5 May 2011
St Christopher’s International Primary School (SCIPS), established in 1963, is a fully International Primary School that delivers a broad, balanced Curriculum, adapted to meet the needs of the school’s international community. It is a Non-profit Making Association, controlled by a board of governors which represents both the expatriates and Malaysian communities. All the parents in the school become members of the Association.
This school is a result of the joint planning committee of the Western Road School and the Firrell School Associate formed in 1963. In 1964, St. Christopher's opened its premises. Since its opening the school has expanded. An extension of the main buildings in 1997, gave an extra classroom, craft room, new toilet facilities, a spacious library and creative center, administration block, and staff room. This released more rooms for E.S.L, audio Visual Aids room, Special Needs, Resources Centre and Modern Languages (German/Bahasa Malaysia).
Pupils of St Christopher’s International Primary School (SCIPS) in Penang came dressed in their best outfits to celebrate the opening of their new three-storey building.
SCIPS principal, John Jones said the new block which consists of 18 spacious classrooms, would accommodate students from Year One to Year Six between the ages of five and 11. “The building took over two years to plan and a year of construction for it to be operational,” Jones said, adding that the new building cost RM3.3 million and funds came solely from the school’s reserves.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who graced the opening ceremony, praised the school on its teaching environment, which was in line with making Penang a centre for excellence in education.
SCIPS has 570 students from 40 nationalities and 49 teachers. Also present was the school Board of Governors chairman Danny Goon, his colleagues and the parents.
Unitech has been commissioned by the School Board of Governors as a member of the professional consultant team for the design and implementation of this new teaching block.