Round Square Week
The Secondary School activities were selected to give each of the year groups a mental, emotional and physical challenge to overcome during the four days. Students were also meant to have fun!
The Round Square concepts were broken up as follows:
Internationalism: talks by Childsafe and Freeland about where Thailand fits into a global framework;
Democracy: students working in teams to complete activities;
Environment: paper recycling and animal welfare;
Adventure: bouncing and climbing;
Leadership: students taking the lead on making things, leading groups by example and interacting with visiting speakers;
Service: students making books for underprivileged children, as well as fundraising for Freeland, Paper Ranger and Love Wildlife.
Special thanks should go to Khun Miki and Khun Aim for all their work behind the scenes. Thanks also to Mr Nolan, Ms Brookes, Mr Burns and Mr Anderson for acting as group leaders, and to Ms Whitmore and Mr Terry for going above and beyond the call of duty. This is a week when staff and students work together to make the days a success. The continued support of the vast majority of our students and the commitment of the staff to these activities is much appreciated. It is the philosophy of this school to encourage students to mature on a mental, emotional and physical level, as well as encourage a rapid rate of academic progress. The best universities around the world also concur with this philosophy. Finally, thanks to Mr Hennes, the Round Square Co-ordinator for masterminding the rich mix of activities.
On Wednesday 15th June, the Secondary School were privileged to welcome five teacher-trainers from the Thai education system. Five of our students in Year 9 – Ella, Hime, Sylvia, Molly and Minami – spoke to our guests about the progress they have made in learning English over the year. Their progress has been incredible. From hardly knowing any English at the beginning of the year, they now speak fluently and intelligently about their learning.They are now in a position where they can look forward with confidence to their IGCSEs. At the end of the day, our teacher-trainers pronounced that their meeting with our five students had been the most inspiring part of the day.
Over this year, students have earned 13,000 points for their houses. These 13,000 points have been awarded for their effort, independent study and participation in the school curriculum. In the last report, 22 of our students had an average report-grade of less than 1.3 for their Effort, Independent Study and Participation. As 1 means Well Above Average and 2 means Above Average, this is an outstanding achievement across all of their subjects. I am proud to say that our students show great commitment to their learning. I am also proud to say that the partnership between students and their teachers is very strong.
An area that has also improved significantly is school attendance. Very few students now have an unsatisfactory rate of attendance.
At the beginning of the year, I announced that the target would be to “Work hard, work hard and come to school (on time.)” The combination of these two areas is of central importance to a student’s learning. As I look forward to next year, I also hope to see more students involved in all of our school activities. The motto will change: “Work hard, get involved and come to school (on time.)”
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all students and parents a very happy holiday – and to remind you all that learning never ends. As the great Albert Einstein once said: “Once you stop learning, you start dying.”