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Coming Up In Boarding

Last weekend’s activity was a paint-balling trip which a small number of our boys attended. I think they enjoyed the opportunity to shoot at staff members! Much fun was had, and importantly no injuries! There was also an impromptu football game between the students and the boarding staff. Although outnumbered and with a low percentage of the possession, I am pleased to say that the staff were triumphant displaying some effective counter-attacking football.

Coming up this weekend we have organised a BBQ social on Friday evening. Saturday during the day is one of our service projects. We have some students from a local football initiative, aimed at keeping young children off the streets, coming to use our facilities. We will organise a small tournament for them and finish with a refreshing dip in the swimming pool. On Saturday evening students will be able to visit the mall for some shopping, to watch and movie, and/or have dinner.

By Mr. Gavin Terry, Head of Boys’ Boarding

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Partial Solar Eclipse

On Wednesday the 9th of March at 07:38am Regents International School students were lucky enough to view one of the rarest celestial events, an eclipse of the Sun.

The Sun was partially eclipsed for nearly 2 hours and at its maximum coverage, 41% was hidden from our view by the Moon.

Many students took part and viewed the event through pin hole cameras, the camera on their mobile device and most successfully by looking through a CD. All of these methods made it safe see what was happening and gave us all an unforgettable experience.

By Mr. Marc Curran, Head of Secondary Science

1st Football Fixture of the Season: U13 boys

The Regent’s School kicked off the season with a 1-1 draw against a local International School in what was a sweltering affair. The team led by Captain Tor Aminsen have had a build up of 15 weeks preparation for their first away game and excitement was high.

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The game was dominated by the Regent’s team but confidence in front of goal proved costly as the home side went ahead early into the second half. Some fine forward burst from Tor pressured the opposition defence but it was a calculated long range strike by Max Watson that pulled things level. There were some good performances by Jimmy, Ann-ann and Amey.

Areas to improve for our next encounter involve being more confident and decisive in our abilities.

By Mr. Lee Burns, Head of Physical Education & sport

Psychology Student Essay: Secrets to Impeccable Memory

Have you ever wondered why you forget things so easily? Ever wondered why other people have a better memory than yours? If you have, then you can now get your answers! Discover the truth behind the mystery of the human memory and the secret to improving YOUR OWN memory!

But first, to improve your memory, you must understand its concept.

Memory is a complex system, which has been a focus of much scientific research. This has resulted in two theories of memory.

The first is when you memorize through rehearsal, which is called the Multi-store Model of Memory proposed by Atkinson and Shiffrin. Memory has 3 stores. Firstly, the sensory store, where memory is held for less than a second. If you pay attention to it, then it is transferred to the short-term memory where it stays for around 10 seconds. If you continue the repetition of the words in short-term memory, then they will be transferred to long-term memory where they will last for an indefinite period of time.

The second suggests that you memorize through deep understanding, which is called the Levels of Processing theory. Famous Researchers Craik and Tulving have performed an experiment that clearly shows that our memory functions the best when the meanings of words and sentences are understood rather than just by observing their physical appearances or phonemic sounds.

Now we know that impeccable memory is not only about repeating the terms again and again or only understanding them. The secret to impeccable memory is that you must apply a combination of both of these, and then only will you be able to achieve success.

This might sound difficult but there are many simple ways in which you can improve your memory without it feeling like a tedious task.

1. Create associations.
When trying to remember anything new, try to form a mental image of it or relate it to something you already know. This way you will be able to remember it easily.

2. Divide and conquer!
When you have a lot of things to remember, divide them into smaller or similar groups so they are easier to remember. For example, if you have to remember the number 123498764567, it may seem difficult. But by dividing it {1234-9876-4567}, the task becomes much easier.

3. Using acronyms.
For example, the colors of the rainbow: VIBGYOR (violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red).

4. Get enough Zs.
Sleep is extremely important for your body to function properly.

5. And lastly, stop thinking you have a bad memory.

Everyone has the same memory ability. The only difference is how you utilize it. So make the most of your memory and reap the benefits of having an impeccable memory yourself!

By Thinley Choden, Y12 Psychology student

Primary Stars of the Week! (Week 12)

The children in KS1 continue to work hard and increase their learning. This makes it very difficult for the class Teachers to chose just 1 Star of the Week! Here are the photos of our learning Stars this week, just after they received their certificates in our KS1 assembly!

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

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

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.

It’s Cool to be in School; plans in place to deal with absence and lateness

12042839_968696369838621_8909726282888931366_nStudents who do not come to school are, not surprisingly, not very successful at school. That is why in countries throughout the world it is a serious problem if children do not go to school. In England, at the moment, an attendance of less than 85% will see your child referred to the authority in charge of education. If a parent is found to be supporting their child in not going to school, then it is against the law. And there are only two ways in which a child is allowed to miss school. They are if the child is too ill to attend or if the parents have got permission from the school beforehand.


Lateness is a similar problem. Though we are sympathetic at the school to those students who have to get up very early in the morning to get to school, we cannot support it. By being late, a student not only misses the essential part of a lesson (the beginning), they also disrupt the other students when they go into class.


I have heard some comments from parents that they are happy for their children to be late for school or even miss school if it makes their children happy. I’m afraid this is a rather short-term view of happiness. I might choose to stay in bed tomorrow, which might make me feel very happy… but I won’t be happy when I get into work and realise the amount of work that I have to catch up. Students can very quickly get into a situation where they have lost control of their learning.
The school cares about your child. We want to give them the best possible chance in life – to achieve their potential and to realise their dreams. That is why we are going to get tougher on absence and lateness. Those who are late are going to be in detention more often. Those who are absent for more than 10% of the school year will be subject to review. If their absence has affected their education seriously, they may be asked to repeat the year.

By Mr Charles Barrow, Deputy Head Secondary

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