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THE new Tenby Schools Ipoh campus in Bandar Meru Raya here will be another landmark for the state in its effort to become an education hub.
The campus, which accommodates the Ipoh International School, Sekolah Tenby and the Tenby A-Level Centre, aims to provide quality education to the Ipoh community.
Tenby is the name of a seaside town in West Wales, which is the hometown of the school's founder.
Tenby Schools Ipoh was the first school started by the Tenby Schools Group in 1960. At the time, it was a kindergarten, catering to the needs of expatriate children in Ipoh.
Over the years, Tenby Schools not only increased its number of students, but expanded to Penang, Shah Alam and, more recently, Miri.
The school is also expected to start classes in Setia Eco Gardens, Johor Baru, in January next year.
Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the school recently.
Tenby Schools Ipoh director Datuk Lim Si Boon and Tenby Educare chairman Datuk Seri Fadzil Che Wan were also present.
Zambry said the new campus marked another milestone for education in the state.
Meanwhile, Lim said that with the introduction of A-level classes two years ago, the school offers education for a child from nursery to pre-university.
Currently, the school operates at Jalan Kelab Golf, and Tenby Kindergarten at Lorong Tun Dr Ismail Ipoh. The existing campus has close to 1,200 students, while the new campus can accommodate up to 1,500 students.
The building, on a 5.2ha site, is expected to commence operation in September next year.
With state-of-art facilities on offer, teaching and learning at the school is set to be exciting and inspiring.
The school will be equipped with air-conditioned classrooms, laboratories, a modern library, an arts centre, and a sports complex with a swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts, and a multi-purpose hall.
The classrooms will also be fitted with interactive white boards, a necessary learning tool in today's technologically-driven environment.
The unique features of the school are having an international school together with, private, primary and secondary schools in one location, that allow the sharing of facilities and cross-cultural interaction to promote international understanding to take place.
The students benefit from the international environment, and have the added advantage of mastering the English language as it is the lingua franca of the school.