Jo North - Meet our Teachers - Bangkok Prep

Jo North – Meet our Teachers

As Head of Primary PE, what exciting things do you have planned for your class this year? 

With such a multifaceted department we have so many things happening this year, which allows us to teach a wide range of sports within the PE and swimming lessons. We encourage the students to take risks by trying new experiences, skills and sports; enjoy a range of activities in a fun and energetic way; understand how their bodies move; be willing to help others; be confident within their own ability as an athlete; become a leader within their peer group; and be a competent communicator.

We are focused this year on teaching students about how their body works in different activities so we created a Functional Fitness unit in KS2 which incorporates Fundamental Movement Skills. Our KS1 and EYFS students focus heavily on Fundamental Movements skills throughout the year, as this is the basis to every movement. These loco motor, stability and manipulative skills will be practised in a variety of game-like activities.  Students in every Key Stage are also learning Sports Science terminology and by the end of the year will be able to come home and tell their parents the name of a variety of muscles in their body and how they can stretch and use them. KS2 will also learn about joints and Components of Fitness. In swimming, Upper KS2 students will be learning about Water Safety and Life Saving Skills. The students get really excited about this unit and we are proud to ensure students in our care have the knowledge and practical experience to save someone in water or themselves if the need ever arose.

What were your first impressions when you initially arrived at and started working at Bangkok Prep?

I was lucky enough to already be working at a FOBISIA school before working at Bangkok Prep. Bangkok Prep were hosting the U15 FOBISIA Games that I accompanied, so already had a really good impression of the school, its staff, the children, parents and the surrounding area. When my family initially arrived in Bangkok in 2016, we all knew right away that we would enjoy living in Bangkok. The city is vibrant, the people are polite and respectful, the skytrain system is a blessing and easy access to a beautiful beach. The Bangkok Prep community was warm and welcoming when we arrived and over the years has shown us just how special they are both professionally and personally. My colleagues are as passionate and hardworking as I am and putting the interests of the children first is paramount, so working at Bangkok Prep and having my daughters attend is an easy choice. Bangkok Prep is most definitely The Best School in Bangkok and the right place to be.

What was the reason you initially decided to start teaching?

When I was younger, many moons ago, I was always a good all round sportswoman. I enjoyed and played all sports, and my PE teachers knew that if they asked me to run in an extra event or play in a different position then I was always willing to give my best. I loved sports and was happy representing my school in many sports. There was a time however, when I had to make a choice between playing sports or playing a musical instrument. I was really upset and went home crying as my teachers were not going to let me do what I loved (play sports) and try something new (play the tennahorn). I told my Mum, right there, that I would become a PE teacher and give my students the choice and freedom to do what they love, but also express themselves in many different ways. To this day, it makes me emotional when I see my top athletes also playing an instrument or singing, performing on stage or in a recital.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I love spending time with my daughters. My eldest daughter will be leaving for University in 2022, so I am embracing family time as and when I can get it. You can usually find us at the cinema or out and about in a Bangkok park. During the holidays we enjoy exploring parts of Thailand. I’m not often just sitting still, so when I have the time I go to the gym, workout, run or swim. I have enjoyed over the years taking part in netball, 10k runs and triathlons, although my trainers have been retired for the time being. My daughters, aka my chief taste testers, will also tell you I love to bake – cake, tarts, biscuits, souffles, you name it I’ve probably tried it. I also have a creative side, where I love to create images with a Zentangle pattern, it’s extremely therapeutic.

Please can you give a summary of your qualifications and previous work experience?

My degree is a BA Hons in Physical Education with a QTS. After graduating from the University of Brighton, many many years ago, I taught PE at a Secondary School in Harlesden London, England for 2 years. Whilst there I coached basketball, netball, hockey and athletics. I then got itchy feet and moved to Kuwait in the Middle East for 3 years (I met my husband in Kuwait and had my first daughter), where I initially taught PE in a Primary School, then moved on to a Secondary School teaching PE and coaching JV volleyball.  My next adventure took me to Abu Dhabi in the UAE (I had my second daughter in Abu Dhabi), where I taught Middle School PE and Health for 10 years. I coached JV volleyball, athletics and Elementary School softball, basketball and football. As a family we then moved to Beijing, China for 2 years, where I was Head of Primary PE. This was my first FOBISIA School and Asian culture experience. Which leads us to Bangkok Prep, where I’ve been the Head of Primary PE for the last 5 years. Here I have been lucky to teach and coach a wide range of sports to our Primary students.

 

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77 SUKHUMVIT 77, VADHANA
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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.

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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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