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Day and Boarding school for ages 3 – 18.

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October 2015

Why I Chose Economics

James economics articleAn increasing number of pupils chose to take Economics this year. I asked the pupils why they chose Economics.

The responses included:

  • ‘I am interested to learn about how the world markets work’
  • ‘I would like to understand how governments make decisions’
  • and ‘I would like to grasp how countries interact with each to create trade’.

The pupils are generally excited to learn new concepts about the global economy which we now live in.

Message From the Heads of School (Week 9 2015)

From the Head of Primary, Mrs. Rachel Perkins

Dear Parent,

It was delightful to welcome all the children and staff back this week from the half term holiday, everyone looked well rested and full of energy for the rest of the term.

This term will be very busy with the Year 6 residential, Book Week, Science Day and many other fun learning activities. Today we enjoyed a thrilling and frightening Halloween Day and many thanks goes to the Student Council for organising the fun and quite scary activities at break and lunch time. All the funds raised are going to local charities so as well as having lots of fun, the children were learning to support others less fortunate as themselves.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday for Book Week.

With best wishes

Rachel

From the Head of Secondary, Mr. Brian Irving

Dear Parents,

I am very conscious of telling you in each newsletter what a busy school we are, but it’s true! This week our Year 10s have left Bangkok on their Outdoor Education adventure, plans for our spectacular Loy Krathong celebration are going well, and Year 11 Business Studies students have visited the Thai Labour Museum.

Time passes quickly when you are busy and having fun…is it nearly Movember (sic) already?

Have a learning filled fortnight!

Brian

Important dates for November (Primary)

2nd – 6th Book Week
6th – Spelling Bee
8th – 12th Year 6 Chang Mai trip
13th – Friday Loy Krathong – evening (outside)
17th – Tues Y5 Thai trip
18th – Weds Science Day
20th – Friday Assembly – Y5D
27th – Friday Assembly – Y5T

Remember to check our website calendar!

Or download the full annual calendar.

Parents’ Evening – Wednesday 14th October

Next week, we are looking forward to a Parents’ Evening with a difference. Instead of teachers all sitting in the foyer and in the corridor on the 2nd floor, teachers will be in their rooms, so that parents can see where their children learn every day.
We are also planning to try to help all parents to go round to see their children’s teachers, especially those who do not feel comfortable speaking English.


In this round of reports, students will be given a grade for Effort, for Independent Study and for Participation. The grade will be from 1 to 4, with 1 being the best and 4 being the worst. The grade for effort is about how hard the students try. The grade for independent study is about how good the students are at doing things by themselves. The grade for participation is about how much the students try to speak to the teacher and other students.
Also, we will no longer be reporting on National Curriculum levels. We will be providing a grade from A* to E at KS3, a grade from A* to U at KS4 and a grade from 1 to 7 at IB. A* (or 7) is the best and U (or 1) is the worst. We are hoping that parents will all understand these grades, which predict how your child will do in the future if they progress in an average way. (Students at this school, of course, have a record of progressing in a better than average way.) You will also be able to compare more easily how your child is doing in different subjects.
We look forward to as many parents joining us as is possible. But, please remember that if you cannot make a parents’ evening, you can still book an appointment at another time through phoning up the school or emailing your child’s tutor.

By Mr. Charles Barrow, Deputy Head Secondary

Students of the Month (Secondary)

I would like to congratulate Amy, Au and Jija (Year 7), Alex, Jimmy and Shree (Year 8) and An-An, Natasha and Sylvia (Year 9) on being our Key Stage 3 Students of the Month for September.

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Teachers nominate students for their outstanding effort, work, kindness, helpfulness and many other reasons. I am proud we have so many students trying so hard and making excellent progress and look forward to hearing next month’s nominations.

By Ms. Bethany Roberts, Assistant Head – KS3

iPad Workshop for Primary Parents

iPad Workshop for Parents

iPads in Upper Key Stage 2

In September 2013 we launched The Regent International School’s BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiative in Year 6. In August 2014 we extended BYOD to Year 5 with great success. At The Regent’s we strive to make learning as meaningful as possible for our students and by integrating technology into the classroom we are meeting the needs of learners in this digital age. This year we are installing Apple TV in the Year 5 and 6 classrooms to further enhance the use of iPads by allowing them to connect wirelessly to the projector, enabling learning to be shared from any iPad. We have also installed a new wireless printer so the students can print their work.

How are iPads used in the classroom?

Everyday use across the curriculum

  • General applications including stopwatch, timer, calculator.
  • Dictionary & thesaurus.
  • Kidspiration app for mind maps.
  • Filming – learning processes, gathering data, storytelling, making reflections, self-assessment etc.

English

  • Speaking & Listening – recording reading stories, sharing as a group and uploading to YouTube channel.
  • Reading – apps including DOGONews, Lexia Reading, Aesop’s Fables and online websites including Newsela.
  • Writing and Drama – Creating and performing scripts using video or apps including Sock Puppets.

Maths

  • MyMaths – students are very familiar with this app. It is used to deliver lessons in class, independent learning, activities and homework. It must be accessed through the Puffin Academy app, from where students must select MyMaths NOT
  • Mathletics app – real time challenges against classmates, other schools and countries. Leaderboards are reset daily and it is not unusual for The Regent’s to appear at the top!
  • There are many apps available for practicing maths skills including IXL Maths.

CCS

  • Kidspiration – for mind mapping what students know already and what they wish to find out.
  • Research – independent or guided using search engines such as Google and learning how to find reliable information from a range of websites.
  • Quark DesignPad – for making brochures and leaflets.
  • Purple Mash – a vast range of activities are available on almost any subject.

Assessment

  • Student Assessment & Reflections – students can quickly and easily reflect on their learning by making a short video.
  • Socrative app – this gives instant feedback and results can be printed as a pdf. Assessment can take the form of multiple choice, open questions or a mixture of both.
  • Google Classroom – students can upload work which can be assessed by the teacher, commented on and graded online.

Google Classroom

  • All students have their own school gmail account.
  • Announcements and information is provided here and students can comment on these and communicate with each other.
  • Teachers post useful websites and videos to support learning.
  • Electronic homework can be set and graded using Google Docs.

Apple TV

  • This is the latest technological development at The Regent’s School.
  • Students will be able to view and share work directly from their iPads onto the whiteboard.

If you would like to view the presentation again, please follow the following link:

https://prezi.com/rx-3knytwfxn/ipads-in-upper-ks2/

Model United Nations Club

Our Model United Nations (MUN) club has begun again with great enthusiasm.

The 22 members are learning how to debate and write formally, just as is done in the real United Nations.

We investigate contemporary issues which are of global importance. The current debate is about finding solutions to human trafficking.

Led by Samir (Year 12) the Chairperson for this debate, each delegate (person representing a country) must state the opinion of their country and work towards a workable resolution.

A group of 7 students will be attending the BKKMUN Conference, Saturday 10th October, along with 300 students from other international schools.

by Mr. David Butcher, Assistant Head IB Diploma

Religious Education Week in Early Years & Primary

This week Early Years, Key stage One and Key stage Two, have been studying religions. The big six are Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism. Each year group focussed on a different faith.

We are doing this to help pupils understand the differences and similarities between the religions, so that we can understand the practices and beliefs of the people in our community and abroad.

Early Years studied the religion closest to home for most; Buddhism. They went out of school to find out about the local Wat.

Year 1 studied Christianity, learning all about how Chrisitans worship and stories from the bible.

Year 2 explored Buddhism but went further, down to Wat Saket. Where the monks explained about the importance of living a good life. Pupils also learned about Buddhas birth.

Year 3 had an exciting time exploring the Gurdwara in Little India; a unique experience for them all. They learned that the core of Sikh belief is equality and sharing.

Year 4 Studied Judaism, focusing on the Festivals of Sukkhot and Rosh Hasannah.

Year 5 Learned about Islam, finding out how Moslems live and how their faith influences their lives.

Year 6 Studied Hinduism and warmly received a Hindu visitor , Miss Chinky, who demonstrated how a Hindu person practices their religion.

Pupils learned a great deal about the faiths present in Thailand, and we hope that it will promote inter-community understanding as well as developing our Internationalism; Pillar or Learning.

The week was rounded off with religious story telling and an interhouse quiz on all that has been studied this week.

Both Wat Saket and the Sikh Gurdwara representatives commented on how well behaved, respectful and polite our pupils were! They were a credit to their parents, teachers and school.

By Mr. Karl Perkins, Humanities Coordinator 

Reception’s trip to the Rama 9 Wat

As part of RE week Reception visited the local Wat at Rama 9. We met a monk and he told us all about the history of the Wat. It is famous in Thailand as it was built after the King spoke to local people who expressed a wish for a Wat to be built in their community. It is the only Wat to have a statue of the King inside and one of the King’s dogs was from this temple. We enjoyed walking around the beautiful pond and could see lots of turtles and fish. Thank you to Kru Chaweewan organising the trip for us as we were able to learn more about Buddhism.

By Mrs. Helen Normoyle, Reception Teacher

Year 2 Visit Wat Saket

As part of the RE focus week, on Monday 5th October, the children of Year 2 visited Wat Saket. When the children arrived they were greeted by a monk who explained the importance and significance of Wat Saket to the Thai Buddhist community. The Wat is over 200 years old and and is one of the very auspicious temples in Thailand which has a relic of Buddha on site. In order to celebrate this the Wat (which is also known as the Golden Mount), was build on a artificial mound. The children climbed the 344 steps to the top in order to see the Chedi (and the view over Bangkok), where Buddhist children paid their respects, which others watched on respectfully. It was a fun and informative trip which we must thank Mr Perkins and Miss Usa for organising!

By Mr. Paul Ferrandino, Key Stage 2 Coordinator

Messages from the Heads of Schools (Week 7 2015)

 a-Rachel_0002From Mrs. Rachel Perkins, Head of Primary

Dear Parent, this week the school has been enjoying participating in our first ever Religious Education week. Year 2 and Reception visited Buddhist temples and Year 3 were very excited to visit a Sikh Temple on Tuesday. The children returned to school ready to tell me about their experience and what they had learnt, with the over riding message of how kind the people were that they met and how much they shared with them.

We also welcomed over 20 parents to our iPad workshop led by IT Co-ordinator Jenna Tait and the feedback was very positive. Next week we will be holding our annual World Food Day and the children will eat either a ‘poor meal’ or a ‘rich meal’. This event gives the children the chance to experience how it feels to have to eat a set diet and also will make them appreciate their normal meals and life style. We are also collecting rice for the Mercy Centre so please kindly place all donations on the table in the Line Up area.

Please kindly note that next Friday (16th Oct) the school will be closed for staff training.

Have a wonderful weekend.

With best wishes,

Rachel

From Mr Brian Irving, Head of Secondary

a-Brian_0002Dear Parents,

This week Mr Barrow and I welcomed a group of parents to our inaugural Parent-Teacher Committee meeting. A number of issues were discussed, including some seminars that the Secondary School will be holding for parents on topics as diverse as ‘helping your child with revising’ to ‘the challenges of bringing up pre-teens’. The number of parents attending was small, but from little acorns mighty oak trees grow.

I have spent a couple of afternoons recently spectating at our basketball matches. The skill and agility of the players, especially during these currently very humid conditions, fill me with awe. I would encourage parents to come along and support the students as they go into sporting battle.

Next week sees our first Parent-Teacher Consultation of the year and I hope that the students already (or will very shortly) have passed on their appointment sheets.

English Week is outstanding with English competitions, English speaking year group winners performing at lunchtime and an English ‘selfie’ booth alongside other events to celebrate our school’s common language ‘English’. The students who achieve the better results are those who work tirelessly to improve their levels of written and spoken English.

Have a learning-filled week.

Brian

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