Pre Prep Handbook

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PRE PREP (years 1-5)
2 HARROW BANGKOK CONTENTS WELCOME 4 PRE PREP YEAR GROUP ORGANISATION 6 STRUCTURE OF THE DAY 8 OUR CURRICULUM 12 LEADERSHIP IN ACTION 22 POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR POLICY 26 OUR TEACHERS 28 HEALTHY LIVING IN SCHOOL 32 UNIFORMS 34 HEALTH AND SAFETY 36 BEYOND PRE PREP 38 HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICIES (APPENDIX) 40 ROUTES TO SCHOOL 46 KEY CONTACTS 47
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Welcome to Harrow Bangkok Pre Prep

We aim to make the transition from the Early Years a smooth and seamless one. Our Pre Prep department has a committed, dynamic, talented teaching team and a curriculum that is unique to Harrow Bangkok, blending best practice from around the world.

We are blessed with wonderful facilities for our students to spend this next phase of their childhood. Our modern classrooms are complemented by a beautiful ‘garden’ campus and world-class sports facilities. Equally impressive are the creative and performing arts spaces where individual interests and talents can blossom. Housed within the Pre Prep are also specialist science and computing areas, extensive playgrounds and a nature garden. All of this enables us to provide exceptional learning experiences: eco projects, robotics, music and drama performances, art exhibitions as well as intellectual stimulation with activities like chess and debating.

Our school is at the forefront of the latest developments in education as the first and only school in Bangkok involved in the prestigious High Performance Learning programme. This programme ensures that the latest neurological and psychological research is applied by our teachers to develop our students’ thinking skills and

learner behaviours and deliver high levels of academic performance.

Our approach to learning is through enquiry and collaboration. Our aim is to develop curious minds and a keenness to learn as well as to cultivate in our students the ability to think critically and show independent thought.

‘Educational Excellence for Life and Leadership’ is more than just a motto, it is the underlying principle in all that we do in Pre Prep. We believe that while academic performance is important, equal to this is instilling values, attitudes and leadership attributes in our young Harrovians.

Given this, our Pre Prep community is acutely conscious of the importance of ‘service’, duty and care to the local and wider community and environment. Embedded within our curriculum is a focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and opportunity for students to take action. This ensures that our children discover the value and pleasure in giving something back and learn to become truly global citizens.

Our knowledgeable and dedicated team of staff are passionate about what they do. We invest in a comprehensive professional development programme that attracts and retains the brightest and best teachers.

Our staff are happy to answer any further questions you may have, as we know that a true education can only be gained by a partnership between teachers and parents. We seek your full cooperation in all that we do and assure you that everything we do is always in the best interests of your child.

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The Pre Prep phase offers the perfect setting for your children to flourish and develop as happy, resilient, compassionate and creative young people and I look forward to sharing the journey with you!

Pre Prep is an extremely important phase in a child’s development. Core skills such as reading and writing are given the opportunity to flourish, building on the firm foundations which have been laid in the Early Years. Students are provided with an engaging, exciting and challenging curriculum as well as a wide variety of incredible opportunities outside the classroom in order for them to become our leaders of the future. The result of this is an astonishing rate of progress in terms of social, emotional and academic development.

Our teaching teams use themes to drive learning opportunities and stimulate minds. This is completed through the asking of questions and enabling children to think critically about what it is that they are learning and focusing on our High Performance Learning thinking skills. Meaning that by the time our pupils move to Prep, they will have been introduced to and developed the skills they will need to flourish in life.

My role is to ensure that all (students and staff) operate in a school where we care, team up, respect, go for it, wonder, create and practise. We aim to create an environment where every person is valued and every step to success is celebrated. A place where pupils feel safe and supported and are therefore able to thrive academically.

We inspire students to be the best that they can be, we encourage them to be masters of their own learning and we support them in their journey to Educational Excellence for Life and Leadership.

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Pre Prep Year Group Organisation

On a tour of Pre Prep you will discover a happy, thriving school alive with learning. Students are given an excellent grounding in core skills interwoven into an exciting, thematic curriculum. Learning is at the centre of all that we do. Pre Prep is part of the Lower School. Students begin Lower School in the Early Years Centre and progress to our Pre Prep Phase before moving to Prep Phase when they are 10 years old.

The Pre Prep Phase is divided into two sections – the Infants (Year 1 and Year 2) and the Juniors (Years 3, 4 and 5). Students in this phase of the school are aged between 5 and 10 years.

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The Pre Prep Phase is divided into the Infant School and Junior School

Structure of the Day

7.50am School begins

8.00am - 11.30am lessons (e.g. English, Swimming, Mathematics) with a 20 minute playtime/snack time at 9.20am)

11.30am - 12.20pm Lunchtime and play

12.20pm - 2.40pm Lessons (e.g. Topic, Sports, Spelling test)

2.40pm End of the day

2.50pm - 3.50pm Co-curricular Activities

MORNING ARRIVALS

Staff are on duty outside from 7.30am onwards. Children should not be left unaccompanied before this time.

No ball games are permitted before school.

Parents accompany Year 1 and 2 children to their classes when they hear the bell ring at 7.50am; In Years 3,4 and 5, children line up at the front of the building where teachers meet them and take to class. Parents are not allowed into the Junior Building without an appointment.

Please be on time, this helps your child settle quicker and get used to their new routine and please encourage children to carry their own belongings.

HOME TIME AND ACTIVITIES

The School day finishes at 2.40pm if no activities or 3.50pm if activities. Some Sport Academy activities go on until 4.50pm.

• Children are taken directly to their activity by school staff.

• Parents must collect their child from the activity location at 3.50pm or 4.50pm.

• Activity changes must go through the Activities Office.

PUNCTUALITY

Lessons start promptly in the morning, so please try and get to school early or on time. In many classes the first lesson in the morning is English or Maths and even if a child is only a little bit late, they could miss the main teaching input for that session.

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The Pre Prep years should be a special time for your child that provides memories and friendships they will cherish forever

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High Performance Learning

Global Citizens Advanced Performers

Learners

Truly world-class schools understand that while grades are important, producing students who are intellectually and socially confident, workplace and life-ready with a global outlook and concern for others is our true aim. With that in mind, Harrow Bangkok has recently started to work with Professor Deborah Eyre, a global education leader, on High Performance Learning.

What is High Performance Learning (HPL)

High Performance Learning (HPL) is a philosophy developed following many years of research into how successful people think and learn. High Performance Learning utilises recent advances in neuroscience and cognitive psychology that show that our brains are ‘malleable’ and that we can teach students how to be ‘intelligent’ and how to succeed in school. This means that with the right opportunities and experiences at home and at school, all students are potentially high performers. Some learners may take longer to reach high performance but most are capable over time.

How HPL is taught

High Performance Learning provides a framework of thinking skills and learning behaviours associated with success in school and in life. In Lower School, the HPL framework consists of:

• 16 key Thinking Skills (Advanced Cognitive Performance Characteristics), including: strategy planning, critical thinking, seeing alternative perspectives, self-regulation and multi-step problem solving.

• Values, Attitudes and Attributes (human values and behaviours), which are incorporated into our 7 iRules.

These skills and behaviours are progressively introduced across our Early Years and Pre Prep. They are the DNA of our school - the language of learning used by students as well as staff all the way through from Lower School to Sixth Form.

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ACADEMIC

Our Curriculum is rigorous, robust and built upon the very best practice from around the world. Pre Prep class teachers teach the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, History, ICT, Geography, Art, Design and Technology and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE). To provide purpose and meaning to students’ learning, we link these subjects together through inspiring topics which are enhanced by special events and educational visits to extend learning opportunities and to bring the curriculum to life. Specialist teachers and coaches also bring their expertise and passion to teaching our students Music, Computing, Thai, Mandarin, Physical Education and Swimming.

ENGLISH

At Harrow Bangkok the teaching of English is at the heart of our curriculum. We understand the importance of effective communication in an increasingly globalised and changing world. Our English Curriculum is rigorous with a clear progression in teaching the basic skills such as phonics, spelling, grammar and punctuation. These expectations are woven throughout all aspects and subjects within the wider curriculum to ensure students are able to apply their skills and knowledge effectively. Our aim is to ensure high standards of language and literacy by equipping students with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. We want students to be inspired by great authors, journalists and public speakers. As such we provide them with ample opportunities to write and make their own books; develop their critical thinking skills through the in-depth study of high-quality children’s literature; present to a range of audiences in class,

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We link the Pre Prep subjects together through exciting topics and provide special events and educational visits to really help bring our Curriculum to life.

in assemblies and at special events; and take part in regular drama activities and performances across the curriculum. In addition to this, we provide after school activities such as Reading Club, Creative Writing, Storytelling Club, Drama and Public Speaking.

MATHEMATICS

Mathematics underpins so much of our understanding of the world. It is the basis of science and technology, and appears in our daily lives. We have a responsibility to ensure that the teaching of Mathematics is of the highest standard and that the students within the Pre Prep understand the multiple areas of Maths – number, calculation, geometry and measure.

Understanding these areas, and being fluent in them, is the base level which we deliver for our students but we strive for more than this. We believe that to truly understand Maths you must be able to apply logic, to use what you know to solve complex problems. This reasoning not only requires a determination, a willingness

to learn and adapt from mistakes and an ability to make connections but also a rich understanding of the basics: calculation, times tables, fractions.

SCIENCE

Our aim is to develop scientific skills, promote scientific knowledge and encourage an enquiring mind in all our students. We believe that Science is vital to the world’s future prosperity and so we provide an exciting range and depth of experiences and ensure that there is a progression of scientific skills as students move through Pre Prep. Science is not just taught here at Harrow International Bangkok, it is lived. Students are challenged to think about concepts, make bold predictions and - utilising our state-of-the-art Science Laboratory - plan and develop experiments which embolden their understanding of our world. Science is for the curious, Science is for thinkers, Science is for those with bold ideas – we provide the resources and expertise to allow scientific minds to flourish.

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Our (Secret) Nature Garden, lake and expansive school grounds allows students to experience nature first hand.

HISTORY

In History, we offer students the opportunity to study significant people and events from the past (in Britain, Thailand and the wider world), make comparisons across different time periods, identify why changes have occurred over time and how the past has influenced the way we live our lives today. We promote a hands-on enquiry approach to learning, through the use of artefacts, pictures, stories, photographs, written documents, eyewitness accounts and virtual reality headsets. Younger students explore history through personal experiences and stories. Older students are taught to think critically by effectively evaluating primary and secondary sources of information in order to; draw their own conclusions about life in the

past based on evidence; identify bias and viewpoints; and to answer their own enquiry questions. We organise trips to local museums, invite in visitors to share their own personal experiences of the past and set up immersive experiences where students dress up and take on the role of people from the past to re-enact significant events such as the moon landing and the evacuation of children during World War II.

GEOGRAPHY

Our Geography Curriculum aims to inspire in our young Harrovians a curiosity and fascination about the world that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Students learn about diverse people and places, the world’s natural resources, physical and human environments. As students’ progress, they begin to consider our mutual dependence, and the need to conserve and protect our

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resources. Teachers focus first upon the immediate environment of school and home and then expand to draw comparisons between our environment and contrasting environments in Britain, Thailand and the wider world. Sources of information such as maps, aerial photographs, books, and the internet are used to develop the skills of interpretation and enquiry. Students are taught to think critically about the human impact on our environment, taking part in debates on issues such as deforestation and the construction of dams.

ART AND DESIGN

Our Art and Design Curriculum aims to engage, inspire and challenge our students as well as equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Students make full use of our Art Studio where our teachers develop expertise in skills such as drawing, painting, printing,

collage, 3D, clay work and textiles. Our Art projects are built around crosscurricular themes and include the study of famous artists and their influence on the world of art, culture and society. To showcase students’ artwork we hold exhibitions wherever possible.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (D&T)

Design and Technology prepares our future leaders to take part in the development of a rapidly changing world. Our D&T Curriculum requires our students to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts and linked to cross-curricular topics. In Design and Technology, students explore how things work by disassembling/ deconstructing products and drawing annotated exploded diagrams, they work collaboratively to come up with new design ideas, make prototypes and

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evaluate their products. Students learn to use and select from a range of tools and techniques whilst making structures, mechanisms, electrical systems and control systems. In Food Technology, students learn where their food comes from, the principles of nutrition and healthy eating and to use a range of cooking techniques to design new drinks and dishes.

PSHCE AND SPIRITUAL (WELLBEING) CURRICULUM

Our Personal Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) aims to provide students with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It helps them to understand how they are developing personally and socially and addresses some of the issues that are part of growing up. Through PSHCE, we teach students about how to have healthy and successful relationships with friends and family and how to look after themselves and others. As global citizens, they learn about the rights and

responsibilities that come with being a member of the world and how they can help to look after our planet and make the world a fairer place to live. PSHCE is taught in various ways including explicit lessons within the classroom, circle time and in Assemblies. Although we do not teach Religious Education in Pre Prep, we aim to encourage understanding about the main world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism) through an annual spiritual focus in each year group. Each year in Pre Prep, every class will visit a place of worship and learn a little about that religion. We also learn about and participate in Buddhist festivals such as Loy Krathong and Songkran.

It is underpinned by e-safety studies for all.

COMPUTING

Our Computing Curriculum is taught by specialist teachers as well as integrated across the curriculum by all teachers. It equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Central to our

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curriculum is Computer Science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. With rapid global developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI), our School makes pioneering and innovative use of our Robotics resources to ensure that our students gain a good understanding in this area. Robotics is not only fun and exciting, but addresses the growing demand for teaching the skills of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The Harrow Bangkok Pre Prep Curriculum also ensures that students become ‘digitally literate’ — able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology at a suitable level for our future leaders to be active participants in a digital world. We have advanced ICT facilities comprising Computer Labs, iPads, 3D printers, wireless networks, and interactive smartboards in classrooms. Other resources such as a range of robots and programmable devices, virtual reality

headsets, digital cameras, MP3 recorders, data logging/sensing equipment and software are used to teach ICT skills and to support the Harrow Bangkok Curriculum.

THAI HOME LANGUAGE STUDENTS

Students who are of Thai nationality study Thai as a Home Language and Thai Studies. Students develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, according to their ability level. Students read Thai literature, stories, poetry, proverbs, folktales and idioms for a variety of purposes with understanding and enjoyment. Students also learn about and take pride in Thai culture, society and local wisdom. Thai Home Language students begin to learn a foreign language once they reach Year 6. Mandarin and Japanese are also usually available as an after-school activity in Pre Prep.

MANDARIN AND TFL (EXPATRIATE STUDENTS ONLY)

As an international school, we believe it is important that our students learn foreign languages as an opening to

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other cultures. We therefore ensure that all non-native students study Thai Language and Thai Studies and begin to learn Mandarin. In both Mandarin and TFL (Thai as a Foreign Language) our curriculum starts students on their journey to be able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, and to understand and respond in the corresponding language both in speech and in writing.

In Mandarin and Thai, our teachers provide opportunities for students to communicate for practical purposes and begin to read literature in the original language. Students also learn songs and activities connected to special festivals throughout the year. Our Mandarin curriculum gives our students an introduction to this language, paving the way for later study in Prep Phase. Through TFL lessons, students also learn

to express appreciation and show respect for the unique culture and ways of life in Thailand.

MUSIC

Our Music Curriculum, taught by specialist music teachers, inspires our students to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. Our stunning range of practice rooms, studios, classrooms and recital rooms inspire students to participate in a range of musical activities, which include singing, composing, listening and performing. As they progress higher up the Pre Prep Phase, all students participate in our instrumental programme ensuring that every child learns to play various instruments and specialise in at least one. There are opportunities for students to join music clubs, choirs and orchestras and our music performances

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are legendary. In addition to the regular curriculum, Pre Prep parents can also choose to pay for one-to-one tuition in an instrument of their child’s choice.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE)

The Harrow Bangkok Pre Prep Sports Department provides an extensive and exciting Physical Education and Sports Programme in line with our school’s tradition of providing a broad, holistic education. All students are given ample opportunity to experience a range of sporting activities that they enjoy. The Pre Prep iRules (Teamwork, Care, Determination, Creativity and Respect) form the core of our sporting philosophy. These five values are reflected throughout our Physical Education Curriculum, our comprehensive sports training activities and the Harrow Bangkok Competitive Sports Team

Programme. In weekly PE lessons, our team of specialist teachers and academy directors deliver a curriculum of games, gymnastics, dance, outdoor activities, athletics and swimming. Through this programme, students develop their physical skills, analytical and creative thinking, and consider the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. Our highly qualified coaches and advanced facilities provide the optimum environment to nurture athletic talent and inspire our students to succeed and excel incompetitive sport and other physically demanding activities.

LIBRARY

The Lower School Pullman Library is an exciting and awe-inspiring place of learning for our students. In the Pre Prep Phase, we believe that the development of literacy

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skills and the acquisition of knowledge are paramount to progress in education. To those ends, the Library has built an extensive collection of books, learning resources and audio/visual materials. The Library currently has over 30 educational databases, such as Encyclopaedia Britannica, ERIC and National Geographic installed in our state-of-the-art integrated library management system. A wealth of reliable information is available at our students’ fingertips 24/7 anywhere in the world, just by logging into our library system.

Our teacher librarian constantly strives to make the Library a welcoming place where our students will develop a love of literature and she is always on hand giving advice, reading stories or developing the next library competition for our children. Parents are encouraged to congregate in our Library, before or after school with their children. We actively encourage you to use our services and share with us your passion for lifelong learning.

EDUCATIONAL VISITS/CURRICULUM DAYS

At Harrow Bangkok Pre Prep, we believe young children learn even more when they are away from the classroom! We therefore include a wide range of educational visits to enrich the curriculum. Trips include a Geography field trip to the Chao Praya River, a historical study at Kanchanaburi, a Science trip to an aquarium and even a visit to a chocolate factory! We regularly hold curriculum days or weeks such as Book Week, Maths Day or International Day. These events really help to bring our curriculum to life and sometimes require costumes and dressing up… so be prepared! Whenever possible we also make use of visitors to the school to make learning more relevant and purposeful for

our students.

OUR INCLUSION TEAM

We have a highly experienced Team made up of Language Support Teachers, Learning Support Teachers, Therapists and Lead Teaching Assistants. These staff have all been trained to provide support for those students still learning the English language and/or students who may need help accessing the curriculum for a variety of reasons. Support available includes language, reading and phonics, maths, movement, speech and language therapy.

ASSESSING AND REPORTING ON YOUR CHILD’S PROGRESS

Assessment is a continuous process throughout the Pre Prep Phase. Through ongoing assessment, we build a complete picture of your child’s development. Progress is assessed in lessons, at the end of topics and at the end of each year. In most subjects we predominantly use teacher judgement to assess students rather than tests, although tests are sometimes used to help with this process. Students are given weekly class tests for spelling and mental maths , and periodic assessments in reading, writing and maths. Parents are encouraged to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher at any time during the year. We also provide three formal opportunities to do this at Parent Consultation meetings (one each term). Midway through Term One and at the end of the academic year, your child’s class teacher will also provide a written report outlining your child’s progress. All this information is used to plan appropriate learning and set targets for improvement.

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Leadership in Action

Our Leadership in Action programme allows our students opportunities to move out of their comfort zones and undertake new experiences. Whether it be rafting, jungle trekking or leading school assemblies, students are increasingly able to develop and demonstrate the leadership attributes represented through our iRules (explained on pages 26-7).

LEADERSHIP IN PRE PREP

The motto of Harrow International School Bangkok is: Educational Excellence for Life and Leadership! That is why within the Pre Prep, leaders are everywhere. We have: Student Council, Digital Leaders, Global Leaders, Library Leaders, House Captains, Head Boy and Girl and more. The reason for this is all students are different, have different interests and strengths and we want to ensure that they can lead in an area in which they feel comfortable and able to do so. Most importantly though, if we are going to enable leaders, we have to give them the chance to lead.

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

After-school activities further encourage a well-rounded Pre Prep student. From archery to chess, there are many choices and interests to pursue.

Activities provide pupils with the chance to hone a skill or to develop a new one. They allow for the highest level of competition or a chance to be social with friends. Whatever you are looking for, we aim to provide it. We recommend that everyone from Year 1 up takes part in at least one activity a week as activities play such a vital role in ensuring that a student has a fully-rounded education.

All information about activities will be given to parents at the start of a new season and activities are selected using our bespoke system - CHQ. Parents can select from a wide range of activities and parents are provided with step by step guidance on how the whole process works.

CHARITY AND SERVICE

Charity and service is at the core of the Harrow Bangkok leadership attributes. We aim to develop leaders by enabling them to understand the world around us and know that they can help the place in which they live. Within the Pre Prep we work with a range of organisations and structure them by year group so that each new academic year brings a different set of learning, about a different group of people or organisation. In the Infants (Years 1 and 2) we focus on raising money for animal charities and we have visits and presentations for these as well as gain exposure to sanctuaries in line with the Year 2 expedition. In Years 3 and 5 we have links with local schools who we form connections with and celebrate the similarities which we have. In Year 4 we work with a local orphanage to support their needs and assist with sustaining their organisation so they can help other children for many years to come.

SPORT

After school each day as part of the extracurricular programme, Pre Prep students have the opportunity to take part in over 30 different sports training activities. A huge breadth of sports are on offer and range from individual activities such as taekwondo, ballet, fencing and Bollywood dancing to the more traditional sports of swimming, football, cross country running, basketball and badminton. Through these activities, students learn the value of

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Pre Prep after-school activities include: Thai Classical Dance, Art and Crafts, Swimming, Gymnastics, Football, Sing-along, Basketball and Ballet

Many school activities are House re lated, covering a wide and varied spectrum of interests in the Arts, Sports, Academic and Community Service fields

being physically active and are developing positive personal and social attitudes. We have five sports academies that offer sport year round to our students in football, gymnastics, swimming, tennis and golf. The academies offer an entry point into the respective sports, but they also ensure top athletes receive focused training. Our highly qualified coaches and state-of-the-art facilities provide the optimum environment to nurture athletic talent.

Harrow Bangkok is proud of its ‘Lions’ sports teams who compete both within Bangkok and throughout the Region. Harrow Bangkok Pre Prep is represented by both boys’ and girls’ teams at U9 and U11. The major seasonal sports are athletics, basketball, rock climbing, sailing and tee-ball. In addition to this, swimming, tennis, golf, football academy and gymnastics squads compete all year round. Harrow Bangkok is a member of the Bangkok Schools Athletic Conference

(BISAC) and the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA). These two organisations provide our Pre Prep students opportunities to compete regularly in Bangkok as well as all the major cities in Southeast Asia. Through regular team practice and competition our ‘Harrow Lions’ learn the value of hard work and commitment and they learn to face up to challenges as individuals and team players.

EXPEDITIONS

Expeditions and residential trips are central to a Harrow Bangkok education. The Pre Prep Expedition Programme ensures that our students receive a wealth of stimulating, diverse and challenging experiences within Thailand. Whilst ensuring a safe yet challenging environment, students are enticed out of their comfort zones and encouraged to push themselves, question, work with others and make just choices. Independence and responsible behaviours

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are developed as Year 1 students take part in a combined day camp and a one-night sleepover in school during our annual Expedition Week. Year 2-5 students venture further afield as they attend expeditions in Sattahip, Petchaburi, Khao Yai and Kanchanaburi ranging from one night for Year 2 students to multiple nights for Year 5.

Expeditions may be cancelled or amended due to situations beyond our control.

HOUSE SYSTEM

True to the tradition of all the schools in the Harrow Family, the House system is at the heart of the students’ lives at Harrow Bangkok and is cherished as a means of developing our students into becoming leaders. It encourages cooperation and friendly competition within a supportive environment and instils into the students resolve, determination, co-operation, creativity, collaboration and an awareness of the importance of community.

All Pre Prep Prep and Upper School students and staff are allocated to a House, all of whose names reflect leaders with courage and determination. These include the Old Harrovians and statesmen Winston Churchill and Pandit Nehru (India’s first Prime Minister) as well as the poet Lord Byron. Thailand is honoured through its

brave Queen Suriyothai and the public service of the Sonakul family. Finally, to complete the group, we have Helen Keller, who overcame physical adversity to become a renowned author and human rights campaigner. Each of these individuals displayed qualities of leadership that we hope will inspire our young Harrovians to become the leaders of their generation.

We believe that leadership begins at an early age. Each of our Houses are represented by a House Captain and ViceCaptain. Through an application process these students are chosen to be the figureheads, the ones who most embody the values of their House. They will captain teams, lead House events and role model expectations, displaying and cultivating their leadership characteristics throughout.

Each House has an associated colour, on view each Thursday when pupils and staff wear their House shirts. Multiple House competitions take place over the year and the results of these combined with points awarded for effort and achievement through stars and Headteacher Awards add up to show who deserves to be House of the week, term and year.

Being in a House gives students a sense of belonging, community and a knowledge of how to participate in competition in the best of spirit.

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Positive Behaviour Policy

Teaching staff create an environment in the school that encourages and reinforces good behaviour. We seek to educate the whole child and create leaders.

We give high priority to clear communication within the school and to a positive partnership with parents since these are crucial in promoting and maintaining high standards of behaviour.

We expect all our students to:

• follow the iRules

• treat others fairly and respect the differences in others (race, culture, gender, ability, disability)

• speak English within the school grounds when expected to do so • follow the school dress code (pages 34-5)

Teachers manage behaviour in through teaching the iRules, through praising and rewarding students who follow the iRules and demonstrate good behaviour and where necessary ensuring that there is a quiet word or that other consequences occur when needed. In class and assembly we regularly teach students about the importance of values and good attitudes.

THE iRULES

The iRules are a child-friendly articulation of the Values, Attitudes and Attributes we teach through our High Performance Learning framework.

iCreate

l use my imagination to experiment and find solutions to problems or difficult tasks.

iCare

I want to help make the world a better and fairer place and I know that I can do this by caring for myself, my community and the environment.

iTeam up

I work with other people to achieve good things. I listen to others and understand that difficulties and challenges can be overcome with teamwork.

iGo for it

I try to be positive and believe in myself. I am determined to do my best and keep going even when things are difficult. I take risks and challenge myself to succeed.

iRespect

I appreciate that other people have different ideas and beliefs and always try to do the right thing and treat others as I would want to be treated.

iWonder

I am curious about the world and ask questions about what I see, hear and read. I listen to all points of view and I use what I learn to develop my own views and solutions.

iPractise

I know the areas I need to improve and I like to challenge myself. I understand that to become good at something takes a lot of effort, training and practice.

The iRules are developed around the following principles:

• They protect the rights of students

• They are positive in the way they are expressed

• They are written in a clear and understandable way

• They complement the school-wide student behavioural expectations

• They are displayed within the classroom environment and other places in a highly visual way

The school rewards system is designed to celebrate and acknowledge achievement in all aspects of the school curriculum.

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It recognises all levels of achievement, is goal orientated, allows all students to be successful, and promotes positive attitudes and behaviours.

Students receive stars for following the iRules and good work habits. Stars are displayed on a chart in the classroom. As a general guide one star may be awarded for good work; two stars for excellent work. Anything greater should be awarded as an Assembly Award, Head Teacher Award or Special Commendation.

EFFORT OF THE WEEK SHIELD/ ACHIEVEMENT OF THE WEEK CUP

Every week during assembly, students may be awarded the Effort of the Week Shield or the Achievement Cup.

HEAD TEACHER AWARDS

Students may be ‘sent up’ to the Head of Lower School, Deputy Head, or Head of Pre Prep, to receive a Head Teacher Award for any work or actions the class teacher deems exceptional/motivational and that can be linked to an iRule. This can be an academic, social or personal achievement.

SPECIAL COMMENDATIONS

These are awarded for a range of reasons, but most often for an extracurricular

achievement such as charity work and representing the school in external competitions such as golf, ballet and story telling. Again, these should be linked to an iRule.

HOUSE POINTS

House Points are awarded for every achievement: 1 star = 1 House Point

Effort Shield/Achievement Cup = 10 House Points

Head Teacher Award = 10 House Points Special Commendation = 10 House Points A certificate is awarded at 15 House Points

Our Pre Prep Rewards System builds upon the knowledge that spoken praise and direct, positive attention are the most effective tools in managing and promoting good behaviour. This can include a range of approaches, from speaking with parents or sending a note home, to displaying work and giving strong, meaningful written feedback in books.

To be effective, the iRules are supported by consequences and sanctions. Consequences escalate depending on the severity or frequency of behaviour. The most severe incidents can result in isolation or exclusion, although this is extremely rare.

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Our Teachers

OVER 30 UK TRAINED CLASS TEACHERS

In Pre Prep our class teachers are UK trained, fully qualified and usually have many years of experience teaching in the UK. We have a rigorous selection process and insist on only recruiting candidates of the highest calibre.

OVER 50 OTHER PRE PREP STAFF

INCLUDING:

• Specialist teachers, (including: Music, Physical Education, Computing, Swimming, Thai and Mandarin)

• Learning Support teachers

• Language Support teachers

• Movement, Speech and Language therapist

• Teaching Assistants and Lead Teaching Assistants

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HOME LEARNING

We believe that play and free time are fundamental to a child’s growth and development. While homework is important, it should not prevent children from taking part in the wide range of out-of-school clubs and organisations that play an important part in the lives of children. Developing a child’s personal and social skills is as equally important as developing their academic knowledge.

Children benefit greatly from the mutual support of parents and teachers in encouraging them to learn both at home and at school. Indeed, we see homework as an important way of establishing a successful dialogue between teachers and parents. One of the aims of our school is for children to develop as independent learners. We believe that home learning is another way in which students can acquire this skill.

AMOUNT OF HOMEWORK

Year 1 and 2: reading every day, spellings, learning number bonds and number facts.

Years 3 to 5: reading every day, spellings, learning multiplication and division facts and occasional activities related to the class topic.

Communication - You will receive a weekly email from your class teacher will all the information you will need for your child for the coming week. Any additional information will be sent in our Lower School Newsletter.

CLASS REPRESENTATIVES

Parents are invited to volunteer to be a class rep – this is a great way to get involved with the Harrow Bangkok community. Each class should ideally have 2 parent reps. Class reps can help

in a range of ways such as helping with special events and attending information meetings with the Head of Lower School.

PARENT WORKSHOPS/COFFEE MORNINGS

Each term, we arrange regular coffee mornings and parent workshops which are open to all. These take place in a variety of locations depending on the focus. Workshops focus on sharing aspects of the Harrow Pre Prep curriculum and how it is delivered as well as giving parents ways in which to support their child’s learning at home. Coffee mornings are more informal gatherings where you can come along and have a chat with Lower School staff as well as get to know other parents better.

FRIENDS OF HARROW GROUP Harrow International School Bangkok has a group of parents called the Friends of Harrow (FoH). The FoH are guided by a committee who meet regularly and are involved in a variety of projects across the school such as fundraising and organising events for the Harrow Bangkok school community. A new FoH committee is elected annually. The FoH also organise the annual Harrow Fair, usually in November.

ABSENCE AND HOLIDAYS

If your child is absent through sickness please let us know on the day or as soon as possible either by phone or brief email. We do not permit holiday leave during term time as there are several weeks allocated holiday time when leave should be taken and we believe that absence from school can have a negative impact on a student’s education. If you require leave of absence for your child for any reason, please request this in writing giving as much advance notice as possible.

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Healthy Living in School

LUNCH

We have a rotating menu system where children may choose from a daily menu choice. The weekly menu changes each term or half term as appropriate. We also have choices for vegetarians. Students eat lunch in the main school Dining Hall where there are staff on duty every lunchtime. If children have finished their meal and they are still hungry, staff will happily offer your child more food. Water, fruit, salad and vegetables are always available.

SNACKS

Morning snacks are also provided for your child each day. Milk and water, fruit, crackers, sandwiches or yoghurt are some of the snack options on offer. A snack is also provided at the end of the day for those children taking part in after-school activities.

ALLERGIES AND FOOD FROM HOME

We have a number of children with serious food allergies. For this reason, we ask that no food from outside is sent into school unless specifically requested. We ask that all parents inform us of their child’s allergies clearly and also ensure you fill this information in on your admission forms, as these forms are sent to the School Nurse. Your child’s allergies will be noted and shared with canteen staff also.

We try to offer alternatives for children with special diets; in extreme circumstances parents are invited to send food in if they prefer. If your child does not have any special dietary needs or medical issues however, it is expected that they have the regular lunch and snack choices on offer. Please do not send in sweetened milk or cartons of juice as children have

access to milk and water at school. We do encourage students to bring in a labelled water bottle every day.

BIRTHDAY CAKES

We think it is important to briefly celebrate your child’s birthday in school and we are always happy for parents to bring in cake. Please can you make sure that:

• The cake contains no nuts

• Cakes are left at the Pre prep office so that the class teacher can decide when to celebrate the birthday without disrupting learning.

• Cakes do not contain nuts or traces of nuts as we are a nut-free school

• Cakes are individually wrapped cupcakes OUR HEALTHY LIVING PLEDGES

We encourage our students to take our Healthy Living pledge and we ask our parents to help our students keep their pledge!

• I pledge to cut down on screen time and spend more time with friends and family

• I pledge to exercise and be more active every day

• I pledge to get enough sleep and rest to take care of my body and mind

• I pledge to make healthier food choices (e.g. by eating more fruits and veggies, drinking more water and fewer sugary drinks and snacks)

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Allergies:

Please be mindful of our students with allergies and do not share food with other children (unless permission has been granted)

Uniforms

students are encouraged to feel pride in being members of Harrow Bangkok and

to

cooperation

uniform

adhering

at school. With this in mind,

ask for

utmost importance. Appropriate dress is expected of all students. Sensible decisions about young children’s footwear, hairstyles and jewellery can help to keep our children

Blazers and boaters to be worn by Juniors (Years 3 to 5) in assembly on

school is not responsible for lost

be contacted if the uniform

by

student is

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to the guidelines below. WHAT DOES MY CHILD NEED IN SCHOOL? ✔ YOUR CHILD NEEDS: • The school backpack • Book bag • A school sun hat • A water bottle ✖ THEY DO NOT NEED: • Money • Own stationery or pencil case • Toys • Food (unless an agreed special dietary requirement) • Wifi-enabled digital devices The
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Fridays Infant and Junior girls ✔ Black shoes to be worn with Harrow Bangkok socks Infant boys Junior boys

The uniform items below are all available in the School Shop except for shoes. Shop opening hours are 7.00am-4pm, Monday-Friday and there are helpful staff on hand.

All items of your child’s school clothing should be labelled with their name. Sewing the name on items is the best option.

PE Kit (unisex)

Swimming (unisex)

✔ Plain black or white trainers with easy fastenings, no sparkles, cartoon characters or bright laces

✔ If PE day is on House shirt day (Thursdays), children wear their House shirt with PE shorts

HAIR AND ACCESSORIES

✔ Hair should be clean, neat, natural colour and off the eyes. In the case of boys, hair should be cut clear off the collar and the ears.

✔ Girls with long hair must have hair securely tied back. For example in a secure plait or ponytails. Please keep hair accessories simple and navy or white in colour where possible.

✖ Please be aware that necklaces do pose a health and safety risk when worn by young, active children. We allow necklaces worn for religious reasons only.

✖ Children in Pre Prep should not wear rings or bracelets to school.

✖ Children in Pre Prep are not allowed to wear makeup, nail polish or tattoo stickers.

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House shirt day (boys) House shirt day (girls)

Health and Safety

• We encourage children to wash hands frequently and drink water throughout the morning/day.

• Let us know if your child has any food allergies or medical issues.

• When children have fevers or are on medication it is best for them and the other children in the class that they stay at home until they are fully recovered.

• If your child is sick, please let them recover at home before coming back to school. Young children need time to rest and should NOT be in school whilst taking medication. Please see our Sickness Exclusion Policy.

• If your child is well enough to be in school, then we would usually expect them to also join in with swimming.

• If your child is not well enough to participate in swimming lessons, please provide a medical note explaining the reasons.

• In order to prevent illnesses spreading, we ask that you keep your child at home until they are well again. To avoid any confusion, here is the definition of a well child:

DEFINITION OF A WELL CHILD:

Is not reliant on infant paracetamol

other cold/flu medication

Does not have a high temperature

well enough to participate in all school activities

Has a normal appetite

happy and sociable

Does not require greater staff support

normal bowel function

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(Calpol) or
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Health and Safety Procedures

ACCIDENTS IN SCHOOL

Of course, as a school we try our utmost to avoid accidents and injuries. However, unfortunately sometimes, accidents do happen. If your child has an injury in school that results in the need for a hospital visit, you will be contacted by the School Nurse who will offer you the option of collecting the child from school or meeting at a local hospital or hospital of your choice. Harrow Bangkok is liable for medical costs of up to 15,000 baht. A full accident report will be completed as a result of any injury requiring a hospital visit.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING

The Harrow Bangkok Child Safeguarding Policy outlines the actions that will be taken to ensure that all students are protected from all forms of abuse. Our policy is based on both national (Thai Child Protection Act 2003), and international (Convention on the Rights of the Child) legislation relating to the Rights of the Child. The policy is shared with all staff who know the correct procedures to take regarding Child Protection Issues.

We kindly request that parents and guardians:

• Do not take photos or videos of any child other than their own

• Avoid touching any child (other than your own) or invade their personal space

• Do not take any personal

contact details from any child, nor offer their own to any child

• Only use designated adult-only toilets and do not enter the children’s toilets or changing room areas

SECURITY

In the interests of the safety of your children, we insist that any adult entering Pre Prep is wearing the Harrow Bangkok ID card. If an adult cannot show their Harrow Bangkok ID card, they will be asked at the Clock Tower to exchange a piece of ID for a visitor’s pass. If you send another adult to collect your child you must inform the class teacher or admin staff in advance. We will not let your child leave with a stranger or an adult who does not have the official Harrow Bangkok ID card.

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Beyond Pre Prep

Once students complete their final year in EYC in Reception they continue their Lower School journey into Pre Prep (Years 1 - 5). In this next phase, students begin to learn traditional subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, Art, History, Computing, Design and Technology, and Geography. The Pre Prep curriculum is rigorous, robust, and built upon the very best practice from around the world. Individual subjects are linked wherever possible through exciting half termly themes with specialist teach ers encouraging a love of music, Thai culture, languages and physical activity. The curriculum also focuses on develop ing the skills and attributes our students need to become ‘Leaders for a better world’.

The Upper School starts in Year 6 as students enter the Prep Phase (Years 6 to 8). Underpinned by the UK National Curriculum, the broad range of subjects

studied by Prep students allows them to explore and connect knowledge, whilst building effective Thinking and Per forming skills for lifelong learning. With a huge host of enriching experiences, Prep students continue to enhance the leadership attributes first introduced in Lower School.

In Years 9 to 11 or in Harrow terminology, our Shell, Remove and Fifth Form Phase (SR5), the full IGCSE range of subjects are studied. In Shell (Year 9), students broaden their foundations with Human ities and Sciences taught as discrete subjects before selecting their IGCSE optional subjects, which will be studied in the following two years in Remove (Year 10) and Fifth Form (Year 11). Many of our students earn scholarships for the Sixth Form based on their examination results at IGCSE level. In the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13), students study A Levels, a set of gold standard internationally recognised qual ifications giving students direct access

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to the most competitive universities worldwide, including UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore.

In 2021, 85% of our graduating class went on to study at their first choice university, with 40% of our students se curing places at top 100 globally ranked universities. Harrow Bangkok students apply to universities all around the world. Within the UK, the majority se cure places at Russell Group and highly reputed institutions, and in the US, our students regularly secure places at the top 50 ranked US universities.

THE HARROW BANGKOK UPPER SCHOOL JOURNEY

Top universities

Prep

Our Sixth Form students are accommo dated in the world-class ‘Rayleigh Learn ing Centre’, a state-of-the-art educational building which can house up to 280 students. We aim for our Sixth Form to be a learning community, with our students developing independence, leadership attributes and maturity and leaving us with excellent academic results. As well as bespoke Sixth Form teaching rooms, the Rayleigh Learning Centre contains rooms for both inde pendent and group study, as well as the Careers and University Guidance Centre. Regular visits are made to our school by university representatives from all over the world, as well as outside speakers. Regular visits are made to our school by university representatives from all over the world, as well as outside speakers and a number of roadshows from top universities.

We offer a comprehensive choice of ad ditional opportunities in the Sixth Form, including traditional academic courses, timetabled SAT support and popular additions such as Psychology, Media

Studies and Computer Science. To satisfy the English proficiency requirements of universities in English speaking countries, students should also take IELTS and ToEFL courses.

The Extended Project Qualification and Harrow Research Project encourages all students to explore a specialist area of interest, alongside a tailor-made curricu lum including critical thinking, wider reading and debate, aca demic writing development and universi ty preparation.

The Harrow Bangkok Sixth Form encour ages students to embrace and demon strate the Harrow Values of Fellowship, Courage, Honour and Humility through their actions. These actions are recog nised through the Harrow Prize which is awarded to students upon their gradua tion from Harrow Bangkok.

Our Sixth Form students lead the whole school through their attitude, outlook and ambition — they are the leaders of the future.

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‘Leadership Curriculum’ based on UK National Curriculum Shell, Remove and Fifth (SR5) Broad Selection of IGCSEs Leadership in Action Sixth Form 3/4 A Levels Extension Curriculum University Preparation

Harrow Bangkok Health and Safety Policy

APPENDIX 1. ILLNESS EXCLUSION

To ensure the health, safety and welfare of all persons using the School facilities:-

• When a child becomes ill at the School, every effort will be made to contact the parents or carers, who will be requested to collect their child as soon as possible.

• In most cases when a child is sent home we feel it would be beneficial for them to see a doctor.

• Parents must notify the School if they are aware that their child has a contagious illness or if a doctor has confirmed the cause of illness.

• We expect parents to co-operate with us by not bringing children to the School if they have any infectious or contagious illness. Staff will also be asked not to attend work under the same circumstances.

• If your child has been kept at home due to illness for 3 days or longer we require a doctor’s certificate on their return stating what the problem was and that they will be well enough to be back at school.

• Any child showing symptoms of conjunctivitis will be required to be collected and checked by a doctor.

DISEASE/ILLNESS

Antibiotics prescribed

Bad cough, heavy cold with green Mucus Bronchitis

Temperature

Vomiting

Sickness/Diarrhoea

Infective (Bacterial) Conjunctivitis

(Pinkeye)

Nonbacterial (allergic)

conjunctivitis

Chickenpox and shingles

MINIMAL EXCLUSION PERIODS

Should stay at home for the first 2 days of the course and until fever has subsided

Should stay at home till Mucus has cleared up and the coughing has subsided Should be excluded until the child has been given appropriate treatment and feels well If sent home ill, child must be off for 24 hours. They may return after this time if their temperature has returned to normal (without the need for medication to control the temperature)

If sent home ill, child must be off for at least 24 hours after the last bout of vomiting

Should stay off until at least 48 hours have elapsed from the last bout and they are eating normally

Should be treated with antibiotics, oral, drops or ointment, and the child should be kept at home for at least 48 hours. Can return when eyes are no longer weeping A child with red eyes and clear watery discharge doesn’t need antibiotics or to be excluded Should be excluded until all lesions have crusted, there are no moist sores and the person feels well

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DISEASE/ILLNESS

Gastroenteritis, food poisoning, salmonellosis and dysentery

Infective hepatitis

Measles

Meningococcal infection

Mumps

Hand, foot and mouth disease

MINIMAL EXCLUSION PERIODS

Until authorised by your doctor that it is alright for your child to return Child should be excluded for 7 days after the onset of jaundice or illness (doctor’s certificate needed)

Should be excluded for 7 days after the onset of the rash (doctor’s certificate needed)

Until recovered from the illness (doctor’s certificate needed)

Until the swelling has subsided

Pertussis (whooping cough)

Poliomyelitis (infantile paralysis)

The child should be excluded until all blisters have dried up (doctor’s certificate needed) and at least 7 days from the onset of symptoms 21 days from the onset of paroxysmal cough Should be excluded for at least 2 weeks after onset or until declared free from infection by a doctor

Rubella (German measles)

Should be excluded for 4 days after appearance of the rash or until a medical certificate of recovery is produced

Tuberculosis

Typhoid fever

Impetigo

Pediculosis (head lice)

Plantar warts

Ringworm of scalp

Ringworm of body

Scabies

Diphtheria

Scarlet fever and streptococcal infection of the throat

Until declared free from infection by a Doctor Until declared free from infection by a Doctor

Until the sores are fully healed Until appropriate treatment has been given and no eggs are present on scalp No exclusion. Should be treated and covered Until cured

Seldom necessary to exclude provided effective treatment is being given Need not be excluded once appropriate treatment has been given

Should be excluded until after at least two negative nose and throat swabs and with medical certificate of recovery

Until appropriate medical treatment has been given and declared free from infection by a doctor, and at least 7 days from the onset of symptoms

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Harrow Bangkok Health and Safety Policy

2. HAND, FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE

Background Information. Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is a viral infection. It is not linked to the foot and mouth disease that affects animals. HFMD is mainly seen in children under the age of 10 or in young adults. It is easily spread from one person to another. Most people have had HFMD by the time they are adults. It rarely causes further complications. Very rare complications of hand, foot and mouth disease include meningitis, encephalitis or paralysis. If your child has symptoms of a headache, stiff neck or back pain, immediately seek medical advice. With these points in mind, our actions (outlined below) are focused on potential outbreaks in the Lower School. Mode of Transmission. The main manner HFMD is spread is by touching the fluid from inside the HFMD blisters and/or fluids from the nose, mouth and chest (spread from sneezing and coughing). It can also be present via faeces for some weeks after infection.

Infectious Period. The incubation period of HFMD is 3 to 5 days. Symptoms usually show within 3 to 7 days after infection and can last between 7 to 10 days.

Key points to remember:

• HFMD is easily spread from one person to another.

• There is no specific treatment, vaccine or cure.

• There is no known risk to pregnant women or their unborn babies.

• Usually the rash disappears with recovery within a week

1. Prevention/Monitoring Local Situation

• The school is in regular contact with the local Health Authority throughout the school year, so is informed of any outbreaks of HFMD in schools in the area. For climatic reasons and historically, end of Term One and Three are potential risk times for HFMD.

• The school will hold routine parent/carer information workshops to educate about common communicable illnesses, preventative measures and symptoms.

2. Preventative Measures Taken In Case of HFMD confirmation in local Don Muang area

• The school will screen all children entering Pre Prep for a period of 7 days. If no cases are confirmed during this time, the screening will stop at the end of that 7 day period.

• The school will conduct weekend steaming of the Pre Prep and a deep clean of areas and equipment/toys as a preventative measure. The swimming pool will also be monitored.

• The school will raise awareness with parents by communicating about avoiding public areas, the importance of hand washing and awareness for symptoms.

3. Action Taken In Case of a confirmed case of HFMD in School

• Information will be sent to all parents informing them of the confirmed case and the year group, but not the name of the affected child.

• An update will be sent to parents from the Head of the school section, as necessary,

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with details of any further confirmed cases.

• All children will be screened before entering the affected section of the school.

• The period of screening will last until 7 days have passed since the last confirmed case.

• Intense daily deep clean of that year group and all communal equipment

• will be carried out, as well as deep clean of all the areas and equipment in the affected section.

• Weekend steaming and deep cleaning of all Pre Prep areas inside and out will happen

4. Additional Actions Taken if more than one confirmed case of HFMD in School

• The school will continue with the measures and procedures above (Section 3).

• Year groups may not mix at outside playtimes or in communal areas (Multi-purpose room, Assembly room etc).

• Affected year groups will have no swimming for 7 days, and then reviewed.

• Outside groups or children from other sections of the school will not be allowed in the affected section for 7 days after the last confirmed case.

• The school will monitor developments on a daily basis and liaise with the health authorities.

• If any year group reaches a level of 10% active cases within a 7 day period, the School Leadership Group will consider the closure of that year group or section of the school.

5. Details regarding any School section or Year Group Closure in Response to HFMD

• Parents will be informed of the closure which will last 7 continuous days.

• Curriculum planning will be adjusted to make up for lost lessons as a result of the closure.

• Complimentary places on School Holiday Programmes will be offered to compensate missed days.

6. Working in Partnership with Parents

• Parents should cooperate with the screening procedures during an outbreak.

• Parents should communicate with the school immediately if their child is confirmed with HFMD.

• A parent may choose to communicate with the health authorities about an outbreak. This should be done in cooperation with the school to ensure the best outcomes.

• Parents should understand that the school is not to blame for outbreaks of illness any more than parents are. Illnesses such as HFMD are naturally occurring and are part of life.

• Parents are asked to respect that siblings of infected children may be asked to not attend school for 7 days after the first child’s infection was confirmed.

• Parents must provide a doctor’s certificate of recovery for their child before returning to school. This cannot happen before the end of a 7 day period after confirmation of infection.

• Parents can refer to the Pre Prep Illness Exclusion Policy in all cases of illness.

• Parents are asked to follow health authority guidelines to avoid mixing with other children in public places during an outbreak.

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Harrow Bangkok Health and Safety Policy

3. INFLUENZA VIRUS. TYPES A AND B.

Background Information. Influenza is caused by various strains of the influenza virus. The usual symptoms are fever, headache, aching muscles, sore throat and cough. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea can occur especially in children. It is sometimes accompanied or followed by chest infections that can be severe. Influenza is generally a milder illness in children.

Mode of Transmission. The main way that influenza is spread from person to person is by coughs and sneezes or direct contact. Potential for airbourne transmission is controversial. The virus concentration in respiratory secretions is usually highest up to 7 days before a person develops symptoms of illness. Viruses continue to be present in respiratory secretions for 2 to 3 days after symptoms begin. As a result, infected individuals have already spread viruses before they begin to feel ill.

Infectious Period/Exclusion period. The infectious period of influenza is 3 to 5 days (not more than 7 days) from clinical onset. Children should be excluded from school a minimum of 5 days or until fully recovered without a fever or any of the symptoms mentioned above.

Key points to remember:

• Immunisation is recommended for the weak or elderly.

• Good hand hygiene, and cough/sneeze etiquette will reduce the spread.

• Aspirin (or products containing salicylate) should NEVER be used if influenza is suspected

• Children who show symptoms of influenza fever whilst in school, should be kept in isolation and collected, as soon as possible by parents, to limit the spread of illness to other children.

1. Prevention/Monitoring Local Situation

• The school is in regular contact with the local health authority throughout the school year, so is informed of any outbreaks of influenza types in schools in the area and/or nationwide. Influenza in Thailand can be transmitted throughout every season. However the rainy season is a high transmission time.

• The school will hold parent/carer information workshops to educate about common communicable illnesses, preventative measures and symptoms as appropriate.

2. Action taken in case of influenza at school

• Information will be sent to all parents informing them of the confirmed case and the year group, but not the name of the affected child.

• An update will be sent to parents from the Head of the School section, as necessary, with details of any further confirmed cases.

• Students will be screened on entering school. The period of screening will last until 7 days have passed since the last confirmed case.

• Intense daily deep clean of that year group and all communal equipment will be carried out, as well as deep clean of all the areas and equipment in the affected

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section. Weekend steaming and deep cleaning of all relevant areas inside and out will happen as needed.

• Siblings of infected children will be screened daily by our nurses and will be sent home if they show symptoms of influenza.

3. Action taken to avoid further spread of influenza across sections of the school

• Year groups may be required to avoid mixing at outside playtimes or in communal areas.

• Affected year groups may have swimming or splash play cancelled.

• Outside groups or children from other sections of the school may not be allowed in the affected section for 7 days after the last confirmed case as appropriate.

• The school will monitor developments on a daily basis and liaise with the health authorities.

• If any year group reaches a level of 10% active cases within a 7 day period, the School Leadership Group will consider the closure of that year group or section of the school.

4. Details regarding any school section or year groupcClosure in response to influenza outbreak

• Parents will be informed of the closure which will last 7 continuous days.

• Curriculum planning will be adjusted to make up for lost lessons as a result of the closure.

• Complimentary places on School Holiday Programmes will be offered to compensate missed days.

5. Working in partnership with parents

• Parents should be vigilant for symptoms during an outbreak.

• Parents should cooperate with the screening procedures during an outbreak.

• Parents should communicate with the school immediately if their child is diagnosed with influenza.

• A parent may choose to communicate with the health authorities about an outbreak. This should be done in cooperation with the school to ensure the best outcomes.

• Parents should understand that the school is not to blame for outbreaks of illness any more than parents are. Illnesses such as Influenza are naturally occurring and are part of life.

• Parents are asked to respect that siblings of infected children may be asked to not attend school for 7 days after the first child’s infection was confirmed.

• Parents must provide a doctor’s certificate of recovery for their child before returning to school. This cannot happen before the end of a 7 day period after confirmation of infection.

• Parents can refer to the Illness Exclusion Policy in all cases of illness.

• Parents are asked to follow health authority guidelines to avoid mixing with other children in public places during an outbreak.

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46 HARROW BANGKOK ROUTES TO SCHOOL
47 THE PRE PREP KEY CONTACTS Name Position Email Paul Beach David McKillop Kyle Meadows Head of Lower School Head of Pre Prep Lower School Director of Studies paul_be@harrowschool.ac.th david_mc@harrowschool.ac.th kyle_me@harrowschool.ac.th
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