Looking After Number One - Bangkok Prep

Looking After Number One

The first ‘chapter’ in correct emergency first response (EFR) education is for us to assess the situation quickly. What has happened, what is happening, and what could happen. These are the questions to be asked and answered in just seconds. It will not matter how much experience you have as an emergency responder.  You will be under enormous pressure with adrenaline, whether it is your first rescue or your 1,000th.

Those that embrace this very uncomfortable feeling and quickly call on their training, will be equipped to act with confidence. This confidence is the ‘bones’ of emergency first response.

It was 15 years ago that I found myself in an emergency situation that called upon my EFR training.  Training that was first taught to me when I just was a high school swimmer who was also interested in coaching.

I was very fortunate to have a grisly old lifeguard who had been an Australian war veteran as my first EFR instructor.  A man of few words. When he did speak, his words were well chosen and were delivered with a weight that often made them memorable.

His advice back then was simple: “Before leaping in… make sure you too don’t become a statistic”.

On the beach that day, when I was placed in that ‘frozen in time’ moment I that gave me a choice of reactions, I did hear that voice in my head when seeing a life in clear danger.

This is the first part of learning EFR and one that must be passed on to students in any emergency first responder accreditation classes:  Look after ‘number one’ first.

When I have the wonderful and enjoyable opportunity of teaching primary aged children the basics of first aid and lifesaving, I ask them: “Who is the most important person in the room?” Of course, I get many children pointing to me and I do enjoy replying “Thank you, but no.”

As they look around the room quizzically searching for a secret VIP, I remind them that it is in fact them.  Each of them individually is the most important person in the room.

The first and most important step of any lifesaving action is to look after yourself and assess the situation.

  • Learn what to look for.
  • Learn how to act.
  • Learn how to react with minimal panic,

But do not forget the most important one… learn how to get out. Don’t become a statistic.


Matt Ferrier

Primary Swim Teacher

Bangkok Preparatory & Secondary International School

EFR International Instructor

IGCSE Physical Education Assessor









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BANGKOK, 10110

77 สุขุมวิท 77 วัฒนา
กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110


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.

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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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