Letters

25 August 2017

I would like to extend a warm welcome to everybody at the start of the new academic year, and an extra special welcome to all our new students, parents and teachers. I look forward to getting to know you and seeing you thrive at our school.

We have more than 70 new students joining us this year and we are eager to see them nice and early on Monday, 28th August at 7:30am.

The new teachers joining us this year are:

Back row standing from left: Kru Game (Thai), Ms. Kiera Stillwell (Nursery), Ms. Joleen Manning (Year 4) , Ms. Mara Yan (Mandarin)

Seated from left: Ms. Shana Patterson (Music), Kru Namfon (Thai) Mr. Peter Lynch (EAL and English), Kru Ped (Thai), Ms. Natalie Jay (Year 5), Kru Su (Thai) , Ms. Rebekka Clarke (KG)

The new team arrived at school for the orientation programme on the 15th August, and are settled into school and Bangkok life, and I am sure they are eager to meet all the students.

The school campus has been a hive of activity since the end of term, first with the very successful Summer Learning Adventure Camp and then with the various maintenance and building projects. Playground areas have been renovated with new surfaces and shades,  a new coat of paint has been applied to the outside walls, classrooms have been extended and the first phase of the new library is complete. Probably the most noticeable development is the new Futsal Court which will be ready after the school year begins, this will allow us to play sports under shade, host more competitions, as well as provide covered parking for vehicles.

All of our EY and PY teachers returned on the 16th of August for training provided by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) in order for them to prepare for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) accreditation process. The course was intense, informative and very useful; at Ascot we support the continuing professional development of our teachers.

Over the summer break I have talked to many families who are interested in joining our school and I emphasised that in addition to our rigorous curriculum and progressive teaching and learning, we also offer a caring, supportive community for all our students. This has been the Ascot way for many years and we are fully committed to taking care of your children’s academic and pastoral needs.

During meetings with parents last term we explained our new after school process; the procedure for EY children remains the same, but for KS1 and KS2 students that do not do ECAs, they will wait to be collected by parents under supervision by the gate. The coffee shop, basketball court and play areas will be out of bounds. Secondary students who are not involved in enrichment programmes between 3:00pm and 4:00pm will be expected to be picked up by parents soon after 3:00pm. This is to allow us to improve the security arrangements and ensure the safety of all our students.

There are many presentations and workshops planned for the upcoming year. I would like to encourage all parents to attend these in order to stay informed and up to date on all developments and plans. We want you to be an active part of our community and to understand all of our academic programmes. Parental support is a crucial element of student success, without it your child will struggle to realise their potential.

I look forward to the year ahead and sharing the journey of learning with your children, your family and the whole of the team at Ascot.

 

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Gary Booth

Headmaster

 

 

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.

 

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Gary Booth

Headmaster