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Varee Chiangmai School

Linking schools in the UK and Chiang Mai

Varee Chiangmai School

Question and Answer time.

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.

Johnathan M. Sherwin came to present the School Links Project to Varee Chiangmai School.


Linking schools in the UK and Chiang Mai

Helen 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.

Preeyanoot Jittawong
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 school.



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