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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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Our Motto


Our Purpose

At Knewton Global Schools we are…

Nurturing learners to lead successful, fulfilling lives
We believe that when students are supported and guided as they learn, they will build the confidence and resilience to take on greater academic challenge. We believe in educating the whole child for academic and personal success.

Inspiring global citizens to make a positive difference
We believe in developing units of instruction that require students to actively engage with the world around them. We believe that through learning students develop skills of critical thinking and collaboration, as well as the capacity for empathy.

Empowering individuals to be confident and proactive
We believe in the ability of our students to take increasing ownership of their learning and behaviour, make wise decisions, and solve problems creatively.

Our Learner Attributes

Adaptable                                              Principled

Communicators                                    Reflective

Cooperative                                          Resilient

Creative and critical thinkers              Respectful


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 17 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.

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). A firm believer in lifelong learning, she obtained her National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in 2022.

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, Vietnam and Japan.

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 16 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. Mr Fenn holds a BSc in Botany from Nottingham University, an MSc in Bio-aeronautics from Cranfield University, a PGCE (Secondary) Biology (Merit) from Edinburgh University and a Diploma in Education (Merit) from Bath University.

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Robert Fenn

Danielle Snyder

Assistant Head of International School

Ms. Danielle is a passionate educator with 17 years of teaching and leadership experience. She has taught mostly in Canada, but also in South Korea. Most recently she has joined Knewton Global Schools after spending 4 years as a teacher and administrator in an international school in Johor.

Ms. Danielle graduated from the University of Waterloo, Canada, with a Bachelor of Arts in French, and furthered her studies in teacher training at the University of Nipissing, Canada where she received her Bachelors of Education. She has also completed her Principal’s Qualifications from Lakehead University, Canada.

With several years of teaching across the Primary and Secondary levels, Ms. Danielle is excited to be a part of Knewton Global Schools’ unique community and school.  Ms Danielle says “This is a great place where students, teachers and parents can all take part in nurturing, inspiring and empowering each other.”

Head of Private National School

Born in Miri, Ms. Lee Fun Nee is a dedicated leader with more than 20 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, Ms. 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.  

Ms. Lee strongly believes in preparing the students for the real world by nurturing and inspiring them towards academic and non-academic excellence. She is passionate about developing students’ leadership capacity and providing opportunities for young people to step out of their comfort zone in a safe and supportive environment. Ms. Lee is a leader with a clear vision who puts her words into action. 

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