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Head's Lines: 24 April 2017

24 April 2017

Welcome back! Year 11 and year 13 students will be sitting exams (GCSE, IGCSE, IB) in the coming weeks… The TISAC choral festival is coming to St. Andrews this week… The British Overseas award is a prestigious acknowledgement of our high standards. This week our senior staff and teachers will work with a visiting CfBT consultant to ensure that we maintain the highest standards of education in line with our last inspection… And finally, read about noteworthy changes to our security procedures.

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Welcome back to school for our third and final term of this academic year.  I hope everyone has had a good holiday and is looking forward the next 10 weeks

Our Year 11 and Year Students 13 are on examination study leave, and will be coming into school for planned revisions sessions with their teachers, or sitting their actual final examinations related to the particular individual programmes of study. The graduating Year 13 class this year, the Class of 2017, will sit their final external examinations in May.  These students (when they were in year 12) selected a range of courses across six areas of study that make up the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. These individual courses each have a set of external examinations that the students sit under strict examination conditions.  They will have completed their Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) programme, handed in their extended essay, and finished their theory of knowledge (TOK)  course.  The final stage is sitting these last school external exams, the results of which they will receive in early July.  Many of their University offers will be based on how well they perform in these exams, so they are all working very hard in this final period.  

The Class of 2017 will finish their examinations by Friday 19th May and graduate on Saturday 27th May. Students, their families, and teachers will celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2017 at the Marriott Hotel, Sukhumvit 57.  I very much look forward to the Class of 2017 Graduation Celebration. This will be a wonderful way to say goodbye to a group of young adults who have been the leading group for our school for the past two years.

Our Year 11 students will be taking their General Certificates in Secondary Education- GCSE or IGCSE. These are a two year course of study in a wide range of subjects which the individual students chose to follow for years 10 and 11.  They will sit a wide range of external examinations which have to be taken under very strict examination conditions. Some subjects start exams in early May and the final ones finish in late June.  All examination papers are sent by secure courier to the school, opened for the exam, and then immediately returned to the examination board in UK where they are marked by the examination board’s staff.  The results are then sent to both the students and school in late August, showing how well our year 11 group has performed against international standards of excellence applied externally on the school.

I know you will join me in wishing our Year 11 and graduating Class of Year 13 students the very best of luck as they put in the final effort to prepare for the final examinations they will sit in the coming weeks.

TISAC Choral Festival

This will be held at our school on Thursday 27th April from 8.30am to 2.00pm.

There are 10 TISAC member international schools sending their musically-minded students to participate in this choir festival, which is always a great event.  It finishes with a choral concert performance in the gym starting at around 1.30pm. If you are picking your children up and wish to hear some great singing from all the 250 primary children, including many singers from St. Andrews, please come into the gym and listen.

Accreditation Consultant Visitor in School

Our school is fully accredited by the British Education foundation called the Education Development Trust, formerly known as CfBT.  A part of this accreditation looks at how our standards of education compare to the British independent schools found in England, and we have held for the last five years the prestigious British Overseas Award, showing that our standards of education are the same as those found in these British-based independent schools.

This week on Friday we welcome Mr. David Twist to our school. He will spend two days working with senior staff and observing teaching across the school.  David is a very experienced education consultant who works for the Education Trust. He works with our school to ensure that we maintain the highest standards of education in line with our last inspection, where our school was deemed outstanding.  Therefore David may be visiting classes where your children are being taught and they may mention they had a visitor to see them.  David always comes back with good recommendations as it is always healthy to have an external consultant come and review what the school is undertaking to ensure everything is going as we have planned.

Security Change for the Third Term

Following discussions with parents and security managers, the following change has been implemented for the start of the third term. The guard house on the walkway by the hardcourt blue area has been moved to the front of this walkway into school.  This entrance will exclusively be for students and families who are swiping into school with their ID.  Those individuals who need to sign in as visitors or because they do not have their school ID with them will be asked to go around to the front entrance next to the main school car park.  This will mean that we will have one guard at the blue hardcourt guard house checking that everyone is swiping in and advising those who need to sign in to go to the other entrance.  There will be three guards at the main entrance so they will all be able to work together to ensure that all parents and visitors who have to sign into school are efficiently assisted, as well as one guard ensuring that everyone entering school is using the swipe card system correctly.

Please wear your school ID so it can be clearly seen. Thank you!