Varee Chiangmai School
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Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Johnathan M. Sherwin came to present the School Links Project to Varee
Chiangmai students. Mr. Sherwin is a member of the British Council in
England which oversees the development of international education. The
School Links Projects provides an outlet for students to explore their
community and perform collaborative work with partner schools from all parts
of the world.
In this endeavor, students are encouraged to share ideas to produce
international projects and also engage in letter writing such as pen pal/pen
friend programs. All of these educational developments will be carried out
over the internet. When possible, video conferencing programs are used for a
more exciting experience.
Varee Chiangmai School (VCS) was selected by the British Council to be one
of the first elite schools to embark on this international project. VCS will
be collaborating with prestigious schools in England beginning with
Woodbrook Vale School and Boothwood School.
In time, VCS will link with schools from other parts of the world such as
China, Japan, USA, Australia, Europe, and South America. This project will
enable VCS students to express themselves through various realms of
education such as art, science, sports, international business,
international communications, and many other limitless opportunities bound
only by the studentís imagination.
M. Sherwin came to present the School Links Project to Varee Chiangmai
Linking schools in the UK and Chiang Mai
Thrilling (first row, second from right), Catherine Quigley, (first row,
third from right), Jonathan N. Sherwin (first row fourth from right), and
nine Chiang Mai school directors.
The British Council Chiang Mai wants to link nine schools in Chiang Mai with
nine schools in Leicestershire in the UK.
Catherine Quigley a Department for Education and Skills Regional Advisor for
SE Asia; and Helen Thrilling and Jonathan N. Sherwin from the Local
Education Authority in Leicestershire, came to run a series of workshops
with school directors, teachers and reps from the Education Service Area 1,
Chiang Mai including Kawila Witthalai School, Sunkumpeang School, Sunpatong
School, Nawamintrachutispayap School, Wattanothaipayup School, Varee
Chiangmai School, Regina Coeli College, Prince Royalís College, and
Yupparaj Wittayalai School.
They spoke on their experience of how to successfully run an international
school; and to link and introduce the UKís International School Links
Award. They focus on sharing the best practices in starting up these links
and visit the schools involved to learn from the Thai students what they
would hope to get out of a link with schools in the UK. Also, they focus on
improving the English language skills of Thai students, sharing the ideas
and experiences of teenagers living in these two countries and comparing the
environmental impact of their respective schools.
These links will be facilitated through Global Gateway and will also involve
the British Councilís Eco Footprint calculator, which is a web based tool
for students in Thailand to measure the environmental impact of their