Patana News Volume 21 Issue 28

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We are Rigorous

Jason Cooper, Primary Principal n my August 2018 Patana News, I wrote about how pating in the assessment, as well as other regional schools success is measured. I started the article off by saying: – that is schools in the South-East Asia region.


“Success can be different things to different people; there is no ‘one size fits all’ measure of success. Some people will measure their child’s success in terms of academic attainment, while others will use academic progress. Some will talk about success on the sporting field, or the passing of music exams, while others will use social engagement and friendships as an indicator of success. All of these are valid measures of success and one is not more important than the other.”



Here at Bangkok Patana we take a broad and balanced view of success, which is evident in our Mission Statement – Our mission is to ensure that students of different nationalities grow to their full potential as independent learners in a caring British international community. Growing to their full potential could involve taking the stage at Patana Plugged, being the lead role in the Primary Production, making the FOBISIA team, competing in a chess tournament, being on the Student Council, or achieving all of their academic targets. As you can see, success can mean different things to different people. One of the many ways that we measure our success as a Primary school is by participating in the International Schools’ Assessment (ISA). This is a standardised assessment developed specifically for international school students in Years 4-11, and we make the assessment available to our students in Years 4, 5, and 6. Our students participate in online assessments in Reading and Mathematical Literacy, and our results are then compared to other schools around the world also sitting the tests. The reference norm used for this year’s comparative data comprises over 95,000 students from 398 international schools in 69 countries. The graphs below show the Bangkok Patana average compared to all other schools partici-


As you can see from the graphs, Patana students outperformed all other schools, as well as the regional schools. While this is something to be proud of, it is only one piece of the puzzle. As Principal of the Primary School, what makes these results particularly pleasing is that our students have achieved this academic success while also achieving sporting success, musical success and artistic success, all in an environment that prioritises happy and healthy children. This one measure of success highlights that it is possible for learning to be fun, exciting, and engaging, and also academically rigorous, further supporting our philosophy that happy, balanced and healthy learners are successful learners.

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