–By Sudarat T. Attanawin, Director of Strategic Initiatives/HR–

On January 15, 2019, RIS School Director Fr. Apisit Kritsaralam signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Khun Jetana Kitcharoen and Khun Patcharamat Warachit, the CEOs of Brain Education Service, Company Ltd. The MoU formalizes their academic partnership and provides a framework of cooperation between the two entities for the establishment of RIS Early Years Campus (RISE), for children from PreK 2 to Kindergarten (ages 2 through 5).

The new campus, located in the eastern Bangkok suburb of Praya Suren, is designed to build a strong foundation for young children’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. The facilities will support learning and allow free-flow movement between indoor and outdoor learning environments. The children are encouraged to wander through the open grounds scattered with butterflies, a vegetable garden, and rice plots. A wooded area with trails leads to play areas and tree houses. The “Seed to Table” program includes a greenhouse and pesticide-free planting beds where the children can begin a lifelong appreciation of fresh, healthy foods.

 At RISE, we believe that each child has an innate disposition for learning and a natural inquisitiveness that can be intentionally and carefully nurtured. Teachers will implement the curriculum through keen observation and ongoing reflection of the children’s interests and needs. With a foundation built on the Reggio Emilia Approach, our highly experienced and qualified faculty will facilitate learning through an experiential educational approach. The children will learn and create using their senses, thereby harnessing their intrinsic curiosity and planting the seeds for future academic success at the RIS Minburi Campus.

 “The ultimate goal for RIS Early Years Campus,” according to Fr. Apisit Kritsaralam, RIS School Director, “is to ensure a safe, inclusive setting where the strengths and needs of the youngest members of our school community are recognized and where memorable beginnings are crafted.” Under the aegis of the RIS Leadership Team, an education at RISE will mirror the blueprint of its mother campus in Minburi with its robust curriculum and high standards of education.

Also present at the signing ceremony were Fr. Meechai Udomdej, Mr. Dan Smith (RIS Head of School), Mr. James O’Malley (HS Principal), Mr. Joshua Fritts (ES Principal), and Ms. Jessica Seim (ES Assistant Principal).