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To all in the Uplands Community


Message from the Principal
Secondary News
Japanese Culture Exchange Programme

This week we have been building up to the
Secondary Production of “Mulan”. Phase 2
of our sound and lighting system in the
Multipurpose Hall has been completed and
staff are currently being trained to
programme and use it. Rehearsals are
building to a crescendo and will be continuing
this week as props are being completed and prepared.

Primary School News
Uplands Roar

Co-curricular Activities
2016 Uplands Calendar
CAS News
Upcoming Events

There will be two evening performances on Thursday 3rd and
Friday 4th December. Tickets are on sale for RM 10 each and
are available for purchase at the “Box Office” in the school foyer
at break time, lunchtime and after school. Do please come and
join us for what is going to be an amazing musical extravaganza!
Also on Thursday evening, between 5pm and 6pm, Uplands
School will be singing carols at the Parkroyal Hotel, Batu
Ferringhi, during their Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.
Again, all are welcome to attend this event as we build up to
the Christmas period.
On Saturday 5th December we will finish next week with the
UPTA Christmas Fair. Please see the end of this newsletter for
full details.
Have a great weekend!
Yours sincerely,

Matthew Bristow



Yesterday Mr Rose and I travelled to Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur for the
Cambridge International Examinations Outstanding Learner Awards. There was a crowd of
nearly 500 people who had the pleasure of listening to a very inspiring speech by Dr Ben Schmidt,
Regional Director Southeast Asia, from Cambridge international Examinations. As mentioned
in last week’s newsletter, Uplands students from last academic year received four awards, with
two Top of the World Awards in Co-ordinated Sciences and Mandarin.
Congratulations to Fong Yi De, Lukas Mueller and Cheah Zhi En (Zoey).
It was also great to see a former Uplands student, Bella Cristol, receive a High Achievement
Award in English Language as part of her AS-Level, which she completed last year at Kinabalu
International School.
Congratulations to all the students who were involved in the DSS Relay Marathon last Friday,
especially the organisers of this wonderful event. It is always a pleasure to see how our students
support and show great respect towards each other. It was another example of an excellent
student-led and student-centred event, with mass participation taking place. Thank you to Mrs
Cartlidge for her efforts in supporting the DSS group.
A gentle reminder that today, the CCAs conclude for Term 1. As Mr Metcalfe outlines later in
the newsletter, there are still some “catch-up” CCAs running over the next two weeks. There are
also trials for the U13 FOBISIA Games taking place over the coming weeks as well. Please note
that all other students should not remain on campus and they should be picked up immediately
after timetabled classed have finished.
Have a great weekend
Craig Skinner
Head of Secondary


1st picture:
2nd picture:
3rd picture

Fong Yi De – Top of Malaysia – Economics
Fong Yi De – Top of the World – Coordinated Science
Mr Rose, Yi De and Mr Skinner

Lukas Mueller – High Achiever German

Mr Rose accepting award
on behalf of Zoey – Top of
Malaysia - Mandarin


On Thursday, 26th November, Japanese language students (Year 8 and Year 9) participated in
the annual visit to the Penang Japanese School as part of the Cultural Exchange Programme. PJS
welcomed us, and Year 9 student, Stefan, made a short speech of thanks for the hospitality of our
Our students also participated in four activities that the PJS students organised:
Onigiri (rice ball) making, Japanese calligraphy, Bon dance and Japanese drum. Our students
enjoyed all the activities very much.
We all had a very good time and would like to extend our thanks to the Penang Japanese School.
Yoshiko Fox
Head of Japanese


Year 2s – Fun with Electricity

Stacia Ng, Year 5i
Winner of the Allied Pickfords 2016
Calendar Art Competition


This week our Roar Sports teams have continued to be busy with Basketball, Netball, Football
and Touch Rugby fixtures taking place across a range of age groups. Tomorrow our U12 Boys
Footballers are in action in the inaugural Penang Sports Club Junior Invitational. Next weekend
our Swim Squads travel to KL for the ISAC Swim Meet.
PSAC U15 Basketball
Last Saturday signalled the end of the PSAC U15 Basketball seasons with their end of season
tournaments. Uplands hosted the Girls Tournament and, as they have all year, swept away the
competition with some fantastic Basketball. Huge congratulations to the Girls for going through
their whole season undefeated, winning PSAC League, PSAC Tournament and their FOBISIA
The Boys travelled over to Dalat and continued their good recent form producing some high
quality Basketball in what was an evenly matched competition. Unfortunately they couldn’t
quite match the depth of the host school as Dalat ran out champions on this occasion.
FOBSIA U13 Games
Good luck to all those taking part in the U13 FOBISIA trials over the next 2 weeks, with sessions
taking place after school.
Presidents Cup Swim Meet
Good luck to all our club swimmers who are in action this weekend over in Melaka for the
Presidents Cup Swim Meet. I am sure both Penang Swim Club and Chinese Swim Club will both
go well and I look forward to seeing you all competing for Uplands at the ISAC Swim Meet the
following weekend.

For more information regarding








And for the most up to date information regarding things like pick up times, late cancellations
please use our Roar Sport Twitter page at: @UplandsSport
Weekend Sports Programme
Registration for Term 2 is now open.


In March, Uplands will be hosting the U13 FOBISIA games. Trials will be taking place as of next
week and will continue for 2 weeks. Interested students should collect a letter from outside the
PE office.
Dean Metcalfe
Head of Faculty PE

CCA Cancellations & Catch Up Sessions
Monday 30th November
2:40-3:30 Gymnastics (Rec to Year 2)
2:40-3:30 Taekwondo (Year 1 to Year 6)
3:30-4:30 Gymnastics (Year 7+)
3:30-4:30 Taekwondo (Year 7+)
3:30-4:30 Yoga (Year 7+)
3:30-5:30 Badminton (Year 7+)
Tuesday 1st December
2:40-5:15 Jumpstreet (Year 5+)
2:40-3:30 Primary Homework Club
Wednesday 2nd December
2:40-3:30 Taekwondo (Year 1 to Year 6)
2:40-3:30 Aikido (All Year Groups)
2:40-3:30 Junior Choir (Year 4 to Year 6)
3:30-4:30 U13 Boys Football
3:30-4:30 Taekwondo (Year 7+)
3:30-4:30 Band Practice (Year 7+)
Thursday 3rd December
2:40-5:15 Jumpstreet (Year 5+)
3:30-4:30 Choir/Vocal Ensemble (Year 7+)
3:30-4:30 Advanced String Ensemble (Year 5+)
Friday 4th December
2:00-2:40 Gymnastics (Year 3 to Year 6)
2:00-2:40 Taekwondo (Year 1 to Year 6)
2:40-3:30 USC (Y7+)
2:15-3:45 Karate (Y1 to Y6)
3:00-4:30 Karate (Y7+)

Monday 7th December
2:40-3:30 Gymnastics (Rec to Year 2)
3:30-4:30 Gymnastics (Year 7+)
Tuesday 8th December
2:40-5:15 Jumpstreet (Year 5+)
Wednesday 9th December
2:40-3:30 Junior Choir (Year 4 to Year 6)
3:30-4:30 Band Practice (Year 7+)
Thursday 10th December
3:30-4:30 Choir/Vocal Ensemble (Year 7+)
3:30-4:30 Advanced String Ensemble (Year 5+)
Friday 11th December
2:00-2:40 Gymnastics (Year 3 to Year 6)
2:40-3:30 USC (Y7+)
2:15-3:45 Karate (Y1 to Y6)
3:00-4:30 Karate (Y7+)
All other CCA’s finish on Friday 27th November. Buses will continue to run at all the usual times
until the final week of term.
Sign-Up for Term 2 will open on Monday 7th December and close on Wednesday 11th December.
As usual please go to the school website for full instructions:
Dean Metcalfe
Head of Faculty PE


2016 Uplands Calendar by the Photography Club
The CCA Photography Club are proud to share some of their pictures taken over the last few
months. The calendar, called ʹ Uplands Through Our Eyes ʹ is A3 in size, about 42 cm x 29 cm
and will be professionally printed onto quality photo-paper.
During each session, the photographers were given a new artistic challenge. They then had 45
minutes to shoot and edit their submission ... for review by their peers! As you can see from the
pages, the students were able to capture some beautiful images.
If you would like to pre-order a calendar, in time for delivery before the end of term, please email: The calendar is RM30 (to cover the cost of printing).
Frank Morris

Please note the actual calendar will have one month per page.


CAS at Uplands
Last Friday 20th November, the DSS (Do Something Society) held a Relay Marathon which aimed
to raise money for the charity that we are supporting called Crystal Family Home. I am proud to
say that it was a tremendous turnout and we are so grateful for everyone's support and their
enthusiasm to participate. All the runners definitely surpassed all of our expectations by running
far more laps than we anticipated in the first place. My overall feeling towards the event is that
it was the most successful event which the DSS has hosted so far, and we cannot wait to do many
more events in the future. A big shout out to everyone who supported in any way, whether it
was running or sponsoring the participants, we cannot thank you enough!
Vanessa Gehrig, Year 12
DSS Co-Leader
Please see our video of the Marathon here: Do Something Society Relay Marathon and for other
news on all the work we’re doing in CAS, check out our Uplands CAS Facebook page .


DSS Marathon
Dear Uplands Community,
Last Friday during the DSS Marathon, I noticed something extraordinary. I saw a young
man/student named Carl from Year 7 literally run lap after lap until he nearly dropped. He was
exhausted and covered in sweat, but he kept going. He kept going because he had a goal. He
had ideals, and he knew what he was running for and who he was running for. He had purpose,
ideals and an objective. He was running because he had respect for others, because he was caring,
because he was principled.
Carl’s mom, who was at the event to cheer her son on, told me that when some of his friends
declined to participate in the marathon, he decided to take it on himself to raise money for the
children in need. He contacted his community and asked them to support him in his endeavour.
As any person who shows perseverance, he reached his goals and went beyond.

Thank you, Carl for showing our community what Uplands’ students are capable of!

Here is his account:
When I first heard about the DSS Marathon, I got excited and thought I would run myself because
that way I could run nonstop. I thought the idea of the DSS Marathon was great because that is
a way you can enjoy yourself and at the same time raise money for charity.
I knew that the raised money would go to an orphanage which I thought was great.
So then, I took a sponsor sheet and started looking for sponsors, which was hard, but I managed
it all right and got nearly a whole page full. I added all of my money per lap and got RM31,
which I was happy with, so I set a target, which was to raise over RM1000, which means that I
had to run 32 laps.
So on Friday last week I got ready, half an hour later, it was time. We all started in one direction
and the teacher team ran the other direction, which was quite funny I thought. After ten minutes,
I had completed my goal to raise RM1000. Therefore, I set myself a new goal, a more challenging
I would try to run 100 laps.
So I kept running, and got to a 100 laps eventually, but I only got to that score because of my
family and a lot of other people. They helped me all the way through, encouraged me when I
was about to give up. What I enjoyed most was that my sister Kate (year 3) ran the last 20 laps
with me and my brother Will (year 5) joined in for the last 10 laps. Both of them pushed me to
achieve my second goal.
A special thanks to the DSS-Team and everybody who supported me.
Carl Sigloch (Yr 7p)
I would also like to thank Mrs Cartlidge and the year 12 students for organising this event. It
was lots of fun for both the participants as well as the spectators. Especially those armed with
water balloons and wet sponges.
I hope we’ll get a new chance to participate next year, and I hope I’ll see some parents running
as well then!
Thank you.
Mr. Derudder
Head of Years 10 & 11


Calling for all volunteers to help with the Christmas Fair on the 5th December. Highlights will include
Xmas Market, Xmas Food, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Carols by Candlelight and Lots of other
entertainment, please come and join.
If you wish to help please contact
If you would like to have a CAR BOOT or XMAS MARKET table at the fair, please email

Calling for volunteers to become UPTA Country Representatives of the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Myanmar, Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa,
South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, UK, USA, & Vietnam
Duties would include to help with Orientation day on the 11th January for new parents and teachers,
organising an annual lunch or dinner of your choice, and general help with our events and initiatives.
We are in the process of setting up two sub-committees on SCHOOL SAFETY and UPTA FINANCE. If you
have expertise in this field and would like to contribute to these subcommittees please contact us on or
We recently announced a two week consultation period for members to be able to contact us directly
before the committee meets again to increase fees for 2016/17- currently being proposed at 40MRY
bi-annual charge per family. This meeting has now been postponed to the 11th December. If you
would like your views to be considered, or would like to express your views in person, or need further
detailed information on this process, please email
For a full list of social and sports clubs with their contact details that UPTA runs for Parent, Teacher and
Staff members please refer to our Facebook page, or email
For a full list of vendors in our discount programme please refer to our Facebook page and notice
board in school. For any suggestions or queries regarding our vendor programme please email
We would like to thank you for your continued support, and welcome all comments/feedback from
every member of the association, which can be emailed to



U9/U8 Football vs SCIPS @Uplands

Friday, 27th November 2015

Touch Rugby @ POWIIS

Friday, 27th November 2015

U12 Boys Football @ Penang Sports Club

Saturday, 28th November 2015

U11/U10 Football vs Dalat @ Uplands

Monday, 30th December 2015

U18 Netball vs POWIIS @ Uplands

Wednesday, 2nd December 2015

Primary ISAC Swim Meet @ KL Alice Smith

Friday, 4th December 2015

Year 4 visit to Straits Quay, School of Hard Knocks –
9:00 – 11:45am

Friday, 4th December 2015

Secondary ISAC Swim Meet @ KL Alice Smith

Saturday, 5th December 2015

Sharing Assembly – hosted by Primary Prefects

Monday, 14th December 2015

Secondary Inter-House Athletics @ USM

Wednesday, 16th December 2015

Whole School Christmas Concert – 6:30pm

Wednesday, 16th December 2015

Primary Inter-House Athletics
@ Uplands – 8:00am – 11:50am

Thursday, 17th December 2015

Primary Reports issued. End of Term 1

Friday, 18th December 2015

Term 1 ends at 12.00 noon

Friday, 18th December 2015

Boarding House closes at 12.00 noon

Saturday, 19th December 2015


Orientation Day for all new students – morning

Monday, 11th January 2016

Boarding House re-opens at 2.30 pm

Monday, 11th January 2016

Term 2 starts for all students – 8.00 am

Tuesday, 12th January 2016



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