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Prem International College Fair

CDSC’s trip from Chiang Mai to Pattaya

Prem searches for new academic staff

Prem International College Fair

Prem International School will host the 2006 Prem International College Fair, March 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on its campus in Mae Rim. Universities from countries including Australia, the U.K., Australia, Canada, the U.S., Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Switzerland will be represented.

All international schools in Chiang Mai have been invited to participate, as well as any interested students from the Thai high schools. Seminars will be presented on topics such as the UK Admissions Process by Caroline Pack from Warwick University and Careers for the Future by Jon Hartman, CMIS College Counselor.

Plan to come and stay for lunch. Local Chiang Mai restaurants will participate in providing international fare. Student art will be displayed as well as student musical talent.

For information, call 053-301-500 ext. 5349 or 5350.

CDSC’s trip from Chiang Mai to Pattaya

Mary Velechovsky

On February 6, 2006, Grades 7 and 8 loaded their luggage into a mini-bus and we were on our way. The first destination was Sukhothai. After a four hour drive we headed out to the beautiful and educational historical site. The next morning we left for Khao Yai National Park. The drive to this park was very long, so when we arrived we all rested, in order to be fit for the next morning’s trekking trip. The tired students (and teachers) left in the morning for a 9 km trek through the jungle. Our destination was the Haew Suwat waterfall. During the walk, we encountered monkeys, snakes, and wild elephants. It was great because you can’t see wild animals in big cities like Chiang Mai or in Europe.

The next morning, we were off again, but this time heading for Bangkok. After arriving at the Reflections Hotel, we had an hour to freshen up and get ready to go to Siam Square by the very convenient sky train to spend some free time to explore the huge malls.

The next day was dedicated to go by boat to the fascinating King’s Palace, to Lumpini Park to relax and back to the hotel where a curfew was set for 11 p.m. because the last part of the ride to Pattaya was scheduled for early the next day.

After another three hours bus ride, due to heavy traffic we arrived at the RS Guest-
house. We had finally arrived at the beach and had time to relax for the whole day.

Pattaya is a city of diversification. Sun, sand and beach, banana boats, henna tatoos, food stalls and Italian restaurants. You name it, you get it and that was exactly what we did. Trying to put as much adventure and fun in the stay at the beach. Above all, the class trip turned out to be a success and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Prem searches for new academic staff

Tara Colen

Over 70 Heads of School and over 400 teachers gather at the Boston and London Search Associates fair each year to hire and be hired. As a candidate, one walks into the job fairly daunted by the number of people that are there, all vying to go to the same school. As a Head of School, one walks into the fair with the intention of finding some of the best teachers in the world to come to his/her school for the following academic year. Sometimes the Head of School must sell their school but sometimes the school has already sold itself.

Each year PTIS Head of School David Baird and PTIS teachers attend the Boston and London Search Associates fair

The latter seemed to be the case for Prem Tinsulanonda International School this year. Head of PTIS, David Baird, has returned from a two week stint overseas recruiting teachers and interns for the 2006-2007 school year.

In London, David interviewed 35 candidates and in Boston 50 candidates. From 7.30 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day he held 15 minute interviews, talked to other Heads of Schools about particular candidates, followed up with emails, went over CV’s, and had to make many quick hiring decisions. His goal was to hire several International Baccalaureate (IB) trained teachers for new and existing positions at PTIS. Each year in international schools there is generally a turnover rate of 20-30 percent. Additionally, David was looking to hire nine new interns for assistance in the Junior and Senior Schools as well as boarding. Next year, there will be 10 boarding interns, up from eight this year,
as enrollment in the boarding houses has been rising steadily.

David commented, “Prem had the longest line by far at both fairs. Signups to interview went on for two hours and that whole time, there was a line at the Prem stall. Other schools finished their signups within the hour. It was very rewarding to see the interest in Prem. It is a desirable place to live and work and we have a good reputation in the International Baccalaureate circuit.”

Two weeks after the fair, David has not yet completed the hiring process. It takes a lot of time to choose the best teachers. He is still getting up to 10 new CVs a day. Additionally, depending on enrollment next year, expected to reach 480 from 430 this year, more teachers might be needed in the coming months.