For most parents in Malaysia, the fundamental decision of whether to send their child to a public or an international school has become somewhat of a dilemma. Given the lower-than-average national scores among Malaysian students in PISA rankings run by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), as well as flip flops in the local schooling system in deciding whether Science and Math should be taught in English, many have opted for the international school route.
Parents being parents will always want the best for their children. While this is not an implication that our public school education does not have its merits, students who attend international schools are often given greater access to teachers and are exposed to a more diversified and more rounded learning environment that often presents better prospects in adulthood. So it came as no surprise when we revisited Paragon Private and International School and while we were taking a walk along the campus’s corridors, we could sense the dynamic environment of the school where purposeful learning is taking place in and out of the classroom.
Paragon Private & International School 校园开放日将于来临的7月15日 (星期六)举行，开放时间为上午10点至下午4点。此次开放日的主题为《Arts & Music》（艺术与音乐）。当日，新落成的现代化大型室内视听讲堂将首次启用，家长与来宾们能在此欣赏由Paragon学生们所呈现的一系列精彩的文娱表演。除此之外，校方也在食堂与顶楼花园安排了自助餐与一些小吃摊。届时，家长们不妨亲自来Paragon学校一游，亲身体验与感受学校完善的教学设备与舒适的校园环境。
Good news! The much awaited 2nd Paragon Private and International School Open Day will be held on 15 July 2017 (Saturday) from 10am – 4pm at its sprawling purpose-built campus in Plentong (off Pasir Gudang Highway), where visitors will be treated to a cultural extravaganza of Arts & Music, and more…
除了正规的课程外，Paragon Private & International School 也非常重视学生们的课外活动 Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) ，从中培养学生们的领导能力、沟通能力、团队合作、技能才艺等上课与书本里无法得到的经验才能。「求学之路可想而知该多有趣啊！最让家长们放心的是，孩子们在校所进行的活动，也能同时以现代化科技辅助密切留意他们的成长过程。」
【大人小分享】Paragon Private & International School 是由大马著名多元产业发展商 — Joland Group 与 Kuopacific Group 两间杰出企业于2015年联手投资逾一亿马币所创建的，约可容纳2400位学生就读。Paragon 学校的管理团队经验丰富，师资阵容鼎盛，其中，由在新加坡拥有超过30年教学与课程管理经验的 Mdm Lee Hian 来担任校董、著名数理教育专家 Dr Fong Ho Kheong (Brain Builder) 担任校委会主要成员等。除了聘请欧美教师外，学校也专门聘请了多位于新加坡国立教育学院（NIE）受过师资培训且曾任教于新加坡学校多年的高水平教师。Paragon 学校主要提供马来西亚政府学制 (UPSR 和 SPM) 及英国剑桥 IGCSE 课程，并将新加坡的教材融入两者的课程中。再者，为加强学生们在数理方面的学习与兴趣，也精心设计与打造了数学、科学加强课 (Discoveries Maths and Science)。除此之外，全英语的学习环境让学生们能更轻松掌握英语，对日后升学将能事半功倍。
With the firm belief that education is a basic civil right for everyone and should not be a privilege of a selected few, Paragon Private & International School was established in 2014 by prominent Johor-based property developer Joland Group and Kuopacific Group, who also operates the Jakarta Nanyang School in Indonesia, and brings together their combined management expertise and academic operations excellence to the forefront of this education venture. The school also takes pride in the training and dedication of its teaching staff, who have an admirable range of advanced university qualifications and educational experience. Many are certified former MOE (NIE-trained) and International school teachers in Singapore. The school is in the safe hands of Mdm Lee Hian with more than 30 years of teaching and course management experience, while Dr Fong Ho Kheong – an international renowned maths book author of the most popular Maths series ‘My Pals Are Here Mathematics‘ that is used by 80% of Singapore’s primary schools, sits on the Paragon Education Board of Governors. Coupled with the Discovery Science and Discovery Mathematics taken from the Singapore Curriculum, the school aims to encourage the spirit of inquiry and cultivate the process of discovery for all students.
高科技校园 State-of-the-art school complex
Paragon Private & International School 校园内的每一间冷气教室皆设有投影设备。此外，全校实施一卡通无现金消费的系统。Paragon 的每位学生将拥有一张学生卡，此卡除了可以用作识别出席率与接送外，也可储值，以到餐厅购买食物及支付各种校内的服务。「Cashless @ Paragon 每日金额使用设限为RM20，家长们可透过网络检查孩子的学生卡的每一项交易，校方也能借机灌输及指导学生们该如何正确理财。」此外，家长们亦能从学校的网络系统里得知孩子们的每项课业成绩报表与学习进度。
Located on a sprawling purpose-built campus in Plentong (off Pasir Gudang Highway), the school complex is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technology, where students (and staff) can securely access the school building or car park, mark their attendance and even pay for lunch and stationery at the Cafeteria and Book Store with the Cashless @ Paragon initiative. With a daily spending limit of RM20, parents can top up their child’s account via cash or internet banking, while monitoring their expenditure where every purchase through the Cafeteria (or bookstore) will be recorded and debited accordingly against each child’s account.
Paragon Private & International School 的食堂「Cafeteria」宽敞舒适。校方贴心地将小学生与中学生的休息用餐时间分段进行，同时也在食堂内提供免费的饮料让学生享用。食堂内全面实施一卡通无现金消费系统，家长们可透过校内系统检查孩子每天的消费。
For the benefit of all students, especially the younger ones, Paragon Private & International School has adopted a new cashless transactions system for the purchase of all items sold through the school Cafeteria. Students also get to enjoy complimentary and free flow beverages such as green tea and juices to make sure they are well-hydrated throughout the day.
PS: Food and refreshment will be provided at the Cafeteria throughout the Open Day, while food stalls offering traditional food will also be available at the rooftop garden.
Global and experiential learning awaits
与此同时，校方也耗资逾百万引进了 RFID 技术与双层图书馆内的管理系统有效结合，此举不仅简化了图书管理，也能让学生们更便捷地借还书及查询等。
Like most fast paced and forward-looking institutions, the school has adopted the latest Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, where students can securely borrow and return library books, print documents as well as accomplish many other tasks by simply swiping their very same intelligent contactless card over a central reader. How impressive is that?
馆内也特别架设了25台 iMac 与10台 iPad，让学生们有机会接触不同的电脑作业系统，并设有音乐图书馆，启发学生对音乐欣赏的兴趣与艺术潜能。透过文字、图像、动画、视频等多媒体教学方式刺激学生感官，从而提高学习趣味与积极性。「校方对于提升学生英语读写能力极为重视，特地投资了许多电子互动系统，如： Scholastic, Press Reader 等，让学习英文变得更轻松！」
The lifestyle library also boasts an interactive media resources room featuring an all-iMac and iPad lineup for easy access to the latest cutting-edge technology and mobile apps such as Scholastic and Press Reader to enhance the students overall English learning experience. Imagine having access to a world of knowledge at our fingertips with the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica collection online, as well as connecting to the world’s best newspapers and magazines just as they appear in print, WOW!
【大人小分享】许多家长们为孩子选择就读学校的标准，除了会审视该校的师资水平，校园的生活与学习的环境也会是他们所关注的重点！Paragon 学校的校园环境优越、教学设备先进而完善。学校本身所坚持的教育理念即为「I am not LED, I LEAD!」，旨在激发学生们的学习潜能，培养学生们的领导能力，为社会培育优秀的精英与人才。校方希望能让孩子们每天能开心上学，却又不失严谨纪律，奉行赏罚分明，并注重身、心、灵发展，为日后打下良好基础。
Research has shown that children whose parents take an active role in their studies and well-being have a better attitude towards learning and perform better in school. At Paragon Private & International School, the school recognises the value of cultivating this holistic relationship and are constantly looking for ways and means to engage parents, making them active partners in their children’s education. After all, both teachers and parents want the same thing for their child, i.e. For them to learn and work towards their dreams and aspirations, and hence the school motto: “Non ducor, duco” which means “I am not LED, I LEAD!”
在即将来临的校园开放日，Paragon Private & International School 的学生也为来宾们准备了一系列精彩的文娱表演，而演出的场地正是在「现代化大型室内视听讲堂」。此讲堂可容纳400名观众，视觉效果更是令人震撼。
2017年度校园开放日的主题为 《Arts & Music》，以下为当日的精彩表演项目列表：
- 电光舞龙 LED Dragon Dance
- 音乐剧场 Music Theatre
- 民族舞蹈 Cultural Dance
- 乐队表演 Band Performance
- 廿四节令鼓 24 Festive Drums
- 四川变脸 Si Chuan Mask Change
- 交响乐 Family Orchestra
The air-conditioned, multipurpose Auditorium on Level 3 provides an elegant, functional and versatile space for concerts, lectures and gatherings of all kinds. Equipped with AV facility with high-end LED projectors, the newly-opened 300-seater facility will also be home a variety of cultural, Arts & Music performances by the students themselves in the upcoming Open Day on 15 July 2017! Make sure you come early as the seats are limited due to the expected overwhelming response from the parents and visitors.
The best of UK + Singapore education
Paragon International School 的国际学校课程综合了英国伦敦剑桥大学提供的国际普通中学教育文凭 (IGCSE) 课程以及新加坡现有的教育课程，更涵盖了高等中学阶段的科学及艺术科系，利用“探索科学”及“探索数学”的课题，着重强化学生的科学及数学技能。此外，Paragon International School 也提供全球超过90个国家认可的国际小学课程 (IPC) 教学方式，在小学六年级时学生还可报考新加坡国际小学考试 (iPSLE) 或是在中学时报考剑桥高级水准会考 (GCE O’ Level)。与此同时，Paragon Private School 也综合国立、新加坡教学纲要，通过使用“探索科学”及“探索数学”的课题，强化学生的科学与数学技能。
Paragon International School implements an integrated curriculum which follows the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) offered by Cambridge University, United Kingdom and at the same time be coached in Singapore’s curriculum. The school also offers both Science and Arts streams at Upper Secondary Level. Students who wish to take the Singapore International Primary School Examination (iPSLE) examination or be enrolled for the GCE Ordinary Level examination may sign up for the exam enrichment classes for the necessary preparation. Paragon Private School also offers revised National Curriculum to prepare the local students for global competition to succeed in the world today.
The English language will always be an important aspect of their campus life, and having a good command of the language and acquiring knowledge through this integrated syllabus will allow them to have greater opportunities in foreign universities, in English-speaking countries like US, UK and Australia upon graduation.
课外活动 Co-Curricular Activities (CCA)
此外，Paragon Private & International School 对于课外活动 Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) 也极为重视，特与各领域专业人员合作指导逾24项活动，如球类运动、游泳、戏剧、音乐、科学、数理、理财、舞蹈、家政、圣约翰救生队、童子军等，除了能放松与调剂身心外，更可培养学生在生活中独立自主的能力。此外，校方亦有提供奖学金予州际选手。「负责家政课程的烹饪指导竟是来自北欧丹麦的导师啊！」
At Paragon Private & International School, the co-curriculum is an integral part of the syllabus and meticulously structured to offer a wholesome education that strives to achieve a balance between academics, sports and extracurricular activities. Every child is required to participate in some sports and extracurricular activities to discover their interests and talents while developing competencies such as character building, civic readiness, social skills, and leadership. In addition, the school also offer professional swimming class, music class, foreign language class, field trip or overseas exchange programmes which you cannot find in other vernacular schools.
To prevent financial considerations from deterring any prospective student from applying, Paragon Private & International School can offer limited full or partial needs-based bursaries to qualified students who manifest potential to succeed and benefit from a Paragon’s Education.
子曰「知之者不如好之者，好之者不如乐之者」，不论在任何领域，唯有乐在其中，方能体会并享受其中的快乐。就让孩子们怀着愉悦的心情，逐步涉及各个领域，做个全方位人才吧！再次提醒各位，在即将来临的7月15日 (星期六)，上午10点至下午4点, Paragon Private & International School 校园开放日《Arts & Music》，数百名莘莘学子将带着一场精彩绝伦的文娱表演在於崭新的现代化大型室内视听讲堂等着您的光临！同时，校方也会在学校食堂及顶楼花园分别准备自助餐及茶点，这又何尝不是一场视觉与味蕾的双重体验呢？届时家长们不妨亲自到校体验一下孩子们愉快的求学氛围吧！
A Paragon’s education is more than just going to school from 8am to 2pm every day. It’s an experience and an amazing one at that! Don’t just take our words, experience it for yourself at the much awaited 2nd Paragon Private and International School Open Day which emphasises on Arts & Music on 15 July 2017 from 10am – 4pm, where an exciting line-up of the programme, fun games and activities await you and your family!
日期 / Date：15 July, 2017 (Saturday)
时间 / Time：10am – 4pm
地点 / Venue：No.3, Jalan Mutiara Utama, Taman Perindustrian Plentong, Mukim Plentong, 81750 Masai, Johor, Malaysia