Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang, Malaysia

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Junior Interhouse Debate Finals

Last Friday saw the battle of two Goliath’s as Rutland took on Glamorgan in our first Junior Interhouse Debate Finals. Both houses had some experience speakers and delivered a courageous presentation on stage in front of more than 200 of their peers. Debating the motion “That Generation Snowflake was the term that best characterises the youth of today”, they gamely argued their ideas and took on some difficult questions during Q&A. Results will be announced at assembly on Wednesday so we wish the best of luck to both teams and may this event kick start our development of the debating culture at Powiis.

Team Rutland:
Steven Xi, Daniel Taylor, Tan Zheng Hau

Team Glamorgan:
Nicholas Low, Primus Tan, Ian Lim


Olympic Carnival Penang 2019 Winner: Jocelyn Lee Shi Han

Congratulations Jocelyn Lee Shi Han, Year 9!

Her composition has been chosen to be the theme song of Olympic Carnival Penang 2019. 

Olympic Carnival Penang 2019 is held to support Japan which will be hosting Olympic in 2020 and promote the upcoming Olympic. This event is organised by Olympic-council of Malaysia, Co-Organiser with the Penang State Youth & Sports EXCO office, City Council of Penang Island. With the Malay lyrics, this composition is orchestrated by Vince de Leon (alumnus). 

This Sunday on the 23rd of June, Jocelyn will be performing the theme song at the actual event in Esplanade, Georgetown.

Well done again!

POWIIS school leaders for 2019-2020

POWIIS introduces our school leaders for 2019-2020. Left to right, Pei Hong Chew, Drew Wong, Nicholas Suresh (Head Boy), Hannah Rose Lee (Head Girl), Long-Lee Chen (Head Boarder) and Wayne Yee Lau.

We look forward to another great year! 

Hong Kong International Music Competition 2019

Congratulation to Year 10 IGCSE Music student, Joshua Lau who won the Gold Prize at the Malaysia round of the 2nd Hong Kong International Music Competition 2019 under senior class category. He will be representing Malaysia and competing with gold prize winners from other countries in Hong Kong at the end of July 2019. Joshua Lau is also one of the Young Rising Stars of Steinway & Sons Malaysia.

World Scholar’s Cup (WSC)

POWIIS participated the Penang Round for the sixth edition last Friday and Saturday, 19th & 20th April 2019 respectively. Due to the need of a larger theatre, Saturday was held at USM while Friday was at POWIIS itself.


Congratulating our WSC participants, who have performed above expectations on what has been THE most competitive round in the history of the program. We had two 2nd placed finishes in debate and team writing in the Junior category and approximately 50 gold and silver medals in total for a team of 34, with 32 earning qualification to the Global Round.

Once again, Heartiest Congratulations to all the winners!

Artist In Residence – “Spoonful”

“THE mosaic piece SPOONFUL” was on 3rd April 2019. 

The Spoonful mosaic with contributions from over 200 students and staff under Artist in Residence Chris Bird-Jones has been installed in the cafeteria! The main project group pose with their spectacular creation. The display of art-work created by Chris Bird-Jones, Spring term 2019 was held in the Auditorium Foyer of the school.

Senior Battle Of Bands

The House Battle of the Bands Competition (Seniors) event was held on Friday 29th March in front of a panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience. Well done to all of our talented musicians who produced some vibrant and creative performances and also to those who worked backstage to support their House. Congratulations go to Cornwall who were the Overall Winners and also recipients of the Audience Favourite Award. Members of the Band were: Angelique Atienza, Rei Onishi, Yue Lynn Chan, Jay Bradshaw, Matthew Lee and Ken Lee. 


Tuesday Lunch Time Performance (TLP)

TLP performance which took place at the Recital Room on 2nd of April 2019… was totally a mind blowing performance!


(1st picture) : Jia Tian Teoh – Piano ‘Indian Pony Race’

(2nd picture) : Bing Xuan Yeoh – Violin ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ 

-arrangement by Bing Xuan

: Edmund Tan – Violin

: Shi Min Khoo – Cello

: Bryan Lu – Bass Guitar

: Yue Lin Chan – Piano

: Ken Lee – Drums

(3rd & 4th pictures) : Chamber Choir ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol

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