BCIS, a new international school
7 August 2017
With its slogan “Education changes the world” and a new desire to spark passions in its students, the new French and international school in Phuket sets itself the aim of becoming the leading international school on the island.
Phuket is enlarging its school network with the arrival of BCIS Phuket at Chalong, a unique, environmentally friendly international school for students of all ages from kindergarten to graduation. Starting with its opening in September, it offers an English course based on Cambridge curriculum and a French program.
A magnificent pre-opening ceremony took place on 4 June 2017 at the Novotel Phuket Phokeethra in Phuket Town in the company of the founders Laurent Minguely and his wife Nittaya, constructor and partner of the project Liberto Heras-Gomez, governor of Phuket Norraphat Plodthong, as well as many other talented guests such as candidates from the show The Voice Kids Thailand 2017, Siraphan Pitatirad and Yada Sajjakul.
The future establishment envisages a development in two phases. The first, which will open on 4 September 2017, will welcome 300 pupils in an area of 2.5 rai with classes of a maximum of 20 students who will be able to follow an English program or a French course. A Science lab, computer, art, dance and music rooms as well as a multi-sports complex will offer activities for children right from the opening.
This is a transitional phase before the start of the 2018 school year when the school will reach its full capacity of 1,100 pupils with French, English and Thai-English programs. It will cover a surface area of 13 rai and will have completely new buildings, a real Olympic swimming pool, a regulation-sized football stadium, tennis courts and many other surprises.
Resolutely oriented towards ecology, the BCIS will be the first of its kind in Phuket (solar pa- nels, waste management, permaculture…). Always innovative, it will also become the first school to have a research centre for horticulture, as well as a gallery and a shop. Indeed, having worked for many years in the field, and more precisely in the worldwide trade in orchids, Laurent Minguely, father of three daughters, hopes, thanks to this innovative option, to arouse new passions in the students with a first approach to the world of business.
With more than 200 pupils registered to date, more than 350 attendees at the pre-opening ceremony and visits to the site, currently under construction, of Mr Fabian Forni, Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Action at the French embassy in Thailand and Mrs Derniaux, Cooperation Attache, there is a real interest in the school.
The icing on the cake: The school offers lower tuition fees than other international schools.