In line with our whole school Sustainability Week, there will be a number of special activities and events in Key Stage Two. The aim of the week is to explore different aspects of sustainability with the children and encourage them to think about how we can meet our needs, while at the same time look after our world for future generations. Individual year groups will be working on different themes or running events related to this.
There is also a house competition to design a vertical garden, run by Ms Jane and Mr Geoff. We've set aside a space near our building that we would like to use and hope to include the children's ideas in the final garden. The closing date for this is Friday 18th November.
The Japanese students and Ms Kiyomi have worked extremely hard on an in-depth conservation project focusing on a migratory bird from Russia; the Spoon-Billed Sand Piper. This bird visits Thailand to escape the cold Russian winter with Japan a rest-stop on its way.
Unfortunately, the Thai wetlands (South of Bangkok) where the bird ends up are threatened by the development of solar-farms for generating cleaner electricity. This has been presented to the children as a dilemma: we want clean energy, but what about the birds? What solutions can they suggest?
You can find out more about the plight of these birds here.
In response, the Japanese students have worked closely with our student council to create a variety of craft items to sell in order to raise money for further scientific research into the birds' plight and a breeding programme. The Key Stage Two Japanese Craft Fair will be on Wednesday at morning break. It would be great if your child could bring a small amount of money to join in.
We hope that this special week will allow the St. Andrews community to explore various ideas about sustainability and to think about the way small changes in our lives can add up to make a larger difference to our fragile planet.
Year 3 Skipathon
Last Term the Year 3 children took part in their yearly Skipathon event. This is a charity event which aims to raise money for the Bumrungrad Heart Foundation Project. This project was set up to help Thai children who suffer with congenital heart defects. Most of these children come from rural areas of Thailand and cannot afford crucial life saving surgery. The foundation was created in 2003 and, because of this, more than 720 children from 50 provinces across Thailand have received crucial heart surgery. More information about this charity can be found here.
The Year 3 children were more than happy to support and raise money for this amazing charity, so they participated in a long 40-minute skipping session where they had to move around eight different stations and skip continuously. This was a tiring event which required lots of stamina and hard work, however, the Year 3s were relentless in their efforts. All the children had taken home sponsorship forms to raise money from friends and family and we then pooled all the funds together in order to transfer our donations over to the charity.
A huge total of 49,177.25 Baht was raised by the children for this charity and we would like to thank all of the parents and friends who helped support their children for this incredible donation. The money will be transferred later this week and I am sure they will be very impressed with all the children in Year 3 for their sterling efforts in supporting this very well needed and crucial charity.
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This is a reminder that House Shirts should not be worn on Fridays until further notice. Instead, please send your children dressed in school uniform.