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..
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.
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.