Semhar Ahdego - Meet our Teachers - Bangkok Prep

Semhar Ahdego – Meet our Teachers

What made you want to embark upon a teaching career? Was there a particular moment or experience?

I always found myself volunteering to tutor in secondary school – supporting peers or younger students academically was something I enjoyed early on. I started teaching because I wanted to make a difference in children’s lives. I have always loved children and I want to support their development both academically but most importantly, pastorally.  During my teacher training, I knew I wanted to become that teacher who helped children learn to overcome challenges in Mathematics and to love the subject! Teaching is a rewarding job and I am very grateful every day I chose the profession.

What inspired you to apply for the role of Year 7 Leader?

The part of my job I enjoy the most is building positive relationships and learning interactions with students and being in the role of Year Leader allows you to do so beyond the classroom and with a wider range of students. I believe the position of Year 7 Leader is an important role and offers the opportunity to support students with the important transition of adjusting to life at secondary school, as such it is a role that I could not pass up.

What do you enjoy the most about your job

Apart from developing positive relationships with students – I love being in the classroom and teaching Maths! It is always the best part of my day when students leave the classroom feeling confident having learned a new skill. The management team at Bangkok Prep is extremely supportive and I am always impressed at the effort management put in to ensure everyone has an opportunity to achieve their potential. I also enjoy working with staff and parents at Bangkok Prep – there is a real sense of community amongst all members and it is fantastic to be a part of it.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Outside of work I enjoy cooking, fitness, and spending time exploring the city. I have recently taken up golf and I am very much looking forward to continuing to play and improve.

Biography

I graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s Science Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education specialising in Middle Years Education. Following this, I spent time working in both primary and secondary schools in London, UK. I made the move to international teaching in 2018, at Bangkok Prep, where I have enjoyed developing in roles such as Head of Surus, and PSHE Secondary Lead, and currently Year 7 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.

School Fees

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