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SCL International School is adding to their curriculum

SCL International School is adding to their curriculumSamui Centre of Learning, more commonly known as SCL International School, was originally established in 2004, and is now a respected international school located in the bustling town of Lamai. The school first began teaching from a small wooden building with just two primary aged students. The wooden huts multiplied, and then became concrete structures. They employed more teachers, offered more and more subjects, and after a lot of hard work, they began offering secondary education as well. The school has always prided itself on providing high quality teaching and learning, within a caring family-orientated environment. They utilise individualised learning, and employ holistic teaching methods, ensuring that every student is learning at their own pace and ability. Every year, the school has attracted more and more interest. Parents talked with other parents, and as the word spread about the fantastic learning opportunities at the school, a steady increase of parents enrolling their children began. This has enabled the school to continue growing at a firm and steady pace, and they now have approximately 200 students.


The school offers the British Curriculum, which means it operates within the framework of the National Curriculum for England and Wales. Lessons are taught in English from nursery to secondary; all the way up to year 11 (ages 15-16). SCL is accredited by the University of Cambridge’s International Examinations body, and is an Edexcel Accredited International School. This means that students can take their IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) exams here.SCL International School is adding to their curriculum This is the equivalent of the High School Diploma and students can then go on to college to pursue any higher level education. SCL is also a Thai Ministry of Education licensed International School, one of only two schools on the island and the southeast of Thailand, with this title.


In addition to the British curriculum, students have an hour of Thai language tuition every day, and learn about Thai culture, music and dancing. Where necessary, students receive EAL (English as an additional language) support. Classes are taught only by qualified and certified teaching staff, who are predominantly British nationals. As you would expect at an International School, other language studies are readily available, with French, Russian, Chinese (Mandarin) and Thai all offered. Lessons are taught by specialist teachers as part of the normal school day, but in addition, they offer ‘After School Language Clubs’. All language support and the extra ‘after school’ clubs are included in the school fees. These clubs are ‘fun’ sessions and intended as an extension of what was taught during the day, with games and activities helping to cement the days learning. If your child requires further private tuition outside of school hours, this can be arranged directly with the teacher.


School Director, Emma Dyas, is a dynamic and energetic leader. She is continually thinking about how to improve both the learning experience and the general wellbeing of the students in her care, and how to do this in a way that is affordable to all parents. Because of this, SCL is continually growing and expanding its facilities, extra-curricular activities, staff and students. Page-82-2At the beginning of this academic year, the school moved premises. Change always means new opportunities, and Emma has many new ideas for the expansion and improvement of what they currently offer. Planned for September 2016, are more new classrooms, a dance and drama studio, a gym and an organic farm. Emma is keen to teach students about healthy living, including fitness and healthy eating, and she is working hard to make that a reality. Any produce grown on the organic farm will be used in the school kitchen, and the lunch menu will be altered to include even healthier options. This is no mean feat on a tight budget, but Emma works exceedingly hard to achieve her aims, one way or another.


Another exciting change is morning sessions of mindfulness and meditation. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment. It involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them, without believing, for instance, that there’s a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune in to what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. Mindfulness can be accessed through meditation when our minds are calm and peaceful. There are many benefits for students including;


• Improved happiness levels.

• Helps to tune out distractions, improves memor y and attention skills.

• Increases the density of grey matter in brain regions which i s linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy.

• Reduced behavioural problems, stress, anger, frustration and aggression.

• Makes them more likely to help someone in need, and increases activity in neural networks involved in understanding the suffering of others and regulating emotions. Evidence suggests it might boost selfcompassion and confidence.

• It is good for their bodies: practicing mindfulness meditatio n boosts the immune system’s ability to fight off illness.

• Practicing ‘mindful eating’ encourages healthier eating habit s and maintains a healthy weight.

• Encourages good relationships with peers, teachers and parents.

• Teachers trained in mindfulness also show lower blood pressure, less negative emotion and greater compassion and empathy.


SCL has held fast to their original vision; to provide a safe and nurturing environment where children are free to express themselves, whilst receiving a high-quality education and learning individually at their own pace. The staff at SCL are an amazing team, and they genuinely love what they do. They are proud of their family-oriented atmosphere, their caring environment and their excellent curriculum.


SCL international School is located at the south end of Lamai. If you are coming from Chaweng, go all the way through Lamai on the ring-road; continue past the sharp left at the temple. It is on the right-hand side of the road before Lamai Post Office and Makro. If coming from the other direction, go past Makro and the post office on the left-hand side, it is about 200 meters after the post office on the same side of the road. If you would like to visit the school, please phone ahead to confirm your time of arrival.


 Karan Ladd


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