A welcome message from the new British Principal, Robin Hamilton:
I am delighted to introduce myself as the new British Principal, having first visited to Phnom Penh ten years ago, and what a change there has been since then!
I am now back in Phnom Penh having been Principal at the prestigious Anglo-Singapore International School in Bangkok and Asia Pacific International School in Malaysia, and before that Principal at Pride International School, Myanmar – the second largest international school in that country with centres in Yangon and Mandalay.
All these establishments are successful Cambridge International schools and I am hoping that GMIS can become one too, in a very short space of time. What will it mean? Well, there are over 10,000 Cambridge schools around the world, offering the renowned IGCSE (International Certificate in secondary Education) that is normally taken when students reach 15-17. It is the world’s most popular international school qualification, and a recognised gateway to the world’s universities. Key subjects are English, Maths, the three Sciences and ICT, but there are many more to choose from such as Business Studies, Economics, Accounting, modern foreign languages and also options like Art, Music and PE.
Back in Yangon, my last cohort of students scored a stellar 60% A*/A and over 80% attained the university foundation entrance requirement. Prior to this I was a lecturer, manager and then teacher -trainer for a cluster of UK Government colleges in England, including the world-heritage city of Bath. After that I taught at the famous Victoria School in Singapore where I have been a permanent resident for some years, while still retaining my UK citizenship. There, my last group of students gained a spectacular 97% A1/A2 in GCE O Level, and I’ll be drawing on these experiences to see how well we can build on achievement at GMIS.
Having said all that, life is not exclusively about grades and there is so much a thriving school can do to build confidence, empathy and a sense of purpose and responsibility amongst all of its stakeholders through all the activities on offer : we spend such a large part of our lives at school or work – we ought to get the most from them.
Lastly, a strong home -school bond is vital to every top school and I hope that in the coming weeks you will be able to come along to some of the parent information sessions that we’ll be running. In the meantime, do remember that my door is open.