Rugby School Thailand’s award-winning Community Wellbeing

At the annual ISA Awards this month, Rugby School Thailand was delighted to receive the award for ‘Community Wellbeing’. This award celebrated the School’s ‘Big Talk’ ‘Small Talk’ initiative, which the judges commended for its success in maintaining supportive links with the parents of RST’s youngest students during remote schooling.

These renowned international school awards are hosted by ISC Research, with a panel of expert industry judges who review hundreds of initiatives from schools across the globe.

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RST’s ‘Big Talk’ ‘Small Talk’ initiative was created in response to Pre-Prep parents needing additional support during a long spell of remote learning in Thailand. Simply offering an online ‘open door’ to converse at any time wasn’t gaining traction, so instead, Hannah O’Brien, Deputy Head Pastoral for Pre-Prep, and Sarah Shuttleworth, Head of Pre-Prep, developed a specific online parent hub; a safe space at a dedicated time each week, where parents could connect with the School. ‘Big Talk’ was designed to offer space to share larger issues, such as family issues, learning challenges and welfare; ‘Small Talk’ offered space for parents to connect with the School community and chat about smaller everyday experiences, or just say “hello”.

Through this online hub, the Pre-Prep staff were able to listen to parents, find solutions together, and ultimately engender positive change through a collaborative process. Reducing disruption during this challenging time enabled staff to keep stress and anxiety for children and parents to a minimum, helping to protect the wellbeing of the community.

To see our wellbeing efforts being extended to parents at such a challenging time was indicative of the pro-active and passionate staff we have here. I’m very proud of everyone involved in this award-winning initiative

Bruce Grindlay, Principal of Rugby School Thailand
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Rugby School Thailand is an international day and boarding school, whose approach is based upon the world-renowned British private school model, and whose curriculum is drawn from the best of the England & Wales National Curriculum and the UK’s Independent Schools’ Curriculum. It is the first and only school to take the name of its prestigious parent, Rugby School (UK), which was founded 450 years ago and from where the world-famous sport originated.

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