Brona Soden – Meet the Teacher - Bangkok Prep

Brona Soden – Meet the Teacher

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications (University of Limerick, Ireland)
  • PGCE (University of Manchester)

Brona started out studying Information Technology and Telecommunications at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Soon after graduation, she found herself embarking upon her teaching career as an English teacher. Brona taught students of all ages from Nursery aged children, all the way up to adults. She fell in love with teaching and decided to go back to university to become a fully qualified teacher, studying for her PGCE at the University of Manchester, UK.

During the past 13 years, she has gained a wide variety of experience working as a Primary Teacher across EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Brona has lived and taught in Ireland, England, South Korea and most recently Thailand.

What do you love most about teaching?

The thing I enjoy most about teaching has to be seeing children grasp a new skill and grow in confidence. I love the warm and welcoming community feel at Bangkok Prep that has been extended to me by the children, parents and all staff members.

Over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year at Bangkok Prep, I plan to incorporate and develop a Growth Mindset within the classroom. I also intend to seek opportunities to link the Global Goals for sustainable development across all areas of learning.

How would you describe a good teacher?

I would describe a good teacher as someone who is firstly positive, kind and caring. I think that a good teacher understands and can relate well with students. A good teacher has a passion for learning and is committed to lifelong learning too. A good teacher develops a strong working relationship with everyone in the learning community and works well as part of a team to support, nurture and develop student potential. A sense of humour is also important!

What made you want to embark upon a teaching career? Was there a particular moment or experience?

There are many teachers in my family and although as a child I always wanted to be a teacher, as a young adult I opted for something a little different. I ended up teaching Engish abroad by chance, and it was through this experience that I realised teaching was for me. I had many ‘A-HA’ moments where I realised I loved teaching, and from there I went back to University to study and retrain to become a teacher.

 

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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