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Issue # 16, Friday 13 January 2017
Message from the Head of School Dear Parents, A slightly belated ‘Happy New Year’ and also welcome to Term 2 at Bangkok Prep. Having spent the Christmas holiday with my family in a rather wet and chilly York it has been quite a relief for me to return to the warmer climes in Bangkok (despite the current wet conditions)! I hope that you have all enjoyed the holiday season wherever in the world you were and that all of our students have had a restful break and returned to school ready to spring into action!
IMPORTANT DATES Saturday, 14 January Puppy Cup Swim Meet Thailand International Schools Sailing Championships, Pattaya
Monday, 16 January
After School Activities Start
Wednesday, 18-23 January FOBISIA Swimming, Brunei
Saturday 4 February Thong Lor Spring Fair
Term 2 is always a particularly busy term for the Academic Leadership Team of the school as we finalise our recruitment for the academic year 2017/18. The Bangkok Prep rate of ‘turnover’ for teachers is relatively low compared to other international schools and we forecast that approximately 17% of our staff (across both primary and secondary) will be leaving at the end of the academic year. We are also creating some new posts at Bangkok Prep for the next academic year, due to the increase in the size of the school and the number of classes that we will offer, so all in all we have a number of vacancies to fill. Mr Stonehouse, Mr Wilsonlock and I interviewed high quality potential appointees in London last week and in Bangkok before Christmas and will be conducting final interviews over the next couple of weeks. Attached to this newsletter is a revised calendar for 2016/17 (also available for download here). Recent events have resulted in a slight change to the pattern of public holidays in Thailand and 6th April is now a prominent public holiday (Chakri Memorial Day). 5th May (formerly Coronation Day) is also no longer designated as a public holiday. We have tidied the school calendar up with the result that the school now closes for Easter/Songkran on Wednesday 5th April, reopening as previously scheduled on 24th April 2017. The earlier closure before Easter/Songkran means that May 5th and 10th are no longer designated as holiday for the school community. I apologise for the unavoidable changes and hope that your schedules are not disrupted by them. Finally I would like to extend a belated warm welcome to all of our new families and students - I hope that you enjoy your time here as part of the Bangkok Prep community. Best regards,
Val Thomas-Peter Head of School
WHOLE SCHOOL NEWS
Krathongs for the King: Community Project Invitation Since his passing in October, more than 250,000 people have travelled to pay respect to late King Bhumibol at Sanam Luang, or about 40,000-50,000 people a day. Saturdays alone, the crowd grows to over 75,000 people who have come to pray, mourn, and show their respect. Food vendors in this area have been showing their contribution by supplying free food to citizens, as the wait can be very long indeed, up to 10 hours a day in some cases. Around 100,000 meals are being provided daily. If standard styrofoam/ polystyrene food boxes are used each day, this amounts to a tremendous amount of non-recyclable waste. Link: www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1118401/styrofoam-a-problem-at-sanam-luang So, following the Life Values of Bangkok Prep, problem solving has been put into practice. A group of our faculty and staff have recently been helping to make recycled origami paper krathongs (bowls) for food distribution. Their team gets together at Wat Rajanadda on Saturdays to make and disperse these krathongs. These bowls are being made out of already used A4 paper that has been used on both sides of the paper already here at our school. (No confidential paper is being used). Adding rice paper for hygiene, this re-used paper is now being put into functional use for a third time. By creating and giving the food vendors these recycled krathongs, we are showing environmentally responsible behaviour for the school, the community and the country. We are also helping to support local business to be more efficient while showing respect for our late king as well. Everybody wins. And 8 of our 11 Life Values are immediately put into practice. What you can do: We would now like to extend this project to our community, parents, teachers and students alike. Starting this coming Monday, all parents are welcome to the secondary library from 7:30-8:00 or from 2:15-3:30 every day to help make these krathongs as you drop off and collect your children. You can also help by providing standard 12 x 12 size food/ rice papers, or A4 paper that has already been used on both sides. Teachers and students may also get involved by making some in class, during their free time, or any other time they see fit in their classrooms. Any of the librarian team can show you how to make one krathong, and then you are set to continue to make as many as you like. They need to be made carefully and neatly in order to be used. These will be collected by our Bangkok Prep Team and delivered to the vendors weekly. The original team has requested to stay anonymous in publications as the focus in on helping with the bigger picture and not personal award. But know that this group originated from our librarians, purchasing officers, security guards and school maids. We will be starting this programme on Monday 16th January. We hope to have a good turnout, even if you can only come on occasion. Every krathong only takes about two minutes to make, but the impact is significant. We hope to see you in the library!
Mia Livingston, Head of Libraries email@example.com
ECO News: Secondary Campus to have solar panels In December last year, Bangkok Prep became the first Green Flag Eco School in Thailand. With this award comes a great deal of responsibility, with Bangkok Prep serving as an example to schools all over the world. It is, therefore, vitally important that Bangkok Prep continues to show a commitment to the environmental sustainability of our community, especially as the school grows in size. Luckily, we have a committed team of students, teachers and directors, who are all working together to keep the school community green. Last month, Khun Patrada Yomnak (our School Licence Holder) completed an agreement to provide solar energy to the new secondary campus, meaning that secondary students will have a substantial amount of renewable energy from solar panels, when it opens in August 2017. This yet another example of the fantastic support and guidance provided by the board of directors here at Bangkok Prep. The Eco Team would like to thank everybody involved for their continued support in our environmental efforts. We look forward to seeing the new solar panels in action.
Mr Kris Leverton, Eco Schools Coordinator, Key Stage 2 Leader firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Parents, We thank you so much for giving clothing, toys and toiletries very generously last term to the refugees in Northern Thailand. Unfortunately, since New Year, there has been huge flooding in Southern Thailand. As a school, we feel we need to act to help people who have lost everything to the floods. Therefore, for the next three weeks we will be collecting donations of DRIED FOODS and CLOTHING to help the people of the affected regions. Collection boxes for donated items will be placed by the turnstiles and in the Undercroft. If you would like to donate some dried foods (rice, pasta, noodles, dried beans/legumes) or clothing, please place it in these boxes. We appreciate your help.
Ms Oâ€™Sullivan and the student CAP Committee (Community Action Projects) email@example.com
NOTICE: To avoid viral illness, it is very important for children to wash their hands often, both at school and at home.
For more information, please see the School Nurse.
PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS Dear Parents, Happy New Year and I hope you and your families have had a restful and fulfilling holiday. Welcome to the new families that have joined the BKKP Community this term. It has been wonderful to see all the children back at school and already continuing to progress in their learning. Personally, I think they all seem to have grown significantly since the end of term in December. Thank you to all the Key Stage 2 parents that attended Mr Callow’s Maths Workshop for Parents session on Tuesday. I hope that you found the session informative and useful. I would also like to thank the parents and staff that accompanied the Year 1 children to Dreamworld on Thursday. Have a safe and restful weekend,
Value of the Month of December – Honesty - This week I have been talking to the children about the importance of being honest and why telling the truth is the basis of trust and reliability. Being honest means choosing not to lie, steal, cheat, or deceive in any way. When we are honest, we build strength of character that will allow us to be of great service to others. We are blessed with peace of mind and self-respect and will be trusted by others. “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” William Shakespeare
Duncan Stonehouse Head of Primary
Bangkok Prep would like to welcome you to the school's annual Thong Lor Spring Fair, which will be held on Saturday 4th February, from 2pm-6pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/1640414569593188/
There are still a few places left for vendors who would like to have a shopping or food stall at the 2017 Spring Fair. If you are interested, please email K. Mai: firstname.lastname@example.org, call him at 099 149 1329 or send a Line message to: bkkprep
Life Saving Training in Australia
Over the holidays, Bangkok Prepâ€™s Langdon sisters enjoyed another enjoyable Nippers season at their local Australian surf life saving club at Lorne in Victoria. Arabella (6SC) and Charlotte (4AB) compete in the Nippers Life Surf Life Saving programme every December and January in Australia. Bella and Lottie performed well in all events this season, particularly the beach runs, the open water swims and the surf board riding. Bella placed 3rd in the U11 girls open water event which was a 288m ocean swim for her age group. Lottie competed in the U9 girls open water event which was a 150m ocean swim. Lottie placed 1st in this swim and was almost a minute ahead of the next competitor. Bella and Lottie really enjoy both the fun and fitness benefits of Nippers and are maintaining their regular swim training whilst in Australia.
For more information about swimming at Bangkok Prep, contact Head of Aquatics Matt Ferrier: email@example.com
SECONDARY SCHOOL NEWS Dear students, parents and colleagues, I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable Christmas holiday and have come back refreshed and energised for the new term. I spent the first week in London with Mrs Thomas-Peter and Mr Stonehouse interviewing candidates as part of our recruitment process, preparing for the new school year in August. Candidates were unanimous in their attraction to the school through its very clear sense of community and holistic education. We are careful to ensure our new staff hold our life values as dearly as we do and were very aware that the new staff will not have had the experience of seeing Bangkok Prep as one school. As we move to two sites we will plan to take the school’s culture with us to T77. On Wednesday our Y11, 12 and 13 students were treated to our first ever University Fair. 25 Universities from the UK and Ireland had stalls showcasing their world class courses and student provision. Our students eagerly discussed their plans and dreams with the representatives and came away energised and excited about the possibilities for the future. All visitors were very complimentary of our students, especially with regards their willingness to engage and their confidence to discuss their options. I hope your children were happy to discuss the event with you as well. The month of January sees us concentrate on our life value of Honesty. This is especially important as the term ‘posttruth’ becomes the norm in many important political debates, where factual information is overthrown by the appeal of emotional responses. Social media can spread these post-truths quickly because they appeal to emotions rather than a slow and difficult pursuit of the truth. Fortunately the British curriculum that we follow insists students are critical and reflective of any information they use and teachers are keen for students to question their own responses and viewpoints. I am looking forward to a return to ‘truth’ in the news! Finally, we are now entering a cooler period of weather and I would like to remind students and parents that we have school ‘jumpers’ in our shop. These are part of our uniform and can be worn by students so they do not get cold. Kind regards
Nigel Wilsonlock Head of Secondary
***** UKMT Senior Maths Challenge Congratulations to the students who received their certificates from the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge they sat on Friday 2 December 2016. A special mention goes to Yong Li (Y13) who scored the highest in the school, the best in his year and gained a gold certificate. Utkarsh Gupta scored top from the Y12 entries.
For more information about maths at Bangkok Prep, please contact Brent Woods: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phuket Soccer Sevens â€“ Tournament Report
The Phuket Soccer Sevens, hosted by British International School, Phuket, is the premier football tournament for International schools across all of Southeast Asia. It was a privilege to be invited and an incredible experience for our budding footballers, here at Bangkok Prep, to develop their skills; playing against some truly outstanding teams. Although playing in this tough competition for the first time, the under 13 boys more than held their own. Despite losing the first two group games, against Dulwich College (Shanghai) and Alice Smith (Kulala Lumpur), they bounced back to draw their next game against Harrow (Thailand) and to win their final group match against Wellington College (China). Narrowly missing out on a place in the cup, the under 13 boys moved into the quarter finals of the plate competition where, despite a valiant performance, they were beaten by St Andrews Green Valley (Thailand); the eventual runners-up. All in all, this was a massive learning curve for our talented players. In the face of extreme opposition, they rose to every battle and grew as a team. Most importantly, the boys enjoyed every minute of their trip to Phuket and are already talking about next year's event. Well done, Bulldogs. You made us all very proud!! Under 13 boys squad: William Potter (Captain) Nadol Ken M Nihal Taas Rohan Lachlan Shunta David
For more information about football at Bangkok Prep, please contact Ben Cantrill: email@example.com
SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE Follow us on:
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Route tour of Bangkok Prepâ€™s new Secondary Campus
Have you seen our new Secondary School 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: Free shuttle bus from Thong Lor campus every Wednesday at 7.50am, and Thursday at 9am Register: Contact Sara Wilson at the Front office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fill in the form at: http://www.bkkprep.ac.th/secondary-campus-route-tour/
BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL PREPARATORY & SECONDARY SCHOOL (Bangkok Prep) Est: 2003 23 Sukhumvit 53 Tel: 02-260-7890 Fax: 02-662-5444 Wattana, Bangkok Email: email@example.com 10110, Thailand www.bkkprep.ac.th School Calendar Academic Year 2016-17 As of 11 January 2017 Month Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Important Dates 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7th: new staff arrive 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 8th - 19th: Induction Days August 12th: HM the Queen's Birthday - holiday 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 2016 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 22nd - 24th: Training Days 29 30 31 25th: first day of classes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 September 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 2016 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 October 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 24th: Chulalongkorn Day (day in lieu) - holiday 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 2016 25th - 28th: half-term break 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 November 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 2016 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 5th: HM the King's Birthday - holiday December 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 13th: last day of classes 2016 14th - 3rd: school vacation days 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2nd: New Year's Day 4th: classes resume 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 January 2017 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 28th: Chinese New Year 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 February 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 13th: Maka Bucha Day (day in lieu) - holiday 2017 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 14th - 17th: half-term break 27 28 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 March 2017 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 5th: last day of classes 6th: Chakri Memorial Day 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 April 2017 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 6th - 21st: school vacation days 13th - 17th: Songkran - holidays 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 24th: classes resume 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 May 2017 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 June 2017 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 27th: last day of classes 28th - 30th: Training Days (transition to new 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 campus) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 3rd - 31st: school vacation days 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 July 2017 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Total: 181 School Days Colour Codes School Vacation Days Weekends First & Last day of term for pupils Public Holidays - office closed / no classes New staff arrive Staff Training Days - no classes Year 13 Graduation New staff Induction Days Academic_Calendar_2016-17/VTP/Jan-2017/Final 5