AT TAYLOR'S: Jennette Tan (tan.jennette@kl.tis.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: Malaysian Social Research Institute (admin@msri.org.my)
Sports and games are an integral element of a modern education that seeks to reach the whole child. Without neglecting the basic skills of the 3R’s (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic), holistic learning recognizes the all-round development of the child. In this respect, games and sports play a significant role. Sports can also provide an important link to community service. Supported by the teachers and students of TISKL, the school recently held a Sports Day to provide an opportunity for the students of TISKL to interact with local refugee children.

TISKL’s first Refugees Sports Day, organized in partnership with the Sahabat Support Centre (SSC), drew over 130 participants to the Kampung Pandan Sports Complex. The Sahabat Support Centre was established in 2011in Ampang as a school for refugee children living in Malaysia. Originally an initiative of the Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI), as of June 2014, there were over 910 refugee families registered at the SSC, totaling over 3,000 refugees and asylum-seekers from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, and Pakistan. Taylor’s International School, Kuala Lumpur (TISKL) established a partnership with SSC in 2013, but this was the first time that they have organized a Sports Day for the children.
TISKL principal Mr. Peter Wells noted, “This event was an opportunity to have some fun while providing some much needed encouragement to children who often pursue their studies in cramped and crowded conditions. At the same time, it motivated the children to work in groups while allowing them a healthy involvement in competitive activities.” Generally months of preparation precedes such an event. The children were divided into different groups and competed with each other in numerous track and field activities. Other than sports related activities, the day also saw the children of SSC receiving educational items such as books and stationery items which came from funds collected by TISKL’s Non-Uniform Day. Staff and students were encouraged to wear blue to school which is the theme colour for refuge oriented activities and make a minimum donation of RM 5. This was timed to coincide with in The World Refugee Day. A total of RM 5,000 was collected on behalf of the SSC children.

Taylor’s International School constantly aims to instil good morals and great values in their students through community projects such as these, and encourages students to be exemplary leaders who are passionate and caring about the community around them, the environment and also to be positive influences in a growing global society. TISKL's outreach to this an other community service activities helps to develop an attitude of caring among both staff and students. This also is part of the kind of holistic education that Taylor's schools seek to develop in its students. Further information regarding this or other community projects at TISKL can be found by contacting the school's community service coordinator, Ms. Jeannette Tan at  tan.jennette@kl.tis.edu.my

Written by Amelia Ooi