Karina Bual – Meet our Teachers - Bangkok Prep

Karina Bual – Meet our Teachers

Welcome to the third of our Meet our Teachers series for this academic year. This week we meet Karina Bual, our new Head of Psychology, to learn some more about her:

What do you love about working at Bangkok Prep?

I love the atmosphere and sense of community around the school, everyone has been so welcoming and there is such a positive learning environment. I enjoy coming to school everyday and working with students who are so friendly and eager to learn.

What inspired you to apply for the role of Head of Psychology?

I applied for the role as I had heard fantastic things about Bangkok Prep from friends who had formerly taught here. They spoke so highly of the school community and I was keen to join such an exciting and dynamic school. I applied for this role in particular as I was excited to share my passion for Psychology with the students and community at Bangkok Prep. Having led Psychology departments in other international schools I felt that I had a lot to contribute to the department, in addition to being able to develop professionally in a new school and culture.

As Head of Psychology, what is your vision and what would you like to achieve for this 2022-2023 Academic year?

My vision is for all students who are studying Psychology to be able to reach their full potential, whilst simultaneously learning more about the world and people around them. I wish for the Psychology department to support students in becoming positive global citizens, and embed the Bangkok Prep values within our teaching. I also hope to continue implementing opportunities for students to learn about Psychology outside of the classroom, through Extra-curricular activities and student-led whole school awareness weeks.

What was the reason you initially decided to start teaching?

I started teaching after my undergraduate degree as I had enjoyed my experience of working with younger students in my roles with playschemes and children’s centres in the UK, which I did during the holidays whilst studying at university. I had also developed a great love for Psychology and the Social Sciences throughout my studies. Therefore, teaching Psychology enabled me to merge my passion for working with young people and sharing my knowledge of Psychology, in one role. I am so happy that I made the decision to teach as I love my career.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I enjoy travelling and participating in group sport activities. I have recently joined a staff volleyball team which I have enjoyed greatly. I am not very good, but everybody has been very supportive and it has become a highlight of my weekends! I also love trying new food and enjoy searching the city for new restaurants. Finally, I try my best to make a positive contribution to society and I actively look for opportunities to support the local community through charity programmes.

 

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BANGKOK, 10110

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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.

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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