Monday, March 30, 2015

International School of Kuantan (ISK) tour with Razif Ramzan, Marketing Manager at ISK

The fabulous International School of Kuantan (ISK) in Indera Mahkota, Kuantan

On a quiet Sunday afternoon of subdued corridors and empty classrooms, we were taken on a tour of the new premises of the International School of Kuantan (ISK). 

ISK is located in Indera Mahkota off Persiaran Sultan Abu Bakar, and is situated right beside the Immigration Complex.

Simple directions to International School of Kuantan (ISK) from Kuantan town taking Jalan Kuantan-Sungai Lembing, turning right onto Persiaran Sultan Abu Bakar, and taking the second left where ISK is located beside the Immigration complex

Waiting area at the main entrance of International School of Kuantan (ISK)

Looking down on the waiting area from the 2nd floor at International School of Kuantan (ISK) 

Classic American style lockers line the corridors at International School of Kuantan (ISK)

Classic American style lockers line the corridors at International School of Kuantan (ISK)

Razif showed us around a selection of the classrooms, all of them light, bright and spacious with individual desks and chairs. All classrooms are fully air-conditioned and most of them include Smartboards.

IT classroom at International School of Kuantan (ISK)

Classroom at International School of Kuantan (ISK)

Classroom at International School of Kuantan (ISK)

Razif Ramzan showing us the art classroom at International School of Kuantan (ISK)

A selection of students' artwork on display at International School of Kuantan (ISK)

One of the science labs at International School of Kuantan (ISK)

A row of taps in a science lab at International School of Kuantan (ISK)

Experiment booth in a science lab at International School of Kuantan (ISK)

Science labs at International School of Kuantan (ISK) are even equipped with an emergency shower

My personal favourite, the music room, at International School of Kuantan (ISK), fully equipped with sound proof walls

Music room at International School of Kuantan (ISK)

Lauren tries out the drums in the music room at International School of Kuantan (ISK)

I was intrigued with the Smartboards in the classrooms. They can project what is on a laptop and are also touchscreen. You can also use a special pen to draw on them. There are probably other ways they can be used that I don't yet know!

A Smartboard in a classroom at International School of Kuantan (ISK)


Razif and another staff member try to figure out the Smartboard at International School of Kuantan (ISK)


The girls had lots of fun with the Smartboard while Razif explained more about the International School of Kuantan (ISK) to my wife

We were also shown the library, a room full of knowledge at every turn. While the shelves are not yet full, books are being added steadily. I was particularly overjoyed to see several shelves packed with National Geographic magazines - my personal favourite!


Fidelia and the girls sitting comfortably in the library at International School of Kuantan (ISK)


Reader's Digest, National Geographic and Time magazines are all available to read in the library at the International School of Kuantan (ISK)


Dictionaries, encyclopedias, fiction and non-fiction adorn the shelves of the library at International School of Kuantan (ISK) with more to come


Girls toilets at International School of Kuantan (ISK)


Boys toilets with urinals at International School of Kuantan (ISK)


International School of Kuantan (ISK) boys showers/changing rooms behind the sports hall. The girls changing rooms are slightly different and in pink

Razif took us outside and showed us the cafeteria. He also revealed plans to build a futsal pitch and a swimming pool bordering the cafeteria. These are great plans and I look forward to seeing them once they are complete.


The cafeteria at International School of Kuantan (ISK)


International School of Kuantan (ISK) chefs pose for a photo in the kitchen

While I had been amazed by all the classrooms Razif had shown us and had already developed a very optimistic and positive mental view of the school, the best was yet to come. 

The hall.

And what an incredible hall it is!

I think my initial reaction was a gasp followed by the exclamation, "What the hell is this!" (pardon my language)


The hall at International School of Kuantan (ISK)
The hall is equipped for badminton, basketball and table tennis. The floor has 6 layers, ideal for preventing sporting injuries, and is soft and comfortable to walk or run around on. There is a stage complete with a full set of lights, speakers and curtains, and all four walls are fitted with sound-proof panels which absorb the sound. Yes, we tried shouting and screaming, and there is no echo! I also played some shadow tennis, pretending to hit some forehands and backhands, to test out the 6-layer flooring. 


The 6-layer sports surface at International School of Kuantan (ISK) is certainly impressive


The stage at International School of Kuantan (ISK). It needs a little more work before it is ready for action


Backstage view at International School of Kuantan (ISK)


Our girls performing on stage at International School of Kuantan (ISK)


Looking down the length of the hall from basketball hoop to basketball hoop at International School of Kuantan (ISK)


L-R: Razif Ramzan, ISK Marketing Manager; Dr. Nurita Abu Tahir, ISK Deputy Principal; Datin Noorainie, ISK Business Manager

What a marvellous school! Now, I was by no means the biggest fan of going to school in my teenage years, but I left ISK on this Sunday afternoon with the overwhelming feeling that "I want to go back to school again!"


10 comments:

  1. Wonderful school!!!...hope to enrol my child but this year will be her 2nd birthday ;-)

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  2. Wow, very impressive. I think the fees must be very expensive.
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  3. (^‿^)✿

    Hello Duncan !

    Wow ! Marvellous school!!!

    Many thanks for making me discover the International School of Kuantan !!!!

    Bye, have a beautiful day in Kuantan !

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  4. With a school like that no child has an excuse not to go there!! Except maybe for the fees!!

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  5. It looks really nice, hope that it stays like.

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  6. What a wonderful school! Love the pictures with the kids!

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  7. Wow!!! The school's building looks top-notch. I would definitely like to get some reviews by the students studying in ISK. Lovely pictures :)

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  8. I really enjoyed the tour of the school. If only we could afford it ay?? Those who can afford it, they should send their children here! :D

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  9. Hi Duncan,

    Good to hear from you again. I've got 3 kids in ISK and we are very proud of the new school. Kuantan is past the stage of "good enough for Kuantan" and lately we see a lot more developments which can compete with international standards (e.g. East coast mall and the southern part of the kuantan river mouth).

    Robert
    ISK PTA president

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  10. Wow! What an impressive school.
    Hope you and yours are keeping well and happy Duncan?

    All the best.

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