That preparation for the future isn’t limited to developing academic prowess. Mr Topodas said the structured boarding programme that WPS provides enables students to develop crucial life skills just by opting to study and live away from home.
“Through structure they develop time management skills,” he said.
“We map everything from dinner to extracurricular activities, so they learn how to get everything done.”
“They develop a strong work ethic. It’s on them to get things done on their own.”
Michaela Marcela Marcovici, Boarding House Director at Collège Champittet Pully agrees. She said a boarding programme helps students to quickly become independent and more responsible.
“Day students don’t have that level of independence,” Ms Marcovici said.
“It’s not only the structure – they have to be organised with their time, their room and their belongings.”
With 16 nationalities represented in the WPS boarding programme and 36 at Champittet, students are immersed in learning from their peers who come from a range of different backgrounds. They get to learn about another’s culture and customs.
Peter Gillmore, Head of Boarding at Regents International School Pattaya, echoed these statements.
“A boarding environment should provide students with a feel of home, it creates opportunities to excel in the academic arena with the supervision of prep sessions and professional support from subject teachers.”
“In addition, it gives the students a chance to utilise the many excellent facilities around the campus with their friends from the boarding community, with whom they are likely to have lifelong friendships.”
Mr Topodas said this was invaluable in this increasingly globalised world.
“There’s something about eating dinner with someone and seeing them in their pyjamas that breaks down a lot of barriers and allows you to make a friend for life,” Mr Topodas said.
He explained students go through a shared experience where they can develop friendships with roommates that may last a lifetime, much like life at university.
“They’re connected to each other and therefore the school,” he said.
“There’s a deeper appreciation of where they came from.”