The performing arts: an essential part of a holistic education

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Excelsior International School (EIS) is located within the City of Knowledge in a beautiful forest area above the Town of Bandar Seri Alam, 18km east of Johor Bahru in the south of Peninsular Malaysia. The purpose-built campus spreads over 20 acres with a built-up area of over 320,000 square feet, and houses worldclass learning, sporting, recreational, and boarding facilities.

The School is the flagship campus of Singapore’s Raffles Campus Group and it builds upon Raffles’ expertise and experience in operating and managing schools in Dubai, Singapore, India, and China.

Excelsior opened its door in September 2013 and currently has classes from Nursery (age 3) to Grade 9 (14 year olds). Grade 10 opens in August 2015 with Grades 11 and 12 opening in subsequent years. Excelsior offers the Cambridge International Programmes and is a Candidate School for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Diploma programmes. Students undertake the Cambridge Checkpoint tests at the end of their Primary and Lower Secondary Years, with IGCSE examinations at the end of Upper Secondary and IB Diploma examinations at the end of High School.

Excelsior’s Vision is to be the premier provider of high quality care and education to the International Community. Excelsior’s mission is to commit to excellence in education by striving to provide each student with opportunities to reach their full potential as lifelong learners in a holistic, challenging, and supportive learning environment that will ultimately prepare them to play an active and responsible role as global citizens in a multicultural world.

EIS provides an environment conducive to developing physical robustness, enhancing creative and expressive capabilities, as well as shaping students’ personal, cultural and social identity. ICT is integrated with the curriculum so as to enhance learning on a fully Wi-Fi-enabled campus and there is a strong emphasis on language acquisition and development along with Educational and Character development.

Opportunities to engage in community service are given to all students so that they develop a strong sense of civic responsibility and take an active role in bettering the lives of others around them.

In support of a fundamental belief in holistic education, all students follow a broad and challenging educational programme covering Academics, Sports, and the Arts – Excelsior’s Three Pillars of Excellence – in an approach that educates students to become independent, enquiring, creative and enthusiastic learners. This holistic approach means that students, teachers, support staff, and all connected with Excelsior contribute to the development of each individual.

The Academic curriculum is delivered in an interactive way, which allows students to investigate, experiment and gain hands-on experience. This approach aims to train students to be able to collaborate, think critically and gain confidence in their own abilities when facing challenges.

Sports are essential to the development of students of all ages as it serves to enhance any academic endeavour. Excelsior provides a completely inclusive physical education curriculum, which allows all students to develop a healthy, active life and strong leadership skills.


In the performing arts, Excelsior uses music, dance, drama and theatre to develop confidence and communication skills. These activities encourage the appreciation, development and understanding of local, regional and international cultures, dance, music and traditions. In the fine and visual arts, students learn to appreciate the great masters and, through the use of painting, pottery and ceramics, develop their own individual skills and confidence.

A team of outstanding educational professionals is recruited from around the world to deliver the many facets of this excellent education. These teaching professionals engage in active professional training and development, and keep abreast of current educational philosophies and teaching pedagogies.

Bio information for each member of the academic staff is available on the school website:

EIS’s spacious campus houses Information Technology, Science and Multimedia laboratories, a 527-seat auditorium and specialist facilities for Dance, Drama, Music and Art. There is a range of sporting and recreational facilities such as an indoor Sports Hall, two swimming pools, including one of Olympic size, tennis courts, a full-sized artificial turf soccer field, and a 400-metre all-weather running track. These state-of-the-art facilities and resources support Excelsior’s Three Pillars of Excellence in Education – Academics, Sports, and the Arts.

Across the campus, the language of instruction, communication and understanding is English. To facilitate the use of English, there is a wide-ranging English Language Support (ELS) programme enabling all students to learn and improve their competence in the language.

All teachers are recruited on the basis that “we are all teachers of English,” and in this context, the teachers participate in on-going professional development and are provided with constant support in delivering their specialisms to classes which have speakers of languages other than English.

The Home-School relationship is critical to students’ success. Excelsior provides constant updates on students’ progress and activities beyond the usual twice-ayear formal reports. In addition, under our ‘Open Door’ policy, EIS actively encourages parents to visit the school at any time to see for themselves what is happening during the school day.

Excelsior International School
Address: No.8, Jalan Purnama,
Bandar Seri Alam, 81750, Masai,
Johor, Malaysia.
Email: [email protected]

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