Western Port Secondary College was pleased to host a group of 15 staff and students from our Sister School in Malaysia. The College established a Sister School partnership three years ago with SKM Aminuddin Baki in Kuala Lumpur to enhance cultural exchanges for students at the College.
Five teachers and ten students from Aminuddin Baki Secondary School from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia visited on a 5 day whirlwind tour of Melbourne in the latter stages of February. As a sister-school partner to our College, the two schools were able to join forces to compare and contrast daily life as a student in each country.
The Malaysian students undertook research in the areas of English teaching strategies, information technology to enhance the learning capacity of students, as well as a focus on potential hands-on environmental awareness projects to introduce into their own school in Kuala Lumpur.
All visiting teachers and students enjoyed an action packed adventure in their short 5 days – including a day and ½ in-school program at Western Port SC, a visit to two other local secondary colleges – Somerville S.C and Rosebud S.C, as well as a trip to the zoo and time in the city. In all three schools, the Malaysian students and teachers had many opportunities to see and discuss education in Victorian public schools and this was an exceptionally positive experience for all involved.
Students in Year 11 from Western Port are aiming to tour Kuala Lumpur later in the year and certainly look forward to meeting up with the visiting students, as well as the other students whom they met through the email exchange program started at the College in 2009.