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Day and Boarding school for ages 3 – 18.

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Hello Education Magazine Article

Associate Professor Dr. Virachai Techavijit and Khun Kwanshanok Techavijit were honoured to be interviewed by Hello Education Magazine. They talked about their dedication to keep the good reputation of Regent’s International school.

After a remarkable teaching career in the United States, the founder and chairman, Dr. Virachai, decided to run an international school in Bangkok with the objective of improving education in Thailand. To perpetuate the good standards of Regent’s, the school director, Khun Kwanshanok always has a particular focus on understanding the demand of students and parents.
Our students’ academic excellence has allowed them to study at world class universities including University of Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, UCl, Imperial College, Cornell, Chicago, UCLA and Stanford University.

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Message from the Deputy Head of Secondary

Like all of you, our school wants all of its students to be happy at school. If our students are not happy, we can’t get the best out of them.

However, please consider also that happiness is not just contained in the here-and-now. Happiness is something that we must all try to build for the future. I’m sure that if we all said to our students, we’re banning homework and uniforms and all of the other areas that sometimes don’t make them happy, they would feel very happy. But that happiness would not last.

The secondary school has started at a great pace this year. We are all excited about the road ahead. The partnership between the school, parents and students is key to the success of our community.

We must work together to ensure that our students work hard, get involved and come to school on time. We must encourage our students to realise that working hard, getting involved and coming to school on time will actually develop their feelings of happiness. In the future, they will thank you and me for looking after them – and turning their dreams into reality.

Updates from the Head of Primary

Dear Parent,
Over the last three days the children from Year 2 to Year 6 have enjoyed a challenging range of Round Square activities. Many of the children have experienced activities for the first time and have really had to push themselves to achieve their targets and overcome their fears.
The activities have ranged from rock climbing, trampolining, ice skating, wakeboarding and Thai cultural trips. A new trip this year was a visit to the Science Museum and many children learnt many new concepts from visiting the centre. The children did not only experience all the fun of the Round Square philosophy on trips, they also joined in with a variety of activities in school, including yoga, international art, Mandarin and Thai crafts and games, a mini Olympics, musical madness and the always popular Lego challenge club.
As well as focusing on the Round Square IDEALS, we also encouraged the children to make new friends from other year groups and it has been wonderful to see them joining in the various activities and learning together.
Our younger children did not miss out on all the fun with Year 1 visiting Funarium on Wednesday and Reception visiting Dusit Zoo to see all the animals on Tuesday.
Many photos and videos were taken and we will share them with you soon so you can also share the fun and excitement of the last three days.

With best wishes
Rachel

Updates from the Head of Secondary

Round Square Week

The Secondary School activities were selected to give each of the year groups a mental, emotional and physical challenge to overcome during the four days. Students were also meant to have fun!
The Round Square concepts were broken up as follows:
Internationalism: talks by Childsafe and Freeland about where Thailand fits into a global framework;
Democracy: students working in teams to complete activities;
Environment: paper recycling and animal welfare;
Adventure: bouncing and climbing;
Leadership: students taking the lead on making things, leading groups by example and interacting with visiting speakers;
Service: students making books for underprivileged children, as well as fundraising for Freeland, Paper Ranger and Love Wildlife.
Special thanks should go to Khun Miki and Khun Aim for all their work behind the scenes. Thanks also to Mr Nolan, Ms Brookes, Mr Burns and Mr Anderson for acting as group leaders, and to Ms Whitmore and Mr Terry for going above and beyond the call of duty. This is a week when staff and students work together to make the days a success. The continued support of the vast majority of our students and the commitment of the staff to these activities is much appreciated. It is the philosophy of this school to encourage students to mature on a mental, emotional and physical level, as well as encourage a rapid rate of academic progress. The best universities around the world also concur with this philosophy. Finally, thanks to Mr Hennes, the Round Square Co-ordinator for masterminding the rich mix of activities.

Student Progress

On Wednesday 15th June, the Secondary School were privileged to welcome five teacher-trainers from the Thai education system. Five of our students in Year 9 – Ella, Hime, Sylvia, Molly and Minami – spoke to our guests about the progress they have made in learning English over the year. Their progress has been incredible. From hardly knowing any English at the beginning of the year, they now speak fluently and intelligently about their learning.They are now in a position where they can look forward with confidence to their IGCSEs. At the end of the day, our teacher-trainers pronounced that their meeting with our five students had been the most inspiring part of the day.
Over this year, students have earned 13,000 points for their houses. These 13,000 points have been awarded for their effort, independent study and participation in the school curriculum. In the last report, 22 of our students had an average report-grade of less than 1.3 for their Effort, Independent Study and Participation. As 1 means Well Above Average and 2 means Above Average, this is an outstanding achievement across all of their subjects. I am proud to say that our students show great commitment to their learning. I am also proud to say that the partnership between students and their teachers is very strong.
An area that has also improved significantly is school attendance. Very few students now have an unsatisfactory rate of attendance.
At the beginning of the year, I announced that the target would be to “Work hard, work hard and come to school (on time.)” The combination of these two areas is of central importance to a student’s learning. As I look forward to next year, I also hope to see more students involved in all of our school activities. The motto will change: “Work hard, get involved and come to school (on time.)”
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all students and parents a very happy holiday – and to remind you all that learning never ends. As the great Albert Einstein once said: “Once you stop learning, you start dying.”

From the Head of Primary

Dear Parents,

As we come to the end of a very busy week I have the chance to reflect on what a fabulous school we have here at The Regent’s.

We have received several awards recently including 6 trophies from the Primary FOBISA Games and over 50 medals. During the games our children competed with great stamina and team spirit. This was then followed by the news that our Coding team came 1st place in Thailand in the FOBISIA Coding Competition and runner up in South East Asia. We are all very proud of our team!
Today we concluded our week with a fun filled swimming gala and saw the Yellow Tigers win both the Upper and Lower Primary competition. Well done to all the staff who supported during the day, especially Mr Bond (PE Co-ordinator) for his organisation and dedication.

Have a great weekend!

With best wishes
Rachel

From the Head of Secondary

As we enter the final three weeks of the school year, Regent’s International is becoming even more active.
Next week, the PE Department is organising ‘Burn it Off Week’ during extra-curricular time to encourage students to be more active prior to the long holiday. During this week we also have Year 6 Transition Day and the start of this year’s Round Square Activity Days. Every child has received a letter outlining the programme during these days and I would strongly encourage parents to support the school in ensuring that the students take part in what promises to be series of active, and mind-provoking events. On Saturday, the annual Business Studies trip to London leaves. I hope that the students and staff enjoy their visit to the UK’s capital. All the while, the rehearsals for Aladdin Jr continue apace getting ready for opening night on Thursday 16th June- make sure you purchase your tickets in advance!
In the final week of term we will be enjoying our Swimming Gala with a twist, a Parent-Teacher Consultation and our annual Prize Giving Ceremony in which we will celebrate the achievements of our hardworking and talented students.
I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming events.

Welcome from the Head of Secondary

In many schools the latter weeks of Term Three tend to be a bit of a gentle wind down to the holidays…but not here! This week alone we have our Year Seven Outdoor Education Trip, an Environmental Trip to the Korean island of Jeju and of course the long awaited end to the IBDP examinations followed by the equally long anticipated Graduation and Senior Social. Whilst some may long for a slow and steady canter into the Summer break, there is something exciting about a school where learning and activities related to holistic education continue to the very final day. Even in our final week of the year, the PE Department are organising a Swimming Gala with a ‘twist’ on Wednesday 22nd June. What that is, you will have to join us to find out…

Welcome from the Head of Primary

Dear Parent, welcome to this weeks newsletter, it has been yet another busy week in the Primary and Early Years this week. On Monday we saw our badminton team competing in the TISAC competition and the children were very successful and we won the under 11 mixed doubles gold position. On Wednesday Year 3 and 4 entertained us with their show of Pirates versus Mermaids and all the parents complimented the children on their great singing and acting ability. It was a wonderful team effort by all involved. On Friday we were joined by over 50 grandparents as part of our annual grandparents day. The children were very proud to show their grandparents around the school and visit their classrooms and enjoy a delicious lunch. Next week will be busy again with our FOBISIA squad competing in the games at Bromsgrove and I would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the very best.

with best wishes Rachel

Welcome from the Head of Secondary

Schools are exciting places to be. Every day is different, each with its moments of success and challenge. This is even more the case during the external examination period where scores of students are busily revising, preparing and finger-crossing for the ‘right’ questions to come up in their end of course assessments, some of which may even determine the next stage of their lives. Martin Luther King Jr said: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”, very apt for our Year 11 and 13 students at the moment. We wish them all well, not luck, because luck has very little to do with examination success! Past and personal experience has shown that hard work, determination and a desire to succeed will beat luck every time. As the actor Denzel Washington said: “I believe that luck is when an opportunity comes along, and you’re prepared for it”. All I can say is that the students and staff have laboured intensively to ensure that the tools for success are sharp and ready for action. Do well!

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