FRIDAY FLYER-Issue 138
I hope that you enjoyed your Lunar New Year festivities!
This time of the year is indeed a very special one and we have continued the celebrations this week with a range of activities at school…
These have included:
- Presentations from members of our Sixth Form on ‘Understanding Chinese Names and Surnames’ on Monday
- A Spring Festival Open Mic event on Tuesday
- Paper Cutting on Wednesday
- Chinese Ink Art on Thursday
- A Lion Dance on Friday
These largely student led initiatives have all been great fun and have offered wonderful opportunities for us to recognise and celebrate the diverse culture of our Epsom family.
It has been very gratifying to see students, who were once shy, standing up before their peers to present and perform.
The confidence that so many of our students develop while at school is all the more pleasing given that approximately 70% of people suffer from GLOSSOPHOBIA (a fear of public speaking).
At Epsom we seek to enable our students to overcome this fear. We, as staff, are always delighted to see our students develop their confidence in front of a crowd.
Drama is integral to building self confidence and we are excited to announce that our Drama Department will soon begin auditions for the annual school production – this year Epsom will present Aladin. This offers a wonderful opportunity for students to perform on stage or work as part of the technical team, help backstage, or use their creative talents for the media/promotional side of the production…This is an opportunity for students to develop many skills beyond the taught curriculum.
Promoting the school production reminded me of a student that I taught years ago in my hometown of Aberystwyth before moving to Malaysia – Taron Egerton.
Taron is an extremely successful actor who only discovered his passion by chance. I used him as an example to illustrate why we should embrace every opportunity – the school production in this instance – to challenge ourselves and to learn skills and develop attributes, such as resilience and determination, that will stand us in good stead for life.
We all feel nervous when we try something new, but learning to push beyond the fear that binds us is extremely important, and can be extremely empowering.
Finding something we love will enrich our lives – all the better if we can make a career out of it!
The fear of failure can be crippling thus we should recognise it for what it is – a FEAR:
Having discovered his love of acting, Taron decided to pursue it as a career but was not initially successful in his application to Drama School. Determined to succeed, he did not give up and was successful the second time around, gaining a place in RADA where he began to experience success thanks to his hard work, commitment and the talents that he developed.
Resilience is important and we seek to foster a school culture where students feel safe to try…
Many celebrated and renowned writers experienced failure initially – these include Emily Bronte who was reviewed in 1849 as follows:
‘In Wuthering Heights, all the faults of Jane Eyre are magnified a thousand-fold and the only consolation is that it will never be read’
Stephen King is alleged to have thrown his manuscript for his book Carrie into the bin as he was tired of all the rejections. Oprah Winfrey was rejected for the first news anchor position she applied for because she was African-American and considered overweight and Einstein’s parents allegedly worried that he was subnormal!
We have 9 weeks remaining until the next term break…I encourage all our students to make the very most of every opportunity that comes their way. This could be the school production, the upcoming STEM week that Mr Bevan is organising:
Or, involvement in Academic Societies, arranging social events, charity work, supporting others with their learning… and more….
PMA is key…
As is hard work, determination, commitment and the ability to learn from our inevitable mistakes…
So, dear reader, these are my thoughts for this week…I hope that you enjoy the articles to come. In the meantime, Happy Reading and Happy Friday!
Mr Matthew Brown,
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A Message from Mrs Fowler, Deputy Headteacher, Pastoral
Co Curricular Economics
Real Life Economics at Epsom
The Business and Economics department at Epsom School is a hub of activity and engagement, where students are drawn to learning about the latest developments in their field. Our approach at Epsom is centred on inspiring and motivating students to expand their horizons beyond what is required by examination boards, preparing them for entry into some of the top universities across the UK, USA, and beyond.
We believe that by fostering a dynamic and challenging learning environment, our students will be better equipped to succeed in the fast-paced and ever-evolving world of business and economics. Whether through exploring cutting-edge theories, analysing current events, or engaging in hands-on projects and simulations, our students are encouraged to fully immerse themselves in the subject matter, gaining a deep understanding of the key concepts and skills that will serve them well in their future careers.
In short, the Business and Economics department at Epsom School is a place where students can thrive, grow, and discover their passions, as they pursue their dreams of success in this exciting and dynamic field.
This week some our Business and Economics Society students are sharing their personal projects for this academic year:
Real Life Economics – Student-led CCA
Hi! My name is Shang Jing and I would like to share with you about a Student-led CCA called Real Life Economics CCA. The objectives of this CCA are to understand how economics is related to real life, to study the relationship between mathematics and economics and to provide a different perspective of analysing economics by using mathematical approaches. More importantly, I hope that this CCA can be an enrichment activity for students to learn about economics beyond the classroom and textbooks.
Here is our plan for this CCA in Term 2:
During our first session, I made a presentation on the topic of “Should we use a mathematical method or a historical method in analysing economics?”. The members of this CCA were divided into 2 groups, Historians and Mathematicians, based on their answers to the question mentioned above. They were required to present their reasons to support their arguments. After listening to their viewpoints, I presented the opinions of the professors from the London School of Economics. I came across these arguments while watching a debate between the professors entitled “Too much Maths, too little History: The problem of Economics” on Youtube. At the end of this session, we all agreed that both methods should be used at the same time. However, we are concerned about the dominance of mathematics in the field of economics as history has been largely pushed out by mathematics in the standard economics curriculum. While mathematics is particularly important in helping economists to deal with complexity, learning the history of economics will always remind us about the mistakes in the past. Possessing an awareness of the past makes this discipline less arrogant and more useful. When I was researching online, I came across a quote from John Maynard Keynes, a famous economist, “It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong.” I personally think that this interesting quote summarised our discussion on the first week perfectly.
After engaging ourselves in a rigorous discussion, we played a digital board game called Cashflow in the second session. This game is invented by Robert Kiyosaki, the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad. It is a fun educational game that teaches you how to analyse a deal or an opportunity. You can also learn about how to review your financial statement. It was huge fun for all of us as we learned a lot of useful knowledge which could enhance our financial literacy.
Thankfully, this CCA has received firm support from the students and teachers. This motivates me to work hard to think of more ideas in making the learning experience better for all of the participants. In our next sessions, we will focus on both mathematics and history in economics by organising different activities such as a presentation on important figures in the history of economics and a workshop on applying mathematics in constructing a mathematical model based on real-life economics issues.
Hoodie Design Competition
It has been a busy and productive half-term for the BSE Society. On 13th January, we launched the long-awaited Hoodie Design Competition. This is a golden opportunity for students and staff to tailor Epsom merchandise to their preferences and leave their legacy in the College Store. Could you imagine how excited one could be when his or her design is being sold in the College Store? Therefore, we would like to urge all creative designers in Epsom to participate actively in this competition. We are looking forward to receiving all of your wonderful designs, although we know that this would make the judging process becoming more difficult. Results will be decided and announced in mid-February.
Bubbles in The Real Estate Market in America
Our very first BSE presentation session in the year 2023 took place on 20th January. One of our members, Kyle from Year12 presented an interesting topic, “Bubbles in The Real Estate Market in America”. He shared about the causes, the consequences and the recovery processes of this bubble. The most memorable part of this session is the “Lessons Learned from this Event”, in my opinion. Kyle advised us to stay diversified when investing, spend less than the amount we earned and be skeptical of anything that appears too good to be true. Mr Brown, who joined the presentation from the beginning, was particularly interested in the graph of real estate prices in the US. He was curious to find out how much it cost to rent a 1 bedroom flat in New York. Guess what, a small bedroom flat in New York will cost you about $3790 per month!
The Economics of Microfinance
After the holiday, another member of the society, Shang Jing from Year12, will be presenting on the topic of “The Economics of Microfinance”. Microfinance is becoming more and more influential in our society. It is argued that it provides many benefits to the economy, especially to small and medium enterprises. We wish to provide a deep and clear insight to the students about microfinance through this session.
Instant Happiness Cafe
Last but not least, we are delighted to announce the reopening of the Instant Happiness Cafe with new products including different types of cold drinks. There will be a variety of promotions and price changes to respond to the change in consumer taste. We sincerely hope that these changes can help our society to boost our sales and allow us to contribute more to the community with more donations to different charities.
A Message from Rosebery House
Happy Chinese New Year from Rosebery
Rosebery thought you might enjoy a whistle-stop tour of what we got up to last week.
I went to Bangkok, and found myself beguiled. The Thai capital co-founded every one of my expectations – crazy traffic aside – and, by my first sticky-rice and mango lunch, had me well and truly under its spell. I always seek out unusual experiences and images, and one of these I found in the dappled green of Lumphini Park. I don’t think many people associate Bangkok with tranquil waterways and magnificent wildlife but, for me, these snapshots of natural serenity, surrounded by skyscrapers, are among the most arresting of my trip. (Kate, HMM)
During the half term break, I spent my time with family and friends. I visited Thailand and enjoyed a range of cultural foods. I also visited a well known temple in Thailand, which is known as one of the most famous landmarks. I visited some relatives and watched a lion dance with them. Overall, I enjoyed the half term trying new things and exploring new places.
Sawa (Year 9)
As a Malaysian Chinese, this holiday was full of restless nights of fireworks and food. This year, a lot fewer of my cousins have shown up since they are going off to faraway universities. Despite this, all five out of 14 of us were still able to play many good games and have meaningful and funny conversations. For example, we played the game of ‘Werewolf’ and found out that none of us were very good liars and so the civilians would win every round. I treasure every Chinese New Year. The time that I get to spend with my cousins, the food, the feeling of unity and vivacious joy will always be an irreplaceable memory of mine.
Yi En (Year 11)
For a Year 11, swiftly-upcoming-GCSEs candidate like me, the arrival of half-term was synonymous with Heaven on Earth. Mocks had stripped me of all my energy, and I took this time to rest up physically and mentally. Well, not actually… I had to plan out a revision timetable as I near doomsday. On a more lighthearted note, my family and I spent some quality time together by staying in Kuala Lumpur and playing tourists around the city center! Lastly, despite it being three months away, we spent the final few days of half-term purchasing Hari Raya Eid Al-Fitr clothes. Attached are some photos of the sights I saw over half-term!
If you’re reading this, please pray for my mock examination results. I’ll be needing it… desperately.
Maya (Year 11)
My Chinese New Year break was quite relaxing as I had just finished my mocks. My family and I went for lunch with our friends on Chinese New Year, and we also saw our neighbor lighting firecrackers in the morning. I learnt that the significance of lighting crackers is to scare away evil spirits. Additionally, we did ‘Yee Sang’ which brings good luck and prosperity for the New Year. I had a great experience learning more about Chinese New Year this break, and I hope everyone who celebrates had an enjoyable time with friends and family too.
(Darrene, Year 11)
During the holidays, I made several dinner appointments with a few good friends.
(Vicky, Year 10)
It’s a very short holiday, but it means a lot to the Chinese people. It’s a long-awaited reunion. So I went back to my hometown, to the elders to send blessings to get a red envelope. Eat the New Year’s Eve dinner with the family, hot pot. I also practiced calligraphy with my grandfather, which was effective at first. I also ate barbecue with my brother, set off fireworks with my family, and watched movies. Although the time was short, I was very happy after a long separation. (Maria, Year 10)
With thanks to Maya.
I was super stoked when the Spring Festival Holiday began. Besides celebrating Lunar New Year, I celebrated my birthday with my friends. We had dinner together at THIRTY8, where we were surrounded by the picturesque sight of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline and absolutely scrumptious food! Something I was especially excited about was the Bombshell Cake — a delectable, delicate pastry made with love surrounded by a chocolate shell, and I needed to use a hammer to break it. It was the first time I’d ever seen such a cake. All in all, though? My term break was as smooth as it was cozy.
(Cai Hua, Yr 10)
A Message From Carr House
What if robots replaced all the staff at Epsom College?
This was the topic of a recent conversation with some Carr boys. We were discussing what it would be like if all the teachers and staff at Epsom College were replaced by robots. It was a very thought provoking conversation that involved many laughs but at the same time made us reflect on how much we would all miss the human interaction.
During this conversation, one of the Carr student made a profound comment when he said,
“The robot will be empty because it has no soul.”
This conversation made us realise, once again, how important our human interaction and connection to each other is.
A combination of this robot conversation and a recent assembly looking at the quote: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind”, we have decided to launch “Carr Cares”: a programme that encourages and offers Carr students opportunities to demonstrate their caring nature towards those around them.
“Carr Cares” will run all year round with the ultimate goal of always remembering the importance of our interaction and connection to one another.
“Carr Cares” will be led by the Carr students themselves. They will be mentored by their tutors and other House staff. The students will be encouraged to think of creative ways to show their care for others, and whilst sharing this care, will create a connection and interact with those around them.
Brace yourself for many wonderful connections and interactions, as the Carr students launch “Carr Cares” this week with their ultimate goal to make caring catchy. #wearetheexample
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Epsom Engineering Society
A Message from Epsom Engineering Soc
Formula One is a thrilling blend of technology and competition, where teams push the boundaries of engineering to create high-performance race cars. The unveiling of each team’s livery, or car design, is a crucial moment in the F1 season and a testament to the innovative spirit of the sport.
The livery launch offers teams the opportunity to showcase their engineering prowess and communicate their brand identity. Teams invest heavily in their livery designs, employing top graphic designers and engineers to create eye-catching and aerodynamic liveries that stand out on the track. The design of a livery must not only look good, but it must also serve a functional purpose. For example, the design must account for airflow and downforce, which are crucial factors in determining the car’s speed and handling.
F1 teams use the latest in engineering technology to create their liveries. Advanced computer simulations are used to model the aerodynamics of the car, ensuring that the design is both fast and stable. The use of lightweight materials, such as carbon fibre, allows teams to reduce the weight of the car, which increases its speed and handling.
The HAAS F1 team has taken the lead in the new 2023 season by being the first team to unveil their new car. While the car may not feature many noticeable differences from the previous season, a simple change in colour makes it stand out. The team has likely made some modifications under the hood to improve performance, but the new paint job serves as a visual reminder of the team’s commitment to innovation and progress. It will be exciting to see how the HAAS F1 car performs on the track this season.
The excitement surrounding the livery launches of all the teams in Formula One is a testament to the innovative spirit of the sport. The unveiling of each team’s livery is a chance for fans to get a first look at the new cars and to speculate on the performance of the teams for the upcoming season. The livery launch is a reminder of the teams’ incredible engineering skills and creativity, as they strive to create high-performance race cars that are visually stunning and technically advanced.
In conclusion, we are really excited by the livery launch and by getting a glimpse of the technical prowess and creativity of the teams. The Haas livery, with its striking black and gold design, is a standout in this season’s grid and promises to be a competitive force on the track.
Afiq, Year 13, Propert.
Deputy Head of College.
Epsom Merch: Design Competition – Leave a Legacy!!!… And our Instant Happiness Cafe is Back!
This is a reminder about our Hoodie Design Competition for Epsom Merch! The deadline is this Sunday 5th February 2023.
Thank you to those who have submitted. To those who have yet to submit, please join and stand a chance to win prizes as well as to leave your legacy! Check out our poster for more information and the links to the rules to follow and submission.
Come and raise your sugar levels by making a purchase at our pop up cafe:)
BSE Society Team
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Darshinie Shanker, Year 12 Rosebery has impressed once again with her prowess in Chess!
Darshinie took part at the Agrobank National Scholastic Chess Championship 2023 during the weekend of 27-29 January. This tournament is the first event for 2023 organised by the Malaysian Chess Federation.
Darshinie took home the Bronze medal in the Under 17 Girls category with 5 wins and 1 draw out of 8 rounds.
It was a memorable event as the medal was presented to her by our new Youth and Sports Minister YB Puan Hannah Yeoh who also officiated the closing ceremony.
FOBISIA Swimming Event
A small team of four dedicated swimmers from ECiM attended the FOBISIA swimming invitational over the weekend of 28th and 29th January, hosted by Patana School in Bangkok, Thailand. A total of 740 swimmers took part from 23 schools from across Asia taking part in 3 full days of competition. This was the first swimming invitational that has been organized by FOBISIA since 2019 and excitement levels were high amongst competitors and coaches. The team had been dutifully prepared during CCA’s and morning swims that had been offered by Miss Dayang, who was poolside throughout to offer encouragement and feedback throughout the event.
Our expectations as a team were to swim with confidence, strive for personal best times and to refamiliarise ourselves with the feel of a big event. With a long event schedule and so many spectators, it would have been easy for students to have lost their focus. However, it was fantastic to see each team member rise to the challenge with three swimmers winning individual heats and all of the squad beating their entry times over the course of the weekend. Sophie, Year 10 Crawfurd, and Ethan, Year 9 Holman, recorded personal bests in 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke respectively. Kaelem, Year 8 Carr, swam with power and determination throughout finishing 27th out of 75 competitors in his age group for 50m Freestyle with a time of 29.72 seconds. Leo, Year 12 Granville, appearing in his first event for 3 years, showed tremendous discipline to win his 50m Backstroke heat which was one of the last events of the weekend.
Overall, it was a very successful and rewarding experience for everyone involved in the occasion. Being at the event with other Malaysian schools such as BISKL, KLAS and ISP, we are aiming to build on what we have learnt and be able to enter more swimming competitions in 2023 and beyond.
Director of Sport
The Mouratoglou Tennis Programme (MTP) at Epsom has been invited by the Belgium tennis team to spectate and learn during their training sessions and matches taking place as part of the Davis Cup in Seoul Korea from 31 January 2023 – 6 February 2023. It will be a wonderful experience for MTP’s student-athletes to gain first-hand experience of seeing professional tennis athletes train and compete.
Epsom’s MTP was proud to host a UTR Tournament recently with over 80 players in attendance from across Asia.
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Share Some Love!
We hope your 2023 is going well.
To start the second half term of term 2 off, Crawfurd is organising Valentine’s Day for all!
This is a fundraising event for the One Heart Foundation Malaysia, in the spirit of spreading love on Valentine’s day. All Crawfurdians are committed to supporting and funding this charity.
We will be baking cookies (butter, chocolate chip and smores), brownies as well as selling and delivering roses. If you would like to purchase any of these, please pre-order and pay in advance. They will then be handed out on the 14th of February.
You also have the option to attach a letter to any of the items you have purchased. Additionally, you will be able to remain anonymous if you choose to, therefore please don’t hesitate to send gifts to your special someone!
Share the love and enjoy something sweet!
Laekeisya, Yr 12 Crawfurd
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Poetry to Celebrate the Lunar New Year, by students in the Creative Writing CCA:
New Year Rhymes
What can be said in New Year rhymes
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new year’s come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.
By Yusi, Y8
Another year is coming to a close.
We can forget our troubles and woes.
For me, this year was tough.
It brought many emotions, was tearful and rough.
Now another year is approaching fast.
Let’s hope it’s a New Year with love and health; let’s hope it’s a blast.
May all of your dreams come true
And you find peace and love in all that you do.
May this world know the gentle sound of a hush.
May it calm all its anger and slow its pace from the rush.
May we all hear the sound of joy
And push away all that hurts, all that destroys.
The New Year I hope will be good to us all.
Care and calm, a helping hand when we fall.
Listen more, slow down, and say I love you.
Stop for a moment; take a breath, take in the view.
Appreciate your family; tell them you care.
Do something exciting, a thrill or a dare.
Enjoy all that the New Year may give.
We have but one life, so let’s learn to live.
It’s a New Year, a brand new start.
Always remember, live and love from your heart.
Wishing each and every one a year to behold,
And may it be full of wonders for you to unfold.
Love, hugs, and kisses too…
A very happy New Year from me to you.
By Yusi, Y8
New Year Wishes
Brush away old heartaches.
Learn from our mistakes.
Another year is finally over.
A new dawn awakes.
Let the old year out.
Welcome the new one in.
Bury the bad things of the past
As a new year now begins.
Make your New Year wishes
As simple as you can.
Pray for peace and love,
Not for wealth or fame.
Pray for health and happiness.
Pray for your fellow man.
Pray for all the ones you love.
Pray for those who’ve lost their way.
As the midnight hour chimes,
We leave the old and embrace the new.
I wish the things you wish for yourself,
And may God’s love stay with you.
By Anonymous Y8
As naked as the day,
I woke up to red lanterns, leading the return,
To expel dread,
Why is it so loud?
Not long after,
Voices full of laughter,
Welcome me home,
Red envelopes greet me,
Heavy and full,
“Don’t open it yet, though!”
As the slanting rays of the sleepy star gave a warm orange tinge to the sky,
Cheers – and tears screamed louder than words,
“The higher you toss, the greater your wealth and stronger health!”
A flood of fortune from a pocket of red,
We are in for a treat –
Happiness multiplies tenfold,
Gummy smiles as sweet as honey,
Greater would be better though…
When sharing a good meal,
The feeling of joy knocking,
Of the divine – laosang.
I could never imagine such a day
Introducing me to the unbelievable,
No words, not in the dictionary,
Can describe the smile on my face now.
By Vincent, Y8.
So nice to be able to meet in person!
Epsom Family Gathering in Tokyo, Japan
Epsom staff had the opportunity to meet up with 12 Epsom parents at a dinner hosted during a 2-day Epsom Fair in Tokyo, Japan recently. This event represented a great opportunity to reconnect with our Japanese parents face to face after two years of pandemic lockdown and enjoy a delicious meal and drinks together.
Past President of WakuWaku (one of the pioneer Japanese agents of Epsom), Ms Daisy gave a welcome speech to the families in attendance and introduced her successor, Ms Hitomi and Epsom staff. Every family then introduced themselves and their child’s name and year group as an icebreaker.
We all toasted with “Kampai!”, and enjoyed a meal together. Apart from enjoying the delicate and delicious Japanese food and drinks, we had the chance to meet parents with whom we had never before been able to meet face-to-face. It was wonderful to see Mrs Jenny Garnett, HMM of Carr House, taking pictures with the parents of students in her House. She had only been able to meet them via live call sessions from Malaysia previously.
All in all it was a wonderful event with a great atmosphere. The Epsom team hopes to have more such gatherings to be able to meet up with Epsom parents in different countries soon.
Ms Chew Kin Tan,