Kim Meaden-Kendrick, Brighton College Bangkok’s Registrar, is currently based in South Africa though is looking forward to returning to her second “home” in Bangkok.
Tell us a little about your background and career to date
I was born in a very small town in Zimbabwe and had a happy childhood climbing trees, riding horses and riding bicycles around the local neighbourhood. As a young teenager, I left Zimbabwe with my family and began life as an expat child. I completed my University degree in Australia and moved to Bangkok to begin my working life. I started out in the classroom as a teacher’s assistant and through the years went on to work within a Secondary School office, Staff Development and Recruitment and then onto the fields of Marketing, Business Development and Admissions.
What attracted you to a leadership position at Brighton College?
I was looking for a new challenge in education management and was delighted when I stumbled on the news that Brighton College were planning to open up a new school in Bangkok. Whilst I have worked predominantly in international schools, I have never had the fortune of working in a brand new school and being part of the team responsible for building a successful, vibrant and dynamic school from scratch. Of course, I was well aware of the success of Brighton College both in the UK and the Middle East so I was very keen to join the team in Bangkok. There is nothing more satisfying than being able to be part of school team which is like a tremendously motivated and cohesive family unit and ensuring that the pupils become the very best that they can be.
What have been your career highlights to date?
I have had the great fortune to have worked in five top international schools over my career and have been a part in the growth and development in all of these schools. I have loved the challenges posed by the multi-cultural environments I have worked in and have cherished the friendships built with teachers, pupils and parents as I have had the privilege to work alongside our future artists, lawyers, adventurers and captains of industry. I have shared in the excitement of the school community when a pupil achieves the top marks possible upon graduation and who were able to pursue their dreams against some incredible odds.
What are the two biggest challenges we face in education?
A major challenge we face in education is making sure that our pupils are not just academic, but are emotionally intelligent and able to make the most of their individual gifts in any given environment. The other major challenge we face in education is making sure that children are happy, secure and engaged with their learning.
How does a Brighton College education prepare children for the world as it is today? What makes it unique?
Our children must learn the value of the connection between body, mind and spirit. Getting to know each of our pupils and helping them to grow as sentient, perceptive and emotionally robust individuals is vital in helping them learn the necessary skills beyond the syllabus. Brighton College has a unique blend of traditional academic rigour with a vast array of opportunities beyond the classroom in the performing arts, sport and much more.
How are you and your husband feeling about the move to Bangkok?
We are very excited about moving back to Bangkok. It is our second home and we are looking forward to re-immersing ourselves in the sights, sounds and tastes of this wonderful, vibrant city.
What are your priorities between now and when the school opens?
I am looking forward to helping build a very dynamic and exciting school. I will be working very closely with prospective families to ensure that each family are fully aware of the tremendous benefits of our Brighton College education. I will be working closely with our marketing team and the Headmaster to ensure that we begin our Brighton College Bangkok family in the very best way possible.
What message would you like to send prospective families about sending their children to Brighton College Bangkok?
The families who will be joining us will consist of individuals concerned with making the most of their time in Bangkok and at the same time helping their children obtain a top class education which will offer them every option possible for their future success. Pupils at Brighton College Bangkok will be happy, successful and ambitious. We will be able to help families feel secure that they have made the best decision for their children in choosing our school.