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Shrewsbury International School Bangkok welcomes Mr Jeremy Goulding at Speech Day
A keynote visit by Mr Jeremy Goulding, former Headmaster of Shrewsbury School in the UK, to Shrewsbury international school in Bangkok further strenghtens the bond between the two schools
Mr Goulding has said of his time as Headmaster of Shrewsbury School:
“Looking back, there have been many highlights, but undoubtedly one of the most important was the opportunity, in 2002, to collaborate in the founding of Shrewsbury International School.
“The relationship between the two schools becomes increasingly significant and better understood, year by year. The link between Shrewsbury International School, one of the finest international schools in Thailand, and Shrewsbury School, one of the most distinguished schools in England, is characterised by our shared pursuit of excellence – and nothing less than excellence – in education in its fullest and richest sense.”
Speech Day at Shrewsbury International School Bangkok is an important event for everyone in the school community and, as such, was a fitting event for Mr Goulding to say his final farewell to students, staff and parents – many of whom he has met during his visits to Bangkok over the years.
Both the Prep School and Senior School were treated to an address by Mr Goulding and Mr Holroyd, School Principal. Mr Holroyd delighted the students with stories from his trip to the Eastern Seaboard , where he visited a number of prestigious American universities, including Yale, Brown, Harvard and MIT, and used his experiences to illustrate his message that each person can succeed whatever they choose to study, while reminding them that it is not just success that matters but what you do for others when you get to the top.
Mr Goulding drew on his years of teaching Classics to recount the story of Midas and his ‘golden touch’ and demonstrate to the Junior School the importance of trying to make the right choices.
At the Senior School Speech Day Mr Goulding began by congratulating the students on their performances at the Eve of Speech Day Concert and earlier in the day and commenting that it was a particular privilege to see the students perform together with such joy.
He went on to recount his own experiences of Shrewsbury International School Bangkok from its inception and highlighted the many examples of international partnership that exist between the two schools 6,000 miles apart. Mr Goulding invited the students to share in the history of the school that was founded in the same name 450 years ago in England, with this he chose to make the focus of his speech one of Shrewsbury’s most famous alumnus, Charles Darwin.
He concluded by asking the students to study by the principles that Darwin imparted to his children: love your subject; by patient in accumulating knowledge; work hard in observing and collecting facts and use your common sense, with a touch of imagination, in making connections.
The day included a variety of performances, both musical and dramatic from the students, as well as the eagerly anticipated prize giving ceremony. Students were awarded prizes by Mr Goulding and Mr Holroyd recognising their achievements in academic studies, sport, music or drama. There were further awards for students who have made an outstanding contribution to the school community.
Mr Goulding was also treated to a concert during his visit to Bangkok as the students showcased their musical talents at the Eve of Speech Day concert held in the school on Thursday 5th May 2011. This concert, held every year, is one of the highlights in the school’s musical calendar and included a series of concertos performed by some of our finest musicians, accompanied by the school orchestra, as well as a traditional and contemporary programme from the Senior and Chamber choirs.
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Shrewsbury International School offers the British curriculum to students aged 3-18. It enjoys a unique location on the Chao Phraya river and stunning facilities. Renowned for academic excellence and nurturing musical, sporting and artistic talent