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Head's Lines: 08 May 2017

08 May 2017

Here is your update about important goings on around St. Andrews, such as MIT-Nord Anglia STEAMFest, the upcoming HS production of "Little Shop of Horrors," an important handicraft workshop coming later this month, changes to the school calendar, and the annual parents' survey results.

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STEAM Power: MIT Nord Anglia STEAMFest

Mr Richard and four of our High School students returned today following a week they spent at MIT in America.  This is the start of a very exciting collaboration between Nord Anglia Education and one of the world’s leading technology universities.   Our students worked with their counterparts and teachers across the NAE family of schools in a week-long event immersed in STEAM subjects.  This a new project-based learning approach which combines Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics into cross-curriculum projects where students will have to bring together all the skills and knowledge they have learnt from these separate areas.  

Working with professors, researchers and students from MIT, students had chance to experience the latest developments in STEAM learning. 104 students from 25 Nord Anglia schools worldwide participated in the programme designed by MIT.  I know the students who attended and Mr. Richard will give us more feedback for our school community to hear about next week as they have time to reflect and write about this incredible opportunity.


The MIT-Nord Anglia STEAMFest is one of the unique international experiences offered by Nord Anglia Education schools. Students from the group’s 43 schools around the world learn together every day through online, in-school and worldwide experiences designed to nurture key transferable skills. Nord Anglia encourages students to be ambitious and set their sights higher by fostering a global perspective throughout their learning.

High School Production: “Little Shop of Horrors”

We are now into the final rehearsals of this year’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” and it is looking like it is going to be a fantastic event.  There is a real buzz around the High School as the cast go into their final preparations.  The performances are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (May 16, 17 and 18), starting at 4.30pm in the Drama studio, which you will not recognize.  Tickets are on sale at the Accounting Department  and going quickly so please book early if you do not want to be disappointed.

Daffodil Wood Flowers from Our Hearts for H.M. the Late King Bhumibol

Please take a moment to read this important message from our Thai Department:

All the Thai hearts will pour out to pay a final tribute to our beloved His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the royal cremation ceremony on 26th of October. The ceremony will be held at Sanam Luang, the royal cremation ground which is an open field in front of Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand.

As a symbol of respect and heartfelt condolences, the Thais usually place wood flowers with incense sticks at the site of the cremation ceremony. The Thai Department would then like to invite parents to join a Thai handicraft workshop called “Crafting Daffodil Wood Flowers – Do it with Your Heart” on Tuesday 23rd and 30th May at 2:45 – 3:45 at Room G9.

Parents interested in joining the workshop may register online on Tuesday, 9th May via the Moodle system.

We look forward to seeing you at the craft workshop.

Best regards,

Thai Department

School Calendar 2017-2018

Last week the Government officially announced that Thursday 26th October would be a national holiday with respect to the Ceremonies regarding the Royal Cremation for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. During the whole of that week there will be a wide range of different commemorations celebrating the late King’s life.  This will be a very special time across Thailand and especially focused in Bangkok.  Therefore with the announcement of this National holiday we have decided to move our half term during term 1 next academic year from Monday 16th October to start on Monday 23rd October 2017. This will allow our school community to have the whole of the week commemorating the Royal Cremation for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej free so they can attend whatever events they may wish.

I apologise for any inconveniences that this change to the calendar may cause. We have spent a large amount of time discussing it last week and looking at how other international schools are dealing with this announcement through ISAT.  Most Schools have decided to take this week as their half term so to allow the school communities the time necessary to mark this historic week.  Parents can click here for the the up to date school calendar 2017-2018.

NAE Parents’ Survey Results

The results we see from this year’s Parents’ Survey give us a lot to be proud of. Naturally, we are always aiming to get better, but the important bottom line is that parents strongly feel that their children are happy, safe, and getting a good education at St. Andrews. We strive to maintain that high level of satisfaction, and we will continue to be proactive about addressing the areas for improvement that have been identified.

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