Kolej Yayasan Saad

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Kolej Yayasan Saad
Ayer Keroh, Melaka
Type Private mixed gender boarding school
Motto Centre of Excellence
Established June 25, 1995; 21 years ago (1995-06-25)[citation needed]
Founder Tan Sri Halim Saad
School district Ayer Keroh
Principal Mr. Tan Cheh LI
Grades Form 1–Form 5
Gender Boys, Girls
Age range 13-17
Number of students 650
Classes Amanah, Rajin, Taat, Ikhlas, Jujur, Gigih
Medium of language Malay, English
Affiliations Halim Saad, Ministry of Education (Malaysia)

Kolej Yayasan Saad (KYS), also known as Saad Foundation College (SFC), is a private, fully residential school founded by Tan Sri Halim Saad in 1995. It was built in memory of his late father. The college is located at Ayer Keroh, Malacca. the school specialized in rugby, netball, robotics and etc. The school is widely known by its excellent PMR, PT3 and SPM results which is usually the best in the nation. Quite a number of the students here received scholarships to further their studies either in local or abroad universities.


Kolej Yayasan Saad is located in Ayer Keroh, a small town in the state of Malacca (Malacca). Kolej Yayasan Saad lies near the North-South Expressway and accessible through the Ayer Keroh Toll Exit. KYS is 140 km from Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur, about one and half hour if travelling by car. It is located in a rubber tree plantation.

Extended Curriculum[edit]

The curriculum in Kolej Yayasan Saad is include extended curriculum element into the National Curriculum. Students here learn Music Education, Computer Programming, Arts and Design, Guidance Program, English Enrichment and also Mandarin. These classes are only once a week for an hour except for the Music classes which is twice a week. The Music classes are for the students to develop their music knowledge and help them to appreciate the beauty of music. The school also has three orchestras which is Junior Orchestra, Senior Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. The school orchestras usually perform in front of honoured guests such as the Sultans and Head of State. The Computer Programming classes teach students how to use HTML programming, C++ and JavaScript and also to create websites. Arts and Design classes teach the students aspects of art and design and how to use it in real life. The subject has a 100% rate in receiving A+ in SPM. The Guidance Program teach the student manners and how to behave professionally and humbly.

Curriculum Overview[edit]

The school offers the National Curriculum (KBSM) to its students. Form 1 to Form 3 students will learn eight subjects as specified in the national curriculum. Form 4 and Form 5 students can choose to be in either the Science or Business stream. They will read twelve down to ten subjects. All students who complete their secondary school education in the school will sit for two public examinations – PT3 and SPM. The academic time spreads over 56 periods in a week. The school follow closely the one-hour period (optimum teaching and learning duration) in the timetable. The students are not put into fixed rooms according to classes. They move to teaching rooms from one subject to another. There is also no bell in between periods. The school implemented this system to eliminate boredom, improve time management skill and to keep the students active during academic hours. Class sizes are kept small. The teacher to student ratio is 1:10. The academic hours starts at 7.30 a.m. until 2.00 p.m. Lunch and rest periods are from 2.00 p.m. to 3 p.m. Then, the academic hours continue from 3.00 p.m. until 4.30 p.m.


The school has six lecture hall-style theatrettes, six science labs, an amphitheater, a Resource Center, a computer lab, seven specialist rooms, two music studios, an art studio and workshops.

Besides the academic facilities, the school also has dining hall, a cafeteria, dormitories and Surau. These places are for the convenience of the students while staying in this school. Most of the places are air-conditioned, except the science labs and dormitories.

The sports facilities include a gym, a 50-meter and 300-meter swimming pools, a synthetic athletics track, a rugby field, a football field, squash courts, tennis courts, a cross country obstacle course and a multi-purpose hall. The 300-meter swimming pool is also one of the longest swimming pool in South-east Asia.

Student selection criteria[edit]

The school conducts a student selection process every year. Any students of any for the next school session are allowed to apply. The first step of the selection process is sending the KYS application form, which is available from the school's website. The school receives about 6,000 applicants per year. In recent years, the number of applicants was risen to more than 6,000. The students that are applying must at least achieve 6As in their UPSR result, good curriculum, good behavior and etc.

From these applicants, 2,000 of those who fulfill the criteria are selected for the written Entrance Examination, taken at 20 venues nationwide. The top 300 students in this exam proceed to the third and final process, where they go to here for a four-days Residence Based Selection. During the four days process, candidates face testing which includes interviews, IQ tests, a personality test, an aptitude test, a physical test, group presentation, and a stage performance. Candidates are evaluated by facilitators and teachers. From the initial 6,000 participants, only the best 100 candidates are admitted into the school in any one academic year (excludes the application from other forms), making the school population of the five batches of approximately close to 500 resident students only.

The Houses[edit]

The school has three houses, each named after Malaysia's first three Prime Ministers: Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn. Each house has a Housemaster, Housemistress, Assistant Housemaster in charge, while students form the working committee. All three houses have a colour and mascot.

The Houses in the school are run according to the British-style House system under a Housemaster system consisting of Housemasters, House Tutors and Wardens. Student governance of the Houses are vested in the House committee consisting of the House Captain, Deputy House Captain, Vice 1 and Vice 2. House Captains are coveted posts in the school student governance and all House captains have their names emblazoned on the House board of honour upon leaving the school.

The House system allows the pastoral care of the students to be more effective as each student have access not only to their Housemaster or Housemistress but also to their House Tutors. Each House Tutor has only 8 - 12 students assigned to them which allows for a greater amount of personalized contact and assistance in their academics as well as personal development.

Events and activities[edit]

Every month, a "Union Night" is held by the four societies in the school.

Usually the Union Nights are inter-house competitions, such as the Science and Maths Quiz, Malam Bintang Legenda, English Drama, Choral Speaking, Religious Studies Quiz; there are also Union Nights that are talent shows, talks and speeches.

The school holds annual events such as the Athletics Championship, Swimming Championship, Family Day and Cross-Country Run. There are the KYS annual carnivals: the traditional rugby match with Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK), Victoria Institution and the traditional rugby match with Vajiravudh College, Thailand.

Music programme and orchestra[edit]

The School Orchestra was established in 1997 at the behest of the school's founder. Music is one of the compulsory subjects for students in the Lower Secondary School. The programme is performance-based and all students learn to play an instrument or two in the course of their studies here. The orchestra has about 76 members and about 100 other members in the Junior Development Programme.

The department is headed by the Director of Music (Head of Music Education) and is assisted by two full-time staff as well as part-timers who handle the teaching of percussion, piano, keyboards, brass instruments and guitars. The full-time staff are teaching the strings section which includes classes for violin, cello and double bass.

The orchestra has performed in venues across Peninsular Malaysia which included a 2003 performance in conjunction with the 13th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Kuala Lumpur. In the same year, the orchestra performed at the Thailand Cultural Village in Bangkok. Every year, the orchestra goes on tour and performs for dignitaries including the Royal families and Malaysian ministers, parents and students of guest schools.[1]

In 2010, the orchestra performed at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall Auditorium featuring a split programme consisting abridged works from Beethoven to Andrew Lloyd Webber. For 2011, the orchestra featured a serious programme with classical works like 1st Movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Mozart's Piano Concerto in G, contemporary orchestral works like medleys from the Phantom of the Opera, Pirates of the Caribbean and selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber's works.


The school has produced the best results for both the Penilaian Menengah Rendah and the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examinations. In the 2006 PMR examinations, a total of 54 out of 56 students obtained straight As or 96.4% in all subjects.This result was the best in the country. In 2007 the school achieved a 100% percent straight-As in the PMR examinations. The same goes for 2008, they also achieved 100% straight-As.And to complete the hat-trick, the PMR candidates of 2009 had managed to get 100% straight-As for the third time.[2] On the first year of PT3, 49 out of 81 students scored straight As.

In sports, the KYS athletics team have been the Ayer Keroh district champion and Melaka state Champion for many years straight. The school rugby team, also known as the KYS Rammers, is one of the best school rugby teams in Malaysia. The school rugby team has won 2nd cup in KYS Invitational Tournament in 2014 and has won many achievements in Kejohanan Ragbi Malaysia, which is one of the most prestigious tournaments in Malaysia. The team has played state and national tournaments such as the Sekolah Menengah Sains Selangor 10s (SMSS 10s). The Rammers participate in international rugby tournaments such as the COBRA 10s, Vajiravudh 10s and MCKK Premier 7s.

The Under-15 Netball Team also become the champion in the Ayer Keroh zone for many years straight.

The school robotics team has represented Malaysia in VEX Competitions many times.

School alumni[edit]

The school is KYSER, which is an acronym for Kolej Yayasan Saad Ex- Resident. It was founded in the year 2003. All KYSERs pursue their studies either locally or abroad.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Iedil Putra - Actor [3]
  • Wazien Wafa - Founder of Kyserun
  • Dr Hannah Nazri - One of the key people of The Kalsom Movement, a global Malaysian student-led charity.


  1. ^ Lai, Allison (13 August 2009). "Spellbound by classical music". The Star Online. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "KYS kekal pencapaian cemerlang 3 tahun berturut-turut". Utusan Online. 25 December 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 

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