While students and staff have been enjoying their long summer vacation, Shrewsbury Riverside has been a hive of activity, with several construction projects taking place across the school site.
Since opening in 2003, the school and its owners have focused on ensuring that Shrewsbury remains at the very forefront of international education, investing heavily not just in developing the expertise of its staff body, but also in the school’s resources, teaching and learning spaces, and the operational facilities that support these activities.
On the very first day of the holiday, contractors started work on a wholesale renovation of the Early Years garden. With the addition of a 400m2 extension, the new garden is now four times larger than the combined EY classroom space (also freshly painted throughout this summer), giving children even more space and freedom to explore.
The garden has been designed with nature in mind, and as well as enlarging the already popular mud kitchen, sand pit and splash play pool, also includes a lawn area, wilderness area and lots of natural planting; a safe, inspirational and natural environment that will encourage creativity and discovery, and will allow the EY team to further embed and integrate Forest School teaching into the EY curriculum.
Also scheduled to be completed in time for the new school year, the Senior School Design Technology department is another focus for significant refurbishment and renovation. Already one of the school’s most popular spaces, the summer has seen some big structural changes which have opened up the space significantly, creating an expanded, flexible, and bright workshop space for students to work collaboratively and creativity.
Riverside’s administrative buildings have seen several changes over the last few weeks too. The school shop and reception have now formally moved to the entrance of the school, which will facilitate more controlled access for visitors before entry. In turn, the Admissions and Marketing departments will shortly be relocated into the spaces vacated by the move. In particular this will give our admissions team the chance to meet and greet prospective parents in a welcoming environment in the very heart of the school, equipped with a small play area for younger students and two separate assessment rooms for applicants; spaces that are essential to the work of the admissions team, and who are processing applications for an ever growing number of students wishing to join Thailand’s most successful international school.
Of course, all of these projects take place against the backdrop of the two backbone elements Riverside’s “Project 2021”; a new indoor sports centre and a brand new Senior School building – which will effectively double the learning space for Years 7-13. Both buildings remain on programme for August 2021 completion, and when opened will provide some of the most advanced teaching and learning facilities in Bangkok.