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Key Stage 2: Renewing our resources

We look for ways St Andrews International School Bangkok can foster a more sustainable environment...Here’s to building on the success of last week’s training sessions...Check out our revamped Library space… Don’t forget to attend this Tuesday and Thursday’s Meet the Teacher sessions.

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Over the last few years, we have been looking at ways that we, as a school, and with the wider community, can become a more sustainable place to work and learn. There have been some highly visible initiatives over the last few years- recycling bins, our food waste collection and the energy-saving stickers which are in every room around the campus.

Ms Helen was integral in helping raise the profile of sustainability across the campus, but sadly, she has relocated to a new life in South America. To ensure the momentum of the initiatives she began and to keep driving forward our efforts in terms of sustainability, we have appointed Mr Ewen from Y4 and Mrs Susan as our new Environment and Sustainability Coordinators. They will be running the EcoBeasts after school activity, which is a fantastic opportunity for KS2 students to take a proactive role in helping make St Andrews a more sustainable school.

Even though she has left the school and country, Ms Helen has briefly returned to Thailand to help organise this year's Community Action Day- on Monday 7th October- which will kick-off this year's Sustainability Week at the Primary campus.

Recently, Mr Ewen and Mrs Susan 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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Last week’s Training Sessions for Parents

There was a fantastic turnout for last week’s training events for parents which focused on Moodle, Seesaw and Bug Club. Around 150 parents came along over two days to learn more about these online platforms. Keep an eye out for more workshops and training sessions for parents on a variety of themes across the course of the year.

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Celebrating our revamped library

The children are enjoying our library, which was renovated over the summer. A new floor, new softer lighting a new front desk, a new wall of bookshelves and a new layout of existing furniture have created a comfortable space for learning. During the school day the library is an amazing learning space in which children can explore the world of books, classes learn together how to use the library as well as sharing books and the spaces are free to roam for the students.

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Parents are very welcome to enjoy the library facilities, either with their children or alone before or after our school day starts. You will also be able to borrow books from our library to enjoy at home. While we recognise that the library is a comfortable, welcoming space, we ask that parents do not use the library during the school day between 7.45 am and 2.30 pm.

This book is now available for parents to borrow. It’s another string for the parents’ bow of managing relationships with their child in a positive, supportive way.

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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,

Meet the Teacher

This week, we will be holding some drop-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 5 minute drop-ins will run on Tuesday and Thursday from 2.45 pm - 3.45 pm. The learning support teachers and EAL teachers will also be available at these times. They will be in their rooms- S Building floor 2 for EAL and F building (up the stairs beside the nurses’ room) for learning support.

*Please note that at this early stage of the school year, your child’s class teachers will not be able to give extensive feedback on your child’s academic progress

Upcoming events

  • ECAs go live on Moodle - Saturday 31st August

  • ECAs, music and sports sign-ups- register your preferences - Saturday 31st to Tuesday 3rd September

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