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PHUKET: The divorce is final. Dr Arthit Ourairath, CEO and Founder of Dulwich International College, has announced that ties between Dulwich College in London (DCL) and Phuket’s top international school have been severed.

Dulwich International College will, from June 24, be known as the British International College of Thailand, unless agreement can be reached with another school willing to replace DCL’s role.

The end of the seven-year relationship, though not entirely unexpected after weeks of fractious talks, came suddenly – so suddenly that Ralph Mainard, DCL’s Director of External Relations and the school’s negotiator in the talks, told the Gazette this afternoon that DCL had heard nothing officially.

He declined to comment until he had had a chance to read the full text of the announcement, which came early this evening, in an email to teachers and parents.

In the message, Dr Arthit wrote:

“It is with profound regret that I have to inform you that Dulwich College London (DCL) and Dulwich International College (DIC), Phuket, have decided, after much tireless effort, heartache and careful deliberation, to amicably go their separate ways. A joint-declaration of separation is expected to be issued within the next few days.

“Unfortunately, despite all well-meaning efforts, there remain major issues on which DCL and DIC cannot agree and [cannot] reach common ground.”

The agreement with DCL will expire on June 24. However, Dr Arthit wrote, “…we are now actively engaged in meaningful discussions on the strong potential for affiliation and academic cooperation with other prestigious schools in the UK.”

He noted that the relationship with DCL had become increasingly difficult over the years. “As time went on, ever-increasing differences in opinion and expectations became more evident and tensions mounted. At each stage, while efforts were made by each party to resolve these differences, it became clear that the number of unresolved issues would remain outstanding.

“Consequently, from the viewpoint of DIC Phuket, there was little alternative [but] to terminate the franchise agreement,” he wrote.

He added, “It is our firm belief that [the] decision was made for the ultimate [benefit] of students, because this is the only factor that will ensure the future success of the school. In the long term, and in the current competitive educational market, we know that providing our students and parents with the highest quality educational experience is the only thing that will ensure our viability.

“We are fully committed to that objective.”

Immediate effects that will follow the expiry of the agreement, Dr Arthit explained, will be as follows:

– The name of the school will be changed from Dulwich International College to British International College of Thailand (BICT).

– The college logo will change.

–  BICT will assume all legal obligations, including those from existing employment contracts with teachers, from DIC after June 24.

However, the email stresses that:

– The college’s curriculum will continue to be based on the British National Curriculum.

– All programs such as the Foundation Stage Curriculum for KG classes, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) for secondary students will continue to be offered.

– The recruitment of highly qualified and suitable academic personnel remains unaffected, and, says the email, “the process will be strengthened”. While DCL was always deeply involved in the selection of the school’s headmaster, selection will now be “the exclusive right of the BICT Board.”

“We are confident,” the Founder wrote, “that we will be able to appoint highly qualified, experienced and suitable persons to assume senior academic and non-academic management positions.”

– BICT will continue to offer internationally recognized examinations on its premises, such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and Cambridge ESOL exams.

– BICT will maintain its various accreditations with the Office of National Education Standards and Quality Assessment and the Worldwide Education Service. The process to gain accreditation with the Council of International Schools will continue.

Dr Arthit wrote that under the “visionary” leadership of Dr George Hickman, the recently appointed Academic Director at DIC, the school “will grow and flourish”.

He also pledged improvements to school facilities, pointing out that a qualified nutritionist has been hired for the refectory, along with three nurses, and noting that a new Primary Infirmary will open very soon. He also vowed that boarding houses will be refurbished and sports facilities upgraded where necessary.

He concluded, “I can only respectfully ask you to give us a chance to prove that we will continue to maintain the academic standards and overall educational experience that your children will have if you continue to do the honor of entrusting them to our care.”

In a meeting with teachers that coincided with the delivery of the email, Dr Hickman reiterated that discussions are already underway in an attempt to secure affiliation with another internationally recognized school.

The previous day, he announced in an email that all teachers, including those hired locally, would get contracts “within the next 48-72 hours”, and that all teachers would get pay rises.

He also announced that a decision to demote Tim Creber from Deputy Head of Secondary to plain teacher had been reversed. Mr Creber, the email said, “has graciously consented to continue in his role of Deputy Academic Director/Deputy Headma

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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