Mr Paul Starkie has almost 40 years in teaching and educational leadership in the UK and within high performing international schools around the world including Jakarta, Brussels, St Helena and Dubai. Other than being recognised by CIS (Council of International Schools) for his outstanding contribution to international education, Paul also completed his National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and OfSTED (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills in the UK government) training. He is an avid participant and coach in various competitive sports. Paul joins the CHIS family, accompanied by his wife and son.
CELINE ANN MACARTHUR
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL WHOLE SCHOOL
Mrs MacArthur's teaching and leadership career has spanned 25 years, in a variety of schools and curricula (British, American and International) in the UK, Middle East, Asia and Europe. Mrs MacArthur, originally from Ireland, is a fully UK qualified Mathematics and Physical Education teacher, holding a BA (Hons) from the University of Surrey, where she gained her Qualified Teacher Status. She also has a Diploma in Sports Psychology from Newcastle College. She comes to us from our sister school in Kuala Lumpur, HELP International SchooL (HIS), after serving there as a Deputy Principal (Head of Primary). Mrs MacArthur led the primary team in the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) accreditation exercise which resulted in the school being recognised as an IPC Accredited School, joining 1% of the IPC schools worldwide to receive such an achievement. She also spearheaded the Eco-School programme with HIS receiving the Silver Award recently. Prior to coming to Malaysia, Mrs MacArthur was the Head Teacher (Secondary) for an international school in Switzerland.
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL, HEAD OF PRIMARY
Ms Tammy Cyngier graduated from the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff with a degree in Primary Education. She has since worked in various educational positions in primary classes in England and internationally with her most recent post in China. After establishing a successful language training centre in China, the call of the classroom and school life beckoned. She decided to join Crescendo-HELP International School and further her interest in English as a Second Language within the school context. Tammy and her husband are keen to discover more about their area in Southern Malaysia.
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL, HEAD OF SECONDARY
Mr Ian joins CHIS as Head of Secondary and brings a wealth of experience. Having a first-class degree in mathematics, he started teaching mathematics, PE and ICT subjects. Mr Ian quickly progressed to the Head of Mathematics in an outstanding mixed comprehensive school of 1600 students and eventually onto a Senior in the UK.
Mr Ian was also previously Head of Secondary in Spain. He also held a position as a Deputy Head Teacher of a school with 1000 students and was instrumental in the improvement of the school to be judged as outstanding by OfSTED. He was also the Head of Sixth of 400 students in a large comprehensive school. In his previous role, Mr Ian is responsible for the curriculum as an Assistant Principal in a 3-19 school of 3600 students in Dubai.
Mr Ian is a qualified Mountain Leader and has led groups of students on expeditions to various parts of the world. He has a passion for climbing and arrives with his wife, Beth, a Biology teacher and his young daughter.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL SECONDARY
Mr Khoyes has a Master’s degree in Chemistry and has taught Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths. He was recognised as an Advanced Skills Teacher in the UK and also previously worked with schools across the UK focusing on improving the quality of teaching and learning and school improvement.
It was an assignment in a school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and his impact on the school that he was appointed as Head of Secondary. Whilst at CHIS as Key Stage Coordinator, Mr Khoyes has contributed significantly to the Secondary and whole school initiatives.
He is very much looking forward to his new role as Assistant Principal, Secondary. In his spare time, Mr Khoyes enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with his family.