Introduction
Bintulu International School (BIS) is a joint venture between elc International Sdn Bhd (elc International School) and Vital Focus Group (VFG). It is situated in the 200-acre of mixed township development called "Kidurong Sentral" by Menawan Megah Sdn Bhd (a member of VFG) in Kidurong, Bintulu, Sarawak. The school sits on 7.2 acres of prime land in this development. The decision to do this was partly for commercial reasons given the rapid industrialisation of Bintulu with multinationals contributing much of the direct investment and partly because of the lack of access to quality education in the city that prompted the developer to enter into this BIS venture. The developer needed an established partner with the right kind of expertise for the venture.

 

Their search for a suitable partner rapidly narrowed to elc, a relatively small English-medium school operating out of 2 campuses in Selangor, West Malaysia established in 1987. Although the two campuses cover a total land area of 14 acres, the combined admissions to the schools is limited by choice to 20 students per class and an overall total of 1,500 students. This policy decision on small enrolments gives vast areas of green areas and playing fields within the school grounds in addition to the usual complement of swimming pools, covered basketball/badminton courts, covered pick-up and drop-off areas, and science/IT labs.

 

Over the years elc has established as an outstanding academic institution, achieving IGCSE examinations scores ranked at or near the top among international schools not only in Malaysia but also the region including Singapore. Aside from the academic results, the conducive environment for teaching and learning and the discipline and behaviour of elc students, what impressed the developer was the competent way that the resources of the school were managed. This allowed students to enjoy a standard of education and facilities comparable to schools whose fee structure can be 2 or 3 times more than elc.

 

After initial visits and discussions, the two parties agreed to a partnership with elc International Sdn Bhd taking a 20% share in the joint-venture company. A soft launch of the project was organised on 9 Jan 2015. The Sarawak Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development, Yang Berhormat Datuk Fatimah Abdullah, officiated at this launch. Around 150 people, made up largely of prospective parents attended the presentation and Q & A session which was then followed by a lunch hosted by the Vital Focus Group.

 

The Bintulu International School (BIS) is the first International School in Bintulu, Sarawak, open to all Malaysian and expatriate families. BIS aims to provide its students a strong academic foundation through a diverse learning experience at a comparatively affordable price.