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Sport: A culture of health, fitness and competition

We strive for our students to be mentally and physically resilient in completing department-wide challenges and competing at the highest levels.

Health and fitness

As a Department, we’re always looking for ways to develop our PE Programme across the school and to provide opportunities for students to engage in a healthy, active lifestyle.

For many years, the students have done termly Bleep Tests from Year 6 to Year 9. We’ve recorded the results and asked students to set targets for each new test.

Over the years, not only has the average fitness test score improved for a Year group year after year, but the average score has increased between Years i.e. the average for the current Year 13s when they were in Year 7 was 5.6 on the Bleep Test. The average score for the current Year 8s when they were in Year 7 was 7.1.

We’ve decided to try to engage our current students with a new measure of their fitness: the ability to undertake a continuous run. In Year 6, this will be 1,000m; in Year 9, it will be 1,500m. There is no time limit - they may run as quickly or as slowly as they wish - but they may not walk.

We will encourage them to be mentally and physically resilient to complete the challenge and we’ll run the test every term throughout KS2 and KS3. At the end of each Key Stage, we’ll have a result for each cohort, expressed as a percentage of our students who can complete the task.

We’re ambitious and hope that we can achieve a 100% pass rate!

Some students can complete this challenge today - others will have to work in stages towards it. We’ll encourage the fitter students to mentor others during the tests, so that there is a real team effort involved. Over time, we hope that our STA students will develop their intrinsic motivation to be fit and healthy, and enjoy an active lifestyle at school and beyond.

If you’d like to talk about your child’s fitness, feel free to discuss it with either Mr. Damon (Primary) or Mr. Ollie.

Primary School Sport

NAE Games

What an amazing weekend for the children. Two days of competitive sport hosted by St Andrews International School Bangkok against 4 other Nord Anglia Schools from South East Asia. Well done to the 24 children who represented STA with so much drive, passion and commitment. You were credit to the school and you played your part in making this such a positive experience for the children, teachers and staff from our neighbouring Nord Anglia Communities.

The girls played some amazing Teeball and it is so great to see them play such a of high level of sport. They were clear winners and the 2017 NAE Games Teeball and Basketball Champions. The boys finished 2nd in the basketball and after a three-way tie in the teeball they missed out on first place by 1 run. Well done on all the performances over the weekend.

It has been a massive team effort and the Estates, Transport, ICT, maids and admin team have been supportive and brilliant throughout.

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With the excitement of the Harrow Bangkok Cup and then the brilliant trip to Phuket over, we now look forward to more BISAC friendlies and the start of the football season. Our teams are playing some lovely football and will continue to development into the new year. On Tuesday 12 December we travel to ICS to play a BISAC friendly taking our U11 Boys and Girls. Also, on the 19 and 20 January we have the Harrow International Cup Tournament where our U9 Boys, U11 Boys and Girls will be taking part. Just before that we have the re-arranged final of the Harrow Cup Tournament at Soccer Pro against Shrewsbury on Tuesday 16 January


There was more tennis at the weekend, with lots of fun being had by our Baseline and Flames Tennis players in our friendly In-House Tennis competition. Well done to all the children that took part.



For those parents who are not aware of the Primary FOBISIA Games, it is a 3-day sports tournament including swimming, athletics, teeball and football. The dates for the Games are 4 - 8 June, 2018 and will take place in Phuket. It is the biggest tournament of the year for the Primary team and training will start on the first week back in Term 2.

If selected training will be on a Wednesday for teeball and Friday for Athletics, alongside their usual football and swimming training they already do. Once selected the children’s parents will be sent a schedule of the training days and times.

It is not an easy process for the Primary PE team to select the children, but we will look at the strongest athletes we have across Years 4, 5 and 6. The team is made up of 10 girls and 10 boys from Year 4/5 and 10 girls and 10 boys from Year 6. We will look at their athletics performance from cross country results (scores we also have from our athletics lessons), results of our BISAC athletics meet, football performance in tournaments and fixtures played so far this year and teeball from NAE Games and also lessons. Plus we will sit down with the swim team to highlight our strongest swimmers.

All children that signed up for the Primary FOBISIA will have a trial on Friday 8th from 2.45-4.15pm, meeting in the sports hall at 2.45pm. Children will be assessed on their athletic capabilities and teeball skills.

If your child hasn’t signed up but would like to take part in this trial please email Mr Damon.

Results of selection will be emailed in the last week of term 1.

St Andrews Sports Camp

We’re very excited to announce that in December and January, we’ll be hosting our first St Andrews holiday sports camp, a multi-sport camp running for two weeks during the Christmas holiday. This will be run in conjunction with Bangkok Soccer Schools and will feature a mix of activities for our Primary children to enjoy. More details to follow by email.

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Important dates for Primary Sport

  • Year 4 Basketball - Wednesday 6 December vs PREP. 1pm tip off @ STA

  • Tuesday 12 December - U11 Boys & Girls Football vs ICS, @ ICS, 3.30 kick off

  • Monday 15 January- U11 Boys football vs TCIS, BISAC Friendly @ Soccer Pro, 3pm kick off

  • Tuesday 16 January - U9 Girls and Boys vs Shrewsbury @ Soccer Pro

  • Harrow International Football Tournament Friday 19 and Saturday 20 January

  • FOBISIA Swimming Meet @ Patana - Saturday 20 January

  • Wednesday 24 January, 2018. BISAC Football friendly @ Harrow. U11 Boys A & B. U11 Girls A. U9 Boys A & B. U9 Girls A

  • Tuesday 30 January, U11 Girls BISAC Football friendly vs NIST @ Soccer Pro, 3pm Kick off.

If you have a queries about sport at STA please email our Head of Primary PE at Damon.se@standrews.ac.th.

High School Sport

Saturday Basketball Tournaments

On Saturday, 9 December, we’ll have our end-of-term 5v5 tournaments for the Saturday Club & Flames Basketball Academy. Please be aware of changes to the regular sessions - and most ballers will need to attend for the whole morning.

  • Saturday Club Y3 & 4: 8.00-9.00am 3on3 tournament (mixed teams)
  • Saturday Club Y5 & 6 + U11 Flames: 9.00am-12.00pm 5v5 tournament (mixed teams)
  • Saturday Club Y7 & 8 + U13 Flames: 9.00am-12.00pm 5v5 tournament (girls/boys divisions)
  • Saturday Club Y9 & 10 + U15 Flames: 9.00am-12.00pm 5v5 tournament (girls/boys divisions)

Normal sessions will not run.

Please complete the survey if you haven’t already done so and check your inbox for more details soon.


Our STA Flames Tennis team enjoyed some friendly, but competitive matches against other BISAC schools last Friday in preparation for the upcoming FOBISIA tennis tournament in Penang, Malaysia on the 8th-10th December. This was a great opportunity for our players to build up some match toughness, but also to have fun and get to know their fellow tennis players from other schools.

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