The program promotes and nurtures the development of students in becoming caring, co-operative people who are committed to each other, the school and their studies as well as being tolerant, understanding, self disciplined and responsible citizens. We give the students lessons in leadership and good communication, helping them to become fully independent, as for many of them their time at Prem is the first time they have lived away from Mum and Dad.
Prem boarding students have great opportunities to further their education outside the classroom with supervised study sessions, access to academic staff and after-school programs. A special Boarding Curriculum program promotes participation in a wide range of sporting and cultural activities and community service and teaches them the sorts of things their parents would have taught them at home - such as table manners and healthy living.
"When I was considering which boarding school to attend, Prem simply stood out from the rest. It was not just the wonderful facilities that were available, but the atmosphere the students and teachers brought to it. Living together in boarding at Prem taught us to respect one another by being aware of our cultural differences, our backgrounds and our personalities. I believe that being a residential student at Prem helped me to grow as a person. Prem is much more than just a boarding school. It was my home and I realize how privileged I was to be at Prem, where I knew that I was always safe" says former Prem student, Gabriella (Peru)
Many people remember their old boarding days, with thirty or forty students sleeping side-by-side in huge dormitories, with strict supervisors patrolling the corridors. At Prem it is a different story! Students are housed in modern and comfortable two-bedroom apartments with en-suite bathrooms, and have access to several boarding lounges with DVD and satellite TV. Both Prem Tinsulanonda International School and the boarding residences are located on the campus of Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning (http://threegeneration.org), allowing boarders to have access to all the sporting facilities at Traidhos: an Olympic-sized swimming pool, playing fields, tennis and squash courts and golf driving ranges.
The popular Traidhos Organic Farm has become an integral part of their education as the boarding students are able to learn the secrets of growing fruit, herbs and vegetables, and learning about the care of animals. They can also practice their skills at “Jungle Cooking” and bake bread in the wood-fired oven.
In addition to 24-hour security services, the residential clusters have a full-time nurse, and there is a medical centre on the campus as well. If a child is admitted to hospital, then a member of the residential staff will stay overnight with the student. Students and their parents can feel comfortable knowing that the residential apartments offer a secure and safe environment with full-time boarding staff, who live in the same residential clusters as the students.
Linda Buck, Director of Boarding, sees the student residences as the real “heart” of the school – and a real home away from home for the talented and happy bunch of students from all over the world.