PHUKET, THAILAND – One of Thailand’s leading IB Boarding schools, Phuket International Academy (PIA), has introduced four special scholarships covering full tuition and boarding fees and presenting 16 and 17-year-olds with the opportunity to access the globally recognised International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme ahead of university.
Underpinning the philosophy of the mother company Thanyapura, meaning “Land of Abundance” in Thai, has always been a desire to be a catalyst for change and improvement of the lives of people from all works of life, to optimize their potential through combining education, sports, health and mindfulness. PIA plays the important role in the education sector complimenting Thanyapura’s core promise.
Come the start of the new school year in August 2015, the scholarship recipients will be exposed to a 2 year-long education experience that promotes personal development, giving them a substantial leg-up leading into university, said Julian Whiteley, PIA’s Chief Executive and former Head of UWCSEA (United World College South East Asia).
“We strive to educate the whole person, and therefore offer an all-round education that involves academics, service learning, outdoor education and a broad range of activities, including sport, music, art and drama,” he said. “We have an inspirational learning environment underpinned by a team of outstanding educators joining us from leading international schools around the world.”
Mr Whiteley said that while it was anticipated the successful candidates would be academically strong, the selection criteria favoured students actively involved in their current school and who were leaders within their communities.
“We hope that students from a variety of backgrounds will apply for these scholarships – nobody should be deterred,” he said. “Additional means-tested support will be provided for those who would need it.”
Phuket International Academy is working towards becoming a member of the prestigious United World College (UWC) movement, which makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. United World College has 14 schools and colleges worldwide.
Located at world-class sports training and educational facility Thanyapura Phuket in a pristine, tranquil and safe environment next to a national park, Phuket International Academy offers the International Baccalaureate for primary and middle years on top of the diploma programme. It is the only school in southern Thailand to offer all three IB programmes.
The academy is known as a global leader in the movement to embed social emotional learning and secular mindfulness into its curriculum and throughout its community. It nurtures the importance of a ‘good heart, a balanced mind and a healthy body’, and is a Thanyapura not-for-profit affiliate.
Through this partnership the academy’s community receives full access to state-of-the-art sports facilities, and students have the opportunity to take part in the school’s High Performance Sports Programmes. These programmes are run by Thanyapura’s elite coaches, who work with some of the planet’s best athletes but are equally passionate about mentoring future stars and helping youngsters achieve their sporting goals.
A ‘Bring Your Own Device’ school with a future-thinking philosophy, Phuket International Academy has experiential and service learning permeating throughout its curriculum. Students spend time outside the classroom, facing challenges that, through action and reflection, help to develop them into autonomous young people who have a sense of personal responsibility and act with integrity.
Phuket International Academy is 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport, Thailand’s second-largest airport, connecting the institution to 28 direct international flights. The academy was founded on a mindset that intrigues and attracts students, parents and highly qualified staff from around the world, injecting the school with a wealth of knowledge and experience that allows it to truly promote its mission.
The School also offers Academic and Sport Scholarship for which applications are welcome. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +66 (0) 76 336 076.