Who We Are
Principal Charles Dormer
Hello! As well as being Principal, I am proud to lead Teacher Training and teach English at Nilai International School, bringing 31 years of professional experience to this up-and-coming young school. I am a graduate of Cambridge University, hold a teaching diploma from the London College of Music and the National Professional Qualification for the Headship of schools, and am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching in England. I have been Head of three schools which base their excellence on centuries of the best British traditions. Working in Malaysia since 2017, I also research schools in Singapore and Hong Kong. For a balance of excellent Cambridge qualifications, holistic British character education, and the rich diversity and spectacular flavours of the East, come to Nilai International School, and share our growth in every way!
Hello! My name is Julie Nelson, and I am thrilled to be Head of English at NIS. I am from Hampshire, England and before teaching I studied at Cardiff University, Cambridge University and the University of Sussex.
I have taught and lead English Language and Literature departments for 27 years in British schools and colleges. I enjoy leading teams of teachers, finding new and innovative ways of teaching English and, most importantly, finding out what makes learning engaging, personal and memorable for our students. For me, getting to know my students is the best part of teaching!
If you send your children to NIS, I will work with you and them to create wonderful learning experiences and help them to become confident, truly international citizens who understand that our use of language shapes the way we are seen as individuals, and how we see the world around us.
I hope to meet you and work with you!
Mr. Patrick Rakiro, Head of Humanities (pictured here with his family, all delighted to be coming to Malaysia!) began his International teaching career in 2009 and has taught in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Turkey and Spain. An experienced teacher of History, Geography, Sociology and Business Studies, Head of Humanities in Cambridge International schools for the last 6 years, Patrick is an examiner for History in the International Baccalaureate and Cambridge International IGCSE, a founding member of the Communicating Common Ground Student programme, initiated the World Scholars’ Competition in Mozambique, and is a Communication Skills Trainer for the Model United Nations programme. Patrick has keen interest in student-centred learning and in developing innovative programmes to enhance student performance. Nilai has already enjoyed the benefits of his wide global perspective as he helps to educate our young people to become future citizens and leaders of the world– in his first year here, Patrick took a World Scholars’ Cup team through the Asia Finals in Beijing!
Chan Lee Wai
Ms. Chan Lee Wai has lived and completed most of her studies in Seremban. She gained a B.Sc. (Hons) in Education, majoring in Mathematics from the University of Malaya in 2009, and loves teaching, with 9 years’ experience in secondary schools and universities. She has taught Maths and Additional Maths, and Engineering Maths for courses in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Architecture and Built Environment to Malaysian, Iranian, Arabic, and Nigerian students, and was also involved in writing the curriculum for Core Mathematics Papers 1,2,3 and 4 for Edexcel GCE Mathematics in 2016.
In her first year of teaching in Sekolah Sains Sultan Iskandar, a boarding school in Mersing, Johor, her Form 3 class achieved 100% grade A in PMR, and she received a Best Teacher award from the Ministry of Education. Ms Chan’s philosophy of Maths learning is, that besides having a good Mathematics teacher, the way to learn Mathematics is to do Mathematics – she quotes Einstein’s saying, “It’s not that I am so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer,” and George Polya’s that “All one needs for Mathematics is a pencil and paper.” She firmly believes that in Mathematics, practice definitely makes perfect. Ms Chan is proud to share her passion with colleagues, to build a strong and steady Mathematics Team, and to make NIS students persistent and skilled problem-solvers.
Ms Mardiana binti Muhamad Isa was a fast-track student at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Skudai, Johor, on full scholarships from government agencies to obtain her Diploma in Education, B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry and M.Sc. in Chemistry. Her love of teaching took her to MRSM Mersing, a full-boarding government school, where she earned an Excellent Service Award from MARA. Mardiana’s career moved on to Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, followed by Taylor’s International School Puchong where she learned the Cambridge Education system. With 14 years’ experience in teaching Science, Mardiana aims to ensure that the students of Nilai International School develop accurate, precise and detailed knowledge of Science, to equip them for life-long learning and understanding of the world, with positive scientific attitudes and approaches to improving life for their fellow creatures and our planet. In 2019, Ms Mardiana was honoured by The Private Education Cooperative of Malaysia with an Outstanding Young Educator Award.
Hello! My name is Sarah Boyle, and I am Head of Boarding and International Projects, which includes Summer Schools, as well as Head of Drama here at NIS. I feel very fortunate to work in a forward-thinking International School, and I enjoy working with our students immensely!
I am from London, and Kent - 'The Garden of England' - and also Ireland, where my parents are from. After studying at the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, I trained in Boarding Management with Roehampton University and the Boarding Schools' Association. I have taught and lead Drama and English for 13 years in British day-schools, boarding-schools and summer-schools.
In our Boarding House at NIS, I maintain a safe, caring, fun environment where the Boarders can flourish. By developing communication in English under our academic and pastoral care, our Boarders grow in leadership, responsibility, empathy and respect. Come and try one of our Summer Schools, or join us full-time to experience NIS for yourself!
Hi, my name is Vicky and I am Head of the Preparatory School at NIS. I have worked in primary schools for 18 years, starting as a teaching assistant and working my way up to class teacher, Assistant Head and Deputy Head teacher in a range of small and larger schools, so I really know what matters about a primary school and how to make it successful. My passion is to see children and staff loving every day at school, and working as a team. I look forward to meeting you and discussing how we can work together to give your child the best possible start in life! I am very excited to be part of Nilai’s mission to provide the children of tomorrow with the skills to be masterful learners with a thirst and passion for lifelong learning, so please come and talk to me about how we develop confident, well-rounded children who are happy and well-equipped for the twenty first century
Hello! I am Clare King, and I am dedicated to inclusive, personalised and caring education for every child I can help to have a positive experience of school and life. I have worked with children from every background in England and in China, and I love bringing out the best in each child. We have a lot of fun in my lessons, and we learn all of the time, and become confident and happy people together. It makes me very happy to see children growing day by day in the English reading and speaking, their Maths skills and their ability to understand and think about the world around them. Come to NIS and join one of my classes, to see for yourself!
Hello, I am Elaine, and I teach Music from Early Years to IGCSE at Nilai International School. I also play and teach piano, harp, violin and guzheng to everyone from toddlers to adults with learning difficulties.
My B.A. is in Music Performance with First Class Honours from University Putra Malaysia. I hold the Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Music Performance (Piano Recital), and the Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL) Diploma in Music Performance (Piano Recital) with Distinction. I teach and play music internationally, and in 2018 I won the Outstanding Gold Prize, High Scorer in The Hong Kong International Music Festival, Malaysia Preliminary Round, before winning Adult Piano First Runner-up in the Hong Kong International Music Festival itself.
This year, in 2019, we actually hosted the Malaysia round of the Hong Kong International Festival here at Nilai International School, and one of our own students has been invited to the finals in Hong Kong. Music teaches vital life skills such as concentration, patience, and dedication. Children of all ages express themselves and find joy through Music, rhythm and movement, and in my IGCSE class I am sharing the works of Mozart with talented young musicians. At NIS, staff sing and perform along with students at our special events, and in our Monday assemblies. Music is a joy that brings together people of all ages and all nations, and that is something we celebrate in our School Song – come visit us on a Monday afternoon for one of our Assemblies, and let us perform for you!
Hello! I am Kamal Aiman, and I gained my B.Ed. Teaching English as a Second Language degree from University Selangor. I love teaching, with 10 years’ teaching experience in secondary schools and universities, including English Academic Writing and English for Business Communications for courses in Business Management, Culinary Arts, Graphics Design, and Public Relations. Over the years, I have taught Malaysian, Iranian, Arabic, Chinese and Korean students.
I speak Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin and English, which allows me to form a stronger bond with students from different cultural backgrounds and ethnicities, and I have loved the English language since childhood. My favourite authors include Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Henry David Thoreau and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
I believe that using the right form of language to communicate creates opportunity, and so it is important to educate students to use the English language in the best ways possible. Language cultivates a different kind of confidence which no other subjects can: the way you present your thoughts and feelings through words, captures positive attention and makes you stand out. That is the power of language!
Mission, vision and motto
Nilai International School’s motto is, Let Your Light Shine! This recognizes that each child is unique and has their own personal light to develop, so that they can illuminate their own path in life, and light the way for others. As a Cambridge International School, an Eco-School, and a centre for developing leadership through the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, NIS seeks to guide children both in Character Formation and Academic Excellence. We are reminded of our values by our school badge -
|Green||Love and care for the earth and all its life forms.|
|Yellow||Strong in spirit and optimistic in nature.|
|Book||A never ending quest for knowledge.|
|Tree||Growth in nature which simultaneously reaches down to the ground and up to the sky.|
|Laurel||Success and rewards gained from self-discipline.|
|Quill and ink||Refinement, gentility and sophistication.|
|Dove with an olive branch||Peaceful and forgiving nature.|
Character Formation – Academic Excellence
To achieve intellectual, spiritual and physical growth allowing our true selves to shine brilliantly.
Towards achieving this noble mission we will strive
- to prepare our students to excel in life.
- to prepare our students to lead a rewarding and fulfilling life by being socially competent.
We embrace the following values
- Discipline – To have self-discipline, self-control and self-esteem.
- Integrity – To have personal integrity in thought, words and deeds.
- Compassion – To show kindness and consideration to others.
- Diligence – To be hardworking, focused and steadfast in achieving goals
- Resilience – To be flexible and persistent at all times.
Our facilities are purpose-built and of world-class standards
A conducive and stimulating learning environment is of the utmost importance. The school is purpose-built with careful thought and planning given to the physical structure and safety features.
The opportunities for learning and developing are limitless as we offer
- Air-conditioned classrooms equipped with smart board technology.
- Art and music rooms which inspire creativity and imagination.
- Science laboratories that encourage students to explore and experiment.
- Libraries which aim to cultivate reading habits and provide a place for research and homework.
- Extensive, wireless ICT networking facilities with the latest computer equipment and learning software.
- A multipurpose hall for indoor games and activities.
- A computer lab that is fully equipped to facilitate the teaching and learning of ICT.