I went to Shrewsbury School in Shropshire in the 1980s and decided it would be interesting to visit Shrewsbury International School while in Bangkok. Stephen Holroyd (the Principal/Headmaster) was very helpful and it was agreed Stuart Markes (ex-Severn Hill and from Alumni Relations) would show me around.
I got a Mandarin Oriental Mercedes to drive me there, it took 15 minutes in heavy traffic. I had been warned the site was very compact and it was a busy hive of activity when I arrived just after lunchtime. It was very interesting to see so many girls and so many younger children.
I had an interesting chat with Stephen (who has strong Shropshire connections and also knows Sir David Lees) and then friendly/chatty Stuart showed me around. Despite the differences in our ages, I was amazed we know so many of the same Old Salopians. The highlight of the visit was meeting Mr Baxter. He taught me maths in Shropshire in the 1980s and is still teaching in Bangkok.
The playing fields, pools etc were larger than I expected. The school is on the banks of the Chao Phraya river but it is not suitable to row on. However, the school has a ferry boat and I left on this, connecting to the Mandarin Oriental ferry.
I was very pleased I made the effort to visit the school and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
Overall 5 out of 5 ‘teddies’ as Stephen & Stuart made such an effort and because I met Mr Baxter again.
Si Frew has lived in the UK, Bermuda, Qatar, Cyprus & the Cayman Islands. During this time he met Whoopi Goldberg (in Claridge's), Mike Tyson (in the Concorde Lounge at JFK) , Gordon Ramsay (in the Doha Four Seasons), Chris Eubanks (in The Dorchester), Cherie Blair (in Bermuda & again in the Doha Four Seasons) etc. There are funny stories attached to all these interactions, feel free to ask Si about them when you meet him.