Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang, Malaysia

Yearly Archives: 2018

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A Sixth Form Merit Scholarship awarded

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A Sixth Form Merit Scholarship has been awarded to Pei Yee Choo. Pei Yee joined us this term for her sixth form years; her GCSE achievements needed to be at least equivalent to the high performance of our internal awardees. We reserve two further awards for outstanding SPM entrants. Our scholarships are defined by policy, and we are delighted to include Pei Yee in our group of scholars this year. Her teachers have all commended the flying start she has made at POWIIS! She plans to go to university in the UK to pursue her ambition to be an architect.

Perdana Scholar Academic Excellence

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Heartiest Congratulations to our POWIIS alumna Chantelle Lim on receiving a Perdana Scholar Award!Perdana Scholar Awards are awarded to Malaysian students attending college in the US. It has been held every 2 years since 2014. She was one out of 3 students awarded the Academic Excellence Award. The award winners were invited to the Malaysian Embassy in Washington DC for an award ceremony.We are very proud of her achievement and wish her the very best for the future.


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.

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!