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primary school sports awards 2018

Primary School Sport: Get involved

There is an incredible number of opportunities to participate in sport at the Primary School. Mr. Damon shares information on ECA sport, squads as well as some exciting developments for tennis for both students and parents.

Welcome back. A very warm welcome from the Primary PE and Swim Team.

Last year was a massive success with so much more on offer than in previous years. We saw the introduction of Dance and Gymnastics to our PE Curriculum and also developed other non-mainstream sports with our very first triathlon for Reception and Aquathon for Years 1&2.

This year our programme will continue to grow and it is set to be another action-packed year ahead with so many great opportunities for our children within our sport ECA and squad programmes. Our aim is for as many children as possible to come and enjoy playing sport with their friends and use these clubs to be active and love playing sport in a fun environment.

STA Sports ECA & Squads Programme

ECA Programme

Our ECA sports programme is a “sports for all” programme with many different sports on offer from dance and gymnastics to tennis, basketball, golf, football and badminton. We also have football, basketball and gymnastics on Saturday mornings with our STA coaches. We also hope to add dance lessons to the Saturday programme. Our aim is to encourage all children to be active and be part of our sports ECA programme and love playing sport at STA.

Swim timetable

swim squad timetable

Sports ECA timetable

The Sports ECA timetable can be found here. There are still some pending times and locations so please be sure to check this sheet again.

Squads

On Friday I sent an email to all parents with information about the trials and also a survey for you to fill in with your selection of trials for your child/children to attend. We are very proud of our squad system at STA and hope to have a great attendance for all the trials. Not everyone can make it into our squads but we try to accommodate as many children as possible.

Our squads are a big commitment with training all year round. We compete in several international tournaments, BISAC & TISAC Conferences and many invitationals across Bangkok and Asia. Later on in the year we also have our Primary FOBISIA Games. Forty athletes will be selected to compete. The children will be selected at the end of Term 1 with training starting during the first week back in Term 2. We will highlighting Year 5 & 6 children during lessons and squad training who will feel may make the FOBISIA team and we will also have a trial at the end of Term 1.

Due to the demand and a lack of space for the number of children we have in our squads a number of our squads train off site. Squad football is at Soccer Pro (On Nut 17), U11 Tennis squad is at Spin and Slice and teeball (NAE Squad) on Friday is at Arsenal (Pridi Soi 21). The children will be transported to the training facilities and then either picked up from the site or taken back to school to use the school bus service or be collected by parents/guardians. More details will be given if your child/children are selected.

Changes to Squads

We have some great new developments this year with another gymnastics squad being added to the squad programme and also 2 new dance squads. Our tennis programme is also expanding.

Squads Schedule

Monday

  • U9/U11 Boys Football Squad

  • U11 Girls Basketball Squad

  • Years 2 & 3 Cheerleading Squad

Tuesday

  • U9/U11 Girls Football Squad

  • Years 1&2 Gymnastics Squad

Wednesday

  • NAE Games Teeball

  • Years 4, 5 & 6 Dance Squad

  • Year 1&2 Boys Football Squad

Thursday

  • U11 Boys Basketball Squad

  • Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 Gymnastics Squad

  • U9 Girls & Boys Basketball Squad (lunchtime)

Friday

  • U11 Boys Basketball Blaze Squad (lunchtime)

  • U11 Girls Basketball Blaze Squad (lunchtime)

  • NAE Games Teeball

Tennis

We are pleased to welcome Coach Pair to our St Andrews community this year. Pair comes to us with a wealth of experience in both coaching and playing tennis; having represented the Thailand Tennis Team as a Junior and Lead High Performance Tennis Programmes in Shanghai, China. She will be a valuable addition to our team. Pair will take on the role of Head Tennis Coach to offer new and exciting developments to our entire community.

With a dedicated member of coaching staff for ennis, the organisational structure of our programme will change allowing all children to enjoy tennis at a level appropriate to them.

Weekly Breakdown

  • 8 squads for all ages and abilities

  • 12 seperate coaching sessions

  • 196 available spaces

Assessment week

  • All children from Year 1 on will be able to show us their tennis skills from Monday 27 - Friday 31 August 2018.

  • It is important to understand that all children will be put into a squad, the assessment week will allow us to assess the level most beneficial to them.

For a breakdown of assessment times and locations please see the timetable below.

timetable

How to Register:

Squad Sign Up Process

  • All parents will receive an email communication by Friday 31 August.

  • This will inform them of their child’s squad and give individualised detailed information.

  • Sign ups will be open from 9:00 a.m. on Saturday 1 September to 9.00 p.m. on Tuesday 4 September.

  • All tennis sessions will be priced at ฿300 per session and charged on a termly basis.

  • Spaces in some squads will be limited therefore the sign up process will be a first come first served basis.

Parent Tennis

We are pleased to be able to extend tennis to our parent ECA programme. Sessions will be free of charge and you can sign up using your parent Moodle account. Term 1 sessions will be organised as follows:

Tennis Xpress

Where: STA High School Blue Area

When: Wednesday 8.00 - 9.00 a.m.

Who: Beginner Level (Max 5 players)

What: Tennis Xpress is an easy, active and fun tennis programme for adults. The main focus is to introduce beginner adult players to tennis using the slower balls on a full size tennis court. The programme helps beginners to serve, rally and score (play the game) from the first session. All adults will know the basic techniques, tactics, rules of tennis and will be able to play points on a full court.

 

TGIF Tennis League

Where: STA High School Blue Area

When: Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 9.00 a.m.

Who: Beginner/Intermediate Level (Max 6 players)

What: Early morning tennis match play for adults from beginner up to intermediate level. The league will provide a fun and friendly format organized by the coaches.

  • Introduction to match play. Players will learn the correct court positions, scoring of games, rules of the game and some tactics for Singles and Doubles.

  • Singles/doubles/mixed doubles format.

  • Coaches provide tennis tips during the match plays.

  • Tennis balls are provided and courts organized by the coach.

Nord Anglia Games (NAE Games)

The NAE Games is a 2-day sports tournament, held in late November, involving NAE Schools across South East Asia. The Games have been running for the last 2 years, with STA hosting the Games last year. It is a great tournament involving 1 day of teeball and 1 day of basketball. Twenty four children are selected (12 girls and 12 boys from Years 5 & 6). This year we will fly to Cambodia and look forward to getting the team ready to produce our usual high standards of performance. If your child is selected for the Games then the training will be the following during Term 1 only:

Teeball

  • Wednesday (STA sports field) and Friday (Arsenal training facility) - 2.45 - 4.15pm

Basketball

  • Monday - Girls 2.45 - 4.15 p.m.

  • Thursday - Boys 2.45 - 4.15 p.m.

The 24 children will be selected from how well they do at either the basketball or teeball trials. Children must all play teeball but not everyone has to play basketball. In previous years we have had teeball specialists who just want to come to play teeball.

Trial Dates

All trials are from 2.45 till 4.15 p.m. unless otherwise stated. For your information, the U11 category encompasses students from Years 5 & 6 and te U9 category includes children from Years 3 & 4.

Football - Field

  • 27 August – U11 Boys

  • 28 August – U9 Boys

  • 29 August – U11 Girls

  • 30 August – U9 Girls

  • 6 September – Y1/2 boys

Basketball - Sports Hall

  • 23 August – U11 Girls/Boys

  • 31 August – U9 Girls/Boys

Gymnastics - Gymnastics Centre

  • 23 August - Y3, 4, 5 & 6

  • 28 August - Y1 & 2

Tennis -(2.45 - 3.45)

  • 27 August - Year 1 - Red Room

  • 29 August - Year 3 - Blue area

  • 30 August - U11 (Years 4, 5 & 6) Girls and Boys (2.45 leave school by bus, 4.30 pick up from Spin and Slice).

  • 31 August - Year 2 - Red Room

NAE Games - Field

  • 24 August – U11 Girls and Boys

Dance - Dance Studio

  • 24 August - Year 2/3 - Cheerleading

  • 27 August - Years 4/5/6 Dance Squad

Swimming - Main pool

  • 22, 23, 24 August - Swim time trials

Dates for your diary:

We have some major sports competitions coming up in the first term of the new academic year. Please keep the following in your diary.

  • 23 September - Patana Fun Run

  • 29 September - U11/U9 Football @ Shrewsbury

  • 30 September - Tiger Prawn Swim Meet

  • 30 September - BISAC Cross Country

  • 13 October - Patana Friendly Swim Meet

  • 3 November - Marlins Swim Champs

  • 3 November - BISAC U11 Basketball

  • 9 November - Athletics @ Shrewsbury

  • 10/11 November - ISB Swimfest

  • 17 November - STA Swim Champs

  • 18 November - U11/U9 Harrow Cup

  • 22-25 November - BISP Soccer 7s U9 BOys, U11 Boys and Girls

  • 29 November - 2 December - NAE Games

  • I December - Gymnastics Bambi Games

  • 8 December - Gymnastics Junior ISB

Teacher Achievement

Some of you may remember from my last newsletter article that our very own Khun Nok competed at the 1st Asian Masters Swimming Championships in Nagoya, Japan. Khun Nok swam in 4 events and achieving some amazing times and places. In the Mixed Medley Relay she came 2nd place. This is just the start of her journey and now she will continue to train to compete in the next Asian Masters. What an incredible achievement. Khun Nok was cheered on by one of our own STA families - Ichiha and her Mum came to watch her swim in their home city.

sport sport

Here is a small selection of fun videos from last year for you to enjoy and remember what a fantastic year of sport we had:

If you any questions about Primary sport you can either email Mr Damon (damon.se@standrews.ac.th) our Head of Primary PE or book an appointment to speak to him about the opportunities your child’s/children’s will have at STA.