HS Tribe’s Art Festival

The Malaysian Homeschooling Tribe’s first ever Arts Festival is happening soon and we are pleased to announce that tickets are available online! Get yours now so you can start planning your festival and make the most out of it!

This event is not to be missed if you’re a performing arts enthusiast. Likewise if you are a budding art or food entrepreneur!

Opened to all children under the age of 18, the Arts Fest is taking place on November 6, at Pusat Kreatif Kanak-kanak Tuanku Bainun, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, from 12 noon to 4pm.

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Growing Without Schooling – An Education Forum



We have reached a stage where the early years of home-educators have graduated and found promising employment, (some have even gotten married!) and the younger adventurous ones are jumping onboard in droves. Continue reading

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The End of College

– Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere – by Kevin Carey

This is the kind of book I wish I could have written! Nevertheless when I came across it at a bookshop not long ago, I grabbed and paid for it without hesitation. Because we NEED to read what he has to say about colleges (which in the writer’s opinion, as well as a growing opinion of informed parents and students worldwide, are becoming more elitist with the exorbitant fees and exclusive membership). It is a great relief that the writer presented his case with rational clarity for posterity, enhanced by case studies of the current phenomenal growth and explosion of education on the World Wide Web. He began the book by zeroing in on an MIT online course called The Secret of Life – an introduction to Biology that was mandatory for all MIT freshmen. It’s taught by a professor called Eric Lander – International Math Olympiad, Princeton valedictorian at age 20, Rhodes Scholarship, Harvard professorship, MacArthur “Genius” award. He is also a very good teacher – a rare quality amongst many great scholars (according to the writer). He was sitting in the lecture hall amongst the paying MIT students, absorbing all the juicy details of biochemistry, genetic mutations and RNA transcription. Continue reading

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When Passion drives Learning & Creativity



According to Ken Robinson in his book “Finding Your Element – How to Discover Your Talents & Passions and Transform Your Life”, passion is….

“…a deep personal attraction to something – a strong affinity or enthusiasm that can lead to profound enjoyment and fulfillment. Passion is a form of love, which is why people who are in the Element will often say that they love what they do.”

Life as a dancer can be very tough. If not for their love of dance, many of them would have given up midway. My daughter Sam found that out the hard way after joining Astro Battleground 2016 that saw the dancers go through 10 challenges in 2 months with the final 2 teams battling each other out at a tensed live show! They were physically and emotionally drained by then but they tried hard to keep their spirit strong by encouraging and supporting one another. Tears flowed freely in times of intense stress. They had also lost a fellow dancer earlier in the competition who had tragically died in a road crash in the early weeks of the competition. There was a short tribute to him in which a video of the late dancer was shown. It was a very emotional moment for his family and friends who were present. Continue reading

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Supporting Children With High Potential – Conference for the Gifted & Talented

If you have the time, do come and join NAGCM Gifted & Talented conference and youth submit at Nottingham University, Semenyih this Saturday (18th June 2016).

A group of youth will sharing their schooling and homeschooling journeys. If you have teens, the youth forum will be great for them.

Below are some info of the youth speakers and performers.


Newton Lo Well (19) holds a Grade 8 in both Violin Performance & Popular Music Theory. In addition to achieving Grade A in Cambridge Advanced English (CAE), he achieved Cambridge 0-Level at the age of 16 and Cambridge A-Level at the age of 18. He is currently entering his second year at the University of Nottingham, studying Chemical Engineering.

Wong Ke Tian sat for her IGCSE at the age of 15 and is currently enrolled in the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) Matriculation Course at Inti College. She recently received an award for Outstanding Advocate Award in the Bond University High School Mooting Competition. She aims to pursue either Law or Film Production studies.

Nurul Asyikin Zainal (23) enrolled into Segi College at the age of 18 and had a CGPA of 3.98 for her Diploma in Psychology. She also received the Dean’s List Scholarship Award from Nottingham University. She hopes to pursue her studies up to PhD level and then to practice in clinical psychology.

Gurubharan Ganeson (14) is a voracious reader, critical thinker and self-directed learner. He has won numerous awards in Maths competitions, and is currently pursuing accelerated High School Math. He published his first book ‘The Battle of Azure Shard’ before his tenth birthday. He received an award for outstanding scores in the 2014 SAT from Johns Hopkins University under their Center for Talented Youth’s Talent Search Program in May 2015.

Nazrul Shafiq Shahril (12) is home school student registered with the online K12 International Academy. He is an avid reader and out of the box thinker who represented Malaysia for the last two years in the Future Problem Solving International competition in the United States. He believes that even though science and mathematics are the keys to the future, a responsible usage of science in the society and environment is key to sustainable living. He dedicates a part of his time in teaching mathematics to underprivileged children around his community.

Amrita Soon has performed on local radio and TV stations and raised her own funds to travel to Nashville, where she was a featured performer at various songwriters’ nights. Amrita released her first EP ‘Clues’ in December 2014 and her song ‘Goodbye’ has been included in the compilation album ‘Rock for Ronan’ aimed to raise funds in support of research on childhood cancers.

Megan Lo (15) achieved Grade 8 in Pianoforté, Violin and Vocal Performance, Music Theory and Drama & Communication from the London College of Music, University of West London at the age of 12. She has received several awards – Associate & Licentiate Diplomas in Vocal Performance, Fellowship Diploma in Vocal Performance and a Teaching Diploma for Violin, all by the age of 15. At 14, she was one of the first 25 violin teachers in South East Asia to be certified as teachers of the Sassmannhaus Traditional Method. She achieved Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) at the age of 12 and is now pursuing Cambridge A-Levels.

Shanna See Tian Huey (17) is a self-taught artist who has had a passion for art for as long as she can remember. She dabbles in various artistic mediums, favouring watercolours the most. She shares her artistic talent on social media and has a loyal following of 7,000 and counting.

Jocelyn Ong has been drawing ever since she was little. She dreams of mandalas and animals, drawing and sculpting them. Her creative process is when given a topic, she closes her eyes and imagine about things that are closely related to the topic and she expands her ideas from there. Once she has a clear idea what she wants to do, she is able to transfer into whatever she is making. If that doesn’t work, a good walk outside is a good way to relax and perhaps, during that time, ideas will come. Jocelyn plans to pursue sculpting in the future.

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Amrita Soon on Astro TV tonight!

Catch Amrita tonight on Astro V buzz channel 231 at 10.30pm!

She’ll will be sharing her music journey from when she first started 5 years ago as a very shy 15-year-old, venturing out into the local music scene playing at various open mic events.

Today, after 2 Nashville trips and back, and an album “Clues” to show, Amrita is slowly but surely gaining notice amongst the local as well as international songwriters and fans.

She will also be performing her upcoming new single on the show so don’t miss it!

I’m very happy that my children follow my advise to them on how to live their lives: “Don’t be normal. Be extraordinary! Embrace your weirdness – that’s what makes you special!”

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