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Pupils regularly enjoy kayaking and paddle boarding as part of the curriculum

With its recently transformed hidden lake and dedicated forest school area, students at Marlborough College Malaysia (MCM) are exploring nature without even leaving the school grounds. On a beautiful afternoon, a group of pupils make their way along a wooden jetty before hopping aboard their kayaks and paddling towards the middle of a serene lake. It’s a scene that has now become commonplace at Marlborough College Malaysia after the transformation of a hidden lake nestled behind the Prep School into a fantastic outdoor learning resource.

During the summer of 2021, work began on the lake’s boathouse and outdoor classroom. A floating pontoon and jetty were created to enable pupils safe access to the water, and kayaks and paddle boards were purchased. All the necessary safety checks and training were undertaken so that when pupils returned in August, they were able to take full advantage of some new watersports activities at the start of the academic year. And since its opening, the lake’s popularity has grown. This year, Senior School pupils have taken longer canoe and kayak trips since the lake feeds into a local river, giving them the chance to explore the mangroves and jungle.

Pre-Prep pupils enjoy Forest School lessons on the 90 acre estate

Knowledge of the environment

There has also been a real focus on improving the biodiversity of the lake in the last few years. New varieties of fish have been introduced that provide students with the opportunity to try catch to release fishing and an abundance of wildlife has returned to the area. Fish eagles, Stork-billed kingfishers and a family of otters are all now regular visitors to the lake, providing pupils with a unique opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural surroundings. With over 90 acres, the College benefits from ample space to create a range of outdoor classrooms to enhance learning. Alongside the development of the lake, a dedicated forest school area for Pre-Prep pupils offers uninterrupted time to explore, discover and play in nature. Pupils can enjoy anything from whittling wood, to climbing trees or hunting for minibeasts. Two qualified and experienced Forest School Leaders continuously look for new ways to introduce knowledge of the environment into lessons.

Mr Lyden Astill, Director of Co-curriculum at the College said, “The connection with nature is absolutely vital to us all. Here at Marlborough College Malaysia, we want to make outdoor learning integral to the curriculum. There is so much scope for developing a whole host of skills when pupils take part in outdoor activities. We are aiming to teach pupils to enjoy and appreciate the environment they are in but also to conserve it. In doing so, pupils develop a richer learning experience.”

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