The “KiddieQuest: Unlock Your Child’s Potential” event held at the Shrewsbury International School Phnom Penh over the weekend of February 26-27 was a resounding success.

Parents and children from across the region attended and participated in “Meet the Teacher” sessions, explorations of Early Years classrooms and taster activities.

There were also free development tests for babies aged between seven-24 months, which were administered by the Smart Baby Club team, a partner programme hosted at the school’s Flatiron campus.

One of the highlights of the event was a stunning piece of handprint art, featuring more than 300 little handprints collected during the two-day event. This artwork is hoped to fetch a high price at an upcoming auction, with proceeds going towards helping underprivileged children in the community.

A piece of handprint art is to be auctioned to help underprivileged children. PHOTO SUPPLIED

In addition to the public participants, who numbered over 300, the local non-profit NGO Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF Cambodia) invited more than 50 young children to participate in the event.

Toby Waterson, Founding Principal of Shrewsbury International School Phnom Penh, said: “We hope that parents who gave their time to visit us over the weekend left with a better understanding of what makes our educational provision at Shrewsbury International School Phnom Penh truly ‘premium’ quality.

“Parents in Phnom Penh are certainly hungry for excellent schooling for their children, and I was encouraged to receive so many questions about our curriculum, our teachers and our ambitious plans for the future.”

Waterson emphasised that the KiddieQuest event was not just a fun-filled day for families, but also an initiative rooted in the values of any Shrewsbury school. The event served as a fundraising platform to raise money for children in need, providing them with access to education and other essentials.

Shrewsbury International School Phnom Penh, a British international school, is deeply committed to supporting underprivileged children and promoting community involvement.

The KiddieQuest event, endorsed by the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), was designed to cater to the needs of toddlers and pre-schoolers, and their families. It was an opportunity for families to come together and engage in various activities that promote learning, creativity and social development.

Shrewsbury International School Phnom Penh’s Main Campus, which issituated in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar district, north of the city centre, is now accepting applications for its primary and secondary year groups.

About Shrewsbury International School Phnom Penh

The Shrewsbury School UK, which is well known for its utilisation of the best features of the British educational system, is one of the seven great English public schools named in the Public Schools Act of 1868.

In the UK, it won the Best Independent School of the Year Award in 2020.

The Shrewsbury International School Phnom Penh was established in the Flatiron by Meridian for Early Years in September 2022 as a state-of-the-art co-educational international school for girls and boys.

The school will follow Shrewsbury’s distinctive version of whole-person education – “Floreat” – which offers the very best academic, co-curricular and pastoral provision with state-of-the-art classroom, sporting, drama, music and living facilities, while English, Khmer and Mandarin language.

The school boasts notable famous alumni, including the renowned naturalist Sir Charles Darwin.