Borneo International School is part of an Educational Group of international and private schools in Malaysia which include Nobel International, United International, Havil International and Legacy private schools that has more than 15 years of involvement in education. The whole purpose of establishing Borneo International School at its readily accessible site in Tabuan Laru, is to bring realistic and affordable fees to families who have never before considered private internationally recognized education for their children. Our educational expectations will bring out the best of children, in academic and social terms as well as making them more aware of the wider world and their personal opportunities beyond school.
The school is nestled at Tabuan Laru, 4 km northeast of Kuching International airport and 7-8 km from the Kuching city centre. Borneo International School is co-educational and follows the British educational system so that our students will receive international educational qualifications via Cambridge University International Examinations (CIE), for which we are an accredited examination centre. Such credentials are recognized worldwide for entrance into university and other forms of tertiary education.
Governing Body & Senior Management
Mr Tan Seng Kee-Chairman
A passionate believer in education being a fundamental human right, Mr. Tan has taken an active interest in enhancing the provision of competitively priced, international-quality education in the country. He is a director and has substantial interest in Nobel International, Havil International, United International and several other schools in Malaysia. He is also Chairman of the Board of Governors of Nobel, Havil and United, and Director of Ajiya Berhad, a public listed company on Bursa Malaysia.
Mr. Tan holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Malaya.
Mr. Mutang Tagal
Mr. Tagal actively contributed to the local political scene as Member of Parliament for Bukit Mas, Sarawak from 1982 to 1990. His belief that education lays the foundation for lifelong progress led him to found the Sri Mulia School in Miri,
Mr. Tagal holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Malaya and a Master of Business Administration from Curtin University.
Dato Ngeng Eng Cheng
Dato Ngeng is the Managing Director of Usaha Cendera Sdn Bhd and Director of Kuching Specialist Hospital, KUB Sepadu Sdn Bhd.
He is a Member of Malaysian Association of Company Secretaries (MACS), Alumni of the National University of Singapore Modern Management Programme, a Life Member of Saberkas, Honorary Advisor of the Federation of Kuching and Samarahan Divisions Chinese Associations Sarawak.
He is involved in charitable and voluntary works in the state. He is also involved in the Community Outreach Program with Kuching Specialist Hospital, Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) and Pembangunan Pusat Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS) to remote areas of Sarawak since 2009.
Ms Cherry Chiaw
Ms Chiaw obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Lincoln, New Zealand. She is the Managing Director of Major Plastic Sdn Bhd. She actively promotes the creation of a warm and nurturing atmosphere at BIS for students to build a strong foundation of academic skills and explore their talents in other areas of the broader curriculum.
Mr. Mark Tan
Mr. Tan has held senior leadership positions at leading multinational companies in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. He is currently also Director and Member of the Governing Body of United International School. He enjoys running and has taken part in numerous marathons.
Mr. Tan received his Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Salford, UK.
Ms Florence Chew
Ms Florence Chew obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from University of Salford, UK. She was formerly with Lodge International School Kuching, Sarawak, and has more than 20 years of teaching experience and student counseling. She has a passion for teaching and instilling a lifelong love of learning in her students.
Throughout her career, she has been involved with many English Faculties, co-curricular activities, and fund raising for charitable organizations in Sarawak.
Mr. Alan Rogers-UK Advisor
Mr. Rogers is the school’s advisor. He was the Headmaster of Wellington School, Somerset, UK for 16 years. He was also a Certified UK Independent School Inspector, who in his sabbatical year, appointed by BESO (British Executive Service Overseas), came first to inspect private schools in Kuching in 2002. Subsequently, he became, upon his retirement, the Principal of a local international school in Sarawak. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Geography, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Distinction, and a Master of Arts degree from Oxford University. He currently writes a weekly column, entitled ‘Nature Matters’ for the Sunday Borneo Post newspaper.
Message from Chairman
The Borneo International Group of Schools’ involvement with education stretches back more than 15 years. The desire to transform lives for the benefit of our future generations was the driving force behind the establishment of numerous educational institutions in Malaysia.
Indeed, we at Borneo International School strongly believe that laying the proper moral and educational foundations will prepare our children for academic excellence and develop their personal character. Children who are equipped with extensive yet applicable knowledge whilst possessing virtuous characters will definitely be welcomed additions to society.
Accordingly, Borneo International School is offering our students an internationally acclaimed educational system through our adoption of the United Kingdom’s Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) syllabus. In addition, we conduct character-transformation programmes (using materials that have been developed in-house) to equip our students with a broader spectrum of understanding and addressing societal issues. This will help prepare them for more informed decision-making at all stages of development into adulthood. We will strive to develop in our students moral attributes within the framework of a mutually respectful and caring environment. It is our ultimate aim to transform future generations of children into individuals and adults who embody integrity in every aspect of their lives.
While we recognize that the pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong one, the early inculcation of the love of learning, together with impressing upon our students the value of having good character traits from young, will be crucial in the prevention of the students’ departure from such values when they arrive at adulthood. Borneo International School wants our students to grow up with commendable values and adopt qualities that stand out for good citizenship and a respectful fear of God.
The duties of parents do not cease beyond their homes, nor do those of teachers after their classes are over. Hence, we proactively engage with parents to help them stay abreast of their children’s development at our school. This collaboration enables us to derive the best instructions to create confident and successful students.
An exciting range of indoor and outdoor extracurricular activities that take advantage of our state-of-the-art facilities have been designed to encourage our students to stay fit and healthy. These services are further complemented by a resource-driven and relevant curriculum to ensure that our students receive a wholesome education at Borneo International School.
Lastly, we pledge to remain active in the local Kuching community to educate and impact the lives of our children for the benefit of our future generations.
I look forward to welcoming you to our Borneo International School family.
Mr Tan Seng Kee
Message from Principal
I feel very privileged to take up my appointment at an outstanding international school, with experienced teachers and with highly qualified non teaching personal on staff. As a team, we will provide a truly international education for our students based upon my years of such in UK and in Malaysia. This, I am sure, will be reflected in the pride of my students and their parent’s pride of their academic achievements. I welcome all parents to visit me personally and view my school and its amazing facilities.
You will not be disappointed!
Ms Florence Chew
Message from UK Advisor
In my visits to each of the already long established international schools in Peninsular Malaysia, belonging to the group of schools, to which Borneo International School will join, I have been most impressed by the high quality of education and facilities on offer at affordable fees. Borneo International School will maintain these high standards, for enthusiastic teachers will provide quality education to equally enthusiastic children aiming to gain internationally recognized qualifications. In a well chosen and easily accessible location, I wish this new school, its teachers and students every success in lifelong learning and in their contributions to the local community.
Mr. Alan Rogers
Our Vision, Mission and Philosophy
Borneo International School aims to be the leading international school in Sarawak, synonymous with high quality education and a model of excellence for lifelong learning.
We endeavor to provide the best environment for unparalleled learning and instill in our students the School’s 5 tenets namely:
- Academic Excellence
- Character Building
- Social Responsibility
- Passion for Lifelong Learning
- Communication and Engagement
We aim to achieve these aims through impeccable teaching practices that leverage on innovative technologies and teaching pedagogy.
We believe that every child is unique, valued and given the right environment, have the capacity to develop to his or her fullest potential. We aim to ensure a safe and nurturing learning environment and to teach the children to value themselves, respect others and be responsible, caring and helpful at all times. We subscribe to the provision of quality education which is affordable and accessible.
The school emblem is a shield which exemplifies honorable virtues. Embodied in the shield is:
There are four (4) terms in an academic year.
1st term: January to Mid-March
2nd term: End March to Mid-May
3rd term: June to Mid-August
4thTerm: End August- November
Our School comes fitted with the latest innovations in academic facilities, including multimedia smart board-equipped classrooms, ICT laboratories, science laboratories, and a comprehensive library.
We also have an indoor Multipurpose Hall and a Performing Arts and Drama Academy Centre. Our extensive sporting facilities include swimming pools for beginner and advanced swimmers, an indoor badminton hall with four full-sized courts, as well as outdoor courts for tennis, futsal, basketball and volleyball.
Additionally, a bookshop is conveniently located in the School to enable students to purchase textbooks, exercise books, stationery, arts and craft materials, and school uniforms, amongst others. Lockers are also provided for Secondary-level students, whilst Primary-level students have designated areas to store their personal items.
To ensure round-the-clock safety of the students in our care, the School employs 24-hour in-house uniformed security guards who patrol the School on a regular schedule. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are also installed at strategic areas around the School to enhance our security efforts.
For parents/guardians wishing to make transport arrangements for their children to and from our School, we can recommend a third-party school bus operator. Please contact our Administration team for further details.