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Spotlight on Primary

St. Andrews International School Green Valley

June 2019

End of Year Round-Up I am sure you will agree with me that we have had a fantastic year in the Primary School. When I look back at the photos from this year it is amazing to see how much we have accomplished and the progress we have all made in so many areas. I am so proud of all our hard work to ensure that St Andrews continues to be the ‘happiest and most caring community where we are the best we can be.‘ I look forward to seeing you all after the holidays and thank you for being such wonderful and supportive members of our St. Andrews community. I would also like to say best wishes to all our leaving teachers, students and parents. We will miss you, but hopefully you will keep in touch and always be part of our St Andrews family. Ms. Michelle Taylor Head of Primary

เรามัน่ ใจว่าทุกท่านคงจะเห็นด้ วยกับว่า ปี นี ้ เป็ นปี ที่ยอดเยี่ยมของเราทุกคน เมื่อมองย้ อนกลับไปดูภาพถ่ายจากกิจกรรม ต่างๆในปี นี ้ มันเป็ นเรื่ องที่น่าอัศจรรย์มาก ที่ได้ เห็นว่าเราก้ าวหน้ าและประสบความสาเร็จ ในสิ่งที่เราได้ ทาร่วมกันหลาย ๆ ด้ านมากน้ อยเพียงใด เราภูมิใจในการทางานอย่างหนักทังหมดของเราเพื ้ ่อให้ แน่ใจว่า โรงเรี ยนเซ็นต์แอนดรูว์สยังคงเป็ น ชุมชนที่มีความสุขและดูแลซึ่งกันและกันมากที่สดุ เท่าที่เราสามารถทาได้ ‘เราหวังว่าจะได้ พบทุกท่านอีกครัง้ หลังจาก วันหยุดฤดูร้อนนี ้ และขอขอบคุณที่เป็ นสมาชิกที่ยอดเยี่ยม พร้ อมทังให้ ้ การสนับสนุนเซนต์แอนดรูว์ของเราเป็ นอย่างดีมา โดยตลอด เราอวยพรด้ วยความปรารถนาดีกบั ครูผ้ สู อน นักเรี ยนและผู้ปกครองทุกท่าน ที่จะจากเราไปเพื่อทาภารกิจของท่านในที่อื่นๆ เราจะคิดถึงคุณ แต่อย่างไรก็ตาม หวังเป็ นอย่างยิ่งว่าท่านจะติดต่อกลับมา และทุกคนยังคงเป็ นส่วนหนึง่ ของครอบครัวเซนต์แอนดรูว์ สเสมอ

Celebrating Action Around the School One of the most wonderful traits of a St. Andrews student is their passion to make a difference to their community. There are so many examples of how students have taken action through their Units of Inquiry and our Activities Program and seeing these in action makes us truly proud!

PYP Year 6 Exhibition 2019 The Year 6 Exhibition is an important part of the PYP for all students. In their final year of the PYP, students investigate, inquire into and solve problems to make a change and make the world a better place. It offers students a platform to show they are responsible and independent learners. This year our Central Idea was “#GenerationIB” to celebrate the IB’s 50th Birthday. The students were in groups for one of the UN Global Goals and wrote their own Lines of Inquiry. The night started with a fantastic whole year presentation which showed how confident and well-rounded our students really are. Our families and friends then had the opportunity to roam around each of the groups’ stands. It was an absolute pleasure to hear the conversations between the students and their guests. They truly showed their passion and knowledge of their Global Goal.

Welcome to Our New Y1s Our Reception students have now had their Promotion Ceremony and are ready to join us as Year 1s in Primary TB1! It’s been wonderful to see them all grow during their time in Early Years and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for them next year.

Good Luck to Our Year 6s Our Year 6s have now had their PYP Exhibition, their Promotion Ceremony and their Transition days so are more than ready to leave us in Primary and head off to Secondary. Well done to each and every one of you for all your efforts during your time in Primary and we look forward to seeing what you do next.

Attainment Awards Many of our students excel in a particular area and we would like to recognise their talent, but also the hard work that goes into ensuring that they continue to improve in these areas and challenge themselves. Below you will see our students who have achieved the highest results in their Year level in English and Maths, as shown by our rigorous assessment data. Their hard work has certainly paid off!

English Attainment

Maths Attainment

Millie – Year 1

Elly – Year 2

Jasmine – Year 1

Pun – Year 2

Lotta – Year 3

Leela – Year 4

Niels – Year 3

Tigger – Year 4

Harry - Year 5

Jaa – Year 6

Phat – Year 5

Helena – Year 6

Progress Awards At St. Andrews we are committed to ensuring that all of our students make progress in all areas. Here you will see our students who have made the most progress in English and Maths according to our formal as-

English Progress

Maths Progress

Emma – Year 1

Pinky – Year 2

Prem – Year 1

Pawin – Year 2

Fien – Year 3

Yubin – Year 4

Oam – Year 3

KaoNine – Year 4

Thom – Year 5

Fanta – Year 6

Matisse – Year 5

Alexandra – Year 6

Language Awards Attainment in Thai

Look-wha - Y1

Pinky - Y2

Papai - Y3

Stamp - Y4

Pun - Y5

Fanta - Y6

Kin - Y2

James - Y3

Ivy - Y4

View - Y5

Poppy - Y6

Progress in Thai

Kevin - Y1

Attainment in Dutch

Fien Y1-3

Helena Y4-6

Progress in Dutch

Emma Y1-3

Attainment in Mandarin

Chanelle - Y5

Sarah - Y6

Progress in Mandarin

Alicia Y4-5

James - Y5

TJ - Y6

Attainment in French

Harry - Y5

Alexandra - Y6

Progress in French

Joshua - Y5

Rihanna - Y6

Learner Profile Awards All of our St. Andrews students show the different Learner Profile traits in many ways. The following students, however, have proven themselves to be outstanding in the following areas: 

They have consistently shown a wide variety of Learner Profile traits in their everyday behaviour.

The have shown effort in all areas of their learning throughout the year.

They act as a role model for their peers.

Stamp - Y4 Alicia - Y5

Tifenn - Y4

Maisie - Y5

Plai - Y3

Bert - Y6

Lenny - Y6

Jonnie - Y3

Kevin - Y1 Alexis - Y2

Bike - Y2

Personal Growth Awards At St. Andrews, we encourage all of our students to embrace a positive mindset and value confidence and resilience. The following students have proven themselves in the following areas: 

They have shown an increased growth mindset throughout the year and become more confident in their own ability.

They have worked on taking more risks in their learning.

They have shown more resilience towards problem solving and improving their work.

Jeff - Y1

Sam - Y2

Yumin - Y2

James - Y3

Jasmin - Y3

Kenta - Y4

Ivy- Y4

Alisa - Y5

Ben S - Y5

Pangnam - Y6

Melbourne - Y6

Sports Awards Winners U11 Athletes of the Year



This award recognises individuals who are role models for their peers by showing an outstanding level of skill, leadership and enthusiasm including full participation in extra-curricular activities, trainings and games. They also demonstrate an extremely high level of performance during ESAC competitions and the FOBISIA Games.

U11 Sportsmanship of the Year This award recognises individuals who are role models for their peers and put forth an outstanding effort while showing a positive attitude, fair play and teamwork throughout extra-curricular activities, trainings and games including ESAC and the FOBISIA Games. Matisse

Fern Fern

U11 Most Improved Athlete of the Year This award recognises individuals who have made significant progress during the year through an outstanding effort while showing a positive attitude, fair play and teamwork throughout extra-curricular activities, trainings and games including ESAC and the FOBISIA Games. Jaa


Y5 – 6 Music Awards


Most Improved Awarded to the student who has shown the most demonstrable improvement over the past year.

This may be in a specific skill area (e.g. a particular instrument), or may be a more general range of development.

Most Potential


Awarded to the student who has shown all the attributes of a good musician but who may need some more encouragement to turn these attributes into a more demonstrable talent and reach their full potential.


Best Overall Musician Has demonstrated the highest level of musical ability. This may be a combination of skills, such as instrumental ability, creativity, performing regularly, leadership, listening skills, use of musical language and seeking opportunities to engage with music.

Our Talent Show Winners Celebrating talents of all sorts is important to us at St. Andrews. Here are the finalists and winners of this year’s Talent Show. Well done to all students who auditioned. It shows what risk takers you really are! Kao Nine & Lorenzo: Singing

Rachel, Yubin, Tonhom & Matilda: Dance

Phoebe: Singing

Maisie, Zita, Hayata, Sienna & Martina: Dance

Aye: Singing

Leela & Stamp: Singing

Porjai: Dance

Sidney & Lenny:

Yasmin: Dance

Wailin: Piano

Gabriella, Rhianna, Matilda, Namtan, Eimi, &Tifenn: ‘Synchronised Swimming’

Plagrim: Singing

Alexandra: Dance

Thank you to our Panther Parents Without the support of our Panther Parent group, we wouldn’t be able to offer many of the opportunities our students have at St. Andrews. Our regular team includes K Pao, K Took, K Rung, K Pu, Annelies, Olga, K Joe, K Kaow, K Pan, K Da, K Eid, K Kajornpol, K Nirawan, K Kannika and K Phai. They help us in so many different ways, from fundraising and supporting the organisation of events to helping with our Activities program. If you are interested in joining the Panther Parents next year or want some more information as to what it entails, please let K. Seesa-ang know, either by visiting her office or email:

Saying Our Goodbyes At this time of year we say goodbye to some of our friends and colleagues. We thank them for all their hard work over the time with us and wish them all the very best as they move on to their next adventures!

Ms. Rachel

Ms. Jenny

Ms. Laura S

Ms. Nikki

Mrs. Mullan

Mr. Dom

Ms. Bird

Khun Beau

Mr. Dunn

Ms. Cat

Mrs. Dunn

Saying Hello! We are very excited to welcome our new teachers to GV. We know they will all bring their passion and expertise to the Primary School!

Faye Wood: PYP/Teaching & Learning Coordinator Since qualifying as a primary teacher 10 years ago, my career has been incredibly varied and allowed me to pursue many different, exciting avenues. For me, teaching is more than just a job! I find working with young people to be an absolute pleasure and an honour. Those lightbulb moments, where a switch has been turned on in the minds of my learners and the look of achievement on their face never loses its magic or pride.

I am over the moon to be joining the Green Valley community as PYP Coordinator to further develop teaching and learning in a vibrant and exciting curriculum, not only in the classroom but outside of it too, nurturing not only learners’ academic outcomes, but their passions and interests.

Charlotte Knight: KG Teacher I began teaching in a UK school as a Nursery teacher which I thoroughly enjoyed. Since then I have taught a range of classes from Nursery to Y1. I hold a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years and Childhood studies from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and also hold the Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). Most recently I have been working at an International school in Bangkok and am really excited to be joining GV. I always ensure children are having fun in my class. I love to dance, sing and play games with the children. My aim as a teacher is for all of my children to be happy and confident every day. I am looking forward to meeting all of the new Kindergarten children in August.

Lara Heaver: Year 1 Teacher I have been teaching for the last 6 years, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I have a BA degree in History from the University of Kent and I completed my PGCE at Liverpool Hope University in 2013. I have taught both in the UK and at a British international school in Qatar. Outside of school, I really enjoy travelling, learning about new cultures and exploring new countries. I also really enjoy outdoor activities, including water sports, mountain climbing and walking in the countryside. I am really excited about teaching at Green Valley and eager to experience the pleasures of Thailand.

Michelle Gaye: Year 1 Teacher I have taught for 12 years mostly in Years 1-3 and spent the last year teaching in Thailand. My specialisms are Key Stage 1 education and English. I believe children learn best when they’re having fun so I will be planning lots of hands on and outdoor learning for Year 1. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking the dog, watching films, reading and going to see live music. I will join the school with my husband Marvin and our two daughters Ava and Nyah. We are all really looking forward to it. We love living in Thailand and when we’re not at school, we enjoy exploring different places, sampling Thai food and culture and having fun outdoors.

More Hellos! Etienne Mensah: Year 5 Teacher After graduating in 2014, I have been fortunate enough to work in a range of schools within the UK. Having worked in various departments, I decided to focus on Primary age teaching as this is where my passion lies. I have always embraced the extra curricular elements of school too, such as running an ICT club, multi sport and homework clubs. In the past, I have worked at summer camps both in the UK and North America. These were truly amazing experiences as I was able to witness children develop a range of lifelong skills and work with many nationalities. In my spare time, I love to cook, travel and watch the best international rugby team: Wales. As I have been to Thailand recently, I am looking forward to being immersed in the Thai culture once again. I cannot wait to meet you all soon!

Andrew O’Hagan: Year 5 Teacher Many of you may have already seen me around the school, as I am currently teaching Business and Economics in secondary. I joined the school in May last year, after teaching at a Primary School in Bangkok for four years, teaching years 3, 5 and 6. I also have experience teaching at Primary Schools in South Korea and the UK.

I have enjoyed my year teaching in secondary, but I am looking forward to returning to teaching primary aged children, helping with their learning and preparing them for the future. I am particularly passionate about Maths and I.C.T and I am looking forward to sharing this passion with all the children in primary next year, in addition to my Year 5 class. In my free time I enjoy traveling and I am excited to be spending 2 weeks exploring Japan in July this year, before spending some time exploring the mountains and nature in Nan province in the north of Thailand.

Stefan Larsen: Primary Music Specialist My name is Stefan Larsen. I am 45 years old and from Denmark. I have been teaching for almost 20 years, both in Denmark and internationally. I look forward to teaching Primary Music at Green Valley starting from August. My family is moving with me and my 2 daughters will be attending the school as well. I am passionate about empowering my students to understand, listen to, create, and perform, music - in all shapes and sizes. I also believe that music is not just sound, but an activity that people create together as a group, using their entire body and soul. It is important to move, make sound and work together when creating music.

Parent help and support @GV At St. Andrews we are very lucky to have parents who are willing to give up their time to help in the Primary School. The way that our parents help include: listening to children read, helping with a primary activity and helping in the library. Below are our upcoming PYP Units of Inquiry for the start of our 2019/20 academic year. We are looking for parents and/or community members who may be able to help support these units by sharing their expertise. Even if your child isn’t in the year group, if you think you could offer something, please let us know! You can either talk to the class teachers directly or speak to our PYP Coordinator. email:

Year Nursery

Kindergarten Reception

Central Idea Exploring my wonderful world helps me describe and talk about what I see.

People learning about themselves helps them to understand and connect with others.

Relationships develop through play and connecting with others.

Year 1

As people grow, they learn about who they are and what they can do.

Year 2

Human-made systems are created to meet the needs of a community.

Year 3

Migration can have an impact of people and society.

Year 4

Having resilience and understanding changes promotes positive and mental well-being.

Year 5

Technology changes and challenges the way we express ourselves.

Year 6

Many elements combine to create a theatrical performance.

Information for Parents We now have several different ways of keeping parents updated with our latest news and events:

Seesaw Gives you regular updates and samples of work from the classroom. Contact your child’s teacher for information on how to link to your child’s account.

Firefly Online Learning Platform This not only provides parents with curriculum and general school information but also has Class Pages with weekly updates and news.

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St Andrews Primary Spotlight Newsletter - June 2019  

Find out more about the amazing events and activities that our children have been involved with in Primary during last term.

St Andrews Primary Spotlight Newsletter - June 2019  

Find out more about the amazing events and activities that our children have been involved with in Primary during last term.