Assumption College (Thailand)
Labor omnia vincit
("Work conquers all")
|26 Charoenkrung 40, Charoenkrung Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Established||February 16, 1885|
|Founder||Rev. Father Emile August Colombet|
|Director||Bro. Dr. Dechachai Sripicharn (2013-present)|
|Fight song||Boom Assump|
Assumption College (Thai: โรงเรียนอัสสัมชัญ) (Sometimes called "Assumption Bang Rak", "Assumption College Bangkok", "อ ส ช" ) is a private Catholic all boy school located in Bangkok, Thailand. The school was founded by Rev. Father Emile August Colombet in 16 February 1885, is the first school founded by the Gabrielite Brothers in Thailand. Assumption College is the third-oldest school in Thailand and has been regarded as one of the leading schools in Thailand for a long time.
The school provides education for students from grade 1 through 12 (K-12). the school entrance especially in the first grade is highly competitive. The school is famous for its high standard teaching and learning program. Assumption College has a long list of distinguished former pupils including 4 Prime Ministers of Thailand and 11 Privy counselors.
Assumption College is the one of 4 schools which participate in Jaturamitr Samakkee, a traditional football match by the four oldest boys' schools in Thailand such as Suankularb Wittayalai School, Debsirin School and Bangkok Christian College.
Assumption College traces its history to 1885. when Father Emile August Colombet, a French missionary priest, opened his school in Bangkok. In those days before free public schools, Colombet realised many Thai children went without an education. (Buddhist monks taught reading and writing in their temples, but attendance was not compulsory.) Father Colombet decided to open his own primary school to help fill the need. The Church school named Thai-French School, where French and Thai were taught.
Father Colombet's school was conducted in an ordinary wooden house. Classes at the beginning were small; his first student was a Chinese-Thai, Mr. Siew Meng Tek. The number of students steadily increased, and today more than 51,000 boys have been educated at Assumption College.
On 16th February 1885, the school was formally established under the name of Collège de l’ Assomption. On the first day of school, there were 33 students. After that the school gradually became recognized and the demand for a new study hall was needed. The Father sent a letter to His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn and Her Majesty the Queen and solicited contributions and donations from high-level noblemen, as well as Thai and foreign merchants in Bangkok. The school became well endowed.
On 15th August 1887, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajirunhis represented His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn in laying down the cornerstone for the construction of the first study hall, that later was named the “Old Building” (Or in Thai called "Tuek Gao").
In 1900, Father Colombet returned to France. He asked the St. Gabriel Foundation to take over management of Assumption College. The foundation's director sent five Reverend Brothers to become its teachers. These were Rev. Bro. Martin Detours, Rev. Bro. Arbaire, Rev. Bro. Augustine, Bro. Gabriel Ferreti and Rev. Bro. Hilaire. Father Colobet's school thus became the St. Gabriel Association's first boys school in Thailand.
On 20th October 1901, the Superior General of the Brothers of St. Gabriel sent 5 Reverend Brothers to Thailand in order to continue the initiative of Father Colombet. They were Rev. Bro. Martin de Tours (the Second Director), Rev. Bro. Arbaire, Rev. Bro. Augustine, Bro. Gabriel Ferreti and Rev. Bro. Hilaire who was the key person that continued the objectives of Father Colombet, especially in the education section. Subsequently, Assumption College was the first boy’s school of the St. Gabriel Foundation in Thailand.
In 1910, the school changed its name from Collège de l’ Assomption to Assumption College or AC. Its meaning remains being preserved from all sins and house of knowledge.
When the number of students sharply increased, the existing study hall could not respond to this increasing demand from the parents and alumni. At that time, the Brothers of Saint Gabriel established Assumption College Primary Section in 1965 in Sathon, Bangkok, on the area of 6 rais.
The primary section was approved and opened on 22nd May 1966. The first date of teaching was on 23rd May 1966. The school was officially opened and blessed on 6th May 1967 by Bishop Joseph Khiamsun Nittayo and Mom Luang Pin Malakul, the Minister from the Ministry of Education presided at the ceremony.
In 2002 during Brother Surasit Sukchai’s term of governance, the “English Program (EP)” was introduced to serve the students who want to prepare themselves for international study. The program started in Prathom Suksa 1 and in Mathayom Suksa 1 in the first year. Now the program offers complete primary and secondary levels or from Prathom Suksa 1 to Mathayom Suksa 6 (grade 1 - 12). It turns to the 10th anniversary in 2011 under the administration of Brother Pisutr Vapiso.
Assumption College’s distinction of providing education is proved by the development over the past 126 years by the Brothers of St. Gabriel in which quality individuals have been produced from generation to generation.
The symbol of Assumption College is a coat of arms. The middle part is white and others are red. The blue English abbreviation AC is placed in the mid center of the coat of arms. Underneath the school’s abbreviation is Christian Era 1885, the year of the college’s formal establishment by Father Emile Colombet.
The meaning for coat of arms represents a defence from all kinds of weapons. AC is the abbreviation for Assumption College. Colors on the coat of arms remind us to honour the nation, religion and the king.
The school flag is in the shape of a rectangle sized of 4 x 6 The middle part is white and others are red. The blue English abbreviation AC is placed in the mid center of the flag.
- White represents purity.
- Red represents bravery to overcome all difficulties.
- School Address : 26 Charoenkrung 40, Charoenkrung Rd, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand
- School Abbreviation : AC
- Type of School : Private Boys' School
- School Motto : Labor Omnia Vincit
Directors of Assumption College
|Years in office||Name|
|1885–1902||Emile August Colombet|
|1902–1920, 1929-1932||Bro. Martin de Tours|
|1920–1929, 1938-1941||Bro. Michel|
|1932–1938||Bro. Frederic Jean|
|1947–1952, 1954-1955||Bro. Hubert Cousin|
|1952–1954||Bro. Urbain Gloriau|
|1960–1961||Bro. John Mary|
|1961–1965||Bro. Robert Richard|
|1965–1973, 1986-1992||Bro. Viriya Chandavarodom|
|1973–1979||Bro. Vicharn Songsiengchai|
|1979–1986||Bro. Chumphol Deesutchit|
|1992–1998||Bro. Loechai Lavasut|
|1998–2004, 2013||Bro. Surasit Sukchai|
|2004-2013||Bro. Dr. Anant Prichavudhi (Remark: 29 January 2013 he has been ordered to stand aside pending a probe into alleged financial mismanagement)|
|2013-present||Bro. Dr. Dechachai Sripicharn|
- Tuek Gao (ตึกเก่า) (1890 - 1970) it was the first building of Assumption College. King Rama V made a contribution of 50 Chang and H.M. the Queen of 25 chang. On August 15, 1887, H.R.H. Crown Prince Maha Vajirunhis laid the foundation stone. On December 17, 1970, the "Tuek Gao" was demolished to make space for the F.Hilaire Memorial.
- Suwan Somphoch Hall Building (หอประชุมสุวรรณสมโภช) (1951 - 2001) built for celebrated 80 years Assumption College, and this is the first hall of the school.
- Assumption 100 years Building (ตึกอัสสัมชัญ 100 ปี ) (1985 - 2004) built for celebrated 100 years Assumption College, is the multipurpose building.
- Colombet Building (ตึกกอลมเบต์ ) (1936 - present) is the oldest building for today of Assumption College, for now this building used for English Program's student. (EP)
- F. Hilaire Building (ตึกฟ.ฮีแลร์) (1972 - present) is the second oldest building for today of school, this building was opened by King Bhumibol Adulyadej. For now, this building used for Lower secondary students (grade 7-9).
- Assumption 2003 Building (อาคารอัสสัมชัญ 2003 ) (2003 - present) is the tallest building in school, used for upper secondary student (grade 10-12).
- Saint Louis-Marie memorial building (อาคารนักบุญหลุยส์-มารีย์) (2007 - present) is the newest building in the school, the building consist of canteen, library and grand hall.
The word "Assumption " in Catholic theology means "The taking heaven after her death" from the French word "Assomption". The name of the school is a reference to the Assumption of Mary. and in Thai means "The place for virtuous life and more knowledge". AC or A.C. is the abbreviation for Assumption College. The school motto is "Labor Omnia Vincit". (labor conquers all things or by hard work we can overcome all abstacles and be successful.)
Assumption College has several branches in Thailand, including:
- Assumption College "Primary Section", Bangkok 
- Assumption College "Secondary Section", Bangkok
- Assumption College "Rama II Campus", Samutsakhon
Other Assumption College campus in Thailand
- Assumption Commercial College 
- Assumption College Thonburi 
- Assumption College Sri Racha 
- Assumption College Samut Prakan 
- Assumption College Rayong 
- Assumption College Ubon Ratchathani 
- Assumption College Nakhon Ratchasima 
- Assumption College Lampang