Performing Arts for Children: Their multiple benefits for life-long learners

Performing Arts for Children: Their multiple benefits for life-long learners

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Performing Arts consist of a broad range of activities that include any form of artistic expressions that is performed in front of an audience. This field includes the presentation of original works of Music, Dance, and Theatre. Performing Arts take many forms; they can be found in theatres, concert halls, all social media such as television and radio stations and increasingly in education now.

Although there are common elements in all Performance Art, such as acting or singing, each form has its own unique characteristics. The three basic types of Performing Arts are:

1.  Drama – The art of acting out a story, usually through speech and movement. Drama is designed to tell a story and is most often performed on stage. It has been around for centuries and is one of the oldest forms of performing arts.

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  1. Dance – This art form is characterised by movements rather than images or words. Dancers use their bodies, costumes and props to express ideas about themselves and the world around them through movement alone.
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  1. Music – The art of creating and performing music is one of the oldest forms of performing arts. Music is usually performed live in front of an audience by a single artist or group of performers.

All three forms can be found in combination with other performing art forms, including dance, drama and music.

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Are performing arts beneficial for children?

As a parent, you may be wondering how Performing Arts can benefit your child and the multitude experiential learning each child can achieve.

Performing Arts offer an opportunity for children to self-express creatively while developing important skills such as Self-Confidence, Teamwork and Discipline. Below are some benefits from participating in Performing Arts.

Enhanced Creativity and Self-expression

Performing Arts allow children to express themselves creatively and develop good imagination skills. Through acting, dancing, singing, and other forms of Performing Arts, children can explore different forms of emotions and types of characters.

Building Confidence and Self-esteem

Performing in front of an audience is not an easy task for everyone, but it can also be a great confidence booster over time. Children who participate in Performing Arts gain self-confidence and self-esteem by developing their skills and receiving feedback from their mentors and peers.

Encouraging Teamwork and Collaboration

Performing Arts also help children develop important social skills such as communication and collaboration by working together on projects and learning how to give each other constructive feedbacks in order to improve their performances.

Discipline and Focus

Learning a dance routine, memorising choral lines, or practising any type of sporting or musical instrument requires discipline and intense focus. By participating in Performing Arts, children develop the important skills that can help them in many other areas of their lives, such as schoolwork and sports.

An outlet for emotion

With EQ stationed in place, children are able to use their bodies and voices to translate and express their feelings through dance or drama classes. They are then able to work through those emotions more effectively. These also provide another opportunity for teacher to do student counselling when needed.

Cultural Understanding

Through Performing Arts, children can learn about different cultures and traditions. This can help them develop a greater appreciation for diversity and a broader understanding of the world around them.

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Performing Arts Programme at Kingsley

The Performing Arts Programme at Maple Leaf Kingsley International School encourages children to participate in dance, drama and music clubs as a part of STEAM education.

From boosting their creativity and confidence to developing imagination and empathy, the skills students learnt in our Performing arts programme prepares them for the different stages of life. These set the tone for life-long learning.

ML Kingsley integrates speech and drama into almost every English lessons for our primary school students. Students learn about body language, facial expressions, acting and intonation, enabling them to sit for Trinity College London examinations in drama.

Every year, ML Kingsley opens its doors to families and extended families of our students for events and special functions. Click here to learn more about the extracurricular activities at Kingsley or ask us more about our events!

ML Kingsley dedicated to nurturing well-rounded leaders

ML Kingsley dedicated to nurturing well-rounded leaders


The school’s holistic approach fosters an environment where students thrive academically and socially.

Maple Leaf Kingsley International School is guided by the values: ‘Invest, Impart, Instil’.


Academic success can be a challenging journey, but in a nurturing and supportive environment, it becomes an exciting expedition of growth and opportunities. This is the very essence of what ML Kingsley aspires to provide.

“Being a student is so much more than academics, and at Kingsley, I really do feel as if I’m able to learn and grow much more as a person because of the support that I’m receiving, both academically and socially,” said Singam Reshmanraaj, a current A-level student at Maple Leaf Kingsley International School (ML Kingsley).

Beyond the books

Christine Ong Yee Ten, head of English & Pre-U studies pointed out that the tight-knit A-level community – where classrooms typically host just 25 students on average – fosters a personalised environment ensuring that every student receives individual support.

Ong takes pride in her A-level students and values ML Kingsley’s nurturing environment which allows them to flourish.

In this nurturing setting where growth is a priority, it’s no surprise that even though extracurricular activities (ECAs) are not obligatory for A-level students, a substantial number of them display a keen interest in leadership projects such as organising cultural festivals and charity events.

“During these events, we teachers will act as their supervisors and allow them to take charge. When you give them the opportunity, they will eagerly embrace it, there’s no need to force them,” Ong shared.

Saruwatari Fuka (left) and Singam Reshmanraaj (right), both current A-level students, are eager to learn and grow even more with ML Kingsley.

Another A-Level student Saruwatari Fuka fondly recalled her involvement in a charity event last July, where her team sold ‘kakigori’, a Japanese shaved ice treat. Each member had distinct roles, such as communicating with teachers, accounting and more.

“As a team, we developed leadership skills and honed our event planning abilities. The event also allowed us to immerse ourselves in different cultures through cuisines like Korean and Malaysian Nyonya food. It was a wonderful experience,” said Saruwatari.

Singam also expressed a keen interest in participating in future events such as the A-level prom night and the November donation programme if the opportunity arises.

Core values

ML Kingsley’s commitment to inclusivity and well-being is demonstrated through multiple initiatives. Its ‘Wall of Fame’ celebrates student achievements, fostering acceptance and pride within the school community. Simultaneously, the school’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes emphasise empathy and community engagement amongst its students.

Secondary principal Simha Priya highlighted the seamless integration of PSHE (Personal, Social Health Education) programmes into students’ lessons. This educates students on recognising and addressing various forms of bullying, equipping them with tools to involve teachers when needed.

Simha Priya spoke of the future activities and programmes planned for the betterment of the school.

The saying, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, emphasises the significance of ongoing communication between the school and parents, which is made possible through the school’s Parent-Teacher Portal (PTP).

This portal offers regular updates on classroom activities, including weekly feedback for parents. This seamless connection ensures that parents are well informed, fostering a productive partnership that promotes their child’s holistic development.

Simha further reinforced: “We communicate very closely with all the parents and it’s great if parents were to come and talk to us, discuss any issues and matters. We are always there to offer our help and assistance.”


STEAM education at Maple Leaf Kingsley International School

What is STEAM education and why is it essential for children?

What is STEAM education and why is it essential for children?

STEAM education at Maple Leaf Kingsley International School

STEAM education is a learning approach that incorporates science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics into one cohesive experience.

In traditional education, these subjects are often taught in isolation from one another. However, in STEAM education, the subjects are integrated to create a holistic educational experience that encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, and innovation.

STEAM education is a growing trend in schools across the world. Many school systems are integrating STEAM into their curricula, while others are adopting STEAM-based approaches to learning. By mixing traditional STEM subjects with arts and design, educators hope to create more well-rounded students who possess critical thinking skills and an appreciation for creativity.

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STEM vs STEAM education

A STEM curriculum includes real-world challenges that students solve while being guided through the process of examining problems from all angles by questioning them and using hands-on, practical applications of content.

By incorporating art, STEM lessons can become more meaningful and interesting for students, encouraging them to express themselves creatively. It also allows teachers to evaluate their understanding of concepts and ideas as translating science and math into art requires a solid grasp of those subjects.

In a nutshell, STEM and STEAM are both frameworks for integrating science, technology, engineering and math into the classroom. They both emphasise problem-solving skills through a focus on facts and data. However, STEAM also focuses on creativity and innovation through an emphasis on making connections between subjects.

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Why is STEAM education important for children?

A STEAM education is essential in preparing children for success in an increasingly technology-driven world. By exposing children to a diverse range of subjects, STEAM education provides them with a well-rounded understanding of the world around them.

STEAM subjects encourage children to think independently and critically. By providing opportunities for students to explore their own ideas, STEAM education helps them develop these skills in an engaging way.

Critical thinking – STEAM education helps students develop critical thinking skills by encouraging them to explore their own ideas and share them with others.

When children learn how to think critically, they are better equipped to analyse complex problems and come up with innovative solutions. This skill is essential for success in future when students will face increasingly complex problems and challenges.

Creativity – STEAM education helps students develop their creativity by allowing them to express their ideas and explore various mediums.  In addition to art, science and technology, STEAM education encompasses other creative outlets such as writing and music. When children are given the opportunity to be creative in these areas, they are better prepared for future careers that require innovation and out-of-the-box thinking.

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Boosts Curiosity – STEAM education encourages children to ask questions and seek out answers. It engages their minds in a way that allows them to discover interesting facts about the world around them. This skill is invaluable for students who want to learn more about their interests and develop a deeper understanding of how things work.

Collaboration – STEAM education encourages students to work together on projects. This not only teaches children to collaborate with others but also helps them develop better social skills. They learn how to work well with others and gain confidence in their own abilities as they see their ideas come to life.

Real-world application – STEAM education teaches students about the real world. They learn how science and technology affect their lives and how they can use these tools to make their own mark on society. This type of education helps students understand that what they learn in school has applications outside of the classroom, which encourages them to develop an interest in learning and pursue their passion.

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STEAM education at Maple Leaf Kingsley International School

We are staunch supporters and believe that STEAM education fosters teamwork and collaboration between teachers and the transfer of knowledge between disciplines. Kingsley actively restores art and science to a place of importance in a way that engages a wider range of students.

For example, a student who loves math can discover a connection between math and music, or a student who enjoys literature can connect literature and science.

Our STEAM learning approach creates an environment that challenges students to think creatively and critically while providing an avenue to grow to their fullest potential. We empower students to express their ideas and opinions through research, analysis, debate, and questioning.

How is STEAM conducted in our classes?

We have a variety of avenues that support students’ learning of STEAM concepts including:

i) Robotics Club

ii) Science Club

iii) Project-Based Learning

iv) Gamification of STEAM concepts for better understanding

v) Smartboards

vi) Field trips

vii) 3D printing

viii) Computer science lessons

ix) Art

x) Immersing in the natural beauty of nature

Get in touch with us to schedule a visit to our campus and get a first-hand experience of our facilities and services.

7 Powerful lessons that sports and physical education can teach in school

7 Powerful lessons that sports and physical education can teach in school

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One of the most enjoyable and exciting things children encounter as they grow up is sports and physical education. But there’s more to sports and physical education than just having fun! They can also be the perfect learning tools, teaching children valuable lessons and life skills that can prepare them for success in various aspects of their lives.

Let’s have a look at the seven powerful lessons that sports and physical education can teach children and how they can apply them in their lives.

The World Economic Forum estimates that one billion jobs will be radically transformed by technology in the next decade, and by 2025 half of all employees will need reskilling.

Future jobs are becoming increasingly focused on highly adaptable and tech-driven skills–requiring a workforce who can think critically, creatively, and strategically is increasing. 

As students prepare to enter the workforce, they need to be equipped with the skills that will help them succeed in the face of this unprecedented change. Here are the top eight skills students need to be ready for the future.

7 valuable skills that sports and physical education can teach in school

  1. Discipline and perseverance

Physical activities require hard work and dedication, which can teach children the importance of putting in effort consistently to achieve their goals.

Whether it is training for a competition, perfecting a technique, or simply improving their physical fitness – sports teaches children to prioritise their time, set goals, and work diligently to achieve them. In addition, they also learn to push themselves beyond their limits and develop resilience in the face of obstacles.

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  1. Teamwork and collaboration

Sports and physical education provide opportunities for students to work together in teams towards a common goal. In this process, they learn to respect their teammates, communicate effectively, and support each other through both victories and defeats.

Teamwork and collaboration are essential skills that children can apply in various aspects of their lives, such as school projects, group assignments, and even in their future workplace.

They learn to appreciate different perspectives, work towards a shared goal, and recognise the importance of contributing to a team effort.

  1. Leadership and responsibility

When children are part of a team, they learn to take responsibility for their actions and recognise the impact of their decisions on the team’s success.

They may also be given leadership roles, such as team captains, and be responsible for guiding and motivating their teammates.

In the process of participation, they learn to take initiative, inspire others, and lead by example. Moreover, they also develop a sense of accountability that helps them succeed personally and professionally.

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  1. Respect and sportsmanship

Sports teach children the value of respect and good sportsmanship. They learn to respect their opponents, teammates, coaches, and officials. Moreover, they learn to accept defeat graciously and celebrate victories with humility.

These values can help children develop empathy and compassion towards others, appreciate different perspectives, and recognise the importance of fairness and respect in their interactions.

  1. Resilience and adaptability

Sports can teach children resilience and adaptability. They learn to face challenges and overcome obstacles such as injuries, setbacks, and defeats. Moreover, they also learn to adapt to changing circumstances, such as weather conditions, opponents’ strategies, and different playing surfaces.

This helps children develop a sense of flexibility, recognise the importance of being adaptable in different situations, and learn to bounce back from setbacks and failures.

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  1. Self-confidence and self-esteem

Sports also help children develop self-confidence and self-esteem. When children participate in physical activities, they learn to appreciate their bodies’ capabilities, recognise their strengths and weaknesses, and develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments.

This can help children develop a positive self-image, feel good about themselves and have confidence in their ability to succeed in school, relationships and other areas of life.

  1. Adoption of a healthy lifestyle

Regular physical activity can improve your health and well-being in many ways. By participating in sports and physical education, students improve their physical fitness, reduce stress, and boost their mood.

Children who participate in sports are more likely to develop a healthy lifestyle. They learn about nutrition, eating well and the importance of exercise. This can help them make healthier choices later in life when making decisions about food and physical activity becomes more difficult.

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Sports & Physical Education at Maple Leaf Kingsley International School

Kingsley’s vigorous sports programme allows students to choose from a wide variety of athletic and sporting activities for ECA (Extracurricular Activities). Maple Leaf Kingsley International School has four sports houses named after legendary Old World conquerors: Tudors, Romans, Vikings and Stuarts. Each year, the four houses compete for the Inter House Sports Cup and house points.

Through regular sporting activities and inter-house games, they learn the value of discipline, healthy competition, teamwork and determination.

At Maple Leaf Kingsley International School, we follow a holistic curriculum that enriches the lives of our students and equips them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in future.

Click here to know more about our programmes.

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Excellence in a bully-free environment

Excellence in a bully-free environment


Maple Leaf Kingsley International School is dedicated to fostering the development of students, guiding them towards embodying exceptional values, admirable character and remarkable accomplishments.

EDUCATION is not just about academic excellence; it encompasses fostering a safe and nurturing environment where students can develop their full potential.

Maple Leaf Kingsley International School (ML KIS), is an educational institution which wholly understands this fundamental principle.

Bully-free environment

ML KIS stands out for its dedication in creating a bully-free environment.

Through its Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum, students gain a comprehensive understanding of what bullying entails, how to stand up for themselves and to get help.

Teachers serve as role models that emphasise respect and empathy. Through these core values, the institution helps to cultivate trust between teachers and students, ensuring students feel supported and empowered when they report any instances of bullying.

ML KIS secondary school principal Simha Priya says, “We also look at the student’s body language because not all students are verbal.

“By being observant, it helps us to solve bully cases in a timely manner.”

ML KIS’s extracurricular activities shape discipline and teamwork in students while equipping them with a resilient mindset that plays a crucial role in building a bully-free environment.

Advanced school facilities

To support the holistic development of students, the institution boasts outstanding school facilities.

The school’s library which houses an extensive collection of over 40,000 books not only encourages a passion for reading but also aids in expanding students’ knowledge and fuelling their imagination.

ML KIS primary school principal Josephine Phang shares, “The reading programme is very important, especially when it comes to writing.

“At the end of the academic year, we award students who read the most.”

Recognising the importance of physical activities, the school provides a range of facilities such as an Olympic-sized swimming pool, horse riding facilities, a well-equipped gym and more.

Priya explains, “At Kingsley International School, we believe in multiple intelligences.

“So our facilities are essential in facilitating teaching and learning.

“The facilities ensure students have the necessary resources to excel in their chosen sports while instilling a sense of pride and belonging within the school community.”

Through horse riding, students learn valuable skills such as building confidence in interacting with animals, actively listening to instructions and enhancing hand-eye coordination.

For students who require boarding facilities, ML KIS also offers a home away from home. Beyond a safe and secure environment, the daily routines at the Residential Hall foster bonding activities and nurture independence in students.

Securing parental trust and confidence

Earning the trust of parents is vital for educational institutions, which is why ML KIS also excels in this area.

Alongside frequent email updates, the school offers a Parent-Teacher portal for seamless feedback and communication between teachers and parents.

Phang adds, “This portal is open 24 hours.

“And all our teachers would be able to check for any messages early in the morning before they go to class.

“All school events are also posted on the portal, allowing parents to be constantly informed.”

Parents are also encouraged to join the learning planning process via Google Classroom where they can gain insight into their child’s education while fostering a strong teacher-parent partnership. This in turn nurtures the holistic growth of every student.

To learn more about how Maple Leaf Kingsley International School can nurture your child’s growth and development, join its Open Day on July 15 and Aug 19, or visit



Maple Leaf Kingsley国际学校 打造无欺凌校园 学子卓越成长

Maple Leaf Kingsley国际学校 打造无欺凌校园 学子卓越成长


教育不只是关乎学术的卓越表现,其中还包括打造一个安全、有助于培育英才的学习环境,使莘莘学子得以发挥所长,尽情发展潜能。Maple Leaf Kingsley国际学校(ML KIS)理解及贯彻教育原则的重心,是我国优秀的教育机构。

ML KIS致力培育学生发展,引领他们展现卓越的价值观、值得钦佩的品格和杰出的成就。

ML KIS在创建无欺凌环境上不遗余力,凭此脱颖而出。该校通过个人、社会与健康教育(PSHE)课程,使学生对于“欺凌”的含义有全面的理解,了解到该如何维护自己及寻求帮助。


ML KIS中学校长Simha Priya透露,由于不是所有学生都擅长表达,因此老师们也会关注他们的肢体语言,通过细心观察,有助于及时处理欺凌案件。

Ong takes pride in her A-level students and values ML Kingsley’s nurturing environment which allows them to flourish.

In this nurturing setting where growth is a priority, it’s no surprise that even though extracurricular activities (ECAs) are not obligatory for A-level students, a substantial number of them display a keen interest in leadership projects such as organising cultural festivals and charity events.

“During these events, we teachers will act as their supervisors and allow them to take charge. When you give them the opportunity, they will eagerly embrace it, there’s no need to force them,” Ong shared.

ML KIS通过课外活动,培养学生的纪律和团队合作精神,同时锻炼他们的坚韧心态,借此构建起一个无欺凌环境。

设施先进 鼓舞学生全面前进


ML KIS小学校长Josephine Phang对此分享,阅读计划非常重要,特别是在写作方面贡献良多。


ML KIS也意识到体能活动的重要性,拥有一系列相关设施,如奥林匹克标准的游泳池、马术设备、设施齐全的健身房等。

Simha Priya指出,该校相信多元智力理论(Multiple Intelligences),因此所有设施都着重于促进教学和学习上。



对于需要住宿的学生,ML KIS也有提供宿舍。除了处于安全及保安森严的环境,宿舍所安排的日程有效促进学生之间的互动,培养他们的独立性格。

家长信赖 促进与老师的沟通

家长的信任对教育机构来说至关重要,这一方面也是ML KIS具备的优势。该校除了经常以电子邮件更新学校资讯,还专门建立一个供家长与老师使用的门户网站,方便两方之间进行无缝反馈和沟通。

Josephine Phang补充,该网站24小时开放,老师们可以在早上上课前登入,检查是否有任何讯息。


该校也鼓励家长通过Google Classroom参与学习计划。这样一来,他们不但能够深入了解孩子的学习现况,也能加强老师与家长间的合作伙伴关系,从而促进每位学生的全面成长。

若想要了解Maple Leaf Kingsley国际学校如何培育您的孩子茁壮成长和发展,欢迎参加该校于7月15日和8月19日举办的开放日,或浏览网址:



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いじめのない優れた学校環境を提供する メープルリーフ・キングスレー国際学校




全寮制の生徒には、安全で、絆を深め、自立心を育むレジデンシャル・ホールを提供しています。同校では保護者の信頼を重視し、Eメールや保護者・教師用ポータルサイトを通じて、シームレスなコミュニケーションを図り、定期的に最新の情報をシェアしています。保護者はGoogle Classroomを通して学習計画に参加することができ、教師と保護者の強いパートナーシップを育んでいます。


Students having a class on Skills That Will Define The Jobs

What students need to know: Skills that will define the jobs of the future

What students need to know: Skills that will define the jobs of the future

Students having a class on Skills That Will Define The Jobs

The World Economic Forum estimates that one billion jobs will be radically transformed by technology in the next decade, and by 2025 half of all employees will need reskilling.

Future jobs are becoming increasingly focused on highly adaptable and tech-driven skills–requiring a workforce who can think critically, creatively, and strategically is increasing. 

As students prepare to enter the workforce, they need to be equipped with the skills that will help them succeed in the face of this unprecedented change. Here are the top eight skills students need to be ready for the future.

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Skills that will define the jobs of the future 

  1. Problem-solving skills

Problem-solving involves asking questions, generating and considering different possible solutions, taking action to implement them and evaluating their effectiveness. 

Problem-solving is a core skill that will help students in all aspects of life, from identifying and resolving problems to critical thinking and decision-making. These skills can be developed through practice and exposure to real-world scenarios.

  1. Creative thinking

Individuals who can approach problems with a creative mindset are highly valued in the job market as businesses strive to differentiate themselves from competitors.

Creative thinking helps students learn new skills, solve problems and make decisions by encouraging them to think outside the box.  It also improves their ability to think critically and interpret information, which helps them become effective learners.

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  1. Digital literacy

Digital literacy is a set of skills that allows students to use technology effectively in their everyday lives. It involves the ability to navigate and use digital tools effectively, as well as understanding the impact of technology on society and the economy.

In a world where technology is rapidly advancing, students need to be proficient in digital tools and platforms, such as cloud computing, data analytics and social media, to succeed in the jobs of the future. 

  1. Effective Communication

Effective communication involves the ability to listen actively, articulate ideas clearly and in a persuasive manner, and collaborate with others. As technology continues to advance, the ability to communicate effectively across different platforms and mediums will become increasingly important. Communication skills are essential in every industry and will continue to be highly valued in the future.

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  1. Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognise, understand and manage our own emotions as well as those of others. It is also referred to as EQ (emotional quotient). 

Individuals with high emotional intelligence are able to navigate complex social situations, build strong relationships, and work effectively in teams. Hence, this skill is becoming increasingly important in the jobs of the future as individuals work in diverse and multicultural environments. 

  1. Adaptability

Adaptability involves the ability to be flexible, learn new skills, and work effectively in dynamic environments. It is about having a growth mindset and being open-minded when considering different options.

 Individuals who can adapt to change are better equipped to deal with work and life challenges. They can see a wider range of possibilities and find solutions that others might not have considered.

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  1. Critical thinking

It is the ability to think rationally, logically and creatively. In a world where automation and artificial intelligence are taking over routine tasks, students need to be able to adapt quickly when they encounter new situations and challenges that require them to think differently than they did before.

Critical thinkers are able to challenge assumptions and identify possible solutions. They can also think critically about current events, developing an awareness of how these events affect them and their communities.

  1. Global mindset

In a world that is becoming increasingly connected, individuals with a global mindset are highly valued. A global mindset involves the ability to understand and appreciate different cultures, languages, and perspectives. Individuals with a global mindset are better equipped to work in diverse and multicultural environments, communicate effectively with individuals from different backgrounds, and navigate global markets.

As the world continues to rapidly evolve with technology and automation, the jobs of the future are becoming increasingly focused on skills that are highly adaptable and tech-driven. As students prepare to enter the workforce, it is crucial for them to have a strong understanding of these skills and how to develop them. In this blog, we will explore the skills that will define the jobs of the future.

The most important skill for students to develop is critical thinking. Critical thinking is an important skill because it allows individuals to analyze situations in order to make decisions based on evidence rather than feelings or assumptions. The ability to critically analyze information makes it easier for someone to make better decisions when faced with difficult challenges in their everyday life as well as in their career path. Students should take advantage of opportunities at school like peer review groups where they can discuss ideas with friends who also have strong critical thinking skills so they can develop these skills further over time!

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Equipping students with the skills for future

Maple Leaf Kingsley International School is committed to cultivating confident and independent youths with strong values and good character. Our holistic approach to nurturing the next generation of leaders has been proven effective time and again, empowering our students with the knowledge and skills they need to conquer the world.

Our state-of-the-art facilities provide a stimulating learning environment where students can develop their talents and interests. We offer many opportunities for students to grow, flourish and explore their potential and learn from one another. 

From extracurricular activities (ECA) to performing arts and sports, we make sure that our students are provided with ample opportunities to express themselves, explore their potential and develop skills that will help them become the best and compete among the best! 

Kingsley is the only school in Malaysia that offers horse riding as an extracurricular activity. 

[Schedule a campus tour and see our horses in action!]

Trekking through the hills of Kingsley is another popular activity for students and teachers alike. 

In addition, field trips, excursions, community service, team-building activities and mentor-mentee programmes are an important part of our curriculum. They give students a chance to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-life situations, providing authentic opportunities for the development of life skills.

At Kinglsey, we work with the students to help them become confident individuals who understand the importance of living purposefully and fearlessly.

Depression in teens: What parents should know

Depression in teens: What parents should know

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Depression is a mental health issue that causes persistent sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities that the person used to enjoy. It can affect a person’s thoughts, feelings, behaviour, and physical health, making it difficult to carry out day-to-day tasks.

Although depression is a difficult condition for anyone, it can be particularly challenging for teenagers who are still learning how to navigate the complexities of life.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), one in every seven adolescents between the ages of 10 to 19 years old experience mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or behavioural problems–These are the leading cause of illness and disability in adolescents.

 As a parent, it is important to recognise and be aware of the signs and symptoms of depression in teens so that you can provide the necessary support and help your child get the treatment they need.

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Common signs of depression in teens Depression in teens can manifest in a variety of ways. However, some common signs and symptoms of depression in teens include:
  • Persistent sadness, hopelessness, or irritability
  • Lack of interest in activities that the person used to enjoy
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Thoughts of self-harm
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What parents can do to help

Teens are often reluctant to open up about their feelings, so it’s important that you give them space to talk, but don’t push too hard. In addition, try not to make assumptions about what they might be feeling or experiencing.

If you suspect that your teen may be struggling with depression, here are a few things that you can do to help:

Check in with them regularly: If you notice some of the signs of depression in your teen, ask if they have been feeling sad or hopeless over the past couple of weeks. If so, then it may be helpful to talk with them about this issue more deeply and look for ways to help.

Be supportive: Listen carefully to your teen, and don’t judge what they say or how they feel. Try not to tell them what they should be feeling or experiencing. Instead, let them talk about their experience in their own words. It is important that they know they can come to you with any questions or concerns.

Encourage healthy habits: It can be difficult for teens to maintain healthy habits, but it’s essential that they do. Encourage them to get enough sleep, eat regular meals and take time out of their busy schedules each day to relax. These habits can help improve their mood and overall well-being.

Stay involved:  If you notice that your teen is becoming withdrawn and spending more time alone, don’t ignore it. Encourage them to get engaged in activities with their friends or family members and make sure they are spending time on positive things like hobbies or sports.

Seek professional help:  Encourage your teen to see a counsellor: Sometimes it can be helpful to talk with someone outside of the family about what is going on. A professional counsellor or therapist who is trained in this area can provide support and guidance for you and your teen.

How is depression in teens treated? 

It is important to remember that everyone’s experience with depression is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. It’s important for teens to work closely with a healthcare professional to develop a treatment plan that works best for them. 

Depression in teens can be treated through a combination of therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. The specific treatment plan will depend on the severity of the depression and the individual’s needs.

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How does Kingsley care about the mental well-being of its students? At Kingsley, we believe that positive interactions between teachers and peers, authentic connections, trust and genuine care are vital in the well-being of the students. Supportive relationships between teachers and peers ensure that students feel comfortable to confide and share their problems without the fear of judgement. In order to help students feel secure at school and reduce anxiety and stress, Maple Leaf Kingsley International School also provides a bully-free environment in which we make sure that students understand the implications and negative impacts of bullying. We take bullying very seriously, and hope that through:
  • awareness programmes,
  • consistency in modelling kind behaviour,
  • projecting positive vibes,
  • and being present in the students’ lives,
We are creating a warm and friendly atmosphere where students are confident, engaged, innovative and respectful towards each other. Maple Leaf Kingsley International School places the happiness and well-being of its students at the heart of everything it does. The school is more than a place where children can learn–it’s a community where they feel free to express themselves without fear of failure.