It was great to see so many happy faces arriving back at school from the nine different Residentials, including the Tanzania Expeditions, that took place last week. From talking to the Heads of Year, other teachers and, most importantly, the students it sounds like the students have had some fantastic experiences. We will include more information about all of the Residentials in future Newsletters.
Unfortunately, however, some students on one half of the Residential became ill and it was decided that it was in their best interests to return to Bangkok earlier than planned. Mr Paul, Mr Andrew and I contacted the parents of these students and we wish any affected students a speedy recovery.
As we wrote to all Year 7 parents on Friday, we will be conducting a full investigation into the circumstances that led to this situation and reviewing both our own procedures as well as those of the external providers we worked with on this trip, and we have asked that the parents of any student who became ill on the Year 7 Residential share their medical certificates with us.
There was a great atmosphere in school, with Year 11 and 13 students really focused on their Mock Exams, and with plenty of space to work, either individually or in small groups to prepare.
We know that Thursday's disruption to these exams, caused by the Ministry of Education closing 233 private and international schools, caused a great deal of frustration for the students, and we will, of course, consider this disruption as we analyse and feedback results, which will be published on Friday 7th February, with Year 11 and 13 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings taking place on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th February respectively.
As Mr Paul wrote in last week’s Newsletter, he spent last week in London interviewing applicants for teaching positions for next year. At the same time I continued to interview other applicants in Bangkok.
While we have, again, a very low number of teachers leaving the High School, it is always pleasing to see both the quality of the applicants (and the quantity - we had hundreds of applicants), as well as discussing with them the reasons that they would like to move to St Andrews. The process will continue over the next two weeks, as we invite applicants from Bangkok and South East Asia into school.