The Head of Primary writes…“Remember…” - Bangkok Prep

The Head of Primary writes…“Remember…”

Dear all,

I remember, when I first arrived at Bangkok Prep and had an initial look around. What I remember from then, and what I see today, are two totally different things. The school has moved on tremendously, in every aspect of an International School community. I remember so many great events, too many to list. However, I remember this term alone, we have already had: our new staff induction; new family orientation days; staff team building and INSET days; day trips; residentials; performances; many, many parent workshops and parent information sessions; curriculum specialist presentations; celebrations including Diwali; Halloween; Wai Kru ceremony; we elected our Student Council and Head Boy, Head Girl and their deputies; Parent Evenings; a Year 6 Transition event to T77; Key Stage 1 Sports Day and Evacuation and Lockdown drills. On top of all these events, which seem endless, all staff and families have had their visas successfully renewed! Well done, everyone!

Moving forward, and speaking of remembering, I hope you are all looking forward to Internationally Minded Week, where we will begin with our Primary Remembrance Service on Monday 11th November followed by Loy Krathong celebrations in the first few days. During our Primary Remembrance Service, we will be having a 1 minute silence at 11:00 on both campuses. Listen out for the Last Post played over the PA system this year. Poppies are on sale in the Primary office and via the Student Council in the Undercroft. Last year, our school managed to raise more funds than any other school in Thailand! Can we do it again this year?

I am delighted to announce that Parents are invited to our Loy Krathong celebration on Wednesday 13 November in our sports hall (13:25-13:55). To attend, parents are invited to wear traditional Thai costumes as are the staff and children. This is one of our non-uniform days (provided Thai costume is worn). Throughout the week, we will of course be studying facts from around the world related to Internationally Mindedness which is our Value of the Month for November. Loy Krathong Day is one of the most popular festivals of Thailand, celebrated annually on the Full-Moon Day of the Twelfth Lunar Month. It takes place at a time when the weather is fine as the rainy season is over and there is a high water level all over the country. The word “Loy” means “to float”, and “Krathong” means lotus-shaped vessel made of banana leaves. Loy Krathong is, therefore the floating of an illuminated leaf bowl. But nowadays some krathongs are made of coloured paper. A krathong usually contains a candle, three joss sticks, some flowers and coins. We will be having our celebration on Wednesday 13 November at 13:25 in the Sports Hall and Parents are most welcome (again, providing you are wearing a traditional Thai Costume)!

Throughout Internationally Minded Week, Year Groups will be studying their own aspects of Internationally Minded week which include Nursery’s focus on the theme of ‘birthdays’ and how different children celebrate birthdays around the world; Y1 will be studying different Indian festivals throughout the week including Diwali and Halloween festivals; and Year 4 will have a focus on Italy. The International Day Parade is on Friday morning at 08:00 followed by the Farmers Market where children will be able to sample foods from around the world. The food will be provided by parents who have volunteered to represent their own countries.

Finally, I am attending the FOBISIA Leadership Conference in China this weekend and will return on Monday with all the exciting news for leadership within our FOBISIA network of schools.

Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy every minute of it.

 

Kind regards

Brad Owen

Head of Primary

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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