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High School: Student journalists reflect on resilience

As the term flies by, the Student Journalists at St Andrews International School Bangkok reflect on the highlights of the year so far, and times when they have been resilient and learned from their mistakes.

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As I wrote last week, November’s Monthly Theme is “We are resilient, and learn from our mistakes”, timed to fit with the recent Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings. It was great to see so many parents at each of the Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings and I look forward to seeing Key Stage 3 parents in two weeks’ time.

This week the Student Journalists reflected on the highlights of the year so far, and on times when they have been resilient and learned from their mistakes:

Anakin (7e):

The best thing that happened to me this term was International Day. International day had amazing food and awesome activities. It also had one of the best assemblies in school. The food for International Day was delicious and it was thanks to all the hard work from our parents. There were also amazing performances at break.

This month’s theme is “We are resilient and learn from our mistakes”.  That reminded me of how I was resilient in the recent running assessment. I was very tired and felt like I couldn’t continue on, but I did and I made it to the end of the run. What is important is never giving up! “Learning from my mistakes” reminded me of when I got a few questions wrong on my Maths test. After that I studied like never before, then got most correct the next time.

Ayumi (7c):

The best things that have happened so far this year are International  Day, half-term, when we refreshed our brains, the ECAs, including Flames, Blazes and Marlins training, and playing basketball and football at break and lunchtime.

I was resilient when I was training in the Synchronised Swimming team. We had to practice sculling using our hands. I couldn’t do it, but everyone else could. After a few days, I went to the swimming pool on the rooftop of the apartment building that I live in and practiced. The first time, I couldn’t do it but I didn’t give up. I kept on practicing and now I’m able to scull.

I made a mistake in my Maths test on Percentages and my mark was really bad. I didn’t read the question carefully, so next time, when I did a test on Transformations, I read the question much more carefully and so I got a much better mark.

Flan (7e):

This is my first year of learning at St Andrews and so far it is going pretty well. St Andrews is a really big school compared to the school I went to last year. St Andrews is a really good school because there are a lot of really nice kids and teachers here and the school is really clean and organised. Some of my favorite parts of this term were the Year 7 Science trip and International Day. I liked the Science trip because there were a lot of cool displays and activities to do there. We had to try and build spaceships that were the perfect weight to float up in a tube with air blowing out of the bottom of the tube.

I think that most of the students at St Andrews are very resilient because we get a ton of homework and barely any of us ever get a red flag. When one of us does get a red flag, our friends comfort us and say that it is not a big deal.

Isabell (7c):

The best things so far at STA High School are the equipment we can use in Science and Technology, all the events - International day was really fun and I loved the food and the ECAs, like Basketball Blazes which are really fun and challenging.

I was resilient in the Basketball team. I never really played basketball before and everyone was better than me and I had no confidence at basketball. But I tried my best every time I played and now I’m quite a nice player.

Kiersten (7c):

The best things that has happened so far this term are International day (I absolutely adored the astonishing food from different countries), synchronised swimming, because it is challenging and I like to learn something new, the new machines in Technology and the Blaze squad. I like having matches against other schools or academies.

An example of me being resilient was when I was doing synchronised swimming.  We had to do the baby vertical and I found it very difficult, but I found out that, if I stayed longer, I could get more practise and, in the end, I was able to do it.

One time when I learned from my mistakes was when I was not really putting enough effort and got a very poor mark in Technology. However, I learned from my mistakes and now I am getting almost full marks.

Oan (Year 12):

The best thing to have happened so far this term is being one of the volunteers at the Bangkok School of the Blind and teaching children with visual impairment how to use computers.

I am being resilient with my workload and I try to manage my time wisely.

I learned from my mistake when I did my first Further Oral Activity (FOA) for Thai. I was not properly prepared for the task so the outcome was not great. However, that was my practice one before the real assessment in a months’ time so I used my mistake to improve my preparation and the outcome was a lot better than my first one.

Roo Stenning
Head of High School


High School Calendar: Term 1

Tuesday 13th November

High School Parents' Workshop: What’s and How’s of Social Media

Wednesday 14th November

TISAC Dance Competitions: Charter School

Wednesday 14th November

PTG Meeting: Primary School

Thursday 15th November

Year 9 Options Fair

Thursday 15th November

IGCSE Drama Devised Exam performances

Friday 16th November

Influenza Vaccinations: Primary School

Friday 16th – Sunday 18th November

ServICE Conference: ASB Green Valley

Saturday 17th November

STA Swim Champs

Sunday 18th – Thursday 22nd November

Under 15 FOBISIA Games: Thanyapura, Phuket

Sunday 18th November

HIS Football Youth Cup

Tuesday 20th November

Year 12 Theatre Arts Mock Collaborative Performance

Thursday 22nd - Friday 23rd November

Seyi Rhodes Visit

Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th November

Phuket 7s Football Tournament: BIS Phuket

Friday 23rd November

Year 7, 8 and 9 Grade Reports online

Monday 26th – Friday 30th November

High School Book Week

Tuesday 27th November

Year 7 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Wednesday 28th November

Year 13 Theatre Arts Solo Theatre Performances

Thursday 29th November

Year 8 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Thursday 29th November

Snow White: Creative Industries

Friday 30th November

Year 10-13 Elevate Workshops

Friday 30th November

Thai Author Visit: Khun Prapas Cholsaranon

Friday 30th November

JVB JVG Touch Rugby Invitational: ISB

Saturday 1st December

STA Community Tennis

Saturday 1st December


Sunday 2nd December

Key Stage 3 Production Rehearsals


The school’s Google Calendars are on Moodle, via the very easy to remember