Welcome back to school for the start of Term 2! I hope everyone has had a pleasant and relaxing holiday and that we are all ready for another exciting term filled with lots of events and activities right across each year group of our school.
This term gets off to an especially quick start with Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 going on their 5-day residential trips during the third week of January. This is followed by Key Stage 2 year groups also going on their residential visits later on in the term.
In the meantime, Year 11 and Year 13 students will remain at school to take their mock examinations. Year 11 students will be sitting mock International and General Certificates of Secondary Education (IGCSE/GCSE) exams covering a broad range of coursework upon which they have been focusing over the past two years. Year 13 students will be sitting their mock International Baccalaureate examinations across the six subjects they are required to study in our Senior Studies Programme. These mock examinations will be a really strong way for all students to evaluate their state of readiness for the final examinations which will take place in May through to June. Moreover, students and their teachers garner immensely useful feedback that allows for the creation of pinpoint, individualised revision plans for the remainder of Term 2 and the beginning of Term 3. I wish all these students the very best of luck in their mock examinations.
As with every year, Term 2 begins with a dedicated focus on the recruitment of new staff for the start of the next academic year. Our current teaching staff have already informed the school of their intentions for next academic year, and it is really pleasing to how little turnover is expected. There will be some new positions mainly in High School which allows us to develop and offer an even wider array of courses. We have already advertised in the UK Guardian website, as well as on our own website recruitment page. Applications have already flooded in and are currently being reviewed. Next week I shall be in London for the NAE Recruitment Fair where I to intend to meet a large number of these applicants for the different roles we have on offer at St Andrews International School Bangkok.
Fun Day 2020 will take place on Saturday 7th March. This is slightly later than last year when this wonderful PTG-organised community event had to be cancelled due to the Government’s closure of schools due to air pollution. It is hoped that by moving this event slightly later in the calendar, we can avoid any issues related to air pollution this year. Much work has already gone into this event, and a huge thank you is owed to our dedicated PTG members who are involved in every aspect of preparation. The rides have all been booked and vendors contacted to sell food and merchandise. If you want to be involved, please contact the School Office or the PTG directly.