Baan Kalim School
The Baan Kalim School is located on Kalim Beach, just North of Patong. Phuket Has Been Good to Us Foundation provides free English education every day to 121 students in the kindergarten and primary grades 1-6. The English language programme at Kalim School is kindly sponsored by Baan Rim Pa Restaurant Group.
Total number of students taught by Phuket Has Been Good To Us in kindergarten and primary grades 1-6: 121
A2: 13, A3: 12 (A = Anuban = Kindergarten)
P1: 27, P2: 21, P3: 15, P4: 9, P5: 15, P6: 9 (P = Prathom = Primary)
The original Kalim school was largely destroyed by the December 26, 2004 Tsunami. Luckily the tsunami occurred on a Sunday when school was not in session. The children were moved to a temporary school on higher ground while clean up and reconstruction began.
The newly constructed Baan Kalim school opened on May 15, 2006. By this time, Phuket Has Been Good to Us Foundation had been formed and was ready to begin its three-year pilot programme, providing free, quality English language education. The Foundation's Director of Education was the sole teacher at the time. The pilot programme, completed in May 2009, was a key element in the development of the Foundation. It familiarised us with the academic, cultural and management issues involved in working within a Thai government school and allowed us to create and develop an effective vehicle for the teaching and evaluation of English to young Thai children. The programme's success enabled it to become an established aspect of Baan Kalim School's curriculum and lead to its adoption at a second school in 2007: Rajaprachanukroh 36 School in Kamala.