Education of our young is an investment for the future and Yayasan Tan Sri Dominic Vendargon was incorporated as a charitable foundation with this aim in mind to provide quality and holistic education in as affordable a manner as possible reaching out to as many as possible, limited only by our own physical and financial capacity.
Our schools, both national and international, which are branded as Stella Maris, have been established to prepare our young to meet demands of the future and the challenges of life, following the noble traditions of the great mission schools in the years gone past.
Our students are provided with an educational experience that is wholesome and balanced in body, mind, soul and spirit; one that not only adds knowledge and builds intellectual capacity but also nurtures our young with the right values and critical skills to enable them to maximise their potential and succeed in all that they endeavour for the betterment of themselves, their families and community.
Within a school environment that is liberal, caring, disciplined, value-focused and enterprise-driven, we are confident that our students will grow to become model citizens of tomorrow with sound moral standards and excel in service to country and society as true beacons of honour, truth, justice and peace.
Hi I just want to say think twice before commenting. I am a primary student of Stellar Maris and it is really good to me. I have better understanding there because they use English to teach, and they really want the best for us. They work hard every day and did a lot of sacrifices during the online classes. So please consider before putting them down with bad comments.
As an ex student of SMIS, I suggest you do not send your children here.
This is because the school's student capacity is overflowing and thus the school cannot hold all of their students well. Big Class rooms have been cut in half just to make space for new students. In other words, the school decides to takes in more students than they can handle despite having limited spaces. Students are also forced to sit out in the basketball court for assembly because of this problem. It is not as fancy or better as it seems. You get what you pay for, though the price is attracting compared to other international schools but their quality is definitely lower. Teachers are, from what I heard, underpaid which causes a few of the more "experienced" to leave the school. While there are good teachers and many of them are not well trained to handle big classes. The School also has a lot of restrictions which are really unnecessary such as jacket and hair tie colours that does not affect a students studies at all. For an international school they would not even let us students bring our phones or laptops. Some parents feels that its unfair that the price they're paying for does not match up to what the school is providing. They are paying the amount but getting the same result as what a government school would give. The school's facilities are decent but some facilities are not open to the students such as the school's pool. The school's science labs are the only facilities that are good. Besides all of the above, there aren't any other major problems. I hope this will help give you a better inside view of how this school is actually like.
I am a student at this school, having been here a long time and I'm going to give my personal, honest review of my experience here as a student and am in no way shape or form trying to harm our school's image or reputation, these are my personal thoughts on the school and I want to share my experience
The fees are actually affordable and you could say "cheap" for an international school as you would find other international schools charge way more. The problem is that is it worth it to send your child to this school?
I want to start off with the management of the school. I would say that the school can be a bit uncoordinated at times, and some teachers are also unhappy with the way that the management does things. I feel that the website that the school is currently using for teachers to assign works to their students and update boards is the worst. Many many teachers and students are unhappy with the website the school uses called "Schoology" and i believe there are so many better alternatives like google classroom or even a whatsapp chat group. The website is clunky and slow and sometimes it even affects the online classes when it doesn't load and at best it only does the bare minimum. I've missed many classes during MCO due to the website causing problems for either the teacher or the students.
The next thing I want to talk about are the teachers for lower secondary and upper secondary. Some teachers know how to do their job well, they know how to communicate with students and empathize with them and be patient and understanding with students. The sad part is that the many teachers who have been some of my favorites and acted as my role model for my high school life have left, either because of being offered better and higher paying jobs at somewhere else, or because they cannot handle the stress that the management puts on them. Teachers are humans too and they are prone to mental health issues, many of them are stressed out and tired as well. And there is another group of teachers who are the opposite, they are impulsive, uncaring, rude, arrogant and narcissistic, no matter what situation they think that they are always right and some of them are the really good at gaslighting and guilt tripping. The worst part is that this is MOST of the discipline teachers. They do not know how to empathize with students and are constantly breathing down students' neck for the smallest thing. You can see why even some of their fellow teachers dislike and disagree with the way they do things. The only good discipline teacher has left, and he was honestly the best so it was a shame to see him leave as he would be strict but know when to let loose.
Now after talking about the personalities and attitudes of some teachers, I want to talk about them from an educational point of view. There are some teachers who can definitely teach well but there are also some who I believe should not be employed as a teacher. I've had experiences with both types and I think the school can be better when it comes to hiring good teachers. Some teachers help me understand a topic almost immediately, and some teachers make me so confused on a topic that I have to go home and self teach myself, I know not all teachers can be perfect but I believe certain standards should be met, especially being fluent at English in a school with an English speaking curriculum.
The facilities are decent, but most of them remain unused due to the coronavirus and honestly i would say they are average with a medium sized field and sports center, they haven't fixed the first floor male toilet door in two years though, the rules are fine but some rules are just absurd as you can't wear jackets with designs, how is that supposed to affect my education? The school is overly populated and I believe that there are way too many people that the school can hold at the moment, no prom as the school overreacts when a boy touches a girl for some reason. canteen food is decent, this sums up my thoughts/experience at this school