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Key Stage 2: Two weeks to go and still lots happening

We are racing towards the end of the first term at St Andrews International School Bangkok but there are still lots of things going on… Find out about public holidays and early closing on the last day of term...Other upcoming events include Primary Maths Competition at Bangkok Patana, Community Carol singing and  Tiger Conservation Day early in Term 2.

School Closed and Arrangements for the last day of term

Don’t forget, school is closed this Wednesday (5 December) for King Bhumibol’s birthday and next Monday (10 December) for Constitution Day.

Next 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. 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:

CONFIRMED APPOINTMENTS

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Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

APPOINTMENT REQUEST FORMS

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Year 6

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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Primary Maths Competition @ Patana

Last Friday, Miss Tracey - our Primary Maths Coordinator - took four Year 6 students to the Primary Maths Competition at Bangkok Patana. The children took part in a series of timed mathematical team challenges over the course of the day covering a wide range of the mathematics curriculum. The children developed their teamwork skills and had the opportunity to meet students from sixteen other international schools.

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The challenges included calculations that required speed and teamwork, and word problems requiring pairs to work on separate challenges simultaneously. The children thoroughly enjoyed the construction challenge which required a careful approach. The last round consisted of cracking the code to unlock the box in a series of problem-solving challenges.

Miss Tracey

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It was a fun experience for the four of us, challenging us to solve complex problems in a limited amount of time. The math competition was quite a challenge, giving us a large variety of problems including mind-breaking logic questions, speed calculations and even building complex 3-dimensional shapes. The challenges required cooperation, carefulness and obviously lots of maths. Phran 6R
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Recent Staff Training Events at STA Primary Campus

We have been fortunate to host two fantastic staff training events on the Primary Campus, helping our teachers build on their skills, share good practice and help further develop our curriculum. On Friday 23 and Saturday 24 November Mrs Leanne, our Literacy Coordinator, and Mr Phil, our EAL Coordinator, led a joint Job-A-Like Workshop for their subjects. This was a FOBISIA event, so teachers from the region came along to share best practice and pick up ideas from their teaching colleagues. Many of our teachers were able to take part, both as participants and some as presenters.

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We were also lucky enough to host a training event run by Apple. Their new learning series is aimed at helping teachers discover how they can integrate iPads into their curriculum. We hosted the ‘Everyone Can Create’ sessions which focused on how iPads can be used as a content creation tool rather than just a device to play games or watch videos on. This event will run again at St Andrews in March. Some teachers will also attend some of the other events in the series later this academic year.

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Christmas is coming...

Festive Singing

Christmas starts at the end of this week for KS2 with the annual Carol Singing in the morning before school on Friday, starting at 7.30 a.m. in the Y6 Quad. This is a lovely way to start the day and everyone is welcome to come along and join in.

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Christmas Concerts and Fair

The KS2 Christmas Concerts and the Christmas Fair take place next Wednesday afternoon (12 December). The first performance will take place at 1.30 p.m. and will be led by our Year 3 & 4 children. 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 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.

Arrangements for the last day of term

On the final Friday of the term, we will start the day with two assemblies: Y1-3 at 08.00 a.m. and Y4-6 at 09.00 am. As always, we will close early on the last day. To help coordinate arrangements across the Key Stages and across the campuses, KS2 will have an early lunch on the last day so that we are ready to close at 12.30 pm. Please make sure you make arrangements to collect your children early. The school buses will be boarded at 12.30 p.m. ready for a 12.45 p.m. departure

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Christmas Boxes for the BRC

Our Christmas Box collection for the Bangkok Refugee Centre is in full swing. The children who the centre helps often leave behind everything to escape war, persecution or extreme poverty. A small gift can make a big difference when you have nothing, so we ask everyone in our community to prepare a gift box, which will be delivered to the BRC in time for Christmas. KS2 families can leave their gifts under the Christmas Tree in the School Office.

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The boxes could include small toys, toiletries, books, underwear, etc. When you have filled and wrapped your box, please make sure it is clearly labelled. The label must include who it’s for - boy or girl - and which age group the box is suitable for. Boxes can be left under the Christmas tree in the School Office.

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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 will appear in the Library and the Year 6 Quad soon. 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.
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Why not make some cards at home? Here's a link to a cute YouTube video.

The cards should be no bigger than A5 size and put in an envelope with the recipient's name and class clearly written on the front.

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

 

Another festive event from one of our community partners

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