Top American Boarding School Opens in Malaysia

Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, a top American boarding school, celebrated the Grand Opening of its first global campus, Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City International School in Johor, Malaysia, on August 26, 2018. The auspicious event was graced by the honorable Mr. Nick Stoneman, President of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, Faribault, Minnesota, USA, and Mr. Graham Gamble, Head of Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City International School, accompanied by Deputy Director General of Private Education Sector from the Ministry of Education, Puan Kara Syafinaz binti Basirrudin, and the CEO of Bright Scholar Education Group, Mr. Jerry He.

The joyous occasion kicked off with various activities, which included a traditional kompang performance followed by a 24-Festival Drum performance.

In his opening speech, Stoneman spoke about the 170-year legacy of Shattuck-St. Mary’s, and that the vision was developed to build something no one had done before.

“With courage and self-confidence, Shattuck-St. Mary’s was established in Minnesota and has produced over 5000 alumni, proudly paving their paths in the real world.”

“It’s exciting to actually bring everything we had in Minnesota for the students in Forest City,” he added. The CEO of Bright Scholar Education Group, Jerry He expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in the process of establishing the first global campus of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, and stated that the opening of the school will benefit students and parents here more than ever.

The milestone event was also joined by Mrs. Kara Syafinaz binti Basirrudin, Deputy Director of Private Education Sector from the Ministry of Education. “I am honored to be present here at the grand opening of Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City International School, as Malaysia welcomes the first ever global campus of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School from Faribault, Minnesota, USA,” she said.

Across the Malaysian Education Blueprint, Mrs. Kara Syafinaz emphasised on the importance of bilingualism among students and stated she is well assured that Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City International School will be producing students who are ready to take on the nation.

Gamble expressed his gratitude to all the parties who contributed towards the realization of Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City International School. “I would like to express my thanks to you for being here today and my thanks to all those who have helped bring this school into being: from the engineers and project managers of Country Garden and Forest City who built it, to the officials of Bright Scholar who helped us equip it and the representatives of the governments of Johor and Malaysia who efficiently granted us the necessary authorizations and permissions.

“Above all, though, I want to turn our attention today to the people who actually make up our school: to our parents, and, most of all, to our teachers and our very first students.”

“I want to express all of our appreciation to our first families and to their children for placing their trust in us as we take care of their education for the coming years,” he said.

Capping the event was a special lighting ceremony to symbolize the school’s official opening followed by an exclusive tour of the 9.8-hectare campus led by Gamble. The tour featured the campus’ lush landscaped surroundings and grand buildings, including its range of state-of-the-art facilities, such as a world-class sports complex; various dance, music, and art studios; libraries; and smart classrooms.

The opening of Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City International School brings to this region a legacy of educational excellence that can be traced back 160 years. Led by highly trained academic leaders from the USA, Canada, and the UK, the school offers an American-style curriculum that combines academic rigor and discipline with innovative learning approaches. The school’s acclaimed signature programs, such as weCreate® and Scholarshift®, will also be available to students here. These are a reflection of its dedication to providing its students with a well-rounded education that prepares them for self-directed learning as well as arming them with 21st Century skills that will help them to excel in today’s world.