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Welcome to Issue 175 of our Epsom Friday Flyer, Dear Reader,

We hope that you have enjoyed a productive week and that you are looking forward to the weekend.

We have been busy as our Epsom Events show!

Recently, Ms. Archibald, our Head of Mathematics, delivered a thought provoking assembly shedding light on the Power of Mathematics and its pervasive influence in the world.

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Ms. Archibald opened her presentation by asking students whether  they believe that there is a secret society that controls the world. Surprisingly, she revealed that, indeed, there is such a society, and its members are none other than mathematicians.

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Notable figures like Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos were highlighted as examples of individuals wielding the power of mathematics.

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The assembly emphasised the crucial role of mathematics and numeracy in preparing students for future leadership and responsibility. Ms. Archibald delved into the core of this importance by presenting nine mathematical equations that serve as the foundation for social media, marketing, sports, popular culture, and technology.

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Among the highlighted equations were the Advertising Equation, the Reward Equation, the Betting Equation, the Learning Equation, the Influencer Equation, the Marketing Equation, the Confidence Equation, and the Judgement Equation. Each equation, Ms. Archibald explained, plays a pivotal role in shaping various aspects of our lives.

To illustrate the practical applications of these equations, she referenced well-known entities such as Netflix, Google, and YouTube. Ms. Archibald emphasised how understanding these equations allows individuals to navigate complex scenarios and make informed decisions in diverse fields.

An intriguing example was the application of the Judgement Equation, which she demonstrated by evaluating the likelihood of someone being mean based on a derogatory comment.

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Through this equation, she revealed a 5% chance of the person being characterised as mean, showcasing the predictive power of mathematical models.

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Additionally, Ms. Archibald explored the Reward Equation in relation to stable and unstable rewards, highlighting its impact on happiness and productivity. The presentation exemplified the real-world applications of mathematical concepts, emphasising the practicality of classroom learning.

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The importance of these skills in the eyes of elite universities was underscored, as the ability to apply mathematical knowledge in real-world contexts is highly valued during the admissions process.

In conclusion, Ms. Archibald's enlightening presentation emphasised the profound impact of mathematics on our daily lives. As we strive to empower our students for future success, cultivating mathematical skills proves to be an indispensable asset, opening doors to leadership, innovation, and a deeper understanding of the world around us.

Matthew Brown,

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A Message from our Leadership Team, Mrs Kate Fowler, Deputy Headteacher Pastoral

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We are delighted to announce the reinstatement of our Peer Support Programme at Epsom College.

The Peer Support Programme serves as a crucial student support initiative, equipping our students with the skills to assist their peers facing challenges related to well-being or mental health. To qualify as Peer Mentors, students underwent a thorough application process and received training conducted by our School Counselor, Ms. Pajan.

Given that discussions on well-being and mental health are integral components of our tutor and PSHE program, the expansion of our Peer Mentor Programme aims to foster a school culture where open conversations about feelings are encouraged. Our objective is to cultivate a proactive and preventive approach, moving away from reactive responses only during crises.

This initiative helps destigmatize discussions about well-being, enabling young people to learn positive coping strategies from their peers. It provides a platform for sharing worries and concerns that may otherwise hinder them from approaching an adult. Our Peer Mentors are adept at recognizing when adult intervention is necessary and regularly consult with Ms. Pajan to address any concerns they may have.

The Peer Support Team offers a non-judgmental and understanding ear, trained to assist and guide their peers in a friendly and approachable manner. Recognizing that many young people seek support only when in crisis, our aim is to encourage skill development and seek help before reaching a critical point. We aspire to see our students flourish, fostering a positive environment that contributes to their success and overall well-balanced lives.

A Message from our Peer Support Mentors

A peer support mentor is exactly what the name suggests. From peer to peer, we have the responsibility to support each other. Therefore, given the large student population in this school, it was decided that forming a team of experienced mentors was necessary for the sake of students' well-being. Our mentors are from various year groups, ranging from year 9 to year 12, allowing students to choose a mentor they are more comfortable talking with. Having enough mentors ensures that at least one mentor is available when necessary and makes them easily approachable. Our team consists of Soi Men, Jaden , Sawa, Young-Gyoum, Eugene, and myself—Athena. Over the course of the first term, all the mentors have been trained by the school counselor, Ms. Pajan. With her expertise, this ensures that all mentors remain professional but also develop communication and listening skills. Rather than giving uneducated advice, we are lending our ears.

All the mentors strongly advocate for taking care of one's mental health. Aside from physical health, mental health plays such an important role in our lives because it can affect the way we feel, act, and think. I had a personal experience with counseling, which brought me great guidance when I felt extremely lost and stressed. My counselor at that time was not only able to help me become more self-aware of the emotions I was feeling but also suggested healthy coping mechanisms that personally work for me. To this day, I feel extremely thankful to her, which is why I also want to become a mentor to give back to the community. Providing guidance and comfort to others in a similar situation is the aim of our mentors.

As peer support mentors, we want to create a safe space and environment that allows students to talk about their feelings without being judged, while prioritizing the confidentiality and privacy of the students. Therefore, we aim to provide comfort to any student in need and also reassure parents that their kids are in safe hands. We stand by the belief to treat our fellow schoolmates as family and with respect.

Best wishes for the weekend,

Peer Support Mentor

Holman House Updates

This week, the spotlight was on two of our outstanding Y9 students, Ayumu and Soichiro, who seized the extraordinary opportunity to perform at the prestigious Dewan Filharmonik Petronas concert hall in KLCC. Mr. Crann emphasised the rarity of such an opportunity, deeming it a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our students. This concert hall, renowned as the largest in Malaysia and celebrated across Asia, boasts a distinctive shoe box shape that enhances its natural acoustic qualities, thanks to an arched perforated metal ceiling allowing sound to reverberate to an upper ceiling.

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Ayumu and Soichiro graciously took a moment to share their feelings about this enchanting experience. In preparation for the concert, our students dedicated substantial time to intensive rehearsals, sacrificing part of their free time to ensure they were thoroughly prepared for the grand event. Their commitment to their passion was truly commendable.

Reflecting on the day, Soichiro reminisced, “We took the bus to Kuala Lumpur, everything went smoothly except for a bit of car sickness on my part. Upon arrival at the venue, we headed to the back of the house for lunch, enjoying sandwiches and a brief respite. Rehearsing on stage was awe-inspiring. The unique and beautiful shape of the room, particularly the domed roof, took us by surprise initially. The rehearsal was enjoyable, and we all performed exceptionally well."

Ayumu added, “Our performance went flawlessly, with no wrong notes played. It was a great feeling! We played four pieces, took some pictures afterward, and headed home directly.”

Soichiro chimed in, “We were exhausted; I tried to stay awake on the bus watching my phone, but sleep overtook me swiftly."

When asked if they would want to relive the experience, both Ayumu and Soichiro enthusiastically exclaimed, “Oh yes! Initially, we hesitated due to the amount of work and effort involved. However, if given another opportunity to perform in front of a large audience in such a beautiful venue, we wouldn't think twice!”

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In response to whether they experienced stress, both students looked at each other and shared, “We were not very stressed, as we are accustomed to performing in large concert halls. Moreover, the presence of many children in the audience created a relaxed atmosphere. Practicing extensively beforehand contributed to our confidence. We recommend practicing as much as possible, gaining confidence through experiences like competitions and concerts.”

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A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the dedicated teachers in the music department, as well as Mr. Brown and Mr. Goh, for accompanying our students on this remarkable journey. In closing, the unwavering dedication of Ayumu and Soichiro, combined with the outstanding support from our music department teachers and the invaluable companionship of Mr. Brown and Mr. Goh, made this experience truly unforgettable. We extend our sincere thanks to all involved and eagerly anticipate future opportunities for our talented students to shine on the grand stage.

Mr Laurent Larburu,
Housemaster, Holman House

Holman Community Outreach Project

#HolmanBDD, a call to action to impact a peer community

Sean writes:

On November 18 last year, I attended UNICEF’s Young Leaders’ Showcase and learnt about many topics regarding children in Malaysia. Teenagers and youths from ages 15 to 28 years old conducted workshops on child protection, mental health, education and climate change. I was the youngest person at the whole day event and I learnt a lot. The topic that interested me the most was education. There are policies in Malaysia, regarding education and health that are really unfair to children who are stateless or if they are refugees.

I remember this subject because of my two friends, they are brothers, who were unable to attend school due to not having proper citizenship documentation. I met them again recently when I volunteered at the Yayasan Chow Kit safe house, where I used to live before I was adopted. They told me that they were currently schooling at ElShaddai Refugee Learning Centre in Klang.

This got me thinking, and I planned a visit there with my fellow Holman friends, Keevaan and Luis

Keevaan writes:

We visited the ElShaddai Refugee Learning Centre (ERLC) in Klang on December 28, 2023. We were met at the entrance by Mr. Mason Tan, the Deputy Head of Social Work as well as the community counsellor at ERLC. He gave us a tour of the whole building including sections like the common room, assembly room, the special centre of learning for older children and youths who are left behind education-wise, and the training centre for air conditioning service which provides a way for refugees and stateless youths to gain important skills to make a living. 

Mr. Mason gave us an incredibly elaborate and detailed presentation about the history and achievements of ERLC. We were fascinated by the vast contribution the centre has given to the community. He told us of the recent accomplishments of the centre such as winning multiple awards, being recognised and supported by UNICEF.

When it was our turn to speak, we presented a vision board containing what we believe is a good idea for a donation drive (not money but in kind) that will benefit all the children, teens and youths in ERCL. We, from Epsom College, want an opportunity to use our own position of privilege to help and give them something that will definitely impact them in a great way!

After our presentation, Mr. Mason took us to another facility, the main school, where 2000 children attend to learn. Because we were at the school during Christmas break, we did not get to meet the students but Mr. Mason showed us a vegetable garden and multiple containers where fish was being raised for food. The centre, on a normal school day, provides meals for at least 1000 students.  

Luis writes:

What is a stateless person? 

According to UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees), “A stateless person is someone who is not recognized as a citizen or a national under the laws of any country and, consequently, cannot enjoy the rights that are associated with citizenship. For most people, nationality is determined by place of birth, parentage or a long-term residence in a country. Some people are born stateless, but others become stateless.” In other words, a stateless person is someone who is not recognised as a citizen, or national, in the country they live in. They do not have an official nationality and country. This results in them not having the rights that anybody else who is legally in country would have; including basic rights like shelter, medical and education. It is as if these people do not officially exist.

How does someone become stateless?

Unfortunately, it is easier than you think. Imagine a baby is born in a country to parents who are not nationals. That baby may not be recognised as a citizen in the country they are born nor by the country in which their parents are from. This baby is born stateless.

What is a refugee?

According to UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees), “A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.” For example, there is a terrible civil war in Syria, causing many Syrians to escae the country for fear of persecution.  These people travel to other countries as refugees escaping a civil war.

Sean writes:

Equality is not the same as equity. If we want to ensure there is equality for all, we must firstly, work to ensure acts of equity are in place to help a person, groups of people and entire communities to have access to the same opportunities like the rest of us. 

Equality is about everyone, no matter what age or status, having the same rights, like the right to education.

Unfortunately, because of a person's status and due to laws in some countries, that right is denied to many. Refugees and the stateless have no access to public education (or healthcare) in Malaysia, because they are not citizens. NGOs like ERLC, through donations and sponsors are able to make equitable adjustments to provide education to refugees and the stateless. 

Holman House wants to be part of this movement to provide an effective tool for our peer community (group of people in our age group) to grow together. 

I heard a speaker at the showcase say, "We may be 30% of the present but we will be 100% of the future.". We are leaders of the future and it is important that we ensure peer communities grow and move forward with us through acts of equity.

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Keevaan writes:

Sean and I are Year 9 students and we are the project leaders for #HolmanBDD while Luis (Year 7) will be actively shadowing us so that he will learn for future housemates to carry on the legacy of impacting peer communities for Holman House. 

We have approached teachers to come in as consultants. Mr. Larburu, our house master and Mr. Baloyo, our AHMM, are involved to guide the house steer this project. 

We are honoured to announce that the Interact Club of Epsom College has taken a bold stand to support #HolmanBDD. Their support would mean the project will now be school-wide. 

We are looking for more volunteers to come forward to support us. If you are interested in helping a peer community through an act of equity, you can contact either Sean or me via email to

Luis writes:

We want to help our peer community in ERLC and we want to bring #HolmanBDD to the whole school. Look out for our team of advocates and communicators from February 19 to March 17. 

We are really excited and will write more in the coming weeks! 

by Sean Z, Keevaan M and Luis G, Holman House

Carr House News

"It is always such a joy to welcome new students to Carr. When newcomers arrive, we encourage current students to reflect on their own first day at Carr and recall what it felt like for them. This practice helps foster empathy among current students, inspiring them to be welcoming and caring to those who are new to Carr House.

Here are some thoughts shared by our new students regarding their experiences so far:

"My experience at Carr has been positive. I particularly enjoy spending time in the sports hall over the weekends. Initially, adapting to the school life here required effort, but now I am truly relishing my time in Carr House. The experiences I've had so far have contributed to making me stronger. Currently, my goal is to advance in my English class, so I am putting in my best effort every day."

Treasure, Year 8

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“ Basically, this is my first experience to leave my parents for a long time. I did experience homesickness but my friend helped me to think more about the fun things. I thought being in a boarding house would be like being in a jail but Carr house is not a jail and it feels like I got a new family. My housemates and Carr staff is all my family.”

Ryoga, Year 8

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"Every day, I find myself having fun. On my first day at Epsom and Carr, I was quite nervous, but to be honest, many people helped me feel at ease. When I was unsure about the location of the Maths classroom, several people guided me to find it. I've noticed that there are genuinely nice students here. In terms of tennis, I feel that I've improved significantly, and overall, I've learned many valuable things since coming to Epsom. It turns out, it was the best choice for me."

An, Year 7

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“I was welcomed as a Carr House student and I felt like I was meeting my old friends again. I feel comfortable now staying at Carr with my new friends.”

Linghao Zhang, Year 7

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“When I first came to Epsom and Carr I was nervous but so many people were welcoming and they helped me find my classes. Now I am very comfortable at Carr.”

Sachivan, Year 8

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“During my time in Carr House I felt the enthusiastic care of my teachers and classmates so I didn’t feel too embarrassed as a new student in a strange environment. I believe that in the future at Epsom I will be able to use this kind of enthusiasm as I grow more and more in the environment.”

Linkai, Year 8

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“ When I entered Epsom College Malaysia all I felt was anxiety but after a week I started enjoying my school life. I will continue to do my best at Epsom College.”

Yuki, Year 8

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“I joined Epsom less than a month ago and the first time I walked in all I felt was nervousness like anyone would. However, all my new friends in Carr and Epsom have made me comfortable here and I’m really happy to be here today.”

Siddhaarth, Year 9

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"At first, I felt a bit confused as the buildings seemed tall, and my luggage was quite heavy. Upon reaching my room, I was pleasantly surprised to find one of my friends whom I had met at the airport. Discovering that Carr was a mixed-gender house added to the excitement of living here. The teachers have been exceptionally kind and helpful. In my class, there are many Carr boys, and on the ground floor, we have a piano and table tennis. It's enjoyable to hear both Carr boys and Rosebery girls playing the piano, creating a pleasant atmosphere. With only a small number of girls in Carr House, I believe it contributes to a more friendly and close-knit environment."

Yoonseo, Year 8

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“I am enjoying living in Carr House because I have friends and enjoy the boarding trips on the weekends. I went to Tadom Hills with my friends. I played on the waterslide, boat rafting and swimming. We also ate some delicious food. I have also enjoyed the house activities - Bingo, table tennis and sport. I did not know that Carr was for girls too but it is fun. It is fun because the students and teachers are so kind. This makes me love Carr House and want to live at Carr House.”

Lisa, Year 8

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“The food at school is delicious! I enjoy being in Carr House because the teachers are very nice. I also enjoy celebrating many things with my friends and eating pizza together with the Carr prefects and my friends made me feel very happy. Epsom is also a really big school.”

Suri, Year 6

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“I was lonely because I was away from my parents but my friends have gotten along well with me and I enjoy every day.”

Yuki, Year 7

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“A lot has happened in the last few weeks that I have been at Epsom.It was fun at times but also tiring but overall I think it was more fun. At first I was very scared and worried about whether I would make friends. However from the second day onwards there was a kid who was playing the same game as me and I was so happy and the time we spent together was fun and fulfilling. We are in all the same classes and we are now good friends.Although my classes are different from other kids, I enjoy eating meals with them and speaking with them in the dormitory.

Jumpei, Year 7

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A very warm welcome to you all, we are so pleased you have joined the Carr family. We hope you will have many happy years here at Epsom College in Malaysia.

Mrs Jennifer Garnett
Housemistress, Carr House

A Message from our Computer Science Department

Exam season is rapidly approaching. What I anecdotally call the ‘post-christmas’ panic is more formally referred to as the run up to the May/June examinations, both IGCSE and A Level. By now, students should have completed the vast majority of their syllabus coverage and ought to be using past papers heavily to prepare for the examinations. Many alarmist articles and education-related magazines paint a damning picture of schools that ‘teach to the test’ and abandon more ‘student centered’ approaches. This allegedly somehow damages students' well being and cruelly deprives them of a rich, inspirational and ‘all round’ learning experience.

What I have seen over the course of nearly 20 years is students thriving in year 11 and year 13 when they are ‘taught to the test’. At this point in a student’s learning journey, most students will be asking ‘what do I need to do to succeed in my exams’ or similar. This is teaching, and learning, to the test; and students in their exam years both need and want this. Students make so much progress in their learning when they can confidently put the skills, knowledge and understanding they have acquired over the course of their IGCSE and/or A level study to the test using past exam papers.

Those that have studied and prepared are rewarded with the confidence boost of knowing that their hard work has been worth it. Those that have worked less hard get a soft wake up call to study harder; much better to get this now than in the actual exam! Currently in computer science, students are writing algorithms over and over using past papers to test their programming abilities with several months to go before they sit their exams. They will be more than prepared for their exams; building both the familiarity with the types of questions that may be asked, the format of the questions and how they change year upon year, and also the skills and knowledge to answer them confidently and successfully.

Currently in computer science lessons, years 11, 12 and 13 are tackling past paper questions to test their programming skills and ability to write algorithms. We are studying mark schemes and analysing where marks are awarded at an almost forensic level to try to ensure that students are not only confident with the subject content, but how to apply it in the exams to ensure maximum marks.

Mr Richard Lord,
Head of Computer Science

A Message from our Business Studies & Economics Department

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In the past week, teams from Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 enrolled in the Harvard Crimson Global Case competition (regional round). It is the first time Epsom participates in this event, thus we take pride in having entered six teams. This competition, typically for university students, challenges ambitious students to collaboratively act as consultants to solve a top global business challenge. This year, students tackled Shopee's expansion strategy, utilizing their existing knowledge and conducting research beyond the curriculum to develop business strategies addressing Shopee's challenge. Succinctly, in a 12-slide deck, students captured their solutions by forecasting a wide range of sales, costs, and revenue, thus combining their knowledge of Accounting, Economics and Business. The time pressure added to the challenge as they worked to solve this problem.

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This opportunity is one of many that Epsomians are exposed to. Thus, learners are encouraged to seize these enrichment opportunities, as they enhance collaboration, critical and creative thinking, among other skills. These experiences build students' character, cultivate curiosity, and quench their thirst for deep learning.

Here’s what our students thought of the competition:

Hong Min Year 11: “I have a burning passion for business and this event truly fulfilled my craving for real life business experiences.

Yunju Year 11: “It was a special opportunity to collaborate with and learn real-world business challenges, and express critical thinking and innovative solutions on a global stage.”

Ashley Y12: “This is the first time I joined a case study competition. This competition challenged me to improve my leadership skills and time management, as we had limited time to complete 🙂 “

Kelsie Year 11: “ I learned to trust my teammates and to not panic at the start; break a big assignment into smaller steps.”

Shan Wei Year 11: This is truly an experience I will never forget and hope that my team will advance into the next stages and win.

The BSE Instant Happiness Cafe

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The BSE Society Presents

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A Message from our Chemistry Department

Rates of Reactions Experiment in Chemical Kinetics-Year 10 Chemistry

As a student progresses through their high school education, they will encounter various scientific concepts that will both challenge and expand their understanding of the world around them. In Year 10 Chemistry, students recently delved into the fascinating realm of chemical kinetics, exploring the rates at which chemical reactions occur. One key experiment in this field involves investigating the factors influencing the rate of a reaction.

Chemical kinetics is the branch of chemistry that focuses on the speed at which chemical reactions occur and the factors influencing their rates. This field is crucial in understanding real-world applications, such as medicinal formulation, environmental processes, and industrial production. By engaging in hands-on experiments like the rates of reactions investigation, students gain a practical understanding of these fundamental concepts.

In the rates of reactions experiment completed in one of the previous sessions with Mr Warrier, students completed a reaction and investigated how changing certain factors affected the rate of that reaction. Common factors include concentration, temperature, surface area, and the presence of catalysts. The goal was to gather data, analyse trends, and draw conclusions about the relationship between these factors and reaction rates.

After collecting experimental data, students celebrated the discoveries and lessons learned during the experiment. If the results aligned with predictions, students discussed why. If unexpected outcomes occurred, students were encouraged to explore possible explanations and embrace the learning opportunity.

The rates of reactions experiment in Year 10 Chemistry was a valuable journey of exploration and discovery for students. As seen in the accompanying pictures, in Chemistry, students are actively engaging in their learning process, providing a supportive environment to each other, and exploring the real-world significance of chemical kinetics.

Mr Mahesh Warrier
Head of Chemistry

Epsom Cancer Research Society

Dear all,

As we bid farewell to the Cancer Research Society, the Board of Directors wishes to express our gratitude for the incredible journey we've had together. In this email, we would like to share some memorable images from the events we organised this year and celebrate the achievements that made our society's brief existence truly impactful.

We kicked off our journey by inviting the National Cancer Society to conduct an enlightening Epsom Live Talk. Dr. Jason Chin, our esteemed host, delivered an engaging speech about cervical cancer awareness. The highlight of the talk was Dr. Jason's enthusiasm and patience, evident in his trivia questions that came with sticker packs for those who actively participated.

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Reflecting on the inception of our society, it all began in the second week of school when Christabelle approached me to create a society for cancer research—a challenge I willingly embraced. Amidst the rigor of the fast-track A-level program, this society became a platform for learning effective communication to a large audience and honing professional interaction skills.

In just half a year, we accomplished everything we set out to do. From running through boarding houses during registration to promote the Speech Competition to squeezing in meetings into our busy schedules, these moments are etched in my memory, cherished forever.

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Before arriving at Epsom, my aspiration was to create something meaningful. Epsom, known for providing diverse opportunities, inspired me to establish the Cancer Research Society. In the second week, Elsa and Maize joined me on this journey. Despite our limited experience, we overcame challenges, learning to communicate effectively, write formal emails, and adhere to Epsom's society protocols.

Balancing academics with event planning and weekly GC talks presented its own set of challenges, but as a team, we navigated through them. The Epsom Live Talk stands out as a defining moment, marking our successful communication with external parties and the rewarding experience of seeing people show interest in learning about cancer.

As we close this chapter, we extend our heartfelt thanks to the students and teachers who supported us throughout our society's timeline. Your encouragement played a crucial role in our success.

Thank you for taking the time to read this reflection.

Best regards,

Epsom Cancer Research Society 2023-24

Epsom Mouratoglou Tennis Programme UTR Tournament

KJC Asian International Art Festival - Dewan Philharmonic

KLASS Series Football Tournament Under 15s

Last Saturday, the U15 girls football team participated in the KLASS series football tournament at Alice Smith. In our group we played against Sri KDU and ELC, finishing 1st! We played 3 matches, winning all 3 of them and we got to take the trophy back to Epsom!

Our first match was with Sri KDU, which we won 2-1 with Sofia scoring both goals with the support of our midfielders, Eexynn, Adriana and Leah. Their clean passes and tackles, keeping the ball away from our goal as Sofia secured our two goals. Our defense, Kaegan and Ellie, worked tirelessly with our goalkeeper Rachel to ensure the opposition wouldn’t score any goals. With some of the team unfortunately missing the tournament, Ellie and Kaegan stepped up with Rachel’s support and guidance and helped ensure our victory over Sri KDU.

Our second match was with ELC, which we won 2-0. This time with Adriana scoring. Our defense defended some strong passes and shots as our midfielders and strikers worked incredibly hard to get as many goals as possible. Both Bella and Amanda filled in as the midfielders subbed off giving them time to catch their breaths as they supported the team.  Rachel was able to block several shots as Sofia and Adriana attempted several times to score. Adriana’s goals guaranteed us a spot in the finals!

For the finals we played against Sri KDU Kota Damansara, the entire team working tirelessly for the win, Adriana’s corner bouncing off one of their defenders straight into the goal. In the second half they were sadly able to score leaving us at a 1-1 tie. With the game coming close to an end our striker, Sofia, and our midfielders, Adriana, Eexynn, Leah, made several attempts to score in the final minutes. Unfortunately the game came to an end forcing a penalty shoot out. Adriana was the first to shoot, Sofia second and Rachel third. Epsom has scored 3 shots and Sri KDU scored 2 with their last shooter preparing to shoot. Our amazing goalkeeper, Rachel, saved their last shot leading us to the win! We were given the trophy, all of us overjoyed! Our first (tournament) win of the year!

Overall, we worked very well together as a team and winning first place was very fulfilling after all the hard work and dedication everyone has put in for the past few months. Even though some members of the team were unable to play, we were all able to persevere and I feel that we all learned a lot from this insightful experience and we were able to blossom as a team successfully achieving the win. Throughout the matches we shared lots of laughter and it was a great bonding experience for all of us. Thank you so much to Ms Back for supporting us throughout the tournament, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Leah, Year 9 Rosebery

Love Is In The Air

Dear all,

I hope you had an amazing weekend!

Since Valentine's is in less than 3 weeks, Valentine's Open Mic Night is happening on 20th February. The theme is, of course, LOVE.

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If you wish to perform, please fill up the form that has been shared via email or scan the QR code on the poster.

The Open Mic Night will be on the Theater Lobby Stage during the evening.

Prefects will be selling drinks and snacks as well, so make sure you bring some money!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to either contact Mr Crann or me.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Have a great day ahead 🙂

Best regards,

ECiM International Prefect 2023/2024

Meet our Team

Certainly! Here's a proofread version of the interview with Ms. Peng:

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Ms. Peng, Mandarin Department Head

What inspired you to become a Mandarin teacher, and why do you enjoy teaching this subject?

When I was young, I always enjoyed spending time with younger ones. This joyful feeling is one of the reasons that inspired me to become a teacher. I chose Chinese language and literature as my major, which helped me to grow as a Chinese teacher.

Do you have any advice or tips on how to help students feel more confident in Mandarin?

Let's imagine that learning languages is like making a new friend. We need to see each other and spend some time together regularly.

For Y9 students, could you describe what the subject is about? We have 3 sets, and there is one that suits you.

Can you describe yourself in 3 words?

Nice, helpful, approachable.

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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