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RST Covid Education Support

Rugby School Thailand (RST) offers a genuine short-term alternative for parents in Thailand whose children, due to COVID restrictions/concerns, are unable to return to or to start their planned UK Independent School Education overseas.

With concerns about returning your child to the UK, your child is welcome to enrol for their upcoming term with us to continue with a less-disruptive education. We offer a solution that not only helps salvage academic learning but also reclaims physical education, co-curricular activities, and social wellbeing.  We are here to help… 

A SAFER ALTERNATIVE TO THE UK, EU & US?

Thailand remains lower than ever on the COVID-19 pandemic charts. As the US/EU and other areas of Asia continue to tackle a pandemic crisis, Thailand is well on the way to recovery with a total of around 3,000 confirmed cases, and few or no new cases daily.

Thailand remains lower than ever on the COVID-19 pandemic charts. As the US/EU and other areas of Asia continue to tackle a pandemic crisis, Thailand is well on the way to recovery with a total of around 3,000 confirmed cases, and few or no new cases daily.

We understand that many people are in a state of flux due to the pandemic. Worried about a second wave of the virus? Not sure how long the UK or US will take to recover from their current state? Can’t get your child back to Australia or NZ? Confused about the changing rules on quarantine?

We’re offering new enrolments the chance to part ways with remote-learning, and take advantage of a limited commitment offer* to enrol at our incredible school for a short-term. Whether you see it as a short term solution or not, we’re here to help you through this difficult time and give your child the education they deserve.

PROVIDING THE BRITISH National Curriculum and THE BEST OF a BRITISH, INDEPENDENT SCHOOL MODEL

We follow the British curriculum and British private boarding school model, meaning your child can reap the rewards of smaller class sizes and longer days that incorporate sport and co-curricular activities. Academic excellence lies at the heart of Rugby School, but our ‘whole person’ approach encompasses so much more.

  • RST educates across three schools: Pre-Prep School (2 – 6 years old), a Prep School (7 – 12 years olds) and a Senior School (13 –18 year olds)
  • We take boarders from Year 3
  • Our Prep and Senior School day continues until 5.50 pm.
  • Our teachers are largely from top UK Independent Schools
  • We recruit specialist teachers in all subjects from Year 4
  • We maintain high academic standards and expectations
  • We focus upon Sport, Music, Art, Drama, alongside endless Activities
  • We focus upon character development

PREP CURRICULUM

We follow the British curriculum and British private boarding school model, meaning your child can reap the rewards of smaller class sizes and longer days that incorporate sport and co-curricular activities. Academic excellence lies at the heart of Rugby School, but our ‘whole person’ approach encompasses so much more.

SENIOR CURRICULUM

RST Senior School prepares pupils for iGCSE and A Level examinations, and adopts a timetable very much based upon that of Rugby School UK. In the Senior School we continue to drive academic success as student’s begin to refine their key subject interests and prepare for exams. To find out more about our Academics and to view both the IGCSE and A-Level Curriculum with the subject list, click the buttons below.

RECOUP lost SPORTs, GAMES, CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND GAIN ACCESS TO OUR WORLD-CLASS FACILITIES

Remote-Learning results in the loss of physical education which is a vital aspect of developing the whole person. By joining us on an interim term, your child will benefit from taking part in our energising physical education classes. Our physical education and sports classes will help ensure your child receives a daily healthy routine. 

One of the many advantages of joining a short-term with RST is the use of our incredible facilities which continue to grow within our 90-acre school campus. This year’s most notable addition to the campus is our enormous new Webb Ellis Sports Hall, which is due to be complete for the upcoming term starting in September. 

Your child can benefit from accessing all of our school facilities from lake sailing to tennis court sessions!

New Webb-Ellis Sports Centre opens September
Beat remote-learning fatigue with co-curricular activities

SHORT-TERM OFFER DETAILS

We’re offering new enrolments the chance to part ways with remote-learning, and take advantage of a limited commitment offer* to enrol at our incredible school for a short-term. Whether you see it as a short term solution or not, we’re here to help you through this difficult time and give your child the education they deserve.

* Rugby School Thailand’s ‘SHORT-TERM’ offer allows children to join RST for one term without the usual notice, commitment and payments. The special offer, for the first term, is as follows:

1. Standard notice-of-withdrawal period of one term (penalty THB 100,000) does not apply;

2. Acceptance Fee of THB 150,000 waived;

3. Refundable Deposit of THB 100,000 reduced by 75% to THB 25,000.

The overall saving for a child who joins for just one term is THB 325,000.

Additional terms of ‘SHORT-TERM’ offer:

4. September 2020 start only;

5. A Place offered is subject to standard entry assessment (https://www.rugbyschool.ac.th/admissions/policies-and-procedures/)

6. Tuition Fees and Boarding Fees, as applicable, are payable as usual;

7. If you decide to stay for the second term, Acceptance Fee and Deposit become payable.*

READ OUR FULL SHORT-TERM BROCHURE

Congratulations to our first cohort – The class of 2020

Class of 2020... Congratulations to our first Sixth Form cohort!

Our founding group of Sixth Form have had an exceptionally eventful two years and the resilience and determination they have shown has been, by all measures, remarkable. The progress they have made in the two years they have been with us has been astounding. By way of example, two students who spoke little English when they arrived are securing A’s & A*’s at A-level. To see this cohort of students develop into rounded, confident and mature individuals has been one of the most gratifying times in my career. We are all incredibly proud of what they have achieved. The offers they have gained reflect the hard work they have put in, both academically and in the broader life of the school. The group has demonstrated responsibility to future generations of Sixth Form by setting a culture of determination, leadership, independence and excellence. Importantly, we’ve also had a great deal of fun along the way! The outcomes they will be rewarded with are nothing less than they deserve.

For this cohort, classes were exceptionally small with the average class being around three students. Tutor groups were of a similar size. This meant that we could offer a completely bespoke journey to each student. Any weaknesses in study skills, organisation or motivation were identified quickly and overcome. With the extended school day, we were able to offer a tailored programme that best suited the application criteria for the university and course each student wanted to apply to. For students who required it, there was an abundance of additional support. Students who wanted to pursue film or fashion were able to spend structured time developing portfolios, with service or charitable activities arranged around this. For example, one student arranged a fashion show for their service, which directly added to their university portfolio. Students are able to design their own clubs and activities and lead them for younger children. Students are encouraged to take on leadership roles and display independence, which has led to a proliferation of charitable events and activities.

Excellent achievements from the class of 2020

88% of our UCAS applicants secured an offer from a Russell Group university

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Average of 4 university offers per student

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Offers from 2 of Australia's top universities

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Student applications to 4 continents.

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Business & Economics Offers

Our first cohort has proven to be an exceptionally entrepreneurial group. The eight business and economics students applying to university have so far achieved 30 offers between them. Thirteen of these are at Russell Group universities and include London School of Economics (ranked sixth in the world for economics). They have offers for two of the top five Australian universities and the highly prestigious Seoul university.

These offers are no surprise. Aside from the excellent academic results they have achieved, business and economics students have been involved in setting up over fifteen different businesses, raised hundreds of thousands of Baht for charity and conducted practical projects in marketing and human resources. Most have completed work experience, where they have been able to practically demonstrate leadership and independence – traits universities across the world look for.

To demonstrate their commitment, whilst most students are enjoying an extended summer break, our students have decided to undertake an additional academic project. They are currently completing an undergraduate level project in conjunction with the University of Nottingham, Malaysia, on topics such as: ‘The Impact Of Leadership On Business Outcomes’, ‘A Study Mathematically Analysing Option Trading Strategies ’, ‘A Historical Study Of Keynesian Responses To Economic Crises’ and ‘The Impact Of Market Structure On Competition’. Our business and economics students have not only secured offers to great universities but they will be in pole position to excel when they arrive.

Offers for London School of Economics and Seoul University

Our head boy, Sung Eun has secured offers to read economics from the London School of Economics (ranked sixth in the world for this subject) and the highly prestigious Seoul University, amongst others.

Sung Eun won the ‘Best in Thailand’ prize for AS Economics, has a perfect score in all but one maths exam and was highly commended for his music AS. What sets Sung Eun apart is the broad range of activities he was able to discuss in his applications. From setting up the school charity and helping to organise multiple fundraising events, to house sport and the leadership he displayed in organising the student council, Sung Eun was able to demonstrate his all-round ability.

A Bespoke Journey For All

A university place is not an outcome, but a step on the journey. Whilst we are extremely proud of the excellent offers our students have received – and the places they will be securing – we want more for them. We want our students to be ready to make the most of university life when they arrive. We focus on career outcomes, of which university is a part. We place importance on developing character, producing rounded and confident individuals who are able to persevere through challenges. The rigorous academic side of life here is balanced with a variety of activities, from sport to house competitions and charity fundraising, to mention a very few. At Rugby School Thailand, the whole person really is the whole point.

“Our philosophy is to get students into the university that fits them best. Then to make sure they have all the skills needed to excel when they are there.”

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"‘University is part of the journey not the destination."
Lee May
Head of Sixth Form

Get ready for University Course

During the course of their time in 6th form our students have undertaken a course to ready them for all aspects of university life. The course included healthy eating, cooking, budgeting, student finance, accommodation and in the final 3 weeks, a course to ready them for the academic challenges they will face.

This academic course is an undergraduate level mini-dissertation where students are learning how to research, plan projects, set research questions, define the scope of a project, academically reference, use spreadsheets and give multimedia presentations. Lectures from Bath university and Nottingham university, Malaysia have supplemented lectures from RST staff. Each student has at least 2 tutorials each week to help them keep on track.

A-Level Preparation Course

Before starting in our Sixth Form we offer our students the opportunity to take an A-level Preparation course. This course is offered to Our D Block students (Year 11) and aims to ready them for selecting their A-level options. Interactive work is provided in all subjects with weekly (or more frequent) catch-up sessions. In addition to helping students feel confident in their A-level choices, and where these could lead them in life after school, the course encourages our students to become more independent learners in readiness for Sixth Form.

Next Year

We are now busy preparing the next cohort and applications will be made to the UK, US, Canada, Thailand, Japan, Australia and mainland Europe.
Each student will have a bespoke pathway and we are excited to be preparing our first medical students. Class sizes remain very low, averaging at about five and the breadth of co-curricular options is even greater.

‘Save Us, Save Doctors’

One of the owners of our school, Khun Taya Teepsuwan, has initiated a brilliant new project with some friends. ‘Saveเรา Saveหมอ’ (‘Save Us, Save Doctors’) aims to support the doctors and nurses working on the front line of this pandemic. There are various components to their work; all of which will bolster much-needed medical supplies.

The first part of the project has involved hand-making 5000 cloth masks. High demand has left a national shortage of masks. By producing cloth masks for people in the community, more surgical / medical masks can be available for the doctors who need them so crucially. Volunteers have been making and distributing cloth masks to non-medical workers who need them most. For example, motorbike and car taxi drivers, garbage collectors and many more. This production and distribution will continue for as long as there is a shortage of masks.

The second part of the project is an art auction to raise money in support of doctors and nurses. The group behind the project asked 5 famous artists to draw pictures and put them up for auction. So far they have raised 165,000 THB from the auction and have used those funds (in addition to other donations) to buy important medical equipment, such as PPE suits, face shields and N95 masks. These have all been donated to Rama hospital.

The third component to this incredible project has been creating the ‘Hero Bags’.  Many doctors are spending night and day in hospital: eating, sleeping and working tirelessly . The ‘Hero Bags’ offer survival kits for individual use including many necessary items: toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving kits, cutlery, tumblers, pillows, blankets, towels, shampoo and shower gels, sanitizers and energy bars. With many donations already contributed, initially the team plan to create 500 ‘Hero Bags’.

Khun Taya and friends, plus the wonderful volunteers, intend to continue these different projects within the ‘Save Us, Save Doctors’ campaign for as long as we are in this crisis. Now, more than ever, we need to help each other to help this country.

If you would like to donate to the project please see the bank details below.

Exercise is part of our school day… every day!

As part of their global strategy on diet, physical activity and health, the World Health Organisation launched a report last week entitled ‘Physical Activity and Young People’.  In it they say that to improve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, bone health, and cardiovascular and metabolic health biomarkers:

  • Children and youth aged 5–17 should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity every day.
  • Amounts of physical activity greater than 60 minutes provide additional health benefits.
  • Most of the daily physical activity should be aerobic. Vigorous-intensity activities should be incorporated, including those that strengthen muscle and bone, at least 3 times per week.
  • Exercise and team-based activities are also vital for young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

At Rugby School Thailand our enhanced school day finishes at 5.50pm, meaning we include sport and games-based activities as part of the daily timetable – not simply as an optional extra.  The plethora of different sporting opportunities means every child has the chance to enjoy fitness, honing skills or discovering new talents, while getting active and improving their health. This is one of our many unique, forward-thinking approaches to school life and it feeds into our school ethos: the whole person, the whole point.

A teacher jumping with children in a fitness class at Rugby School Thailand

King Rama IX commemoration day 2019

Today, we commemorate the passing of the late King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej, known as the King Rama IX, he reigned Thailand since 9 June 1946 until his death on 13 October 2016, making him the longest-reigning monarch ever in Thailand’s history.

We held a special occasion and meaningful moment at our school last week in remembrance of Thailand’s beloved King. Pre-Prep assembly started with the Royal anthem, followed by a beautiful video and PDF presentation that focused on a great man’s lifetime and how he had lived and worked for his people.

We held a special occasion and meaningful moment at our school last week in remembrance of Thailand’s beloved King. Prep assembly started with the Royal anthem, followed by a beautiful video and the below PDF presentation that focused on a great man’s lifetime and how he had lived and worked for his people.

Year 8 pupils then shared their respectful perspective to the King, which was followed by our Headmaster’s speech, to honour the late king to our all of our pupils. Mr. Nigel Westlake stated that the King’s way of life was very much an identification of what our school motto’s meaning truly resembles, and that he was a perfect example for what ‘the whole person, whole point‘ truly means.
 
Lastly, all pupils sang together for a beautiful rendition of ‘Kings in fairy tales‘. View the video below to gain a sense of this emotional song and witness how the story unfolds through the video.
The King Rama IX left an important message for the Thai people, which was to not remember who he was, but more importantly remember what he did. We encourage our Rugby School Thailand pupils to follow the king’s steps by being a good person and doing honest, helpful and kind things. 
 
King Rama IX, Bhumibol Adulyadej remains forever in our hearts here at Rugby School Thailand, and we pay our most profound respects on this remembrance anniversary 2019, from the board of directors, management, and staff of Rugby School Thailand.

Rugby School Thailand at the Faldo Series

This weekend some of Rugby School Thailand’s top golf players attended the prestigious Faldo Series in Phuket. The Faldo Series, recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, gives competitors aged 12 to 21 the opportunity to play WAGR counting events.

The event this weekend, part of the Faldo Series Asia, was held at the beautiful Laguna Golf Club, and saw Asia’s most aspiring young golf talent (some of the best juniors around the world), including Rugby School Thailand’s 5 golf scholars: Son, Nua and In (Under-16 boys category) and Sea and Heewon (Under-14 girls category).

Rugby School Thailand golfers at the Faldo Series, Phuket

The Faldo Series Phuket results

Boys Team Winners – Nua, In, Son 

Under-16 boys champion – Nua 

Overall champion – Nua

Over the three days of the event, all five students represented the school in an exemplary manner and were a credit to Rugby School Thailand.

Congratulations to them all for fantastic performances!

The Louise Ball Prize for Creative Writing

Portrait of Louise Ball

At Prep Speech Day today our Senior School Head, Alan Ball, presented a new award in the Prep school: The Louise Ball Prize for Creative Writing. This new prize has been created in honour of Alan’s late wife, Louise, who passed away suddenly at the beginning of this academic year, a tragic loss for all who knew her, and especially for us in the Rugby School Thailand community.

In one short year at RST Louise made a lasting impact on the school. While teaching English to Prep pupils, she was also realising her dream job as the school’s Founding Librarian. To “be with books” (in Alan’s words) gave her complete joy, and fostering a passion for books and reading in children came naturally to her.

Her own childhood was spent on a dairy farm with limited Television, so books were her escapism and reading sparked a light in her. Just two weeks before she passed, Louise was thrilled to be able to spend a day in a book fair in Bangkok, choosing books for our libraries.

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every

syllable that is spelled out is a spark”

Victor Hugo

Louise wanted the Pre-Prep library to be a bright, homely, comfortable, and relaxing space for our youngest readers, so she was hard at work knitting cushion covers for cushions she planned to scatter around the floor. This project is being completed by some of Alan’s work colleagues back in Australia, and by Louise’s colleagues here at RST.

When the ‘Louise Library’ was unveiled in October 2018, the absence of its founder was profound. But in the same way that the library holds her hallmark, we see the Louise Ball Prize for Creative Writing as a fitting legacy, recognising the young writers of RST who are bringing words to the world and continuing to spark joy.

A huge congratulations to Ira Tantsyura for winning the inaugural Louise Ball Prize for Creative Writing.

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“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”

Maya Angelou (one of Louise’s most-loved authors)

A public announcement

Dear staff, parents and students of Rugby School Thailand.

On 10th of July 2019, my husband, Nataphol Teepsuwan, received the Royal endorsement from His Majesty the King Maha Vajralongkorn to became Thailand’s Minister of Education. The Teepsuwan family is humbled and forever grateful for the Royal appointment and the trust from the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O Cha. However, to avoid conflict of interest as Nataphol is the top policy maker in the Education portfolio, I have to resign from the position of Chief Executive Officer, School license holder and Governor of Rugby School Thailand – effective immediately. We apologise for the short notice as the appointment to this honourable and prestigious position cannot be predicted.

Education has always been our passion. We are fortunate to be have been able to create a unique private education institution to enhance the development of children in so many ways. This new path of Nataphol will lead to greater education improvement for the country as a whole which is even more critical. The experience that we have had in the RST project (many thanks to all of you) will surely contribute towards the development of education in Thai society.  Whilst the RST dream is not yet complete, our priority must be the greater good of Thailand. We have to acknowledge and accept the consequences.

Our aim is naturally to ensure that this change has as little impact upon Rugby School Thailand, particularly its children, as possible. The day-to-day running of the school’s administration will accordingly continue to be led by our Executive Committee, our COO, our CFO, and our General Manager; all educational matters will continue to be addressed by our experienced Heads and their senior management teams; we will continue to benefit from the advice and guidance of Rugby School UK; and RST’s Governing body will continue to focus upon the key strategic and financial decisions. In other words: ‘business as usual’.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board of Governors for all your kind support, along with a great working relationship, throughout the time. I know that Rugby School is in very good hands and that the school will continue to develop and thrive in the terms and years to come.

Sincerely Yours,

Taya Teepsuwan

In response to Khun Taya’s announcement, we would like to add that on behalf of all the management, staff and students of Rugby School Thailand. We offer our sincere gratitude for all that you have built and contributed towards establishing a truly unique international school, and for all of your dedicated hard work in leading the plans to bring together a magnificent school combined with talented staff that will continue to operate and provide an education like no other. We wish you the best of luck, and send our blessings with you on your next steps.

5 Benefits to boarding

Our aim in the boarding houses at Rugby School Thailand is to create a  happy place where children feel relaxed and supported, but there are also many other benefits to a positive boarding experience. Here are our top 5:

Expert pastoral guidance

In the homely environment of our boarding houses our House Parents and House Deans ensure good guidance to their boarders. This stretches from developing core values and supporting any personal issues a child might be experiencing, to strict rules on mobile and screen usage, to help children build interpersonal skills and discover new hobbies.

Less time commuting, more time engaging

Everyone knows commuter hour is busy, particularly in cities like Bangkok where the journey to and from school can take up many precious hours of the day. The boarders at Rugby School Thailand cut out the commute and instead enjoy a short walk along green pathways to get to class. This means they have more time to engage – with friends, in lessons, during free play, with new hobbies.

“Boarding is such a unique environment; the children are away from their own homes, but they become part of a ‘family of friends’”

Tim Jones, House Parent for Marshall House

Friendships for life

The friendships made in our boarding houses are incredibly strong. There is a sense of family community that comes from living together, caring for and supporting each other, and enjoying free-time together. Some of the deepest-rooted friendships develop amongst boarders.

A sense of independence

From the first boarding years through Prep, to the last ones in Sixth Form, we build a sense of independence in children that helps them through life. For example, children make their own bed and are encouraged to help with laundry, or with loading the dishwasher after snacks. This all contributes to our boarders leaving school with a mature attitude and prepared for the demands of university.

Incredible facilities in the ‘back garden’

The facilities at Rugby School Thailand become part of your home environment. This means playing fields are a back garden for boarders, and swimming in the school pools, exploring the nature trails around the grounds, and camping in the Outdoor Education Centre are regular activities. Life on campus is dynamic and inspiring, but we also take boarders to a whole host of exciting local place on weekend excursions.

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“My favourite thing about boarding is the bonds we can make with friends”

Nina (Year 7)

“The house staff get on really well, they are good friends, and it makes the house feel like a big family”

Milly (E Block)

“The food is delicious”

Mischa (Year 8)

“You don’t have to get up early, which is good because we have more time to sleep and more time to do work”

Tim (LXX)

Behind the Scenes… at the Prep boarding house

Behind the scenes with Tim & Fliss Jones, our Prep Boarding House Parents, who tell us why the multi-cultural ‘family’ in Marshall House is so special.

Tell us a bit about what you do?

As House Parents, our role is to provide pastoral support and guidance to the children in their home away from home. Boarding is such a unique environment; the children are away from their own homes, but they become part of a really unique family environment here. They are loved and supported, and develop a deep sense of loyalty, responsibility, kindness and courage, helping them to thrive in other areas of school life, as well as nurturing characteristics to see them into adult life.

How do you create such a warm ‘home from home’ environment?

A lot of it comes from the children themselves. Boys and girls, across all age groups and nationalities, come together as one big family in a very natural way. They genuinely look out for each other, 24 hours a day, every day of the week. We see our children here develop such a strong sense of loyalty towards Marshall House, and it’s a very happy place for them to be.

The sense of community here is something special. We seem to have drawn on the best of the traditional British Prep School model – keeping pupils active and entertained, nurturing individual interests and community spirit– whilst drawing on top qualities from the international system – notably the empathy and understanding that comes from the wonderful mix of different cultures, and the lifelong friendships it fosters. Ask any of the boarders what they love about it here, and friendship will be top of the list.  Marshall House is a unique ‘family’ of friends.

How do you keep everyone entertained and happy?

As well as the in-house team (us, the assistant House Parents, Penny and Steve, and the house matron, Amanda) we have a rota of Prep staff who bring an extensive range of evening activities into the mix. It includes everything from fun sports, to more relaxed or creative options. Some of the more popular activities have been dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, face painting, drama, slime-making, baking, photography and Mr Dawson’s famous Scottish dancing!

On weekends, highlights include going to the beach, catching the latest movie, ten-pin bowling, exploring some of Thailand’s best water parks, trampolining, laser tag, pizza-making, ziplining, rock-climbing, marshmallows around the campfire… the list goes on and on.

How does boarding fit with the school ethos, ‘the whole person, the whole point’?

The ‘whole person, the whole point’ aims to help pupils reach their potential not just academically, but also in sports, music, the arts, drama and equally in the formation of their character, morals and manners. Boarding provides a supportive environment where we actively encourage all of these things; but also where pupils are happy and healthy, allowing them to make the most of all the activities offered to them throughout the long school day. Instead of travelling long distances or sitting in traffic each day, boarding pupils can immerse themselves in all that Rugby School Thailand has to offer. And that’s a lot, right on their doorstep!

A group of children in the boarding house at Rugby School Thailand