Multiple celebrations mark
10th anniversary of APIS
The American Pacific International School community is
celebrating ten years of growth and development. The school situated on the
Hangdong-Samoeng Road, near Suan Bua Resort and Spa, first admitted students
in April 1997. The first students joined a Summer Program to prepare them
for admission to the regular program in August. They attended a second
‘jumpstart program’ in July before starting their American-style education
in August. Students were enrolled in Grade 7, 9 and 10. ‘Dormitories’ were
hotel rooms at Suan Bua and there were few specialist teaching rooms. By
October, the boys’ dorm Odden Hall was built and the Library and Computer
Rooms were under construction.
the yellow brick road, students from APIS celebrate their 10th anniversary
with a performance of The Wizard of Oz.
Since 1997, the school has developed programs for younger students so that
both Elementary and Kindergarten needs are met. There is now purpose-built
accommodation for children from Grade 1 (six years of age) on the Main
Boarding Campus and a second campus, in World Club Land, houses the Nursery
and Kindergarten classes. There are now almost 300 students.
It was with great pleasure that Khun Kritsanant was able to announce at the
Tenth Anniversary celebration, the extension of the school’s accreditation
by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) to include all
APIS is also in the final stages of working towards authorization for the
delivery of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years’ Program (IBPYP)
and fully expects to achieve that in the next academic year. These
developments mark a significant step in the school’s history, indicating the
successful incorporation of programs for younger learners.
Because more than 50% of students are boarders and it was hoped that many
parents would attend, the recent Parents’ Day was chosen as the appropriate
time to celebrate the achievements of the past ten years. In addition to
their conferences with teachers or their child, the morning provided
opportunities for parents to view the changes which have taken place this
year, to view a Taek won do demonstration featuring the schools’ first
student black belt, to enjoy a performance of music and dance from the
Kindergarten and to view a summary in photographs of the school’s
A celebratory lunch in the school dining room was enjoyed by students,
staff, parents, the owners and members of the Board of Trustees together
with some special guests led by Madam Wu Huiqing, Consul-General of the P.R.
China in Chiangmai, who presented Khun Kristanant with educational materials
for use in Chinese courses.
After lunch presentations were made to Khun Kritsanant and Khun Bua Palarit,
the owner and license holder, and to the special guests from the consulates
in Chiangmai, the area Education office and the Board of Trustees before the
Elementary School performed their adaptation of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to the
delight of all, with Dorothy (Diana Vornicu), from Romania the Tinman
(Hangyol Kim) from Korea, the Lion (Joe Brackley) and the Wizard of Oz
(Kootchi Paul) from the UK, the Scarecrow from the USA (Hannah Shaw) and a
Thai Toto (Joe Moonros). Every student from the Elementary School was
The school community looks forward with anticipation to the next ten years
of consolidation and further development.
APIS names Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Headmaster Keith B. Wecker of the American Pacific International School
(APIS) announced the selection of student Anunthorn Vinijtaopatom, 18 and
from Bangkok, as Valedictorian of the Class of 2007 and Pitipat
Sirikietsoong, 18, also from Bangkok as Salutatorian.
Vinijtaopatom, APIS Valedictorian and Pitipat Sirikietsoong, the graduating
Anunthorn, known in the school community as Tape, began secondary school at
Sang Arun School in Bangkok. At Tape’s suggestion, his family chose APIS for
the remainder of high school. He stated “going to school at APIS would help
me become more independent and learn how to make good decisions about my
life.” Tape has chosen to study computer programming and will be attending
either DePaul University in Chicago or Savannah College of Art and Design in
Georgia. Tape has attended APIS for three years.
Pitipat Sirikietsoong, nicknamed Pan, is the youngest in his family and the
third to graduate from APIS. He has been a student at APIS since grade 9 and
accomplished middle school at Raumrudee International School in Bangkok. His
father, Mr. Vitoon Sirikietsoong, a graduate of New York University and this
year’s commencement speaker at APIS, is a member of the school’s Board of
Trustees. Pan was accepted to Illinois Wesleyan University and Ohio Wesleyan
University; he received scholarship offers from both universities. However,
in August, Pan decided to join the freshman class at Bentley College near
Boston. Bentley has a highly acclaimed business school and Pan will pursue a
degree in Business Administration while also satisfying interests in
Psychology and Philosophy.
According to Mr. Wecker, “fully a third of our graduating class this year
will be attending colleges and universities in the Untied States. Thus far,
all of our seniors have been accepted in their first choice schools.” He
further stated “this is simply remarkable. Everyone is getting to go to
where they want to go.”
Located on the Hangdong-Samoeng Road just outside Chiang Mai, APIS is the
only residential school in the Chiang Mai area accredited by the Western
Association of Schools and Colleges and has educational programs from pre-K
to grade 12 on two campuses.
Congratulations to Prem’s class of 2007
M.L, Trihosyuth Devakul, H.E. General Prem and
Mr. David Baird, Head of School at the graduation ceremony.
General Prem Tinsulanonda, the Honorary Chairperson of Prem Tinsulanonda
International School, gave the graduation address to the Class of 2007 and
assembled guests, and subsequently awarded diplomas following his speech to
the 32 graduates on May 25. H.E. General Prem, for whom the school is named,
has been committed to furthering education for many years and inspires staff
and students who live and work at the school with his belief that education
should not only create inspired and knowledgeable students, but students who
are kind, caring and ethical persons. The mission statement of the school
has committed to this goal.
Now in its sixth year of operation, PTIS has grown into a leading
international school in Thailand with students from 35 countries attending.
Located twenty-five kilometers north of Chiang Mai, in the rural
countryside, the school is both a day and boarding school offering the
rigorous International Baccalaureate diploma program for grades 11 and 12.
The school is located on 250 Rai of land with exceptional facilities that
include an Olympic-size swimming pool, sports fields, two-bedroom apartments
for boarders, and spacious classrooms. The boarding program on offer is
among South East Asia’s finest. This fall, students will also have the
opportunity to receive professional tennis coaching and golf instruction,
integrated into a rigorous academic program.
The IB Diploma is a top choice for PTIS graduates and many university
admission offices give early and preferential entrance to PTIS IB Diploma
graduates. The Board of Governors, the School Board, teachers and parents
extend their best wishes to the graduates who have worked diligently over
the last few years.
shows community spirit
Eighth grade students at Lanna International
showing some of the items that were auctioned off.
The eighth grade class of Lanna International School just completed a number
of fundraising events to benefit the Support the Children Foundation.
Support the Children Foundation operates a number of orphanages for HIV
positive children in Chiang Mai and provides a range of outreach services to
HIV positive and aids patients in northern Thailand.
The entire class of grade 8 participated in car washes, food sales, making
and selling craft items to raise money. The climax was an auction held at
the school of donated items they solicited. In total the class raised 20,000
baht to benefit Support the Children.
Ice, the class spokesperson and Student Council Representative, said, “Our
parents, our teachers, and many others give and give to us. We wanted to
show we have the heart and power to give and help others”.
Well done, Grade 8 of Lanna International School! These teenagers have
demonstrated the kind of spirit and teamwork that is truly to be commended.