Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang, Malaysia

Monthly Archives: April 2016

Hope in Action

A selection of some of our keenest Readathoners and fund-raisers witnessed  ‘Hope in Action’ during a visit to the LifeBridge Learning Centre. We were honoured to present the centre with an impressive RM21,037.15 and help them, through education, to  address the needs of Myanmar migrants in Malaysia. Our students were moved by the visit and enjoyed interacting with both the students and the teachers at the centre.

For further information about the background of the students at LifeBridge, please visit

Once again, we would like to say a big thank you to all of those who supported the Big POWIIS READATHON and helped to make an impact on the lives of refugee children.  

PSAC Football Tournament

POWIIS U15 boys and girls as well as U13 boys all took part in the PSAC 7-a-side football tournament at Penang Sports Club and played extremely well. The U15 girls have been undefeated all season and maintained this impressive record beating Uplands A, B and Tenby teams, and were crowned tournament champions. We are proud of every single one of them! Special thanks also to Mr Eccles and Miss Sunderland for all their hard work and coaching. 

A2 Art Coursework

Congratulations to our Year 13 students – Celina, Sabrina, Nozomi, Shiori, Helen, Kjestyn & Mifuyu for completing their A2 Art coursework. 

POWIIS Piano Competition

POWIIS had its first Piano Competition for its students over the weekend with a total of 17 enthusiastic students in two age groups performing a variety of pieces. They all showed resilience and tenacity in executing some of the highly demanding repertoire. The students took away with them a new level of experience, competing and performing in a formal setting using the school’s Steinway Model D in the auditorium. There is no doubt that hard work, determination and passion for music all brought together created an enjoyable and exciting Saturday afternoon for all. Congratulations to all performers and prize-winners, with particular mention to Tyler Chan and Yi Tong who won the junior and senior categories respectively. 

Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice Workshop

Our Year 10 literature students had the wonderful opportunity to attend a workshop by a drama troupe from KL: The KL Players (Shakespeare Demystified). Our students were entertained by a fun-filled and informative session, introducing them to the intricacies of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. The plot was explained, as well as the problems of racial and social stereotyping, and how these can be portrayed on stage. This will be followed up by our students’ attendance at a performance on Friday night at PenangPac, Straits Quay. On Saturday morning, the Year 11s will have the opportunity to question the cast and take part in a similar workshop. 

POWIIS Ski Trip 2016

A group of 41 students and 6 staff have returned from the second very successful POWIIS Ski Trip. The trip began with a day in Tokyo Disneyland then five full days of skiing and snowboarding in various resorts within the Hakuba region. It was fantastic to see some of our students “come out of their shell”, develop their social skills and independence and make new friends. 

POWIIS Art Department Excels for the 5th Time!

Congratulations to Celina Loh in Year 13 who has been recognised as one of the best performing learners in Malaysia in the November 2015 examination series for her AS level Art. She has been invited to attend the ‘Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards Ceremony’ in Kuala Lumpur later this month where she will be presented with an award for her exceptional art work. Celina’s AS art projects explored the themes of ‘Communication’ and ‘Domestic Violence’ and were sensitive, thought-provoking and skilfully executed. Everyone in the POWIIS art department is very proud of her achievement and congratulates her on the hard work, dedication and commitment that she has shown during the course. We are delighted that for the 5th time in a row the art work produced by one of our students has been recognised by the Cambridge International Examinations Board. 

World Scholar’s Cup 2016

For the third consecutive year, POWIIS hosted students around Malaysia for the World Scholar’s Cup Malaysia Qualifying Round in Penang. With a record-breaking 376 participants, this round is the largest in Asia as of March 2016. Over these two days, scholars from secondary schools across the nation engaged in a battle of intellectual skills such as debating, writing and critical thinking, all based on an exciting theme: AN IMPERFECT WORLD.

For more photos, please go to POWIIS Facebook page.