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Head’s Lines: A jam-packed half term is flying by

There is so much happening across the school that the second half of this term is flying by. Read on to find out more about what is happening this week as well as Book Week and our Songkran festivities before the end of term.

 

The second half of term 2 seems to be really flying by probably because there is so much happening around school. This week we have our annual visit of a group of High School students to the NAE bush camp in Tanzania. There they will meet international students from other NAE school around the world and work together on CAS projects with the local communities around the camp. It will also give them the opportunity to perhaps see some of the fantastic African wildlife and amazing culture of Tanzania. I know all those attending this residential trip will have a wonderful experience.  

Another very busy week

This week we have a visitor from the Juilliard School, Donna Costello who is a Juilliard Dance Curriculum Specialist.  She will be working with our teachers and students across the school giving us some fantastic input into dance and how we can further develop this throughout the school.

Also this week the Foundation Stage 3 children taking on their Tri kids challenge. This has been really fun in Year 1 and Year 2 and the FS3 children will be following a similar, very active, course with swimming, bike riding and running.  

Year 4 on the other hand will have their Music Concerts this week showing off to an appreciative audience the different pieces of music songs and activities they have been learning about this year.

Like every week we have lots of sport taking place across the school.  There is 3on3 basketball with our teams going to Phuket, a FOBISIA Golf tournament in Hua Hin and tennis both in Bangkok and at a tournament in India. Finally, our swim team will be attending the BISAC swim meet at Bangkok Patana School at the end of this week.

Primary Book Week

Primary Book Week will take place during the week beginning 25 March 2019. There will be a huge amount of great activities taking place throughout the week to celebrate reading and all the great literature that is around us. A visiting author/illustrator -  Karin Littlewood -  will work with the children.  Throughout the week, Karin will be showing presentations of her work to the children, as well as running workshops with each year group. She will be focusing her activities around one of the wonderful books she both wrote and drew the illustrations for: 'Immi'. This is the first time we have welcomed both an author and an illustrator, which is very exciting. Karin really promotes the use of picture books with children of any age, so I'm sure the children will gain a lot of new ideas from spending time with her.

During one lunchtime, Karin will be running a session for parents, in which she will give ideas of how to read with children at home. Details of this session will be sent out soon.

Karin will be selling her books during lunchtime and after school. Only a limited amount of books will be sold, so it will be a first come first serve basis. Here are the details of the books Karin will be selling:

  • Immi: 350B
  • The Colour of Home: 350B
  • Star Girl: 350B

On the Friday of Book Week we have our Book Character Day when everyone comes dressed as a book character. There is always a great show of diverse interpretations of the costumes for these characters which makes our Book Character Parade on the Friday morning a really special celebration.

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Songkran

After Book Week, we look forward to Songkran where we will have our traditional Alms Offering and Water Festival Celebrations which will be on Friday 5  April, the last day of Term 2. Information has been sent by the Thai Department giving more details about this.

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Talent Showcase

The Talent Showcase, which normally takes place at Fun Day, took place last Friday 8 March during the school day. As always, I was immensely impressed by the wide range of talents of the children here at St Andrews International School Bangkok.

Leavers’ Survey

Thank you to everyone who has already completed the Leavers Survey that was sent out. Thanks to this information, work is already underway to ensure that classes for next year are balanced so that every student can be afforded the best possible learning experience. However, if you have not yet completed this survey, we would appreciate your response as soon as possible, as it is also very important for our Admissions Team to have an idea of the number of new families we can welcome into our community next academic year.

School Calendar 2019-2020

The school calendar showing our term dates and holidays throughout the year is available on the school website at this link.

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.