We celebrated Shrove Tuesday (pancake day) by making pancakes, tasting pancakes and even racing with a frying pan & tossing a pancake!
A good school not only looks after a child’s academic interests, through events such as the Year 11 and Year 13 Parents’s Evening or the current Year 11 and Year 13 Intervention Sessions that the teachers are running after school. Or the Numeracy Initiatives or Reading Buddy Schemes we run in the mornings. Or the House Debating Competitions or University Fairs we run in the afternoons. Or the French Exchange Trips or Shakespeare Workshops we run during the day. Or the Business Trips to the Stock Exchange or the Art Trips to MOCA. Or our students taking part in the UKMT Maths Challenge.
A good school also looks after the physical fitness of its students, as has taken place in the large number of football fixtures we have had this term, a golf tournament, the TISAC Badminton Tournament and the Year 8 Outdoor Education Trip.
A good school also looks after the creative interests of its students through events such as the recent TISAC Music Festival or the up-and-coming performance of Thai Dance or the already-planned Battle of the Bands.
A good school also teaches its students to be responsible members of society, as in the servICE Conference we recently attended or the coming trip to Mae Hong Son in support of Operation Smile or our approaching Keeping Healthy Theme Day or the forthcoming International Day.
A good school also makes sure that its students have some fun, as in the recent House Lip Synch Battle or the imminent Chinese New Year or the future Valentine’s Day.
These are all events that have taken place or are at the planning stage this half term. And I know I will have missed things out…
We welcomed this week into the Secondary School, four teacher trainees from Srinakarin University. We hope they have seen what we believe this school to be: a school full of happy, hard-working and well-mannered students.
Last Saturday the Senior Boys Football Team were invited to play in a TISAC tournament, hosted by Bromsgrove School.
We knew it was going to be a long and hot day, but the boys had prepared well. This was evident when we finished our first game 5-0 winners against 107. Unfortunately we came up against a quality outfit of STA in the second game, narrowly losing 0-1. Our third game was an extremely hard fought game against Bangkok Prep; we went 0-1 down, but placed so much pressure on the Prep defence in the last minutes of the game, we forced a number of mistakes, which resulted in the equalising goal.
Our fourth game saw us come up against the home team and their support; with our fantastic team spirit and heroic goalkeeping from Josh Turner we managed to hold onto our slender 2-1 lead.
The fifth and final group game saw us come up against a very fatigued Wells team. We were able to dominate with the ball and produce a number of shooting opportunities, we finished the game 2-0 winners and found ourselves in second place with a total of 10 points. This meant that we had to face STA in a play-off for 1st place.
The game started well, with some nice movement and linking play from both sides. Unfortunately the exertions of the previous 5 games was starting to take it’s toll and gaps started to appear in our formation, as we tried to force the pace and chase the ball. A couple of very well placed passes and good finishing from the opposition meant that we happened to be on the wrong side of a 3-0 score line. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, and have to thank all of the boys for their fantastic never say die attitude and team dynamic.
As we hopped on the bus, both the excitement and anxiety had driven us to strive for optimum teamwork and of course, our main goal: have fun. Despite the scorching rays of the sun (almost burning our flesh), the climate did not distract us from the thrilling sensation of chanting out loud and proud “TEAM!” as we commence our first tournament.
We approached the matches with maximal enthusiasm. Whilst watching my team play from the substitute seating, I could sense their determination to honour our school with pride. There was no time for panting or sweat as we were having a shortage of goals (a.k.a we were losing). Our conscience was not fully connected to our foot movement, and that is when we were partially losing hope.
However, we were able to make a U-turn, we turned the wheel and thanks to the spirit of optimism (and excellent coach feedback), we had brought back motivation within the team. We manned up, clenched our teeth and fists and with all our forces, aimed for the goal. Our main strikers, Maryam and Florence outstandingly showcased impressive shots.
Conclusively, we had made it to the finals and gloriously took home third place on our first tournament as a team. We would like to thank Mr Jones, our coach; who has practically been our sixth sense throughout the matches, for always supporting us and giving us the training and strength we needed. This has been an unforgettable experience during our senior year at regents, and we are all looking forward to many more gleeful episodes.
We love reading in the English department and we recommend all students read for at least 30 minutes a week at home.
Five Word Reviews give us a taste of what our students are reading and enjoying: why not have a look at these 5 Word Reviews to help you select your next reading book? padlet.com/lucy_brookes1/5WR Feel free to add your own Five Word Review!
By Ms Lucy Brookes, English Teacher
Many congratulations to the U9 Boys football team that won 6:3 against St Andrew’s 107 on Tuesday. The boys paid brilliantly together and Mr Bond commented on their ability to keep concentrating on the game throughout the match. Go Regent’s!