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Term 1: dates for your diary… When

What

Who

Thursday 27th September

Maths day

Whole school

Monday 22nd October to Friday 26th October

Half term break

School closed

Friday 2nd November

Science day

Whole school

Wednesday 28th November

Loy Krathong celebrations

First School Upper School

Friday 30th November

Last day of After School Activities

Year 1 to 10

Tuesday 4th December

Sports day

Early Years to Reception

Wednesday 5th December

H. M. King‟s birthday

School closed

Thursday 6th December

Sports day

Years 1 to 11

Friday 7th December

End of Term 1 Reports sent home

Whole school

Monday 10th December

Constitution day

School closed

Tuesday 11th December to Thursday 13th December

Parent – Teacher meetings

First School

Wednesday 12th December

Parent – Teacher meetings

Upper School

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

Details

8.45am 10.00am

First School

Army base


News from the Garden Dear Parents and friends of GIS, September has been and gone and what a wet month it was! However, the torrential rain hasn‟t been able to dampen the spirits of the children at Garden as it has been an extremely busy month for all concerned: Sherlock Holmes and his faithful sidekick Dr. Watson acted for the Secondary students, Year 4 looked inside the Human body and everyone joined together for Maths day.

develop their full potential.” Your child will bring home a copy today that needs to be read, signed and returned to school on Monday 1st October. Your child‟s class teacher or form tutor will also sign it and then provide you with a copy. 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.

The school has continued to develop and has recently been accredited by Cambridge International Examinations as a licensed examinations centre.

Warmest regards,

The end of this month also sees the introduction of the „Home-School Agreement‟. This is one more way that we aim to encourage a positive partnership with parents that is important to promoting the school‟s vision of “...empowering pupils to

Jeremy Stokes MA Ed. Principal jeremys@gardenbangkok.com

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News from the Garden Early Years 1 have been learning about birds and patterns. handprint owls.

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On Wednesday 26th September Year 4 went to Chulalongkorn hospital to have a look at 'The Human Body' exhibition. They were able to see the insides and outsides of a human and find out how all the parts fit together. They were fascinated by the lungs and heart exhibit and were equally intrigued by getting up close to a real skeleton for the first time. The local university students and general public also attending were impressed by the children's knowledge of the bones in the body. The children enjoyed the trip a great deal and learned a lot about the human anatomy. For sure they will certainly never forget this educational visit.


News from the Garden This term Year 11 have been working hard improving their Natural Forms project, giving their work more context by linking up with contemporary artists’ connections and adding meaning related to environmental issues. Phone is studying Anslem Keifer, the infamous mixed media artist, Florence is generating her ideas around her passion for painting animals, with studying at Durer and her ideas will relate a message to animal cruelty through her art. Kwun has used ICT to enhance her Matisse "cut-out collage design" ideas around The Garden and Laura is experimenting with a variety of media and techniques exploring the expressive mark-making of Van Gogh. Mint is making a very beautiful origami paper dress, inspired by the designer Sandra Backlund.

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On Thursday September GIS pupils were treated to a memorable performance from Performance Exchange Theatre Company who came to us direct from London. A troupe of three actors in all, Daniel Foley and father and son duo, Nigel and Max Gilmore, had Secondary pupils spellbound with their stunning portrayal of a Sherlock Holmes’ murder mystery. After the performance, the actors answered pupil questions about the author of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle. Pupils learned that the writer was a doctor, which gave his stories added intrigue. After this session, pupils enthusiastically joined Daniel in some voice ‘warm-up’ activities (for the stage) after which he asked for a volunteer from the audience to sing for us. With some encouragement from Mr. Fowler, Year 11 pupil, Emily came forward to treat us with a delightful song. Our visiting performers were very impressed, commenting that they had been

captivating voice! Once again, Garden pupils were full of curiosity about the lives and careers of the actors, some pupils expressing their ambition to become actors while others stayed back to talk one-on-one to them. They discovered that Daniel and Nigel are involved in both television and theatre in England. Max, however, has just finished a law degree, so acting is his hobby, for now. Year 10 English were privileged to have Daniel join them in class before the performance. Jet lagged, Daniel had arrived at GIS two hours before start time! Year 10s were subsequently treated to a private reading of an extract from Charles Dickens’ Hard Times and discovered the actor’s love of his works. As you can see from the photographs, pupils thoroughly enjoyed their exposure to the life of a professional actor and the activities that followed. Ms. Sharon Evangelista


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News from the Garden • 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. • Thank you to all those parents who have brought their child to be measured for the new school uniform that will arrive in time for the start of Term 2. If you haven’t do so yet, please make sure to visit the school office as soon as possible to avoid any delays in receiving your child’s new uniform. • Another reminder that the School Uniform Policy 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 footwear.


A Flute and Piano Duo Recital by Viviana Guzman and Mahani Teave

On Sunday, October 7th , 2012 @ 7:30 pm at Siam Ratchada Music Auditorium in the ground floor of Fortune Town Building on Ratchadapisek Road by MRT Rama 9 station D & M Music Studio proudly presents Flute and Piano Duo Recital by internationally renowned flutist Viviana Guzman who has performed extensively in more than 120 countries all over the world and pleased to stop in Bangkok as guest performer for The 50th Anniversary Celebration of Diplomatic Relationship between Thailand and Chile. Described by the New York Times as "an imaginative artist," Chileanborn flutist, Viviana Guzmán performs over 80 concerts a year throughout the world. She has been featured on programs for PBS, NBC, and NPR, seen on the cover of Latina Style Magazine, and in COSMOPOLITAN en Español and has played in 118 countries including South Africa, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, Bali, India, Peru, Greece, featuring flutes from her collection of over 100 gathered from concert tours. Her music video was aired on UNIVISION in 30 countries. She has performed as soloist with orchestras in Russia, Chile, Vermont, New York, Wisconsin, California, Texas, and Montana, in such halls as in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, and other prominent stages with such artists as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Placido Domingo, and Glenn Close. Viviana began her musical training at the age of 5 and won her first competition at 7. By the age of 15, she played as a soloist with orchestras, studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal, and was featured on a John Denver nationally televised NBC special. Ms. Guzmán studied with James Galway, and Albert Tipton and graduated from the Juilliard School. Viviana has released seven albums entitled, "Telemann Flute Fantasies" (classical), "Planet Flute" (world), "Danza de Amor" (latin), "Mostly Tango" (tango), "Serenity" (National Geographic), "Meditations" (new age) and "Argentine Music". MAHANI TEAVE is the winner of numerous international piano competitions and one of the most celebrated pianists in Chile. A native of legendary Easter Island (UNESCO archaeological site), Ms. Teave is her island’s only classical musician. She debuted as a pianist at the age of nine when she accompanied renowned Chilean pianist Roberto Bravo on a series of concert tours. From that moment until now, Ms. Teave has appeared on television talk shows, radio, and in hundreds of newspaper interviews and articles. A Chilean movie director is currently working on a documentary about Ms. Teave with the purpose of motivating and inspiring the Chilean youth. At the age of eighteen, Ms. Teave obtained, with highest honors, a Bachelor of Music degree from Austral University (Valdivia, Chile) under Professor Ximena Cabello. She received her Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2005, under the tutelage of Professor Sergei Babayan . Ms. Teave was the first prize winner of the 1999 Claudio Arrau International Piano Competition, where she also won prizes for the best compulsory pieces and the biggest talent. She won first prize in the 2001 Ciudad de Palmayola International Piano Competition in Mallorca, Spain, and the 2004 Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition. Most recently she was a prize winner in the 2006 Corpus Christi International Piano Competition. Tickets are priced at 500 and 250 baht and are available at Robinson Piano on the 5th floor of Siam Discovery Center ( Tel: 02-658-1080-1) or call for more information at K. Mongkol: 081-682-8000


Garden Bangkok September 2012 Newsletter