GIS praised by inspectors

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An international school near Pattaya has been praised by inspectors for its ‘positive and supportive climate’.

The comments came after a recent visit to Garden International School (GIS) by the Council of International Schools (CIS). The independent inspectors also confirmed GIS’s status as the only international school in the region with full CIS accreditation.

Students at GIS learn life-skills as part of the curriculum.
Students at GIS learn life-skills as part of the curriculum.

GIS first gained full accreditation in 2013. Follow-up visits are made every few years to ensure high standards are being maintained. Following the recent visit, CIS praised the school for its achievements, including the ‘excellent use of the school Core Values as a guide for decision-making and programme development’ and the ‘positive and supportive school climate’.

Inspectors also liked GIS’s ‘quality and creatively managed’ professional development that is offered to teaching staff. They also highlighted the school’s ‘enthusiastic and capable student body’.

Promoting sport is a major part of life at GIS.
Promoting sport is a major part of life at GIS.

The report added: “GIS is heartily commended for its commitment to the accreditation process. The seriousness with which it has worked to meet the recommendations of the Visiting Team is testimony to its efforts to improve and to the professionalism of its faculty and staff.”

Another strength, according to CIS, is ‘a well operated and safe boarding programme that meets students social and emotional needs.’

Having fun while learning!
Having fun while learning!

CIS helps shape international education through professional services to hundreds of schools around the world.

GIS’s new Principal, Dinah Hawtree, said: ‘The comments from CIS confirm what a wonderful school GIS is. Being accredited by CIS is important as it demonstrates to everyone the school’s commitment to high quality international education.’

Inspectors praised GIS students for their enthusiasm.
Inspectors praised GIS students for their enthusiasm.

GIS is based in Ban Chang, near Pattaya. There are still spaces available for students wishing to study at the school when the new academic year begins in August. For details, visit www.gardenrayong.com.

Students from all ages and nationalities get along at GIS.
Students from all ages and nationalities get along at GIS.
GIS’s successful IB Diploma Programme is a major part of its success.
GIS’s successful IB Diploma Programme is a major part of its success.
GIS celebrates its cultural diversity with events such as International Day.
GIS celebrates its cultural diversity with events such as International Day.