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Varee Chiangmai School to preview new International Annex


Varee Chiangmai School to preview new International Annex

By Shana Kongmun

The driving force behind the success of Varee Chiang Mai School, Ajarn Varee started it as a kindergarten ten years ago and has grown it into a top flight school. Ajarn Varee’s vision continues as the school moves to its next phase; launching an International Annex this August with a special preview day on Saturday, February 27..

Ajarn Varee founder of Varee Chiang Mai School.

The International Annexe at Varee Chiangmai School will open in August 2010 with its own teaching staff, a dedicated floor in a new building and will work to the International School calendar. The curriculum will lead to the International GCSE and A-Level exams devised and administered by the Cambridge International Examinations Board, now taught in over 120 countries worldwide and similar to the UK National Curriculum.

Says Ajarn Varee, “The International Annexe at Varee Chiangmai School will strive to offer the best of both worlds; to be an exceptional place of learning where high standards of education from the West blend seamlessly with the traditional Asian values of respect and cultural self-awareness, bringing the advantage of a global education to our students and with it the key to success in the world of their choice.”

The 2010 intake will be in Years 7–10 (Prathom 6 – Mattayom 3) and all interested parents are warmly invited to a special Launch Preview on Saturday, February 27th from 10.00 – 12.00 where they can learn more about the range of opportunities this latest development offers their children.

Ajarn Varee herself is an inspiration to her students, moving to Chiang Mai alone and with just two suitcases of belongings; clothes and books, 20,000 baht and a vision of starting a kindergarten 35 years ago. That school still operates out of its original location but the success of the school led to the expansion and construction of the new school on Mahidol Rd.

One of the kindergarten teachers helps her student at Varee Chiang Mai School.

The Varee School offers 3 different programs; Thai, where all classes, except English are taught in Thai, with a Thai curriculum. In the English program all classes are taught in English with a Thai curriculum, and the International program offers students a track to taking their IGCSE exams. The English and International program students still take classes in Thai language and Thai culture as Ajarn Varee believes very strongly that students need to have an understanding of the Thai culture that they live in.

Ajarn Varee believes that now is the best time to move forward in the International School program with the government plans to make Thailand the educational hub of S.E. Asia. “We are ready to progress, “Ajarn Varee said, “and have been chosen to be part of this educational hub. We already have the teachers, and we are ready to be an International school”.

One of the new labs at the school.

Varee Chiang Mai School campus in Nong Hoi.