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High School: Global Action Week and International Day

Updates from last week’s Global Action Week and a preview of the upcoming High School International Day.

UN Sustainable Development Goal(s)

Global Action Week - 20th -27th September

Global Action Week at St Andrews International School Bangkok has come to an end, but the fight for sustainability has not!

The past week was filled with a wide range of sustainable activities, such as a bake sale; a giant Kahoot on fast fashion, with the winners receiving metal straws; upcycling paper by creating notebooks; and building eco-bricks. The week finished off with students dressing in the colours of their favourite UN Sustainable Development Goal(s) for 50 baht. We further engaged with the theme of fast fashion by setting up clothes donation boxes around the school and the PTG hosted a second-hand uniform sale on Thursday. 

The suSTAinability Group is excited to announce that the Global Action Week was extremely successful, with more than 26,000 baht raised! Clothes were donated, upcycled notebooks were made, and students learnt how to create sustainable construction materials using plastic. This short video on the School’s Facebook page provides a recap of last week:

Our Global Action Week was inspired by Greta Thunberg, who was the driving force behind the global strikes held on Friday the 20th and 27th September 2019.

One student from primary school, Dylan Alcoy, explained why he strikes:

"Some people asked me why I got to have a day off school to go to the Global Climate Strike. I went because the ice is melting and the forests are burning. If we don’t all act now, and fast, by the time we are grownups the world will be too hot to survive, the oceans will flood, and rice won’t be able to grow. Plastic pollution is bad but carbon emissions are worse. The earth doesn't care if we destroy it but all of us humans are in serious danger. We need nature more than it needs us. Saving forests and growing trees will give us a chance. Even if we stop burning fossil fuels, that will not be enough to stop this crisis. We need to team up to solve this crisis or dramatically lower its effects to the point we can just about live. Everyone can help and no person is too small. Eating beef has a big effect because cows give off methane and it heats up the earth, plus forests are burned down to make space for cows. Kids are uniting to make grownups do something because they aren’t."

Manon (Year 13)
President of The suSTAinability Group

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High School International Day - Friday 11th 

After Global Action Week, it is now less than two weeks until our High School International Day, taking place on Friday 11th October.

Each year on International Day we celebrate our international and multicultural community, with students of 49 different nationalities in the High School, reflecting our October Monthly Theme: “We are world citizens and members of the global community.”

Like last year, each Year Group will spend the day on a variety of different activities focused on a different continent, with this year’s list of Year Groups and continents as follows:

  • Year 7: Oceania
  • Year 8: South America
  • Year 9: Asia 
  • Year 10: Antarctica and Europe
  • Year 11: North America
  • Senior Studies: Africa
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The International Buffet, generously provided by our parents, is always one of the highlights of the day, and this year we have a new record of 27 different countries with tables. 

I look forward to seeing many parents on the day, and hope that you can also join us for one of our two assemblies, taking place from 8:15 – 8:50 (Key Stage 3) and 1:55 – 2:30 (Key Stages 4 and 5). 

Air Quality Update

The AQI was very high again this morning. As in our Air Quality Policy, we monitor the AQI at all times, with 12 AirVisual air monitoring devices, inside and outside, across Primary and the High School. 

This morning we moved some Period 2 PE and Swimming lessons inside, as the AQI was approaching 200 at 9 am and did not allow students to play outside during break. By 10:20, however, the AQI was starting to fall and so Period 3 PE and Swimming lessons were back outside, but with “more breaks and less intense activities” as in our policy. As it also says in our policy, these limits/restrictions are based on the US Government’s Outdoor Activity Guidance for Schools.

At break and lunchtimes, it is important to remember that all High School students always have access to the Shared Areas and the Library during breaks and lunchtimes, and to the Sports Hall during lunchtimes.

You can see data from our public AirVisual device here, but please remember that AirVisual delay reporting data from public devices and that it is our live data that we use to make all decisions about student activities.

Roo Stenning (roo.st@standrews.ac.th)
Head of High School

High School Calendar: Term 1

Monday 30th September - Friday 4th October

Year 7-13 Individual and Year 11-13 Tutor Group photos

Tuesday 1st / Thursday 3rd October

Year 13 IB Theatre Arts Final Collaborative Mock/Exam

Friday 4th - Saturday 5th October

Bangkok International Choir Festival: ISB

Saturday 5th October


Saturday 5th October

BISAC Tennis Singles U13 Boys & Girls Tournaments: TBC

Saturday 5th October

Tiger Sharks Sprint Challenge: Patana

Saturday 5th October

U13 3on3 Basketball Championships: STA

Sunday 6th October

BPS MUN: Patana

Tuesday 8th October

Cops in Space Theatre Trip: Patana

Wednesday 9th October

Lion King Theatre Trip

Thursday 10th October

FOBISIA Robotics Competition: Charter

Friday 11th October

High School International Day High School

Monday 14th October

Memorial Day for the late King Rama IX: School closed

Remember that all the school's Google Calendars can be seen via Moodle - http://calendar.standrews.ac.th/