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High School: Robotics regional champs compete in US

From the robotics team to Year 6 Transition Day to MIT STEAM Launch to everyone involved with Grease … a week full of amazing opportunities for students to “be inspired” and “to be the best they can be”.

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As promised in last week’s Newsletter, last week was a very busy one in the High School...

On Tuesday morning we welcomed our VEX Robotics World Championship team (Aryan, Kaif, Mahima, Paul, Poom and Vidip, also known as “Shadow Corruption”) back from Louisville, USA, where they performed very creditably in their, and our, first year of competing in VEX Robotics, having previously won the award of Tournament Champions in Bangkok.

After a complete rebuild of their robot, followed by several weeks of tweaking and fine-tuning their design they were finally ready for the 24 hour journey to the USA. Within a day of arriving, the team worked with their randomly chosen alliance partners to score as many points as possible in a series of highly competitive games. Mr Matt and Mr Hiren were impressed by their commitment and dedication between matches, continually improving their robot and ensuring they were in a position to score as many points as possible. Unfortunately the team did not qualify for the final rounds of the competition this time, but are looking forward to participating in next year's competition - 'Turning Point' - which has added levels of complexity. If you would like to join the Robotics ECA for the 2018-19 academic year, please see Mr Hiren or Mr Matt for more information.

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We also welcomed our Year 6 and about 40 Year 6 students from other schools around Bangkok to the High School for their Transition Day. The students completed a Treasure Hunt around the High School, went to a number of mini-lessons to experience life in the High School and saw a technical rehearsal of this year’s High School Production: Grease. After school, Ms Chrissy (next year’s Head of Year 7), Mr Andrew and I met with many of these students’ parents to begin to outline some of the differences between life in the Primary School and life in the High School.

mission statement

As I said at the beginning of my talk, I always start events like this by discussing our Mission Statement highlighting the three different aspects shown above.

Transition Day was also a great day to remind the rest of the High School of one of our What Makes a Great St Andrews Community? qualities: "We are a family, welcoming new members and supporting each other." This was followed on Wednesday morning by the launch of the first of our What Makes a Great St Andrews Community? monthly themes - a pilot for the next two months which we will then build on each month next year.

this month's theme

For May, the theme, which will be discussed in PSHE, Registrations and in lots of different lessons, so that we can all share examples of how this makes us a Great St Andrews Community, is “We respect diversity and celebrate both our similarities and our differences.”

mit steam launch

Also on Wednesday, Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 enjoyed the MIT STEAM Launch, working in small groups to Hack a cardboard roll. The students have been challenged to continue to work on their hacks until next Wednesday, when they will submit videos of their hack in action. I will include a fuller write-up of the MIT STEAM Launch in next week’s Newsletter.


On Wednesday and Thursday evenings packed Theatres enjoyed this year’s High School Production of Grease. with both the cast and crew and the audience leaving the Theatre with songs in their heads and smiles on their faces. It was great to see such a young cast perform to such a high level, and I am already looking forward to seeing next year’s High School Production.


And, finally, on Friday we had two Week Without Assemblies and a group of 40 Year 7 students visiting the Primary School to read their children’s books to Year 2 students, as the grand finale of their Childrens’ Books project. Everyone involved had a great time, sharing work and ideas, with the Year 7 students demonstrating excellent maturity as they guided the younger students through their books and supported them with their reading.

week without

The Week Without is an annual event when we challenge students and teachers to give up a luxury for the week to raise both funds for Year 12's Service Week CAS Projects and awareness of the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. Students will have brought home sponsorship forms on Friday with copies also emailed to parents just in case… We will include more details of the different Year 12 Service Week CAS Projects in a future Newsletter.

With the VEX Robotics World Championships, the Year 6 Transition Day, the What Makes a Great St Andrews Community? Monthly theme, the MIT STEAM Launch, Grease, the Childrens’ Books project and the Week Without, last week really was a week that highlights the number of opportunities that students have to both “be inspired” and “to be the best they can be” in so many different ways. And as you can see from the excerpt of the Calendar below there are many more of these taking place between now and half-term.

As well as all of that, this week we have a group of visitors from the Education Development Trust, the Thai Ministry of Education ONESQA and Nord Anglia Education who will be inspecting the school for our International School Quality Mark/British Schools Overseas Inspection.

As I wrote last week, we were very pleased to be judged to be Outstanding both overall and for every Standard individually when a similar Inspection Team visited three years ago, and we are really looking forward to showing our visitors that we are an even better school three years later. We want to “Be the best we can be” as a school too...

Mr Roo

Coffee Morning

Join us for a coffee morning on Friday 18 May at the Jo Adamson Theatre for a discussion of the definition of success presented by Natalie Glebova and Dr Patama Mokaves Dumas.

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High School Calendar: Term 3

Monday 7th - Friday 11th May

EDT Accreditation Inspection

Tuesday 8th May

Under 13/Under 15 Badminton Tournament: Bestminton

Thursday 10th - Saturday 12th May

Phuket 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament (U13 and U15)

Friday 11th May

IGCSE Drama Workshops

Sunday 13th - Monday 14th May

Year 10 Geography Fieldtrip: Khao Yai

Monday 14th - Friday 18th May

Week Without

Monday 14th - Friday 18th May

Thai Short Story Writing Contest Week

Tuesday 15th / Wednesday 16th May

Year 8 Art Trips: Sculpture Centre

Friday 18th May

Year 13 IB Exams end

Monday 21st - Friday 25th May

Year 6/Key Stage 3 Project Week / Year 10 and 12 Exams Week

Saturday 26th May

Graduation of the Class of 2018

Monday 28th - Wednesday 30th May



The full School Calendar is available on the school’s website.