Natasha Jones – Meet the Teacher - Bangkok Prep

Natasha Jones – Meet the Teacher

As Key Stage 1 Leader, what is your vision for the 2020-2021 Academic Year and what would you like to achieve?

The most important part of my job as Key Stage 1 leader is to ensure that the children are happy and that they love to come to school! When children enjoy learning then they can learn so much more. In Key Stage 1, we are striving to ensure that the children make outstanding progress, particularly in reading and writing. We know that parents play a huge part in their children’s academic attainment, therefore, we have already shared our first virtual parent workshops for reading and writing. I believe that children benefit from a range of experiences therefore we are planning as many hands-on activities as possible for the children to enjoy. I am personally very excited about our first Key Stage 1 trip to the Bangkok Prep Forest Campus! 

What do you love about working at Bangkok Prep?

My favourite part of working at Bangkok Prep is the wonderful community. The children, parents, teachers and admin staff are all so wonderful and friendly. Bangkok Prep has a wonderful, diverse international community and it is beautiful to see the children from different cultures working and playing together. The teachers and teaching assistants at Bangkok Prep are so great, it is such an inspiring place to work as a teacher! 

What was the reason you initially decided to start teaching?

I started teaching because I wanted to make a difference to children’s lives. I have always loved children and I want to support their development both academically but most importantly, I want to help them to become kind, caring, responsible people who feel confident to achieve their dreams! The children make me smile every single day! 

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

When I am not working, I love to cook and particularly enjoy baking! I love trying out new recipes and cooking for friends and family. I also really enjoy trying new restaurants and different foods. Bangkok has amazing restaurants! I regularly practise yoga and love going to yoga classes and retreats. Art is a passion of mine and I try to go to art classes whenever I have the opportunity. During the holidays, I love to travel and visit new places. Reading books is another thing that helps me escape and relax. When I can, I love to ski! My fiance, Chris Duffin, and I also have an adopted blind cat called Coconut (or Coco) who we adopted from PAWs, Bangkok. We always try to support PAWs whenever we can! 

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

I did my degree in Primary Education with honours at Roehampton University in London. Then, I taught at schools in London and I particularly loved teaching Reception. When I moved to Bangkok, I taught in Early Years mainly Reception. I also was an English Coordinator for the whole of the Primary school at another international school. Then, I started teaching in Key Stage 1 mainly Year 1. I have completed my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education specialising in the transition from Early Years to Key Stage 1. In Bangkok Prep, I have been Art, Design Technology and Displays Coordinator, Year Group Leader, Associate Leader and now, Key Stage Leader! 

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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