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261118 hs 7

High School: What a week!

It was, as promised, another very busy week in the High School last week, with visits from Sam Yang and Seyi Rhodes, our Loy Krathong celebrations as well as High School students representing St Andrews both in Bangkok and at Yale University.

As I wrote in last week’s Newsletter, last week was a very busy week in the High School, with visits from Sam Yang and Seyi Rhodes and our Loy Krathong Celebrations. As well as all of that, we had High School students representing St Andrews both in Bangkok and at Yale University.

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On Thursday morning, Sam Yang spoke to Year 10 about both Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage, with students and teachers both giving really positive feedback on his “amazing” and “really useful” presentation. If you have a son or daughter in Year 10, ask them about the 21 Day Happiness Challenge.

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On Thursday and Friday, Seyi Rhodes worked with students in Years 7, 8 and 9, Year 10 Geography students and Year 12 Language and Literature students. I was lucky to be able to attend a number of these sessions, and all of the students both learned a great deal, and were “inspired to ... become responsible global citizens."

Last week, we were very lucky to have Seyi Rhodes, who is a journalist, come to St Andrews to talk to the Year 7, 8 and 9 students about journalism. He talked about different reports of unknown cases, which he has tried to draw the attention of governments to, often involving children our age. In Senegal, which is in the west of Africa, he had heard about a system of child beggars. It is said that the children are forced to beg on the streets by their schools. The teachers take in the children to teach them about the Koran but also force them to beg and punish them if they do not come back with enough money. Seyi also talked about North Korea and the system of the government there. He said that North Korean defectors have been trying to run away from the country and described an interview with a girl who ran away from North Korea. Seyi Rhodes made us realize the harshness of the world with his amazing and moving documentaries.

Anakin (Year 7), Flan (Year 7) and Ella (Year 8)

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On Thursday we also celebrated Loy Krathong, both with a beautiful Loy Krathong Assembly and with a wide variety of activities, led by the students, taking place at break and lunchtime.

Loy Krathong is a Thai Festival when people appreciate the god of water and washing their soul and start their new life. We celebrated with an Assembly beginning with the Thai Band, playing Thai musical instruments, bravely in front of the crowd, though they were probably nervous. After the band, there came Thai dancers and some teachers to give their blessing to the water, showing how much they respect it and thanking it with all their heart.

At the end of the assembly, we listened to the Thai Band again. After the assembly, we had learned a new lesson and the meaning of Loy Krathong : Loy Krathong is the celebration for the goddess of the water for polluting; we must no pollute anymore!

Ayumi, Isabell and Kiersten (Year 7)


During break and lunch time of Loy Krathong day, there were many exciting activities taking place in the Atrium. The Making the Krathong activity is the classic and always well received activity that most people enjoy doing every year. Another activity that got a lot of attention this year is Soi Dao or Thai Lucky Draw where you get amazing prizes by taking down recycled paper stars from the hanging strings. All of the proceeds from this draw will go towards building a library in Huay Rai Samakee School in Chiang Rai. These activities were led by Thai Senior Students and the Mae Fah Luang Social Service Club. There were also performances from the Thai Dance Club, doing the Northern style Thai dance called Forn Parng, and a group of students playing the Loy Krathong Song on Thai instruments.

Oan (Year 12)

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On Friday, our World Scholars' Cups teams began their journey back to Bangkok, after a tough and challenging Tournament of Champions, bringing back 22 medals between them. The Team also represented Thailand at the Scholar's Ball, with Zakk carrying the Thai flag during the closing ceremony at Yale University's Woolsey Hall.

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And finally, also on Friday, a group of Year 7 students visited Tesco for their announcement that none of the Tesco stores will be using plastic bags on Tuesday December 4th - Thailand’s Environment Day. Lilly made a speech, and all of the students discussed their belief, as “responsible global citizens”, that Tesco should stop using single-use plastics, whether plastic bags, straws, or cups altogether - not just on December 4th.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Year 7, 8 and 9 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings taking place this week and next, and then it will be the last week of term and time for our traditional Christmas Fair and Concert.

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Early next year our Learn to Scuba Dive programme will restart, and this year it will be run as a community event with parents and students, from 11 years old, learning together. There are three different levels of courses available: a Beginners course, an Advanced course and a Discover Scuba Day. Please see this link on Moodle for more information and to register. Once you have registered, Dr Siona will be in touch with you directly with more information.

Roo Stenning
Head of High School



High School Calendar: Term 1

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 http://calendar.standrews.ac.th/.