SAM high achievers

In the internationally recognized South Australian Matriculation (SAM), DISTED College students once again carved high flying examination results of world-class standard.

20 students were placed among the top 20% of all SAM achievers in the world for attaining Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) 80 and above in the 2012 examination.

8 of them sparked remarkable results of ATAR 90 and higher, ranking them within the top 10% of all  outstanding SAM achievers in the examination.
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DISTED South Australian Matriculation high flyers celebrating their success. Sharing their joy are (front row, right) DISTED School of Pre-University Studies head Dr Teo Soon Beng, (back row, from left) lecturer Tan Siew Gaik, School of Pre-University Studies programme coordinator Lucy Chin Soon Sim and (back row, right) lecturer Dr Low Khee Lam.
DISTED South Australian Matriculation high flyers celebrating their success. Sharing their joy are (front row, right) DISTED School of Pre-University Studies head Dr Teo Soon Beng, (back row, from left) lecturer Tan Siew Gaik, School of Pre-University Studies programme coordinator Lucy Chin Soon Sim and (back row, right) lecturer Dr Low Khee Lam.

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DISTED top achiever in SAM, Tan Chun Chuan (ATAR 97.05), jubilating with (from right) DISTED School of Pre-University Studies head Dr Teo Soon Beng and programme coordinator Lucy Chin Soon Sim.
DISTED top achiever in SAM, Tan Chun Chuan (ATAR 97.05), jubilating with (from right) DISTED School of Pre-University Studies head Dr Teo Soon Beng and programme coordinator Lucy Chin Soon Sim.

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Topping the list of excellent achievers was Tan Chun Chuan who scored ATAR 97.05, which ranked him among the top 3% of all SAM high flyers this year.

The other high achievers included Ashten Avinash Anthony (ATAR 94.40) and Lee Kar Mun (ATAR 92.05).

In sharing joy with the top achievers, DISTED School of Pre-University Studies head Dr Teo Soon Beng said: “Congratulations to those students who have performed well, and to all the SAM batch of 2012, best wishes for the future.”

“I also like to commend the SAM lecturers who have worked hard and with great dedication leading to this year’s highly credible results with about 25% of the cohort achieving ATAR 80 and above.”

SAM programme coordinator Lucy Chin Soon Sim added: “The students of high academic calibre, who made DISTED their choice for pre-university education, have done us proud.”

“Their outstanding success inspires us to strive harder in upholding high standards to spur more students to excel in their studies.”
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Sharing a proud moment are (from left) School of Pre-University Studies head Dr Teo Soon Beng, SAM high achiever Ashten Avinash Anthony (ATAR 94.40) and School of Pre-University Studies programme coordinator Lucy Chin Soon Sim.
Sharing a proud moment are (from left) School of Pre-University Studies head Dr Teo Soon Beng, SAM high achiever Ashten Avinash Anthony (ATAR 94.40) and School of Pre-University Studies programme coordinator Lucy Chin Soon Sim.

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Placed among the top 10% of all SAM achievers in the world are DISTED students (from left) Law Chien Huey, Divvya Sivarajah, Ashten Avinash Anthony, Tan Chun Chuan, Jasniza Johari, Lee Kar Mun and Sarah Wong Yue Lynn.
Placed among the top 10% of all SAM achievers in the world are DISTED students (from left) Law Chien Huey, Divvya Sivarajah, Ashten Avinash Anthony, Tan Chun Chuan, Jasniza Johari, Lee Kar Mun and Sarah Wong Yue Lynn.

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As for Ashten, he attributed his SAM achievement to sustained grit and determination: “Throughout the course, I kept my focus on studying and managing my time well.”

“In SAM, consistent hard work is required to deal with a multitude of coursework, which gave me a great experiential learning that enriched my personal development beyond acquiring knowledge,” said the former student of Sekolah Tinggi Muar with SPM10As, who aspires to be an engineer or actuarist.

Like Tan, Ashten too contributed his efforts and time in organizing the SAM prom night.
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Sharing a happy moment are DISTED SAM high achievers (from left) Kung Kuang Di (ATAR 88.55), Chuah Jun Hun (80.75), Wilson Ooi Ee Soon (82.65), Brian de Cunha (84.35), Cedric Ch'ng Fusheng (80.75), Liew Kah Hsing (86.30), Tan Chun Chuan (97.05) and Ashten Avinash Anthony (94.40).
Sharing a happy moment are DISTED SAM high achievers (from left) Kung Kuang Di (ATAR 88.55), Chuah Jun Hun (80.75), Wilson Ooi Ee Soon (82.65), Brian de Cunha (84.35), Cedric Ch’ng Fusheng (80.75), Liew Kah Hsing (86.30), Tan Chun Chuan (97.05) and Ashten Avinash Anthony (94.40).

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Rejoicing over their fine achievements in SAM are DISTED students (from left) Chan Mann Shih (ATAR 86.00), Law Chien Huey (91.50), Stephanie Chang Yen Li (87.65), Divvya Sivarajah (90.10), Jasniza Johari (90.70), Tan Shi Bei (88.55), Liew Eu Lyn (85.00), Sarah Wong Yue Lynn (90.45), Lee Kar Mun (92.05) and Lim Jia Bao (87.65).
Rejoicing over their fine achievements in SAM are DISTED students (from left) Chan Mann Shih (ATAR 86.00), Law Chien Huey (91.50), Stephanie Chang Yen Li (87.65), Divvya Sivarajah (90.10), Jasniza Johari (90.70), Tan Shi Bei (88.55), Liew Eu Lyn (85.00), Sarah Wong Yue Lynn (90.45), Lee Kar Mun (92.05) and Lim Jia Bao (87.65).

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Cheer for senior citizens

Story by Kelly Ooi Siew May, Staffordshire University BA(Hons) International Business Management student at DISTED.

It was a delightful time of cheer, fun and interaction for Relau Rumah Charis residents when DISTED College students paid them a visit.

Organized by the college’s CPA Australia Student Charter, the community service sought to show love and care for the elderly while nurturing the spirit of caring culture in the students who are pursuing UK’s Staffordshire University business degree courses.
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DISTED CPA Australia Student Charter member Ong Ke Ying (standing) helping to serve food to the Relau Rumah Charis residents during a social work visit organized by the club.
DISTED CPA Australia Student Charter member Ong Ke Ying (standing) helping to serve food to the Relau Rumah Charis residents during a social work visit organized by the club.

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Senior citizens at Relau Rumah Charis having a good time of karaoke during the visit by DISTED CPA Australia Student Charter members.
Senior citizens at Relau Rumah Charis having a good time of karaoke during the visit by DISTED CPA Australia Student Charter members.

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Event organizing leader Kelly Ooi Siew May said: “We had tea with the old folks. Amidst serving them fried noodles, red bean soup and pandan cake, we enjoyed a good time of interaction with them.”

“From funds raised during a charity effort, we presented a RM900 donation to the home besides clothing and food items including rice, Milo and oats.

“As for entertainment, we engaged the senior citizens in a karaoke session and interactive games,” she said.

“We all had put in a lot of hard work to make the charity visit a reality and we found it very worthwhile and satisfying.

“What we did was a simple event but presented with tender loving care,” she added.
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DISTED administration director and School of Business head Dr Liew Yueah Cin (centre) presenting a RM900 donation to Janet of Relau Rumah Charis. Looking on is School of Business programme coordinator Gwee Sai Ling.
DISTED administration director and School of Business head Dr Liew Yueah Cin (centre) presenting a RM900 donation to Janet of Relau Rumah Charis. Looking on is School of Business programme coordinator Gwee Sai Ling.

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Among the participants of the charity visit to Relau Rumah Charis are DISTED business undergraduates  (from left) Yeoh Khim Seah, Wan Chia Sin and Parimaladevi.
Among the participants of the charity visit to Relau Rumah Charis are DISTED business undergraduates (from left) Yeoh Khim Seah, Wan Chia Sin and Parimaladevi.

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Residents of Relau Rumah Charis in a group shot with DISTED CPA Australia Student Charter members.
Residents of Relau Rumah Charis in a group shot with DISTED CPA Australia Student Charter members.

Adventure with The Force

Star Wars came to Queensbay Mall in Penang and 3 DISTED College Japanese Cultural Awareness Society (JCAS) members and their advisor were part of the science fiction movie promotion event.

Students Edmund Tan, Aaron Low, Melissa Lynn and their advisor Ko Ko Naing dressed themselves as various characters from the movie for a freeze mob held at the mall on 19 February 2012.

The event, which presented characters such as Darth Vader, the Imperial Guards, Storm Troopers, Jedis and Siths, was organized by the mall in conjunction with the re-screening of The Phantom Menace from the Star Wars series in digital 3D.

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DISTED Japanese Cultural Awareness Society members (from left) Edmund Tan and Aaron Low, and their advisor Ko Ko Naing participating in the Star Wars freeze mob at Queensbay Mall, Penang.
DISTED Japanese Cultural Awareness Society members (from left) Edmund Tan and Aaron Low, and their advisor Ko Ko Naing participating in the Star Wars freeze mob at Queensbay Mall, Penang.

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DISTED Japanese Cultural Awareness Society members (from left) Melissa Lynn, Edmund Tan and Aaron Low making the props for the Star Wars cosplay.
DISTED Japanese Cultural Awareness Society members (from left) Melissa Lynn, Edmund Tan and Aaron Low making the props for the Star Wars cosplay.

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Preparing for the cosplay was an adventure of learning and fun.

“It was a very exciting but quite a rush too during the 1 week that we took to choose the characters for the cosplay, design and create the costumes and lightsabers,” Edmund Tan recalled.

Melissa Lynn, who is studying the Cambridge A-Level, said: “Constructing and painting the lightsabers to show their metallic effects was a tedious task that required hard work.”

“The effort was worthwhile as we could take pride in the final products and share the wonders of Star Wars with shoppers in the mall.”

JCAS vice-president and Cambridge A-Level student Aaron Low shared his excitement: “We had to drive around town from Penang Times Square to Chulia Street scouting for materials to build the props, which gave us a sense of adventure with The Force.”

“We hope to watch the movie Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D in our cosplay outfits. It’ll just be so awesome!” he added.

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DISTED students, including Edmund Tan (foreground, right), joining their fellow fans in depicting various characters from the Star Wars movies at the freeze mob organized by Queensbay Mall.
DISTED students, including Edmund Tan (foreground, right), joining their fellow fans in depicting various characters from the Star Wars movies at the freeze mob organized by Queensbay Mall.

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DISTED student Edmund Tan painting the Force Staff, a Star Wars weapon, for the movie's freeze mob event.
DISTED student Edmund Tan painting the Force Staff, a Star Wars weapon, for the movie’s freeze mob event.

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Meet your future

At DISTED College, the New Year ushered in the first cohort of new students in 2012 for a rewarding education that connects them to their future success in career and life.

On January 3, an orientation was held at the DISTED Yeap Chor Ee Campus on Macalister Road for new students of Cambridge A-Level, South Australian Matriculation, professional accountancy, business, computer science, IT and English courses.

New hospitality students attended an induction progrmme at the brand new DISTED School of Hospitality China Street Ghaut Campus, which marks an achievement and a milestone of recognition by the industry and the community of its hospitality education that has been accorded a 5-star excellence rating by MyQuest 2010/2011.

New students of DISTED attending an orientation briefing.
New students of DISTED attending an orientation briefing.

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Former SMJK Union students including Emelyn Lee Pey Wei (right) starting higher education at DISTED.
Former SMJK Union students including Emelyn Lee Pey Wei (right) starting higher education at DISTED.

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Sharing a happy moment on orientation day are new DISTED students (from left) Hooi Chung Wai, Ooi Yong Hou, Rachel Ong Hong Shing and Divya Buxani.
Sharing a happy moment on orientation day are new DISTED students (from left) Hooi Chung Wai, Ooi Yong Hou, Rachel Ong Hong Shing and Divya Buxani.

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“DISTED is a great stepping stone to meeting my future.

“My school seniors told me the college provides good education with conducive learning environment and high calibre lecturers,” said Emelyn Lee Pey Wei, an ex-student of SMJK Union.

“I’m taking up the Cambridge A-Level as it’s a solid pre-university programme that is internationally recognized for university admission. It fits into my plan to study actuarial science.

“Apart from studying hard, I intend to get involved in extramural activities too to hone soft skills such as communication skills, teamwork and time management,” she said.

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New hospitality students posing with DISTED School of Hospitality head Susie Khoo (standing, fourth from right) at the DISTED School of Hospitality China Street Ghaut Campus.
New hospitality students posing with DISTED School of Hospitality head Susie Khoo (standing, fourth from right) at the DISTED School of Hospitality China Street Ghaut Campus.

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DISTED School of Hospitality head Susie Khoo (left) showing her new students the mementos of Hard Rock Hotel Penang, which is a member of the DISTED School of Hospitality Industry Advisory Panel, displayed at the DISTED School of Hospitality China Street Ghaut Campus.
DISTED School of Hospitality head Susie Khoo (left) showing her new students the mementos of Hard Rock Hotel Penang, which is a member of the DISTED School of Hospitality Industry Advisory Panel, displayed at the DISTED School of Hospitality China Street Ghaut Campus.

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DISTED president Dr Koo Wee Kor advised the fresh students to make the best use of the opportunities provided by the college to acquire well-rounded skills, knowledge and values that would stand them in good stead in their future endeavours.

“At DISTED, you’ll gain a fruitful and wonderful education experience that is both relevant and excellent, that will support your aspirations, and make you a complete student.

“You’ll get to hear of INSPiRE, Community CONNECT, Let’s Go Green and eLearn initiatives.

“All these initiatives are very student focused to simultaneously drive industry relevant education, create community caring culture, inculcate strong environmental responsibility and leadership, and build a mindset of life-long learning in our students as well as our staff and the community around us,” Dr Koo said.

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The new students getting better acquainted with each other the fun way.
The new students getting better acquainted with each other the fun way.

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Fostering camaraderie during an orientation game.
Fostering camaraderie during an orientation game.

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The orientation programme, conducted by the student services department headed by student affairs officer Tony Toh Chi Eng, saw the students having a good time playing induction games apart from attending briefings.

“The orientation activities are meant to introduce the new students to college life and to forge fraternity and esprit de corps among them.

“We like to give them a meaningful start as they embark on the exciting journey of charting their future through higher education,” Tony Toh remarked.