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High School: Residentials 2019

It is very quiet in the High School, with 800 students and over 80 teachers out of school on this year’s Residentials, while our Year 11 and 13 students take their mock exams.

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Above are some photos from this time last year, with this year’s photos (internet depending) starting to appear on the school’s Facebook page.

Year 7 will be visiting iCAMP Thailand in Kanchanaburi where activities taking place will include kayaking, archery, orienteering, a day at Sarasi Camp, a trip to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and much more. This was a new Residential last year, and last year’s Year 7 students arrived back at school very tired and happy at the end of the week. We are sure that this year’s Year 7 students will too.

Year 8 will be visiting Pranburi, staying at the Milford Paradise Resort. The trip will be organised by Wild Planet, who have nearly 20 years’ experience in running school trips and activities taking place will include scuba diving, climbing and abseiling, a beach clean, a trek in Sam Roi Yot National Park and much more. This is a repeat of our very successful Year 8 Residential from the last two years.

Year 9 will be visiting Kanchanaburi, staying at the Pung Waan Resort. The visit will be organised by CDR Adventure, a company based in Kanchanaburi with a great deal of experience of school trips and activities taking place will include a low ropes adventure course, kayaking on the River Kwai, hiking, raft building, archery, a navigation race and a trip to Hellfire Pass. This is also a repeat of a very successful Residential from the last two years.

Year 10 will be flying to Chiang Mai, camping for three nights in Muang Khong and staying at The Royal Ping Garden and Resort for the final evening. Like the Year 8 Residential, the visit will be organized by Wild Planet, a company with a great deal of experience of school trips, with activities taking place including camping, survival skills, team building, trekking, caving, rock climbing/abseiling, geocaching and a service activity in a local village. This is our oldest Residential, and my favourite of all the Residential locations that I have visited over the years.

Year 12 will be flying to Hanoi, in Vietnam, and then staying at Mai Chau Asia Ecolodge. The visit will be organized by Buffalo Tours and activities taking place will include trekking, cooking, embroidery, weaving, cycling and rafting, as well as service work in a local school. This is a repeat of last year’s very successful Year 12 Residential.

Residential week is a very important part of the High School curriculum, with each of the programmes offering a range of opportunities for personal and social development. Mr Andrew and I have visited the Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 Residentials over the last two years and know that these are all great Residentials and we, and the Heads of Year, have continued to work with the external providers to make them even better this year.

Fun Day

It is now less than two weeks until Fun Day, taking place on Saturday 2 February at the Primary School.

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Each year, the Try-Dive sessions, run by Mermaids Dive Center, are one of the most popular attractions. If you would like a free one hour dive, please sign up on Moodle. You will need to bring a swimming costume and a towel on Fun Day.

To celebrate our 4th year of try-dives on Fun Day we would like students to design a poster to advertise the event. The prize is a FREE Open Water Course with Mermaids Dive Center, worth 16,700B. If you would like to take part please email Miss Siona at siona.ma@standrews.ac.th for more information. The closing date for entries is Monday 28 January.

Roo Stenning
Head of High School

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