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ks2 loy kratong

Key Stage 2: Getting our second wind

The second half of the term’s activities starts with Loy Kratong this Friday, with International Day and Parent Consultations in the offing… Also, read about the KS2 Reading Workshop and sign-up opportunities for Flu Vaccinations… Our Play Therapist Rachel Nahmias provides insights into our children’s thoughts and feelings.

Welcome back after what has hopefully been a very relaxing week in what has been a time of reflection and remembrance for Thailand. The children certainly seemed excited to be back to catch up with their friends and teachers. We have a very busy term ahead with Loy Kratong, which is this Friday, International Day, Primary Reading Week and of course the Christmas celebrations bringing us up to the close of term. The children also have some exciting new topics ahead with Year 3 learning about Stories from around the World, Year 4 learning about The Titanic, Year 5 are looking at Healthy Living and Year 6 looking at Fantasy Stories, which includes some work on World War II.

Loy Kratong

This year we will be marking Loy Kratong, which is on Friday, by making Kratongs during lesson time. The children should not wear Loy Kratong costumes and there will not be an assembly in the morning. This is keeping in line with the period of remembrance for the late King.

House t-shirts

We will return to wearing house t-shirts on Fridays from this week forward.

International Day

Next Friday, 10th November,  is International Day at the Primary School. This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our community and learn something of the culture and life of other nations. During the day, the children will get to take part in a number of activities run by the teachers which allow them to visit different countries. The day will begin with an international assembly of music and dance and of course, there’s the amazing International Day lunch in the Sports Hall in which representatives of the different nations provide examples of their nations cuisine for the children to try.

On International Day all students should come wearing their national costume, or wear an outfit that represents their nation. House t-shirts/school uniform are not needed on this day.

KS2 Reading Workshop for Parents

On the last Friday of last term, a reading workshop was held by KS2 parents. Led by Mrs Leanne, our Literacy coordinator, along with Ms Anna and Ms Jane H. This was a fantastic opportunity for parents to get some ideas about how to help engage their children in reading at home and how to make the most of this experience. Just over 40 parents were in attendance and their feedback was very positive and they left looking forward to their next reading session with their children to have a go at trying out some of the strategies and approach that were shown to them. Keep an eye out for other workshops for KS2 parents later this year.

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Parent Consultations

This terms parent consultations will take place on Tuesday 14th and Tuesday 21st November. This is your opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers to discuss their progress this term. You have all been sent an email which contains links to each year group’s appointment request Google form. Please click on the appropriate links below to select a day and time/s when you would like to have your consultation:

Please note that some times are very popular and teachers will try and accommodate your request as closely as possible.

Influenza Vaccination

To eliminate queues on November 17th for those families signed up for the flu vaccination, Samitivej Children’s Hospital representatives will be at St. Andrews Primary School, outside the office,  at the following time.

Date:   Monday November 13, 2017

Time:  07:00 – 15:30 hrs.

Venue: St Andrews International School Bangkok, Pridi Banomyong 20

During this time you can pay for the vaccinations your family has requested and complete the necessary medical forms.  Then on Friday the 17th you bring your receipt with you and join the line for the vaccination.  The receipt will contain all the information the medical staff need to administer the appropriate dosages.

You will be able to pay on the day but the hospital strongly recommends that this is done before as it speeds up the whole process and means not too much waiting around for the younger students.

Entering our children’s world

A Workshop By Rachel Nahmias (Our Play Therapist)

Children’s behaviour is an expression of their feelings and thoughts. The behaviour is a message they are sending to their surrounding. In many cases, this message is hard for adults to read.

How do we better understand our children’s world? How do we see things through their eyes? And how do we learn to better communicate with our children?

Please join our workshop on November 8th, 8:10 am regarding play, understanding and communicating with our children.

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