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Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1: Bubbles and pizzas

The first half term at St Andrews International School Bangkok comes to an end with the Bubble Run... Year 1 have an amazing time making and eating pizzas at Basilico... Frightful Friday takes place this week...Don’t forget to register for the flu vaccination.

Welcome back to the second half term. If it is as busy as the first one, there will be a lot of learning and fun to look forward to.

The final week of last half term brought us the KS1 Bubble Run, which was a lovely way to lead us into the holiday. Years 1 and 2 started off their Friday with an energetic warm-up lead by Ms Cherry, and then the children and teachers headed off on the Bubble Run. Lots of parents were on the course to cheer us on or run along. The teachers didn’t think much of the ‘water obstacle’, but the children seemed to enjoy getting a soaking!

Thank you to the energetic House Team for organising the event and to all the super athletes who ran along.

Year 1 Trip to Basilico

It is always fascinating to go on a Year 1 field trip. The things that the children find the most interesting and exciting are rarely the carefully chosen destinations that the teachers have scoured Bangkok to find. I wonder if you can guess what might have been the best part of our trip to make pizzas at Basilico on Soi 20?

During the week leading up to the trip, the children were well prepared. The week had a strong focus on our sense of taste. We tasted, assessed and graded different flavours of food. Now we knew clearly what is meant if we used the words salty, sweet, bitter and umami! The children looked at some recipes, they thought and talked about pizzas they have eaten and the restaurants they have visited. The learning all connects up. In maths the children were making shape pizzas, in the role play area there was a mini pizza parlour magically created by our amazing team of TAs. We were definitely ready.

On the day of the trip, the children were very excited when they arrived at school. After class photos, we climbed onto the bus, buckled our seat belts and headed off. On arrival at the restaurant, we had a drink of water and washed our hands. The first activity was to develop our skills at rolling out pizza dough to make a thin round base. This was just a practice, and while we were doing this, the staff in the shop made individual pizza bases for all the children. Our next job was to make the pizza by putting on a thin layer of tomato sauce, then to sprinkle on the cheese and the other delicious toppings from the wide selection on a table.

Once the uncooked pizza was assembled, the children’s pizzas were shoveled into the stone wood-fired oven… and the anxious waiting began. (This was a good time to draw a labelled diagram of the pizza we made.) Our sense of smell kicked in, and you could detect the bread toasting and cheese melting. If you listened carefully, you could hear the drips of water falling from our hungry mouths.

Finally, the finished piping hot pizzas arrived at the table. But before tucking in we ‘ate’ with our eyes and noses. We gazed with delight at the feast before us, breathing in the pungent aromas of a tasty Italian treat. We could put off the moment no longer, and tucked in. And then … silence as 20 mouths were filled and the great consumption began.

Well, all good things must come to an end, and this seemed especially true of pizzas. The proud children discussed their creations with their friends. They licked the last drops of savoury tomato sauce off their chins. It was time to wash up and get ready to head back to school. Teachers clutched their cameras as the photographic evidence of the day would be needed to structure the recount the next day, “First,… Next, … Then, …. After that, … Finally!”

So can you guess what was the best bit of the trip? The rolling? The tasting? The making? All wrong! If you are in Year 1 the best and most memorable and exciting thing about any school trip…. is playing Sleeping Lions in the bus on the way home!

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Flu Vaccination

Some of you will remember that last November we ran an Influenza vaccination programme across the school, in conjunction with Samitivej Children’s Hospital. Last year was a particularly bad year for flu, and many families took the opportunity to come along and get everyone vaccinated.

Due to high demand we have decided to run the programme again and Samitivej have given us Friday 16 November as our vaccination date - which is shortly after the release of this year’s vaccine.

This year to simplify the process even more, Samitivej will run the booking process online. The system will issue you a booking number which you bring with you on the day of the vaccination. (Payments are made on Friday 16th). Please note that teachers cannot take your child for the vaccination. This has to be done by a parent or guardian.

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Frightful Friday

This Friday - 2 November - we will be having a House Frightful Friday. This will be a low-key Halloween celebration in school and there will be no big parades.

The children (and teachers) will be allowed to dress up in a Halloween costume for the day but will attend all classes as normal.

At lunchtime, the House Leaders will be organising a variety of Halloween themed activities for the students to take part in.

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