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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 nurtured in the science labs, design and 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 the swimming pool. At break times students make use of the canteen and take a rest under the shelter of the wooden pondoks.

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Bonanza Educare

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.

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Knewton is a blended word that references:


The name 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

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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 International School

Robert Fenn is an 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 has just completed studying for a Diploma in Education with Bath University.

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Mark Watson

Assistant Head of International School

Born in Scotland, Mark Watson joins with more than 7 years of teaching and leadership experience. Graduating in 2013 from the University of Aberdeen, Mark has engaged in a variety of teaching and leadership roles throughout his career. As a class teacher, Mark specialised in Early Years learning with a focus on active, play-based and outdoor learning, while gathering experience in other areas of the school. Mark has worked as a Deputy Head Teacher and Principal Teacher for Literacy in schools with a focus on improving attainment and engagement for all learners. From 2017, Mark also worked as a tutor and lecturer for Early Years and Teaching studies at the University of Aberdeen, working with both prospective teachers and nursery practitioners. Mark achieved his Masters in Education (Med) from the University of Aberdeen before joining Knewton Global Schools in 2019. Mark is passionate about education and possesses a genuine excitement towards supporting and improving our learners at Knewton Global Schools.

Head of Private National School

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. Currently, 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.

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Lee Fun Nee

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