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Issue #14, Friday, 9th December 2016


Message from the Head of School Dear Parents, The long weekend commenced last Friday with a remembrance service and celebration of His Majesty King Bhumibol’s life which was followed by what was a welcome short break for many in our community. Whilst many of our traditional Christmas based celebrations have been scaled back as a gesture of respect to the late King Bhumibol, we have decorated the school with a black white and silver theme and endeavoured to include some festive activities such as the very enjoyable Children’s Christmas Market which was run on Thursday afternoon by the FOBP. I would like to thank the Friends of Bangkok Prep for organising this event which replaces our usual Christmas Bazaar. The FOBP committee is made up of a small number of very active and enthusiastic parents and their achievements are very impressive. I would like to thank the FOBP for their hard work on behalf of the school and their commitment to our students and our community. My thanks go to all the staff at school for their hard work and commitment this term, during which much has been achieved. I would like to highlight two events in particular: Last week saw our very successful KS3 Art and Design Showcase during which stunning Art and DT work from Year 7, 8 and 9 students was displayed. The quality of work on display was top notch and congratulations must go to Mr Bannister, Mr Spence and Ms Tighe for their dedication and committment. We also received the news about our Green Flag application last week. Following a visit from an ‘Eco-inspector’ we have been awarded Green Flag status and we are the first school in Thailand to achieve this accolade. My thanks goes to Mr Leverton and his team of ‘Eco-warriors’ who have been working hard to educate us all on how to be more environmentally aware and responsible.

IMPORTANT DATES Friday, 9th December

Secondary: Sixth Form Christmas Gathering from 6pm – 9pm

Tuesday, 13th December

Whole School: Last day of term

Wednesday, 4th January

Whole School: First day of term

Wednesday, 4th January

Whole School: After School Activities – Confirmation of Places and Invoices to Parents

Tuesday, 10th January

Primary: KS2 Maths Workshop for Parents from 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Wednesday, 11th January

Secondary: Y11 – Y13 British University Education Fair from 9am – 12pm

Thursday, 12th January

Primary: Y1 School Trip from 8am – 2.30pm

Saturday, 14th January Primary: Puppy Cup

Finally, our finalised Term 2 calendar of events will be available to view on Firefly from today onwards. Please check it regularly for the dates and times of events which will be held in school during Term 2.


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We break up at 11.45am (Primary students) and 12 noon (Secondary students) on Tuesday December 13th. Please can you ensure that you collect your child promptly on Tuesday lunchtime so that they are not left behind waiting after the other children have left? I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing you all back in school on Wednesday 4th January 2017. Kind regards,

Val Thomas-Peter Head of School Please see below a sample of the artwork on display during the KS3 showcase:


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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 To ensure that students signed up to our school lunches receive a full nutritious lunch rather than providing a packed lunch we will be serving a full hot mid morning meal. For Primary parents registered with the express pick up service this service will still operate on the 13 th December from 11:45am – 12:15pm. School buses for Primary students will leave school at 11:45 and school buses for Secondary students will leave at 12:00 noon. Please also note that our termly magazine ‘Prep@53’ was delivered to all classes this week. Our School Calendars will now be delivered to classes next week, students who are not here next week can collect from their class teacers at the beginning of Term 2.

Bangkok Prep Student meets with Korean Prime Minister Bangkok Prep student, Jiwon Lee (4SE), was selected to meet the Korean Prime Minister, Hwang Kyo Ahn in October during the Prime Minister’s visit to Thailand. During Prime Minister Hwang Kyo Ahn’s visit he participated in the Asia Cooperation Dialoque (ACD), he met the Thai Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan Ocha and visited the Thai Military Unit that served in Korean War. We are so pleased that Jiwon was able to be part of this historic visit. Well done Jiwon.

ECO Team Update: First School In Thailand To Earn Green Flag!! “Bangkok Prep is the second International School awarded the Green Flag since the creation of the International Schools project, coordinated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) Head Office.” - Eco Schools Global On 1st December 2016, Bangkok Prep became the first school in Thailand to earn an Eco Schools Green Flag Award! After more than two years of hard work, a paperwork assessment and an on site inspection, the members of the Eco Teams finally reached their goal. This makes Bangkok Prep, not only the first school in Thailand to earn the award, but the second school in the world to earn the award, since the establishment of the Eco School Global Award. As a result, we were a featured school in the most recent addition of the Eco School Global Newsletter. Link here All students involved did a great job and the Eco School Assessor was blown away by their enthusiasm and dedication to the Eco Schools initiative. “If every school achieves one of these awards, that could set us up for a different future. A super future!” - Willian (Primary Eco Team) “I think that what we have achieved is brilliant, we are the first Green Flag Eco School in Thailand!” - Ella (Primary Eco team) On behalf of the students and staff involved in the Eco Schools program, I would like to extend a huge thank you to all who have supported us and contributed to Bangkok Prep earning a Green Flag, it has truly been a community effort.

Mr Kris Leverton, Eco Schools Coordinator, Key Stage 2 Leader 3


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After School Activities Primary after school activities online applications were due by Thursday 8th December 2016. Unfortunately, due to the limited spaces available in clubs, some students were unable to secure a place in their chosen club. However, please note that there are some activities which have spaces left and that there will be a 2nd round of online applications for these clubs; with a closing deadline of Tuesday 13th December 2016. The following clubs still have spaces available; Monday - Art & Craft Decoupage, Art Attack: Around the World, Hindi Culture Group A, Recorder (Lunch Time) Rhythmic Gymnastics, Chelsea Football Club, Intensive Taekwondo - Mon & Fri, Rock Climbing, Tennis, Tuesday - Jewellery Making, Mantis Martial Arts for Kids, Mini Mantis Martial Arts for Kids, Recorder Fun, Wednesday - Leadbetter Kids Golf School, Spanish Culture Instruction, Taekwondo Y1-3, Badminton Y3-6, IWY Young Yogi's, Can U Kick It Y3-6, Hindi Culture Group B, Thursday - Ballet , Creative Clay, IQ UP, Junior Inventor, Phonics & Reading, Friday - Chess (Advance), Chess (Beginner), Clay Gift, Intensive Taekwondo - Mon & Fri, Junior Robotic, Nutty Scientists, Piccolo Choir, Tae Kwondo Y4-6 Saturday – Cricket, Scuba Diving Bubble Maker, Snorkeling Course Please note: if we do not meet the minimum number of students for these clubs they will be cancelled. The last day of Secondary online applications has been postponed to Tuesday 13 December 2016

Hatairat Bootrsing (JEAB) Event & Activity Manager


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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 Sara at the Front office or fill in the form at "It's closer than you think!"

Pimpatt Yomnak Assistant Managing Director

New Secondary Campus: Progress Update The buildings are now close to completion and soon we will start working on the interior of the builidngs. Please see the pictures below and look out for more exciting updates early in 2017!

A signature spiral staircase in the Creative Arts building


In front of Building C, our main academic building

Top: In front of building A, our sports centre Bottom: Our 50 metre Olympic Competition sized swimming pool

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PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS Dear Parents, The end of the term is finally upon us and I would like to wish you all a very happy holiday. Yesterday’s Christmas Children’s Market was a huge success. In addition, this morning’s Early Years Foundation Stage festive performance was an absolute treat to behold and really set a winter tone. In the end of Term 1 Assemblies, I have asked the children to make sure that they allow their parents to time to relax and recharge their batteries. I wish you all a happy holiday, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Value of the Month of December –

Caring - someone who is kind and thoughtful towards other people, things and places. Please take time, during the holiday period, 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. Decorated Door competition The winners of the Primary Christmas Door Competition are Y2JW and Y4HM but as you can see, from some of the examples bellow, all of the exhibits were wonderful. Well done to everybody.



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Festive regards

Duncan Stonehouse Head of Primary A big well done to our EYFS students and staff who put on a fantastic performance for parents this morning!


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SECONDARY SCHOOL NEWS Dear students, parents and colleagues, We have had another very busy week and I was delighted to hear that we have been awarded the Green Flag in recognition of our efforts as an eco-school. Rather than hoist the flag and sit on our laurels our students are continuing to develop their ideas. In today’s Assembly our ‘eco’ student leaders, Lua and Sulyña revealed the winners of the recycling bin competion and I am looking forward to working with them on their next projects. Our student leaders were very much to the fore this week in organising Ursus House Charity Day and Yong Li thanked all staff and students this morning for helping Ursus raise B39,000 to support, their chosen Charity. The money raised will go a long way in helping them achieve their goals, whilst the increased awareness of their work will develop our students’ understanding of issues not far from our campus. Y11s are about to finish the first term and are ending with a wealth of information regarding their attainment and performance. The Y11 Mock Exams and the Y11 Student Led Conference have allowed them to focus on their successes and devise targets for improvements so that they can reach the IGCSE Examinations in May/June fully prepared. Our role, as parents and teachers, is to support them on the challenging path ahead of them. Have a restful weekend and a wonderful holiday. Please remember that school closes at 12:00pm on Tuesday. Kind regards and season’s greeting to you all.

Nigel Wilsonlock Head of Secondary

History News - Trenches Project Year 8 Historians have been studying the topic of World War 1 since the start of Term 1. Three of the classes completed some insightful presentations about the success or failure of the British Army at the Battle of the Somme (which reached its conclusion 100 years ago) and they are now working at a level where they can view a range of sources and reach solid judgements of the past based on evidence. The students have been especially busy over the last few weeks working on their Independent learning Projects that were set as homework. They have produced some exceptional trench models and informative trench survival guides for new soldiers to demonstrate their knowledge of life on the Western Front. The attention to detail has been fantastic. Mr Rudall and I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for any time that has been given to helping out. I am sure you will agree that the students have once again surpassed expectations!

Nichola Giddings History Teacher Head of Year 11



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House Basketball Competition This year's House Basketball Competition in Secondary took place in lunchtimes between 7 November and 2 December 2016. In a twist to proceedings this year, we played with mixed teams. The matches culminated in three finals: in Years 7 and 8, Panthera beat Surus on free throws in a hotly contested game which ended 23-23; in Years 9 and 10, a very strong Panthera team beat Surus 29-11; and, in Years 11, 12, and 13, Sabre just beat Ursus 21-20 in another very close game. Matches drew huge crowds with all teams cheered on by large numbers of student and staff supporters. Particular thanks must also go to the staff members who took part in the Year 11, 12, and 13 games. It was a real treat for students to see Mr Blakemore, Mr Cantrill, Mr Kellner, Mr Morris, Mr Pollock, Mr Rudall, and Mr Spence all demonstrating their skills on the court!

Mr Joshua Watters Key Stage 3 Leader

Christmas Stall by the Sixth Form It has been a frantic few weeks in Community Service! As well as teaching our refugee students we have been busily crafting cards and other Christmas goodies for the Bangkok Prep Christmas Bazaar. Students and teachers have all chipped in to make cookies, bags of Reindeer and Snowman Poop, Reindeer Lollies and Reindeer food. The stall was swamped as students stampeded for the goodies which were all very reasonably priced. The 6th form students turned out to be excellent sales assistants and the customers were delighted with the products. All monies made will be spent on buying much needed school equipment for Asylum Access, a local Bangkok charity which supports refugees. Well done to everyone who worked hard to make the stall a roaring success - and Merry Christmas!

The Sixth Form Team.



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Ursus Charity Day Ursus Charity Day was a huge success! So many people contributed to the event: whether it was by wearing green, playing games, or even buying a cookie. Having supported the Mercy Centre last year, we decided to support them again. The Mercy Centre is a charity based in Bangkok and provides support to street children and people with AIDS and HIV. One of our most popular activities was Khing's Claw: a claw machine which scoops up sweets. It was brought in by one of our Key Stage 3 House Leaders, Khing, in Year 8. The most popular dessert was shaved ice which sold out in 30 minutes. Also, over 100 candy canes were sold. This year, we managed to raise an amazing 38,882 THB which includes the funds raised from the Bears Charity Day in Primary. Thank you to the teachers, students and everyone who worked so hard to make the day as successful as it was!

Fern Wongpanawiroj - Ursus Vice House Captain


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Donations for Refugees in Secondary School Thank-you so much to all the students, parents and teachers who have donated to our charity collection for refugees in Thailand. The clothing and toiletries will really help children and families who have very little - only one or two items of clothing in some cases. We had a huge amount donated - particularly clothing - and we are very grateful for every single item. Thank you Bangkok Prep! We’ll be back with ‘Think Pink’ next term so get ready! Have a wonderful holiday.

The CAP Committee


Puppy Cup 2017 Date: Saturday, 14th January It’s early days yet, but this is currently Bangkok Prep’s flagship swimming event. We have received confirmation from several schools already that they will be attending. We anticipate hosting more than 500 swimmers over the course of the Saturday. The day will be sectioned off so that age groups will compete at allocated times so that parents don’t have to be here all day! This will also assist us in hosting a large amount of teams. Any parent or Bangkok Prep supporter who wishes to have an appropriate stall at the event or become a sponsor, please contact Gayle (admissions office) at or Matt at the Aquatics Department at


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FOBP NEWS A big thank you to the FOBP committee for organising and hosting the FOBP Christmas market. Everyone enjoyed the wide array of snacks, gifts and games on offer though I’m sure a few people were too full for dinner after sampling all of the samosas and cakes on offer!


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Join the committee! If you’re interested to join the FOBP committee, please contact FOBP at

FOBP Committee

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:


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Prepazine - 9 December 2016  

The weekly magazine for Bangkok International Preparatory & Secondary School (Bangkok Prep)

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