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Head’s Lines: Responding to the needs of our community

30 April 2018

There is a new shuttle bus service between Primary School and MaxValu...Extracurricular activities for Term 3 begin this week, as well as the High School production of Grease...We’re getting ready for a visit from inspectors recertifying our international school accreditation.

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Parking at the Primary School Campus

At the beginning and end of each school day our school car parks get very busy.  We have continued to look for ways to alleviate the stress this causes parents when they are trying to find parking for their cars so that they can pick up or bring their children to school. This is one of the biggest challenges we face at the Primary School campus.

To combat this, our school introduced its free shuttle bus service so that parents do not need to park at the Primary School. This service enables parents to use the BTS Skytrain to Ekamai from where a shuttle bus will bring them directly to the Primary School. I really appreciate the extra effort some of our families make to use this service. We are continually looking to further develop our free shuttle bus network and from the start of this term we introduced a shuttle bus from MaxValu on soi 71 to the Primary School. MaxValu has some great facilities and an especially large car park for very easy parking first thing in the morning and at 2.30 p.m. when our school day finishes and last week a number number of families started using this service  Please consider this as an option if you want to park easily near school. These are the  approximate departure times of this new bus service, but please take into account that these times will be subject to Bangkok’s mercurial traffic patterns.

Our school has a busy community around it. Our entrance on Soi 20 was developed so that our shuttle buses had a place to pick up and drop off.  The neighbours in this area have been very patient over the last couple of years but recently some of our school families have been very inconsiderate to those people living in these streets around soi 20.  Please do not park your car over people’s driveways blocking them. It would be far better to park your car at Max Value and use the shuttle bus service. Last term the local police came to the school to discuss the problem of the parking and the congestion in these side streets and the issues it is causing for the residents.  They will be wheel clamping and fining individuals who are found to be parking in these side streets.

If your family is fortunate enough to have a driver, please have them park off-site during the day and just come to the school to pick up and not be waiting around in the school parking all day.  The school shall be contacting owners of cars or minibuses found to be at school for long periods and hence forming a considerable blockage in the limited parking we have at the Primary School.

We shall continue to look for other parking opportunities and are working with the the management group who have the buildings in front of our school so that hopefully in the future we can provide a better walkway from Sukhumvit 71 to the school and more parking along Soi 20/1.

The school has been looking at trying to find other pieces of ground especially around Soi 20 that we could rent for more parking similar to what has already been provided off Soi 20.  If you know of any vacant areas around the school that would be interested in renting to the school as additional parking please inform the School Office so that we may start discussions with the owners.

 

This coming week

The extracurricular programme for Term 3 starts this week.  This programme provides some great opportunities for students across both Primary and High School. Judging from the number sign-ups, there will be lots of students electing to stay after school each day to participate in the arts, sports, hobbies and academic pursuits.

The High School production of “Grease” will be taking place this Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets have been going very quickly, so if you are interested in seeing what will be a fantastic show by our talented High School performers, you had better be quick to grab the few remaining tickets.  I am really looking forward to seeing how our students have reimagined this classic musical.

International Accreditation

On Monday 7 May there will be a team of four international education accreditation inspectors from the Education Development Trust in the UK. They will be led by Mike Hewlett who has visited our school on numerous occasions as we have grown and developed with their guidance and help. The school has gone through a rigorous self-review process working closely with Education Development Trust Consultant Sally Lane. This review has focused on all the major areas of the school’s operations, the results of which we presented to this visiting team four weeks ago. Their four-day visit evaluated our school’s actual practice, especially the standards of teaching and learning, to ensure that it truly reflects what we have stated in our report.

Alongside the Education Development Trust Inspection team there will be a team of Thai education consultants from the Ministry of Education’s ONESQA who have also received a self-review report that particularly focuses on the key areas of our Thai programme across the school. These two teams will work together as a joint accreditation team to ensure that our school meets all the Ministry of Education standards as well as those set by our international accreditation agency.

This will be a valuable experience for the school to have undergone and should pinpoint specific areas for next year’s development plan where we can further improve what we offer to our school community.

For parents with enquiries about Primary School, please contact officeps@standrews.ac.th">officeps@standrews.ac.th or Tel: +66 2 381-2387-8

For parents with enquiries about High School, please contact officehs@standrews.ac.th">officehs@standrews.ac.th or Tel: +66 2 056-9555