Chiang Rai Witthayakhom School (RTGS), locally spelled as Chiengrai Vidhayakhome School (Thai: โรงเรียนเชียงรายวิทยาคม), is a school in Chiang Rai city. It is the oldest school in Chiang Rai Province, Northern Thailand and one of the oldest schools in Thailand.

Chiang Rai Witthayakhom School
โรงเรียนเชียงรายวิทยาคม
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Tree Jasmine (Radermachera ignea), the provincial tree of Chiang Rai Province, growing on the school premises
Address
52, 108 Thanon Uttarakit
Tambon Wiang

, , ,
57000

Coordinates19°54′35″N 99°49′39″E / 19.90972°N 99.82750°E / 19.90972; 99.82750Coordinates: 19°54′35″N 99°49′39″E / 19.90972°N 99.82750°E / 19.90972; 99.82750
Information
School typePrivate school
Religious affiliation(s)Christian
DenominationWorld Alliance of Reformed Churches
Established1888
FounderDr. MacGilvary
AuthorityChurch of Christ in Thailand
OversightMinistry of Education (Thailand)
Teaching staff150
Number of students2,900
LanguageThai, English and Chinese
Classrooms74
School color(s)Green-White-Red             
Symbolizing life, purity and courage
Sloganหมายถึง โลก, สังคมที่กว้างใหญ่ไพศาล
(Giving the world a meaning by expanding and broadening the horizons)[1]
Songมาร์ชโรงเรียนเชียงรายวิทยาคม
(March of the school)[2]
MascotLit oil lamp
NicknameCVK
Chiang Rai Wit

HistoryEdit

In 1888 Daniel McGilvary, an American missionary of Scottish origin and founder of the Laos Mission, established a church house and a school in Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai Province, which he named "Boys School". This school was located near the banks of the Kok River, close to the confluence with the Mekong. After less than twenty years this school was moved to Chiang Rai city, to its present location near the Overbrook Hospital.

In 1914 missionaries of the Presbyterian Church in the United States took over the management. The school used to give education exclusively to boys until 1927, when girls were admitted. In 1934 it was renamed "Christian Witthayakhom School" after having been merged with a certain girls' school that had also been founded by Christian missionaries.[3]

In 1941, during World War II and the Japanese invasion of Thailand, Christianity was considered the "religion of the enemies": the Allies of World War II. As a result, all Christian missionary activity was terminated.[4] Following the departure of the foreign missionaries the school's management was handed over to the provincial government and the education officer of the province, Wisit Reungkamphon, became its owner and director.

In 1953, eight years after the war, the school reestablished Christian education led by the Church of Christ in Thailand, the oldest Protestant umbrella organization in Thailand. It was renamed Chiengrai Vidhayakhome School, which gave the school the acronym CVK that it uses nowadays.

A street divides the northern and the southern wing of the school. Additions and changes had been made to the buildings along the years until most of them were demolished in 1996 and new buildings were erected. The oldest building stands in the northern wing of the school.[5]

AdministrationEdit

The school is run by the Foundation of the Church of Christ in Thailand.

The manager is Sathaphon Limphadung. The administrative offices, a meeting room and a larger conference room are in the office building in the southern section of the school.

CampusEdit

The classroom buildings have a total of 74 classrooms. The compound includes an office building, a swimming pool, playgrounds, two dining halls and a cafeteria.

The school has a library and a stationery store, as well as two health care facilities, one in the northern wing and the other in the southern.

Within the school compound there is also a large auditorium where concerts and plays regularly take place. For high-profile performances, it is open to the public.[6]

See alsoEdit

GalleryEdit

 
Oldest building in the compound
 
School uniform
 
Southern corner classroom building and street sign of the street that divides the school in two sections
 
Northeastern corner; classroom building

2012 Sports Day paradeEdit

 
A student carrying the school emblem
 
The team of one of the floats
 
A student dressed like an ancient queen and her palanquin carriers
 
A student in mermaid costume

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