Letter from the Head of School – 16 June 2017 - Bangkok Prep

Letter from the Head of School – 16 June 2017

By Head of School Valerie Thomas-Peter

It has been another busy week with more ‘end of year’ events taking place in the Primary and Secondary schools.

On Wednesday the FOBP hosted a ‘Staff Appreciation Lunch’ for everyone who works at Bangkok Prep and what a spread it was! The staff all enjoyed tucking in to the vast array of food. My thanks go to the FOBP and all of the parents who contributed and assisted. The Foyer was decorated beautifully and the food was delicious! It was a wonderful gesture which was greatly appreciated by us all.

We also had a whole school House Charity Day (Tigers/Sabre) on Wednesday and an Egyptian Day for Year 3 children. Thursday also saw our impressive Secondary Humanities showcase. My thanks go to all of the staff who have been involved in these activities.

Have a lovely weekend and please don’t forget that Tuesday 27 June will be a half day with the children finishing at around 12 noon (slightly earlier for younger children). Please ensure that you collect your child promptly!

Finally below are the last of the bios for staff who will be joining us in August.

For more information, please contact: hmsec@bkkprep.ac.th

 

Pandora Dufes – Key Stage 2 Teacher

After having been part of the Bangkok Prep Community for some three years, as my daughter is a pupil at the school, I am delighted to be joining the teaching staff in the next academic year. I have enjoyed a rich and diverse teaching career for over 14 years which has given me lots of wonderful experiences to bring to my new role.  Starting in a high-performing school in Liverpool, I then went to teach for seven years in Southern Spain. After that, I taught in Phuket and then Bangkok. Each school I have worked in has given me an opportunity to become more culturally aware, learn new languages and enjoy travelling, learning and teaching. I have worked in a variety of year groups and have gained valuable EAL experience. I am very happy to be continuing my Southeast Asian and Bangkok Prep adventure in August!

 

Vicki Pearmain – Foundation / Key Stage 1 Teacher

Hi, my name is Vicki and I am looking forward to joining Bangkok Prep this year.  I have been teaching for 11 years, starting in London, then moving to Tanzania for three years and have spent the past two years teaching in Pattaya. I am excited about moving to Bangkok and living in the city again, whilst knowing that the beach is still only a couple of hours away. When I am not teaching in the classroom I love teaching in the swimming pool and getting to know all of the students. Out of school I enjoy watching many sports both live and on TV. I try and find time to fit in some yoga, a massage or time by the pool to relax too. I enjoy travelling and have been lucky to visit many beautiful and exciting places, with my ‘to-do’ list ever growing!

 

Andrew Wooldridge – Key Stage 2 Teacher

Hello, my name is Andrew Wooldridge and I am extremely excited and looking forward to joining the Bangkok Prep school community as a Key Stage 2 teacher in the coming academic year. When I’m not teaching or preparing lessons, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing with my little boy, Thomas. In between nappy changes I thoroughly enjoy playing football with my colleagues and friends. Luckily or unluckily for me I am an avid Liverpool FC fan, and I have a passion for technology. I always try to be as creative, imagine and innovative as I can and I strive to pass this on to the children I teach. I trained as a teacher in Sheffield five years ago and since then I have taught in Bangkok and thoroughly loved teaching, living and enjoying this amazing city and country. I can’t wait to get started and meet all of the children, parents and staff at Bangkok Prep!

 

Catherine Blackburn – part-time EAL

I am very excited to be joining Bangkok Prep as a part time EAL teacher. I started my teaching career in London before moving to Thailand 17 years ago. I was a Key Stage 2 teacher at BIS in Phuket for two years followed by six years at Harrow International School here in Bangkok. I then spent two years in Singapore, before returning to Thailand to teach at Shrewsbury and St Andrews. In the last few years I have specialised in teaching English as an Additional Language and find it extremely rewarding to help children become proficient in English so that they can access the curriculum and interact happily with their peers. I am interested in conservation and animal welfare, and volunteer at the cat rescue centre run by Pet Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). I have two rescue cats of my own, as well as a husband and 10 year old son.

Our Campus

BANGKOK PREP ADDRESS

77 SUKHUMVIT 77, VADHANA
BANGKOK, 10110

77 สุขุมวิท 77 วัฒนา
กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110

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Primary School

The Head of Primary at Bangkok Prep emphasizes the importance of primary education in shaping students’ lives academically and socially. The school aims to prepare global citizens capable of facing life’s challenges in an ever-changing world. With a dedicated team of educators, Bangkok Prep sets high standards, encouraging students to dream big and work hard towards their goals.

Aligned with the National Curriculum of England and Wales, the school’s curriculum is adapted to reflect Thai culture and society. Teaching follows an innovative thematic approach, integrating real-life contexts with academic rigor to develop well-rounded individuals. Learning is personalized to cater to diverse abilities and talents, fostering mutual respect, trust, and inclusivity.

Bangkok Prep’s primary curriculum extends beyond statutory requirements, focusing on engaging cross-curricular themes to facilitate high-quality learning. Emphasizing active and interactive learning experiences, the curriculum encourages exploration, questioning, and collaboration. The school aims to nurture students’ curiosity, helping them discover lifelong passions and talents while preparing them for a fulfilling future.

Admissions Procedure

When choosing Bangkok Prep for your child, you’re welcomed into the school family, ensuring a warm and supportive environment. The admissions process begins with completing a brief enquiry form, followed by an invitation for an introductory visit and tour. Conveniently located on Sukhumvit 77, Bangkok Prep offers both Primary and Secondary campuses. Upon deciding on Bangkok Prep, applicants submit their application form and required documents. Assessment sessions are then scheduled based on the applicant’s year level, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The assessment includes various activities and tests tailored to different age groups. After assessment, the admissions team evaluates the application and notifies the family of the decision within 1-2 weeks. Successful applicants receive a formal offer letter and an invoice for initial fees, including placement, security, and registration fees, which must be paid within the specified timeframe to secure the child’s place.

Early Years

At Bangkok Prep, the Early Years curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework of England, emphasizing thematic topics and child-led learning for a stimulating and enjoyable school experience. It nurtures learning through play and focuses on developing concepts, skills, and positive attitudes across various areas including personal, social, emotional, communication, language, physical, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. The curriculum prioritizes individualized learning, ensuring continuous progress while maintaining confidence and a can-do attitude. Specialist sessions in Thai language and culture, music, library, physical education, and swimming further enhance learning opportunities. Supervised by native English teachers and Thai-speaking teaching assistants, children immerse in language acquisition through the immersion method, preparing them for the international community. The Early Years program prioritizes outdoor learning environments, valuing them as essential for children’s wellbeing and development. It serves as ideal preparation for the transition into primary school and provides resources for parents on the Foundation Years website.

Secondary School

Bangkok Prep prides itself on being a distinct international secondary school in Bangkok, prioritizing student needs and providing a stimulating learning environment. Central to this is the pastoral system, where each student is assigned to a tutor group led by a Form Tutor, ensuring personalized care and support. The curriculum evolves to meet students’ changing needs, offering a core curriculum supplemented by option subjects as students mature. Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) focuses on a broad curriculum adapted from the English National Curriculum, fostering personal growth. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11), students choose option subjects alongside a core curriculum, culminating in IGCSE examinations. Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) sees students specialize in Advanced Level courses while also engaging in a core curriculum and receiving support for university applications. Bangkok Prep fosters a warm, inclusive community and actively participates in regional competitions and events. The school encourages student involvement and leadership, ensuring a thriving learning environment. Contact information is provided for further inquiries.

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