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Offline Johnnie F.

Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:16:46 PM »
The Korat-Weekends blog reports of a new bilingual school in Korat:

http://korat-weekends.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-bilingual-school-in-korat.html

Does anybody have some more information?

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Re: Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 09:14:33 PM »
What age group and level of study JF?  I have a friend who works there.  Some pics here too.  From what I've heard, they are also building a swimming pool.

 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2012, 09:31:40 PM »
That's the info Korat-Weekend blog gives besides even more pics:

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This year (2012) Korat has a new bilingual school, Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School.
The school offers bilingual programme(Thai-English) and mini bilingual programme both for KG.1-M.1 (Kindergarten, primary grade 1-6 and secondary grade 7) The school located at the outskirt of the town onto the road to Suranaree University of Technology.


Were good, if we could supply more info to our readers. :)
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Offline thaiga

Re: Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2012, 09:48:13 PM »
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

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Re: Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2012, 10:34:52 PM »
How's that for over-styling? Looks like something they'd build on St. Pete's Beach.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2012, 10:39:58 PM »
They also seem to have a website: http://www.swnr.in.th/

But sorry, bilinguality doesn't apply there; it's mostly in thai.

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Re: Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2013, 06:15:31 PM »
Because of the mention of schools elsewhere, I have just had a look on the website.  I should not be surprised, as misuse of the English language is quite so widespread in publishing in Thailand, but from a school that claims a 50/50 bilingual education for years 3 to 6 you would expect better English than this...

Kindergarten education is reflected in the attitude to succeed. In the heart of the child's "school of rats in my warm from the first step. I Breathe. Fresh air. I have space to run and play. Classroom learning of rats. The challenge is to learn the creative mind. And I will grow up completely. The healthy body. Help yourself to a dear friend and teacher, I would love to read and write by the spirit of your father, mother and teacher like me / I ".

:uhm Better get some of their English speakers to clear that up - instead of depending on Google translate!
 

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Re: Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2013, 06:27:32 PM »
school of rats

Sounds like the right sort of place, where do I sign?

I had researched this place also, but the lack of English in the website put me off.
 

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Re: Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2013, 06:50:06 PM »
Please don't let me put you off as I'm sure that the website in no worse than others and attributable to web designers rather than teachers (I think it is an auto translator embedded in the page).

I have heard quite good reports about the school and it is certainly shiny and new, even if a little out of town!
 

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Re: Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2013, 08:26:01 PM »
Because of the mention of schools elsewhere, I have just had a look on the website.  I should not be surprised, as misuse of the English language is quite so widespread in publishing in Thailand, but from a school that claims a 50/50 bilingual education for years 3 to 6 you would expect better English than this...

Kindergarten education is reflected in the attitude to succeed. In the heart of the child's "school of rats in my warm from the first step. I Breathe. Fresh air. I have space to run and play. Classroom learning of rats. The challenge is to learn the creative mind. And I will grow up completely. The healthy body. Help yourself to a dear friend and teacher, I would love to read and write by the spirit of your father, mother and teacher like me / I ".

:uhm Better get some of their English speakers to clear that up - instead of depending on Google translate!


 :lol :lol :lol

Perhaps the website English was written by an English teacher.
 

Offline Baby Farts

Re: Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2013, 11:39:59 AM »
Certainly not written by any of the Farang English teachers that work there.  I think there are nine of them, a few from South Africa, England, and America.  My son has been going there since the school opened and I am pleased with the results.  His English teacher is from South Africa.  The students study English with native English speakers. 

The school has excellent facilities and is well secured.  A while back there was a certain ex-con lawyer who was nosing around there for no reason as he has no children.  The school considered this person enough of a threat to have a ban issued forbidding him/her to come on the property and in doing so would result in an arrest.

I would recommend this school to anyone.  They are professional and the farang staff is up to par.  My son started at three years of age.  The costs were 20,000 baht per term not including uniforms, etc.  He's also enrolled in an after school program which is 600 baht per month.

The location really isn't that far.  There is hardly any traffic.  You'd probably spend more time in traffic jams going to Assumption and St Mary. 
 

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Re: Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2013, 08:26:17 AM »
Jeez, BF, why would someone lurk around a school when he has no kids there? Those pervs. give me the creeps.
 

Offline Baby Farts

Re: Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2013, 09:03:26 AM »
Good question.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Sarasas Witaed Nakhonratchasima 2 in Hua Talae
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2014, 05:56:37 PM »
Korat-Weekends Blog reports about a second Sarasas Witaed School opening in Hua Talae.

Any more info?
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Re: Sarasas Witaed Nakhonratchasima 2 in Hua Talae
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2014, 05:33:06 AM »
Korat-Weekends [nofollow] Blog reports about a second Sarasas Witaed School opening in Hua Talae.

Any more info?


My wife started work at this school last Tuesday and finished on Wednesday.

They wanted to pay her just 15,000B a month, must work 2 Saturdays a month, she had to get coping done outside at her expense, all materials she had to buy herself for school projects etc. The two days she worked there she did not finish until 6PM because someone has to stay back while they wait for the children to be picked up, seems some of the parents are using to it as a baby sitting shop.

Enough is enough were her final words, its the worse school she has ever worked at and she has been teaching for 18 years, mainly in Bangkok.

The money they are paying teachers in Korat is crap compared to Bangkok.
IMO These schools are only interested in making money they don't give a shit about the children.

If a teacher is caught using their mobile phone they are fined 500B.

The road going up to the school is very dangerous, very narrow and in bad need of repair.

Sarasas, have 2 schools in Korat and 2 in Bangkok.

Most of the English teachers are Filipino, because they cost less money. :hunter
 

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Re: Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2014, 05:35:10 AM »
Anyone know who owns these Sarasas schools?
 

Offline Baby Farts

Re: Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2014, 03:32:08 PM »
I think it's a Franchise, but I'm not sure.  I've also heard St Mary's school own them, but again I can't verify that.

Article to read

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Sarasas-stays-top-of-the-class-thanks-to-its-visio-30232353.html
 

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Re: Ever heard of Sarasas Witaed Nakhon Ratchasima School?
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Sarasas Ektra School
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Sarasas Ektra School


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Location
336/7 Sathupradit Soi 20 , Bangpongpang , Yannawa ,
Bangkok 10120
Thailand
Information
Type   bilingual
Established   1995
Head of school   Mr.Pisut Yongkamol
Grades   NC–G12 (KG.1-3)
Number of students   approximately 2900 (2009 academic year)
Campus type   http://www.ektra.ac.th
Color(s)   Blue-Yellow
Affiliation   APEP [The Association of Private Schools for English Program]
Website   http://www.ektra.ac.th




Sarasas Ektra School (Thai: โรงเรียนสารสาสน์เอกตรา) is a Catholic bilingual co-educational school located in Central Bangkok. In 1995, it became the first bilingual school to be approved as such by the Ministry of Education in Thailand. As of 2009, the school has approximately 2900 students, and conducts a fully bilingual program in Thai and English from Kindergarten 1 (3 year-olds) to Matayom 6 (17 year-olds). The school is located over three campuses in Bangpongpang sub-district of Yannawa District. A Nursery class for two year-old children was introduced in May, 2009.

Sarasas Ektra is one of 24 schools in the Sarasas Affiliation, 15 of which have bilingual programmes.

Contents  [hide]
1 Curriculum
2 Criticisms and realities
3 The Music Program
4 Multiple Intelligences
5 Administration and Staff
6 External links
Curriculum[edit]
The model of bilingual education applied at Sarasas Ektra is known as parallel immersion. Students are taught three key learning areas (Mathematics, Science and Social Studies) in both English and Thai - learning the content first in the mother tongue (Thai) and then covering the same or similar content in English. The Thai and English lessons are taught by different teachers and no language-switching occurs in either lesson. It is expected that the Thai-medium lesson will provide content and conceptual knowledge at a deeper level than the English lesson, as the former is in the students' first language. The English-medium lesson will give more emphasis to the language specific to the content. On completion of schooling at Sarasas Ektra, students are expected to be equally able to pursue higher education in Thai-medium or English-medium courses.

This model has also been described as "mother-tongue content instruction followed by English for academic purposes". However, a school-based study in 2006 indicated that this is not really accurate. (See http://conference.nie.edu.sg/2007/paper/html/OTH260.html) The study revealed that English-medium teachers do not regard the subject content merely as a vehicle for teaching language, but as having value in its own right.

Criticisms and realities[edit]
It has been argued that because the core subjects are taught in both languages following similar curriculum requirements (Thai national curriculum - education standards), there is not enough time given to academic input in contrast to language development. However, the school has found that this does not really constitute a problem. Results from national examinations over the past few years indicate that the cognitive and linguistic benefits of bilingual learning appear to outweigh any disadvantages that might result from repetition of academic content. In any case, the school would argue that there is sufficient flexibility in its outcomes-based curriculum to ensure that the English-medium lessons are not simply repetition of the Thai lessons. Rather, they cover the same or similar units and topics, but in a different way. (See the school's website at http://www.ektra.ac.th.) Content detail, teaching methods and language vary from that which occurs in the Thai classes and the language transfer that occurs as a matter of course in bilingual learning is believed to be academically as well as linguistically beneficial. (Developing Literacy in Second Language Learners, Report of the National Literacy Panel or Language Minorities and Youth, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington DC, 2006, p. 397)

However, it does appear that the attainment of academic bilingualism to a high level takes rather a long time. (Swain, M. and Lapkin, S. Evaluating Bilingual Education, 1982, cited in Lin, A.M.Y. and Man, E.Y.F., Bilingual Education: Southeast Asian Perspectives, University of Hong Kong Press, 2009, p. 20) It is hard to quantify, as studies have not been done on the amount of time required for students in Thai-English bilingual programs to attain the levels attained by students in, e.g. French-English bilingual programs. However, it is likely that it would take longer for Thai-speaking students to attain those levels because of an assumed greater language distance between Thai and English than between a European language and English. If that is so, students who are likely to do well in a Thai-English bilingual program are more likely to have started bilingual education at an early age or have begun later but with a better than average background in English at the time.

In fact, results of national tests for English, Thai, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies for students in Year 6, 9 and 12 show that Sarasas Ektra students score very highly in English, clearly above the national and school district mean in Thai and above or at about the mean in the other subjects. (All subjects other than English are tested in Thai.) (These data are retained in the school and made available in approved circumstances.)

The Music Program[edit]
Sarasas Ektra has currently 44 music teachers at the school, mainly Thai, but including 10 Filipinos, a French and a United States national. All students are expected to learn at least one instrument, preferably two, to a good level of competence. The school has a 130+ piece traditional orchestra, as well as a classical orchestra, strings orchestra, wind ensembles, brass bands, choir, etc.

After finishing second in the Ninth Asian Symphonic Band competition at Mahidol University, Bangkok, in 2008, the school's symphonic band was invited to perform at the Beijing International Band Festival in July 2009.

Music is felt to be complementary to the bilingual program as another form of expression and a contributor to cognitive and emotional health.

Name of Project: Participating in International Wind Ensemble Competitions. Purpose of project:

1. The students of Sarasas Ektra Symphonic band will consistently develop their skills in music.

2. The students of Sarasas Ektra Symphonic Band will experience participating in international competitions.

Details: Sarasas Ektra Symphonic Band started in 2007. One of the objectives was for the band to have experience and exposure performing for the public. In the same year, the SESB participated in the 9th Asian Symphonic Band Competition (ASBC) held by Mahidol University. The band achieved Fourth Runner-Up prize. It was considered a success for the band to enter for the first time an international competition having international ensemble experts as jury. The competition was joined by thirteen bands. The following year, the band participated again in the 10th Asian Symphonic Band Competition and attained the First Runner-Up prize. In 2009, the band entered the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition (TIWEC), the new name of the competition, though still organized by Mahidol University. After evaluating and learning from the previous competitions, the band was determined to make it to the finals. And, as expected, SESB finally won the First Prize, the King’s Cup and 1,000,000 baht.

Achievement of the project: Sarasas Ektra Symphonic Band won First Prize, the King’s Cup and 1,000,000 baht, in the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition 2009 held at Mahidol University.

Multiple Intelligences[edit]
From Kindergarten to Year 9, there are regular activities designed to discover and express students' different intelligences. The program is based on Professor Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences framework and the outcomes are presented to parents each year in the form of performances and displays of students' work on a given theme.

Administration and Staff[edit]
The school is managed by the Director, Mr Pisut Yongkamol (M.Ed Queensland U.T.) and a team of Thai Vice-Directors supported by a foreign administration team. There are more than 200 Thai teachers and just over 100 foreign teachers.

Of the foreign teachers, just under half are from the BANA countries (Britain, Australia/NZ, North America, i.e. USA & Canada). About 30% are from the Philippines (including the 10 Filipino music teachers). The remainder are from other European and African nations and a small number of highly English-competent Thais teach in the English-medium program. Japanese and Chinese teachers are employed to teach those languages.




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