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Air Quality Readings

It is coming to that time of year again when the quality of the air is noticeably worse than during the rest of the year. Whilst we can not stop this change in air quality we can be proactive in tackling the understanding of what is happening and how we can protect ourselves.
 
At the school we are dedicated to ensuring all members of the community have easy access to information regarding the quality of the air around the campus. We have put a number of new measures in place to ensure that this is the case.
 
Students in the Grade 11 Environmental Systems and Societies diploma class are working with Ajarn Emma Shaw to provide the school with up-to-date AQI (Air quality Index) readings. These readings are taken four times daily (before school, at break, lunch time and before after-school activities) to inform staff and students of the air quality at key times of the day. This is being displayed on a new, easy to understand sign that has been placed outside the library. Students will also have access to information about what action, if any, needs to be taken. Any readings over an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 100 or a 120 PM 10 will result in some restrictions on outdoor activities. We feel that by informing the community about the quality of the air is a good way of educating everyone about the environment around us. 
 
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The new air quality monitor board that get updated four times daily by a dedicated team of students
(Susan, Kazi, Sun, Christina, Ajarn Emma, Alice, Sophi, Dusara and Isa).

Prem launches new IB-accredited Diploma in Hospitality

hospitality.jpgPrem introduces a brand-new vocationally focused course for students in Grades 11 and 12: the IBCC Diploma in Hospitality. The course is fully-accredited by the International Baccalaureate (IB). 
 
"The program is really the best of both worlds," says program director Michael Galligan. "It combines the framework, recognition and accountability of the IB with a dynamic and powerful career-related focus of particular interest to the student — in this case, hotel and restaurant management."
 
The announcement comes after having launched the Diploma in Sport two years ago.  The first cohort of students from the IBCC Diploma in Sport will graduate in June 2013. The IBCC Diploma in Hospitality will attract students, both current students and those who join the school specifically for the new program, who have a passion for and eventually see themselves in a career in the hospitality industry.
 
Both of Prem’s specialised diploma offerings are part of the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Although there are thousands of schools around the world offering one or more of the IB programs, Prem is one of only about fifty schools worldwide – most in the UK and USA – authorised to offer the IBCC program.   Prem is also the first school in SE Asia to offer its students all four of the prestigious IB programs.
 
Although specific courses have yet to be finalised, the Diploma in Hospitality is likely to include coursework such as customer service, supervisory skills, financial control, marketing and promotions, food and drinks service, principles of nutrition, organising special events, accommodation operations, environment and sustainability in hospitality, and front office operations.
 
In addition to career-specific coursework, students will also complete a language development component, an Approaches to Learning course, service learning activities (already required of all graduates of Prem) and a culminating Reflective Project as part of their IB diploma.
 
“The IBCC option actually increases student access to the highly-sought after IB Diploma Program by offering a vocational focus for students,” says Galligan. “It is specially-suited for mature, career-minded students who know what they want after school and have already committed to that area of study.  Our Diploma in Hospitality and Diploma in Sport fill that need.”

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