(Phuket, 2 September) – Phuket’s newest international school, Phuket International Academy Day School (PIADS), part of the overall Phuket International Academy (PIA) project, warmly welcomed their students on their first day of the new school term which started on Wed 2 Sept. The school is aspiring to become a 3 programme International Baccalaureate World School, and also plans to draw on the uniqueness of Asian culture and the best from Western educational traditions, developing inquiring, knowledgeable, compassionate young people who know how to live with integrity, cultivate genuine happiness, and strive to create a more peaceful and sustainable world. It is presently offering a Nursery programme, (2-3yrs old), and is implementing the Primary Years Programme (Grades 1-5) and Middle Years Programme,(Grades 6-8).
Located in the foothills of national parks on the eastern side of the island near Thalang, Phuket International Academy comprises of three interrelated centres’ – the PIA Day School, the PIA Sports, Arts & Wellness Centre and the PIA Mind Centre – and dynamic interactions are anticipated among these three centre’s.
The PIA Sports, Arts & Wellness Centre (PIASAWC), now partly completed, will provide an international standard of a wide range of sports, arts, wellness and recreational facilities for the benefit and enjoyment of the school’s pupils and their families, the local Phuket community, and also visiting professional and non-professional athletes from around the world who wish to either train or compete. One of the aims of the Club will be to host regional sports events, i.e., swimming, tennis, soccer, triathlon and more. The Club will also be featuring an organic restaurant and café, including a health bar, with indoor and outdoor seating, toddler’s and children’s play pool, relaxing garden area for families and an extensive children’s world with relevant components for children of different ages. A boutique hotel with 38 rooms will be available for visiting athletes, sports teams, wellness seekers, and the Mind Centre participants. The Club will be open for membership and will also have a community service program to ensure that the impact is positive for everybody involved.
The PIA Mind Centre (PIAMC), currently under construction, is a facility combining rigorous scientific research with spiritual practice in cultivating the multiple aspects of mind balance and individual well-being. This will be done through a collaboration with the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, and a number of renowned universities.