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High School: Emerging from an eventful week!

A very busy week for the High School last week, with nine different Residentials, Year 11 and 13 Mock Exams, recruitment of new teachers, both in Bangkok and London, and the closure of the school on Thursday. 

Residentials Update

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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.

Recruitment update

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.

Giving Tree

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As has become an STA tradition at Christmas time, a large number of students, both individually and in Tutor Groups, parents and teachers took part in The Giving Tree Project towards the end of last term.

Giving Tree is an association which organizes the donation of gift bags for Christmas to Karen children living in North Thailand Mountains (Tha Song Yang District). Those children live among less privileged families and communities and wait, every year, for these bags and the spirit of Christmas to arrive.

Altogether, St Andrews contributed to a fantastic total of 160 gift bags, which were transported and delivered to the Karen children as you can see in the photo above and the video below.

Many thanks to all those who contributed!

Mr Andy Greener and Ms Karen

NAE Parent Satisfaction Survey 2019-20

There are now only a few days left to complete the NAE Parent Satisfaction Survey, which was e-mailed out at the end of last term, as your feedback helps us to provide the best possible experiences for your son/daughter. 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 views of all of our parents will be used to inform our strategies for continued improvement. The closing date is Friday 31st January 2020.

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

High School Calendar: Term 2

Monday 27th January

INSET Day: School closed

Tuesday 28th January

Year 11 DT: Systems & Control Make Day

Tuesday 28th January

High School PTG Coffee Morning: Counselling @ STA

Friday 31st January

Lunar New Year Celebrations

Friday 7th February

Year 11/13 Exam Reports published

Monday 10th - Friday 14th February

Half Term

Tuesday 18th February

Year 11 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Thursday 20th February

Year 13 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Thursday 27th February

Working Title

Saturday 29th February - Sunday 1st March

Marlin Mayhem 2020

Saturday 7th March

Fun Day

Tuesday 10th March

Dance Showcase

Friday 13th March

Year 7-9 Grade Reports Published

Tuesday 17th March

Year 9 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Thursday 19th March

Year 7 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Friday 20th March

Year 10 Grade Reports Published

Tuesday 24th March

Year 8 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Thursday 26th March

Year 10 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Friday 27th March

Year 12 Grade Reports Published

Tuesday 31st March

Year 12 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Friday 3rd April

Songkran Assemblies and Celebrations - End of Term 2