Get to Know Knewton

Knewton Global Schools is about more than following your chosen curriculum and passing exams. It’s the support of the teachers, students and families, the opportunities outside the classroom and the buzzing environment, which all bring energy and ambition to our continuous learning culture.

Knewton offers a unique blend of tradition and modernity that you feel the moment you arrive. It has everything you’d expect at an international school and private school campus.

Curious minds are created in the science labs, design technology lab and library. A spark can be ignited in the music suites, art studio and creative and performing arts rooms. New strengths can be discovered on the sports pitches, courts or in swimming pool. At break times students make use of the canteen and take a rest under the shelter of the wooden cabanas / little pondoks.

Knewton Global Schools benefits by being part of the Bonanza Educare group of schools and learning spaces across Malaysia.

The group was founded by an experienced team of educationalists and commercial operators, who developed the largest international and private schools’ group in Malaysia,Tenby Schools. The team sold Tenby Educare in 2016 but have always remained the landowners of the Miri campus and welcomed the school back into the group in August 2019.

We Always Knew!

This school has a great history that continues to be built upon. Originally it was known as Piasau Primary School and is recognised as the oldest international school in Malaysia. In 2011, it became Tenby Schools Miri, developing both a British international and Malaysian national curriculum. In 2020, it was rebranded to Knewton Global Schools.


Knewton is a made-up word that references:


It’s a blended word that has been selected to sound strong and yet human. Remember in English, when you see a word that starts with ‘kn’ you only pronounce the ‘n’ (sounds exactly the same as newton – our very own unit of knowledge).

Knewton Knickknacks – The crest contains a Hornbill as a nod to the history of the school and the local area. The stars represent our students and communicate our promises and sparks of greatness in our community. The stars are at the centre of everything because our students are the centre of our world.

A new brand is combined with a renewed ambition to drive continual improvement of teaching and learning to provide the best opportunities for our young people to be the best they can be.

Shaping a Better World

We put learning at the heart of everything we do. Whether you choose the British international or private national curriculum, every moment is focused on supporting our students to get better.

Our philosophy is to nurture, inspire and empower our students to bring out the best in everyone.

Our Senior Leaders

Lam Wee Sim

Campus Principal

Miss Lam has more than 15 years teaching experience in international schools across Malaysia. She has progressed from Garden International School, KL, to Deputy Head of Primary at Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park to Head of Primary at Tenby Schools Ipoh.

An evaluator with the Council of International Schools (CIS), she has served as part of the CIS Accreditation Evaluation Teams visiting schools in China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Miss Lam holds BSc Accounting and Finance (University of London), a Diploma in the Montessori Method of Teaching and Postgraduate Certificate in Education International (Queen’s University of Belfast).

With her extensive and diverse leadership experience in international schools, Miss Lam will continue to grow the school and lead the quest for amazing learning.

Head of School International Secondary

Robert Fenn is a highly enthusiastic and motivated educator with more than 12 years’ experience teaching in International Schools in Nepal, UAE and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia.

Before becoming a teacher, Mr Fenn worked for over a decade in International Development as a researcher, trainer, project manager and IT manager both in the UK and overseas in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania.  He has an MSc from Cranfield University and is currently studying for an MA in Education with Bath University.

Robert Fenn

Colin Haddow

Head of School International Primary

Colin Haddow is a dedicated professional, with more than 13 years of teaching and leadership experience both in the United Kingdom and internationally. His passion for teaching was ignited in 2002 when he taught English in a private academy in South Korea. In 2007, he successfully completed his teacher training with a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education from Paisley University in the UK and immediately embarked on the fulfilling and enriching life-long journey of teaching and learning. As a Year 6 teacher, his first international appointment came in 2009 when he returned to South Korea and joined a growing international school.

Over the course of nine years at the same school, Colin worked in a variety of middle and senior leadership roles and spent his final four years as the Assistant Principal for the school. He then took a year’s sabbatical to focus on gaining a Master of Science in Education Studies from the University of Strathclyde in the UK. Upon successful completion, he joined Tenby International School Miri as Head of Primary and Early Years. Colin possesses a developed child-centred, learning-focused philosophy combined with innovative teaching approaches and a genuine enthusiasm for life-long learning.

Head of School Private National

Born in Miri, Madam Lee Fun Nee is a dedicated leader with 18 years of teaching experience in government, private secondary schools and an international school in Kuala Lumpur.

With a Master of Arts in Education qualification from Sheffield Hallam University, UK, Madam Lee has also been mentoring teachers in the PGDE programme. She earned her Bachelor of Business with a major in Marketing and a minor in Human Resource Management.

Her other professional pursuits include an IB in Teaching and Learning Certificate, a Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers, an Advanced Diploma in Business & Management and a LCCI Diploma in Accounting. Up to date, she is an authorised IB Diploma examiner for the Mandarin ab initio subject. Madam Lee is a leader with a clear vision who puts her words into action.

Fun Nee

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