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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

THE ACADEMIC YEAR & KYUEM RESULTS

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Let me start with a few words of apology. This is my first post of the new academic year and I am late in doing so. I don't really have an excuse - yes, we are busy with the new intake and analysing our CIE results, but that has never stopped me posting in the past. Anyway, better late than never, I suppose. I promise to try and post more frequently from here on.

We are now into our fifth week of the new semester and our juniors are settling in well. In fact, this coming Friday, they will get their first opportunity to strut their stuff during Cultural Performance Night. This is the occasion when juniors first tread the boards in the Great Hall and show us their many and varied talents. I am looking forward to it immensely. As part of a belated effort to get a bit fitter, Helen and I are doing a walk around the campus every night around 9.00 pm. We have noticed groups of dancers and other performers zealously rehearsing close to the New Block as well as elsewhere. I assume these are all young people ready to entertain us on Friday. I'm sure, as always, they will do us proud and give us a great night's entertainment.

CIE AS and A2 results were announced last Thursday (August 11). We are fortunate in that we get to see our grades a whole week earlier than the UK (where results are announced tomorrow). Mostly this year, we are consolidating on our record scores of 2015. Some subjects are slightly up, some slightly down, but overall, the magic figure of A*-B grades remains incredibly high. In 2015, it was 89%. This year, we managed 90%. I doubt I will ever see the day when 100% of our students get these wonderful grades, but it must be the goal for which we all strive.

What makes results this year particularly pleasing is the fact that our AS grades are much the same as always. This is despite the fact that education sections of the British press are speculating that AS results generally will be down because of new syllabus types, changes in mark schemes and the like. We are at the mercy of such changes in the examination system, but if we manage to come through with flying colours, as it is clear we have done yet again this year, this is of great credit to our students and their teachers.

Last year's seniors are now busy making plans to travel overseas. Those few students who didn't quite make their offer grades are now contacting their respective universities or crossing their fingers as they wait for Clearing House. Whatever happens, we wish everyone well.

On Saturday of this week, Helen and I will be in KL to say bon voyage to KY students who are now about to leave for Dublin as part of their twinning programme with Penang Medical College. They will spend two and a half years in Dublin and then the same amount of time in Penang. Again, we wish them every success and safe travels.

Last year's juniors, are of course, this year's seniors and I have already seen a number of them in my office with their draft personal statements. They are all now considering which universities to apply to and generally preparing themselves for the whole UCAS application process. Those intending to apply to the US have also started their SAT preparation with evening classes well underway.

We will have a January intake in 2017, with about 30 places available. Our Open Day this semester will be on Saturday, October 22, when we will also be accepting applications for next semester.

Let me close by reminding all parents that I am always available for discussion about your son or daughter's progress and well being. Just contact Pn. Zura, my secretary, to make an appointment, or arrange with her a suitable time to call me.

I wish everyone a great new academic year at KYUEM.

10 comments:

  1. Good day sir. Hopefully my son doing well at your college since registered as a new student at KYUM. Have a nice day.

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    1. Thanks for your response. We will do our best for him at all times.

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  2. Dear mr paul rogers,
    Thank you for the very informative update. As a parent i will continue to look forward to such postings. As to the academic results you envisage, i believe that it is possible by ensuring that both the academic staff and the students at kyuem play their respective roles as expected of them. It should never be the case of one taking the other for granted. I have had the privilege of hearing you speak on 2 occasions and i am pretty certain that you are the type of person who will not tolerate any form of behaviour from academic staff or students that will bring disrepute to kyuem, be it academically or in any other manner whatsoever. Please do keep up the good work and act without fear or favour in the best interest of kyuem which i personally have high regards for. Please forgive the typographical errors if any as i am posting this comment from a moving car and a very small handphone screen.
    Regards
    Mohd haaziq

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    1. Thanks for your kind words. We will constantly strive to live up to them.

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  3. I hope KYUEM would be able to tabulate the performance of the students who just sat their A level results recently.It would be nice if KYUEM tabulate it for all subjects & analyse it critically for the benefits of all parents .Thank you.

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    1. If you, or any parent would like to email me at paul.rogers@kyuem.edu.my I will be happy to reply with a PowerPoint containing the breakdown you request. Just let me know. It's quite a big file and too large to post on the blog. Thanks for your input.

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  4. Dear Mr Paul Rogers , e mail it to : mawar7166@yahoo.com.my.....thank you...

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  5. Dear Mr Rogers
    It's good to get the postings to keep us parents informed. Many thanks and do keep it up as always.

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  6. Thanks a lot. Sorry this one was a bit late. I will try and make the posts a bit more frequent (and regular) now that the CIE results are in!

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  7. Dear Mr Rogers,

    Many thanks for your posts, better late than never as i can understand yr busy work schedule. My daughter did well, but i must also credit yr teachers & lecturers for doing a good job. One of my daughter's comments is "sometimes it can be stressful as everyone expects to get As or A* " Well high expectation among students is good, just hope that KYUEM staff understands this pressure and encourage steps to defuse tension" My thanks for an excellent job by KY staff thus far. Lesiie Dan (Mr)

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