(from left to right): Nik Sachdev, Jamie Wong, Ann Peenen (Secretary), Sarah Krieg, Tina Hirschbuehl (Chair), MJ Hong, Anja Blondin, Axel Foellmer (Treasurer), Vilai S. Ngow
Who is the PTG (Parent Teacher Group)
Our mission is to work together for the common good of our student body and to foster goodwill and clear communication among parents, teachers, and students. As a parent, you are automatically a member of the PTG as soon as you join the school. The PTG is managed and represented by the PTG Committee, which is elected at the end of every school year at the AGM. The Committee currently consists of three Officers (Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary) and six other members. A wide range of school years is represented on the Committee, from Primary through High School, ensuring that diverse interests are taken into account.
The PTG Committee is a group of volunteers that works hard to make crucial events happen throughout the school year, including the International Days and Christmas Fairs on both campuses, Fun Day, and the end-of-year Summer Party. But we are not just Party Organisers!
We aim to strengthen relationships and facilitate communication between parents and school. We facilitate opportunities for students and school to meet their fundraising objectives. We assist in the integration of new families to the school. We manage the lost-and-found as well as the collection and sales of second-hand uniforms.
Also, by putting in place a wide selection of different parent sports and other activities, the PTG has contributed significantly to building a strong community of parents across the two campuses. And, importantly – what sometimes goes unnoticed is that PTG Committee members work tirelessly behind the scenes, with parents and with school, to resolve issues that may crop up.
An important forum enabling parents and school to communicate is the PTG meetings, of which we hold one per term. The PTG meeting serves the purpose of sharing information, raising concerns from either group and discussing future plans. We strongly encourage parents to attend these meetings and to submit their topics for the agenda in advance. The Head of School attends each meeting, and other speakers – either students or teachers – may give a brief update on specific events that are of interest to the wider school community. The PTG meeting is an opportunity for parents to raise issues they are concerned about – or to let us know what they are pleased with and would like to see more of!
What does the PTG do?
Apart from helping to plan whole school events, the PTG also works for the good of the school community including:
- Welcoming new families;
- Fundraising activities;
- Social events for parents and teachers (e.g. Friday Night Drinks each Term);
- Discussion groups for parents and teachers (e.g. Coffee Mornings);
- Activities for parents (Sports, Art, Thai lessons).
We help to plan and organise:
- International Day – national costumes and delicious, home-cooked national fare from 25 countries;
- Christmas Fair – gift and fundraising stalls and food vendors;
- Fun Day (our biggest fundraising activity);
- Community Sports Day (for parents and teachers);
- Summer Party (for parents and teachers).
Funds raised by the PTG are given back to the school community, often to support certain student activities or fundraising that help to foster a sense of community and teamwork. We also promote sustainability (e.g. second-hand uniform sale) and donate to charity.
The PTG has a Facebook Group where you can find lots of useful information about St Andrews International School Bangkok as well as getting used to living in Bangkok if you are new to the city. If you would like to contact us about something specific, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.