Some schools use the summer vacation as a time to unwind, but at The Regent’s School Pattaya the months of July and August are proving to be anything but relaxing for the school’s Estates Management Team after it embarked on an ambitious set of improvements to the facilities there.
Most striking of these improvements has been the construction of a new Primary School playground, complete with pirate ship climbing apparatus imported from Europe, a new mini basketball and soccer court, and a cluster of timber shelters to shade children from the sun. The entire playground is being coated in a protective surface.
Oscar and Elijah, originally from London, test out the school’s new pirate ship climbing apparatus.
In the girls’ boarding house, an architect-led team has set about completely transforming one section of the residential accommodation, inspired by the standard of boarding facilities at the prestigious Collège Champittet in Switzerland, sister school to The Regent’s. This first section is serving as a trial, with the intention of extending the improvements to the rest of the girls’ and boys’ accommodation over the next few years.
On the sports front, the school’s pitches are all being upgraded to provide a finer quality of grass surface, the changing rooms have been extended and the sports hall itself is being refurbished. Both the Primary and Secondary School Music Departments have been redecorated in recognition of the growing popularity of the subject amongst children of all ages, and every classroom and corridor in the primary school is being repainted over the next two weeks to create an attractive and welcoming environment for the pupils and staff.
The School’s Bursar, Kirsty Paiboontanasin, commented: “So much of what the Estates Management Team does takes place behind the scenes, so parents, pupils and staff have little idea that improvements have been made. It’s really satisfying to spend the summer undertaking projects which will be instantly recognizable when the school community re turns towards the end of August.”