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Key Stage 2: Parties and concerts herald Christmas

The last week of term at St Andrews International School Bangkok is filled with parties throughout the Key Stage as well as our traditional Christmas Concerts...There is still time to donate Christmas parcels to the to BRC...We look forward to a special event in early January.

Christmas at STA

As we head into the Christmas holiday, we would like to wish you all a very restful festive break and a Happy New Year.

Here we are in the last week of the term with Christmas fast approaching. Our KS2 Christmas parties started today with Y6, and both they and Y5 were visited by a special gentleman in a red suit. It will be Year 3, 4 and 5s turn on Thursday, but before that , we will be having our KS2 Christmas Concerts tomorrow.  Years 3 & 4 will start off at 1.15 p.m. in the Sports Hall. This will be followed by the Christmas Fair from 2.30 p.m. until 3.45 p.m. At the Fair, you will be able to play a variety of games which are being organised by the Y6 students, grab a bite to eat from one of our food vendors or get yourself some gifts from the other stalls. The afternoon will be rounded off with the Year 5 & 6 concert, which starts at 4.00 p.m.

*Please make sure the children have lots of change if they are attending the fair. The games and activities organised by the Y6 children will cost between 10 and 20 Baht per go, apart from the guess the bear’s name competition which is 50 Baht per guess.

Please note that parking and a shuttle bus service are available at MaxValu on Sukhumvit 71. This will run until 6.00 p.m. Parents can stamp their tickets to benefit from free parking for stays of over two hours. The parking stamp will be in the Main Office.

STA Christmas Postal Service by the Key Stage Two Student Council

The Key Stage 2 Student Council will be running the Christmas Postal Service again this year. The Year 3 and 4 school councillors have worked very hard and really enjoyed getting this set up. They have created posters, and made two post boxes, which are in the Library and the Year 6 Quad. A special thanks to Sophie (3K), Jessica (4G), Mabel (4P), Patty (4D) and Bona (4S) for their help making the post boxes at breaktime.

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The idea is to build up STA’s Christmas community spirit by sending cards to friends across the Primary School. Many classes will be creating cards in school time, but all children and their families can get involved by sending cards to anyone in any class at the 71 campus only.

The post box will be in the Library from morning break on 11 December until 13 December. We plan to make deliveries each day. The Year 3 and 4 school councillors will be the post boys and girls.

Merry Christmas!
Mr. Ewen

Christmas Boxes for the BRC

Thank you to everyone who has donated boxes for the BRC. A huge pile of presents was removed today; ready to be delivered in time for Christmas. We will be having representatives from the BRC in attendance at our assemblies on Friday morning to say a big thank you to the children for their kindness.

Arrangements for the last day of term

On Friday, we will be closing at 12.30 p.m. Please make sure that you make arrangements to collect your children at this time. The school buses will be boarding at 12.30 p.m. for a 12.45 p.m. departure.

Reports and Parent Consultations

The teachers are busily writing their Term 1 reports, which will cover general progress and specific progress in English and Maths. They will be ready to view on Moodle on Friday 14 December.

Many parents have already requested appointments using the links below (highlighted in blue). If you haven’t signed up for an appointment yet, there’s still time to reserve your place, however, some time slots are proving popular and are now full, so you may be offered an alternative time. You can check out the confirmed appointments, and look for available times if you’ve not yet booked, using these links (highlighted in purple):

CONFIRMED APPOINTMENTS

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APPOINTMENT REQUEST FORMS

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Future Event - 11 January 2019, Tiger Conservation Day

As you can imagine, though we are already celebrating the end of a successful first term, we are planning well ahead into Term 2 and beyond.

We start off the next term with a sustainability and conservation theme, which we will explain in more detail after the holidays, but we want to give you some advance warning! On Friday 11 January the children will be visited by representatives of The World Wildlife Fund in Thailand (WWF), who will talk to us about conservation in general, but specifically about Thailand’s endangered tiger population. To raise the profile of this event we are inviting staff and students to come to school wearing ‘tiger themed’ clothes. That might just mean wearing orange and black or something more creative!

We ask that children donate 20-50 baht on this day, the money going to the World Wildlife Fund in Thailand to support their local projects.

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Another festive event from one of our community partners

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Mindful Self-Compassion - Free 2 hour Workshop

Last academic year we began an association with Siri Chandler and Masooma Kachelo who came into school to work with  teachers and students on Mindfulness in Education. This successful programme will be run again this year by newly trained St Andrews teachers.

Siri will be returning to St Andrews in January to a free 2 hour workshop to parents, with a focus of mindful self compassion. (https://centerformsc.org/learn-msc/)

The workshop will be held on Friday 11th January at our Primary School - R Block 7th floor

Start time 8.30am.