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Primary School Sport: Embracing the challenges of a new year

More Sport and opportunities for our children than ever before. Sign up for the ‘Come and Try Week’ and be part of STA Sport.

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Welcome back! I hope you have all had a fantastic break and are looking forward to what will be another action-packed and exciting year of PE and Sport at St Andrews International School Bangkok. Last year was an incredible year both in the growth of the Sport Programme and the success of our STA teams. 

For those parents and children that are new to the school, my name Mr Damon and I am Head of Primary PE and Sport. This is my sixth year at STA I look forward to welcoming both new and returning children to our growing Sport Programme.

Each year we look at ways to further develop our Sport Programme and to give more opportunities to our STA community. Please read below for details about our STA Sports teams and STA ECA sign ups. 

Key Dates

  • Thursday 15th - Wednesday 21st August - 'Come and Try Week' Sign up via Moodle

  • Monday 26th - Friday 30th August - 'Come and Try Week'

  • Saturday 31st August - Tuesday 3rd September - Whole School, Sport & Swimming ECA sign up via Moodle

  • Monday 9th September - Whole School, Sport & Swimming ECA's begin

Come and Try week

Our aim is to ensure we have suitable provision in a Sport Programme that meets the needs of every individual child. To help us do so, we would like to offer a 'Come and Try week' where children come to a sports session to see whether they would like to continue this sport throughout the term.

We will begin the year with a 'Come and Try week' from Monday 26th - Friday 30th August. This includes all of our Flames Sports. It is important that if your child wishes to play sport they join us during the 'Come and Try week'. This will allow us to make plans that best suits their needs in the upcoming year.

For swimming, the swim team will look at the new children within their swim lessons during the 'Come and Try week'. If you would like to express an interest in your child/children's swimming then please fill out this link. Returning swimmers will be automatically assigned to their respective squads from Term 3 of 18/19.

Come and Try week Sign Up

The sign up is open from now until 5pm on Wednesday 21st August. 

**Please note that some of the 'Come and Try week' sessions may be on different days to their normal training day after school. Please check this carefully on Moodle. 

Whole School ECA, Sport & Swim Sign ups

Following 'Come and Try week' you will need to sign up your child via Moodle to join our full program as part of the whole school ECA sign up. 

The ECA sign up will take place from 10am on Saturday 31st August - 5pm on Tuesday 3rd September. Full information on our whole school ECA program will follow later next week.

Sessions will begin on Monday 9th September.

Outside of School Sport 

Well done to Jory and Karlo for their football achievements over the break. It’s great to hear about any STA children’s sporting success, so please send in any stories or photographs.

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Keep in touch

Please stay up-to-date by joining our STA Flames & Marlins Facebook group for parents and students who are part of our Sport Programme.

As it’s a closed group not open to the general public, please complete the questions so that we know if you’re part of our STA community.

Parents may post to this group and it’s been great to see some of your photos of our kids in action!

Sporting Conferences

We appreciate that you are often hearing different acronyms - TISAC, BISAC, FOBISIA - that we are involved in but may not know much about them. We hope that the following overview will, therefore, be useful.

We are currently members of four conferences or organisations:

TISAC: Thailand International Schools Activities Conference

We have been members for many years. This has 16 schools involved which vary in size from small to very large. Currently, we mostly enter Blaze teams in TISAC. There are leagues and tournaments in several sports from U9-U19 and next year, TISAC will also start its own multi-sport Games for Primary children.

BISAC: Bangkok International Schools Athletic Conference

This is our first year in BISAC. The 12-school membership includes the largest international schools in Bangkok in leagues and tournaments across many sports, from U9-U19, split into four seasons through the year. BISAC schools also run invitational tournaments.

FOBISIA: Federation of British International Schools in Asia

This has three major multi-sport Games per year (Primary, U13 and U15) that take place in Phuket against other schools across Asia. There are also single-sport events in Tennis, Golf, Swimming and more, which take place across Asia and provide some amazing travel opportunities.

NAE: Nord Anglia Education

We are part of the South East Asia division and meet for a U11 multi-sport Games once a year. Our schools take it in turn to host the NAE Games.

In addition, we are part of the wider circuit regionally which means we are invited to a whole range of other events across Thailand. 

Currently, we are able to offer STA students opportunities through these conferences in Football, Basketball, Swimming, Tennis, Badminton, Golf, Teeball, Track and Field, Triathlon, Cross Country.

If you have any questions about these conferences, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Damon at damon.se@standrews.ac.th.

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