‘We are on the same team…’ - Bangkok Prep

‘We are on the same team…’

Wai Kru is always a special ceremony for teachers and quite the spectacle, especially for expat staff new to Thai culture. The levels of respect our host country has for the teaching profession is not only humbling but quite remarkable. It’s certainly something that grounded me when I first moved to the international sector 12 years ago and made me realise just how lucky I really am. 

The professional relationships between students and teachers have changed dramatically over the years. Learning used to be done to students and now it’s in complete partnership. Student voice on teachers is regularly conducted and fed-back to improve the teaching and learning process. Many teachers go further and systematically gather feedback on their lessons, asking, ‘how can I do things differently to make learning more effective?’. This level of feedback and feedforward are rarely seen in some other major professions. The very thought of me giving my maths teacher feedback back when I was at school scares me to this day.

In order for this two way process to be successful, essentially it comes down to the culture we create as a school for students to feel psychologically safe. If students feel content to provide feedback, they feel a sense of belonging and in return they have agency and ownership of their learning. Add all of these together and we really are creating the most conducive learning environment and setting our students up to succeed. 

During the Wai Kru ceremony it really brought home the notion that we (students, teachers and parents) are on the same team. It’s one of my beliefs that those that don’t feel the same are missing arguably the most fundamental part of the teaching and learning process. In the same breath but to go even further, as a school community, every stakeholder is on the same team. Although some policies, decisions and maybe the odd disgruntled email the other way, doesn’t always feel like it, ultimately, everything that is taking place at School is in the best interests of our students. In our context as Bangkok Prep, it’s to prepare them for a sustainable global future.

Mr. Hurworth

Deputy Head Teacher 


From our Deputy Head student’s perspective…

 

KK

As the Wai Kru chant begins, we students show our greatest respect. To the teachers in front of us, and to the origins of the tradition that has brought us all here today. The core purpose of this special ceremony, aside from giving us the opportunity to show appreciation to our teachers, is to ask teachers to accept us as their students, for them to mentor us with their words of wisdom and shower us with their good intentions. For this reason, the Wai Kru ceremony takes place at the beginning of every academic year. As a Thai student nurtured in an international school culture myself, I feel incredibly grateful that Bangkok Prep values and embraces the culture that I grew up in. This school is truly my second home. On behalf of your students, we look forward every year to see the remarkable looks on our teachers’ faces whether it is the look of absolute awe or even trying to hide tears of joy seeing students from all over the world take on this ceremony in harmony. Here at Bangkok Prep, regardless of our backgrounds and our roles in this diverse community….we are all on the same team.

JL

Through speaking with various students, Wai Kru is shown to be collectively seen as a vessel for multiple opportunities, each unique to different members of our community. For many students, Wai Kru is an opportunity to reflect on all that our teachers have done for us, and comfortably express our gratitude. Some students stated Wai Kru to be a proud display of the richness of Thai culture, which can serve to teach individuals the importance of sincere gratitude – and the ways by which we, as a community, convey it. Lastly, Wai Kru is an opportunity for an exchange of motivation and encouragement between students and teachers, as both continue to strive for self-improvement.

Importantly, while living through the various ups and downs of school life; getting caught up in exams and homework, Wai Kru serves as a reminder for us to perceive school for what it truly is. Rather than a duty or a job, it is a community where people come together to aid each other’s journey in life. With this realisation comes endless gratefulness, and the understanding of the purposes of this beautiful ceremony. Wai Kru is not only conducted out of tradition, but also out of the sincere respect the students have for their teachers.

 

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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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