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Darasamuth students take first English step

It was all smiles at Darasamuth Phuket School on June 8 when 57 students were presented with their Cambridge Preliminary Level certificates at the English Programme Welcome Day.

Monday 25 June 2012, 09:19AM

The exams, which are internationally recognised, are the first step in a long list of exams that students must take to gain entry to universities overseas.

Stephen Brady, the Head of the English Programme, said, “I feel very positive about the results of the Cambridge exams, especially as this was the first year some students were entered for the higher level Preliminary English Tests.

The fact that some students achieved a pass with merit at this level is indicative of the hard work of both students and teachers over the year.”

Darasamuth English Programme, was established in the 2002/2003 academic year. The English Programme (EP) and Intensive English Programme (IEP) operate as a small community within the grounds of the wider school that currently offers KG3-P6 (EP) and P1-P6 (IEP).

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Students at the school now learn English, mathematics, science, art, social studies, sport and information and computer technology – all in English. The school’s new principal, Sister Srivieng Apornrat, said she was very excited about developing the English Programme and ensuring the school will help to create model citizens for the community.

Mr Brady added that it was more than just lessons that was essential in a child’s development, “I explain to parents how they can help their children through having a close partnership with the school. I discussed the schools positive behaviour policy, so that parents are aware of how their children are progressing and which rewards they are capable of receiving.

The Darasmuth school use a points system in classes which rewards students for good behaviour, rather than focussing on negative behaviour.

Mr Brady said, “I think it would be great if parents could ask their children how many points their team has earned in a day, to encourage them in both their behaviour and their effort.”

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