News and pictures from City Campus in January 2019.
Dear Parents and Friends,
We have had a very positive start to the year. It was great to be back in school with everyone sharing stories of exciting memorable holidays; this actually seems so long ago now as we have had an extremely busy month both in school, in Bangkok and beyond.
We started our year with our Merit Making Ceremony - a beautiful, peaceful and reflective moment for our community.
As you will see from our ‘Update in Pictures’ news below we have enjoyed a welcome coffee morning in our library - the most popular place in the school; children have represented the school at the very first EcoBeasts Community Action Day; we have had a visit from Jane Schofield, a well known illustrator of children’s books; and Early Years 2 parents have enjoyed ‘Come Dine with Me’.
Our community across both campuses also enjoyed a remarkable evening at the British Embassy in conversation with the British Ambassador Brian Davidson.
I was sorry to have been unable to attend this event - I was in a very chilly Shrewsbury UK interviewing some exceptionally talented teachers who wish to work at our wonderful school. I worked in partnership with Ben Keeling the founding Principal of Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong who was recruiting at the same time.
Our new value focus for February is ‘Friendship’; an opportunity to discuss the qualities of good friendship and how to maintain, nurture and grow them.
Although it was disappointing that we had to postpone our Farmer Market, all plans and vendors are on standby and a new date will be circulated soon for this event.
Shrewsbury City Campus ‘Open House’ will continue to take place on Fridays; please see our website for details to pass on to friends.
Take great care,
Principal, Amanda Dennison
Updates from this month in pictures
A Shrewsbury Evening with Brian Davidson, British Ambassador to Thailand
The staff teams at Shrewsbury City Campus and Shrewsbury Riverside had the honour of an invitation to the British Embassy for an exclusive audience with the British Ambassador.
After refreshments served in the stunning British Embassy venue itself, the Ambassador spent some time addressing all Shrewsbury guests. Mr Davidson spoke about his own experience of his British Education, and the underlying foundations of strong values and hard work. He shared his own memories about his teachers, and named those that had encouraged and inspired him along the way. At Shrewsbury, we are proud to have a passionate and experienced team of educators who do the same for our students today.
The Ambassador also expressed the importance of language to illuminate the experience of international families working abroad. He encouraged us all, whichever country we find ourselves in, to give the language a go, and to enjoy the native appreciation that follows.
Shrewsbury guests were also given the opportunity to pose questions to the Ambassador. Our specialist language staff were especially impressed by Mr Davidson’s command of Thai and Mandarin Chinese!
Brian Davidson has been British Ambassador to Thailand since June 2016. He has extensive experience in Asia, having started his career in Beijing (1988-1992) and most recently served as Consul General in Guangzhou and then Shanghai between 2006-2015. Brian holds a Law from Cambridge University. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, Thai, Lithuanian and French.
Merit Making Ceremony
Our Thai Studies department hosted a Merit Making ceremony for all our students and parents. It was a privilege to welcome visiting monks from Wat Phra Rama 9 Kanchanaphisek. Our children and parents showed their generosity in presenting our visitors with an abundance of gifts and supplies to take away with them.
During our Merit Making assembly, the monks taught us more about positive thinking as part of ‘Health and Wellbeing’, our Value of the Month.
Thank you to Kru Earl and the Thai Students department for arranging this memorable event.
EcoBeasts Community Action Day 2019
A group of our students led the way for Shrewsbury City Campus in discovering more about the fantastic sustainability projects around the city of Bangkok.
The Community Action Day was hosted by EcoBeasts, an inspiring organisation which empowers the young generation to look after our world and make long-lasting change for the good of our environment. The event united 120 students from international schools across Bangkok to connect with environmental projects in the city.
Workshops covered subjects including air pollution, wildlife and soil conservation, and how to create soap by recycling used cooking oil.
Katy Waring, co-founder of EcoBeasts, is a teacher at Shrewsbury City Campus.
"Welcome to the Library"
Families were warmly invited to our Library Coffee Morning, to learn more about library events, opening times and how children borrow books. Parents were invited to take a tour around our library, access the library catalogue and sign up for a library card.
Our classes enjoy regular visits to the library during school time, and reading remains a top priority for us at Shrewsbury City Campus. We encourage our students to do plenty of reading at school and at home.
Our Shrewsbury City Campus library team are: Ms Donna Stephens (Librarian), Ms Art (Thai Librarian) and Ms Erin (Library Intern). Please visit the library during opening hours, with any questions you have.
Library Opening Times for Parents:
12.30AM-1PM (EY1 parents only,
Visit from Jayne Schofield, UK children's book illustrator
Jayne Schofield, UK children’s book illustrator visited Shrewsbury City Campus to give us an insight into the creative world of storytelling and illustration.
In Early Years, Jayne read us her illustrated book One Sleepy Bear. Poor Bear could not get to sleep as the forest animals kept him awake. The children were asked to name other animals Jayne could draw that might keep Bear awake. We were impressed with the creative suggestions they came up with!
Year 1 and 2 read 10 Dippy Dinosaurs. The children then learnt special techniques on how to draw a Tyrannosaurus rex and a diplodocus. Some children even drew backgrounds including volcanoes, fossils and dinosaur nests!
Years 3,4 and 5 read 10 Pesky Pirates. Jayne empowered our students to create their own illustrations of pirates, mermaids, and various underwater creatures. The students named their characters and began plotting stories for them.
Our school librarian, Ms Donna, concluded: “We look forward to seeing what creative and imaginative stories our young authors will be inspired to illustrate.”
Jayne Schofield has illustrated numerous children’s books, including 10 Pesky Pirates, 10 Magical Mermaids, and the Peek and Find series.
'Come Dine with Me' in Early Years
It was the turn of our Early Years children to invite their parents in the dining space in our Early Years Hub for lunch. Our children took great delight in leading their parents to their VIP seating, and serving them our freshly cooked dishes on the menu that day.
All meals and snacks are prepared freshly each day on site, in accordance with the school’s healthy eating objectives. Our menus provide for a selection of Western and Thai dishes with vegetarian, Jain and Halal options always available.
SPECIAL REPORT: Six Shrewsbury Riverside students get offers from Cambridge University
Shrewsbury International School Bangkok Riverside is celebrating six offers from the University of Cambridge; an incredible set of offers from the world’s second highest ranked university. These offers add to Shrewsbury’s outstanding track record of university placements around the world, as recognised by the school’s recent shortlisting in the International School Awards.
The offers from Cambridge include places to study Engineering, Economics and Physics.
All Shrewsbury City Campus students who graduate in Year 6 will be given a guaranteed place at our established and successful Riverside Campus for senior school.
1) Open House (for prospective parents)
8 February @ 10:00 AM
15 February @ 10:00 AM
01 March @ 10:00AM
15 March @ 10:00AM
22 March @ 10:00AM
29 March @ 10:00AM
Venue: Shrewsbury City Campus, Bang Kapi, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310
Shrewsbury City Campus hosts an Open House event for all prospective parents every Friday morning.
Interested families will get to experience school life at the City Campus and have an exclusive guided tour of our school, led by the Principal and Vice Principal. Guests also have the opportunity to meet our fully qualified and experienced teachers who guide and support our children here at Shrewsbury City Campus.
Places are limited for these events, so please do not miss out. To book your place, please contact our Admissions Team on 02-203-1222 ext. 1300/1301/1302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Early Years 2 (EY2) Parents in Partnership
Date: Wednesday 13 February
Venue: Shrewsbury City Campus
3) School Photographs: Individual and Class @ Shrewsbury City Campus
Date: 26-28 March
Venue: Shrewsbury City Campus
More information to follow.