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Key Stage 2: 05 December 2016

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Visitor in Year 6

Year 6 use the famous children’s novel by C.S Lewis 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' as the stimulus for their topic, Fantasy Worlds. The story is set during World War II and follows the adventures of the children as they discover a fantasy world entered through an old wardrobe. The wardrobe is located in the house of Professor Digory Kirke, whom the children were sent to stay with as they were evacuated from London to escape the dangers of war.

Linked with this, the children studied what life was like in the Second World War, including life in air raid shelters and life as an evacuee. The Year 6 teachers were contacted by a parent in Year 6 - Mrs Chatsuwan - whose own father lived through the war and spent time as an evacuee in The Netherlands. They arranged a visit from Mr Antonious to come in and speak to the students about his experiences of the war and life as an evacuee, and also to field any questions that the students had about the time.

This was a fascinating experience for the students and teachers to hear about the difficulties of life at this time. He was presented with a small gift at the end by the Year 6 students. We would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Antonious for taking the time to come in and help our students better understand life this time.

Here’s what some of the students had to say about the experience:

It was really interesting and it kind of made me feel glad for the life I live today, as he experienced something really bad and I suppose it would be really rough to experience that - Saffron 6M

It made me feel bad when he had to split up with his family, as I wouldn’t like to have to do that - Prem 6P

I thought that he was very passionate about what happened in the war and it was really nice of him to come into our school and share his experiences. It made me understand better about the events that took place - Daniel 6G

I thought that it was an amazing experience to meet an evacuee from WWII. I have learned a lot from Mr Antonious as he told us how he felt during the war and how hard it was to live at that time - Naraya 6L

Christmas Gift Boxes

The Christmas tree in the office has been put up thanks to the PTG, and is ready for the collection of presents. These gifts will all be delivered to The Bangkok Refugee Centre for distribution to the children there. Please carefully label the boxes to identify whether it is suitable for a boy, a girl or either, and the age range it is suitable for.

What you need:

  • An old shoebox, or similar sized box is the perfect size

  • Select a range of items to put in the box- suitable toiletries, toys, books, etc.

  • Clearly label the box - boy or girl or either & the age range

Parent Consultations

Thank you all for coming along to meet your children’s teachers to discuss their progress. We hope you all found this experience to be valuable. If you have any feedback about the consultation process or the reports, please email me directly at: geoff.ma@standrews.ac.th