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Term 2: dates for your diary‌ When




Friday 14th December

First School Carol Concert (a.m.) Last day of Term 1

First School

Monday 7th January 2013

First day of Term 2

Whole school

Tuesday 8th January

Swimming lessons start

Upper School

Yr 3 to 9

Wednesday 9th January

Swimming lessons start

First School

Nursery to Yr 2

Monday 14th January

After School Activities begin

Yr 1 to 10

Monday 14th to Friday 25th January

IGCSE mock exams

Year 11

Friday 18th January

Chinese New Year Celebration

Whole school

10am @ Upper School

Saturday 19th January

School Fayre

Pupils, parents and friends

10am @ Upper School

Friday 8th February

Performance day

Whole school

Talent show

Tuesday 12th February

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake day)

Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February

Half-term break

Whole school

School closed

Monday 25th February

Makha Bucha day

Whole school

School closed

Monday 4th to Friday 8th March

Book Week

Whole school

Monday 1st to Friday 5th April

Last week of swimming lessons and After School Activities for Term 2

Friday 5th April

Songkran Celebrations Last day of Term 2

Whole school

Monday 8th to Friday 19th April


Whole school

Monday 22nd April

First day of Term 3

Whole school

School closed

News from the Garden Dear Parents and friends of GIS, What a long term that was! Almost half the academic year has passed already as we take a break and recharge our batteries during the holiday period. The children have all been so incredibly busy over the course of the term, sometimes it is difficult to remember just exactly what they’ve done. Luckily enough the teachers are armed with cameras and manage to catch much of it for us all to share. This newsletter contains many images of events that took place in November and December. Thank you to many of you completed the email survey regarding the school’s Secondary education provision. It was great to see so many parents come to the meeting on Tuesday 4th December to hear more about the school’s plans for development. For those who missed it, the school will open up a Year 12 class in August 2015 to enable us to offer Cambridge International A-level education from then onwards. The

information presented to parents is available to view at Term 2 will see the introduction of the new school uniform, please make sure your child wears it from the first day of term (Monday 7th January). The school will collect any old uniform that you no longer want to keep as we intend to donate it all to charity – please send it to the school office as soon as possible. Please read and enjoy the rest of this month’s newsletter. As always, if there is anything that you wish to discuss further please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warmest regards,

Jeremy Stokes MA Ed. Principal

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News from the Garden The First School had fantastic time learning all about 'Diwali'. We were so lucky to have parents come in and talk to us about the festival. They brought us traditional food and talked about how people celebrate at this time. The food was delicious and we had lots of fun making chapatti bread, rangoli patterns, mendhi hand designs, clay light holders and learning how to bollywood dance. During the afternoon we enjoyed watching Deepti (year 8) and Nehal (year 2) perform their traditional dance performances. A huge thank you to those parents who helped made our ‘Diwali’ celebration so special.

Mhendi patterns.

Deepti performing traditional dance.


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Mo’s mum making clay divas.

Delicious Indian food. Rangoli patterns.

Sophia’s mum making chapati.

Aliyah’s grandmother cooking chapati.

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Luna getting her postcard stamped.

We found out how they sort mail in this room.

At the Doctor’s listening to each other’s hearts with a stethoscope.

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Year Two had a fantastic time in Lumpini Park this week. We heard that Pirate Pete had hidden some treasure somewhere. He had left us some photographs as clues to show where he had hidden his secret stash of gold coins and precious stones. We also found a map of the park to help us follow a path to the treasure. We had some help from Miss Emma, Miss Ning, Miss Pikun, Miss Au and Miss Ritu. We really hope that Pirate Pete didn't mind us eating all of his gold coins after we found his treasure boxes! One of the most interesting things that we saw in the park was a really big lizard that we thought looked a bit like a miniature dinosaur. We also saw some lovely buildings and fountains. We had a great time learning more about reading maps and orienteering in our local park and hope that we find some more pirate treasure one day!

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Year 6 had a fantastic day at the National Science Museum. There were so many things to explore and do. We learnt about electricity, the human body and how sounds are made and manipulated. A lot of the activities we could do on our own, but some could only be completed if we worked as a team. We had lots of fun!

News from the Garden On Sunday 25th November some of our swimmers were invited to take part in a swimming competition arranged by the experts, Bangkok Dolphins. Competitors were awarded medals according to their time rather than the position they came in a race so at the end of the day there was lots of gold, silver and bronze on show!

Throughout Term 1 our Futsal teams have played consistently well. In recognition of their good sportsmanship and excellent conduct the Under-9s were awarded the ‘Fair Play’ trophy by the ISAA.

News from the Garden Year 10 IGCSE Art students visited the renowned Swiss artist Primin Breu’s artwork at Koi Gallery.

On the 14th November Katy, Martina, Jeab and Djenab took a look at the Koi Gallery in Sukumwit 31 and viewed artwork relating to their project “Spaces”. They sketched the work and tried to understand the messages and the context of his conceptual style. Year 10 students are “making visual connections” between artists’ work, the artists that influence the artists and the students’ own ideas. Visiting Galleries are very important to see how the Art world operates, how Art is placed within history and also understand the variety of contemporary Art in Bangkok.

News from the Garden Year 11 Design Technology students visited TCDC to see the “Unmet Need” exhibition to view the timeline of Design Movements.

On the 23rd November Year 11 IGCSE the students studying Graphic Products for their coursework visited the TCDC gallery at Emporium.

We observed the “Timeline of Products since 1900” and took inspiration from innovative artifacts and objects, looking at their style and trends of their time and culture.

News from the Garden On 28th November we had a visit from the Korean Artist, Young Ji, who worked with Year 10 students in the ADT room for a double lesson. She demonstrated different techniques of drawing including linear illustration and portraits. The students had the rare opportunity of discussing the artist’s own work with her whilst looking through photographs of her portfolio.

News from the Garden Writing in the Park On Tuesday November 20th, both Year 10 IGCSE English classes visited Lumpini Park to find inspiration for their writing assignments. In two different locations pupils wrote down words phrases, similes and metaphors to describe what they could see, hear and smell. In the last four years, the natural environment of the nearby Park with the backdrop of the cityscape above the lake and the trees has been a gift to our senior English classes. In the lessons that followed the trip, pupils were able to share their descriptive words and phrases giving them a valuable word bank to enhance their descriptive and narrative writing throughout their IGCSE Language and Literature courses. Ms. Evangelista

News from the Garden Wednesday 28th November saw the whole school join together to celebrate the Thai festival of Loy Krathong. All the children had prepared their Krathongs the day before – thank you to the Secondary students for helping the First School children with theirs – and then dressed up in traditional Thai costume to float them away. We were then treated to a show from each year group that included Khon (a traditional form of Thai dance), Muay Thai (Thai boxing) and several other types of dances involving carrots to chickens!

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News from the Garden A great effort from all involved in the Year 1 to 11 Sports day and a big thank you to Mr. Gonzalo who organised all the events – long jump, target practice, throwing and various races. After an epic struggle, Chao Phraya (blue) house were awarded the winners’ trophy for the first time in their history.

News from the Garden Remembrance day Service All Upper School pupils gathered on Friday 9th November to remember those who have died in conflicts around the world, as well as the families left without their loved ones. Thank you for your extremely generous donations to the Royal British Legion who collected 4,938 THB from the sale of poppies.

Congratulations to our lovely Early Years Teaching Assistant Miss Su and her new husband Khun Somchai who celebrated their wedding on Sunday the 2nd of December. We wish them both a happy life together.

• Please remember that swimming is a vital life skill and children learn best when they get regular practice. Parents are key to ensuring that their children have the correct kit each and every week: this includes swimming clothes, a towel and goggles, all with your child’s name on to prevent them becoming lost. • Please remember that Term 2 sees the introduction of the new school uniform. School policy also calls for all pupils to wear smart, black shoes and to bring trainers for P.E. and outside play in a bag. Please support the school dress code and ensure your child has the appropriate clothing.

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GIS Bangkok November Newsletter  

Monthly magazine of news, events and information from Garden International School Bangkok.