Filling the Gap: Teaching about Malaysia through the Australian Curriculum
The AMI is committed to supporting increased Asia literacy in Australian schools. In 2013-14 the AMI was pleased to support the Asia Education Foundation produce a range of digital resources providing teachers with background information about Malaysia. The resources cover five learning sequences that support the teaching of Malaysia across year levels and learning areas of English, History, Geography, Science, Mathematics and The Arts.
The AMI is helping to build long-term reciprocal links between Australian and Malaysian schools and a network of students closely connected to both countries. The Australia-Malaysia Sister School program was announced by former Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP during his visit to Malaysia in 2008. The program develops mutual understanding and people-to-people links between year 9 and 10 students in Australia and Malaysia.
Sister schools partnerships are funded by the Australia-Malaysia Institute and supported by the Victoria Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and the Malaysian Ministry of Education (MoE).
From the initial six high schools in Malaysia that were linked to six Victorian schools the program has expanded to 26 sister school linkages between Victorian and Malaysian schools.
Sister Schools' relationships are maintained through visits to Malaysia and Australia and online collaboration.
List of Australia-Malaysia Sister Schools
- Western Port Secondary College, Hastings
- Wallan Secondary College, Wallan
- Benalla Secondary College, Benalla
- Rosebud Secondary College, Rosebud
- Fountain Gate Secondary College, Fountain Gate
- Lalor Secondary College, Lalor
- Tallangatta Secondary College
- Maffra Secondary College
- Cobden Technical college
- Maribyrnong Secondary college
- Leongatha Secondary College
- Elthan High School
- Ashwood Secondary College
- SMK Aminuddin Baki, JLN Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur.
- SMK Agama Sheikh Abdul Malek, JLN Budiman Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
- SMK Derma, JLN Penjara, Kangar, Perlis
- SMK Gunung Rapat, Ipoh Perak.
- SMK USJ4, Subang Jaya, Selangor
- SMK Sains Kuching, Sarawak
- SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin, Sabah
- Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar, Johar
- Sekolah Menengah Teknik Alor Setar, Kedah
- Sekolah Sukan Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
- SMK King George V, Negeri Sembilan
- SMK Tinggi Melaka
- SM Agama Persikutan Kajang, Selangor
Maribyrnong College/Maribyrnong Sports Academy and Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) Sister School Exchange
Students and staff of Maribyrnong College/Maribyrnong Sports Academy visited Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) in Kuala Lumpur as part of the growing sister school relationship between them. The Australian students and staff participated in educational, cultural, training and sports competition with the Malaysian students and staff, including designing and participating in a netball training camp and international netball tournament hosted by BJSS. The program was such a success that Maribyrnong College has now hosted a return netball trip to Australia by the Malaysian players and staff and Maribyrnong College has sent volleyball and badminton training groups back to Malaysia.
Through designing and participating in educational and cultural excursions to key areas of Kuala Lumpur and undertaking collaborative classroom activities with students at BJSS, the Australian students gained a better understanding and awareness of Malaysian culture and vice versa. The visit also enhanced the relationship between the schools, established new educational and sporting networks, and provided the opportunity to share ideas to foster exchanges in the future.
The College is looking at the possibility of future collaborations involving even more diverse sports and initiatives, including ESL, athletics, hockey, volleyball, and badminton exchanges.
Sister Schools Exchange: Western Port Secondary College and SMK Aminuddin Baki (SABKL) Nature Friendly Compost Station Project
SMK Aminuddin Baki (SABKL) and Western Port Secondary College (WPSC) established sister school ties in 2008. Recognising sustainability as a focus, the schools agreed to to implement a compost program at Western Port Secondary College which involved workshops, hands-on sessions and official launching of the event at WPSC. The team produced project books which included step-by-step process of building a mini model of the compost station and preparing compost. Workshops were organised for WPSC teachers and students before they were assisted in the hands-on sessions where 2 mini models were built. The project promoted environmental awareness among students and has initiated a move towards a healthy environment at SABKL school.Future projects include follow-up on WPSC compost programme, visits and activities which promote the bond between both schools.
Sister Schools Exchange: Western Port Secondary College and SMK Aminuddin Baki (SABKL) Nature Friendly Compost Station Project photo album