American Pacific International Kindergarten (APIK) held a
traditional Thai blessing ceremony for their new school on World Club Road.
The school has moved from the Koolpunt Ville Project 5 and this is its third
year of operation in Chiang Mai. The Kindergarten is an extension of the
American Pacific International School, which is an international co-ed day
and boarding school.
Palarit, the school’s owner, performs a solemn ritual during the
traditional Thai blessing ceremony for the new school.
Headmaster Barry Sutherland and Principal Joseph Lone, of at the Thai
blessing ceremony. Principal Lone said, “I am very proud of our dedicated
staff and of our new facility.”
The school owners, Kritsanant and Mrs. Bua Palarit were
present for the ceremony as well as Joseph Lone, the principal of APIK and
Barry Sutherland, headmaster of American Pacific International School, who
had designed and opened the original kindergarten in 2000.
Joseph Lone said, “I am very proud of our dedicated
staff and of our new facility. We are providing an American education for
young children in a Thai setting. At our school we have more than 18
nationalities represented, so you really get an international feeling here.
The active learning program is based on discovery and inquiry. We are
helping to form creative, independent learners here and the results are
really exciting. Learning through play is essential to our program.”
and Bua Palarit pay their respects at the school’s spirit house before the
at the school have use of the most modern amusement facilities for learning
and play time.
This sentiment was backed up by Barry Sutherland, who
said, “Today is a big day in our school’s history. We have made a
commitment to the parents in Chiang Mai to build and operate a school
specially designed to meet the needs of young children. This means that our
program is focused on early years learning and we strongly believe that the
early years are where the foundation of a solid life-long love of learning
is built. We back up that commitment with certified teachers from overseas
delivering a developmentally appropriate and inquiry-based curriculum in
The new school was specifically designed by Kritsanant, with green space
for free play and spacious classrooms.