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Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1: Book Week: a chance to help others

Students have the chance to participate in a read-a-thon to raise money to help other children learn basic literacy skills. We look forward to the Book Character Parades on Friday, and Year 1 spend a fantastic day at Rama IX Park.

Happy Book Week!

Primary Book Week has finally arrived. The week will be full of book-related activities and competitions.

This year we will doing something new. Ms Meg and Ms Kiyomi are leading a charity initiative with the Thai book charity ARC by encouraging St Andrews International School Bangkok to be part in a ‘sponsored read’, or read-a-thon. You can get all the information you need using the link below:

http://www.alwaysreadingcaravan.org/php/index.php

The goal of a read-a-thon is to help children become better readers by nurturing a joy of reading whilst at the same time raising money for charity. It helps children become community-minded and can encourage children to try new genres of books.

How to do it

Before reading, children approach family members and friends as sponsors to pledge a certain amount of money per book they read. Fill in the sponsor form on the back of the paper. For example, Mum might write 5bt per book and Dad might say 10bt per book, ask your neighbours and friends too. The aim is to try to collect as many sponsors as possible for the event.

The children then spend each day of Book Week reading as many books as they can (cover to cover). Every time they read a book ask your child to colour in a heart shape. Try to encourage your children to read a different book each time but Early Years children can read the same book.

Children should collect the sponsor money and bring it to school in an envelope along with their name and sponsor form on Monday 26 March and give it to their class teacher so that the money can be collected and donated to charity.

The more books your children read and the more sponsors they have, the more money is raised for this worthwhile organization. If you are interested in taking part you can find the sponsor form by clicking on this link.

ARC is an extremely worthy cause and helps other, less fortunate, children enjoy what all of us take for granted - basic literacy skills. Thank you for taking part.

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Book Week Parades

Weather permitting, we will have three Book Character Parades on the field on Friday morning to allow everyone to see the fabulous costume creations.

  • 8.00 a.m. - KS1

  • 8.30 a.m. - KS2

  • 9.00 a.m. - Foundation Stage

Year 1 Trip to Rama IX Park

A Trip to Remember

Year 1 had a very exciting trip to Rama IX Park to kick off their new learning topic of Habitats. Mr. Colin tells us more.

While it is only a few miles away, it felt like we had taken a plane ride and really got out of the city. There was no sound of cars to give us headaches, you could smell flowers and grass, and there were views and beautiful displays of planting and graceful buildings. And who can resist the pleasures of a picnic lunch?

As ever with events like this, one of the most exciting things for the children was the bus ride to get there. Sitting with your friend chatting and looking out of the window is a great way to top and tail any trip. Once we arrived, we had a quick regroup and then started our thrilling “train ride” around the park. We stopped half way round and went the rest of the way on foot. Taking our time and using our senses, we started to see, talk about and understand the interconnected world of a parkland habitat. We saw several small animals and could definitely hear birds making different songs. Looking at trees, we began to understand the root systems, and the large number of creatures that survive in and on its leafy shade.

A little further on we visited the park’s Cactus House to investigate the plants that thrive in hot deserts. What a treat for those of us who enjoy finding patterns. From the tessellating triangular roof to the repeating patterns of the spines on a cactus – natural maths was all around! Several cacti were in bloom and what an amazing array of bright, vivid colours. We were sad to leave.

Unfortunately the other large greenhouse that contained a rainforest environment was closed for urgent repairs. We hope that these can be carried out soon because it looked like a very interesting place to visit.

Then it was back to the play area to have a delicious lunch of fried rice and fruit. We noticed that there were some bicycles that were connected to paddles in the water, and many of us had a turn at trying to beat the water hard to introduce oxygen into the water to help all the creatures living in the ponds at the park. After a final play on the playground, it was time to get counted up and make our way back to school. What a marvellous time we all had and what a lot we learned.

Trips such as these could not happen without a lot of behind-the-scenes effort by the staff at school and from parents willing to come along and be our unofficial photographers and helpers. Thanks to all those who helped make this trip safe and happy. Now we are back home we are full of excitement and enthusiasm to learn as much as we can about the different habitats around the world, and we can’t wait to share it all with you in a few short weeks. See you soon!

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Parent Consultations

This term’s parent consultations will be held on Tuesday 27 March and Tuesday 3 April. This is your opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and get an insight into how well they are doing in school. If you would like to make an appointment, please use the links for each year group below. The teachers will try and accommodate time slot requests as closely as possible to your choices, but some times prove to be very popular and you may be offered an alternative.

Each child is allocated a 15 minute consultation. If you feel you need more time than this, which is often the case with families with children who receive some kind of specific support- EAL, Learning Support, etc.- you have the option to arrange an appointment outside of the appointed consultation days. Please contact the class teacher directly to do this. They will arrange an appointment for you before or after school on a day/time that is convenient for everyone.

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Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6
 

You can check the confirmed appointment times by clicking on this link, which will give you access to the Google folder which contains spreadsheets for each year group. Please note that the teachers will be updating these regularly over the course of the next week, so please keep checking back to find you appointment.

*There may be slight adjustments to times over the week to fit everyone in as closely as possible to their requested times.

Upcoming Events

  • Primary Book Week - 19 to 23 March
  • Primary Book Character Parade - Friday 23 March (Don’t forget to get your costumes ready)
  • Parent Teacher Consultations - Tuesday 27 March
  • Parent Teacher Consultations - Tuesday 3 April
  • Songkran Assembly and celebration - Thursday 5 April
  • Last day of term - Thursday 5 April