The extra-curricular programme got off to an auspicious start in the new year with lots of children and students engaging in sports, music, hobbies, games and many other pursuits after school. High School students finishing these activities were able to go to the new Coffee Shop for snacks and beverages before heading home. This newest space on campus is situated at the entrance to High School opposite the lifts. The space beckons all passersby with its comfy chairs and work surfaces, reliable internet access and, of course, a variety coffee and delicious sandwiches and pastries on offer. During the day it will be open to both parents and senior students (that is those students in Years 12 and 13). As the term progresses, this will be extended to include other year groups. Until then, students in these other year groups can still enjoy this new recreational space from 3.30 p.m. onwards.
EY Fun Day and HS Music & Arts Exhibitions
Last Friday there was lots of action on the field at the Primary School with the Early Years Physical Fun Day. All Nursery and Kindergarten children, along with their parents, enjoyed a wide range of physical activities showing off our Early Years motor skills, athleticism and resilience.
Last Friday during lunchtime, the High School Atrium was the place to witness the week’s final band sessions organised by the Music Department. This was a wonderfully noisy event which entertained students and teachers as they ate lunch or simply relaxed in the cool breeze streaming throughout this high-vaulted amphitheatre. From all the bands that played during the week, two were selected to represent our school at the TISAC Battle of the Bands taking place later this term. Thank you to all the participating bands and the Music Department staff for the time and effort that went into this programme.
Finally, over at High School, I was privileged to be able to go round the mock Art Exhibition created by our Year 13 Art students. The work was of a really high quality with a huge amount of thought and skills going into everyone’s area. Talking to our art students really made me realise how much they had challenged themselves in the range of work they had created.
On Friday 26 January I will travel to London for a week to attend the NAE Recruitment Fair, but I will most certainly be back in Bangkok the following Friday to attend Fun Day on Saturday, 3 February.
We advertised our vacancies before Christmas and have had an amazing number of applications which we are compiling into short lists. I expect to meet a wide pool of UK-based and international teachers in London where hopefully we will fill most of our vacancies. Also, other candidates under consideration from schools in Thailand or within South-East Asia have been invited to come to our school for a day and teach demonstration lessons so that they can really get a feel for the type of school we are should we decide to appoint them.
I am glad to be able to say again this year that our teacher turnover has remained low, so we have been able to focus exclusively on a range of specific skills and subjects that would really support our development going forward into the next academic year. While this may seem a long way off, we have to plan far in advance to ensure the best team is in place by August 2018.
St Andrews’ annual Fun Day is scheduled for Saturday 3 February at the Primary School. The PTG and our Estates staff have been making extensive plans and working tirelessly into making this day even more successful than in years past. We are still looking for members of our community to participate, so please contact the PTG if you would like to be involved with this event, and circle the date in your diary so you can enjoy this great day of togetherness at school.
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