Overcoming Culture Shock: Preparing to Start at an International School - Bangkok Prep

Overcoming Culture Shock: Preparing to Start at an International School

International schools are renowned for offering world-class curriculums led by highly qualified and experienced teachers in state-of-the-art educational facilities. These forward-thinking institutions are multicultural and enriching learning environments that provide the best opportunities for our children. However, when joining an international school for the first time, the transition can be a little daunting. The pressure learners feel when immersing themselves in such a culturally diverse environment is natural, but with a bit of guidance, this process can be seamless. Today, we are going to share some advice to help your children feel comfortable when settling into an international learning environment.

Mental Preparation is Paramount

To ease the transition of embarking on this educational journey, it is important to take some time beforehand for mental preparation. As exciting as they are, new cultures can be a little daunting for young learners, so taking this time is essential. Ensure you research societal norms, customs, and traditions so your child doesn’t feel out of place upon arrival. By giving them an insight into the cultural landscape they will be calling home, differences can be addressed to eradicate any initial cultural shock.

Practise Open-Mindedness and Develop an Appreciation for Cultural Diversity

Being part of such a culturally diverse learning environment is one of the most enriching experiences of joining an international school. Children are naturally open-minded and accepting, but taking the opportunity to have open discussions about other cultural norms will help them embrace the international school environment upon arrival. Educate them on the languages, beliefs, and traditions of all cultures, letting them know they are also from a unique cultural background. Encouraging them to embrace all aspects of different cultures will not only foster a spirit of inclusivity and acceptance but will get them excited for their learning journey.

If You Think It May Be a Struggle, Don’t Go It Alone

When we move to an entirely new country, adjusting isn’t always easy. If you or your children feel overwhelmed with your new living situation, remember that you aren’t on your own. International schools are communities of people from all over the world who have been through the same experience, so there is much help to be had. These schools often hold social events, allowing parents to become part of their community. This tremendous support network can allow you and your family to get settled before school even commences. Furthermore, if your child is struggling to adjust, there will be plenty of resources provided by the school and plenty of support staff who can ease the transition.

Become Immersed in the Local Community

One thing that is easy to do when moving to a new country is to set boundaries. However, this can have a very negative impact on our children’s experience when dealing with culture shock and homesickness. As often as possible, explore your new surroundings, shop in local markets, attend cultural events, and try to learn the language. Whatever you can do to immerse yourself in your new environment, the easier your children will settle in an international school. Interactions with locals can have a significant impact, enhancing the entire experience of living in a foreign country, so don’t put up boundaries and get out there as often as you can.

Get More Advice to Ease Your Child’s Transition into an International Learning Environment

At Bangkok Prep, we understand the difficulties that children might face when settling into a new environment. That’s why we offer our full support to help all learners and their guardians settle into our fun and enriching multicultural international school. If you need any advice about the transition into an international school and what you are likely to expect, get in touch, and we will be happy to help.

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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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