5 things you don’t know about RST

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5 things you don’t know about RST

March 7, 2019

There’s so much to say about Rugby School Thailand. From our enormous campus with its unusual amount of space and facilities, to the smaller class sizes, longer days, and co-curricular activities that enable us to deliver on the school motto (‘the whole person, the whole point’); or the fact we are the only flagship international division of Rugby UK, and we truly share all core values.

But this is all information you can find on our website. What about the little things you don’t know about us? The little things that help give RST its heart and soul. Here are 5 things that you (almost certainly) don’t know about Rugby School Thailand:

1.       Rugby School Thailand currently runs entirely on its own water supply. We have 5 lakes that are all connected, and they range from the smallest (affectionately known as ‘Peanut Lake’) at 5,000 cubic metres, to the largest (‘Concert Lake’) at a huge 160,000 cubic metres. The latter is where we host events and concerts. Another, named ‘School Lake’ is where pupils can sail and kayak as part of our extensive co-curricular programme.

2.       Being green matters to us. We have 2209 solar panels across the campus at present and each one creates 340 watts per day. We’ve been working with a team at BANPU INFINERGY to create our own renewable energy sources and now successfully generate over 25% of the school’s energy supply (a number that is set to increase substantially). As the school grows, we will be adding more and more panels, and one of our 5 lakes (‘Moon Lake’) will soon be home to 300 floating solar panels.

3.       If you were to fly over the school in a plane or a helicopter (or perhaps a drone, in the not too distant future) you can see a huge Thai number 9 landscaped into the grounds near Concert Lake, in honour of the late King.

4.       Our Pre-Prep, also known as ‘The Oval’, was designed in the shape of a rugby ball as a nod to the world-famous sport that was invented at Rugby School in 1823 when William Webb Ellis took a football in his arms and ran with it. The sport is a rich part of our heritage and something our students enjoy playing during the school week and at our Saturday Enrichment Programme.

5.       At the very beginning of our driveway there is a Wat with a name that translates as ‘Gold’. People come from near and far to wish for things they want in life, and when their wish comes true, they return to the Wat with gifts to say thank you. If you arrive at school in the evening, on occasion you’ll see an outdoor cinema screen showing movies at the ‘Gold’ Wat – this is one such thank you gift.