Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang, Malaysia

Monthly Archives: May 2016

Digest Talk

The art room was packed to the seams for a visit by The Penang Animal Welfare Society (4PAWS) who arrived at POWIIS on both 2 and 4 legs! Pupils listened intently whilst founder Barbara Jansson and Mary McLauchlan from the Education Team described the vital work done by 4PAWS. Teachers and pupils were clearly impressed by the dedication, personal sacrifice and hard work shown by the 4PAWS staff and volunteers and were visibly moved by the stories, photographs and film that Barbara shared with them. During the visit pupils were able to meet and pet a number of dogs including Eliza who survived a horrific attack to become the most gentle of mascots for 4PAWS. Mr Wells and Mr Roberts were only too happy to bring in their own rescue dogs, Starsky and Whispy, who kept us all entertained with their wagging tails and clearly enjoyed all the attention! Thank you to Miss Wilkinson and everyone else involved in organising this very successful Digest talk. 

House Poster and Logo Competition

The winners of the House Poster and Logo competition for the school production ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ have recently been awarded to three highly talented designers. The Logo design was won by Dylan Ooh from Rutland House and his idea will feature on the cast and crew T-shirt and on the show tickets. Posters by Yue Lynn Chan from Cornwall House and Jade Ryan from Somerset House have been cleverly combined together to create a stunning final design for the publicity posters. Thank you to James Lee, the Creative Consultant from MTT Group for being our judge and to his design team for all their hard work. Congratulations to our very worthy winners and to everyone else who entered this exciting and challenging annual competition. Tickets will be on sale very soon! 

Photography Club Term 3 2016

It was a very good experience for the students to go out on a field trip after a few weeks learning about techniques in photography. The students were given the task of photographing a fishing village in Balik Pulau. They applied what they learnt i.e. exposure, handling of the camera, composition and creativity.

Mr. Edwin Lim and Mr. Lim Lai Hock are both very impressed with the photographs the students have produced and we look forward to sharing them with you! 

Drama Workshop

Our Head of Drama, Mr Ferdi Victor conducted a Drama workshop – ‘Building My Confidence’ in the JW Marriott Hotel Medan on Saturday. There were 40 students from different secondary schools in Medan taking part. There were plenty of interesting activities for them, from ice-breakers to group tasks. All of them had fun and learnt a lot from the workshop. 

U15 Football

Our under 15 football team took part in the MSSPP football competition on Friday and played extremely well in some tough matches. We came away with a win and a draw which unfortunately was not enough to get us through. We look forward to getting back to training! Thank you for all of your hard work boys! 


Our Junior Sports Leaders have been busy for the last couple of days helping St Christopher’s International Primary School run their FOBISIA events. It has been a great experience for all of our students and as always they have done us all proud! Well done and thank you to everyone involved and congratulations to St Christopher’s on running a great event. 

Year 8 Parents’ Reception

We had another very successful Parents’ Reception and it was pleasing to hear so many thoughtful conversations between parents and teachers. Parents’ Receptions are very important events in the school calendar and are a fantastic opportunity to get you know your child’s teachers better and learn more about their progress in school. Thank you to all the parents who came and also to those that signed up to the Parent Portal there and then! 

Little Shop of Horrors Rehearsal

Rehearsals are well under way for our forthcoming production of The Little Shop of Horrors. Tickets will be on sale soon, so stay tuned for our latest update. 

Open Day May 2016

Lots of activity during our Open Day on Saturday.  Our visitors saw the school in action on a typical day (it was a ‘Thursday’!), shown round by student guides from year 7 upwards. Published entry assessment days are filling up rapidly, and parents are advised to make early arrangements. 

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Activity

For the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award activity this week, Mr. Garlick led the troops through a shelter-building, survival crash course. The students worked hard, under pressure to provide the best shelters possible, given their simple materials, before the rain came. “THE STORM IS COMING!”