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Key Stage 2: EcoBeasts in action

EcoBeasts Community Action Day took place today at St Andrews International School Bangkok...Two primary students represented the school at the first ever Faldo Series Asia...100 new air purifiers were installed in every classroom across the Primary campus...Reminders about our new traffic and parking procedures, Kids-Up relaunch, and Well-Child policy.

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Ecobeasts

Today we hosted the EcoBeasts Community Action Day. This is an amazing promotion of sustainable activities which was attended by a range of KS2 students. In next week’s newsletter, there will be a full article from our roving reporter- Pim from 6M- who has spent the day interviewing the organisers and the people running the workshops.

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Faldo Golf

Last week, two of our primary pupils represented the school at the first ever Faldo Series Asia, which is linked with the International Schools Tour. This involves three 36 hole events within Thailand this year and is a great pathway for the players golf tournament in Phuket. These 3 Faldo Series Events will form their own individual OoM (order of merit) for scratch and Nett prizes as well as offer International School team prizes.

They played the Laguna course- a challenging course near the coast with a wide range of hazards and tight fairways- which is known for windy conditions and small greens that are often quite elevated.

Both players did a great job - Pun Pun (6M) scored 92 and 95 (red tees) and Fahsai (6C) 90 and 100 (fairway tees). 

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I loved the Faldo series because the Laguna course they chose had small secrets on the course which is quite entertaining to play there.The Faldo tee times are also good times; early in the morning, which means you have a long practice time afterwards. Pun Pun

A huge thank you to their parents for supporting us in this event, as well as the players for being great ambassadors for the school. We wish them the best for the Harrow tournament this weekend at Bangkok golf club, as well as the other players that will be representing the school. More information about future events as well as the STA community golf day will be available soon. If you are interested in getting involved at golf at STA, please contact Mr Matt (Year 6) matt.mc@standrews.ac.th for primary players or Mr Andrew (High School) andrew.wh@standrews.ac.th

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New Traffic Flow System and Parking Arrangements

Today saw the new traffic flow system implemented in the car park. There was a noticeable improvement in the traffic flow today. We are encouraging families with children only in Y3-6 to use the drop off zone in front of the car park gates rather than having to come into school.

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Parking

Cars driven by a driver will no longer be allowed to park in the car park unless they are the sole person responsible for collecting students. They should use either Suk 71 or Max Valu. We have also observed that some people are parking all day- either leaving their car in school while they go about their business or having their drivers wait all day with the vehicle. 

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For all drop off zones, we ask families to stick to the 15-second drop off time rule that will be applied in these areas, to help keep traffic flowing.

  • Drop off zone one: the area inside the car park from the front of the canteen round to the main gate

  • Drop off zone two: The space between Gates 1 & 2. This means cars don't need to come onto the car park.

  • Drop off zone three (coming soon): steps leading up to the new footpath leading from Sukhumvit 71 (7-11) to Gate 1 provide a safe place for children to make their way to the school. Security guards will be positioned at either end of the walkway.

  • Drop off zone four (coming soon): children can be dropped off in front of the 7-11 where an STA security guard will be positioned. This removes the need to go into Park Avenue completely.

*Drop off zones one and two are open for use now. We will update you when zones 3 & 4 are ready to use.

Pridi 20 and adjacent sub-Sois

Complaints from local residents have prompted the BMA and the local police to take action. We have been told that if St Andrews parent or the drivers of St Andrews continue to park in Pridi 20 and its sub-Sois, we will lose access to the school through the gates on Pridi 20, which would be a real loss to the whole community. Therefore, we ask that you and your drivers do not park in Pridi 20 and its sub-Sois. We all need to work together to keep the Pridi 20 gates open. We will be actively patrolling the area to help remind people not to park there and have already contacted some families for their support with this.

Air quality

Last week we had 100 new air purifiers installed in every classroom across the Primary Campus. This includes the language, music, learning support and EAL rooms. Where classrooms are smaller, devices have been placed in the shared areas to service all rooms in the space.

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You can check the STA air quality policy here- click here. Parents can also view the air quality at the Primary Campus by clicking here.

*Please note that this only broadcasts hourly, so it is not displaying live data.

New Parking Sticker

We would like our whole St Andrews International School community to register for the new family parking sticker. Everyone who uses the car park, whether for parking or pick up/drop off, needs to get a new parking sticker from the school office. To get one, you first need to add your car registration details on Moodle (up to 3 cars) by clicking on this link:

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If you have a driver, you will also need to add their name and telephone number. When you come to collect your sticker, the office will confirm that you have entered your details correctly before handing over the sticker.

*The old parent parking stickers (blue) will no longer be valid after Friday 27th September. Everyone who uses the car park must have a valid sticker.

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Please note that all day parking is not permitted in the school car park. Parking is limited and we ask you to be respectful of all users.

Coming soon...Kids Up relaunch

Kids Up is an app, designed by some of our parents, which makes picking up your child a quick and easy process. We will be re-launching this in the coming weeks and will be hosting an information session for parents. More details will follow soon, but in the meantime, you can find out more about the app here: https://www.kidsup.app/

Well Child Policy

Families who have been with us for some time will know that St Andrews International School Bangkok has a Well Child Policy that we share with parents so that we can work together to keep our community as healthy as we can.

For the benefit of new families, here is the essence of our policy...

In order to prevent illness spreading we ask that you keep your child at home until they are well again.

To avoid any confusion here is the definition of a well child:

  • A well child is not reliant on Calpol, Tempra or other cold/flu medicine to get them through the day

  • A well child is well enough to join in school activities

  • A well child has a normal appetite

  • A well child is happy and sociable

  • A well child does not require greater staff ratio

  • A well child has normal bowel function

Please inform the school or email the teacher directly if your child is sick. If we are aware of the illnesses the children have, we can work out strategies for preventing them spreading, so please inform us of what is wrong each time. 

Teachers teach the children how to use and dispose of tissues, and how to cough without spreading germs. They also teach them how to wash their hands thoroughly and encourage this regularly across the day. These are all the things you can support with at home.

As a school, we always do an additional Deep Clean in classrooms where we have had multiple instances of illness, to help prevent the spread. The nurse also checks the temperature of all of the children in these classes. Parents of any children found to have a fever will be contacted immediately so that they can be cared for at home.

As usual at this time of year when children come together after the long break, there are a number of coughs and colds going around school, some with, some without a fever. Thank you to those parents who are identifying symptoms in their children early in the morning and keeping them home. This is the best way of making sure we stop the spread of viruses.

 Upcoming events

  • Community Action Day + Sustainable Market - Monday 7th October

  • Sustainability and Science Week - wb 7th October

  • International Karaoke Competition - Thursday 17th October

  • International Day - Friday 18th October