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Head’s Lines: Striking for Mother Earth

We support our students’ drive to raise awareness and spur action to combat climate change...The PTG meeting last week helped steer efforts to improve and develop the school...ECAs and Sports had a successful launch last week.

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Our world continues to face huge problems with climate change. Ecosystems are disrupted by the way we use and dispose of plastics and other harmful products back into the environment.  Many individuals and organisations around the world are desperately campaigning to make everyone, especially governments, re-think and plan far more sustainably to counter these ever-growing problems. In fact, young people are at the forefront of this movement, and they have been coming together through social media to voice their concerns and promote change. On Friday 20th September children across the world are organising a ‘climate strike’ to bring attention to these concerns and apply pressure on their respective countries' governments to do more to combat and possibly reverse the direction toward which our world is headed. In Bangkok, many parents have authorised their children to attend and participate in such an event this Friday outside of school.

However, on Friday at school we shall also be marking this day with a range of activities, led by our student body to raise awareness and look at positive ways we can improve as a community to be environmentally aware and more sustainable in our daily routines and consumption habits.  

In the Primary School, there will be discussions focused on the theme “What We Can Do”. There will be videos and debates across the school encouraging our young minds to really consider how they can make a difference by inspiring families and our whole community to operate in a more environmentally-conscious and sustainable way.  Each small step we take is closer towards the goal of making life on our planet sustainable and healthy for all living creatures and plants.

On a separate note, thank you to everyone who attended the PTG meeting last week.  There were lots of very interesting discussions stemming from the agenda items presented by the PTG.  From these discussions and following the publishing of the minutes from the meeting, rest assured that we shall put together plans to tackle the key issues raised so that we can improve how the school operates for the whole school community.

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The Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) programmes started alongside our sports and swimming teams last week. Both campuses were buzzing as students began their activities from 2.30pm onwards. A great deal of thought, planning and effort goes into providing an ever wider range of activities that can allow for as much involvement as possible. This year we expanded the programme by 10% offering a total 411 activities across school.  

This year overall participation in ECAs on offer reached an amazing 90% of our student population being involved in at least one activity a week. We are especially proud of the fact that each student undertakes on average 3 activities each week.  

The most popular programme we run is the Learn to Swim programme at the Primary School.  For health and safety reasons, this programme has a ratio three students to one swim teacher, so that each child is afforded ample attention and instruction to develop their swimming abilities. I am sorry for those children who did not get this opportunity this term. I will discuss with our swim teachers about how we can further expand this programme to safely and effectively accommodate the high demand for this ECA in the future.

Our Dance and Gymnastics programmes have also had an amazing turnout of students vying for a limited number of spots. We really aimed to enlarge these programmes this year allowing for over 130 places in the after school dance programme and 180 in the after school gymnastics programme. As with our swimming programme, this required employing more specialist teachers to work with the increased number of students wishing to represent the school at the different events and competitions. These additional costs have been spread across the whole group of participants. 

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Last week after only four weeks I was lucky enough to watch the Year 11 IGCSE Drama students perform their devised mock exam pieces. Also in attendance was a very supportive group of teachers, parents and other High School students. A real atmosphere of excitement filled the auditorium, and the audience was rewarded with four excellent pieces on relevant and thought-provoking topics.  It was obvious that our Drama students developed and imbued their individual characters with a realism that fit the stories and messages being conveyed.

Congratulations to all the Year 11 students and their teachers who worked exceptionally well to produce this very high standard of work. I really look forward to seeing further theatre work from our Year 11 Drama and IB Theatre Arts students throughout the year. 

School Calendar 2019/2020

The updated school calendar for the 2019-2020 is available here.

For parents with enquiries about Primary School, please contact officeps@standrews.ac.th or Tel: +66 2 381-2387-8

For parents with enquiries about High School, please contact officehs@standrews.ac.th or Tel: +66 2 056-9555.