Sarah Doble - Meet our Teachers - Bangkok Prep

Sarah Doble – Meet our Teachers

As a new Year 2 teacher, what is your vision for the 2020-2021 Academic Year and what would you like to achieve?

Moving to a new school and country is always an exciting time in one’s life, so I would like to take in the lovely sights and sounds around Thailand. This way I can get to know the community, language and the culture which will make my experience here even better.  This school year I would like to get to know the children at Bangkok Prep and know every child’s name in Year 2 by the end of January. I have started to make a dent in this, but I still have a few more names to learn. I am excited to be a member of the Eco-Team in Year 2 and can’t wait to come up with a few ideas with the children to help make the world a better, cleaner and healthier place. I am looking forward to teaching children how to ask good questions and find different ways to answer them, especially in science. I am also so lucky to work with such a talented team of colleagues. I plan on working closely with them so we can create even better learning experiences possible for the children at Bangkok Prep. We are really working hard to develop the children’s background knowledge, so that they can use this in creative ways.

What were your first impressions when you initially arrived at and started working at Bangkok Prep?

When I first arrived and spent my first two weeks in quarantine, I was grateful for the kind and supportive messages and zoom meetings with Mr Owen, the Year 2 team and the Thai teaching staff. Knowing that others were thinking of me, got me through those horrible COVID-19 tests. After quarantine, I had such a warm welcome from the staff and children in the school; I knew I had landed in a lovely and lively learning community. I have to say a special, thank you to the children in my class and their families for giving me such a warm welcome to the school. In my 15 years of experience, this has been one of the best starts to the year ever!

What was the reason you initially decided to start teaching?

I always knew I would be teaching something, even from a very young age, but I didn’t know what I would be teaching until much later. At first I wanted to be a World Languages teacher. I loved the idea of giving children skills to communicate and relate to others from different cultures and geographical areas. Then I started teaching younger children in primary and elementary schools, and I was hooked! Now not only did I get to teach exciting things like reading and investigating, but I also get to teach children the skills they will need for any other learning that they do in their academic careers. I am hoping that this will give all the children I work with the confidence to communicate and relate to others from around the world and to get out to explore it safely.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Outside of work, I like to do yoga and meditation to keep my body and mind working together. I like to read all different kinds of books. Lately I have been reading some Russian classics from Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. I do like a good mystery novel as well, so Agatha Christie pops up quite often in my ‘to read’ list. I also love to travel and try new food and drinks. I love coffee and the chemistry of coffee and its different flavours due to roasting and brewing in different ways. I have even been to a coffee plantation in Colombia. I am always on the lookout for a new coffee shop, roast and brewing technique.

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

I went to university at the University of Minnesota in the USA. Just after my third year, I was a canoe guide in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and got a job as an English as a Second Language teacher in southern Minnesota. This experience helped me to build on what I wanted from my job and from my life. I decided then that I needed to work with younger children to help instil an enthusiasm for learning for life. After this I went back to university for two more years to grow my certification and teach elementary aged children too. I then started to take my teaching qualification on the road and went to South Korea and the United Kingdom where I studied more to earn my Qualified Teacher Status for primary aged children. After more than 9 years in the UK, I went back to South Korea where I learned the joy of educational research and implementing creative strategies to increase the joy in learning which certainly enhances the joy of teaching.

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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