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Boarders’ Half Term Trip to Chiang Mai

After a long half term at school, our boarders had earned a well-deserved break. Our Year 11 students could not relax completely, however, and had to revise for their IGCSE Mathematics exams. They continued working hard in the first few days of the holiday and we wish them the best of luck in their exams.

Most of our boarders signed out with their families for the half term break but ten students remained and staff arranged a five day trip to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand to give them a change of scenery from city life.

Chiang Mai offers a wealth of opportunities and experiences that we hoped would give a good insight into Thai culture for our international students. After an afternoon flight and a relaxing evening spent in a local restaurant, we spent our first full day in Chiang Mai exploring Bhubing Palace and the famous Doi Suthep temple. The scenery up in the mountains was breathtaking, as was the climb up the temple steps! Everyone made it though, and despite the big crowds, there were still plenty of opportunities for scenic photos and the all important selfies. In the afternoon, we visited Sankhampeng, a local town famous for traditional umbrella making. We got a chance to see how these are skilfully made and beautifully decorated.

The next day was more relaxed, and students enjoyed the opportunity to explore the old town, inside the ancient city walls. They visited several temples and coffee shops, and were challenged to photograph as many temples as they could. Staff made the most of the opportunity to relax with a Thai massage from former female prisoners as part of a rehabilitation programme.

On the third day, we had an early start when we were picked up to be taken to Elephant Nature Park. This is a fantastic charity that rescues and cares for some of Thailand’s elephants. Elephant rides are prohibited, as the training process is extremely cruel, and mahouts are instead trained to build relationships with their elephants without using a metal hook. It was fantastic to see these rescued elephants in a more natural and peaceful environment after a heartbreaking start to their lives. We got the chance to feed the elephants, walk the park to meet and learn about their different stories, and to wash the elephants in the river – which was a real highlight of the trip. Despite a tiring day, our students were keen to visit the weekend night bazaar in the evening and put their bartering skills to the test as they shopped in the many market stalls.

We started our last day in Chiang Mai with a boat trip along the Ping River with a fruit and juice stop at a traditional Thai farmhouse. We stopped for lunch at a riverside restaurant, before heading back into town for foot massages – well deserved after all those days of walking! After collecting our bags we then made our way to the train station for the last leg of our journey – the sleeper train back to Bangkok. This was a new experience for all involved, sleeping overnight in little bunk beds as we travelled back to Bangkok. Everyone managed to get some sleep, although I think extra Sunday naps were required once we got back to the boarding house in preparation for school on Monday!

By Mr. Gavin Terry, Head of Boys’ Boarding

Secondary Art Club

Students from all year groups have been participating in Art club this term, if you need extra help with a project or would like to use the facilities to complete Art homework then come and sign up!!! See Mrs Harris for more details.

Bobbling Along in Boarding

Last weekend we welcomed Bangkok Bobble Football to our boarding campus. Twelve of our students had great fun bumping into each other playing football inside giant inflatable bubbles. The staff were happy to get involved too, and students enjoyed trying to knock them over! Ichigo was the only girl, and did a great job taking on the boys, managing to knock some of them over. She did end up upside down a few times herself though!

 

The rain has hampered many of our outdoor activity plans. Most evenings sports activities on the grass have had to be changed to indoor ones, and one of weekend cycling trips had to be postponed in favour of a dry trip to the mall instead. With a miserable forecast for the coming week we have also had to postpone our hotly anticipated ‘Staff vs Boarders’ sports evening until after the half term break in November. Our boarders are disappointed, but it gives the staff more chance to practice so it can be a closer game!

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New Captains and Vice Captains of Boarding

We were also proud to present our new Captains and Vice Captains of Boarding with their badges in a Secondary assembly, deservedly recognising their achievements in front of the school. We hope they wear them with pride and continue to serve the Boarding House well.

By Mr Gavin Terry, Head of Boarding

Music Scholars perform at American Food Fair

On Friday 2nd October, 9 Music Scholars, along with Miss Teague and Mr. Ansell traveled to Central World, having been invited to perform at the opening of the American Food Fair.

With a planned repertoire of American hits including medleys from ‘Wicked’ and ‘Frozen’, we arrived to discover that ‘Singing in the Rain’ would have been more appropriate!

A huge thunderstorm had left the outdoor event looking a bit soggy, but we weren’t going to let that stop us, and the students performed excellently, demonstrating again what excellent Music scholars we have at the school.

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By Mr Gareth Ansell, Assistant Head (Key Stage 4)

 

SALAD (Speaking And Listening All Day) Day

On Friday 2nd October, Regent’s Secondary School held their first ever SALAD Day. No, this does not mean everybody in the building ate salad for the whole day; SALAD is a literacy initiative originating in the UK which helps generate more focus around speaking and listening skills. SALAD stands for Speaking And Listening All Day; the clue is in the title! For all KS3 students and teachers pens and writing on devices was absolutely banned and all learning had to take place through performance or discussion related tasks.

All departments went to an extra special effort to make these lesson exciting and the school was buzzing with the hum of activity all morning. Teachers had very tightly structured lessons to make sure each students was taking part and was given the chance to speak; it was certainly impressive to see the both the quality and variety of lesson our Regent’s teachers were able to create for our students.

We can’t wait until the next SALAD Day!

By Miss Heather Neill, Head of English

Boarding Catch Up: Weekday activities, Birthdays, Football Matches & Beach Trips!

We have had a busy time in the boarding house recently. On Wednesday nights, secondary and primary teachers have
continued to come into the house to run activities for the boarders. They have enjoyed pizza making, baking, jewellery making, painting, bench-ball, learning about Ancient Egypt and Pictionary. We would like to thank all the teachers for their hard work preparing these fun activities for everyone to take part in.

We have also been celebrating some birthdays. We all enjoyed some delicious cake with Phoom, Davit, Kuenze and Bell and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to them.

The Boarding house also had cause to celebrate when the boys drew with Ascot 5-5 in a football match last week. We were pleased with their performance but hope that they can beat the teaching staff when the boarders take them on in October. Not only do we want to be football champions on October 9th but we are also hoping that we can beat the teachers at rounders and basketball too! 

Ten boarders are going to Koh Si Chang with Mr and Mrs Harrison for the long weekend and they can’t wait to relax on the beach, visit the Rama V Palace and Buddha’s Footprint and take a skylab tour of the island. We are also hoping to eat some amazing Thai food and watch a sunset over the sea.

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