Culture as the vehicle to propel us into the 2023/24 academic year! - Bangkok Prep

Culture as the vehicle to propel us into the 2023/24 academic year!

School culture can be a complex phenomenon to define. Research is clear though; the institutions that have a positive and professional culture, undoubtedly achieve more success and better outcomes than those that don’t. So what is it that contributes to a flourishing School culture? Mahatma Gandhi was once quoted saying, ‘a nation’s culture resides in the heart and soul of its people’. This is the same for Bangkok Prep. The School culture at Prep is shaped by the people who work, learn, support and contribute to its continual growth. It’s the behaviours, actions and beliefs of these people that shape the culture.

We are blessed at Bangkok Prep to have an organisational culture that prides itself on caring, supportive relationships and one that is built on a strong and connected community. As our School grows in size and community members, this culture will be tested and challenged. It’s down to each and every community member to not only protect the positive culture but champion and improve it through our words and more importantly our actions. Our values are such a pivotal part of this culture and ensuring that we are all embodying our eleven Bangkok Prep values is integral to our success.

 

Organisational culture vs Professional culture – In the Secondary School, as a staff body, we have been focusing heavily on our professional culture. As a Senior Leadership Team, through conducting CPD training, we came to realise that there are some distinct differences between our organisational culture and our professional culture. Below is an explanation using the tree on our School crest as a visual.

Our organisational culture is our roots, it should never be unearthed, it should be immovable. It remains strong, completely grounded and provides the ultimate support for everything else to grow. Our professional culture is the stem that stands upright and directs us on our journey to achieving our vision of preparing our community for a sustainable global future through being and doing what’s right.

Last academic year, our Middle Leadership team worked hard on defining and establishing a set of active ingredients that will help guide us on the journey to achieving our vision. These will act as our guiding principles to allow decisions to be made in the best interests of our students, staff and community members. They will act as a centring mechanism to ensure we are doing things for the right reason.

 

Student induction programme – Throughout the student induction programme, the active ingredients were sewn into the programme with opportunities for our students and staff to explore and unpack their meaning from a student perspective and context

Also on our school crest is the motto, ‘Constant and True’. This powerful motto is something we have been exploring and defining within our professional culture. To the left are the diamond 9 ‘Constant and True’ behaviours and actions that will contribute to a flourishing professional culture. During the first morning back, our students had the opportunity to discuss these segments with their form tutor and contextualise what they mean from a student perspective. On Friday we provided an opportunity to further explore our ‘Constant and True’ in small vertical groups to deepen our understanding.

Providing the space for our students to work across year levels is a fantastic way to build on our culture and ensure that all students are working as one to achieve their very best. Another opportunity that provided our students the space to work across year levels was the HOUSE event on Friday afternoon. It provided our students a perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy some healthy competition. The HOUSE competition focussed on six different themes ranging from physical activity, creativity and problem solving.

Ultimately, during the induction period we want our students to feel a sense of belonging. To feel welcomed back to School with care, support and community at the heart of everything we do. The plan moving forward is to further embed our professional culture and aspire to utilise our strong, caring and supportive culture to achieve our vision of preparing our community for a sustainable global future.

As you can see from the photos below, our students enjoyed their first two days back at School and hopefully have a greater understanding of our school fabric and the all-important relationships have been forged between students and staff.

I would like to thank all staff members for their hard work in planning and executing the induction programme and a special thank you to our students for kick starting the year so positively. It really is so fantastic to have you all back on campus.

Mr. Hurworth

Deputy Head Teacher of Secondary

 

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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