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Head's Lines: 19 June 2017

19 June 2017

Many thanks to the PTG for organising last Friday’s Summer Party. It was a great way for the St. Andrews community to come together to celebrate a memorable school year… This week we have an update on the progress and plans for both the Srivikorn and Sukhumvit 71 campuses… The school uniform shop will open as normal from 8am to 3pm, however be advised that there will be some changes in the location in coming weeks… Read about Mr. Keith and Mr. Will’s successful trip to MIT, and how that  professional development opportunity will have a positive impact on the future of STEAM education at St. Andrews… The St. Andrews Fashion Show 2017 was put on by the  newly founded Sustainability Group to highlight the importance of using recyclable materials…  Join us this Wednesday for EXPO 2017, where the community comes together to enjoy a range of exciting performances… This Thursday the St. Andrews community is invited to join us in acknowledging the sporting achievements at the 2017 Sports Awards celebration.  The celebration takes place in the gym, starting with Primary School sports at 3pm, and High School sports at 6pm. Details can be found below.

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PTG Summer Party

As we approach the last 10 days of this term, there are still lots of things to enjoy over this period.  Special thank you to the PTG for organising the Summer Party last Friday.  The school Jazz band led the entertainment and created a great sound.  It was really a nice way for the community to come together throughout the evening.

Srivikorn and 71 Campus Update

I know there are lots of questions parents are having about the start of next term.  Our new High School campus is on time to be finished and handed over to the school on the 31st of July.  In order to keep to this tight deadline we will not have the opportunity to take parents and High School Students around the site at the end of this term as there are over 750 workers on site really moving things along in these final weeks.

The school is looking at many aspects of managing this new campus at the moment, including the shuttle buses, school start times for the first week, the new canteen and payment system. Many of these areas we wish to trial during the long vacation so we will have a good idea of how they will work to be successful.  Therefore there will be comprehensive information sent out, especially to High School parents in early August explaining how these things will work, what the first week arrangements will look like and when you may be able to come and view the campus facilities your children will be using once school starts next academic year on Monday 21st August.

The primary campus is also undergoing a lot of work over the 7 week holiday and for the first time we will close the whole facility apart from the office administration staff to allow all the different contractors to work together during this tough timeline to get all the changes completed.

School Uniform shop Opening Times:

Open from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm (Lunch break: noon to 1.00 pm)
The uniform shop location will change for the following time periods:
17th July to 5th August: moved to N27 (inside the school).
14th August onwards: new shop at F14 (inside the school).
 
Please contact the school office with any questions about the shop location.

MIT

Over the last week, Nord Anglia hosted a professional development event at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts that introduced the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) collaboration to the attending schools. Mr Keith and Mr Will represented St Andrews, and worked alongside teachers from other NAE schools to help plan how the programme will be implemented over the next few years.
MIT was chosen for this collaboration not only for its position as the world’s leading university, but also because their innovative approach to teaching fits in with the Nord Anglia vision for STEAM education. The MIT motto "mens et manus" (mind and hand) underpins their philosophy that effective learning can only take place when students are engaged in practical investigation as well as theoretical study.
The theme of the coming year's collaboration is “Navigating Tomorrow”, and attendees were treated to a raft of inspirational talks from some of the leading figures in the fields of aviation, bioengineering and artificial intelligence. St Andrews students will explore these themes next year through a series of challenges developed by MIT for Nord Anglia schools. These challenges will follow the MIT learning approach, and consist of opportunities for interdisciplinary, collaborative, project-based skill development. In Term 3, a small group of students will again have the opportunity to travel to MIT to experience the excitement of cutting-edge STEAM projects first hand.
In addition to the curriculum-based learning, we will be offering extra-curricular opportunities for students to broaden their STEAM experiences. As the Dean of Admissions for MIT pointed out to attendees, it is these extended opportunities for deeper learning that often allow students to demonstrate their true potential, and count for much more than just grades when it comes to selecting students for prestigious universities such as MIT.

St. Andrews Fashion Show 2017
A special report by by Year 12 students Shreya and Yei, heads of the Sustainability Group

We all went green for this year's Fashion Show as all the funky costumes from KS1 up to High School were strictly made out of recycling materials. Being the first event run by the newly founded Sustainability Group, it was a fun and creative way to raise awareness for recycling within our school community.
The atmosphere on the day was electric! We had a full house for the event and everyone was so excited to see the costumes, which definitely did not disappoint. All the contestants were in the recycling spirit, using items ranging from plastic bottles and plastic to bags and newspaper - even IKEA bags! The whole event itself was absolutely spectacular, thanks to the wild crowd and costumes. It was definitely a very tough decision choosing the three winners. Congratulations to Pailin, Anvir and Diya for winning the competition!  
There was a lot of decision making for this event as the environment is our first priority! We printed promotional posters on scrap paper (which is something we will be encouraging every event held in school to do) and picking from all the imaginative designs submitted by KS1 and KS2 was the toughest decision for us! Every design was truly amazing so every participant gets a house point! Congratulations to those who were chosen- your designs were the most sustainable!
Also a big thank you to:
Our premier panel of judges: Ms Diane, Mr. Simon C, Mr. Kris and Mr. Tim.
Organizer of past Fashion Shows: Ms Sophie M
The head of KS1 and KS2: Mr Geoff and Ms Diane
Our crew: Taiyo, Ket, Marika, Julie, Jeraldine, Shivin, Michelle and Plum
The Sustainability Group’s supervisor: Miss Claire C
 
- Shreya and Yei (Heads of the Sustainability Group)

 

EXPO 2017

On Wednesday 21st August, the art, music drama and technology department will showcase their work through displays and performances at the highly anticipated EXPO 2017.  Parents are invited to attend this great event to see the range of work that each of these areas has produced and enjoy the work they have created through a variety of performances.  I hope you are able to visit this area from 3.00pm onwards to see the different work on display, it is always fantastic to see what has been achieved by our students.

Sports Awards

This year our sports squads and teams have had lots of success and competed so well across the age range and sports played.  On Thursday there are the presentations of the Sports Awards for both Primary and High School students.  The Primary celebration will start at 3.00 pm, firstly with a formal assembly in the gym followed by a buffet for everyone who has been involved in the primary sports squads and teams this year. Then after this, High School Sports Awards will start at 6.00 pm. There is the presentation of the High School Sports awards in the gym with a more informal celebration around the drama studio.

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