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Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1: Year 1 Expo attracts a crowd

It has been an exceptionally busy week for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 - the Year 1 Expo of their work on Habitats, Reception football, Year 2 get up close and personal with sea creatures and the whole of the Key Stage raises money for the Always Reading Caravan with their read-a-thon...Don’t forget our Songkran celebrations this week and you can find details of all the parent/teacher consultations that are taking place this week.

It was a fantastic week in Foundation Stage and KS1. Far from “winding down” as we approach the holidays, it seems to be getting more exciting with so many opportunities for learning.

Something that many children enjoyed last week was visit from Miss Yoshima from the Always Reading Caravan. Mrs Meg explains more:

Read-a-thon raises money and awareness

Children throughout Primary School, from Nursery to Y6, have joined in with the sponsored read-a-thon over the last 2 weeks. They have been busy reading away, at break time, lunch time, in class and at home. Every time they read a book they coloured a heart in order to collect sponsor money for their efforts. The more hearts they coloured the more money they received. Looking at the sponsor forms, I know that children asked their family at home, their friends and neighbours and even family overseas such as grandparents, aunts and uncles.

The money will be donated to a charity called ARC - the always reading caravan.

Miss Yoshimi is the founder of the charity which provides books and builds libraries for poor communities around Thailand. Miss Yoshimi is herself blind and came to visit the children to explain how she can read through the use of touch and braille. She also taught the children how she writes using a stylus.

We are very proud of our community’s generosity as we have raised 62,714 Baht for this very worthy cause. So a massive thank you goes to the families in St Andrews International School Bangkok - you are amazing. We also need to say a big thank you to Miss Kiyomi who did so much to organize this event.

If you have still to collect your sponsor money, please don’t worry, bring it into school and we will make sure we add it to the total.

You can read some of the children’s reflections on Miss Yoshimi’s visit here.

Mrs Meg

A Whale of a Time!

Last week Y2 dived further into their Topic “Seas and Oceans” with a trip to Sea Life Bangkok: Ocean World. Ms Lauren explains more:

The children started off with a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the large tanks, home to the sharks and rays. One eagle ray even popped up to say hello to us!

We were able to find out more information about how the tanks work and how the water is filtered to remain fresh and clean for the animals. We even got to see some new born baby seahorses and clown fish (the baby 'Nemo's were very cute).

Next, we took a trip on the glass bottomed boat. Sailing above leopard sharks, sand tiger sharks and black tip reef sharks was an amazing experience - there were lots of 'ooohs' and 'aaaahs' from the children and even a few small screams (from the teachers!).

After that, the staff at Ocean World gave us a guided tour of the aquarium. We were able to further our understanding of life under the sea by observing the huge variety of aquatic life and asking the guides questions.

A trip through the shark tunnel led us to “Tales of the Sea”, an underwater free diving show. The children were amazed at how long the free divers could hold their breath for, whilst being surrounded by sharks.

After a picnic lunch in front of the fish it was time to head back to school to open up our activity booklet from Ocean World and to share our fun facts with everyone.

Year 2 would like to say a big thank you to all of the staff at Ocean World for teaching us all about life under the sea and also to the parents who came and helped out - we had a 'whale' of a time!

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Reception Football

Also last week there was a fabulous opportunity for Reception to show off their fancy footwork as Mr Stuart arrived in school with his soccer coaches to run a very ambitious event.

With help from the coaches and their teachers, all of the children took part in a circuit of exciting activities. All credit to the children. Their brilliant listening skills certainly showed.

Thank you to Mr Stuart and his staff and to the huge turn out of parents who came along to cheer everybody on.

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Y1 Expo

Something new in the Primary School this year is the idea of holding an “expo”, or large exhibition of the children’s work. Year 1 held their Expo last week and a fantastic turn out of parents came to see everything they have been working on during their habitat topic. There was an impressive use of IT, with Blue Bots and iPad activities on display. The children were very excited to show people around their exhibition so a huge thanks to those who were able to come along.

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A date for your diary - Elizabeth Jarman Seminar for Parents - Wednesday 25 April

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Families who have been with us for a couple of years might remember visits from a consultant from the UK, Elizabeth Jarman. Elizabeth, creator of the Communication Friendly Spaces Approach, is a great friend of St Andrews International School Bangkok and has worked with us in the past developing our school environment to best support communication and language development. Elizabeth will be visiting St Andrews in the first week of Term 3 and likes to offer a seminar for parents when she is visiting. This time, she will be talking about “Language and Communication Spaces”. Her talks are especially popular with the parents of our youngest children, but everyone is welcome. We would be grateful if you could take five minutes to complete this questionnaire to help us cater for the event.

The meeting will be held in the Exam Room - Top floor of the R Building (Primary School) at 08.00 am.

Find out more about Elizabeth’s work here.

Songkran Celebration - 5 April

Term 3 comes to a close with our Songkran Celebration, which is the celebration of the Thai New Year. Every year we celebrate Songkran in school by giving alms to the monks who visit our school to offer their blessings, taking part in a cultural assembly and playing traditional games, including the very popular water play.

Families new to Thailand will see that flowery Songkran shirts are starting to appear in the shops and markets. These shirts, or similar bright colours are the “school uniform” for Thursday 5 April - our Songkran celebration and last day of term, so please make sure your child has something suitable to wear.

Please remember:

  • Small food parcels for three monks maximum - optional

  • Songkran shirt or dress

  • A change of clothes (including underwear) for after the water play

  • A small towel

  • Swimsuit - optional

  • Water shoes if you have any, or shoes you don’t mind getting wet

  • NO WATER GUNS - we will provide water pots for the children to use

Sunsafe Reminder

As we move into the hot season, we have noticed that not all of the children are wearing hats.

Please make sure that you apply sunscreen as appropriate before the children leave for school and that they have hats and water bottles with them.

Parent Consultations

Parent consultations will be held on 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 time slots 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.

Year 1

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 your 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

  • Parent Teacher Consultations - Tuesday 3 April

  • Songkran Assembly and celebration - Thursday 5 April

  • Last day of term - Thursday 5 April

  • Elizabeth Jarman Seminar for EYFS and KS1 parents