22 June 2017
Dear Ascot Family,
At the end of another successful school year I would like to thank everybody for their support and involvement in all our school activities.
From the first day of term until the last day, our teachers and staff have been committed to providing a world class education for our students, one that will give them a great start wherever they go and whatever they do. Our mission is our guide to all we do:
At Ascot students develop according to their needs in an attractive, family environment.The challenging curriculum enables our students to become adaptable lifelong learners in an increasingly changing world. Our intercultural ethos promotes respect for all within the community.
Schools are very complicated organisations made up of many teams of skilled professionals, all working towards the education of young people. As long as we are supported by the administration team, parents, caterers, maintenance staff, TAs, maids and nannies , we can be successful. This is why I like the the keywords that we have chosen for our school: Communicate, Collaborate and Respect. These are are absolutely necessary for the success of any organisation.
As always at the end of the year we say goodbye to students and teachers, the Ascot Family sends our best wishes for the future:
In Early Years
Ms. Cecilia Kok is heading to the USA to start a new life there. I would like to thank her for all her patience and effort with our youngest children in the Nursery class.
Ms. Godfrey is also leaving us and will be heading back to the UK to be close to family and friends, her input into the EY school and especially the Kindergarten class has been very much appreciated.
Ms. McKenzie is going on maternity leave for one term and we are all excited to have another family member and look forward to seeing her new baby, we wish the McKenzie family all the best during this very special time.
In the Primary School
Ms. Yell is heading to the Middle East after spending 3 years with us, she has been a huge help as teacher of year 1 and year 5 classes, and has dramatically improved the level of reading and writing across the whole of the primary school in her role as literacy coordinator.
In the Secondary School
Mr. Case and his family are heading back to England to be closer to family. Mr. Case has also been with us for 3 years and has been a very valuable head of EAL who was worked tirelessly to ensure that students improve their English and can find success in the mainstream classes.
The specialist teachers
Mr. Bryer is leaving us after 10 years at Ascot and has been a successful and enthusiastic teacher of music to our EY and PY students, and recently has set up an impressive primary school choir.
Ms. Amber has been with us for over a year and is moving to another school in Bangkok to pursue her role as a Mandarin teacher.
We are also saying goodbye to Kru Fah from the Thai department who has been with us for 4 years.
New teachers joining us next year
Kiera Stillwell will be our new Nursery Teacher
Shana Patterson will be our new Music Teacher for PY and SY
Joleen Manning is our new Yr 4 teacher
Natalie Jay is our new Yr 5 teacher
Peter Lynch is our new English teacher and head of EAL in the secondary school
Kru Namphet as a Thai teacher
Kru Thanathip as a Thai teacher
Ms. Mara Feixia Yan as a Mandarin teacher
During the summer we will be working hard to add more facilities and improve the current ones, two of the biggest projects are the Futsal Court and car park areas, and an exciting new EY library. The library development is the first phase, the second one will include the PY facility. In addition to the above, we will be adding more shade to the EY playground and resurfacing the swings and climbing frame areas.
Next year we will host the CIS (Council of International Schools) visiting team, who will be conducting their 5 year visit in December 2017.
IB PYP (IB Primary Years Programme) training is ongoing and the IB DP (Diploma Programme) has been a big success and we welcome our second intake in August. These internationally recognised and well respected curricula set Ascot apart from many schools and puts us in an elite group of IB World Schools.
At the the end of the day, week, term, month and year as I see our students improve and grow, I am confident that when they become leaders and influential members of society they will continue to work together to make the world a better place for all. I count myself very lucky to be able to work with a team of committed teachers supportive parents, and delightful students.
I hope you all have a safe and relaxing summer, and spend quality time with your children. I have one request, turn off your phones and devices for a while sit in a quiet, green place, daydream and marvel at what a wonderful world we live in.
Mr. Gary Booth