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Heads Lines: Half-term break awaits

Mock exams have come to a successful end. We have a well-deserved half-term break for all our year groups! The excitement builds for Year 6 on their significant steps towards High School. And finally, new St Andrews teachers are busily preparing themselves for life at St Andrews. 

With all the extra-curricular activities taking place at both the Primary and High School, it is great to see so much interaction and enjoyment happening across the school. So many students across both campuses are seizing the opportunity to participate in their chosen activities with renewed fervor after the initial period of virtual school at the start of term.

 

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We have been very fortunate to have the last three weeks of the half term as fully open school again. Nevertheless, it has been a very busy and stressful half term for students, teachers and parents alike. Therefore, the half term break will go ahead as shown on our school calendar so that everyone has a chance to relax, recharge their batteries, and be ready for the second half of Term 2. Our community can also look forward to Parents Activities starting after half term, with the full selection of activities available listed on your Moodle page. We hope that as many parents as possible will sign up before the start of next half term.

School Calendar 2020-21
For your convenience, you can find the school calendar for 2020-2021 here.

However, I would like to give our school community a heads up about an upcoming swap in planned school holidays occurring in April and May. Later this week we will publish a revised school calendar where Tuesday, 6th April will become a school holiday, while Wednesday 26th May (Visakha Bucha Day) will be a normal school day.

I will include a reminder about this change and link to the revised calendar in next week’s newsletter so that everyone is aware of this change of plans.

Mock Examinations
Our students in Years 11 and 13 have just finished their mock examinations, so I know the upcoming half term break has special significance. Of course, these days off will provide an opportunity to relax following the stress of their exams, but I trust that students will also reflect on the discussions, discoveries and challenges that have happened during this week. This break offers a significant opportunity for Y11 and Y13 students to give full attention to revising and reinforcing their knowledge of the topics they found most challenging during these mock exams. They have only about 11 weeks before the start of their finals, so having this period of time to review their work and bolster their confidence will prove truly beneficial to them. I know they will use this time wisely.

Year 6 Transition Update

Year 5 and 6 students have done very well this week swiping in and out of school with their school ID cards. This exercise serves as great preparation for what will be required in High School, particularly for Year 6 who will soon be making this important transition. They are already talking about this big move and with help from all the other transition activities planned in the coming weeks,  I know they will be both excited and ready for High School as Year 7 students next year.

Our Head of Year 7, Mr Paul Atkinson, has been working with staff at the Primary School and the High School to plan this transition programme for the Year 6 students. As mentioned, this transition team is planning a range of activities which will allow the Year 6 students to get a preview of all that High School has to offer and to experience first-hand some of the fantastic opportunities that await them. Further information about the transition will be shared with parents and students in Year 6 in the weeks to come.

Welcoming new faces soon!
Over the last three months our school has been recruiting teachers to replace those teachers who will unfortunately be leaving St Andrews at the end of this academic year. We are nearly at the end of a very successful recruitment process, and in order to confirm our plans for next academic year, it is equally important to estimate how many families and children we will have at our school. Therefore as in past years, an email will be sent to each family in our community asking you to give an indication of what your plans may be for the upcoming school year. For those STA families who have children currently studying at other schools but want to have them join their siblings at St Andrews in August 2021, please contact the Admissions Office (admissions@standrews.ac.th) as soon as possible to ensure that we can reserve your child’s place in their appropriate year group.

I hope everyone has a good rest over half term. Please continue to follow all of the government guidelines for remaining safe during the break. We all need to do our part by keeping away from areas and events that expose our families to the COVID 19 virus. Make sure that wherever you go, you maintain physical distancing and wear your face masks wherever possible. If you happen to be travelling outside of Bangkok during the half-term holiday, please update the Health and Travel Declaration Form before your children return to school on Monday 1st March.

For parents with enquiries, please contact support@standrews.ac.th. Or call the Primary School at +66 2 381-2387-8 or the High School at +66 2 056-9555.

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