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!
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! 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!
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.