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Key Stage 2: Empathy learned through experience

Year 6 students at St Andrews International School Bangkok went back in time to World War II and experienced what it would have been like to have been evacuated. NAE athletes were fantastic ambassadors for our school, and on a lighter note, Santa’s postal service will be up and running in Primary School helping to spread Christmas cheer.

STA Christmas Postal Service

by the Key Stage Two Student Council

The Key Stage Two Student Council will be running a Christmas Postal Service this year. The school councillors have worked very hard and really enjoyed getting this set up. They have created posters, presentations and even made a post box, which will appear in the library soon.

The idea is to build up STA’s Christmas community spirit by sending cards to friends across the primary school. Many classes will be creating cards in school time, but all children and their families can get involved by sending cards to anyone in any class at the 71 campus only.

Why not make some cards at home? Follow this link for more information about card making and our postal service.

The cards should be no bigger than A5 sized and put in an envelope with the recipient's name and class clearly written on the front.

The post box will be in the library from morning break on 6 December until the 14 December. We plan to make deliveries each day. The school councillors will be the post boys and girls.

Merry Christmas!

Mr. Ewen

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Year 6 Evacuation Day

As part of their Fantasy Stories topic, our year 6 read “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C. S. Lewis. This story is set during the Second World war and centres on a family of children who are evacuated to the countryside to escape the danger of war in the city.

To broaden their experiences and understanding of life in World War II, Year 6 held an ‘Evacuation Day’. We all travelled back to 1940, dressing up in similar clothes to those worn by children during the war years. In the morning, we packed our suitcases ready to be evacuated, taking only the essential items on the list; leaving behind the luxuries of modern life – this in itself proved to be an interesting discussion! We wrote ourselves a label stating clearly our wartime name, our school and where in the countryside we would be travelling to. We then experienced the air raid sirens, hiding under the tables for protection, as we discussed our feelings of being in a crowded, noisy place. To raise our spirits, we joined Ms. Alice for some wartime singing.

After break, we were allocated a ‘new home’ for the rest of the morning; split up from our friends, we worked with different Year 6 teachers on some artwork which is now displayed in the quad. We finished our day with a dance – listening to typical music from the 1940s and learning a few new steps!

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Learning experiences such as these are so important for the pupils. They provide enriching and engaging opportunities for the children in a fun and supportive environment. We held lots of thought-provoking discussions throughout the day, gaining greater empathy and understanding for what life was like in the past.

Mr Matt

Here are the thoughts of one of the students on the day:

On Evacuation Day, we did many great activities. One I particularly liked was the air raid siren drill. I can't even imagine how the children felt during practices and during the actual thing. It must have been terrifying for them as well as the adults. The videos we watched after were very heart-wrenching, as all the bombing attempts could be made with a push of a single button. Just one tiny move and thousands could be killed. Will be killed.
In the afternoon, the painting was a bit difficult but as I painted it, I emphasized with the photographer who risked his or her life to tell a story and bring back a picture of what was happening. Singing made me think about how they cheered themselves up.
Overall, I think it was a fantastic experience to begin to imagine how some people in World War 2 lived like. By Yula

Poppy Sale Results

Earlier this term, Year 6 were helping raise money for the Royal British Legion by selling poppies, poppy key rings and poppy wrist bands. The money raised goes to the Royal British Legion and part of this goes to help Thai servicemen. This was a fantastic opportunity for the Y6 children to do some service work and we are very happy to announce that they raised an impressive 15,751 Baht with the whole school total coming in at 24,834 Baht.

The NAE Games

Well done to everyone who was involved in the NAE Games- students, staff and parents. There was an amazing atmosphere at this event and our students were the perfect ambassadors for our school. It was a wonderful weekend of competition with our teams coming in first in both events for the girls and second in both events for the boys.

Special thanks go to Mr Damon and his team, the office staff who helped with organising logistics, the maids, drivers and estates staff and to Mr Shaktim.


Christmas Trees & Boxes

Keep an eye out on Friday as St Andrews is transformed into a winter wonderland as Christmas trees will be appearing around the campus with the help of the PTG.

As always, in KS2 we will be collecting and donating Christmas boxes, which will be donated to the Bangkok Refugee Centre. This is a chance to make a small gift make a big difference to a child’s life at this happy time of year. We ask that you send in a box filled (shoe box sized) filled with small gifts and useful items that will go a long way to helping a child enjoy their Christmas, even if their family is facing the difficulty of living as refugees in a strange land.

The boxes could include: small toys, toiletries, books, underwear, etc. When you have filled and wrapped your box, please make sure it is clearly labelled. The label should include who it’s for- boy or girl- and which age group the box is suitable for. Boxes can be left under the Christmas tree in the school office from Monday 4th December.