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Key Stage 2: Climbing to new heights

Discover how our students delve deeper into their learning... It’s flu season and we need to be both vigilant and proactive...Find out about upcoming events like this Friday’s Reading Workshop and half-term break.

Bringing the Topics Alive in KS2

Throughout KS2 the teachers are always looking at ways to make a big impact with the children and help them better understand the topics that they study over the course of the year. Over the past few weeks, each of the year groups have been involved in trips outside of the school to help them delve deeper with their learning.

Year 6 had an enrichment day to help the students find out more about the Aztecs. It was a busy and fun packed day with lots of fantastic outfits that really helped to make it all the more special. There were a range of activities that provided opportunities to try new things, show off existing skills and work together as a team.

The teachers were really impressed at how sensible all of the children were when preparing and cooking the delicious Aztec food. Everyone enjoyed eating the food the best and washing it down with an ice cold pineapple shake was perfect. The Aztec chocolate fountain (courtesy of Bob and the PTG) was a heavenly way to finish the day as well.

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Last week Year 5 headed off to Wat Khanon in Ratchburi Province, famous for its history of storytelling through shadow puppets (Nang Yai). This visit complements perfectly the work they do in class in making their own shadow puppets to retell some famous Thai folk tales. The children get to see the masters of this craft perform at the temple, enjoying the music and skill of the puppet masters, all of whom attend or have graduated from the temple school. The children go the chance to make their very own puppets using the same tools monks and apprentices use to make their beautiful, buffalo skin puppets. The children then got to visit the temple museum which houses the temples original puppets, some of which are 200 years old.

Our Year 4 students had their curriculum enrichment day last Wednesday, when they travelled back in time to Ancient Egypt. During the day they carousleed around activities which saw them making a variety of Egyptian food aas well as getting the chance to wrap their friends up to make their very own mummies.

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Year 3 visited Rock Domain, a local rock climbing centre in Bangna. There they had the opportunity to challenge themselves as they tackled the climbing wall. The students showed great resilience and bravery to scale the wall, which stretches 11 meters into the roof.

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Share Good Times in School, not Flu

Thailand is currently in the middle of flu season, and we at St Andrews wish to raise the importance of prevention in helping minimise the spread of any infection. It's important to be aware of the symptoms of flu and to act accordingly when these are present. The symptoms of influenza often start suddenly and include:

  • fever

  • fatigue

  • pains in the limbs or the joints

  • coughing

  • sore throat

  • headache

  • runny nose

  • some people also have vomiting and diarrhoea.

Most people, including children, will recover within a few days. Resting and taking over the counter preparations such as Paracetamol will help.  If you recognise any of the flu-like symptoms in your child, please keep them at home until they are feeling better, so as not to infect others. If in doubt, take them to visit your doctor, who should be able to diagnose whether it is flu or not and provide additional medication, if required. They will also advise you on how long your child should take off school.

The class teachers will also be sending anyone who displays these symptoms to see the school nurses, who will decide as to whether that child is well enough to stay in school. If required, parents will be contacted to make arrangements to have the children collected.

To help prevent flu, the advice from the NHS in the UK is:

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water

  • Regularly cleaning surfaces such as computer keyboards, telephones and door handles to get rid of germs.

  • Teaching your child to use tissues to cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze, and to put used tissues in a bin as soon as possible.

  • Staying off school until they’re feeling better and are free of symptoms - which is usually after a week.

(E-bug offers free games to teach kids about the importance of hand washing and coughs & sneezes)

Our Estates Department deep cleans the buildings with disinfectant every Saturday as part of the scheduled cleaning cycle, and during flu season will also do two deep cleans during the week.

Children often go home with fevers having visited the school nurse and for some of them, we receive no further feedback from the parents. If your child is diagnosed with influenza, please contact us to let us know: nurseps@standrews.ac.th and/or officeps@standrews.ac.th. This enables us to monitor the situation and tackle any hotspots with additional deep cleans and parental contact.

Don't forget; it's not too late to sign up for the influenza vaccination, which is taking place here at the STA Sukhumvit 71 campus on Friday November 17th from 1-4pm. Please click on this link to be taken to a Google Forms sign-up sheet.

Why is Reading SO Important?

Reading together at home is one of the easiest but most important ways in which you can help and support your child. Reading and sharing books with your child helps open their eyes, minds and hearts to different people and situations and stretches their horizons. Come join our Key Stage 2 Parent Workshop on Friday 20 October 2017 at 9 am in the Drama Studio to learn top tips on how to instill the love of reading at home.

Upcoming Dates

Don’t forget that next week is our half term break, so we look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Monday 30th October ready for a new set of topics and the busy period in the lead up to Christmas, which also includes International Day (Friday 10th November) and Loy Kratong (Friday 10th November).

*Please note that school will finish at the usual time on Friday- 2.30pm.

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