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Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1: Tanzania mania

Year 10 students entertained and delighted their younger counterparts FS with tales of Tanzania...Last week also offered the Early Years Physical Fun Day... We look to combat the recent downgrade in air quality in Bangkok.

Some of you might know that last week some of our High School Students set off with their teachers to Tanzania to work on community building projects as part of the Nord Anglia Expeditions Programme. To assist with fundraising we had a group of Year 10 students visit Foundation Stage and set up a range of engaging and informative activities about Africa.  Imani from Y10 gives you more details below. A huge thank you to the students for their hard work, and to teachers and parents for their generous support.

Year 10’s Storytelling for Tanzania 

On Tuesday the 14th of January, a few children from Year 10 made their way to Primary School to perform an African story “Jambo Jamutai” to Foundation Stage in order to raise money for the people in Arusha, Tanzania. 

“Jambo Jamutai” is a story about a young girl from Tanzania who helps different animals on her journey back home from the market. With this story we tried to show the children that if we do good, good will always come our way. Our aim was to help the children understand how they too can make a difference and demonstrate how their contribution to this event will help many others in a faraway country. 

It was a great experience working with younger kids, we had to push ourselves to the limit, trying to make the story entertaining for them. 

The year Tens and Twelves are travelling to Tanzania this week to work together with an NGO. All proceeds raised at the FS “Storytelling for Tanzania” will go to help the local community we are going to be working with, in Arusha.  We raised a total of 10,105 baht!

Asante Sana!

Imani Cintado-ODonovan
Year 10

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Early Years Physical Fun Day

Last week Early Years were involved in a fantastic event, our Early Years Physical Fun Day.  This annual event is planned to showcase all of the physical skills and development that has happened since August.  It is a great opportunity for parents and teachers to enjoy a morning of fun and games. Thank you to all of the parents that were able to make it as your involvement was really appreciated and the photographs seem to suggest that everybody had a good time.

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Air Purifiers and the monitoring of air quality

Last week the air purifiers in classrooms were, of course, working overtime.  We are pleased that these are proving effective and are waiting for the delivery of some larger machines to provide more efficient solutions for the larger spaces.  We have a few habits we need to change, and you might have seen signs going up on the doors. After peak traffic times the doors should be closed to keep the clean air in, so please help us with this.

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Our Air Quality Policy has been shared with you and this is something that we adhere to.  We monitor the air quality throughout the day (we can see ‘live’ readings whereas readings through the Air Visual App are only updated hourly).   We then reduce the amount of outside activity or cancel it, and where possible use outside spaces if the levels are high.

ECAs are not generally cancelled if the AQI is under 200, as we would need to make this decision by 1 pm in order to inform providers and rearrange buses. Often the conditions will improve in between 1 pm and 2.30 pm.  If the AQI is in the Red Zone, where we cannot find large indoor spaces for sports activities, all providers will make activities less intensive and take more breaks. If the AQI spikes to 200 at 2.30 pm, we will inform parents that the ECAs are cancelled.

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Hacking is a long-standing tradition at MIT and an integral part of its culture. It can be defined as the implementation of harmless pranks, tricks and creative inventions that demonstrate ingenuity and cleverness! Over the holidays, lots of primary pupils found ingenious ways to hack items destined for the bin and turn them into something new. Linked to Unicef’s Global Development Goals, this challenge explored goal 12 ‘Responsible Consumption and Production’. Pupils were encouraged to consider the items they consume and how they could:

  • reduce the consumption of these items;

  • reuse these items in your household;

  • recycle these items and/or generate a new purpose for their function

The student’s work is displayed outside the office - please take a look but be careful, the children have worked very hard on their projects and we wouldn’t them to get lost or broken.

Here is a selection:

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If your child is inspired to create something please take a picture of it or come and show STEAM Miss Sarah (6C) in the Year 6 quad.

International School Awards

We are very proud to announce that St Andrews has been shortlisted for a very prestigious award at this year’s International School Awards.  The category we have been shortlisted for is Environmental Initiative.

You may remember that Helen Mullen and Katy Waring were, and still are, the driving force behind Bangkok Eco-Beasts ( - which continues to go from strength to strength.  It was their inspiration and input that lead to many positive changes in the field of Environmental Education at St Andrew’s.  

Next week in London we go up against schools from Austria, the UAE and India and whether we come home with an award or not, we are already winners!

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Reports and Parent Consultations

The Term 1 reports for Y1 and Y2 are now ready to view on Moodle. The parent consultations to discuss the children’s progress will be taking place in weeks two and three - Tuesday 14th and Tuesday 21st January. Your classroom teachers will contact you regarding appointment times.

NAE Parent Satisfaction Survey 2019-20

Before the holidays, you should have all received the link to this year’s NAE, St Andrews International School Bangkok  Parent Satisfaction Survey. Your feedback is important as helps us to provide the best possible experiences for your children. 

Please note that parents need to complete the survey once. The survey is designed to capture feedback on a per-family basis, but if both parents take the survey this is also fine. 

The closing date is Friday 31st January 2020.

Upcoming events 

  • Parent Consultations - Tuesday 14th and Tuesday 21st January

  • INSET Day (School Closed) - Monday 27th January

  • Last day of the half-term - Friday 7th February

  • First day of the 2nd half of Term 2 - Monday 17th February