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NEWS Wednesday 19th October 2016

Volume 19 Issue 9

Also in this issue Trilympics


Pataroma Coffee Project


Junior Achievement

Bangkok Patana is an IB World School, accredited by CIS and NEASC

The Bangkok Patana Smile Mick Smith, Secondary Principal Dear Parents, It’s almost half term already, where did the last nine weeks go? This week I wanted to give the opportunity to two of our new Secondary teachers to introduce themselves to you and share with you their thoughts on their first months at Bangkok Patana. They’ve been working flat out since the very beginning of August, two weeks before school began, and will certainly have earned a break by next weekend. Like all of our new teachers, I think they’ve settled in really well and are already making a great contribution to student learning.

The Patana Smile

“The students have been kind, hard-working and confident. I am constantly impressed by their work ethic and drive to succeed.”

Hello! My name is Carly Ellis, new to the Secondary Mathematics Faculty this year. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work at Bangkok Patana. I have found the city so vibrant and fascinating, as is the Thai culture. I am proud to be contributing to the successful, energetic, international community at Bangkok Patana. My experience in the first half term at the school has been extremely exciting, busy, and overwhelmingly positive. Ever since that first step into my (brand-new) classroom I have felt welcomed by both staff and students. The students have been kind, hard-working and confident. I am constantly impressed by their work ethic and drive to succeed. Same with staff! I am very appreciative of the support and professional development Bangkok Patana provides, within Mathematics and across the Secondary School. I am looking forward to learning more from my colleagues, sharing ideas and exploring the city of Bangkok – hopefully without an umbrella! Carly Ellis, Secondary Mathematics teacher

The decision to apply for the position of Secondary Art Teacher at Bangkok Patana School was a big one, both professionally and personally – as I have moved here from the UK with my wife, who is currently expecting our second child, and our 1-year-old daughter. It was a very conscious decision to apply to Bangkok Patana, as I had been aware for some time of the excellent reputation of the school, academically and also pastorally - and the strong emphasis that the school puts upon creating a caring community. From the moment we arrived, back in early August, we have been greeted with such warmth, friendliness and lots of smiles. Everyone has been so welcoming to my family and I - from the senior staff who greeted us at the airport, to the school support staff, teachers, security team, parents and the wider school community. After an important few weeks of induction, I finally met with my teaching sets and tutor group, and I can honestly say that it has been a real pleasure to work with them during this first term. They have been engaged, committed, hardworking and good humoured. I am 19/10/2016


“My family and I feel very much a part of the Bangkok Patana community already – thanks for all the smiles, they mean a lot.” 2

thoroughly enjoying my teaching, and my family and I feel very much a part of the Bangkok Patana community already – thanks for all the smiles, they mean a lot.

Ross Corker, Secondary Art teacher

Social Media Never far from our thoughts as educators and as parents, I was struck this week by an article in the IB World magazine (September 2016) entitled Is Social Media Harming Students? The article begins with a clear acknowledgement that there are educational advantages of student use of social media such as bringing schools and students from around the world together to collaborate and the creation of exciting learning activities. However, excessive use can affect development and wellbeing. Similar results were recorded at Pittsburgh, US where participants most frequently checking social media were 2.7 times more likely to be depressed compared to peers who were moderate social media users. They found that the most likely causes of this depression were increased risk of cyberbullying and highly idealised representations of young people online triggering negative feelings about themselves. These researchers also found that online interactions developed the impression among some students that everyone else ‘is leading a happier, more successful life’ as they record carefully curated views of themselves. Again this can lead to negative self-image. Teachers and parents may also recognise the concern shared at the International School of Stavanger that students seem to struggle to concentrate for extended periods of time as they are used to everything being ‘instant’ in their online interactions. Extended reading and especially writing can therefore be a problem. Numerous studies point to narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) where young people are overly keen to attract more likes or followers on their social media accounts which potentially can lead to an inflated ego, a lack of empathy and being highly reactive to criticism. So what can we do to help students? Research in China where social networking sites have been prohibited has been argued to slow down the acquisition of 21st Century skills. However, in the UK easy access to social media has resulted in an estimated 5.4million young people experiencing some form of cyberbullying. Ultimately what we 19/10/2016

can do is work closely “The University of together in a homeGlasgow conducted school partnership to educate our students on research which how to utilise online mefound that the need dia effectively, but not to be constantly excessively or in a way that threatens either alert to social media their own or other peoalerts can cause ple’s safety. Brian Taylor, our Cross Campus Assisdepression, anxiety tant Principal for Techand reduced sleep nology Integration regularly holds large quality for meetings or works with teenagers.” smaller numbers of parents on this. There is also a great deal of time devoted to online safety and appropriate use of technology in our tutorial periods led by each Head of Year in Secondary. We also continue to take small but important measures in school where students are not allowed to use their mobile phones or even their laptops in our social spaces at break or lunchtimes. I’m sure you’ve all observed, and perhaps role modelled the scenario where three or four people are sat close together, but rather than talking to each other, each is engaged online with other(s) who may be sat in similar situations ignoring their friends somewhere else in Bangkok or the wider world! Alternatively, a parent at the Year 7 Parent’s Conference last week told me of a new app available in the UK where parents can use their smartphone to partially or totally block online access on any device! Although tempting that may also cause more harm than good. Have a great half term, Mick Smith, Secondary Principal



Trilympics Raise 30,000 thb Words by Isak Sidelind (12J), Photographs by Shivraj Pawa (12G)


econdary students participated in the “Trilympics�, a physical fund raising event organised by the CAS project PNP (Physical Nutritional Psychological Health). This year students were sponsored to run, row and cycle for 24 hours. Seventy-five students and teachers participated and 49 senior students spent the night at Bangkok Patana in order to complete this gruelling challenge. The event raised approximately 30,000 Baht, which will go towards buying school supplies for a new day-care centre in an impoverished community in Phra Padaeng. Well done to everyone involved!




Events Update In deep respect of the passing of His Royal Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyade there are some changes to upcoming school events. Where possible events will be rescheduled, any events going ahead will be scaled back as to be respectful of the mourning period.

Patana Plugged SILC Bazaar International Day University Fair Loy Krathong Ploenchit Fair

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POSTPONED—Date TBC RESCHEDULED for 11th November RESCHEDULED for 13th December Going ahead Going ahead Going ahead

Withdrawal Reminder from the Admissions Department Rachel Jones, Head of Admissions This is a gentle reminder for any families who may be leaving Bangkok Patana School this academic year. Please note that the school requires half a term’s notice of withdrawal in Term 1, and a full term’s notice of withdrawal in Terms 2 and 3. Student Leaving

Withdrawal Deadline

End of Term 1 (December 2016)

Monday 31st October 2016

End of Term 2 (April 2017)

Monday 9th January 2017

End of Term 3 (June 2017)

Monday 24th April 2017

Any families leaving in December 2016 or February 2017 half-term should submit a completed withdrawal form to the Admissions Department by Monday 31st October 2016. If you are unsure of your plans, please contact Rachel Jones at before the withdrawal deadline to join the confidential potential leavers list.

If you took part in the Fun Run at Ancient Siam... ...But did not receive a medal at the finish line, please email and we will arrange to send the medal to your child’s class. 19/10/2016



From the Office of the Foundation Board The Foundation Board routinely seeks nominations for positions on the Foundation Board Sub-Committees: 

Buildings and Grounds


Human Resources

Marketing and Development

We are currently recruiting for the Human Resources Sub-committee. We invite all parents to apply. Applicants must be current Bangkok Patana parents. Any specialist, expertise or interest in the Human Resources field may be an advantage. Please submit your application and CV by email to Khun Kulvadee Siribhadra (Khun Dee) at or in writing to the Nominations Committee, c/o the Office of the Foundation Board, Bangkok Patana School.




The Patana Coffee Project: Pataroma By Muskan Shah (11F), Keito (Kate) Yoneyama (11D), Sita (Genie) Wattanavekin (11D) and Jost Weinberger (9K)


he Bangkok Patana Coffee Project (Pataroma) is a student-led social enterprise formed in collaboration with NIST, who invited us to join this venture. Pataroma’s aim is to make a profit from the sale of coffee beans which will be donated to communities to support their economic development. The coffee is also fair trade ensuring that the farmers who grow the beans also receive a fair price. Farmers often do not earn the right amount of money for all the hard work they do; when we buy a coffee from many of the large coffee brands the money we pay is not always equally distributed. Often the company makes large profits and those growing the coffee receive very little in comparison. It is because of this that we think the idea of Fair Trade is very important. Each worker has the right to receive the money he deserves. Thus, we hope to join this movement with schools which are already participating such as NIST, ISB, KIS, RIS with an objective to help the farmers of the Omgoi Village in the North of Thailand while promoting the concept of fair trade as a global movement. We are looking to purchase coffee beans from ROOTS as the other schools do. These will be ethically sourced coffee beans. Once we are set up, we hope to start selling bags of coffee beans at different events in school. Our target market is teachers and parents. We held a focus group in September; this was a gathering of our target consumers who were interviewed and asked to provide their opinion about our product and the overall concept of our social enterprise. We invited eight teachers and asked them a series of questions in order to help us decide what our name and slogan should be as well as many other important decisions about our concept and our branding. Some members of our group observed and took notes whilst the discussions took place. Thanks to the attending teachers, we now have invaluable information which will help us to build and develop our social enterprise. We are currently using this information to complete our business plan which we will be presenting to the school soon. Pataroma hope to launch their social enterprise as soon as possible, so watch out for this amazing opportunity to help contribute to a good cause. Remember, by purchasing the fair trade coffee you can help a farmer whilst also providing communities in the north of Thailand with resources they need. 19/10/2016



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Junior Achievement: Revival of Style By Koko Lotharukpong (11G)


his year, 28 Secondary students are participating in the Junior Achievement ECA. The aim of this programme is to learn practical skills by creating a business and selling a product. Our company, Revival, aims to produce high quality and environmentally-friendly phone cases to drive those around us to live more socially conscious lifestyles by promoting designs that use recycled materials. Our product is a multifunctional phone case, complete with card slots, that is compatible with iPhones 6 and above and Samsung devices. In doing so, we hope to reduce the carbon footprint of the school. We plan to incorporate our product in the customer's daily lives, and work with other organisations to promote recycling and meet the needs of the community. The cost of the product is 350 THB. If you would like to pre-order or for more information, please e-mail




Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) Helen Thew, Assistant Principal (Student Welfare)


CD is a non-profit organisation that provides substance abuse prevention education for schools. Since 1976, they have taught over a million students of all ages. Their mission is to:  Encourage and support the non-use of alcohol and other illegal or illicit drugs during the growing years  Empower young people to make healthy, responsible choices regarding alcohol and other drug use  Teach students and adults how to recognize the early warning signs of substance abuse and to intervene appropriately  Educate students, parents, teachers, and administrators on the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and other drugs  Promote awareness of drug addiction, including alcoholism, as a progressive, chronic, and often fatal disease  Provide educational communities with the guidance and training necessary to implement comprehensive, effective approaches to substance abuse prevention This year our FCD visitors were Ms Sarah Burrill and Mr Jose Rowe Palafox. Whilst at Bangkok Patana they worked with students, staff and parents. If you were unable to make the parents meeting you can find the PowerPoint they used at student-welfare/ks3-/year-9-tutorial/y9-parentcommunication Sarah and Jose mainly worked working with our Year 9 students who saw them for four sessions. We also hold assemblies with FCD and our students in Years 8, 11, 12 and 13 to give the students the opportunity to listen to the latest advice on how to stay safe and healthy and to ask questions that they might not ask their teachers nor their parents. The best feedback you can receive on the success of FCD is from the students themselves, here the students from different year groups tell us about what their learnt from our FCD visitors:

Year 8 Feedback by Khushi Mathur (8D) The FCD assembly explained the effects of drugs and how to prevent being to addicted to these harmful substances. I found this assembly very helpful as it explained about what some people and I might go through when we are older and how to help not only us but the people around us too. Ms Sarah and Mr Jose who joined us engaged us by telling us interesting stories about their experience, which makes you aware of how powerful drugs can be. In addition, it taught us about how very few are lucky enough to break away from this addiction and if we are ever caught up on this we now know what we can do 19/10/2016

to help us. In conclusion, I think this assembly will help us in the long term when we are older as we will have more knowledge on what is going around us and how we should avoid it.

Year 9 Feedback by Charles Golsby (9H) with input from the Junior Delegates Last week, Year 9 participated in the Freedom from Chemical Dependency, where we engaged in discussions and talks about drugs, alcohol and other substances. These discussions, which were over the course of four days, helped us understand what these drugs do to our body and why we should not use them. Overall, I found this experience very interesting and beneficial. Our FCD speaker, Ms Sarah Burrill, helped us understand the hazards that come with using drugs. On the first day, she talked about her own experiences, as she was once a drug addict (but has been clean for 30 years!). As well as this, she began to tell us about different drugs, and how each of them effect our body differently. For example, hallucinogens, such as LSD, make us see and believe things that aren’t there, which can be a potential hazard that could affect us. On the second day, Ms Sarah taught us about the different stages of alcohol drinking which range from dizziness; black out drinking; vomiting; induced coma and ultimately death. She explained this very well in a way that made us think about how these chemicals can affect us in and out of school. What I learned from this is that our brain, which is not yet fully developed, should not mix with different drugs – as they could affect our productivity and performance. Crucially, our undeveloped brain, when introduced to alcohol, is much more likely to cause you to develop an addiction than you could if you were to be introduced to alcohol as an adult. During the next day, we learned about the different types of drugs and the different effects they have on the human body. Some of these drugs, including opiates and



hallucinogens, have an effect that can sometimes be irreversible, and they can have an effect on you for the rest of your life. What I liked about this is that we were able to ask many questions and have them answered with detail. She was able to answer any questions that we had. I really enjoyed this day because we learned a lot from her talk. On the last day, we participated in a short drama piece, where we imagined that some our friends were under the influence of drugs, and how this made us feel. I found that this was very effective, as it gave us an insight as to how a real person would feel if they were to be in a situation like this. The remainder of the day was spent learning about not just how people doing drugs feel. But how the people around them feel. I found this very interesting, as it showed us different perspectives on drugs. At the end, as it was our last lesson, we thanked Ms Sarah and said goodbye, bringing with us her teachings. Overall, I found the FCD talks very important and interesting. As I had never had anything like this before, I was very curious about what it was like. At the end of the talk, I was happy with how much I had learned and the experience I brought back with me. If I were to do this again, I would have asked more questions about what drugs do to different types of people. One thing I would change would be to be able to talk to different FCD speakers about their experiences instead of only one. Overall, I am very happy with my experience.

Year 12 Feedback by Jake Mills (12P) This year's FCD was particularly insightful as it highlighted that it isn't just the stereotypical poor children with family issues that turn to excessive drug use, but also academics from more privileged backgrounds similar to that of most students at Bangkok Patana. This made their stories much more personal as we found it much easier to put ourselves in their shoes and experience their detailed and at times tragic life experiences. Furthermore, the FCD speakers were able to convey how subtle addiction is and how it is very difficult to realise that you are addicted until it is too late. Overall I found the experience very interesting and educational. 19/10/2016

Year 13 Feedback by Stephanie Richt (13M) Every year, Bangkok Patana School has the privilege of welcoming members of the FCD, a US-based non-profit organisation that provides education regarding the prevention of drug consumption and alcoholism. This year, Sarah and Jose shared their histories of drug use in terms of how they were first introduced to drugs, the consequences they faced as a result, and how they overcame their addictions. We were introduced to the concept of a ‘true authentic -self’. As individuals we develop our own personal ‘true authentic-self’, and this goes beyond identifying ourselves by race, gender, nationality etc. It is something we develop through our personal experiences, which ultimately shapes the kind of person we – as students – will eventually grow up to be. Without this sense of vulnerability and individuality, we can never truly mature. Sarah emphasised the importance of a ‘true authentic-self’, before explaining how her ‘addict identity’ hindered her development process. “As addict identity progresses, true authentic-self stops developing.” She explained that addiction becomes part of your identity, and influences not only the way you view the world, but also the way you view yourself. You develop a dependence on harmful substances and begin to subconsciously devalue your natural, non-chemically induced identity. This is the most dangerous part of addiction, as you lose the motivation and belief that you can be successful without the use of drugs. Consequently, you form a neurological connection with these substances, but when the feeling is gone, you feel worse which simply leads to increased usage, and from there the cycle continues. People try drugs because it makes them feel good, but for every unnatural high, there is also an unnatural low. As young adults about to graduate, this talk was particularly useful. Jose explained that nowadays the media advertises binge drinking and hangovers as a form of entertainment, but what they don’t advertise is that blackout drinking is an early warning sign for alcoholism. Signs of addiction are not always difficult to identify, but as it is considered a taboo subject it is often ignored or seen as a joke, therefore hearing about the consequences from those who have faced them first-hand was a valuable experience. Finally, we were given advice on how to avoid falling into these bad habits and stay true to our authenticselves after graduation. Jose highlighted the importance of using our familiar environment and friends to develop a secure sense of identity before we move out of our comfort zones and into adulthood. He also advised that we get our study, eating, sleeping routines – and general life habits – in place, before working on our social habits. If our true authentic-self can develop a stable foundation in a new environment, then we are less likely to lose it through negative influences.



Match Reports Varsity Volleyball Girls’ Our game against NIST was the most exciting and thrilling games our team has ever played! From previous games, we knew our serve-receive wasn't our strongest area, meaning that we couldn't return the ball very well from the serve (this was the main reason we lost points in our NIST weekend tournament). Despite all this, we really stepped it up and improved our game tremendously. With our serve-receive in play, we were able to give good passes to the setter and had some amazing kills. However, NIST had very good defence too, so each set was very close - we won the first, they won the second until we got up to the final fifth set, which was only 15 points. We started strongly with our serves and we continued to lead throughout the match. At around nine points, NIST was starting to step up, however, our team was too focused to let our nerves get the best of us. After a nail-biting final, we took the last set 15-8. This game was a great example of how we identified our mistakes or weak areas of play and improved. We even managed to get Mr Watson to smile and give a thumbs up!

Under 13 Girls’ Tennis In the last few weeks we have had lots of tournaments including the Doubles Invitational, BISAC singles and BISAC team events. At the Doubles Invitational, it was an all Bangkok Patana final with Balloon and Ilka taking 1st place and Gem and Maple coming in 2nd. The following week was BISAC Singles at Harrow. The participants were divided into eight groups of four to compete in a round robin of matches. The player who came first in each group would then move into the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. In the BISAC team event, Bangkok Patana Under 13 Girls came 1st after beating NIST in the finals. It was a good come back for doubles players Pammy and Gem who managed to win 7-6 (7-4) when the other team had three match points.

Under 15 Girls’ Touch Rugby On the 12th October we headed over to ISB to compete in a friendly match. After winning our last games, including beating ISB, we were confident in ourselves. However, a couple of team members were unable to play so a few doubts crept in. We were excited arriving at ISB, until we saw the pitch; their pitch is larger than our home pitch and we know how ISB improve and how well they play on their home pitch. At this point our confidence was in doubt but we encouraged each other and tried to keep a positive attitude. In the early stages of the game, we were level; we allowed them to score twice from silly mistakes, gaps in our defence and nerves, with players scared to go up and take the touch. In the second half we were up 4-3 because we were executing settles, drawing defenders to create gaps and passing to the wing (who was on the outside of the opposition). However, due to the stress of losing, we grew increasingly frustrated with each other with more experienced players feeling the pressure of the new members. Our captain kept us together, reminding us we are a team and this is a great preparation for BISAC. Due to the boost of morale, we went on to score four more times in the third half. The final score was 8-3. Our lesson from this game was that no matter if you are new to touch or not, working and communicating with each other is the only way we can win; or even just have fun. 19/10/2016



CATs Corner Tania Leyland, Youth Club and Community Services Coordinator

PAWS Campaign Days From October 4th to 5th, our CAT club PAWS held our annual campaign days, raising awareness for our cause. October 4th was World Animal Day so we also wanted to celebrate animals all around the world by creating a game that involved guessing the paw or foot prints of different animals. Since we are supporting Soi Dogs this year, we created another game involving guessing the mixed breed of the dog and earning a prize in return. This is because many soi dogs aren't purely one breed. Over the two days, we also took many photos of the students with the dog filter on Snapchat. This allowed us to interact with the students more as well as using another social media platform to advertise our club. Overall, these two days were a successful way to educate students about the situation of the soi dogs in Thailand, attracting more students to help out and join our club. PAWS Community Action Team

Mercy Centre On Saturday 8th we welcomed a coach full of children from the Mercy Centre to Bangkok Patana School. Volunteer students from Year 7 through to Year 11 worked extra hard to ensure that every child had a fun and fulfilling day. They organised a range of activities including swimming, football and adventure park chase which was followed by lunch in the Primary Canteen. Thank you to all of the staff who came in to support us.

Habitat and Playing 4 Change We ran two large campaigns last week. The first was ‘Sponsor a Brick’ from Habitat for Humanity. They were raising funds for their home building visit to Korat during the half term break. The second was the Playing 4 Change musical instrument donation for the Klong Toey Music Project. As always, your support has been amazing. Thank you.



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#43: Fonts When great design and technology meet together then the experience of the user is simple and intuitive. A lot of thought often goes into the font used in websites and apps. Here is a useful directory of open source designer web fonts that you can simply play with by typing directly into the spaces. It’s interesting to see what is trending - no matter where you are in the world. Hope you enjoy it.

With regards, Brian Taylor, Assistant Principal, Campus Curriculum Technology Integration

Transport Corner Weekly news and notices from the Transport Department Reminder there will be no school transport on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st October as school is closed. The Transport Service will resume as normal on Monday 31st October. We wish all our users a wonderful half term break.

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October Exhibition at the Neilson Hays Library "Between My Lines" Paintings by Sonea Rattanaruangsup 6th—30th October 2016 The October art exhibition at Neilson Hays Library will feature work by Sonea Rattanaruangsup. "Between My Lines" is a collection that captures the impulsive nature of emotions - emotions that when triggered, can change how we perceive ourselves. All of us, at one point or another in our lives, long to tread outside our comfort zones and be somebody else. "Between My Lines" exposes how emotions can drive us to put on certain disguises for the world while leaving our inner selves untouched. Sonea Rattanaruangsup at or +

November Exhibition at the Neilson Hays Library Pieced Impressions Quilts by Karen Sengal 1st—27th November 2016 Opening Reception at 5pm on Saturday 5th November 2016 Pieced Impressions is a solo exhibition of quilts by Karen Sengel. Karen has been sewing since she was very young. She started quilting about 15 years ago. She began with traditional bed quilts, then moved onto to art quilts, doing this exclusively for the past 10 years. Karen tries to capture the images that have impressed her throughout her 25 years living and traveling in Asia. Many are iconic, some personal. Her quilts are traditionally pieced, then machine quilted in a free motion style which adds texture and interest. Karen grew up in New York state but has spent most of her adult life overseas as an international school teacher, primarily in Asia. She now lives in Chiang Mai with her husband and their Thai cat named Gung.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Nalin Vanasin, Curator at the Rotunda and Garden Café Galleries Rotunda & Garden Café Galleries Neilson Hays Library 195 Surawong Rd, Bangkok Tel: 02 233 1731




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