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High School: The path to peace and development

Last week a group of Year 12 students from St Andrews International School Bangkok attended World Science Day for Peace and Development activities at UNESCO Bangkok...We focus on improving our personal organisation skills... This week we have Loy Krathong celebrations and another visit from award-winning journalist Seyi Rhodes….Find out more details on first community Golf Day and Gala Dinner taking place at the beginning of next term.

It’s the last four weeks of Term 1, and we continue to be very busy, as you can see from the Calendar for the next four weeks below.

World Science Day for Peace and Development

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Last Monday, the 12th November, six students and Ms Libby had the honour of attending the World Science Day for Peace and Development at UNESCO Bangkok. World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated annually in order to renew the national and international commitment to science for peace and development, as well as stressing the responsible use of Science for the benefit of society. This year, the event was a collaboration between UNESCO and the National Science and Technology Development Agency, and the topic at hand was plastic waste, one of the greatest global environmental challenges. The day started with a speech by the Minister of Science and Technology, and a speech by the President of the Asian Institute of Technology. They were followed by four keynote speakers: Professor Lawrence Surendra, Mr Henning Schwarze, Mr Remy Norbert and Dr. Jim Jem.

All four speakers gave a very insightful and remarkable addresses, emphasizing the need to make a change in the way we deal with plastic pollution. Surendra, a chemical engineer and chairman at the Sustainability Platform, presented shocking statistics about plastic pollution, such as that 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the world’s ocean annually. He then further elaborated on what we can do to help, in order to try and reduce this enormous figure. Moreover, Schwarze, an entrepreneur, geographer, and environment and tourism professional, focused on what Germany was doing to tackle plastic pollution. He gave the example of the “Plastic Pirates”. Schools and youth clubs are involved in collecting scientific data from the various rivers in Germany, which enables scientists to receive nationwide data of microplastics in Europe, while at the same time being fun for the students involved and raising awareness. The third speaker Norbert, the director of Environmental Regulation and Pollution Control at Rwanda Environment Management Authority, focused on the Rwandan experience in tackling plastic pollution. Rwanda is the first country in the world to ban the use of plastic bags. This was a very insightful talk, as he further explained the challenges they faced, the process they went through, and their next steps. The last speaker was Dr Jim Jem, who focused on bioplastics. He appeared on stage fully clothed in PLA (poly lactic acid). He emphasized that the use of PLA would help reduce the problem of plastic pollution, as it is biodegradable. The event finished off with a Q&A session.

Overall, I am very glad that I was able to attend the World Science Day for Peace and Development at UNESCO Bangkok. The messages conveyed that day and the passion from each of the speakers were inspiring and powerful. Walking out of the room where the speeches were held, my friends and I discussed what we just had learnt, and how we even wanted to pursue something similar in the future. The dramatic effects of plastic on the environment can be seen everywhere. It is so important to make conscious decisions about the amount of plastic you consume daily, and the impact it will have on our planet.

Manon Sm

Personal Organisation

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During registration this week all students will be working in their Tutor Groups to both help them with their organisation skills and to support them in taking care of their valuables. Each morning Tutors will lead discussions and activities which will cover:



What do you need to bring to school each day?

How/when to use your lockers.

How/when to use PE/ swimming lockers.

What to do if something goes missing.

Leaving bags unattended and the risks.

How much money do I need to bring to school?

Try to top up lunch cards via Moodle.

How/when to pack/ unpack your bag.

How/when to use your lockers.

To understand when textbooks/ laptops may be needed.

Tips for organising materials at home.

Only bring what you need for that day.

Use Moodle to stay ahead of deadlines.


We will look to support students on both of these areas on a regular basis and we would also appreciate it if you could discuss some of these ideas and initiatives at home. I have added a link that students will also be shown that will help them with organising their bags:


Mr Andrew - Deputy Head: Student Welfare and Progress

Loy Krathong

This Thursday we will be celebrating Loy Krathong in school. For those of you who are new to Thailand, Loy Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar and is a celebration at the end of the rainy season paying thanks to the water goddess, Mae Kongkha (Mother of Waters). The krathongs which people make and float on the waterways of Thailand are offerings to her.

All High School students, and teachers, should come to school wearing  traditional Thai costume, and will be able to take part in a variety of Loy Krathong activities at break and lunch. For Key Stage 3 students, there will also be an Assembly before lunch.

Seyi Rhodes visit

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On Thursday 22nd and Friday 23nd November we will be hosting award winning journalist Seyi Rhodes. With a joint English and Geography focus, this is also part of the lead up to Book Week.

During his visit, Seyi will be working with Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 students, with a different focus with each group, for example working with Year 9 on their News Reporting unit from English, with Year 10 Geography students and with Year 12 Language and Mass Communication students, with whom Seyi will be discussing the role of editing, covert and overt bias, the diversity of audiences, the need for cultural sensitivity, and how language can be a powerful tool to inform and inspire change.

Ms Libby - Head of Geography

STA Community Golf Day

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On Saturday 12th January STA will host our first community Golf Day and Gala Dinner. The golf will be at Unico Grande Golf course and then the dinner in the evening at Bistro 33 on Sukhumvit 33. The cost for this event is:

  • Adult Golfer including dinner: 2000 baht
  • Student Golfer including dinner: 1800 baht
  • Additional dinner guest: 500 baht

Any money raised from the event will go to a chosen charity. For more information about the event please see the website:

The entry form can be completed by clicking on this link.

We hope to see as many people as possible on this fun day for parents, students and teachers.

For more details on this event please contact or

Mr Andrew


I look forward to seeing many of you at the Year 7, 8 and 9 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings taking place over the next two weeks - parents of students in these Year Groups will receive more information from Heads of Year very soon - and then it will be the last week of term and time for our traditional Christmas Fair and Concert.

Roo Stenning
Head of High School


High School Calendar: Term 1

Tuesday 20th November

Year 12 Theatre Arts Mock Collaborative Performance

Thursday 22nd - Friday 23rd November

Seyi Rhodes Visit

Thursday 22nd November

Key Stage 3 Loy Krathong Assembly/ Loy Krathong Activities

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

Thursday 29th 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

Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th December

Key Stage 3 Production: Peter Pan

Wednesday 5th December

Father’s Day: School Closed

Thursday 6th December

Year 9 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Thursday 6th and Friday 7th December

Year 7 Thai Student Trips: Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall

Friday 7th December

Tanzania Non-Uniform Day

Friday 7th December

IGCSE Drama Monologues

Saturday 8th – Monday 10th December

International Award (Bronze) Practice Journey: Jedkod Pongkonsao

Monday 10th December

Constitution Day: School Closed

Tuesday 11th December

Year 9 Free Choice Options Deadline

Thursday 13th December

Christmas Fair and Concert

Friday 14th December

End of Term 1


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