Ania Bialek – Meet the Teacher - Bangkok Prep

Ania Bialek – Meet the Teacher

Ania Bialek – Assistant Head of Primary

I was born in Poland, but my whole school career was spent in Durham (North East of England). I then moved to Scotland to complete an MA in Psychology specialising in child development from the University of Edinburgh. This sparked my passion for working with children and I went on to complete a PGCE from Northumbria University in the North East of England. I then worked as a teacher in the UK before my love of travel meant I decided to work internationally. I moved to Bangkok to work as a teacher and continued my professional development through completion of an MA in International Education and completion of my National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) which have both helped to equip me with the theoretical understanding and skills to be an effective leader.

 

What do you love about working at Bangkok Prep?

Without doubt the best things about working at Bangkok Prep are the children and staff. It is impossible to walk through any part of the school without receiving a wide smile and a “Hello Miss Bialek” from several of the children (and staff!). Everyone goes above and beyond in their teaching and learning and I can confidently say, Bangkok Prep children and staff are the best community that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

 

What inspired you to apply for the role of Assistant Head of Primary?

I am going into my sixth year at Bangkok Prep, and in this time I have been privileged to hold the positions of Subject Leader, Year Leader and Key Stage Leader. These roles helped me develop a deep understanding of Bangkok Prep’s ethos, life values, vision and mission and gave me the opportunity to work closely with the leadership team. Experiences like this inspired me to apply for the role, as I was excited by the opportunity to work in close partnership with our Head of Primary (Brad Owen) and Deputy Head of Primary (Martin Breen) in the joint effective day to day management and leadership of the Primary School. I relished the opportunity to have a lasting impact on continuing to develop our school, especially at this exciting time of expansion.

 

As Assistant Head of Primary, what is your vision and what would you like to achieve for this 2020-2021 Academic year?

At the heart of everything I do, and every decision that I make, are our children. As Assistant Head of Primary I want to ensure that all children are happy and have the best opportunities to learn whilst also allowing the children a voice with regards to their school and learning. I am therefore extremely excited by the fact that as part of the Assistant Head of Primary role, I have been given the responsibility to lead the curriculum alongside our exceptional team of Subject Leaders.

I also know that our staff are our most important resource and I recognise that people not structures are the most significant drivers of improvement. I savour the opportunities I have to coach and mentor the staff I work alongside. I am devoted to fostering an ethos to continuous professional development and hope to support the development of our middle leaders.

 

What was the reason you initially decided to start teaching?

It never gets boring! No day is ever the same, and you get to teach such a wide array of subjects and topics in a creative way. I also love all the special events in school and themed weeks. This year I really miss having my own class, but I love the opportunity to work in different classrooms across the school meeting all our children in every year group (and even subject) across the primary school.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Outside of school, I love sport and fitness: particularly netball, skiing, running and hiking. I play the French horn and piano and I can speak Polish. I also love to travel and explore new places, and I am still finding new things to see and do in Bangkok.

Our Campus

BANGKOK PREP ADDRESS

77 SUKHUMVIT 77, VADHANA
BANGKOK, 10110

77 สุขุมวิท 77 วัฒนา
กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110

02-700-5858

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.

School Fees

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