Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang, Malaysia

Yearly Archives: 2018

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. 

Year 9 Science Fair

This afternoon we had our very own science fair by our Year 9 students. The fair was opened for all students to attend and it turned out to be a great hit with both the teachers and students! 

Egg Challenge

Today marks the end of the POWIIS Egg Challenge among all the Year 10 students! This is part of their PSHE lesson about responsibility. They were each given an egg to take care of as if it was their baby, carrying it around at all times and even coming up with fun activities for their egg to participate in!

AIMS Young Musician Award 2018

Joshua Lau (Year 9) and Maegan Ang (Year 10) took part in the AIMS Young Musician Award of the Year 2018 at Nexus International School in Putrajaya last weekend.

Both students were in Category B (aged 11 to 14). Out of 27 participants from international schools in Malaysia, Maegan was awarded the ‘Special Mentioned’ prize and Joshua Lau was chosen to be one of the four finalists that competed in the Final round the next day.

The standard was extremely high and the judges graded the performance on clarity, confidence in their playing (that includes stage appearance), quality of musicianship and stylistic understanding. Both executed their performances very well and the judges spoke very highly of their musicianship skills. Well done!  

Nutmeg Tree Planting

Today is the last day of teaching in school for the sixth formers before their examinations. At lunchtime they planted a nutmeg tree as a gift to the school. Nutmeg has many wonderful attributes – just like the students themselves.