End of Term Thank You
This term seems to have flown by: it is hard to believe that we only have four school days left until our Christmas holiday. Last weekend it was great to see so many of our children and teenagers taking part in the Marlins Swim Meet. The Early Years shows were fantastic last week and this week we look forward to the Key Stage 1 performances and our two Christmas music concerts, separated by the Christmas Fair. It is always a great couple of weeks to end a very eventful term.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our teachers and teaching staff for all their hard working both with the children in their classes but also across the wide range of activities that have taken place. Also my special thanks to the PTG and our whole school community for the support they have given myself and the school as we have worked together to always improve the learning environment for the children in our care, developing the exciting opportunities for all our school community. Last but not least I would like to thank on behalf of our school community our school administration staff who have worked so hard to prepare our facilities for both the teaching, extra-curricular activities and events that have taken place this term.
A special thank you to Ajarn Pat and our Thai department for setting up our exhibition during the 1st – 15th December which outlined the wonderful deeds of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Thai teachers brought students to the learning garden to learn about His Majesty the late King’s life and his dedicated, tireless work for improving the lives of his subjects. I feel our whole school community enjoyed reading and looking at the pictures in the display which marks a very moving period for the people of Thailand. The reflection of the loving memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be shared by the students at the school’s assembly.
On 8th December 2016, the Thai Department arranged a trip for Thai students to Satira Dhammasthan to develop mindfulness through meditation led by the nuns. They enjoyed various activities such as singing with yoga postures, making a flower basket for a tribute to the Late King and walking around among nature. They also had a great opportunity to listen to Ven. Mae Chee Sansanee Sthirasuta, the founder of Satira Dhammasthan, who taught them to live with strength and love. The music video in English of “King in the Fairy Tales” was shown to the students. They also enjoyed the vegetarian lunch which the school offered to everyone in Satira Dhammasthan as part of merit making. They truly enjoyed this temple visit .
After lunch, St. Andrews International School Bangkok visited the Blind and Multiple Disabilities Children School and donated money raised from the very successful charitable activities during 6th – 7th December 2016.
On Friday there will be two assemblies: the first one for High School and the second for Primary school. We shall finish at lunch time with the school closing at 1:00pm. The school buses will leave at this time.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and every success in the New Year. I hope everyone has a really safe Christmas and enjoys this festive period with their family and friends. To those few families who are leaving us I wish you every success and happiness wherever in the world you may be going. To everyone else I look forward to seeing you relaxed and well rested for our term 2 which starts on Monday 9th January 2017.