We use cookies to improve your online experience. To learn more please refer to ourPrivacy Information Collection Statement.

Sorry but this form will not work without cookies enabled. Please adjust your browser settings to enable cookies to continue. For more information on how to do this please see our.

  • A Unique Approach

    We think beyond a traditional education to really transform the learning experience of your child.

    Primary Students

  • Be Ambitious Be Regents

    Opportunities beyond the ordinary to develop the skills and mind-set to thrive in a changing world.

    Year 12 Outdoor Education

  • A Happy and Rewarding Experience

    Regents can be far more than a school to come to every day – it can be a second home too.


  • Some of the Best in the World

    Highly qualified with the majority of teachers coming from the UK provide a personalised learning experience for your child.

    Environmental Science

  • We Educate Your Child for the Future

    Our engaging learning environments mean your child will love coming to school.

    STEAM Machine

  • Join Our Truly International and Diverse Community

    We look forward to welcoming you to our family.

    Students in the IT department | Regents International School Pattaya

  • Step Into Our World

    Unique opportunities that transform learning, instill life-long memories and a deep sense of achievement.

    Secondary English

  • Get in Touch

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Early Primary Reading

Easing Back to School Without Leaving the Holiday Behind

01 August 2018

A blog by Tamara McKenna, Assistant Head of Secondary.

  • Writing
  • Writing

For all of us who work abroad, the opportunity to return to our home country is an exciting one where we can reconnect with family and friends as well as have the chance to go through familiar rituals and visit familiar places. Having left England for Thailand 11 years ago, I was asked to sort out some long-forgotten boxes only to find a diary detailing my first trip to a foreign country when I was 9 years old. The punctuation certainly wasn’t varied and the sentence types were repetitive and plodding, but the drawings of places and events, the carefully stuck-in leaflets and restaurant receipts, took me right back to the excitement of that first experience of foreign travel and the clear desire to record as much of it as possible. Back in 1983, this was clearly a parental strategy to keep me occupied in a pre-digital age, but it got me thinking about my own more well-travelled 8 year old as we were about to embark on her first camping trip to France and the process of diary writing in general.

Much has been made of recent findings that writing a diary or journal, for old and young, is a beneficial process that helps to improve wellbeing.[1]  However, as school looms once again on the horizon, encouraging our children to write about their recent experiences can improve their literacy as well as support their wellbeing: in 2015, the UK’s National Literacy Trust found that of those who write in a diary at least once a month, 94.5% write at or above their expected level. There is a clear link between diary writing and writing attainment.[2]  Not only that, it is a fun way to write: children can choose their genre, the layout, the style, use illustrations, draw maps, as well as cut and paste mementos in from their travels. For many Regents children, they can also choose to express themselves in the various languages that they have at their disposal. Free from the limits prescribed by the classroom, they can really be themselves and enjoy it.

If the Nintendo Switch, Minecraft, or good old-fashioned television, seem to be occupying a bit too much time, perhaps a journal or diary is the way to reflect creatively on holiday experiences, with a subtle nod to the prospect of returning to school. 

More information about the benefits of diary writing for children and how to get them started can be found here.[3]

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jun/11/bullet-journalling-can-you-write-your-way-to-happiness

[2] https://literacytrust.org.uk/research-services/research-reports/childrens-and-young-peoples-diary-writing-2015/

[3] https://www.theschoolrun.com/diary-writing-for-children