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Head's Lines: 26 June 2017

26 June 2017

This final week will be a busy one. Yearbooks will be handed out, House sports competitions take place, Music Showcases, the High School Awards Assembly, and the unveiling of House Champions… Take care of your ID cards over the holiday… We bid a fond farewell to some of our beloved teachers… We have an update on the new High School campus, as well as the opening times and locations of the school shop… EXPO ‘17 was a fantastic community event that highlighted the many various creative talents of our students, while the Sports Awards were a celebration of the development and achievements of our athletes… Finally, we revisit a glimpse of the future of STEAM education at St. Andrews and the Nord Anglia family of schools across the globe.

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This year seems to have gone past so very quickly.  I have looked at this year’s Yearbook 2016-17, and it is impressive to see all that has been achieved throughout the year by each class and year group.  The school community celebrations including the school shows, assemblies and Fun Day all really show what a great year this has been.  The Yearbooks are being produced as we speak and will be in school by Friday to be handed out to everyone in each class.  If you know you will not be attending school on Friday or are leaving the country before this date please let the school office know and give us your forwarding address and we will send you the Yearbook after it has arrived in school

This last week is always a busy one with the House Basketball competitions and House primary and High School Music Showcases.  There will also be the High School Awards Assembly on Thursday morning.  There will be our last assembly of the year on Friday where there will be some round ups of all that has been achieved and some final performances by the choirs and our school cheerleaders.  This is always a great way to finish the year.  The last thing will be finding out which of our Houses are the School house Champions for this year.  Will it be Akha, Yao, Karen or Lahu.  The House leaders will be revealing this at the last assemblies.

Next academic year will start on Monday 21st August.  All our primary and high School students’ and parents’ identity cards will continue to be working at both the primary 71 campus and the new High School Campus.  Please keep these safe throughout the holiday as they will allow you easy access when you return to ether campus in the new academic year.

Departing Teachers

This year we have around 20 teachers leaving us.  Some are returning to their home bases mainly the UK where they will work closer to their families. Others have got jobs at other international schools across the globe.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their hard work and support during the time they have been a part of our school community. I know the Heads of phase will mention more about these staff who are leaving in their sections of the Newsletter.

I will though mention Mr. Simon who is someone I have worked with for the past 12 years at St Andrews International School.  Mr. Simon has been instrumental in setting up the school developing the programmes across the school and someone I know everyone trusts. He has worked closely with the senior students and their families over the last couple of years.  Mr. Simon has ensured that our senior programme which has the International Baccalaureate Diploma as its academic backbone, has a huge amount of flexibility in it so that we can offer everyone the individualized programme of learning that they wish to follow for the pre-university studies.  I would like to thank Mr. Simon for all his work and know he will enjoy his next chapter in his career and will not be far from our school community’s heart.

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 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 to especially 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 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.

EXPO 2017

On Wednesday 21st August we were treated to the Expo 2017 where the art, music, drama and technology departments showcased their work through displays and performances.  There were many parents attending this great event to see the range of work that each of these areas has produced and they brought together this work they have created through a range of performances.

Sports Awards

This year our sports squads and teams have had lots of success and really competed well across the age range and sports played.  On Thursday there were the presentations of the Sports Awards for both Primary and High School students.  The Primary celebration was first 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 was the presentation of the High School Sports awards in the gym followed by a more informal celebration around the drama studio.

MIT, St. Andrews, and STEAM

Earlier this month, 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.