A Strong Community Launches the ‘DBS Stronger Together’ Campaign

08-Apr-2020 Intellasia | BangkokPost | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A Strong Community Launches the “DBS Stronger Together” Campaign in a Joint Collaboration to fight the effects of the COVID-19 Virus

Since the start of the Covid-19 virus outbreak at the beginning of this year, teachers, students, parents, staff, and the management team of DBS Denla British School, a leading international school that bases its teaching on the British independent school curriculum located on Ratchapruek Road, have collaboratively joined forces to overcome the crisis with the #DBSStrongerTogether or DBS Stronger Together campaign. It was initiated to draw on the school’s collective strength in the well-being of its community.

The School’s Safe Environment Contributes Towards the Overall Well-being

Since the outbreak of the virus, DBS has introduced heightened health and safety measures through the collaborated efforts under the three protective pillars, namely, measures that involve screening, cleaning, and creating knowledge and understanding. These measures include activities, such as body temperature screening, checks on passports and travel history of everyone entering the school area, regular deep cleaning in every area of the school with antivirus detergent, providing updates on the latest developments regarding the virus, and promoting proper hygiene practices.

Under the DBS Stronger Together campaign, teachers and staff collaborated to create video clips to provide encouragement, such as when the Music Department entertained students who have to study online at home, or when the Nursing team produced a video clip to demonstrate how to wash hands properly. The Thai Language Department encouraged everyone to greet each other with a ‘wai’ instead of shaking hands, and other departments have gathered together to send heart-warming good wishes to the DBS community.

Academic Excellence Must Continue, albeit in a different format.

DBS has provided a full range of online distance learning courses since the school was temporarily closed. In the online platform, students are required to wear their regular school uniforms during the online classes, in order to create a notion that they are still studying in a normal classroom. The advantages of this ad hoc type of learning, are that the students have increased the opportunity to practise their own learning, become more self-disciplined, and responsible as independent learners. Under normal circumstances, there are always teachers and staff who provide constant care. However, when studying at home, the students must be able to help themselves as much as possible, which is a crucial life skill that is required when they further progress to study at the university level. The key to providing an effective distance learning programme is a team of skilled teachers. Teachers are not only responsible for teaching, but will also be required to provide assistance and motivation to all of their students to reach their set goals, while parents also become more involved with their children’s studies.

A Great Response!

After starting the distance learning programme, DBS has received a tremendous amount of praise from parents as they have never seen such an impressive programme before. Students have become more proficient in the use of technology, where everyone is able to study online seamlessly, attending classes by themselves with a little assistance from their parents. Here are a few comments from the parents;

“The kids are really happy. They are more mature and responsible than we previously thought. They seem very enthusiastic about their studies, maybe because they would like to see their teachers and friends.”

“My child said that it was fun. They can do everything by themselves. They’re very proficient. We have nothing to worry about.”

“Wearing the uniform is amazing. The kids would just grab their uniforms and sit, and wait at their computers from early morning.”

“The children are very excited. They can adapt easily. They have become more independent. Even the little ones can do it by themselves, which is beyond our expectations.”

Our Community Must Be Stronger Together.

DBS is a leading international school in Thailand. We acknowledge that the children who study here are more fortunate than many others. Therefore, we must not forget to give to those who are not as fortunate as us. During the current virus epidemic situation, DBS has also donated necessary items to various children’s foundations, such as the Rainbow House, or the Christian Care Foundation for Children with Disabilities Foundation in Thailand, and the Pakkred Babies’ Home. These foundations do not have enough protective equipment and the children do not have houses or other places to stay in order to avoid the virus epidemic. DBS, therefore, has donated disinfectant cleaners, gloves, and masks, to these foundations, to enable them to protect themselves as much as possible, as it is not just only one community that will be able to overcome the obstacles, but all parties must work collaboratively to get through the crisis.

True Understanding of Parents

With the economic impact from the coronavirus pandemic, the DBS Board of directors led by Dr Toryos and Dr Temyos Pandejpong, sons of Arn Pandejpong, the founder of the Denla School Group; and the Senior Management Team, led by Mark McVeigh, DBS Principal, have therefore approved significant changes to the fees policy. There will be a 30 percent discount applied for the 3rd term tuition fee payment of the current academic year to all families for as long as the distance learning continues.

As for tuition fees for the next academic year, all leading international schools increase their tuition fees on an annual basis to cover their increased costs. However, DBS is well aware of the present situation and understands the economic impact that parents may be facing, and has therefore decided to oppose this trend and freeze the increase of tuition fees for the 2020-21 academic year, even though the school has to meet rising costs in its determination to maintain a world-class quality education environment

“We are well aware that subsequent months will probably be rough for most people, but I am confident that if we apply sense, patience, and perseverance, we will be able to ride out this storm together and experience everything going back to normal again. DBS Stronger Together”, concluded Dr Toryos Pandejpong, DBS Board of directors, after the Board approved the resolution with the hope that the reduction in tuition fees and putting a freeze on the 2020-21 tuition fees increase will help ease the economic impact on parents during these times.



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