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High School: 28 November 2016

28 November 2016

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Language Lessons

As I have mentioned in previous Newsletters, Ms Jen and I have been visiting High School classrooms in the weeks since half-term, and, last week, I visited a number of Languages lessons, including Year 13 Ab Initio Mandarin and Spanish lessons and Year 8 Mandarin and French lessons.

It was great to see the level of Mandarin and Spanish that the Year 13 students have got to in just four terms studying these languages, with the Mandarin students coping with what they described as “the hardest test ever” and the Spanish students discussing the photograph of the market shown above and, in another class, what actions they can take to protect the environment.

When I visited the Year 8 lessons, however, I saw the level of language that these students have already achieved, at an age five years younger than the Year 13s.

In the last two years we have both added Spanish as an MFL choice, for all students, and increased the amount of time that non-Thai students have for Languages lessons each week, with both of these changes designed to increase the number of students who take Languages at IGCSE and then go on to study Languages B as part of their IB Diploma Programme.

While the level of language that the Year 13 students I visited have achieved in four terms is impressive, an Ab Initio language is approximately the level of an IGCSE. Understanding another language, and another way of looking at the world, at an even deeper level is a great way for students to “become responsible Global Citizens”.

I look forward to discussing this, and the rest of Year 9s’ Option Choices, with Year 9 students and their parents at tomorrow’s Year 9 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings.


Drawing and Photography Trip to Dusit Zoo

On Wednesday 23rd November half of Year 7 - those studying Art this Carousel - went on a Drawing and Photography Trip to Dusit Zoo. The purpose of the trip was to gather visual resources for their current project on animals and mythical beasts.

The Art teachers felt very proud of how well all the students represented St. Andrews and were thrilled with the high standard of artwork that was produced, and they are really looking forward to taking the second carousel group on January 11th 2017, at the start of Term 2.


Performing and Visual Arts Faculty Options Presentations

On Friday morning Year 9 were given the opportunity to consider the benefits of selecting subjects from the Performing and Visual Arts Faculty (Art and Design, Drama, Music and Photography), in a series of Performing and Visual Arts Faculty Option Presentations.  The aim of this event was to inform the students and equip them to make suitable choices that will enable them to enjoy the next stage of their education and succeed in subjects that they are well suited to, as well as giving them opportunities that allow for a breadth of study in their education.

The students rotated around the different subject areas and received advice and information from staff and students about the key skills that can be acquired from studying these subjects at IGCSE and the opportunities they provide for progression onto IB, university and careers.

Thank you to the staff who prepared these presentations and the students who assisted. If you or your child have any questions regarding option choices please feel free to speak to the relevant subject teachers who will be happy to talk to you further. There is also an opportunity to do so at the up and coming Parent/Teacher meeting.


24th Annual Bangkok MUN Conference

Report written by Julie, Year 12K:

“We all are one: The youth of today, the leaders of tomorrow”.

The 24th Annual Bangkok Model United Nations was hosted by Harrow international school of Bangkok- students from 21 different international schools, 18 committees and 340 delegates have embarked on the voyage to contribute in maintaining world peace with the theme of ‘Perspectives’. This opportunity has engaged inquiring learners from various schools to reflect upon current world issues. As you may know, Model United Nations is a great opportunity to simulate United Nations that aims to educate students about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda.

During the event, delegates had the opportunity to interact with fellow delegates from many other schools to foster collaboration on a variety of critical issues as a means of furthering international co-operation. Harrow international school of Bangkok provided delegates with fantastic facilities with plenty of comfortable areas to meet and discuss with fellow delegates.

When I started MUN, my biggest fear was public speaking. Even with experience. Yet every conference I have ever attended has been nothing but an eye opening experience- every conference has taught me something new. Made me meet someone new. Be able to come home and share all my new experiences with my family.

Celina Dinning from Year 12 shares here first experience becoming a chair in a big conference;

“My experience chairing was better than being a delegate in my opinion. I had a ton of fun making sure my committee was running smoothly and being in charge of the delegates. I made a ton of new friends and i would definitely recommend MUN to others. My committee was APEU2, which is one of the ones looked down upon normally. However I had a ton of fun as we debated the topic of migrants and refugees. Every delegate had a lot of passion for this topic and the debate was very fruitful.”

The day came to an end after a fruitful and vibrant debate concerning critical issues around us.   I would like to extend my warmest gratitude to the Harrow who have been incredible in hosting this event. And most importantly, every student who has been able to be a part of this incredible experience.



High School Calendar: Term 1

Monday 28th November - Friday 2nd December

Book Sale Week

Tuesday 29th November

Nic Dunlop (Photographer) talk

Tuesday 29th November

Year 9 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Thursday 1st December

Year 10 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Friday 2nd December

Year 9 Free Choice Options Deadline

Saturday 3rd December

PADI Open Water Course: Classroom Day

Saturday 3rd December

SAT Tests

Monday 5th December

School Closed: King's Birthday

Thursday 8th December

Year 12 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th December

FOBISIA Tennis Tournament: Harrow/Patana

Saturday 10th December

Marlins Swimming Championship

Monday 12th December

School Closed: Constitution Day

Thursday 15th December

Christmas Fair and Concerts

Friday 16th December

End of Term 1