Headmaster's Welcome

Welcome to Issue 169 of our Friday Flyer Dear Reader!

Time has flown, and we have only two editions of our Flyer left before the end of this term. As always, we have enjoyed a busy and productive week at Epsom, as you can see from our Epsom Events  schedule. There have been rich and varied opportunities available to students, including student-led Academic Society events, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths) activities as part of STEAM week, sports, and music.

For those regular readers of the Flyer, you know that we seek to provide a holistic education that develops the whole child as an individual. While academic success is undoubtedly important, so is the ability to cope with pressure, set goals, manage time, and work effectively with others as part of a team. A student with an exceptional academic record who lacks interpersonal skills and crumbles under pressure will not thrive as an adult.

At Epsom, we provide many opportunities for students to develop as individuals, take risks, encounter new challenges, and learn to cope with failure, remaining focused and resilient to succeed in the long run. One way we foster these skills is through sports. With many options available, including swimming, squash, badminton, and more, we are excited to have launched three Sports Academies at Epsom for students to learn from and train with professionals. Whether opting for recreational or professional programs, launching these Academies was done with the aim of developing our students as people. Through sports, they learn to set targets, evaluate performance critically, learn from mistakes, and build strength of character and mind alongside physical strength.

Last week marked Key Stage Four Debate Week, and a standout moment occurred when a new debater, overcome with emotion, could have easily given up. I am immensely proud that she did not. The audience, her peers, rallied behind her, offering encouragement and applause. Witnessing this love and collegiality in the room as Headmaster was truly moving.

I am exceptionally proud of our students who embody resilience, determination, kindness, caring, and unwavering support for one another.

As Sameer, Year 12 Propert, stated in his article last week, "Children are 20% of the population but 100% of our future." We take our role as educators seriously. By shaping young minds and building their character, we shape and build a brighter future.

I hope that you enjoy the articles to come and wish you all the very best for your weekend.

Happy Reading and Happy Friday,

Matthew Brown,


Propert House Updates

Continuing our tradition of recognising excellence every half term, Propert House proudly enters the second round of presenting the highly coveted Propert Flag! Our previous awardee was HengChu and there was great excitement and a resounding round of applause as this half term's recipient, Kohaku from Year 11, received the flag!

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This term posed a challenge in selecting a recipient, given that all our Propertians are excelling in their academics, sports, music, and enjoy great camaraderie within the House.

Kohaku stands out not only for his academic achievements but also for his vibrant and friendly personality, valued by both staff and students in Propert. Consistently getting things right the first time, Kohaku can be found diligently working during prep time or extending a helping hand to his peers. His proactive involvement in events, both within and outside the school, is superb. Notably, Kohaku has never been late to morning registration – a feat worthy of applause.

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As a symbol of this accomplishment, Kohaku will proudly display the Propert Flag outside his bedroom for the upcoming half term. It serves not only as a well-deserved acknowledgment but also as a reminder to fellow students that he exemplifies the qualities many can aspire to.

Congratulations, Kohaku!

Mr. Richardson,
Housemaster, Propert House.

Crawfurd House Updates

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At Epsom we love setting challenges for our boarding community and Monkey Bay along with the beautiful coast of Port Dickson did not disappoint. The worries of everyday life receded as we set off on our 5km walk and exploration of the bay known as ‘The Hidden Beach’. Located down a steep hill, the path opens up into a quiet, small outstretch of white sand.

The students enjoyed playing in the sand, skimming stones, finding coconuts and taking photos. The lighthouse at the top of the trail was circulated by each group and many more paths for exploration could be seen.

Most students also experienced the local archery field and many hit the red target! Squeals of excitement and laughter made the day memorable for all.

Year 7 Emerging Writers

This half term our Year 7’s have been reading Animal Farm, by the seminal author George Orwell. In one moment of the novel the Russian Revolution of 1918 is shown. Orwell makes this moment memorable to his readers as the animals and humans fight in what he calls ‘The Battle of the Cowshed.’

Our Year 7 reporters imagined that they had seen the event and wrote these news reports to capture the revolutionary moment.

Remember everyone - 4 legs good, 2 legs bad.

Enjoy these emerging efforts from our budding Year 7 writers.

Shino - Wako

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Sean - Ryo

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Kiane - Nobu

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Jewel - Jolie

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Riona - Caroline

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Mr Kevin Hill,
Teacher of English and Head of EAL.

Epsom Art Competition

Ask yourself, the last time you drew a picture, were you successful? How do you know? I have come across children and adults in my career who believe they cannot draw. “Miss, I am terrible at drawing,” or “I'm rubbish at Art; I can't draw.”

Sometimes people may experience barriers to drawing as they may be too scared to draw, through fear of failure, lack of skills, or being compared to another artist. A colleague recently asked me the question: Are people born with natural drawing ability, is it a talent, or can you learn to draw well? It could be argued that some people are born with a more natural ability to draw realistically than others as they may focus on more specific details rather than the whole from an early age. However, from my experience of teaching children, I can see how the skill of drawing can over time improve drastically with practice, especially when the subject matter interests the child, as they are more likely to persevere through challenges.

There is a lot of research that argues the nature vs. nurture theory, and the same question could be applied to any greatness. Take Lionel Messi, for example. Was Messi born with his talent as a footballer? Many argue that he was born with a natural ability, creativity, and improvisation on the pitch that helped him achieve what only some footballers could dream of. But talent still needs practice; even Messi says it himself...

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Quoting Mr Brown from an early assembly in the year.


(Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard)

Language of Drawing

So how can we improve our drawing skills, or our confidence to give it a go, even in adulthood?  With reference to the quote from Giovanni Civardi from his book titled Drawing, A Complete Guide, he explains the language of drawing below…

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Drawing is a craft that can be learned as easily as any other; it is like a language describing the world visually using the vocabulary of line and tone. Like any other spoken language, it has a certain grammar and structure that can be learned.

When you start to draw, you may be clumsy, your pencil stumbling over lines as your tongue might stumble through a foreign phrase. Everybody struggles with drawing at first; some people enjoy the struggle and work through it, while others give up. The frustration that comes with drawing is part of the process; it encourages you to seek curiosity. Without a struggle, no learning would take place.

For me, the biggest challenge when teaching observational drawing skills is teaching pupils to draw what they see, not what they think they see. Pupils learning to really look and train their eyes to replicate what they observe through drawing mediums take time to reverse misconceptions and a skill to perfect, but it is not impossible! It requires resilience and hard work. Well done to Year 7 pupils who have worked hard, demonstrating the Epsom Characteristics this term and improving their drawing skills using still life as their inspiration!

Year 7 Still Life

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Celebrating Success

We would like to recognise and celebrate all our pupils who entered into our Inter House and Fobis Art Competition this term. It was great to see so many entries as part of this competition of “ perspective in space.”

Well done Everyone!

Ms Gemma Marsden,
Head of Epsom Art Department.

Design - Technology Updates

Year 8 & 9 students are about to complete a set of five Units covering areas such as Health & Safety, Sketching, VEX Virtual Robots, SCRATCH Game Design and Shapr3D. The skills developed and knowledge acquired now gives them a solid foundation on which to progress into Term 2 of Design Technology at ECiM. During Term 2 students will complete a Unit entitled Stationery Organiser. All students will move through a design cycle which includes drawing quick thumbnail sketches and then developing a selection of them into higher quality more detailed drawings. Students will then select one design to take forward to the construction phase at which time 3D designs will be produced using Shapr3D to visualise their project in higher detail. Students will use a programme called Makercase to develop NETS of their design and save them as DXF (Drawing Exchange Format) files which will enable them to be transferred over to the laser cutter before assembly and evaluation of their product.

Year 10 IGCSE students have been developing their sketching and 3D drawings skills once again using Shapr3D. These skills will be required as they move forward with their Project in Term 2 and 3 of Year 10. Students recently had an opportunity to review IGCSE Design Technology (Resistant Materials) Past Papers to familiarise themselves with the terminology used and style/layout of Paper 1 (Product Design) and Paper 3 (Resistant Materials). Card modelling is another important area of the Final Exam; as such, all students will be developing these skills in the Department.

Year 11 IGCSE students have now completed Criterion 1 (Identification of a need or opportunity with an analysis leading to a design brief), Criterion 2 (Research into the design brief resulting in a specification) and Criterion 3 (Generation and exploration of design ideas) of their Project with Criterion 4 (Development of proposed solution) due for completion on the 12th December. The full project is due for completion on the 15th March 2024 and in total seven Criterion will be completed.

Department development continues at a pace and a new A3 scanner/copier and laminator was recently delivered in addition to new tools and equipment.

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If you have any questions regarding the Design Technology programme at ECiM please do not hesitate to contact me:


Brian Thorburn
Design Technology Teacher

Epsom Medical Review Society

An important part of our Medical Review Society is contributing back to our community. Last Saturday, on 25th of November,  members of our Medical Review Society went to Little Flower Learning Centre to share First Aid training and how to undertake CPR. As we are a society passionate about transferring medical information with our community, it was an extremely meaningful time. Moreover, the Little Flower Learning Centre was such a fabulous place with smart, charming and kind children. We were so glad to see the children enjoying the session and we hope to conduct many more in the future!

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Above we see Kheeshan, Brayden, Stella and Damon working hard to explain everything they know!

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Oh No! We need to do CPR!!

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It is quite simple, right?

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Thank you everyone!! ^^

Best Wishes,

Young-Gyoum, Year 12 Granville,
President of Epsom Medical Review Society

Sean Returns to Parliament

I was recently invited to Parliament again, and this time, my invitation came from the Minister of Law and Institutional Reforms, YB Dato Sri Azalina Othman Said. When I arrived at the Parliament building, I was met by Ms. Deborah Chow, the Minister’s Press Secretary, who immediately whisked me away to Dato' Sri Azalina’s office and asked me to wait as the minister was in a meeting.

About half an hour later, the minister emerged from her office and walked over to me with her hand stretched out for a handshake. Dato’ Sri Azalina asked me to follow her, and as I walked beside her, she informed me that she was going to visit the UNICEF World Children’s Day display in the lobby of Dewan Rakyat. When we arrived, the minister introduced me to Mr. Robert Gass, the UNICEF Representative to Malaysia and Special Representative to Brunei Darussalam.

We observed numerous artworks created by Malaysian children, all centered around this year's theme: For Every Child, Every Right. I had the opportunity to ask and discuss the meaning and concept of the artwork with the artists, all around my age, which was great.

After the walkabout, Dato Sri Azalina, together with Dr. Farah Nini Dusuki, the Children's Commissioner in the Human Rights Council of Malaysia, sat down with me for a private chat. I was not feeling nervous at this point. Both of them made me feel at ease as they asked me questions about my past and present and what I would like to pursue in the future.

I spoke to them about my past as a foundling and how Datuk Dr. Hartini Zainudin, the founder of Yayasan Chow Kit, rescued me and introduced me to the people who eventually adopted me, the way I was raised, the values taught to me, and how I received the ASEAN Leadership Scholarship from ECM Libra to attend Epsom College. Dato Sri Azalina also inquired about the subjects I learn in school and the school's swim team.

I had the opportunity to speak about how the deinstitutionalization of children living in shelters benefited my life. Currently, foundlings in Malaysia automatically receive Malaysian citizenship. However, if the new bill, scheduled to be tabled in Parliament, is passed, foundlings will no longer be granted immediate citizenship and will have to apply for it—a process that takes an incredible amount of time, with no guaranteed success.

At the end of our meeting, the minister gifted me with two books: 'Politik Kandang,' a Malay version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, and a book about the history of the Bugis people in Johor, the state where I was born.

Sean, Year 9 Holman

Chemistry Department Updates

Practical lessons in science are essential for several reasons, as they offer students unique benefits that go beyond theoretical knowledge.

  1. Hands-On Learning: Practical lessons allow students to engage in hands-on learning experiences, providing a tangible understanding of scientific concepts. This tactile approach helps solidify theoretical knowledge and promotes a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
  2. Application of Theory: Practical experiments enable students to apply theoretical concepts in real-world scenarios. This application helps bridge the gap between abstract theories discussed in the classroom and their real-world relevance, fostering a more comprehensive understanding of science.
  3. Critical Thinking Skills: Practical lessons encourage the development of critical thinking skills. Students are required to analyze data, draw conclusions, and troubleshoot when experiments don't go as planned. This process helps enhance problem-solving skills, a crucial aspect of scientific inquiry.
  4. Promoting Curiosity and Inquiry: Hands-on experiments stimulate curiosity and encourage students to ask questions about the natural world. This curiosity-driven inquiry is at the heart of scientific exploration and discovery. Practical lessons empower students to actively seek answers to their questions.
  5. Skill Development: Science practicals often involve the use of laboratory equipment and techniques. Engaging in practical experiments helps students develop a range of skills, including laboratory skills, data analysis, and the ability to work collaboratively with peers.
  6. Memory Retention: Active participation in practical experiments enhances memory retention. The combination of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning elements helps reinforce concepts in multiple ways, making it more likely that students will remember and understand the material.
  7. Preparation for Real-World Challenges: Science is deeply embedded in real-world problem-solving. Practical lessons prepare students for future careers in scientific fields by honing their ability to investigate, analyze, and solve complex problems—a skill set that is highly valuable in various professions.
  8. Motivation and Engagement: Practical lessons can make science more enjoyable and engaging for students. The hands-on nature of experiments can spark interest and passion for the subject, motivating students to delve deeper into scientific exploration.
  9. Connecting Theory with Practical Applications: Practical experiments provide a tangible link between theoretical concepts and their practical applications. This connection helps students see the relevance of what they are learning and its impact on everyday life.

In our recent  core practical session on the reactions of metals with acids, students of Year 11 Chemistry worked on the reactions of various metals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Copper, Zinc and Aluminium with Hydrochloric acid (of two different concentrations) and Sulphuric acid.

In step 1, students poured 50 cm3 of 0.4 mol dm-3 HCl into a beaker.

In step 2, they added a couple of pieces of Calcium into the beaker and made note of the reaction observations.

They repeated the above steps for 0.2 mol dm-3 Sulphuric acid and were able to conclude which acid was able to react faster with Calcium.

In step 3, they used 1 mol dm-3 HCl and added Magnesium, Iron, Copper, Zinc and Aluminium in sequence to determine the order of reactivity of the metals.

The observations noted in these reactions were then used by students to derive conclusions based on the order of reactivity within this set of metals and analyse the chemical equations of the reactions involved.

The real-world applications of such reactions in processes such as the manufacture of metal products, protection of metal appliances against corrosion and wider use in metal extraction and the corresponding impacts on the global economy were discussed. Overall, students enjoyed this practical session and were also able to drive the progress of their learning further as evident in the pictures attached.

Mr. Mahesh Warrier
Head of Chemistry

Epsom Business Studies and Economics (BSE) Society

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Epsom English Department Updates

“You can make anything by writing.” - C.S Lewis

After lessons finish on Wednesdays and Thursdays, a handful of budding writers return to the English corridor, poised to exercise their imaginations and create. In a busy school, where time is precious, both Ms Kate Orpwood and myself revel in our respective Creative Writing CCA slots, where students participate in the age-old tradition of storytelling. In this week’s Friday Flyer, we celebrate the exceptional talent of some of our students by sharing their work. We hope you enjoy reading these pieces as much as we enjoyed witnessing the process of their creation.

The Art of Storytelling by Ethan Greiss

Stories were once tradition, a symbol of our culture. Ideas that reinforced civilization passed down from generation to generation which brought with it excitement and anticipation. Fables, folktales, myths and legends spread from door to door like Christmas lights and brought smiles that stretched across tiny, youthful faces. Children that used to bathe in the sun and dance in the flower fields shared their stories, which formed friendships. Families which once gathered around dining tables to share their stories, which brought an endless supply of laughter and joy.

Stories sparked across nations, told in different languages with varying beliefs. But it always brought the community together. Whether it was across a bonfire by an elderly to a group of anxious children with goosebumps scattered across their arms or through pages of a book with neat and cursive words scribbled in ink, people always shared their stories with love and interest, bringing together their history and identity. People even travelled from various parts of the world just to share their stories; a collection of several ancient myths that made us all feel connected and unified. 

Stories were once a form of therapy, where it allowed people to forget their troubles and lose themselves in a world of creativity and imagination. A place where they could forget that their troubles existed and just live. It gave hope for better times and solidarity and security in times of danger. Stories were a universal language on its own that made everyone belong no matter where they came from.

What now remains is a shadow of what stories once were. It could be argued that phones were the downfall of it all. Stories now existed through the bright flashes of our screens, showing people doing random things with their life that nobody really cared about.

Social media spread like an infectious drug, an addiction that caused many people to stay glued to their screens with no personal connection or life with anyone. Instagram now became the new site for storytelling, where people sharing fake snapshots about their life were admired and idolised by the younger generation. Our stories soon became a breeding ground for hatred, prejudice and discrimination, where bitter individuals shared their jealousy about the happiness in one’s life and complained about the lack of it in theirs.

Laptops, phones, ipads and various other electronic devices made our physical world an artificial one. A place for creeps to hide behind their screens and have fake agendas. With technology, it brought deception and manipulation to our once beloved tales.

Soon enough, world-famous stories were abandoned in the trash and lost through hushed voices in the wind. Our personal experiences and lives which were once cherished and cared upon, would now be discarded, like many other valuable relics.

And so I happen to wonder that our only knowledge of the ancient past remains within a few books in terrible condition, its pages old and withered, with the name and connection of the person long forgotten. And now my present will soon be someone’s past, preserved in an online google document. And soon my story will be forgotten, just like all the others.

Jonker by Annabel Rajah

In the heart of a microscopic town bordering the Malacca Strait during the 17th century, Jonker Walk was established. Till this day, the festivities and merriness of the beloved street still pulses through the veins of the loyal inhabitants of Malacca.

The street aged alongside its occupants. Bits and pieces of stories linger in the stained and peeling exteriors of the terraced double-storied houses that seemed to stretch on never-endingly. Despite the years of wear and tear of Malacca’s extreme heat and the annual rainy season not looked forward to by many, the bright colours of the buildings provide the bustling street with unmatched life and personality.

It is night when Jonker truly comes alive. Colourful lights dance along the street–a spectacle in itself to behold. Treats and sweets and toys are laid upon rows and rows of tables. The shouts of eager and enthusiastic shopkeepers settle as the default noise of the street, blending with the lively chatter of passersby. Passersby and tourists alike are attracted to the variety of stalls selling all sorts of unique ornaments and trinkets serving as a memory of their time here in the humble town of Malacca. 

Lai, lai, come and buy! Special offer!” an old uncle called out with a white towel draped around his neck, fanning himself with a ‘I Love Melaka’ fan in hand. “Ah boy! Come buy a keychain! Later when you go home you can remember Jonker!”

The little boy looked at the old uncle selling the keychains in bewilderment. He looked as if he were about to cry.

“Come, come. I won’t eat you!” the uncle teased. “Uncle will give you a discount!”

Timidly, the little boy walked towards the uncle’s stand. He held out a single 50 sen coin and placed it onto the uncle’s table. The uncle bared his crooked teeth in a smile and dropped the coin into a clear plastic tupperware with a red lid that suggested that prior to its current function as a money box, it was used to store biscuits.

“Come, come. Choose what design you want,” the uncle called out cheerfully, gesturing to the many keychains displayed before him.

The little boy’s eyes widened in brief shock, overwhelmed by the myriad of designs to choose from. He cautiously hovered his finger over the many choices spread out before him as his eyes ran through the selection and firmly settled on a small keychain showcasing the various sights of the state such as the Malacca River Cruise and Menara Taming Sari.

“You want this one ah?”

The little boy confidently nodded his head in affirmation and mouthed a soft ‘thank you’ as the uncle passed him his chosen keychain.

 “Good choice,” the uncle reassured. “Better keep nicely ah… Make sure to come again!”

The little boy catched up to his family, keychain in hand and waved goodbye to the uncle. He walked off happily with his new keychain alongside a memory that would definitely stick with him for a while.

The uncle sighed in content as he watched the little boy walk off. He dabbed the beads of sweat dripping down his forehead and smiled to himself.

Lai, lai. Come and buy!”

In Jonker, the night had only just begun.

The St Jude Project by Sameer Monn Suresh

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I don’t know what this is about. Our english teacher is making us write this time capsule, for some NASA project. They’re choosing one, out of billions, to be shot into the distant, empty space. There is something so tragic about this project. What are they going to achieve with this? I don’t know.

The last thirty-four NASA projects have failed, miserably so. They launched astronauts into space, looking to colonise a new planet, but were met with an unsurprising caveat: the unforgiving nature of space. Asteroids, meteoroids, lack of air, accidents, insanity ridden crewmates, trillions of dollars gone to dust.

I’m assuming if you find this. You’re probably an Alien. Some strange lifeforce that has evolved beyond the 3 dimensional confines of space. You have probably transcended dimensions and rendered all of Newton’s findings obsolete. Therefore, I am going to assume that there is a translation service of some sort on your planet.

It’s beautiful how they named this the St Jude Project. The Patron Saint of Hope and Impossible causes. I assume that your kind has evolved so much that it does not need any Gods or Deities or a heaven or a hell. I doubt you can even die. It's funny because the name of this project feels like a cry for help. They’ve given up. We’re running out of food. We’re running out of everything. There’s no more livestock, no more vegetables. The ground has turned too acidic to harvest anything, and the air is just so toxic that animals cannot live. We have to go out of the house in respirators so our lungs don’t fill with poisonous chemicals and we die a slow, painful death. My parents tell me that there were these things called “fish” when they were young, before the water levels started rising. It was first Italy, Venice, to be more specific, where the canals slowly tipped against the edge, and soon began to overflow, to spill over. We, human beings, bent nature to our will. We robbed mother nature of her health, and now we have nothing left to sustain her. Through the workings of greed, industrialization, we released virulent gases into the air, polluting the atmosphere, and then the land, and then the water. I can only dream about how lovely it would have been to swim with fishes all around me. Sometimes, when I close my eyes, I dream of the open waters, of their inherent violence, how they crash against the hulls of unsuspecting ships, how they throw them into rocks, and how they guide ships back to shores.

I think the beautiful part about being a human being at this point in time, as the world tethers on its own unbecoming, when the earth cannot sustain itself anymore, is that we still have the endearing spirit to keep on living. We built mega-skyscrapers, tearing against the blood-red sky, to house the millions of people left. When the odds are completely against us, we still find the courage to keep on living. I think that is the beauty of the St Jude Project. The world changed so much over the course of the last 50 years. People lost their homes, their families, their livelihoods. It started with the acid rain. The clouds got so polluted that it began to rain down strong acid, which corroded buildings and destroyed infrastructure, and even killed people. Then there was the water turning hazardous, and the air being filled with cyanide and chemicals. Slowly, the flora and fauna began to go extinct, marking the sombre beginning of the end of the Human Race.

My family and I now live in Project Lazarus, a programme developed by the government to keep the human population safe and to maintain continuity. Mega-skyscrapers, all towering in height, putting the former Burj Khalifa to shame, housing at least 500,000 people per building. In my section, Jophiel, I have a school, a teacher, and everything there needs to be for sustaining human life. The windows are just artificial screens, because there is nothing left to be seen outside. We get fake sunlight and synthesised food.

Thousands of years ago, the people here launched a space probe, for interstellar travel. It's called the Voyager I, and I hope you’ve found it. On the probe there is a golden record. When we launched it, we knew that at some point, it would leave the solar system. So we took a gamble. We attached a record of ourselves onto the probe, just in case an intelligent life form found it, and could decipher it. We recorded voices, voices of mothers, of fathers, of children saying hello, in multiple different languages. We recorded singing. Rock, Opera, contemporary classical. We recorded brainwaves, the sounds of animals, the sounds of rain. It has an image of earth, labelled “home”. There is an image of a father holding his daughter, of a woman eating a grape in a supermarket. It does not contain images of war, of pain, of the torturous ordeals of living.  The project was spearheaded by Dr Carl Sagan, and he recorded the brainwaves of his wife, Ann Druyann, who was in love with him. As they recorded her brainwaves, she thought of her husband, and her love for him. We didn’t just send out into the jaws of the unforgiving cosmos the sounds of our world, we sent out the very fire that burns in our bones. We sent out the very reason we are alive: love. In the hope that someday, somewhere, something can interpret it and feel what we feel. Even if the voyager has not reached you, thinking about it now, it says a lot about the human race, our faith and our love, and our ambition to reach beyond the stars. It would be 10,000 years ago that it entered a new planetary system. With little to erode it in space, it is floating silently, small. Now, it feels as if we scattered the ashes of love across the stars.

Humanity is at the brink of extinction. That is the gist of it. I am an 18 year old boy, writing to whoever is reading this – for help. The human race needs your help, and we call out to you, by nothing but the power of the unwavering human spirit, to send help. Send help as fast as you can. Help us save our home. St Jude is the patron saint of Hope and Impossible Causes. We call out to you in the spirit of Hope, and of Love. And if you find this too late, if we have returned to our earthly bindings, keep us in remembrance. Go out there and find the Golden Record. Goodbye, dear friend.

The Place I Call Heaven by Lakshmi Aishwarya

In a forest of concrete blocks,

I wished instead I had the wind in my hair.

Azure seas and clear skies,

What really does it feel like?

To have a place to call heaven.


A world of happiness,

I crave the need for more.

So I set out far and wide,

in the hope of finding

a place to call heaven.


I had nothing to find,

or so I thought.

Was I taking for granted,

everything that I had been granted?

For it simply is not what I thought was heaven.


I feel entranced by the restless spirit I created from within me,

and fail to escape from the shackles that hold me,

or is it that I chose to not break free?

For I believe that I hold the key,

To unlocking the doors of heaven.


Heaven is the spiciness of masala chai that tickles my nose.

Heaven is the feeling of being able to find footing after a long day.

Heaven is the heart and soul being poured out in exchanged laughter.

Heaven is the reassurance by ones held dear.

Heaven has always been here.


Mrs Georgie Prestidge,
Head of Epsom English Department.

Epsom Key Stage 5 Aquathlon

Our Aquathlon tested the grit and determination of our students across Key Stage 3, 4 and 5! It was wonderful to see our students cheering each other on as they rose to the challenge of this event…

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Key Stage 5:

Epsom Science Fair

Last Friday, Epsom School was buzzing with excitement as the brilliant minds of Year 7 and 8 students took centre stage in a spectacular Science Fair. The event showcased the exceptional work of these young scientists who demonstrated a remarkable blend of creativity, innovation, and scientific prowess. The stakes were high as the students awaited judgement on the Epsom School learning characteristics, and the esteemed panel of judges, including Avis Parker, Deputy Head of Academic; Jane Rouson, Head of Prep School; and Michael Shearman, Head of KS3, had the challenging task of selecting the best projects.

The atmosphere was charged with anticipation as students meticulously arranged their projects, each one a testament to weeks of hard work, curiosity, and a passion for discovery. The Science Fair provided an interactive platform for students to present their findings not only to their peers but also to their parents and teachers.

Avis Parker, with her keen eye for academic excellence, Jane Rouson, the visionary leader of the prep school, and Michael Shearman, the Head of KS3, formed the formidable trio tasked with evaluating the students' projects. Their combined experience and expertise promised fair and insightful judgement.

The variety of projects on display was nothing short of astounding. From measuring different wavelengths in light to highlighting the problem of plastic pollution in protecting our environment, the students explored a myriad of scientific disciplines. Creativity was the order of the day, with students showcasing not only their scientific knowledge but also their inventive thinking.

As the students eagerly awaited their turn to present, the judges roamed the exhibition hall, engaging with the young scientists and asking insightful questions. The Epsom School learning characteristics were the benchmark for evaluation, encompassing qualities such as curiosity, resilience, and collaboration. Each project was scrutinised not only for scientific accuracy but also for the students' ability to articulate their methods, overcome challenges, and work as a team.

Finally, the moment of truth arrived as the judges, with thoughtful deliberation, announced the winners. The excitement in the room was palpable as rosettes were awarded to the students who had truly embodied the essence of Epsom School's learning characteristics.

We would like to congratulate all our students for their hard work and, in particular, the following students for being awarded Epsom learning characteristic awards;

Curiosity - Adam and Chanwon

Resilience - Anna, Eunice, Siha and Yuzuki

Organisation - Hanon and Sora

Attention - Dana and Hayley

Creativity - Sean, Nobu, Ryo and Luis

Thinking - Zannis, Moon & Abby

Reflectiveness - Lili, Anna and Angela

Collaboration - Oscar, Kimora, Sarah, Kei and Mason

Our Year 7 and 8 Science Fair at Epsom School was a resounding success, highlighting the remarkable potential of the young minds within the school community. The event not only celebrated scientific inquiry but also emphasised the importance of fostering a passion for learning and discovery. As the winners basked in their well-deserved glory, the entire school community left inspired, eagerly anticipating the next wave of groundbreaking projects from these budding scientists. The future of Epsom School is undoubtedly bright, with these young innovators leading the way!

We look forward to announcing the overall winners of the Science Fair, as judged by our Science Department, during the assembly later this week.

By Ms Louise Madeley & Mrs Ellen Crann
Head of Science
Key Stage 3 Science Coordinator

Marvelous Music

Dear All,

I am excited to be performing with MPYO on Wednesday 13 Dec 2023, 8.30pm at DFP (Dewan Filharmonik Petronas). The tickets are now on sale, please see link below :

I received complimentary tickets as an MPYO member and have had the opportunity to attend two MPO concerts this week on Saturday and Tuesday - Sibelius Violin Concerto and Malaysian Chamber Showcase at DFP.

I have also been busy with back to back rehearsals for the Swan Lake production with SSYO this Sunday and I am excited to share that I will be performing a violin solo for Black Swan!

Some of my friends and family have bought tickets to the concert too - Sora, Yuzuki, Adrienne and Yuka  

Thanks and regards,


Mouratoglou Tennis Programme Updates

Dear Epsom community Members,

🌟 We are thrilled to announce that our tennis stars are set to shine at the prestigious Penang International Open Tournament, representing Mouratoglou Tennis Programme at  Epsom College with pride and skill. We are proud to be sending ten exceptional athletes to compete against the best in Asia.

🌐 Meet our Elite Team:

  • Shino
  • Riona
  • Eva
  • Caroline
  • Jaehun
  • Rishvan
  • Yordan
  • Jake
  • Kyra
  • Charlotte

🏆 The Penang International Open is a highly anticipated event, drawing top talent from across Asia. Our team has been diligently preparing for this challenge, and we couldn't be prouder of their dedication and hard work.

☘️ Wishing our athletes the best of luck as they step onto the courts to showcase their talent and sportsmanship.

📅 Save the date and stay tuned for updates as our team takes on the competition in Penang

Best regards,

The Epsom MTP Team

So, Dear Reader,

Thank you for reading our Epsom Friday Flyer and we wish you all the very best for a restful weekend.

Happy Friday from us all at Epsom.


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