Regent’s students make a flying start to the year

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In the last week of August, 940 students aged between 2 and 19 returned to The Regent’s School Pattaya to begin what promises to be an outstanding 2013-14 academic year. They were welcomed by some 115 teaching staff, 40 teaching assistants, 8 full-time boarding staff and 100 support staff who, between them, ensured that the school was ready for the first day of the year.

Amongst the students returning to the Regent’s, or transferring over from other schools, were those who received their GCSE qualifications just two weeks ago, and who now move on to the International Baccalaureate Diploma course. Over the next two years the IB Diploma will present those students with the academic challenges and opportunities which will see them strive for places at top universities around the world.

Antonia (left) and Elizabeth have joined almost 100 other boarding students at The Regent’s School.Antonia (left) and Elizabeth have joined almost 100 other boarding students at The Regent’s School.

In total, almost sixty students start this year’s International Baccalaureate Diploma course, once again making it the most popular IB course on the Eastern Seaboard. Students have the chance to select from 25 different subjects, ranging from English Literature to Economics, Mandarin to Design Technology, and History to Music.

Antonia, who has flown in from Germany to join The Regent’s IB course as a boarding student, commented: “The school is great. The people are very open-minded and friendly and care for each other. I like that the teachers want to get to know the new students. Of course, I do feel a little homesick, but I think I will be able to settle into the Regent’s very quickly!”

Sangmin from Pattaya begins the two-year IB Diploma course, with his sights set on a university degree in Herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles).Sangmin from Pattaya begins the two-year IB Diploma course, with his sights set on a university degree in Herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles).

Sangmin, a day-student from Pattaya who has also just transferred onto the IB course, commented: “The first few days at the Regent’s have been fantastic. All the staff members have been kind enough to go out of their way to help me, and all of my classmates have been really supportive.”

The new Head of the Secondary School, Garry Russell, who joins from a leading independent day and boarding school in England, commented: “Congratulations to those students who have achieved a fantastic set of examination results.  The Regent’s is clearly an exceptional school that not only offers a nurturing and supportive environment but also produces some of the best academic results in the world. The challenge is to reach even higher levels of attainment, both in and outside of the classroom.”