31 March 2017
As the mornings get lighter and the days get hotter we are heading towards the end of yet another term and this offers us a time to look back, and what a successful term we have had. We began with residential trips, and mock examinations during a week when the weather was unseasonably wet and wild. All trips and events ran successfully but we did begin to wonder what was going on during what was supposed to be the driest and coolest time of the year. These were closely followed by the best Sports Day and Chinese New Year celebrations in the history of Ascot. All these events happened during the first three weeks of the term and set the pace for the rest of term 2. The football season was in full swing with TISAC tournaments during the week and on Saturdays, as well as badminton, volleyball and basketball competitions in addition to TISAC Athletics meets for Primary and Secondary students. We ended the half term with International Day which again was a very enjoyable and successful day.
The second half of the term would be just as exciting as the first half with 5 weeks to complete whole school photos, presentations regarding year 9 and year 11 options for next year and curriculum presentations. In the primary school learning journey conferences took place, we hosted of first Family Fun Day, had a visit from a leading Author of children’s books, made gunpowder during Science Week, welcomed parents to meet the teachers during our parent teacher conferences, celebrated Songkran, cheered our performers in Ascot idol and of course competed in the finals for the TISAC sports fixtures.
Whilst all these enriching activities were going on, we continued to provide a world class education for all our students and ensured that every child was supported in their journey of learning. As we have grown and improved we have always updated our facilities; the last big project was completed just one year ago with the opening of the new secondary building. This pace of investment and improvement is continuing with a number of big projects including a new PY EY library, an auditorium, a new sports facility and improved car parking. We are also introducing peripatetic music lessons to enhance our in school music provision. If you missed the presentations please click here for access: Development Plans.
There are so many great things going on at Ascot and for too long we have not publicised these events adequately, however, with the appointment of our new marketing manager, David Moleon, we have made a dramatic improvement in this area. The Facebook page is updated daily and we are about to post an online virtual tour of the school. David was the organiser of the Ascot Family Fun Day on 25th March which was a very enjoyable and successful event, raising 110,000 baht for Operation Smile.
At the end of term, Kru Kate resigned from her position at Ascot after 10 years of service. We thank her and wish her well for the future. A replacement has been put in place and Kru Last will be taking over from Kru Kate in the secondary school.
Thank you for your support this term and I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing Songkran and I look forward to seeing you all again next term.
Mr. Gary Booth