English schools in Asia

Malaysia - Penang
School:St. Christopher's International Primary School

St. Christopher's International Primary School of Penang, caters for expatriates' and also Malaysian children. It is located in one of the most sought after residential areas on the island of Penang Malaysia.

It is a Non-profit Making Association, controlled by a board of governors which represents both the expatriates and Malaysian communities. All the parents in the school become members of the Association.

The school's curriculum is organised along the lines of the British Education System, and uses English as the medium of instruction.

There are approximately 500 children ranging from 3+ to 11+ in 22 classes of mixed abilities with a maximum class size of 25 children.

Children leaving St. Christopher's usually transfer to one of the international secondary schools here in Penang at the end of Year 6 or to schools in Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore and many other countries. Malaysian children transfer to local government schools when they reach primary age.

This school is a result of the joint planning committee of the Western Road School and the Firrell School Associate formed in 1963. In 1965, St. Christopher's opened its premises. Since its opening the school has expanded. An extension of the main buildings in 1997, gave an extra classroom, craft room, new toilet facilities, a spacious library and creative center, administration block, and staff room. This released more rooms for E.S.L, audio Visual Aids room, Special Needs, Resources Centre and Modern Languages (German/Bahasa Malaysia).

About Penang: The Pearl of the Orient - lies off the north-western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The island covers an area of about 285 sq. km and a narrow strip of approximately 760 sq. km on the mainland known as Seberang Jaya (Province Wellesley). The island and the mainland is linked by the Penang Bridge and a 24-hour ferry service.

Its population of more than 1 million represents a happy mix of the major races found in Malaysia with Malays making up 32%, the Chinese 59% and Indians 7%.

Georgetown, at the north-eastern tip of the island is the seat of administration and is also the commercial hub of the state. This bustling metropolitan city combines the best of east and west as seen in its fascinating collection of fine old buildings, each bearing the stamp of different foreign influences in its colourful history. Much of its charm also lies in its famous golden beaches and clear blue seas. Penang today is a resort island of the sun and the see. Its multi-racial population contributes to a wealth of cultural attractions and festivals throughout the year and attracts many local and foreign visitors






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