Home Learning and Innovative Online Learning - Bangkok Prep

MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL: Home Learning and Innovative Online Learning

Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff and Students,

I would like to thank everyone in our school community for their continuing support during this most difficult COVID-19 crisis. We are truly ‘one school, one community’ whereby everyone has demonstrated sustained honesty, mutual respect and integrity.

As a school, we are fully prepared to continue as an outstanding learning community, even if it becomes necessary to deliver this learning from home. Our team has been working globally with other schools, online providers and a range of educational experts to ensure we have the best provision for our students. We have used the past three weeks to pilot our online learning with selected students who have been self-quarantined. This has been a huge success!

We hope we can remain, safely, in school to learn together but if required we will be able to deliver the very best in online learning, well-being provision and pastoral care.

We are not able to control the health situation beyond our community, but we can plan and communicate with you and support each other. We would like you to feel as confident in our planning as we are, and be reassured that we are fully prepared to close the school if necessary.

Clearly, you all need some additional information from us (please see below) and you may also need to make some practical arrangements to access the learning.

Some children will love this ‘new’ way of working with their teachers and classmates, others may need more support. The following information should hopefully enable you to talk with your family so that, if we have to close, everyone can respond calmly and keep their focus on their learning.

Thank you again for your continued support and faith in the Bangkok Prep community. We are extremely fortunate to have each other in these uncertain times.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Mr Stonehouse

Head of School 


How will I find out if Bangkok Prep is closing?

As a school, we will let you know if there has been a decision to close, only once this is confirmed by the Ministry of Education.

If the decision is made during school hours, we will email you and ensure students have their belongings to take home with them and are safely collected or signed out at the end of the day.

If the decision is made out of normal school hours, you will receive an SMS from Bangkok Prep. A post will also be put onto social media. Both messages will ask you to refer to the Head of School’s email. This is the most effective way to share the details you need, as parents, and share the information we want you to have as part of our community.

The email communication will be the most detailed method of keeping you informed of the required actions. This will be timely and accurate. Please do wait for this information and be aware that when sending messages to all members of such a large community, some will arrive ahead of others.

During the closure, our leadership staff and marketing department will form a specialist ‘communication team’. This means you will receive more regular updates and you should try to check your email daily please.

How will children continue to learn?

We have prepared a phased program for all children that is age appropriate, meaningful, robust and enjoyable. This means that a child in Year 2 will have very different provision than their brother or sister who is about to take their IGCSE or A Level examinations.

We celebrate every child at school and their unique different strengths, learning is personalised and age appropriate for all: This will not change if we are using technology to learn from home.

To achieve this we will need you and your families’ help and support, to ‘upskill the community’. Our online learning model is interactive, innovative and rigorous, but we must ensure everyone can access this and knows how to use it to be successful together. New elements will be introduced gradually to enhance provision in each phase. We will need you and the children to feedback and share with us as we move from one phase onwards.


Phase 1: Home Learning

All students at Bangkok Prep have already been fully involved in home learning using ‘Firefly’. They are familiar with how to access resources on the site and what is expected.

During Phase 1, we will continue to use our firefly portal, which will have appropriate learning materials available. Teachers will continue to add new materials to ensure that our students receive full curriculum coverage.

The home learning is age appropriate and hopefully manageable for parents and carers who could be making child care provisions at short notice. We know this works and while it is suitable for short term closures, we have learned that engagement can fall over time. There are better options that offer more interaction, feedback and communication with friends and teachers.

During Phase 1, we will share with you how to prepare at home for Phase 2!


Phase 2: Online Learning

As students, parents or carers have made arrangements to stay at home and agreed their own routine that is right for their child, we will quickly begin to supplement our online provision with additional features.  This will include a range of online videos of direct instruction for children so that they can see their teachers and have a more personal experience. This is also highly flexible for families who could choose when and where the lessons can take place.

During Phase 2, we will share with you how to prepare at home for Phase 3! This will involve certain times that children will be asked to join ‘live sessions’ and also need children (or their parents) to use some new learning tools.


Phase 3: Enhanced Online Learning

In Phase 3, we will introduce virtual interactions to our students allowing them live access to their teachers to help them with their studies and provide pastoral support.

The amount of virtual learning and timings will be different for each year group and will take into consideration a balance of screen time and other more practical activities.  We will also remember that some families will have more than one child to support.

During this online learning teachers will provide help and support on the new aspects of technology and ways of working together once children are at home.

We will also have a dedicated team who will contact you, as parents, and our students for constructive feedback so we know what is working well and any changes we can make to ensure the highest quality education.


What can we do to prepare?

It is always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality. Here are some simple steps that you can take to make sure that your family is ready in the event of an emergency closure.

Make sure you have a device

To access the online learning we suggest you have a device which you can use, ideally a modern tablet, laptop computer or a desktop computer. Please also check that your internet connection is good.

Make sure that you can log in to firefly

If you have any trouble, please let us know and we can help you get online!

How will we take care of each other?

Learning from home provides many challenges to our school community. We will be on hand to help and support you and your family throughout. Further information will be shared with you if we need it about:

-Regular Feedback

-Pastoral Support

-Our counselling provision

We are ready, should the need arise, to deliver rigorous and engaging learning and remain a warm, welcoming and supportive community. Thank you for getting ready too.

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.

School Fees

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