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Head’s Lines: Keeping your options open

04 September 2017

Walking around both Primary School and High School of St Andrews International School Bangkok, there are certainly a wide variety of interesting activities going on across the age groups.  It is great to witness the effort and and participation forth participation of so many children, and the pure enjoyment they are clearly getting from their studies.

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It was great to see so many parents attending the Parents Information Evening at High School for Year 7 and the Meet the Teacher event at the Primary School for Years 2, 3 and 4.  This week we will continue to offer these meet-ups for other year groups, so I hope everyone has the opportunity to become acquainted their children’s key teachers for this academic year.  Please consult the following list to know when the next event for your child’s year group is scheduled:

  • Y5 and Y6 Meet the Teacher:   Thursday 7th September at 4.00 pm

  • Y8 Parents Information Evening:  Tuesday 5th September at 4.00 pm

  • Y9 Parents Information Evening:  Thursday 7th September at 4.00 pm

  • Y10/11 Parents Information Evening:  Tuesday 12th September at 4.00 pm

  • Y12/13 Parents Information Evening:  Thursday 14th September at 4.00 pm

ECA online registration which began last Saturday is a much smoother and less stressful process thanks to the new preference-based system on Moodle. Parents still have time to consider the diverse ECA offerings and sign up by Wednesday 6th September. At the end of the initial signup phase, ECA places will be allocated by the preference system to ensure everyone’s first choices are fairly taken into consideration. You will then be notified of the after school activities allocated to your child, and even be able modify your child’s selections, subject to availability.  Looking through the ECA programme, there is certainly no shortage of options to assemble a well-rounded mix of sports, hobbies, languages, and other skills for your children to get involved in.  

The actual ECA programme will start the week beginning the 11th September 2017.

Keeping children healthy

There are a number of students who are sick at the moment, suffering from a range of different viruses and infections, including influenza A and B.  This is perfectly normal at this time of year as students return to school following the long break, and meet up again with their friends.  

At St Andrews, your child's health is extremely important. We teach even our youngest how to guard against a cough, catch a sneeze in a tissue and wash their hands thoroughly and frequently.  Additionally, our Estates team have a rolling programme of washing toys and wiping down surfaces with specialised, child-friendly cleaning products, and do regular deep-cleans of classrooms and shared spaces.

Children will pick up coughs and colds naturally from playing with each other, but school and families have a shared responsibility to minimize and prevent the spread of illnesses. The actions we should take are outlined in our “Well Child” policy.

A child with a high temperature, cold symptoms, or loose bowel movements should not be sent to school, and they should not be given medicines such as Calpol or Nurofen to relieve the symptoms or simply get them through the school day. They need to stay at home and rest until they are well enough to return to school.

Furthermore, if a child shows signs of sickness such as a temperature, or even if they are not working or playing as they normally do, we will seek a consultation with our nurses to determine if your child need to go home to recuperate and rest.

We would ask that you are extra vigilant over the next few weeks and keep children at home if you have any doubt whether they are healthy enough to come to school.

Administering medicine in school

If a child requires doctor-prescribed medicine to be administered during the school day, this medicine must be brought to the school nurse by a parent or guardian. The container must be labelled with the child's name, dosage and the time it needs to be administered. The nurse may also ask you if the doctor has agreed that your child is well enough to attend school.

All over-the-counter (non-prescription) medicines, such as cough medicine or throat lozenges must also be left with the nurse.

Moreover, please let us know if your child has been diagnosed with illnesses such as flu or chicken-pox.  This information can be extremely valuable in assisting us track and monitor the general health and well-being of the school population and keep you informed of any significant changes.

Along these lines, a special thank you goes to those of you who have kept the office updated of the reasons for your children's absence from school.  

Idling engines in the car park

The three Key Stage 2 students who won last year’s poster competition have had their posters put up around our car park for quite a while. They are in English and in Thai, and I hope that everyone who uses the car park will read them and take note that we do not want cars running their engines in the car park. This action affects the air quality everyone has to breathe as they make their way out of school in the afternoon. With the modern air conditioners now present in most cars, as soon as the ignition is turned on, a car’s interior only takes a few seconds to cool— so, there is no need to have the engine on prior to children and parents getting into the car to go home. I am sure if we all follow these guidelines, then the atmosphere as everyone leaves school will be a lot healthier for all. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

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