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High School: 07 November 2016

07 November 2016

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Year 9 Option Choices

It was great to see so many Year 9 parents at Thursday’s Parents’ Information Evening, where Mr Harry and I outlined the Year 9 Option Choices process.

As I said, this process is one where we are very proud to live up to our Mission Statement promises to meet “all the needs of the individual learner” and provide a stimulating Key Stage 4 programme which inspires students “to be the best they can be, enabling them to become responsible global citizens”. The Options Choices process started for the Year 9 students in Friday’s Assembly and PSHE, and I have included all the relevant dates, so that students and their parents can make informed decisions, as well as this week’s events on the Calendar below.

Another aspect of life at St. Andrews which is both stimulating and inspires students “to be the best they can be, enabling them to become responsible global citizens” are our frequent trips, and there were two different trips out of school last week. Below are reports, written by Nick (8D) and Manon (10A), of the Year 8 Science Trip to Bang Pu and the International Award Bronze and Silver Practice Journey.

 

Year 8 Science Trip to Bang Pu

On Monday the 31st October 2016, Year 8 went on a Science Trip to Bang Pu. The purposes of this trip were to plant mangroves and to learn about the birds and other animals living in this area and other parts of nature. The Science Department and the Global Citizens Group did a wonderful job conducting safety, the schedule and pretty much everything about this trip.

I think the trip was really worth it and fun as I enjoyed a lot of the activities. Planting the mangroves was a bit of a struggle, walking in the slimey mud and dodging the mudskippers, but overall it was fun finding an unused stick to plant the mangrove on and tying the mangrove sapling to the stick. Although the wooden bridge above the mud was very slippery, I was lucky not to slip and fall into the mud and get my clothes all dirty and wet. But, basically it was pretty fun walking on mud, as it is a completely new feeling and experience, and occasionally a good feeling while walking on that slimy stuff.

Regarding to the five things I have learned from this trip, I have learned that only 0.9% of current mangroves worldwide are actually protected by Mangrove Protection Zones. Also I have learned that mangroves in Thailand have decreased by 35% since 1961. I have also learned that between 1980 and 2000, one third of global mangrove cover was lost. I have learned that there is a species of crab that lives in mangrove and tidal areas that has one big and one small claw - one for holding its prey still and one for cutting the prey into pieces for food. Finally, I have also learned that mangroves have to overcome a lot of problems and challenges to survive in tidal areas, such as salty water, coastal storms, bad weather, etc.

My favourite part of the day was when we planted the mangroves, because it was a very new experience, both walking in mud and planting the mangroves. It wasn’t just a new experience and a very fun activity, but it was also a very big service to the environment, the mangroves, and the animals living in this area. Above all, I think this trip is really worth it and fun, and I would definitely recommend that other people go on this trip or to Bang Pu, so they can learn a lot more about nature and how mangroves are affected and protected.

- Marc (8D)
 

International Award Bronze and Silver Practice Journey

When I signed up for the International Award I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I liked the sound of the International Award, I thought it would help me get out more and also get out of my comfort zone. I was right: the International Award showed me things I probably never would have experienced on my own.

The day we left for the Adventurous Journey, to Khao Yai, I was excited. I had never been camping before, and the last time I went trekking was nearly two years ago. When we arrived we set up our tents and unpacked our stuff and organised ourselves and prepared for our trekking.

On the second day we did an orientation task which was good and fun, but it was exhausting. All the groups met again for lunch which we had to cook ourselves. We made Pad Ka-Phrao, which was delicious.

Finally the day came where we got to go trekking. Everyone got ready and the groups were dropped off at the individual points. From the points we then had to trek back to camp. On our way we could see the mountains from afar. The air felt much fresher than in Bangkok. We walked for about 10-15km, our rucksacks were quite heavy but we got used to it after a while. After we came back to camp and had a bit of a rest, most of us started to play cards. In the evening when it got dark, you could see the first stars coming out. Every night it got quite chilly outside, you could hear the wind while sitting inside the tents.

On the second day we had to wait a bit before we could start trekking, so most of us lay down on the grass enjoying the sun and beautiful light blue sky. After we got assigned our routes, we started the treks which were similar to the ones the day before, just that we didn’t go back to the campsite but to a resort for the last night. On the last evening we had a barbeque which was yummy. On Thursday morning we left the resort and made our way back to Bangkok.

Overall I was really glad I joined the International Award. I felt like I got to know more people who I maybe wouldn’t have got to know if I wouldn’t have gone on the camping trip. The only thing I do wish for the next journey is to know how much food we are getting, because some people were still a bit hungry.

- Manon (10A)

Operation Smile

This week a group of Year 13 students is in Mae Sot, working to entertain, and distract, some children who are very nervous before their Operation Smile operations, and the Year 12 Visual Arts students are on a Photography Trip - more about these trips in next week’s Newsletter.

 

High School Calendar

High School Calendar: Term 1

Saturday 5th – Tuesday 8th November

Operation Smile

Monday 7th - Friday 11th November

Sustainability Week

Monday 7th November

Year 12 Visual Arts Photography Trip

Wednesday 9th November

Blood Donation Clinic

Thursday 10th - Monday 14th November

Under 15 FOBISIA Games: Harrow Beijing

Sunday 13th November

STA MUN

Friday 18th November

Year 9 Languages Assembly

Tuesday 22nd November

Year 9 Humanities Day

Wednesday 23rd November

Year 9 Science Day

Friday 25th November

Year 9 Arts Assembly

Tuesday 29th November

Year 9 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Friday 2nd December

Year 9 Free Choice Options Google Form Deadline

 

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