Bangkok Prep Drive to Create Sustainable Sports Uniforms

Bangkok Prep Drive to Create Sustainable Sports Uniforms   

Bangkok Prep is the first school in Thailand to partner with the global athletic leader New Balance to provide sustainable sport uniforms and leisurewear.

Bangkok Prep is driving the use of sustainable fabric in their new range of sports uniforms – which are made-to-order fabrics created from 100% recycled PET plastic bottles.

It started six years ago, when members of the Student Council expressed their concerns over plastic rubbish found on the playing fields. From there, Bangkok Prep joined the Eco-Schools award scheme: which is one of the child-led initiatives and a student-centered approach to environmental learning at Bangkok Prep. Three years later, through much hard work and a visit from Eco-Schools, Bangkok Prep became the 1st school in Thailand, and 2nd in the world, to receive the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award – which is the highest level of recognition from the Eco-Schools organisation.

“Bangkok Prep’s Eco team have been working continuously to promote sustainability within the school. At the school shop, we have replaced plastic wrappers with recycled paper packaging. Everybody in the school uses refillable water bottles. We have installed solar rooftop panels with block chain-based energy trading within the community and many more environmental focused actions taking place at our school. This New Balance sustainable sports uniform will be our first milestone in bringing sustainability into the school uniform range,” commented Duncan Stonehouse, Head of School.

This new multi-year partnership with New Balance, serviced by KE Foundation, has pledged to help promote sustainability by using sustainable fabrics, supporting a reforestation project with 16,000 new trees planted every year, using recyclable cardboard boxes for the shipping and using no harmful chemicals or PVC in accessories. Also, all cardboard boxes used are made of pre and post-consumer pulp and are 100% recyclable. All inks used on boxes are eco-friendly and are soy-based. The impact for Bangkok Prep’s upcoming school year is the repurposing of approximately 6,500+ individual plastic bags not used.

“New Balance is a leader in taking significant action in ensuring a healthier planet. We are very excited to be working with some selective schools in Asia. Bangkok Prep is taking the lead in becoming the 1st school in Thailand to drive for the whole sustainable sportswear range. ” said Samuel Yang, CEO of The KE Foundation, the official New Balance licensee to supply schools throughout Asia with NB sports team wear.

New Balance will supply Bangkok Prep with sports uniforms and accessories including the PE kit, coach and PE teachers uniforms, new ‘Bangkok Prep Bulldogs’ sports team uniforms for Basketball, Football, Rugby, Touch Rugby, Volleyball, Badminton, Tennis, Golf, Climbing, Netball, Athletics and Cross Country and a sports hat, gym and leisure wear, such as hoodies and leggings.

“New Balance’s quality assurance guarantee will be ensured through a fully collaborative process including graphic design, high quality fabric, sampling, inspection and delivery. Currently, we have about 700+ athletes across the whole school competing in 14 different sports, amongst the top league of international schools in Thailand, and around Asia; in BISAC and FOBISIA events. This PE and sportswear collection, in collaboration with NB, will be a great addition to our sports department, where style meets quality and functionality,” stated Michael McFarlane, Director of Sport at Bangkok Prep.

Clare Magee, Bangkok Prep Eco Team leader, had the following to add: “Bangkok Prep sees the change of uniforms as an excellent opportunity to show that sustainability means more than just recycling water bottles, or sending rubbish to recycling centres, it’s also about what you wear.”

About Bangkok Prep: Bangkok International Prep & Secondary School (Bangkok Prep) is one of the leading international schools in Thailand and is currently celebrating its 18th year of success. The school operates as one school, two campuses: a Primary Campus in Sukhumvit 53 and a Secondary Campus in Sukhumvit 77. The programme of study is based on the National Curriculum of England, demonstrating annually high quality education to students from Nursery to Year 13. The school offers a rigorous IGCSE programme to Year 10 and Year 11 students as a precursor to the Cambridge-approved A Levels available to study in Year 12 and Year 13. The school also offers the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which can support students’ applications to the very best university education worldwide. Bangkok Prep has affiliations and accreditations from 11 institutions & organisations: Cambridge Assessment International Education, Pearson Edexcel, Oxford International AQA Examinations, AQA, CIS, NEASC, FOBISIA, ONESQA, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Eco-Schools Green Flag Award, World Wildlife Fund and ISAT.

About Eco-Schools: Eco-Schools is an international programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that aims to “empower students to be the change our sustainable world needs by engaging them in fun, action-orientated, and socially responsible learning.” The Eco-Schools programme extends from kindergartens to universities and is implemented in 67 countries, involving 51,000 schools and institutions, and over 19,000,000 students. It is the largest international network of teachers and students in the world. It was identified by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development.

About New Balance:  New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. New Balance employs approximately 8,000 associates around the globe, and in 2019 reported worldwide sales of $4.0 billion.

New Balance is an official sponsor of the Yang Foundation’s sports activities and established a licensee agreement with their affiliate KE Foundation to supply schools in Asia with NB sports team wear, PE kits, sports uniform, backpacks, bags and equipment.

To learn more about New Balance, please visit www.newbalance.com and for the latest press information please visit http://newbalance.newsmarket.com.

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.

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