As parents, we want to give our children everything we can to help prepare them for the future; yet the next few decades are incredibly difficult to predict. The increase in technology such as artificial intelligence is disrupting the job market, pandemics like Covid-19 highlight the need for adaptability, and climate change may force us into new, more sustainable ways of working. If we do not know what we are preparing our children for, how can we help them to be happy and successful in their lives?
There are two ways of looking at this problem: through knowledge and through skills. If you think knowledge is the answer, you may focus on giving them Mandarin lessons or signing them up for a computing club to introduce them to coding and robotics. If you feel that skills are more important, you will focus on the competencies needed to be successful in a changing world. UNICEF describe these as ‘transferable skills,’ which involves the ability to think, socialise and empathise. Of course, this does not have to be a dichotomy! At King’s Bangkok, we help our students develop the tools needed for future success by providing a well-rounded and world-class education.
How do we give our students the knowledge to succeed?
We are lucky to have an incredibly strong relationship with King’s College School, Wimbledon, which is one of the world’s most academically successful schools. We take their curriculum and adapt it to the needs of our students. This means that we can help our children learn Mandarin and computing, as well as encourage them to think in an interdisciplinary way. Hence, we offer a diverse range of co-curricular activities that allow students to pursue their interests with expert guidance and support. It also means that we have a network of schools to learn from in the UK, China, France, and beyond, and can keep abreast of an ever-changing educational landscape.
How do we give our students the skills they will need?
In the words of Andrew Halls, Head Master of King’s Wimbledon, “a school is much more than double maths on a Monday afternoon.” King’s Bangkok is successful because we provide a wide range of lessons and activities that engage, inspire and extend our students; it allows every girl and boy to find something that they are passionate about and celebrates all students. We can do this because we are able to recruit outstanding teachers. King’s Wimbledon interviews every teacher to ensure that both schools have the same teaching standards.
We all want our children to have the best chances in life and I think it is clear that the best way to do this is by giving them a well-rounded education at a world-class school. If you wish to find out more about our school, please come and visit our campus in Rama 3 by going to our website and requesting a tour. 02 481 9955 | [email protected]