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Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1: Treasuring our environment

We congratulate our new Sustainability and Environment co-ordinators...ECA activities are live on Moodle and awaiting sign-ups...Your junk can help to grow our KS1 Creative Space...Parents and students alike are welcome to enjoy our new Library space.

Last week was an exciting week in the Primary School with 3 new coordinators being employed to drive forward some new areas of the curriculum.

Following on from an exciting couple of years with Ms Helen as the driving force behind Eco-Beasts, Sustainability and the Environment, St Andrews has made a lot of strides forward in this area of education. The children are excited about the positive changes they can make to protect the environment and conserve resources.

With Ms Helen moving on to other challenges this year we needed to find energetic replacements who could carry on the brilliant work already begun and expand and improve the programmes.

Today we congratulate Ms Susan from Year 1 and Mr Ewen from Year 5 as they move into their new Sustainability and Environment roles. 

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Already this term they have attended a workshop organised by Chulalongkorn University, whose aim was to improve Environmental Education in Thailand. Mr Ewen explains more below.

Mrs Susan and I were pleased to receive invitations to attend a consultation workshop on improving environmental education in Thailand. 

Organized by Chulalongkorn University and the United Nations Environment Program, the workshop aimed to provide recommendations for improving environmental education in Thai schools. These were submitted to the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. 

Ms Helen, who many of you will remember, also attended and is now working full time on her EcoBeasts network of International Schools and local sustainability groups. She spoke about her work setting this up this and the next steps for the project. We intend to stay very much involved with EcoBeasts at St Andrews. 

We met a range of experts in this area, and shared STA’s achievements in sustainability so far. It was a great opportunity to showcase our recycling and meatless Mondays projects as well as gain ideas for the future. 

And well done to Year 8 student Lilly, representing 'Bye Bye Plastic Bags,' who gave a speech alongside Midori and Iga (also Y8) to the VIPs and delegates about the importance of sustainability education. Lilly concluded by saying that she hopes sustainability will become as important as maths in schools nationwide. St Andrews is proud to support this.

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We look forward to finding out what developments will be happening this year.

Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs)

As you will probably know, ECAs went ‘live’ on Saturday, with all families now being able to see what is on offer for the children after school and at weekends this term.  There is more than ever now to choose from. One club that is now open for Y2 students is the ever-popular Little Owls Club, which is the St Andrews version of Scouts or Guides.

We have new badges on offer this term - including Sign Language, Health & Fitness and Art in Nature.

The cost of the club includes T Shirts and Badges...

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KS1 Creative Space - An Appeal for Junk!

By the T Block canteen you will see that we have bins in which we keep junk such as cardboard tubes, cardboard boxes and other materials suitable for junk model making.

At the moment we are low on supplies and need your help.

Can you please send along any clean materials that you think are suitable so that we can set up this area again.  The children love the opportunity to work together at break times on some fantastic creations.

Celebrating the New Library Space

The children from across the school are enjoying the new library space and the opportunity to share books with their friends and teachers.  Parents are welcome to relax and share books with their children before and after school, but please remember that during the school day, this is a teaching space.

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Last year the book below, a short read,  was a popular parent choice in the library.  So much so we have added a few extra copies to our shelves.  Soon we will be developing an improved section in the library for parent borrowing.  If you have any suggestions for this area please let us know.

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This book offers a simple strategy that all parents can use in explosive moments that can bring a calm and beneficial response. The strategy described in the book can also be used in other situations when your child is having difficulty, and you are not sure what to say. I highly recommend it!
— Rachel Macy Stafford, handsfreemama.com

In Week 3, there will be some pop-in sessions for parents called Meet the Teacher. This is an opportunity for you as parents to introduce yourselves to your child’s teacher and to share anything that you feel is relevant in ensuring your child has a fantastic year at St Andrews. These 10-minute drop-ins will run from Tuesday to Thursday from 2.45 pm - 3.45 pm.

Upcoming events

  • Meet the teacher drop-ins - Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th September between 2.45 and 3.45 pm