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.