfair for the students.As the price keep increasing but they seldom improve anything in the school which makes students and parents and staff curious about what is going on where did the money go?
7.Swimming Pool and Gym, I agree that when going to these places there should be a supervisor,however for boarding students,they recently felt furious about this as the boarding staff made a timetable where what time will the gym and swimming pool open but most of the time there is no one and students often have to ring the head of boarding doors to ask if there is teacher which will disturbs both students and teachers as students will feel annoyed and teachers might be resting after a long day in school.So I suggest the school should do a meeting about this who and when will take care of the pool and if the supervisor is not there I hope they can give a valid reason why?
Overall education wise is good.
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