Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1
Last week was a great start to the term, and the children all across school have been quick to pick up the new routines. One big change for the KS1 students was coming into school more independently. With their teachers to help them, following the temperature checks at the gate they have made their way down to the playground, where at 7:45 am teachers have collected them and taken them to class.
It has been nice to see how well even the youngest and the newest students have been able to organise themselves, carry and unpack their bags with the minimum of help. Some children like a teacher to show them the way but more of them this week are coming through the gate saying “I know the way!”
There are still teachers on the walkways checking that everyone knows where they are going but there are
lots of very independent children making their way into school this week.
Parking and Drop Off
The drop off situation in the morning has been much smoother with KS2 students being dropped off in the Drop Off Zone. Parking on the main car park is for KS1 and FS parents or for parents who have an appointment in school. Drivers should use the main car park as a drop off/pick up zone only. While waiting for children/parents, they should use the parking facilities at the Suk 71 market on Pridi 24.
Pridi 20 Entrance
Due to a petition by local residents, we have been asked by both the local Police division and the Wattana District Office to keep the traffic to a minimum. Therefore, we ask that families do not use this gate for drop off and pick up. This gate should only be used by people using the shuttle bus service, families who live on Pridi 20 and anyone who walks to school from the direction of Sukhumvit.
Thank you for your support with this.
Meet the Year Group and Meet the Teacher
Later this week parents of Y2 will receive a video presentation from your child’s teachers, explaining more about the Y2 curriculum and activities (Foundation Stage and Y1 parents have already received this information prior to the start of school at the orientation meeting).
Teachers will also be contacting you regarding individual “Meet the Teacher” meetings that can be done in person or virtually as suits you.
Environment and Sustainability
On realising that so many of our STA families were travelling to Thailand's beautiful beaches over the summer, we decided to launch our first-ever “STA Beach Cleanup” house competition. We felt that this would be the perfect opportunity to encourage our students and their families to be proactive in helping to pick up the rubbish that finds its way into our waterways and onto our beaches.
Our amazing STA families collected and removed over 10,000 pieces of rubbish, and we would like to thank each and every one of them for their great effort! Freddie and Hugo Sheppard alongside their parents joined the Banyan Tree Beach clean up, where their collective efforts helped remove 350kgs of rubbish from a beach in Phuket. The boys secured a win for Lahu by picking up over 4,500 pieces of rubbish between them. Well done boys! In 2nd place, we have Karen, followed by Akha in 3rd. We look forward to seeing lots more Environment and Sustainability Projects as we move into the new year.