Assumption College Thonburi
|Assumption College Thonburi|
Labor Omnia Vincit
(Labor Conquers All Things)
|Locale||92 Assumption Rd., Bangkae, Bangkok 10160 Thailand|
|Director||Bro. Dr. Weerayut Boonpram (2013–present)|
|School color(s)||Red and white|
Assumption College Thonburi (Thai: โรงเรียนอัสสัมชัญธนบุรี) is a private Catholic school located in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the eighth private school founded by the Saint Gabriel Foundation in Thailand. The school was founded by Brother John Mary Jesus Salas Esquiroz of the Saint Gabriel foundation in 1961. The school provides education to students from grade 1 through 12 (K-12). Assumption College Thonburi is currently 52 years old.
Meaning of school's mark The logo of Assumption College Thonburi has white and red stripes and is in the shape of a shield. The word "ACT" features in blue and is at the centre. It also bears the inscription "1961 A.D." underneath to signify the year of the foundation of the school. The purpose of the shield is to instil a love for their country in the school's students.
The brothers of Saint Gabriel proposed the building of a school in Thonburi, Bangkok as a school that had been built prior to this could no longer accommodate the growing numbers of students.
- In 1961, Brother "Aseniel angel Infante" (อาซีเนียง อานเกล อินฟานเต) became the first chancellor with Father Martin Prateep Komonmart (ประทีป โคมลมาศ) becoming the first headmaster. Upon opening the school catered for grades 1 to 9.
- 1962, saw the setting up of a Music Class with many of its stuents graduating and proceeding to the Trinity College of Music, London University at Chulalonglorn University. Musics' students were also awarded many certificates for piano and violin.
- In 1962, the ACT Music Band won a prominent singing competition and was also awarded the certificate from Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (ศาสตราจารย์กิตติมศักดิ์ ดอกเตอร์ พลเอกหญิง พลเรือเอกหญิง พลอากาศเอกหญิง สมเด็จพระเทพรัตนราชสุดา เจ้าฟ้ามหาจักรีสิรินธร รัฐสีมาคุณากรปิยชาติ สยามบรมราชกุมารี).
- 12 July 1972, saw the first sports competition between Assumption College Thonburi and St. Gabriel's School. From 1972 to 1995 the school underwent major modification and development. An ambitious building programme was undertaken.
- In 1995, Assumption College Thonburi joined forces with the UK's Bell Education Trust. Also in 1995 the school engaged in projects that promoted and developed technology that supports education methods.
- In 2001 the National Library of Thailand awarded the school the prestigious prize for excellence for the school's library. Today the library has approximately 3,000 books with more being added every year. In sports, the ACT football team this year won many competitions bringing fame and recognition to the school. They were also appointed Agent of Asia to join ' Manchester United Premier cup 2003 world final' at Oregon. In the competition the team came 5th out of 20. Finally in 2001, ACT participated in environmental projects in conjunction with the Knoten Welmar Institute of Germany.
- In 2004, Assumption College Thonburi opened its 'English Program'
- In 2008, girls were admitted to the school for the first time.
- In 14, February 2012, Assumption College Thonburi's 'English Program signed a contract with the University of Oregon whereby teachers are trained in Oregon at the university every year.
- In 2013–Present, the latest chancellor is 'Bro. Dr. Weerayut Bunpram'(ภาดา ดร. วีระยุทธ บุญพราหมณ์)
- In the school year 2014/ 2015 students of Grade 11 in ACT English Programme completely updated the Wikipedia page of ACT as their year-long project.
- John Mary Jesus Salas Fsqpiroz is the founder of Assumption College Thonburi. Born on 26 December 1914 in Tafalia Naverra, Spain, he came to Thailand on 6 February 1936. He became chancellor of St. Louis School in 1953. Subsequently, he became the chancellor of St. Gabriel School in 1960.
- In 1955, he became the chancellor of Assumption College Thonburi School. He built and set up many schools such as, Assumption College Thonburi, Assumption Lumpang and Assumption Laylong. Beside, He was also involved in the building of the hospital at Assumption College sriracha.
Assumption College Thonburi has 17 buildings, 6 of which are used for academic purposes.
- Ratanabunnakarn Building is a full-cycle learning building and was named by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (ศาสตราจารย์กิตติมศักดิ์ ดอกเตอร์ พลเอกหญิง พลเรือเอกหญิง พลอากาศเอกหญิง สมเด็จพระเทพรัตนราชสุดา เจ้าฟ้ามหาจักรีสิรินธร รัฐสีมาคุณากรปิยชาติ สยามบรมราชกุมารี). It houses many rooms such as the Tawee Punya Library Ratanabunnakarn, the director’s residence, audiovisual aids rooms amongst others.
- The Louis Mary Building was constructed in honour of Louis-Marie Grignion de Monfort, the founder of the Monfort Brothers of St. Gabriel. It is a multi-purpose building whose upper floors are used for exhibitions, conferences or the playing of indoor sports. The ground floor is home to the ACT Music Center.
- The Assumption Building was built to mark the ACT's 30th anniversary celebrations and it is home to Grades 5-8.
- The Raphael Building was built to honour Brother Pakde Tummakanon and houses grades 1-4.
- The TerdTepparat 36 building was built to makrk the occasion of the 36th birthday of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. It contains an Olympic-sized pool and a 25 metre training pool. ACT's sports facilities are also kept here. The school's First aid room and canteen are also located here.
- The St. Gabriel Building was originally called the Science Building but its function was changed as the school's student numbers increased. The school has since constructed a dedicated science building.
- The John Mary Building was built to mark the contribution to school of Brother John Mary who was the founder of Assumption College Thonburi.
- The St. Marie Building was originally named the Saint Louis building but the name was changed during the time of Brother Lerchai Lavasud.
- The St. Martin Building is home to dormitories and it accommodates the sport students during various camps.
- St. Andrew's Building is the residence of many foreign teachers and was named to honour Brother Andrew Arrom, a former chancellor of Assumption College Thonburi.
- The Golden Jubilee houses the ACT Fitness Centre and gymnasium. It is also used for dancing room, tennis, golf, teakwondo, and even yoga. The ground floor has a large canteen for ACT students and teachers. It's third floor is a conference centre.
Oregon & ACT
Assumption College Thonburi English Program has a contract with the University of Oregon whereby students of one institution study n the other for a semester. There is also a one-month school visit each year by students of the two facilities.
Qualification requirements for exchange students
- The students must have a clean behaviour record and be capable of speaking English. They must have a GPA of 2.5 or above.
- Where students wish to continue the education in the University of Oregon they need to have a GPA of 3 or above.
- There is a 'behavior observation' at the University of Oregon which takes note of students' behaviour.