Add to that the school’s new fee pricing structure, and plans to introduce new IB accredited courses, and he is excited that more Phuketians will soon be able to enjoy them.
Mr Mackinnon has worked at many international schools throughout his career, including in Zambia, the Bahamas, Greece, Germany, Barbados and, since August 2012, Phuket.
“My career involves going into schools and looking at the curriculum and taking it to a better level. PIADS is already at a great level,” he tells The Phuket News.
Much of Mr Mackinnon’s work will be focused on making PIADS an International Baccalaureate World School at all levels. PIADS already has the IB World Primary level (3-11 years old), and is in the candidacy stage of also teaching it at middle years (11-16 years old).
“We’re hoping to receive accreditation by next April, and also soon to teach the IB Diploma (16-19 years old), where we will be accredited before we start.”
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year educational programme that provides an internationally-accepted qualification for entry into higher education.
“All my life I have been looking for a school like PIADS,” says Mr Mackinnon.
“I suppose I’ve always had the philosophy and the perspective that the International Baccalaureate is the way to go, but now finally I’m at a school which has awesome facilities and a great staff to make it all possible.
“Education has changed a lot since my school days, when it was more or less just a sage on a stage reciting what he or she knew, the students learning it and then regurgitating it in a classroom test environment.
“Back then getting the information was half the battle. In this internet age, we have all this information, now we just have to decide what they should learn.”
PIAD is offering scholarship programmes for children aged 11-16 for academic excellence, sporting excellence and in the arts.
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