What a fantastic Project Week at St Andrews International School Bangkok, with Year 6-9 students working together on a huge range of different animal welfare, education, fair trade, homelessness and sustainability projects, many of them created and led by students.
Below are write-ups from Ms Sarah, who participated along with Year 6, and from the STA Times, one of the projects that spent the week reporting on other projects.
“Last week’s Project Week at High School was a resounding success with all Year 6 pupils taking on an active role within their group. Each project was different, aiming at tackling ‘real world problems’ from making a fashion statement using clothes made from trash to exploring the sustainable effects of solar panels. Whilst some children developed mosquito traps in an attempt to reduce the harmful effects of malaria and dengue, others explored fair trade and sustainable products to design, create and market their own beauty products.
The students worked within groups comprising of pupils from Years 6, 7, 8 and 9. Some of the projects enabled students to learn and use new technical skills, using specific pieces of equipment to measure light and sound, or exploring new tools and machinery in the DT workshops, or using different computer programs to produce technical drawings, create videos or code. While other projects challenged the students to gain new knowledge or push themselves to meet new expectations.
In addition to learning new skills, all the projects aimed to promote and develop the pupils’ 21st century skills - reasoning, generating ideas, discussion, prioritising, delegation, perseverance and determination. Our students enjoyed working with different pupils, getting to know some of the High School teachers and familiarising themselves with what will soon be their new campus.
At the end of the week there was a showcase for students and parents, to show off what they had learnt and produced, providing an interesting opportunity to present their ideas to a real audience. It was great to hear their new found knowledge and to talk enthusiastically on a range of topics.”
Ms Sarah (6S Class Teacher & Primary STEAM Coordinator