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Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1: Open to new challenges

We are excited to re-start lessons after a challenging week of disruptions...St Andrews receives recognition at the recent International School Awards in London...Steps with Theera treats our PTG to healthy cupcakes and coffee while presenting eco-friendly solutions to waste and air quality...Acting to combat the recent degradation in air quality.

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Last week, learning for Primary classes was disrupted, and so, we are certainly excited to be back this week, hopefully recovered from coughs and colds, and with the promise of cleaner air to look forward to. In the absence of the children the school has been a hive of activity with all indoor areas being deep cleaned and outside areas power-washed.

Additional purifiers have been installed into our larger spaces and the Filtrete filters in our air conditioner units have been replaced to ensure even better air quality inside. 

Teachers will be vigilant as they welcome children back to school this week, and we ask for your support in following the Well Child Policy. It is vital that children are kept at home if showing any signs of being unwell and not given medicine to get them through the day. Children coming down with temperatures will be isolated from their classmates and sent home.

Like you, the teachers will be reminding the children about ‘catching coughs’ and sneezes and showing them how to wash their hands thoroughly with soap. We will be sending more information about reducing the risk of infection within our school community by email.

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International School Of the Year and Eco-School of the Year

In last week’s newsletter we advertised that St Andrews had been shortlisted for Eco-School of the Year largely in recognition of the work of Helen Mullen and Katy Waring from Eco-Beasts BKK, our own STA Eco Beasts, successful Community Action Days and students such as Lily from High School and her campaign to ban single use plastics.

We are pleased to announce that last week, at a prestigious ceremony in London, St Andrews was named International Eco-School of the Year, and also walked away with the highest accolade of the evening - International School of the Year.

Mr Geoff, who was in London for the Recruitment Fair, was very happy to pick up the awards on our behalf!

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Cupcakes with Steps

We are very proud of our relationships with all of our Community Partners but especially the relationship we have with Steps with Thera who run our Primary School cafe. Last week Max from Steps hosted a Coffee Morning in the cafe. It was nice to see many of our new parents there, meeting up with members of the PTG and other parents. It was also great to see some of their cupcake range! If you have a special occasion to cater for, particularly a birthday, Steps should be your first stop. Helping to serve cupcakes rather than fairly slicing birthday cakes is certainly something the teachers would thank you for. They are a delicious but healthier option and special diets can also be catered for.

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Don’t forget that in the Zero Waste shop you can recycle some of those ‘hard to recycle plastics’ through the Won Project. Please check your plastic is a type that Won can recycle before you leave it in their collecting bin.

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The shop also stocks Style Seal air filter masks in both child and adult sizes. Style Seal is a local supplier, another of our Community Partners. The masks are a little more expensive than some on the market but are a good quality mask with replaceable filters. Certainly worth checking out if you are popping into the cafe.

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Air Purifiers and the monitoring of air quality

For a few weeks the air purifiers in classrooms have been working overtime. We are pleased that these are proving effective and now have larger machines in larger spaces and have replaced the Filtrete in the air-can units. 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.

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 

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

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