Kuching (Sarawak), Friday, 7 October 2016 – Tunku Putra School (TPS) today celebrated its 20th anniversary – a milestone that has witnessed the School’s growth from 90 students in 1996 to 632 students in 2016. Represented by 20 nationalities, and remaining true to its identity as a holistic and international education hub, TPS caters to students spanning Kindergarten, National Primary, International Primary, National Secondary and International Secondary offering IGCSE and SPM qualifications to meet the different needs of its diverse student portfolio.
The anniversary event, which was held on-site at TPS’ Kuching campus, was attended by His Excellency, Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, the Governor of Sarawak and Datuk Syed Ahmad Alwee Alsree, Group Executive Director of Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMSB) and Susan Holmes, the Principal of TPS. Speaking at the event, each recognised and payed homage to the School for its mounting achievements, ability to meet the changing demands of a rapidly growing State and world and the School’s broad appeal to a diverse range of students from different cultures with different needs and expectations.
Speaking at the 20-year milestone event, Susan Holmes, the Principal of TPS, said: “TPS’ track record of delivering academic excellence and regionally-recognised extracurricular activities, underpinned by a nurturing culture and a supportive educational environment, provides every child with the maximum opportunity to achieve their full potential and has been at the heart of our School’s growth and success story from the very beginning. Over recent years, we’ve built on that philosophy with a campus upgrade, infrastructural developments to offer students the best possible learning and growth environment and leading technological advancements to ensure our School is fully integrated, connected and stays ahead of the curve during what are exciting and rapidly changing times.”
During his address, and representing CMSB – the School’s owner and a leading Sarawak-based listed company – Datuk Syed Ahmad Alwee Alsree, added: “Since the School’s inauguration, we at CMSB have sought to play a role in providing top-quality international education locally, aspiring always toward academic excellence for the wider local community. Together, CMS and TPS have been part of Sarawak’s growth story – attracting talented overseas resources to the state, offering peace of mind that families’ education needs are attended to. Through expansion and investment in state-of-the-art facilities, we can now lay claim to a learning environment that is unrivalled, bespoke to the needs of the School’s students and teachers and with capacity to develop further, as the need arises.”
The 20th anniversary event showcased some of the results achieved by the School and its students – both academic and extracurricular success. In the Primary School Achievement Test, (USPR), the School achieved a 100% pass rate for the past five consecutive years, with last year seeing 20% of its pupils achieve straight A’s. For SPM students, in 2015, TPS achieved a School Average Grade (GPS) of 4.41, which is well above the National Average Grade of 5.15 and the State Average Grade of 5.47, achieving a 100% pass rate across almost all subjects, with 75% of SPM students achieving five or more Grades A+ to C. For IGCSE results, 2015 was jointly the School’s best-ever year with over 89% of results ranging from A* to C. Notably, 50% of the Mathematics grades were A* or A grades and 100% English First Language grades were A* to C grades.
TPS students – past and present – were also credited with recent achievements that included medal wins at the 2016 SUKMA Games, The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, drama performances that included a joint collaboration with the State Symphony Orchestra, first-place in the Sime Darby Young Innovators Challenge (YIC) 2016 and continued success in their higher education studies.
TPS offers full-day educational programmes from kindergarten up to secondary levels in both the Malaysian national syllabus and Cambridge International syllabus.
Visit www.tps.edu.my for further information.