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Issue #14, Friday, 2nd December 2016

IMPORTANT DATES Monday, 5th December

Whole School: School Closed (Public Holiday)

Tuesday, 6th December

Secondary School: Online Applications for Secondary ASAs close at 8am

Wednesday, 7th December

Primary School: Year 3 Parent Presentation from 8:00am – 2:15pm

Thursday, 8th December

Long Live the King Last night His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn accepted the invitation to accede to the throne as King Rama X of the Chakri Dynasty. Long live the King.

Primary: Online Applications for Secondary ASAs close at 8am

Thursday, 8th December

Primary: Primary Reports sent to parents

Thursday, 8th December

Whole School: FOBP Children’s Christmas Market from 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Thursday, 8th December

Secondary: Year 11 Parents Student Led Conference from 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Friday, 9th December

Primary: Early Years Christmas Production from 8:15am – 9:30am


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In Remembrance of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej This morning students, parents and staff held a ceremony of remembrance for HM the Late King Bhumibol. The ceremony celebrated the Late King’s work and reflected upon how his internationally respected projects have helped improve the lives of all Thai people. Thai staff and parents came together to sing ‘Nai Luang Khong Phaen Din’ and ‘Phaen Din Khong Raw.’ Expat teachers and Year 5 students also joined by performing ‘Love Eternally’. The ceremony concluded with the singing of the King’s Anthem, accompanied by our school orchestra. After the ceremony students moved to the undercroft where a marching band from St. Joseph Convent School performed a selection of the King’s compositions. A big thank you to everyone who helped create such a wonderful, respectful ceremony. A special thank you has to go to Kim and Ann, our Year 13 students who were MCs for the ceremony and to all parents that took the time to join us today.

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Important notice: Class Dismissal times on the 13th December 2016 Please note that on Tuesday 13th December, the final day of Term 1 classes will finish at the following times: - all EYFS and Primary classes: 11.45 am - all Secondary classes: 12.00 noon Students who have paid for lunch fee, they will be given a packed lunch on that day.

Coco Takes Home Gold! Royal Bangkok Sports Club recently hosted it's 18th Swim Meet attracting 20 swimming teams from all over Asia including strong competitors from Singapore and Hong Kong. Coco Scales, 4AB, competed in the 8 years and under age group. At the start of her final race Coco was even on points with the swimmer from Singapore; but with a final push in the 50 meter freestyle Coco secured the gold medal for her freestyle and an overall 1st place with a total of 51 points Congratulations Coco – we are very proud and wish you all the best in your future galas.

PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS Dear Parents The end of the term is nearly upon us and I am sure you are looking forward to a restful and well deserved holiday. This month we will be thinking about how we can care for others that are less fortunate than ourselves. On that note, I would like to thank all the children that have been bringing in a decorated gift box which will go to children at the Mercy Centre. I am sure that this will be most gratefully appreciated and this act helps our children understand the importance of sharing, as well as receiving, at this time of year. Value of the Month: For December our value is Caring - someone who is kind and thoughtful towards other people, things and places. Please take time to talk to your children about why it is important to think about how we can care for others that are less fortunate than us. Have a restful weekend.

Duncan Stonehouse Head of Primary

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Early Years News Sensory Garden at Bangkok Prep - Supported by FOBP. In Early Years, we are proud to share our very special Early Years sensory garden. This project has been kindly and generously sponsored by FOBP. Everyone in Early Years, would like to take this opportunity to thank FOBP for funding what has truly become a visual and learning delight. With the funding from FOBP, the Early Years children have designed and planted their very own sensory garden. The aims of our beautiful sensory garden are to develop and use all of our senses, to explore the world around us. The sensory garden also supports and motivates our responsibility, to care and nurture both living things and the environment. First, the children started the process by planting different seeds in pots which included herbs, vegetables and plants. Alongside this, a community based mosaic sign was designed and created by the children, to promote the sensory garden as a shared learning area. Not only is it exciting for the children to touch, smell and plant the different vegetation, it is equally exciting for them to watch the plants change and grow over time. The children all share responsibility to care for the sensory garden which includes watering and caring for the plants. This encourages daily collaboration and rich discussion as the children describe and comment on their own learning developing a clear sense of pride and ownership in their green space. It has been a wonderful learning journey for all of the Early Years children and their teachers to share and promote health, growth and responsibility. We all look forward to observing the different colours, smells, tastes and changes in our garden over the seasons across the year. We are all very thankful to FOBP for generously funding our much loved project.

Jacqueline Kyle Reception Teacher

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SECONDARY SCHOOL NEWS Dear students, parents and colleagues As we enter our penultimate week of Term we continue to stay focused on student learning. Hopefully some of you will have been able to attend our Head Librarian, Ms Mia Livingstone’s Parent Workshop this week on ‘The Challenge of Authentic Research Skills’. There may be more information freely available to us at any time in history via the internet, our students however, need to be critical and selective of the information they decide to use, otherwise they can be easily fooled. This article on dihydrogen monoxide may give you pause for thought about the deadly chemical found throughout all our lives. This wikipedia article helps make my point. Use the internet by all means, but question what you find and double-check everything. Our Creative Arts Faculty showcased KS3 student Art and Design Technology work this week. I am continually impressed by the ability of our students and their desire to create. Creativity is arguably the biggest driver in value across many multinationals from Google to Apple, and we would be foolish to ignore its power to engage and unlock student potential. To this end we will be expanding our ‘creative’ curriculum further next year with the introduction of IGCSE Photography in KS4. This will utilise our purpose built darkroom at the new Campus, T77. In the years to come I believe our own students will be providing the images that will furnish future Prepazines. Finally, we ended the week on a sombre note in our whole school Remembrance Ceremony for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, we were then treated to a Marching Band playing some of the King’s musical pieces on the Basketball court. Have a restful weekend and remember that school is closed for a national holiday on Monday and that school will be closing early on the last day of term at 12:00pm. Kind regards

Nigel Wilsonlock Head of Secondary

November 25th, 2016: Thailand Counsellors’ Meeting at ISB Last Friday, I had the opportunity to join private practitioners and other school counsellors in ISB for the Thailand Counsellors’ Meeting. The meeting covered two main topics:  

Brain Development and Counselling Intervention Protocols for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury & Disordered Eating

Both topics generated fruitful discussion and it was refreshing to use the anatomy and growth of the adolescent brain to define various counselling approaches, including my own. At Bangkok Prep we ensure that our policies and protocols are up to date and relevant to guide and address the needs of the student body. Thus, learning about the different measures used to keep children safe and happy with regards to self-harm and eating disorders ensures that I can ensure that we have suitable measures in place to offer support for our students. Counsellors and private practitioners had the chance to share tips for successful practices which I’m looking forward to adapting to our unique school environment.

Amornrat Sachdev Secondary School Counsellor

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PE News FOBISIA U13 Games Selection Dear Parents, The first round of selection letters have been sent by email to parents of those students selected for the U13 FOBISIA Squad taking part in the U13 FOBISIA Games in Beijing. The selection has been based on the teams (Football, Swimming, Basketball) the students have taken part in this year and the ability and attitude of students in PE lessons. A second round of selection letters will be sent out on Wednesday 7th December. In January the Final squad will be presented to the school and to parents through Prepazine. The training schedule will also be shared. Any parents with a child selected for the event and ould like more information please contact bcantrill@bkkprep.ac.th

Ben Cantrill Secondary PE faculty leader

U11 Girls TISAC Tournament - Saturday 26th November We lost our first game against Wells in the tournament, they proved to be exceptional shooters beating us 11-0. Our second game against St.Andrews 107 was a far more enjoyable game, the Bulldogs were up 2-1 at half time. Despite finishing on a 3-3 draw we felt far more evenly matched and played more confidently on the court. Going into our 3rd game against KIS, the Bulldogs defense gave KIS some issues; unfortunately our baskets just weren't on target and we finished on a 3-1 loss. The girls made a valiant effort against SATH only to end in a 9-1 defeat. At the end of the round robin stage of the tournament the Bulldogs only just missed out on the 3rd and 4th play off, as we had conceded more baskets. The Bulldogs settled for 5th place (Wells 1st, SATH 2nd, St.Andrews 107 3rd and KIS 4th), but finished the season knowing that for a new team, each player has improved tenfold and as a team the girls have made some good friendships. Team: Rio, Yu Min, Alicia, Anchalina, Petch, Bella, Ella, Bonus, Poey and Maria Well done ladies! Go Bulldogs!

Joanne North Head of Primary PE

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U11 Boys 3rd Place TISAC Basketball Tournament The boys entered the tournament after having taken part in a difficult season. But they were determined to demonstrate some positive results after all the hard work and great game play they have played all term. The first game was against the eventual winners KIS and unfortunately Prep lost narrowly 4 - 2. Though this was a huge improvement from the the league game against the same team. Second game the team played a very strong St Andrews 107 and came unstuck again. But then the next three games the team found the extra gear needed and won all three on the bounce against, St Stephens, Wells International School and St Andrews Sathorn. The game against Sathorn was the 3rd place playoff and Prep managed to win it in the dying seconds after being behind most of the game. The boys showed fantastic spirit and team play and finished the season on a real high! Team: Hitansh Shah, Parth Hingorani, Rehaan Shaw, Rylan Do, Samarth Naredi, Sonam Lhendup, Vivan Shah, Yuto Kasai, Tanay Sodhani

Ben Cantrill Whole School PE Faculty Leader

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UPCOMING EVENTS School Calendars and Prep@53 coming next week! Dear Parents, Bangkok Prep Desk Calendars 2017 will be distributed on Thursday 8th December. One calendar will be given per family (the calendar will be distributed via the eldest sibling). Calendars will be given to Secondary students to take home and for Primary students the calendar will be put in their school bag for sign out time. Please note that our latest Prep@53 is currently at the printers and we hope to be able to distribute this to students on Friday 9th December.

Bears House Charity Day Dear Parents, We are excited to announce that Wednesday 7th December will be the Bears House Charity Day. All BEARS may come to school in their House T-Shirts (If they donate 20 baht). There will also be some games and activities for the KS2 children in the KS2 playground run by Secondary, so children can bring a little bit of money (a few 20 baht notes or 10 baht coins). All donations will go to The Mercy Centre. The Mercy Centre is a shelter for street kids, a home for mothers and children with HIV/AIDS, a 400-pupil kindergarten, a community meeting place, and a safe place in the slums of Bangkok with small gardens and playgrounds. If you would like to know more, you can visit their website. http://www.mercycentre.org/ Thank you for your support!

Martin Breen House Leader

Operation Christmas Boxes After last year’s success, Bangkok Prep Primary School are launching ‘Operation Christmas Boxes’ again to support the children of the Mercy Centre, Thailand. The Mercy Centre is a shelter for children who live on the streets. This Christmas, there are 620 children of the centre who will go without gifts, unless we support them! We are asking for generous donations to be made in the form of a ‘Christmas Box’, so each child of the Mercy Centre receives a gift that belongs to them. If you are keen to help, please look on your child’s class blog on firefly for further information! Thank you!

Ellie Goodwin Primary Charity Coordinator

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Hand made crafts on sale Wednesday 8th December Bangkok prep’s Sixth Form Community have been working tirelessly to create handmade cards and craft items that they will be selling at the Friends of Bangkok Prep Christmas Bazaar on Wednesday 8th December, 14:30 - 16:30. All proceeds raised will be used to purchase gifts for the children that our Sixth Form are supporting as part of their Community Service program. 9


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Bangkok Prep Proudly Presents: Musical Mice – a preschool music session Musical Mice is a preschool music session that encourages children's imagination and curiosity. The sessions include various musical activities including singing, musical games and introduction to musical instruments; all with a parent or guardian who joins in the fun! These sessions are specifically designed to help children develop skills such as listening and social skills. Music education has been proven to increase a child's coordination, confidence and concentration and, most important they are a a lot of fun! Sessions will run every Monday and Friday from 8am to 8.45am in the Primary Music room. Each session will cost 320 Baht. Online Registration is required. Please go to: http://www.bkkprep.ac.th/musical-mice/. A maximum of 15 children are permitted per session so book early to avoid disappointment!

Charity Donations Needed! The CAP Committee is pleased to inform you about our upcoming charity event for this year, “Sunny Smile Donation Drive”. The main aim of this event is to donate as much as possible to the charity ‘Sunny Smile Foundation” who are committed in helping the people of Mae Sot, which lies in between of the border of Thailand-Burma. We will be collecting donations from now until 12th Dec. We need you to donate toiletries and used clothing - both adult and child clothes. Students are collecting in their tutor groups and each group has to collect as much as possible to win a pizza party for the class! Parents who are willing to chip in donations are also most welcome, there will be a basket kept in the undercroft for donations to be put in. Your gesture of kindness will not only put a smile on their beautiful faces but will also make their lives a little better. So please BE SOMEONE’S SUNSHINE TODAY

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Puppy Cup 2017 Date: Saturday, 14th January On Saturday, 14th of January 2017, Bangkok Prep will hold its 2nd annual Puppy Cup swim meet for developing squad swimmers. We expect to have more than 400 swimmers this year competing from more than 10 international schools. This event is an initiative of Bangkok Prep to provide competition experience to those primary aged swimmers who have not yet had a taste of inter - school competition. The emphasis is on fun, relaxed competition and race day excitement. We found that many of those developing swimmers who participated in last year’s Puppy Cup, have now become productive members of our higher ability squads. Bangkok Prep anticipates that we will have 40 plus swimmers to represent the Bulldogs at this year’s event, and these swimmers will come from pre squad and those that have been selected from Year 1 and 2. The numbers for last year’s Puppy Cup were a total of 120 swimmers from 5 schools so Bangkok Prep is very pleased and proud that this event is now on the radar of more schools, so more students now have the wonderful opportunity of competing. It is a great family day with a lot of fun and excitement – please join us and cheer on our developing Bulldogs! Any parent or Bangkok Prep supporter who wishes to have an appropriate stall at the event or become a sponsor, please contact Raveena (admissions office) at raveenas@bkkprep.ac.th or Matt at the Aquatics Department at mferrier@bkkprep.ac.th

FOBP NEWS Vote of Thanks: FOBP would also like to take this opportunity to thank Rachel Greve, the FOBP’s Primary Class Representative Coordinator, for her contribution to FOBP and the school community at large. We at FOBP will miss not only her formidable organizational skills, but also her resourcefulness and her friendship. Rachel is leaving this December for Wellington, New Zealand. We wish her all the best.

--FOBP Committee

FOBP being shown the EYFS Sensory Garden that they generously funded. Thank you FOBP

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FOBP Children's Christmas Market on Thursday At the time of writing these lines we at the FOBP are busy preparing for our FOBP Children's Christmas Market on Thursday, December 8 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. We have several participants both from the Primary and Secondary as well as some parents. Lemonade is in the making, cookies are being baked, samosas are being fried… Plus there will be popcorn and lots of things to buy from our student entrepreneurs including Christmas cards, toys, decorations, handmade gift items and more. It’s all for a good cause as funds will also be raised for charity. After all Christmas is about giving. So parents remember to give the children some pocket money so they can support their fellow students, get themselves a few treats and get into the spirit of Christmas

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SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE Would you like to get more involved in our school community? Would you like to receive more news and updates? Would you like to glimpse through more pictures each week? Follow us on:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bulldog.bangkokprep/

Twitter: @Bangkok_Prep

Instagram: Bangkok_Prep

Pinterest: @Bangkok_Prep

Did you know that you can turn on your notifications to be alerted each time we post an update? Simply follow the instructions below: For Facebook: Place your cursor on the ‘Like’ Button on our page and then under the notifications section, tick the ‘All On’ option. For Instagram: Enter into any post by Bangkok Prep, then click on the three dots option on the top right hand corner and choose the ‘Turn on Post Notifications’ option. For Twitter: Go to our Twitter account, press on the settings icon at the top right hand corner, and choose the ‘Turn on Notifications’ option. Do you want to get featured on our Social Media pages? Simply send us some pictures along with a caption to info@bkkprep@ac.th or let us know when and where you would like us to take some pictures of yourselves in class or with your friends around school at info@bkkprep.ac.th!

Route Tour of Bangkok Prep’s Secondary Campus Haven’t seen our new campus yet? Join our Route Tour from our Thong Lo campus to our new T77 Campus. Take a look at the new surroundings your child will be in and see the various routes that can be taken to access the site. We look forward to seeing you there! When: Shuttle bus operating every Wednesday and Thursday Time: 7.50am Where: The new students' Drop Off Station Register: Contact Rhian at the Front office or fill in the form at http://www.bkkprep.ac.th/secondary-campus-route-tour/ "It's closer than you think!"

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