Governance

The ISP Schools Association Board of Governors would like to offer a very warm welcome to all families and staff members new to our community. We hope your time here in Penang and with us at The International School of Penang (Uplands), is both happy and rewarding. To all in our community returning after the holiday break, Welcome Back! We do hope your holiday was an enjoyable one and that you have returned to Penang feeling rested, refreshed and ready for yet another busy and exciting year.

BOARDtalk September 2015

As always at the start of a new academic year, School has been full-on from day one. For those new to the School, whether staff or students and their families, please do allow yourselves a little time to settle-in and get used to the School and the community. Please bear in mind that a few ‘hiccups’ are normal at the start of a new School year as both ‘new’ and ‘existing’ staff and students get used to navigating the campus, dealing with a new timetable and perhaps new ways of doing things.

Looking at the first few weekly newsletters of the year we are reminded of just how much time and effort, on a daily basis, goes into making Uplands the School that it is. While we are known for our rigorous academic programmes and we are proud of our academic success, please do be assured that we are committed to ensuring academic studies are well supported by a wide range of extra-curricular activities, and that our students are given many other opportunities to excel and be their best – be it in visual/performing arts or on a sports field.

We would like to congratulate all students who sat IGCSE and IB Diploma external examinations at the end of the 2014/2015 academic year. Once again, our students performed extremely well in both sets of examinations, with some excellent results. In all, 49 students were awarded the IB Diploma, which translated to a very impressive 94.2% pass rate. Of those 49, 9 students obtained a point score of 40 and above, and over 60% of candidates obtained a score of 34 points and above. The average point score of 35.14 was, once again, well above the world average. This meant that many of our Y13 graduating students were able to move on to top universities all around the world. IGCSE. results were also impressive. Of the 91 candidates entered, with 593 entries in all, more than 50% were graded at A*- A, and just under 90% (89.4%) graded A* – C.

We thank all students for their hard work and dedication and wish them well in their future studies, whether it is here at Uplands or beyond. Thank you also to staff for striving to ensure our curriculum is well delivered and our students well supported. We know that many in our community work tirelessly to ensure that students at Uplands get the best education possible, and we appreciate all the effort that goes into making every day at Uplands a successful and rewarding experience for our students.

We are very happy to report that work on the new boarding facilities – blocks H and I of the Mah Sing development adjacent to the current School campus, are almost complete. We look forward to the official handover of the apartments, and will work to have them ready for occupation as soon as possible.

Looking forward, the School will also welcome Council of International Schools (C.I.S.) inspectors in the coming months. The Principal will ensure everyone is kept up-to-date with any developments in this area.

As this is the start of a new School year, it is perhaps appropriate for us to remind the school community that the correct channel for any questions/concerns about the day to day running of the School should be through the Principal, Mr Matthew Bristow. The Principal will of course inform the Board of any major issues which need our attention and where appropriate he will also seek our advice.

The ISP Schools Association Board of Governors
Susan
For and on behalf of The ISP Schools Association Board of Governors.

Board of Governors

The School’s governance framework is headed by a Board comprising patron governors and parent governors. This Board of Governors provides the strategic guidance and corporate oversight of Uplands School, and meets at regular intervals throughout the year.

Supporting the Board are several committees that ensure the necessary stewardship of the School’s finances and activities. The chief committee is the Management Committee and it meets on no less than a monthly basis. This committee works closely with the Principal by taking the Board’s strategic guidance and applying it to the School’s operations. The School Principal is supported by a Senior Management Team comprising Deputy Principals, a Head of Administration, Accountant and senior teaching staff.

Other committees of the Board are the Finance Committee, the Trustee Committee, the Education Committee and the Development Committee. Committees are comprised of Board members; however, independent specialists are also invited to serve on the Finance Committee and the Education Committee. The School’s finances are monitored by the Finance Committee and are audited by an independent external auditor.

Mr. John Patrick Baskett

1

Board member since September 2009
Chair of Governors since June 2010
Patron Member
Former Managing Director of 4 large Plantation Companies in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia
Former British Hon. Consul, and Belgium Consul, Medan, Sumatra
Former Chairman, Medan International School
Incorporated Society of Planters (ISP) representative on the Board of Governors

Mr. M R Chandran

chandran
Board member since 1982.
Member of Trustee Committee
Member of the Finance Committee

Patron member.

The Company Director of IJM Plantations Berhad,

Eco Processors S/B, EcoChances S/B.
Director of the Incorporated Society of Planters (ISP) and ISP Management Sdn. Bhd.
Corporate Consultant Adviser to Agro-Commodity & Biofuel Industries.
Board of Commissioners of PT. Agro Indomas.
Former Director and Head of Plantations of Socfin Co. Bhd.
Formerly Chief Executive of Malaysian Palm Oil Association

Mrs. Uta Malik

uta
Board member since 1987.
Chair of Executive Committee since 1995.

Patron member.

Housewife

Dato. B.J. Yeang

yeang
Board member since 2007.
Former Board member (1993 – 2005)
Chair of Trustee Committee

Patron member.

Chairperson of Malaysian Red Crescent Society, Penang Branch
Former Chief Operating Officer of Invest-In Penang Bhd.
Former Deputy General Manager of PDC

Mrs. Leigh Pratt

leigh
Board member since Oct 2008
Member of Executive Committee
Member of the Finance Committee

Patron member

PTA Chairperson for 4 years.
Housewife

Mr Padmanathan N Ramalingam

padman
Board member since July 2013

Member of Education Committee
Patron Member

Former Registrar and Secretary to Council, Wawasan Open University, Penang

Mr Tan Kee Chin

chin
Board member since July 2013
Chair of Finance Committee
Member of Executive Committee

Patron member

Managing Director

Mrs Cheryl Wee
Board member since October 2011

Member of Executive Committee
Member of Education Committee
Board Representative in the Parent Teacher Association Committee

Parent Member

Housewife

Mr. Khoo Choon Keat
(MIA 6839/CA)

Key Secretarial Services Sdn Bhd (276467-M)
Company Secretaries of The I.S.P. Schools Association (No.2597-V)

WGCDR Paul Webb

webb
Board member since May 2015
Patron member
Member of Executive Committee
Member of Trustee Committee

Currently the Commanding Officer of No 19 Squadron

Mr Frank Poulsen

fpoulsen

Board member since May 2015
Parent member
Member of Executive Committee
Member of Finance Committee
Board Representative in the Parent Teacher Association Committee

General Manager

Dato’ Henry Sackville Barlow
Board member since February 2016
Patron member
Member of board of HSBC (Malaysia) Bhd for over 20 years to March 2014.
Independent and later Senior Independent Director Sime Darby Bhd for 8 years till November 2015.
Member of Finance Committee
Member of Trustee Committee
Professor Dr R R Santhiram
Board member since February 2016
Patron member
Dean of School of Education, Languages & Communications,
Wawasan Open University
Chair of Education Committee
Member of Trustee Committee

Bye-Laws

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Bye-Laws

Updated on 10 Feb 2017