Malaysia International Excursion

Port School embarked on an international relationship with Klang Special School in Malaysia in 2012.

This came to being through one of the staff member’s association with Apex Australia, Apex Camp Jurien and Klang Apex Club. The relationship, now in its seventh year, has benefitted students from both countries and during that period, Port has donated over $100,000 in sponsorships as well as resources and equipment, including laptops, kitchen, garden equipment and a state of the art playground.  Port has been instrumental in sponsoring over 20 students to attend the special school at Klang for a full year. Sculptures, paintings and murals, which are proudly on display at the Klang Special School, have also been built and transported to Malaysia by Port. The school works with local children with learning difficulties and disabilities.

In 2015, Port School was awarded a Department of Foreign Affairs grant of $18,000 to bring six Klang Special School students and two Klang School staff on a trip to Perth.

In 2016 and 2017, Port was awarded a Global Apex Chairman’s Project Award for Excellence, as recognition for the work achieved and the support that had been given to Klang Special School during that time.

Students who have been on this excursion in the past have excelled themselves and have demonstrated that they can be trusted, work hard and have fun. Planning for the Malaysia excursion commences each year at the beginning of Term 2, and it integral part of the school program for Year 11 and 12 students. Potential candidates must 16 years old in September of the year they are travelling. This excursion offers an experience of a lifetime to ten young people each year.

The 10-day itinerary allows our students to experience Malaysian cultural, sporting and artistic activities. It also enables us to show the Malaysian children some of our Australian customs. There is always time for fun and sightseeing including, such as a tour of the capital city Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas Twin Towers, a trip to tropical rainforests for a canopy walk and possibly a visit to one of Malaysia’s largest water and theme parks. The final itinerary varies each year.

Port School staff are experienced in planning and organising international excursions and have visited Malaysia several times. Most of our students will be travelling overseas for the first time, so there are often times of anxiety and nerves. Students do however need to commit and fully embrace the program of events, both in and out of school, which lead up to the trip.

Port, with the support of students, parents and the wider community, are committed to this initiative. The Governor of WA, the State Premier, Education Ministers and numerous politicians and Members of Parliament, have acknowledged past students for their contributions.

Requirements and Eligibility

In order to be eligible, students are required to engage in fundraising, leadership and community activities and must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be 16 years old before the excursion departs Perth in September
  • School attendance must be at least 80%
  • The student’s behaviour, attitude and work ethic must warrant being considered
  • Parents and students must attend an initial Malaysia information evening
  • Passports and other required documentation (eg: birth certificates) must be organised
  • Students must actively be engaged in all fundraising activities for Klang School, which may include raffles, Sausage Sizzles, making and selling workshop items, Quiz Nights and the annual Art Exhibition
  • A commitment to pay $500 per student to help cover flights, accommodation, food etc. (It costs over $2,000 per student, so this is heavily subsidised)
  • Families must provide emergency contacts, medical details and consent forms in a timely fashion
  • Parents and students must attend the final Malaysia information evening
  • Students are expected be involved in Malaysian excursion classes, which may include lessons about the Malaysian language, money, food and culture; the planning of and involvement in fundraising events, awareness, as well as attending guest speakers

Donations

Port is always keen to gain support from parents, carers, stakeholders and supporters either by your attendance at fundraising events throughout the year or via donation.  Should you wish to be a sponsor, donate or help with fundraising, we offer advertising, acknowledgement and sponsors rights via our Website and Newsletters.

For more information about Malaysia and Klang Special School, please visit the following:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtIeLsMbfzg

https://www.facebook.com/SAMHOrg 

https://www.gofundme.com/288tqt8 

http://mysamh.org/psyioterapy-room-at-klang-special-school/

http://mysamh.org/computer-room-at-klang-special-school/

  

For further information please contact Port School’s  Malaysia coordinators:

Mike Gilbert
Deputy Principal

mike@portschool.wa.edu.au 

 

Joy Cromwell
Teacher

joy@portschool.wa.edu.au 

 

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