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Head's Lines: A great first week

Thank you to everyone for their support throughout the first week of the new term. It was great to have the whole school back in full session with the school rapidly getting down to work.

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Thank you to everyone for their support throughout the first week of the new term. It was great to have the whole school back in full session with the school rapidly getting down to work. There was a real positive atmosphere throughout the week, and as we stated at the end of our first week, we would look at easing the physical and social distancing in classes to gradually move the learning environment back toward what we are used to across the school. Nevertheless, the importance of wearing face masks or shields remains in full force, and the enhanced hygiene routines and reminders will continue to reinforce being careful and vigilant. We ask parents to continue to monitor your children's body temperatures and to refrain from sending them to school if they are presenting with coughs or colds.

Senior Studies and Year 11 External Examination Results

As you will be aware, the COVID-19 pandemic completely disrupted the International Baccalaureate examinations for our graduating Class of 2020. Since these external exams were cancelled, the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) has been working with schools over the last several months to properly evaluate and grade each individual student. We are proud to announce that our students received an excellent set of examination results, and so, a huge congratulations must go to the Class of 2020 for all their hard work leading up to the end of their IB courses and for their resilience through the stressful period when their finals were first cancelled. 

Similarly our Year 11 students had been preparing to take their IGCSE/GCSE External Examinations, a milestone normally marking the conclusion of their two-year Key Stage 4 programme. Again, our students fearlessly surmounted the uncertainty surrounding the cancellation of their IGCSE exams by fully re-engaging with content from their selected subjects and submitting additional coursework where necessary, even during the Virtual School Experience period. The School worked closely with each of the British examination boards to ensure that our students received the results they so deserved for all their hard work. These results are an excellent reflection of their unwavering commitment, resilience and of course, the knowledge they have gained in their IGCSE subjects. Our students have really shown that they are well prepared to take on the next challenge that awaits in path - namely the Senior Studies Programme, and ultimately university and higher education. 

More details about the Year 11 and 13 examination results can be found in the High School section of this Newsletter.

Parent Representation on the School Board

The School Board of St Andrews International School Bangkok conducts three meetings throughout the school year to ensure that our school is adhering to all the regulations laid down by the Ministry of Education for the management of private schools in Thailand. I am delighted to share with you that we have recently added the next Parent Representative onto our board, Mr. Nikorn (Nik) Sachdev, who as one of our long-standing parents has kindly agreed to take on this role.

Nikorn knows our school very well, having been an active member of the Parent Teacher Group (PTG) for 6 years. Nikorn is also well known within our school community and has contributed greatly to the wider community of Bangkok. He is currently the Director of the Indian Association of Thailand, as well as serving as a Local Representative of the Embassy of India in Bangkok. Nikorn is also an Assistant to the Thai Tourist Police Department, supporting them in various capacities. In recognition of this work and assistance, Nikorn has been awarded the Good Citizen Award by the Royal Thai Police.

Because Nikorn has served as a member of our school community for so long, he possesses a keen understanding of the multi-layered challenges facing St Andrews International School, and I believe that adding his voice and perspective to the School Board will guide our future strategic development. I am incredibly pleased and honoured that Nikorn has agreed to take on this important role and to carry with him the views of parents in guiding our future direction.

Toward this end, Nikorn is very eager and open to hearing from parents directly, and he looks forward to supporting the whole St Andrews Community in whatever way he can. In order to facilitate open communication, the following email address, parent-rep@standrews.ac.th, can be used to contact Nikorn in his role as School Board Parent Representative.

Parent Teacher Group (PTG)

It was great to meet with the PTG last week who, like all of us, are full of enthusiasm and anticipation for all the fantastic community events that will take place throughout the school year. Obviously some of these will have to be organised differently this year than in years past, but I hope everyone will join together to support the great group of parents who are the primary organisers of these great gatherings. The first of these will be the International Days which are scheduled to take place at the end of the first half term.

The PTG will also be working very closely with the School to organise the Parents Community Classes & Activities that take place at different times across the week. Once we have the complete list and details of when and where they’re happening  on each campus, we will share this with all in our community to sign up and join.

I look forward to another good week and hope everyone is really settling back into school without any great issues. If there is anything we can do to help, please contact the School Office (see contacts below) so that you can be put in touch with the most appropriate staff member, teacher or administrator to assist you.

School Calendar 2020/2021

Last week it was announced that Friday 4th September and Monday 7th September are now national  

holidays for Songkran Day, St Andrews will also be closed on these days. To compensate for these unexpected holidays, the calendar for 2020-2021 has been updated and is available here.