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OCLA - Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards 2016

Issue #12, Friday, 18th November 2016

IMPORTANT DATES Monday, 21st November

Secondary: House Mixed Basketball from 1pm – 1.25pm On Tuesday 22nd November, Bangkok Prep are extremely pleased to be hosting the prestigious Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards 2016. We will have over 200 guests from over 10 international schools coming to Bangkok Prep to celebrate with the highest achieving students in the Cambridge 2015-16 examinations. The ceremony will be an excellent opportunity for our student leadership team. Our Head Girl, Punn and Head Boy, Krit, will be delivering a keynote address to open the ceremony. Our Secondary Orchestra and Senior Choir will perform the 'Royal Anthem', whilst 'Fantasia on a Theme of Thailand' will be performed by the Secondary Orchestra and the Thai Ensemble. Our guests will no doubt enjoy an excellent afternoon and it is with regret that parents cannot come to support on this occasion; the venue will be full of award recipients and their families. The exception to this will be Kim Goodburn's family who we very much hope can attend to celebrate Kim's achievement: he has been awarded a Cambridge High Achievement Award for Applied Information & Communication Technology . He achieved the highest standard marks in the whole of Thailand for this international AS exam. The event starts at 1pm and will conclude with an outdoor reception in front of the Sixth Form Centre between 4 and 5pm. We ask that the whole community help to show our school at it's very best by ensuring that student behaviour is as impeccable as always and that bags and possessions are not left in the Undercroft. All students and parents are asked to promptly leave the site at 4pm on Tuesday so that the event reception can be set up. Please also wish our Prefect Team well for their vital roles in meeting, greeting and registering guests. Their interpersonal skills will be a huge part in making a fantastic impression on VIP guests and attendees from all over South East Asia. Finally, please do congratulate Kim on his outstanding achievement. We look forward to recognising the success of some very hard working young people next week.

Tia Court-Smith Deputy Head of Secondary School

Tuesday, 22nd November

Secondary: House Mixed Basketball from 1pm – 1.25pm

Wednesday, 23rd November

Primary: Key Stage 2 Sports Day from 9am – 3pm Please note that there will be NO after school activities from Primary students on the 23rd November.

Wednesday, 23rd November,

Secondary: Under 15 Boys Basketball VS Bromsgrove International School of Thailand from 3.15pm – 4pm

Thursday, 24th November

Secondary: House Mixed Basketball from 1pm – 1.25pm

Thursday, 24th November

Secondary: Year 7 Student Led Conference from 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Friday 25th November

Primary: Year 2 Performance from 1.00pm – 2.15pm

Friday, 25th November

Whole School: ASA information for Terms 2 & 3 uploaded to school website (for viewing only)

Tuesday, 29th November

Secondary: TISAC Athletics at Charter International School from 7.45am – 4pm In Respect to the nation’s mourning period in regards to the passing of King Bhumibol, the following events have been modified:

1. Friday, 9th December: Christmas Concert - cancelled


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Monte’s Golfing Success We are delighted to be able to congratulate Monte, 5NC, as he continues his golfing success, most recently with a fantastic performance whilst representing Thailand in India. From the 9-11 November 2016, Monte participated in the 8th Albatross International Junior Golf Championship in Gurgaon, India. As a representative of Thailand Junior Golf Federation he was competed against junior players from many countries. After a 3-day competition (54 holes), Monte was the proud winner of the ‘Individual Boy event for ages 9-10’ and was also a prize-winner in the ‘Boys 12 and under’ team competition. Well done Monte! We are so pleased to see your hard work paying off and we look forward to hearing all about your future tournament successes!

ISB Swimfest 2016 Last weekend 83 of our swimmers competed in the annual ISB Swimfest, which for 2016, had become our most anticipated event of the year. Our swimmers had been training hard leading up to the event and were well prepared by their coaches Kieran and Alex. We saw some incredible swims by both individual swimmers and our relay teams. Over the course of the weekend a total of 21 school records were broken and many more PB’s (personal bests). It is very hard to individualise performances but the following swimmers (and teams) require a special mention. Here are Bangkok Prep’s top 3 swimmers for each gender based on points gained for the school: Female Angelina Allen & Coco Scales (64 points) Ava Smith (53 points) Naani Wangpaiboon (42 points) Male Dean Vasarachanond (51 points) Craig Alberqerque (41 points) Titi Kulsevorathai (27 points)

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There were many highlights over the course of the weekend that stood out for our coaches - the 13- 14 Boys relay team (Craig, Dean, Mark, Win) was a brilliant display of teamwork, Angelina Allen's 100m Freestyle race was a heart stopping race with an exciting and close finish, Megan and Joy stepping up for the U15 girls relay team and of course the competition debuts for 17 new bulldogs. These and many other moments during the weekend saw the spirit of the Bulldogs on display. Congratulations and well done to all our swimmers. The whole team contributed to our 3rd place placing, you made the school and your coaches very proud. The Department would also like to acknowledge the parents who attended. Your support was incredible and your cheering really lifted our team. Our next high level competitive event will be the FoBISIA Swim Meet Brunei (January) and then Marlins Mayhem (March).

Matthew Ferrier, Head of Aquatics

Important Notice for Parents Using the School Car Park on Tuesday 22/11/16: IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that on Tuesday 22/11/2016 Bangkok Prep is hosting the Cambridge Outstanding Awards Ceremony. Parking under the building will be reserved for VIP guests attending this event. Parents collecting children will still be able to park in the parking area near the flagpole and in the Early Years car park. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

CANCELLED - Primary School After School Activities on Wednesday 23/11/16: Please note that due to our Key Stage 2 Sports Day there will be NO Primary school ASAs on Wednesday 23/11/16. The Following activities will be make up this cancelled session on Wednesday 7th December: Badminton, Can U Kick It, Cooking, Hindi, Illusions Trick, IWY Yoga, Nutty Scientists, Taekwondo, Top Flight Basketball, Ukulele, Xcite Golf, Yoga.

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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!"

Pimpatt Yomnak Assistant Managing Director 4


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Winter is coming! This is the time of the year where the temperature drops and we feel a rush of cool air, therefore we have stocked up on school sweaters. These are available at Shop@53, for 580 baht only.

UPCOMING EVENTS 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!

Primary and Secondary School – Singing the Kings Anthem Date: Tuesday 22nd November Venue: Undercroft Time: After the national anthem is played at 07:45am. Please note that all Primary and Secondary students will sing the Kings Anthem directly after the National Anthem is played on Tuesday morning (22/11/2016).

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Year 7 Student Led Conference Date: Thursday 24th November Venue: 5th Floor Time: 15:30 – 17:30 Dear Year 7 Parents, The Year 7 Student Led Conference will take place next Thursday 24th November 2016. You may find the format of the event very different to what you have been used to in Primary school. Students will have been reflecting on their progress so far this year and should take the lead in the meeting. They will have booklets with them in which they will need to record agreed targets for progress. Please go directly to the 5th floor, sign in, and find the room of your first appointment. There is not a need to see all subject teachers. We also politely request that you keep your appointments with teachers to less than 5 minutes. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Eimear O’Higgins, Year 7 Leader Joshua Watters, Key Stage 3 Leader

Early Years Christmas Production Date: Saturday, 14th January Dear Early Years Parents, A very important date for your diary: Early Years Christmas Production Snowman at Sunset Date: Friday 9th December Venue: Auditorium 8:15 - 9:30 am We hope to see you there!

Helen Young Head of Early Years

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After School Activities Showcase Dear Parents, As we come towards the end of Term 1 we would like to invite you to our After School Activities Showcase. This is a fantastic opportunity for your children to demonstrate the new skills they have been working on this term. Please see the schedule below for the date/time and location for each activity.

Activities Rhythmic Gymnastics

Room

Date

Time 3:00-3:30 PM

Ukulele

Drama Room 512 Monday 28th November Primary Music Room Monday 28th November

Jazz Dance

Dance Studio

Tuesday 29th November

3:00-3:30 PM

Ukulele

Drama Room 512

Wednesday 30th November

3:00-3:30 PM

Nutty Scientists

Primary Art Room

Wednesday 30th November

3:00-3:30 PM

Ballet

Dance Studio

Thursday 1st December

3:00-3:30 PM

Nutty Scientists

Primary Art Room

Friday 2nd December

3:00-3:30 PM

Wednesday 7th December

3:00-3:30 PM

Friday 2nd December

3:00-3:30 PM

Illusion Tricks Gallery Shakespeare for Children Auditorium

3:00-3:30 PM

We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you for your continued support of our After School Activities. Our After School Activities schedule for Terms 2 and 3 will be uploaded to our website on the 25 th November (for viewing only) Best regards,

Warisa Chaiyapong After School Activities Coordinator

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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

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 8


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PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS Dear Parents, Children and Colleagues,

Internationally Mindedness

Throughout November, we have been focusing on . During this time, teachers and children have been talking about how important it is to appreciate different cultures and religions. This week, during International Day, we have been taking time to celebrate the wonderful cultural diversity of our BKKP community. Charity events help children understand how their actions, no matter how small, can actually have a direct and positive impact on people’s lives. These acts of charity can influence the lives of people in the local area and people in countries from around the world. It is essential that young children grow up understanding that their actions are important and they can really make a difference. As you will see from this week’s Prepazine, there have been significant BKKP successes in many areas of the curriculum and we are all very proud of what are children are able to achieve. The conditions for success are by no means accidental and the staff, in partnership with parents, at BKKP are committed to making sure the children in our school flourish. Please continue to communicate with me about any ideas you may have about the school and let me know what we do well so we can maintain the schools effective progress. Have a restful weekend.

Duncan Stonehouse, Head of Primary

SECONDARY SCHOOL NEWS Dear Students, Parents and Colleagues, We’ve had yet another busy week in Secondary School. In our International Day activities on Tuesday we saw our students explore the customs and cultures of 16 countries from around the world, we made it challenging by ensuring the countries given did not reflect the nationalities of our 857 students. Students had to produce a two-minute video documentary that proved very hard for the judges to separate. Compounding the challenge was the requirement for students to work in mixed year groups and work to a very strict brief. We had an opportunity to celebrate our current Y12 and their recent IGCSE Examination successes in our IGCSE Certificate Presentation ceremony on Thursday. It was wonderful to see our 52 students celebrate together and it was a timely reminder for our Y11 students to ensure success through dedication and hard work. They begin their Y11 Mock Examinations on Monday for the next nine days. I will not wish them “Good luck!” as they know “Luck is not a factor”. Next Tuesday continues our theme of celebrating examination success as we will be hosting the prestigious Outstanding Cambridge Learners Awards and will welcome over 200 recipients, parents and school leaders from across Thailand. We would therefore appreciate it if parents could plan for a quick exit on Tuesday with their children by 4pm. Have a great weekend.

Nigel Wilsonlock, Head of Secondary 9


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Secondary School - ‘I’ve Been Challenged’ Event I was delighted to take a group of students from Secondary to the I've Been Challenged event at NIST last week. The students impressed with their enthusiasm and work rate taking part in two different challenge events. Bangkok Prep was also represented by Miss Giddings and Mr Rudall who organised the Conspiracy Theories workshop. Conspiracy Theories (Marco, 9VP, Edward 10JW) written by Edward We were put into teams of around four or five each and presented with a conspiracy theory per group to either prove or disprove. My group, for example, got the assassination of John F. Kennedy while Marco’s team got the Apollo moon landings. We then had the entire day to research and organise a presentation in any type of media. The goal was to try to convince other groups into believing your chosen possible explanation. At the end of the day, we had to present it to all and there were criteria to judge on its quality like whether this group cited sources or not, whether that team has an original and creative presentation and things like that. I worked with a very enthusiastic boy who wore a hat made out of tin foil with the words “CIA and UFO mind controlling powers repellent hat” engraved on the underside. I enjoy working with others because I got to make new friends and it was quite a good experience to improve your historical analysis skills and critical thinking. We also had the chance to have an interesting debate about the US Presidential Election during our lunch break. It was a valuable experience that I hope to repeat.

Breakout (Rishabh, 7IW, Jiyoon, 7HP) written by Jiyoon In Breakout, we got put into teams of around 5. In each team there were people from different schools. We got to know a lot of new people from different schools so that was cool. The event was all about problem solving and code cracking, each team got some clues, and to open all the 5 padlocks, we had to solve the clues to find the answers. It was fun talking as a team and solving the riddles, and it was also challenging at the same time. At the end of the two Breakout sessions, we got to make our own Breakout game in our groups. My group made a Breakout based on the theme of Percy Jackson, or Greek Mythology. It was a extremely exciting and fun game, and was also very challenging. I enjoyed it very much.

Josh Morris, Head of Year 9

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PE News Key Stage 2 Sports Day Dear Parents, A letter went home on Friday, 4th November via backpacks and email informing you that Bangkok Prep’s Key Stage 2 Sports Day will take place at the Ramkhamhaeung Stadium on Wednesday, 23rd November from 9am approximately 2pm. All students in years 3 - 6 will be involved. In order to make the day a success, please remember the following:  Your child must arrive at school before 7.45 as usual.  Students and teachers will be transported by buses to the stadium.  The welcoming and opening of the Sports Day will be announced at 9am. Parents are welcome to attend and support.  Students will either return by bus to school or you can sign up ahead of time to arrange for pick up from the stadium. Alternately, students can come back to school for a 3 - 3.30pm pick up and sign out. If your child takes the bus home, they will take a 3.30pm regular ASA departure bus, as these buses will operate as normal. Please note that there will be NO Primary after school activities on this day. Required school clothing and equipment for students:   

House T-shirts, regulation blue PE shorts must be worn and trainers. It is required that your child wears a sun hat, sunscreen and bring a water bottle to refill. Lunch, snacks and drinks are provided for every child. Vegetarians must request a special meal ahead of time.

Spectator Snack and Lunch Please note that for our keen family supporters, a food truck and coffee/drinks vendor will be selling snacks and lunch to parents throughout the day.

Senior Girls’ Basketball Our senior girls’ basketball team has had a memorable season. We had new players as well as players who have played together for years. Over the past season, we have become even closer than we were before, meeting new friends, building bonds, and working as a team. We concluded our season with 2 wins overall. It was the last year that some of our team mates would play on the same court with us but we hope that they will continue with the spirit and love for basketball. My favourite part of the season was in our last game against Bromsgrove when Pratibha, 13ER, shot her last shot for Bangkok Prep Bulldogs - a buzzer beater! Every single one of us have achieved our goal in basketball, whether it was a euro step, 10 rebounds, making a shot or even getting to play with everyone. It was a great season and we hope to play together again soon.

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FOBP NEWS Join the committee! If you’re interested to join the FOBP committee, please contact FOBP at fobp.bkkprep@gmail.com.

FOBP Committee

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