On Friday 8th January 2016, the students from Varee School celebrated their annual Sports Day at the 700 Year Stadium in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.
Early Years (3 – 4 Years old)
Students build up foundation skills, such as gross motor and fine motor skills through different activities. They are introduced to numbers, reading and writing, while age appropriate investigation skills are developed by participating in suitable research projects.
Key Stage 1 (5 – 6 years old)
Years 1 and 2 is a critical phase for learning foundation reading, writing and numeracy. This phase builds upon the foundations laid in the Early Years. Students start to do research projects to develop reading skills, research skills and expand their understanding of the world.
Key Stage 2 (7 – 10 years old)
Key Stage 2 is the age for discovery learning. Students participate in a multitude of research projects, which enable them to experience the discovery of new knowledge while developing essential critical thinking and analytical thinking skills. Literacy and numeracy is continually developed through strong reading programmes, studies of literature, discovery, and exercises which support the students’ comprehension of mathematical and scientific concepts. A broader curriculum is offered to develop foundations in physical development, creativity and computer literacy.
Key Stage 3 (11 – 13 years old)
During these years, the focus shifts towards encouraging tolerance, building social skills and providing support structures which will help the students excel at school.
Students study English, English literature, Mathematics and Science based on the English National Curriculum. Research skills and inquiry-based learning are developed through a variety of subjects.
Key Stage 4 (14 – 15 years old)
At Key Stage 4 students undertake IGCSEs which are two years courses. Students take the IGCSE examinations at the end of Year 11. These exams, which are set, assessed and certified by Cambridge International Examinations, provide students with an international qualification that is recognised around the world.
6th Form (post-16 years)
The A-level qualifications are assessed and certified through Cambridge International Examinations and they award students with a rigorous international qualification that will gain them entry to the world’s top universities.
On Thursday 24th October a group of secondary school students from Varee Chiangmai School joined a group of 30 students from across ASEAN to participate in a four day astronomy camp on Doi Inthanon.
During the camp the students were given exclusive access to the largest telescope in South East Asia and they spent 3 evenings star gazing from the top of highest mountain. Along with gaining a deeper understanding the students also made new friends with fellow students from Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Phillipines, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Over the past month millions of people around the world have been avidly watching the World Cup in Brazil. To celebrate this event Varee School organised a Football Festival with a football tournament between students representing different countries.
The event started with a parade and an opening ceremony with students getting into the spirit of things by dressing up as mascots, carnival dancers, cheer leaders and even Christ the Redeemer.
With the opening ceremony out of the way it was time for the football with teams of boys and girls all eager to compete. The lower primary students took part in penalty competitions while the upper primary students played 7-a-side.
On the second day it was down to business with a tournament for lower secondary in the morning and upper secondary in the afternoon. These matches were exciting and captivating with the some of the teenagers showing some great skills.
As you can see from the pictures below the event was thoroughly enjoyed by students and teachers alike.
The British Consulate and Central Pattana held the ‘Britain is GREAT Fair’ at Central Festival Chiangmai to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of HM The Queen Elizabeth II, and the start of the 5th century of Thai-UK relations.
The fair was opened by Mark Kent, British Ambassador to Thailand. The fair celebrated the special relationship between Thailand and the United Kingdom and highlighted various strengths of British culture including; education, fashion, arts and trade.
The International Secondary School Programme at Varee Chiangmai School offers the English National Curriculum and students take Cambridge IGCSE and A Level examinations which are recognised by universities all around the world. As a result of Varee Chiangmai School’s educational links with Britain, our students were invited to perform at this event. The students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in this prestigious event and we would like to thank the organisers of the “Britain is Great Fair’ for hosting a GREAT Fair!
TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.
The TEDx slogan is ‘ideas worth spreading’ and so a group of international students from Varee Chiangmai School joined TEDx Chiang Mai to share their thoughts and ideas on a range of subjects.
Two of our students received standing ovations after their presentation and we are very proud of their efforts. You can watch their presentations on YouTube.
Richey Ormrawadee just graduated from Varee Chiangmai School last month but she already has a bright future ahead. She has accepted a place at one of Thailand’s top universities, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and she will be appearing in cinemas across Thailand as the lead actress in the new version of the classic Thai love story, Koo Gum (Ill Fated Lovers). In this movie she plays alongside Thai actor Nadech. The story follows the paths of a Japanese soldier and a young Thai women during the Second World War. The story has been produced as a movie and a television series on numerous occasions but various cinema critics are suggesting that this version will be the best so far.
The movie is sure to be a big hit and all the students and teachers from Varee Chiangmai School wish Richey Ormrawadee all the greatest success for the future!
Congratulations to Tess Williams from Year 11 at Varee International. She was the winner of the Junior Dublin Literary Awards Thailand Northern Chapter and a national finalist.
This is the second consecutive year that a student from Varee Chiangmai School has won an award in this prestigious literary competition and we are looking forward to more success in the future.
Yesterday the Varee Spartan Basketball Team played the PTIS Panthers.
All the students that took part played well and enjoyed competing with new friends from other schools. For more information about the sports programme at Varee International go to-
On Friday 1st February Varee Chiang Mai School hosted a students cultural exchange between Thai and Japanese students. There were 300 students in total, 150 Thai students and 150 Japanese students.
The students were mixed into groups and each student had a ‘buddy’.
The students then took part in a range of activities including; origami, traditional Japanese performances, Traditional Thai dancing, dressing up in traditional dress and a treasure hunt.
The cultural exchange was a great success and we look forward to welcoming our Japanese friends back again next year.
There are more photos from this activity on the school website