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where East meets West

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Pride Wisdom

Honour Respect The essential qualities of PRIDE, HONOUR, WISDOM and RESPECT are the Foundation Stones of St.Stephen’s.


Philosophy MISSION

At St. Stephen’s we believe in educating students not simply to be survivors in a competitive world but to become good leaders of their communities. Students will be equipped with wide-ranging knowledge and skills, with the ability to apply these as they keep abreast of everchanging technological advancements. Life experience skills will be cultivated in students so that they understand themselves and society, maintain good health, ever enrich their wisdom and are self reliant, honourable, disciplined and honest young citizens of the future. They will develop a sense of pride in their nationality and be respectful of all others. Fundamentally, they will be capable of critical thinking and possess highly effective communication skills. Mr. Kris Assakul School Founder

Our mission is “Leadership in the Making – to Create Tomorrow’s Leaders Today” by offering students of all nationalities, from Early Years up to University Enrance Level, a broad balanced and challenging curriculum through the use of the English language. We aim to encourage all students to strive for excellence in all that they do in their academic studies and personal lives, to guide them on their journey to becoming effective and compassionate citizens and leaders. At St.Stephen’s, our aim is to develop a culture and a community of learners within a special East meets West educational environment.

Accreditation International Recognition St. Stephen’s International School, Bangkok is accredited by:The Council of International Schools. and The New England Association of Schools and Colleges. St.Stephen’s is also licensed by:The Thai Ministry of Education.


Representing the school

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St. Stephen’s is a delightful, happy and caring family school community providing education, using the English National Curriculum, for students ranging from Nursery right up to University entrance level.

VISION To provide an international education for life, within a special East meets West learning environment.

Our philosophy at St. Stephen’s emphasises the importance of educating children not simply to be survivors in a competitive world but also to become good leaders, equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills and to apply these successfully in a technological world which is rapidly changing. We aim to develop a culture and a community of learners, where the importance of Thai values and traditions are emphasised, within a special East Meets West educational environment. We encourage students to develop their personal qualities including a sense of pride in themselves and their own nationality whilst at the same time learning to respect all others. They also learn to increase their wisdom and to become honourable disciplined and honest citizens. The essential qualities of PRIDE, HONOUR, WISDOM AND RESPECT are the foundation stones of our school. Our Mission Statement is therefore “Leadership in the Making to Create Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.” Our students are very happy at St. Stephen’s and we aim to provide a happy, secure, caring family school environment in which all students, can grow and can develop their academic abilities and personal talents to the full. We aim also to promote high academic standards for our students as they prepare for IGCSE’s and then, in the Sixth Form, the High School Diploma and “A” Levels before going to Universities either in Thailand or worldwide. Class sizes are small allowing teachers to build up close and rewarding working relationships with children who are warm, friendly, hardworking, receptive and keen to do well. Your child will, therefore, be very happy here at St. Stephen’s and will make friends very quickly with other children. Prospective Parents are warmly invited to visit St Stephen’s to see what a lovely school this is. You will not be disappointed! Chris Whitfield KSG Principal


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EAST MEETS WEST The School aims to integrate the best of both Western and Eastern educational practice and values, by providing structured programmes which encourage investigative learning. The development of students’ awareness and appreciation of Western cultural traditions is also balanced with a firm emphasis on honouring and respecting Thai and Asian cultural values and traditions.


Learning by Doing The School aims to provide a highly structured “hands-on” approach to learning where students are given opportunities to develop skills through practical investigation, research, and, once having practised and acquired these skills, be able to guide their own future learning.

A Disciplined Lifestyle The School aims to develop students’ self-discipline and self-reliance, as well as an understanding of themselves in the world around them. Students are also encouraged to pursue a healthy lifestyle through participation in physical activities within a caring and supportive school environment.

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LEADERSHIP CODE The Leadership Code guides every member of the St. Stephen’s school community to remain true to our Vision, Mission, Philosophy and Aims by setting high standards of PRIDE, HONOUR, WISDOM and RESPECT.

Essential Qualities The ultimate “test” must be how the Vision, Mission, Philosophy, Aims and Leadership Code come together in every student at St. Stephen’s. We aim therefore to educate all students to become:• Effective and compassionate future citizens and leaders • Accomplished communicators in both language and number • Critical, informed and creative thinkers • Discerning and successful users of technology • Self-disciplined and honourable citizens with a strong set of values • Self-motivated and healthy individuals

The best way to see examples of these qualities is a personal visit to our school. You will be able to see for yourselves that all our students have a chance to be class leaders. Students pay their respects every day by singing the Thai National Anthem. They also learn to take care of themselves and each other. This is particularly important as we recognise that they come from very privileged backgrounds. There is a strong Community Service Programme which allows St. Stephen’s students the chance to actively help less fortunate members of Thai society.


The National Curriculum TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS Setting High Expectations As students progress through the Early Years, Primary and Secondary Schools, students follow a curriculum based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales. We provide a strong academic learning environment in which all students are stretched and are encouraged to do their very best so that they achieve their full potential. English is the language of instruction at St.Stephen’s except for the teaching of other languages.

High Quality Staff St. Stephen’s staff are all highly qualified teachers who make the students in their care their number one priority. Some have family and a long term commitment in Thailand, providing consistency and stability to staffing at the school. The majority of teaching staff comes from the United Kingdom, but staff are also recruited from Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The selection process for staff ensures that everyone contributes to making the school a warm, caring and friendly environment for all students, staff and parents. High quality staff are, therefore, recruited locally and from overseas. Western staff, as well as Thai teachers and Assistants, have a good local knowledge and understanding of the importance of Thai Culture at St. Stephen’s. All staff are committed to the “East meets West” philosophy of the school and the development in each student of the qualities of PRIDE, WISDOM, HONOUR and RESPECT.

The Thai National Curriculum also has an important place and provides the foundation and structure for the teaching of Thai at all levels. It ensures that students may transfer successfully to and from Thai schools and also that there is a smooth transition to University. We aim to promote high academic standards to help them to be successful in their IGCSE exams and also, in the Sixth Form, their ‘A’ Levels as well as the Thai High School Diploma, before they go onto Universities either in Thailand or worldwide.


EARLY YEARS

Nursery and Kindergarten (Ages 2-5)

EARLY YEARS Kindergarten K2 4 - 5 K1 3 - 4

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“Play is child’s work”; and in the Early Years at St. Stephen’s children between the ages of 2 and 5 “learn through play”. Structured play areas, activities and games are provided to develop the “whole child”, with teachers working individually and in small groups to ensure that all children reach their potential, socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. High standards in maths, reading and writing are expected. Students are encouraged to learn responsibility and leadership from an early age, along with Thai social values and culture. A rich English speaking environment is provided, complemented by daily Thai and Madarin lessons.


PRIMARY

Key Stages 1 and 2 (Ages 5-11) PRIMARY Key Stage Two Y6 10 - 11 Y5 9 - 10 Y4 8 - 9 Y3 7 - 8

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Key Stage One Y2 6 - 7 Y1 5 - 6

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Our well-established Primary section follows the U.K. National Curriculum for Year 1 through to Year 6. There is a strong focus on English language and every lesson is an opportunity for children to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. In Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) children learn independence, responsibility and the fundamentals of literacy and numeracy. In Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) they are taught the knowledge and skills that will enable them to succeed in secondary education.


SECONDARY

Key Stages 3 (Ages 11-14) At the age of 11, students move from the Primary School to the Secondary School. During the first three years of Secondary School, Key Stage 3, students study English, Maths, Thai, Mandarin, Science, History, Geography, ICT, Art, Music and PE. At the end of Key Stage 3, students sit special tests, called SATS, to assess progress.

SECONDARY

Key Stage Four Y11 15 - 16 Yrs Y10 14 - 15 Yrs

Key Stage Three Y9 13 - 14 Yrs Y8 12 - 13 Yrs Y7 11 - 12 Yrs

Key Stages 4 (Ages 14-16) At the age of 14, students continue to study English, Maths, Science and Thai, but they can then choose some of the subjects which they would like to study. For those two years, students follow courses leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations which are recognised worldwide.


SIXTH FORM

HIGHER EDUCATION

Universities in Thailand and Worldwide

FURTHER EDUCATION Sixth Form Key Stage Five Y13 17 - 18 Yrs Y12 16 - 17 Yrs

Key Stage 5 (Ages 16-18) At the age of 16, students move into the Sixth Form to follow a two-year course preparing them for the High School Diploma and ‘A’ Levels, which will lead to universities either in Thailand or worldwide. Sixth From teaching is both exciting and challenging, led by well-qualified native English speakers. Students can choose to follow courses in a number of subjects including English, Maths, Thai, Physics, Chemistry, Art, Business Studies, Geography, History, ICT, Mandarin and Music.


The National Curriculum English In Primary, the ‘New Framework for English’ helps children to develop their language skills through a wide range of reading, writing, speaking and listening activities. In Secondary, emphasis is again on all four key language skills through studying both language and literature to prepare them for examinations at the end of Year 9, Year 11 and at Sixth Form Level. Maths At Primary level the English National Numeracy Strategy reinforces and extends children’s learning in order to prepare them for the challenges of mathematics in the Secondary school. Students learn how to apply mathematics to real life and hypothetical situations, to think creatively and solve practical problems. Students not only learn the skills needed to be successful in their exams, but also gain a strong all-round appreciation for mathematics and its uses.

Information Communication Technology (ICT) ICT is taught as a separate subject at Early Years, Primary and Secondary Levels and students may also choose ICT as an option at IGCSE and Advanced Level. Throughout the school, students also use information technology as a tool to enrich and extend their learning across the whole curriculum. Social Studies At Primary Level, students follow a Social Studies course which combines elements of both History and Geography. In Geography students gain knowledge and understanding of people, places and concepts from around the world, developing key skills and forming reasoned opinions about global issues.

Science Primary science develops students’ skills at investigating the world around them and asking scientific questions.

In History students gain knowledge and understanding of the past and develop key skills in using evidence. Personal, Social, Health Education

At KS3 a strong emphasis is placed on developing students’ scientific enquiry skills. At KS4 students study coordinated Science which leads to the attainment of two IGCSE exam qualifications. These represent a firm foundation for ‘A’ Level.

All students have a weekly PSHE Lesson where they have the opportunity to learn about and discuss topics related to citizenship, religion, sexuality, friendships, education and topical issues.


Art Art complements students’ literary, mathematical, scientific and factual subjects and is especially concerned with the development of visual perception and aesthetics. Art will help students to observe, respond to and record the world around them, as a form of communication and a means of expressing ideas, opinions and feelings. Music Through music students will develop skills and an appreciation of music, as well as the ability to express themselves creatively through concerts and performances. Students will also learn to use and appreciate many traditional Thai and Western instruments. Drama Drama will develop students’ English speaking and listening skills, a sense of empathy with a range of characters and situations and will help students to grow in confidence and provide them with a chance to be creative and have fun!

Physical Education All sporting activities give students the opportunity to succeed and learn many different skills in lessons and apply these in competitive situations inside school and against other international schools.

Foreign Languages Students are taught Mandarin from the Kindergarten Stage and they are also taught Spanish when they enter the Secondary School. For both languages students are provided with essential language skills through daily practice using a variety of hands on activities including songs, rhymes, stories and using language in real life situations.

Careers Careers education will prepare students for Higher Education, Gap opportunities and Work Experience and will include visits, presentations and interview guidance to help them to make the right choice of University either here in Thailand or worldwide.


Co-curricular Programme Our programme offers over 80 activities each term which are run by either qualified outside coaches or members of our staff. Some of our more popular clubs include taekwondo, ballet, UNESCO, cooking and crafts, rock band, Mandarin, learn by song, basketball and futsul. Students can, therefore, choose an activity which matches their own interests. We also have a strong focus on developing students’ English skills and all clubs try to develop written and spoken English at all times. Our IGCSE students have extra revision and support sessions offered by subject staff to assist students in preparation for their public examinations.

Facilities Bangkok Campus St. Stephen’s is situated on the Vibhavadi Rangsit Road with three adjacent buildings for the Early Years, Primary and Senior students. The school is well equipped with a generous provision of facilities which include:-

• Science and computer labs • Art & design technology rooms • Thai language and culture rooms • 20-metre beginners pool • Gymnasium and football field • Large canteen serving Thai and Western food • Two well stocked libraries • Two infirmaries • Music and performing arts rooms Class sizes are small, allowing teachers to build up-close and rewarding relationships with children who are warm, happy, hard working, receptive and keen to do well.


Activities Throughout the year, students are involved in a wide range of activities with an emphasis on both Thai and Western cultures.

Community Service is a very important part of the school curriculum at St. Stephen’s where students are encouraged to help others less fortunate than themselves. Each year students help to raise money for many deserving charities, including:

Students and staff work closely together to prepare for and celebrate Thai cultural traditions such as Wai Kru, Loy Krathong, Father’s Day and Songkran.

• The UNESCO Sister School in Nakhon Nayok sponsored by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn • The Phayathai Babies Home • Wat Phra Bat Nampu in Lopburi to help those suffering from AIDS • The Soi Dog Foundation • The Royal Blind School. Residential Visits are also an important part of the curriculum. Each year students take part in residential visits to places such as Kanchanaburi (Year 6), Samut Songkhram (Year 7), Chantaburi (Year 8), Sukhothai (Year 9), Ayutthaya (Year 10), and Khao Yal National Park (Year 11).


Khao Yai Campus

OUR SISTER CAMPUS

St.Stephen’s Khao Yai Campus provides a safe and secure environment for both boarding and day students. The school, situated in close proximity to Khao Yai National Park, and set in beautiful countryside offers an environment where students and staff can enjoy a natural life, free from pollution and away from the stress of city life. Our expectations are high. Academic and residential programmes promote leadership skills for all students. The National Curriculum Our curriculum, based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales, offers academic and residential programmes from Year 1 to Year 13 (ages 5 — 18). Class sizes are small, allowing for individualised learning programmes. Pak-Chong

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English is the language of instruction at St.Stephen’s except for the teaching of other languages. All students learn Mandarin as part of the core curriculum.

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We aim to promote high standards for all students. Senior secondary students sit IGCSE and Advanced Level examinations, preparing them for entry to university either in Thailand or overseas. The Thai Language and Culture programme provides the foundation and structure for the teaching of Thai at all levels and ensures that students may transfer successfully to and from Thai schools.


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St.Stephen’s International School Bangkok Campus 998 Viphavadi Rangsit Road, Lad Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900 Tel: +66 (0) 2513 0270-1 Fax: +66 (0) 2930 3307 www.sis.edu email: info@sis.edu

Khao Yai Campus 49, 49/1-3 Moo 4 Thanarat Road, Nongnamdaeng, Pak Chong, Nakorn Ratchasima 30130 Tel: +66 (0) 44 328 336-40 Fax: +66 (0) 44 365 019


where East meets West

www.sis.edu

998 Viphavadi Rangsit Road, Lad Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900 Tel: +66 (0) 2513 0270-1 www.sis.edu


St. Stephen's International School, Bangkok