Spotlight on… ‘Thinkers’ at Rugby School Thailand

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I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.

阿尔伯特-爱因斯坦

Resilient, reflective, versatile, globally minded, thinkers, communicators and collaborators; these are the qualities we nurture in every student as they make their journey through 泰国橄榄球学校 from aged 2-18. We’re going to shine a spotlight on what it means to be a ‘thinker’ and why it’s important in life.

In the context of our School, the ‘thinker’ learner profile has three strands that encourage our students to:

• Question and be curious; ask questions to find out more.

• Think creatively and critically; question and challenge the information they’re given.

• Show innovation and originality; think outside the box and come up with new ideas.

Throughout the curriculum we teach students to question and be curious, to think creatively and challenge information they’re presented with, and to be confident in sharing ideas. In Geography we ask students to have curiosity for the new places they discover; in Art we invite them to critically evaluate by studying art history and asking themselves what art means to them; in Science students continually solve problems and learn how to present information in creative ways; in English we establish ‘thinking routings’ to promote metacognition; in Sport, we encourage students to think about tactics to help them excel in sports matches.

To support students as they develop our learner profile traits, we offer dedicated School assemblies to engage students in the profiles. Our Prep School has also started hosting specialist days to celebrate the different traits – and our forthcoming ‘Thinkers Day’ will draw specifically on this trait and get students to demonstrate their ability to be a ‘thinker’ in the ways outlined above. The day will culminate in the annual General Knowledge Quiz, where students will have to think on their feet in a fierce, but friendly, House competition!

For our littlest students in Pre-Prep (aged 2-7), we introduce the qualities of a ‘thinker’ through an engaging character: the Creative Chameleon. If we give them some cardboard boxes in the playground, it’s amazing to see what their creative minds think to do with it! As students make their journey up through the Prep and Senior Schools, the ‘thinker’ trait becomes a more conscious construct and we invite them to be active participants in developing their own thinking skills. When students reach the Senior School, the trait is renamed ‘Inquisitive & Investigative’, as they become more resourceful in seeking knowledge and understanding, and gain even stronger analytical skills. Our aim is for every student to leave RST with excellent critical thinking and a strong curiosity about the world around them.

In the words of Stephen Hawking, “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious”.

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泰国橄榄球学校

Rugby School Thailand

泰国橄榄球学校是一所国际走读和寄宿学校,其教学方法以世界著名的英国私立学校模式为基础,其课程从英格兰和威尔士的国家课程和英国的独立学校课程中汲取精华。它是第一所也是唯一一所采用其著名的母校--英国橄榄球学校名称的学校,该校成立于450年前,是世界著名的体育运动的发源地。