How To Help Your Child Adjust To Their New School - Bangkok Prep

Change and transition – How to help your child adjust to their new school

A belated but heartfelt welcome to all our new families and Year 7 parents. I have seen many students in brief transition interviews and have been delighted to observe how resilient and adaptable they are. The process of transition into Bangkok Prep secondary school is far from over though and I hope this short article will go some way to developing understanding of what our newest students may be going through.

Change is an event, in this case a change of school, change throws us into a state of transition. Transition happens over time and is a psychological process. We are all individuals so the process looks different for everyone but research shows there are certain key emotions that most of us will pass through.

Change is a part of life, learning to cope with change and to see it as part of life, rather than something to be afraid of, builds resilience and the ability to cope. Changing school is a major event in a child’s life. In adolescence, when friends become increasingly important, changing a whole friendship group can feel extremely traumatic. Some of you will have changed countries, not just schools so you also have new cultures, customs and traditions to negotiate.

On top of this many of the children will have a learning transition to cope with. Your child may have significant gaps in their knowledge or have language challenges. If they are finding the academic side of school extremely difficult you may need to speak to their form tutor or year leader. Below I hope you find some useful advice in how to support your child during this time of transition.

  • Prioritise relationships with friends and family, arrange times to speak across time zones.
  • Prioritise sleep, students need at least 9 hours of sleep and adults 8 hours. When we sleep enough our brains are clear and we have a stronger perspective. Transition is a steep learning curve so sleep is even more important.
  • Make sure you are linked into the parent communication portals. Do you know how to help your child sign up for ECAs? Don’t overdo ECA’s though, remember your child may be tired and benefit from down time.
  • Turn anxiety into excitement. Humans have a tendency to think negatively and catastrophize, try, “I hear you are worried about the residential trip but you’re going to make lots of new friends and do some cool things…..” Show them how to reframe things positively.
  • Make space to talk about what they lost. Old friends, teachers, places. Let them know that sadness is important, if they are sad it is because they valued and cared about the thing they lost, this is a good If they are not sad that’s okay, perhaps it was time to move on.
  • Express feelings. Journaling is a great way to express difficult feelings, if they want to do it through other creative ways like music, art, photography then that’s great too.
  • Confidence game. Encourage your child to present themselves really well (even with a face mask!) when you look confident more people are attracted to you.
  • Even if they are suffering, encourage them to come to school -staying away makes school an even scarier place. If they are struggling please contact their form tutor, year leader or the secondary school counsellor

I hope your child is feeling part of the community and has made a good transition to Bangkok Prep but, if they haven’t, please feel free to contact me.

 

Claire Ireland

Secondary School Counsellor

cireland@bkkprep.ac.th

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77 SUKHUMVIT 77, VADHANA
BANGKOK, 10110

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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.

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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.

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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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