Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang, Malaysia

Yearly Archives: 2018

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Penang Piano Festival

The Penang Piano Festival, organised by Euroasia that was held on the 6th of October at POWIIS was a huge success! It was attended by 70 participants from around this region with some from as far as Indonesia and Taiwan. An international competition of this status brought some outstanding pianists with a high level of musicality and technical refinement. Six of our students competed and managed to gain valuable performing experience and exposure. Joshua Lau (Year 10) managed to secure the gold medal and the Best Performer Award. Ping Er Loh (Year 7), Alicia H’ng (Year 8), Zuo Kern Lim (Year 9) and Maegan Ang (Year 11) performed admirably and obtained the bronze. Joshua’s outstanding performance earned him an opportunity to compete at the Malaysian Piano Competition on the 14th of October in Kuala Lumpur. Well done guys!

Over 15s PSAC Champions

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Our Over 15 boys’ football team are now PSAC champions after the tournament of local international schools was held at POWIIS last weekend. With two year 9s in the side, it was the youngest we have ever presented – and the most successful. Our first time winning the tournament!

Uplands International School Debating Championships 21-23 Sept 2018

Our POWIIS team had three speakers winning top 10 Speakers Award, namely:

a.) Jaena Velten (4th place)
b.) Drew Wong (6th place)
c.) Jia Ying Lim (10th place)

Three of our teams broke into the knockout stages. It is a very good first try for most of them, who are new to the Asian Parliamentary Debate format. They gave a good account of themselves against experienced national level debate teams, in front of adjudicators who were experienced in the world debate scene, and those who were in the top 10 were commended for their outstanding performance and potential for being selected to represent their home country in World Schools Debate.

We look forward to see our young debaters continue to make their mark in tournaments around Malaysia.

Prize Giving for academic year 2017-18

Our Annual Prize Giving Ceremony was held on 7th September, with awards presented to students who have excelled in a wide range of areas.


Oxford International AQA Examinations Centre

POWIIS has become the first school in Penang to become an Oxford International AQA Examinations Centre.

We have added Oxford examinations to our existing offering of Cambridge and Edexcel, choosing the best options for all our students.

Presenting our Centre plaque to the Principal, Caine Brown Chan (Qualifications Consultant , South East Asia) and Matthew Bennett (Regional Director, South East Asia).  

The Sylvia Michael Trophy

The winner of the inaugural POWIIS Junior Speech Competition, Karthikeyan Narayanan. It is expected this competition will become our major junior public speaking focus in years to come! 

World Scholar’s Cup Global Round

Congratulations to Nicholas Low, Dylan Yeo and Steven Xi for being the Champion Junior Debate team at this year’s World Scholar’s Cup Global round. They won 1st place out of 830 teams and are the first team to win 1st place for POWIIS. Well done! 

Year 12 Futures Week

Last week, the year 12’s took part in Futures Week. The week was full of opportunities for the Sixth Formers from considering their options for next year, starting university applications, visits to local colleges, and participating in leadership opportunities and mock interviews. 


The favorite day of the whole week seemed to be the day of ‘health’. The day started with a trip to the local market to buy ingredients, a self-defence class with Warrior Fitness and it ended with a cooking extravaganza. The students all made ‘easy to cook’ dishes which were judged by a team of four teachers including principal Mr Simon Leese. The overall winner was Aditya Muthurasu’s team which made an Indian inspired dish. (The recipe which Aditya later shared with Mrs Leese!)


Comments from the students were: ‘I really enjoyed the week as I learnt a lot of new things.’  ‘ I found the week really helpful and beneficial whilst still being enjoyable.’ ‘ I’ve never been to the wet market or cooked my own dish before so found it really interesting. I now have more confidence in doing this!’    

Cooking Club

The cooking club has completed one cycle of creating their own 3 course meal which consisted of a starter, a main and a dessert. Last week’s session featured their starters, cheese potato salad, fresh salad and tempura prawns and vegetables.