- Mission & Values
- Our School
- The National Curriculum for England
- TERM DATES
- KEY STAFF
- CONTACT DIRECTORY
- Special Days
Shrewsbury International School enjoys a serene location on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, close to Bangkok city centre and easily accessible by BTS and expressway.
The spacious purpose-built campus – staffed by hand-picked teachers mostly from the UK – provides excellent facilities and resources for all academic pursuits. In addition, the school has built a strong reputation for excellence in music, sport, and the performing and creative arts.
Academically, pupils are stretched to meet their potential through our varied and challenging curricula and, in addition, we seek to create a considerate, caring community that encourages individuality, instills respect and embraces cultural diversity.
Shrewsbury is proud of its strong academic emphasis. In the Junior School, it is a tradition that is fostered in a warm and nurturing environment. Small class sizes ensure that each child receives the individual support that they require in their all round development as people. Field trips out of school, concerts, productions, sports competitions and a vast range of extra-curricular activities add breadth and interest to our pupils as they move up through the school.
The dedicated Sixth Form Centre prepares students in Years 12 and 13 for A Level examinations and guides them through the application process to leading universities across the world including the US, UK and Australia.
Shrewsbury students who come from 40 different countries are creative, innovative and enterprising and have a genuine passion for study.
Shrewsbury International School follows the National Curriculum of England - adapted and developed to meet the needs of our talented, multi-lingual, international student body. If you are not familiar with it, the National Curriculum for England can be a little confusing and this Guide is designed to help students and parents understand the various Key Stages.
In Britain, education is currently compulsory for all children between the ages of 5 and 16 although clear provision is made for students aged from 3 to 18. Children are placed in year groups based on their age on 31 August. Progress between Year Groups is usually automatic, although students may be out of their age group for exceptional reasons.
Year Groups are clustered into Key Stages and a defined curriculum is produced for each Key Stage. Throughout each Key Stage there are clear assessments and examinations to monitor and track each child’s academic progress.
Students study International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) over the two years of Key Stage 4, from the age of 14. All students study a compulsory core of English, Mathematics and Science plus a number of optional subjects. The IGCSE examinations are a formal assessment of a child’s ability in each of the subjects they have studied. These are the final years of their compulsory high school education. The route however for students wishing to go to university is to continue into Key Stage 5, also known as Sixth Form, to follow a two-year Advanced Level course. GCSE and IGCSE are internationally recognised academic standards and used, alongside Advanced Levels, as part of the academic selection process for entry into the top universities around the world.
For further information on each of the Key Stages and the courses offered, please click the link below:
Senior Management Team marked in bold
Mr. Chris Seal
Junior School Leaders
Vice Principal (Acting Head of Junior): Ms. Siobhan O'Brien
Assistant Principal: Ms. Deborah Brown
Assistant Principal: Ms. Cassie Lockwood
Year Team Leaders (Junior School)
Early Years 1: Ms. L Dix
Early Years 2: Ms. K Potter
Year 1: Ms. J Sharman
Year 2: Ms. F Russo
Year 3: Ms. S Newman
Year 4: Mr. J Cuthbertson
Year 5: Mr. J Keane
Year 6: Mr. T O'Brien
Subject Co-ordinators/leads (Junior School)
Literacy: Ms L Kelly
Maths: Ms. H Booth
Science: Mr. J Nash
Humanities: Mr D Oxland
Art: Ms J Wood
Music: Ms D Tulloch
Sport: Mr J Cahill
Learning for Life: Ms. C Lockwood
Digital Literacy: Mr. J Knight
EVC (Junior): Mr. P Atherton
Senior School Leaders
Vice Principal (Head of Senior): Mr. Robert Millar
Assistant Principal (Academic): Mr. Robert Groves
YEAR TEAM LEADERS (SENIOR SCHOOL)
Year 7: Ms. N Scrivener
Year 8: Mr. S Flavell
Year 9: Ms. H Rawlinson
Year 10: Mr. P Bloomfield
Year 11: Ms A Bloomfield
YEAR 12 & 13 (Sixth Form)
Director of Sixth Form: Mr. N Cornforth
Year 12: Ms R Ermgassen
Year 13L: Ms R Walker
HEADS OF DEPARTMENT (SENIOR SCHOOL)
Art and Design: Ms. V McCubbin
Biology: Ms. L Sharp
Business Studies: Ms R Plant
Economics: Mr. J Kyte
Chemistry: Mr. B Albery
Drama: Ms. K Sanders
English: Ms. E Rawes
Geography: Mr. D Webb
History: Mr. S Howard
Mathematics: Mr. C Redman
Physical Education: Mr. I Radcliffe
Physics: Mr. C Gettel
Psychology: Ms. M Buckley
school leaders (WHOLE SCHOOL)
Assistant Principal (Students): Mr. Nicholas Loudon
Assistant Principal (Staff): Ms. Victoria Rotheram
HEADS OF DEPARTMENT (WHOLE SCHOOL)
Director of Safeguarding and Wellbeing: Mr. N Loudon
Director of Co-Curricular: Mr. P D'Rozario
Head of You Time: Mr J Bilinkewycz
Director of Design Technology: Mr. M Holloway
Director of EAL: Mr. P Pethybridge
Director of Higher Education: Ms. J Fretwell
Director of ICT: Mr. S Aves
Head of Modern Foreign Languages: Mrs. A Pethybridge
Director of Music: Mr. D Place
Director of Music (Choral): Dr. O Park
Head of Academic Music: Mr. S Jackman
Head of Woodwind and Brass: Ms R Drew
Director of Reading the World: Dr. M Clarke
Director of Science: Mrs. L Garcia
Director of Sports and Activities: Mr. Paul Rotherham
Director of Thai Studies: Khun Peeranuch (Thom) Kitcharoen
Director of Learning Support: Ms S Wood
Director of Library Services: Ms S Rous
Head of Outreach: Mr G Threlfall
SENIOR NON-TEACHING STAFF
School Manager: Dr. J Mahattanakul
Director of Business Services: Mr. Nicholas Pinks
Director of Admissions: Ms. Korakot (Jip) Wattanayakorn
At Shrewsbury we enjoy celebrating in many different cultures and festivals. We also have fun days planned to enhance children’s learning where we will encourage children to come to school dressed in a special costume for the day.
Below is an indicative timetable of some of the special events we normally hold throughout the year, though the timings do vary slightly from year to year. You will be given more details throughout the year.
|August||Back to School|
|September||World Peace Day|
|October||Diwali, Ex Cathedra Visit, Last Night of the Proms concert|
|November||Loy Krathong, Remembrance Day, Senior School Drama Production|
|December||World Aids Day, King's Birthday, Christmas Carols|
|January||Residential Trips (Y6-Y10)|
|February||Chinese New Year, Junior and Senior Sports Days, Shrewsbury Fun Run, Charity Week|
|March||Fully Booked Week, Excellence Awards Dinner|
|April||International Day (Junior), Songkran, Earth Day|
|May||Speech Day and Prize Giving|
|June||International Day (Senior), Graduation|
- UNIFORM AND KIT
- WHAT ELSE TO BRING?
- SCHOOL SHOP
- TIMETABLE & 10 DAY ROLLING PROGRAMME
- shape of the day
- HOME LEARNING
- Arrival / Departure / Supervision
- ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL
- STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Students are expected to wear their uniforms neatly and with pride. The school uniform is compulsory for all students. Please note that many parts of this section may be relevant to each child, depending on year group.
Pre-Prep School - EY1 to EY2
Clothing: A blue Shrewsbury International School polo shirt with your child’s first name or nickname embroidered on the left hand side beneath the logo. Worn with blue Shrewsbury International School shorts and white socks. A Shrewsbury hat should be brought to school every day. A school jumper if it is cold.
Footwear: Children should wear trainers to school. Trainers must have non-marking soles, with a plain design (preferably white) and with no obvious logos, additional colours or fashion adornments.
On days where a child is due to take part in swimming or splash play, they should also bring their swimming kit to school (see swimwear section below for guidance).
Pre-Prep School: Year 1 and Year 2
Boys: A blue Shrewsbury International School polo shirt with your child’s first name or nickname embroidered on the left hand side beneath the logo. Worn with blue Shrewsbury International School shorts and white socks. A Shrewsbury hat should be brought to school every day. On days when they have PE lessons, children should wear their PE kit to school instead.
Girls: EITHER A blue school dress with your child’s first name or nickname embroidered on the left hand side beneath the logo OR girls may wear the same as boys - A blue Shrewsbury International School polo shirt with your child’s first name or nickname embroidered on the left hand side beneath the logo. Worn with blue Shrewsbury International School shorts and white socks. A Shrewsbury hat should be brought to school every day. On days when they have PE lessons, children should wear their PE kit to school instead.
Footwear for Boys and Girls: On days where they have PE lessons, children should wear trainers to school. Trainers must have non-marking soles, with a plain design (preferably white) and with no obvious logos, additional colours or fashion adornments. On days where they do not have PE lessons, children may either wear their PE trainers or plain black leather shoes.
Prep School - Years 3 to 6
Boys: School shorts, shirt and blue tie with grey ankle socks and plain black leather shoes. School sweaters may be worn.
Girls: Green school skirt or skorts, shirt and blue tie with white ankle socks and plain black leather shoes. School sweaters may be worn.
Senior School - Years 7 to 11
Boys: Grey school trousers (which should be worn with a black leather belt), shirt and maroon tie, grey socks and plain black leather shoes.
Girls: Green school skirt, shirt and maroon tie with white ankle socks and plain black leather shoes.
Sixth Form - Years 12 to 13
Sixth Form students should wear smart business-style attire. Boys should wear a shirt and tie and formal trousers (no jeans). Girls may wear trousers, skirts and dresses.
House Shirts are worn for various house events, trips, sports days and celebration assemblies. In Year 1 and 2 they are worn to school every other Friday instead of the normal school uniform.
Except for EY children who should wear their school uniform (blue shorts and blue polo shirt), students must wear school PE kit for all PE lessons. In the Junior School, children wear blue school shorts and a white polo shirt with blue trim. In the Senior School, students wear maroon shorts and a white polo shirt with maroon trim. White non-marking trainers must be worn. Students will be informed if they are required to wear football boots. Sports Excellence teams have their own kits.
In Early Years, all children are expected to wear a swimsuit that provides good protection from the sun. The school swimsuit, which covers the body, shoulders, arms and legs is ideal for this. Non-Shrewsbury alternatives may be worn, but must be similar in style and length i.e. no short swimuits or bikinis.
From Year 1 onwards, all students are required to wear official Shrewsbury swimwear when using the school pool, which may be purchased in the school shop.
In addition to swimwear, swimmers will require a swim hat, suitable poolside footwear (flip flops or crocs) and a towel for their journey to and from the swimming pool. Goggles are an optional extra at your own discretion.
Unless informed otherwise, school blazers are worn by Prep School students only on formal occasions. In the Senior School (Year 7 to 11), students must wear their blazer for assembly each week and on formal occasions. Sixth Form should wear jackets for all formal occassions.
If on religious grounds parents or students wish to wear traditional dress this will only be permitted if the parent/student has first consulted the Principal. Once sanctioned by the Principal, traditional dress will be permitted conforming to the school’s colours where appropriate.
Hair, Make up and Jewellery
Hair should be neatly cut (Boys: above the collar) and conform to orthodox styles. Hair colour and style must be appropriate for school - extravagant cuts and colouring are not permitted.
Make-up (including nail polish) is not permitted.
Students may wear a single plain stud in each ear and a watch, but no other jewellery is permitted except for valid religious or cultural reasons.
Only Shrewsbury back packs and sports kit bags are allowed.
Name Tapes and Embroidery
All items of school uniform should be marked with the student’s name. It makes it very difficult for us to trace lost articles of clothing unless they are identifiable by name tape. Embroidery shops can be found in shopping malls such as Tesco or Big C. An open air emboridery stall (signposted in Thai) is located in Wat Worachanywat, Charoen Krung Soi 72 in front of the Buddha statues.
All students, staff and parents using the school boat service during core operating hours are expected to wear a life jacket whilst on the school boat. Students who normally travel by the shuttle boat are required have their own life jacket marked with their own name, as part of the school uniform. The School Shop stocks inflatable life jackets, which are lightweight and portable. The School Shop will also stock replacement inflation canisters (which can be used once only) and cartridge firing mechanisms (which should be replaced according to the expiry date printed on the firing cartridge). The School Shop can be contacted at: 02 675 1888 ext 1105
In addition to their school bag and PE/swimming kit on relevant days, students should remember to bring;
Water bottle: All students should bring a full, re-usable water bottle to school every day. Bottles can be re-filled at the many water stations around school.
Stationery: In Junior school, all basic stationery such as pens, pencils, paper and notebooks are provided by the school. In Senior school, students should bring their own stationery including pens, pencils, ruler etc. in their own pencil case. In both Junior and Senior schools, teachers will provide information about any other supplies which may be needed for their individual classes.
Mathematics equipment: Senior students should bring a scientific calculator for Mathematics lessons. We recommend a Casio fx-85ES or fx-991ES. Senior students should also bring a geometry set consisting of a protractor and compass.
Computing devices: All students in Years 4, 5 and 6 are required to bring an iPad to school every day. The iPad should be in a protective case, and have headphones, and have all required apps installed (we will advise you on which apps to install once your child has started school). Students in Years 9 and above are required to bring a laptop to school every day. The requirement for some year groups to bring devices to school is part of an ongoing programme which will gradually extend across the school and is designed to provide students with instant access to a huge range of online information, tools and resources accessible across all subject areas.
Earphones: Senior school students should bring in headphone for Modern Foreign Languages learning.
Mobile Phones: Students may bring mobile phones to school. However their security is the responsibility of the individual concerned. They should not be used between 7.30am and 2.40pm, unless permission is given by a member of staff.
Personal Possessions and Valuables: These are the responsibility of the individual pupil. During PE/Sports Extra Curricular Activities students are asked to leave their valuables with the teacher in charge of the activity. They will keep the possessions secure in a valuables box which they will be supplied with. Valuable items should never be left in changing rooms.
Lockers: In Prep School, children are provided with lockers in their classroom to store their personal belongings. In the Senior School, lockers are provided in students’ form room.
Valuables: Students should avoid bringing valuables to School. If they must bring items of value they should be given to their class teacher or form tutor for safekeeping or, if they have one, be locked in their locker. Valuables must never be kept in school bags during school time.
Lost Property: is held in the Operations Centre near the swimming pool. Lost property is kept for a period of three weeks and then donated to a local charity shop if unclaimed. It is the child and parents’ responsibility to retrieve lost property.
Note that all items of uniform should be marked with the students’ name (please see “Uniform and Kit” section of this handbook for further guidance).
Please visit the school shop web page for opening times:
If you plan to visit the shop during school holiday periods it is advised that you call the shop in advance to check the opening hours for that day. Please also note that the shop is closed on two days each year for annual stock-taking.
The school shop stocks a range of uniform sizes but can also arrange delivery for special orders which require three weeks’ notice. The shop also stocks stationery and art materials.
Shrewsbury International School operates a 10-Day Timetable for children in the Prep School and the Senior School. This means that each day is called by a number rather than the day of the week, as follows:
|MONDAY||DAY 1 or 6|
|TUESDAY||DAY 2 or 7|
|WEDNESDAY||DAY 3 or 8|
|THURSDAY||DAY 4 or 9|
|FRIDAY||DAY 5 or 10|
The current cycle day is identified on the live school calendar, which is provided on the Parent Portal.
Children in the Pre-Prep School use the usual Monday to Friday timetable (Day 1 to 5)
All children will be given their class timetable on the first day of term. This will highlight when specialist lessons requiring extra kit such as Physical Education or Swimming takes place.
For students in Year 3 and above, parents can access their lesson by lesson timetable on the Parent Portal HERE
A special "induction" schedule is planned for all EY chilren at the beginning of each academic year. After this, the start and finish times for Early Years are as follows.
EY1 and EY2 have a 'soft start' from 7.30am to 8.00am. EY parents should have left the classroom by 8.00am and should leave the school site immediately thereafter.
EY1 finish the school day (and should be collected) at 12.20pm, whilst EY2 have a 'soft finish' to the day, with parents collecting their child between 2.00pm and 2.20pm.
Year 1 and Above
From Year 1 upwards, the school day comprises 6 main teaching periods as well as morning break, lunch and morning and afternoon registration periods. Most after school activities programmes run from 14.45pm until 15.30pm, though for some activities continue unto 16:30 or take place in a second session (from 15:30-16:30).
The daily timetable for students in Year 1 up to Year 13 is as follows:
|Time||Junior School (except EY)||Senior School (Y7-13)|
|7.30-7.50||Registration ("Soft Start Y1&2)||Registration|
|7.50-8.45||Period 1||Period 1|
|8.45-9.40||Period 2||Period 2|
|10.00-10.55||Period 3||Period 3|
|10.55-11.50||Period 4||Period 4|
|12.40-12.50||Registration / spelling||Lunch|
|12.50-13.45||Period 5||Period 5|
|13.45-14.20||Period 6||Period 6|
|14.20-14.40||Period 6 (continued)|
|14.45-15.40||After School Activities (Y1 upwards)||After School Activities|
Home learning refers to work or activities which students are asked to do outside lesson time either on their own or with parents/carers.
A well-organised, regular programme of home-learning helps to develop an understanding of lifelong learning as well as reinforcing learning in the classroom. Home learning helps to develop a spirit of enquiry, curiosity and investigation in students. At Shrewsbury International School, home learning is designed to extend the challenges open to students and to complement – and not impede – a full programme of extra-curricular opportunities (such as You-Time, Sports, Music, Drama Excellence).
A Partnership with Home
To be effective, home learning needs to be part of a wider partnership between parents and school. Shrewsbury International School counts on parental support for the achievement of its objectives.
The school expects that parents and carers should:
- Provide a peaceful, quiet, suitable place in which students can undertake their home learning alone or, more often for Junior School students, together with an adult
- Encourage students to keep their home learning area free from clutter with books, materials and resources close to hand
- Encourage students (from Year 3 upwards) to organise their home learning environment sensibly
- Help to provide a rigorous and well-disciplined home-learning routine in which assignments are identified and agreed in the Communication Books/Student Planners, signed off when completed and that school bags contain all the required assignments for the next school day
- Make it clear to students that they value home learning, and support the school in explaining how it can help their learning
- Encourage students and praise them when they have completed home learning assignments
- Within sensible limits, become actively involved in joint homework activities with children. To help them in this they may need careful guidance from class teachers / form tutors / subject specialists
- Monitor closely access to the internet for home learning. The school believes that internet access should always be monitored with sensible and increasing liberties provided for older students
All students are expected to read keenly, widely and regularly throughout their school career to help them become lifelong readers. It is believed that our academic and language learning objectives can only be achieved if our students read well, deeply and often. It is also understood that a home environment in which books and reading play an important part is most likely to support these aims. In the modern era, the alternatives to recreational reading are numerous and so the school works with parents to support, encourage and promote reading for learning and reading for fun.
The following guidelines articulate the school’s broad expectations about the amount of time students might reasonably be expected to spend on home learning and provide a useful framework for parents. However, the precise amount of time spent on home learning is much less important than the quality of the tasks set and the way in which they are planned to support learning.
|1-2||1 hour per week||Daily reading, Spellings and an optional Topic Homework Grid|
|3-6||2 hours per week||Daily reading, Spellings and an optional Topic Homework Grid, MfL and Thai|
|7-9||60-90 minutes per day||Allocated by subject in accordance with the home learning timetable published at the start of each academic year and to include reading for pleasure|
|10-11||2 hours per day||Dependent upon the demands of IGCSE subjects and to include wider reading|
|12-13||Variable||Dependent upon the demands of A Levels and to include wider reading and university entrance preparation|
Have a question or need more information?
In the Junior School, please contact your child’s class teacher. In the Senior School, please contact your child’s tutor or the Head of the Department for the subject concerned.
Start of the School Day
The school day begins at 7.30am for all students (between 7.30 and 8.00am for Early Years), when a register will be taken by the class teacher or form tutor. Junior School students should be accompanied into the school site by an authorised adult.
Scheduled late arrivals
Where it is known in advance that a student will arrive late for school due to a scheduled appointment, parents must inform the school in advance (the previous day or earlier).
Junior School parents should inform the school via a note in the child’s communication book. Senior school parents should inform the school via email to the respective Year Team Leader or PA to the Head of Senior School.
Other late arrivals
Any student arriving in school after 7.30am must sign in at the security gate. The student will be marked “Late” in the attendance records. If the student fails to sign in at the gate he/she will be marked as “Absent”.
Early student departures (before end of lessons / registered activities)
If there is a requirement for a child to leave school before the normal finish time, an Exit Form must be completed. Exit Forms may be collected from school reception on the day. Parents should provide clear details of who will collect the child (Junior) and the reason for missing school time.
In Junior School, the responsible adult should pass the completed Form to the class teacher at the beginning of the day, who will sign it and pass it to the Junior School PA for authorization by SMT. The adult collecting the child will then be able to collect the authorized form from the PA to the Head of Junior shortly before the scheduled departure.
In Senior School, students should collect the Exit Form from school reception, and take it to their Year Team Leader along with Parental Request for absence. The student should then take the original form to the PA to the Head of Senior who will ensure it is authorized.
Authorised Exit Forms must be presented upon departure from the school site.
Prior warning via the communication book (Junior) or Student Planner (Senior) is greatly appreciated, and will help to speed up the authorization process.
Where a child is also missing a scheduled after school activity, parents should send an email to the Sports and Activities Office (email@example.com) to inform them accordingly.
End of the School Day
All students have to leave the school campus as soon as possible at the conclusion of their lessons or after school activity.
Students taking the school bus must proceed to the bus promptly at the conclusion of their school day. A high standard of behavior is expected on the school buses. Instances of poor behavior on school transport will be reported to the relevant Vice Principal.
Please note Early Years and Junior School students cannot leave unless they are accompanied by an authorised adult. Teachers will not transfer care of a child to an adult that is unknown to them. If you have authorised a different adult to collect your child on your behalf on any particular day, or have a new driver/nanny who may be collecting your child from now on, please ensure that you let the school know (by informing the class teacher or PA to the Vice Principal), and if possible, introduce the new person to the class teacher in person.
Junior School students are normally collected from dedicated collection points immediately after the conclusion of the lessons, unless they are involved in an after school activity or require supervision. Guidance on alternative arrangements where activities have been cancelled (e.g. due to heat) are provided in the Sports & Activities section of this booklet.
In the interests of child protection and safeguarding, parents are expected to comply with the following protocols at the end of the school day.
EY1 children should be collected at 12.20pm. After the end of lessons each day (2.20 pm for EY2 to Y6, 2.40pm for Years 7-13), EY2-Y13 students have the following options:
- Go home: if not scheduled to participate in any scheduled Excellence, “You-Time!” or Additional (paid for) after school activity programme
- Participate in a scheduled Excellence, “You-Time!” or Additional (paid for) after school activity programme /sports fixture that they have registered to take part in (Note: this option only available to Year 1 and above)
- Supervision (Junior only: this should ideally be agreed in advance)
Use the school’s library/study facilities as follows:
- Junior students (supervised by their parent or nanny) may use the school library until 4.00pm
- Senior students may use the library independently until 4.00pm
- Sixth Formers may use the Sixth Form centre until 4.15pm
Junior School children must be collected from the appropriate collection point by a parent or an adult who has been approved as a representative of the parents, and holds an official Shrewsbury ID badge. Please note that the normal collection point may change if a student is involved in an activity that has been cancelled (see below).
Snacks are available in the school canteen after school for those involved in an official after school activity. Once a student leaves the school site they will not be allowed to re-enter. Students are therefore not allowed to go to 7-eleven/Starbucks after school and then return to the school site.
Students should not be on the school site after 4.15pm unless they are involved in an activity that is supervised by Shrewsbury staff.
After-school supervision is provided until 3.30pm for Junior School students only (not EY1), although it is not advised for our youngest EY2 children, and is intended to be used only where a sibling has an after school activity (or Parent:Teacher Consultation) so that parents may collect all children at the same time.
If your Junior School child requires supervision, please inform the Class Teacher by writing a note in the communication book that day, or by informing the Vice Principal’s PA (ext. 1111) on the day (ideally before 1pm).
Where it is known that a child will require supervision on a regular basis on certain afternoons (throughout the term or current activity block), please inform the Class Teacher to this effect at the start of the term / activity block.
The Prep School supervision room is located on the 2nd floor of the Prep School building. Pre-Prep children are supervised in the Pre-Prep studio or Pre-Prep Foyer.
Any children who have not been picked up by 3.40pm will be escorted to the school reception for late pick-up. The same applies to Junior School students not being picked up after the end of their regular You-Time after school activity.
After 4.00pm Junior School students have to be picked up in front of the Vice Principal’s office.
School is open for 180 days per year. Absence for non-educational reasons, such as holidays should be avoided. If parents are aware in advance of any absence from school, they must submit the Leave of Absence Form available on the Parent Portal at least 21 days in advance. The form with the school decision will be available for collection 3 working days after it has been submitted.
If your child is sick and unable to attend school please notify the school promptly in the morning by calling Reception at 02 675-1888; the receptionist will forward your message to the Class Teacher/Form Tutor. You may also call or email the PA to the appropriate Vice Principal.
If, however, it is a condition that necessitates a prolonged absence from school suitable work will be set to ensure that the student is not disadvantaged by his/her long term absence. Communication with the school is essential.
Students who are absent from school due to illness for three days and more are required to provide a medical certificate on the day of return to the Class Teacher/Form Tutor. This certificate must also identify that the student is now well enough to return to school.
If your child normally uses the school bus service, please call Montri Customer Service before your normal departure tume on 086-341-8819 to cancel the service.
To implement the School philosophy and to promote the attitudes and values appropriate for individual students to contribute positively to their own personal development and to that of the School, it is necessary to have a series of practical measures embodied in a code of conduct. All students have the right to work in a calm, supportive and purposeful atmosphere.
General behaviour and conduct
The reputation of the school is judged by the behaviour of members of the School community. As such, we are expected to present a well disciplined and courteous image at all times. Conduct must be exemplary.
Serious breaches of discipline include:
- Smoking on the school premises, on school buses, in school uniform outside of school and smoking at any school function
- Being in possession of, or consuming alcohol/non-prescribed drugs on the school premises, on school buses, in school uniform outside school and at any school function
- Showing disrespect for anyone in authority, including School Prefects
- Playing truant
- Using offensive language
- Behaving with a member of the opposite sex in an antisocial and/or inappropriate manner
- Committing inappropriate acts, carrying or possessing books, magazines, photographs, computer software, video cassettes, VCDs or DVDs that are obscene in nature
- Stealing, cheating, gambling, bullying, sexual harassment or vandalizing school or other people’s property
- Bringing weapons to school or being found in possession of weapons
- Behaviour which causes physical harm or endangers the safety of others
- Any act which brings the name of Shrewsbury International School into disrepute
- HOUSE SYSTEM
- ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME
- ONLINE ACTIVITIES REGISTRATION
- MISSING A SCHEDULED ACTIVITY
- CANCELLED OR INTERUPTED ACTIVITIES
- Sports Fixtures
- MUSIC TUITION
You-Time is the name given to our after school activities programme. These activities, which are open to all children in Year 1 up to Year 13, are offered free of charge although some activities incur a small charge to pay for materials.
In addition, we offer an array of paid-for “Additional” activities run by outside providers.
Children can also participate in a range of Excellence Programme activities. Excellence activity usually involve trial, audition or invitation to attend.
During each activity block, each student between Year 3 and Year 13 will be required to opt for at least one weekly “You-Time!” activity if they are not participating in an Excellence Programme during that block.
For Years 1 and 2, a range of You-Time activities are available, but participation is purely optional. It is important that young children are able to enjoy a balanced lifestyle that also allows them to spend quality time with their family in their home environment, as well as time to themselves to recover after a busy day at school. This is especially the case for younger children, which is why we have set a maximum number of activities for years 1 and 2 as follows:
Year 1: A maximum of 2 activities per week in Block 1, and a maximum of 3 activites per week in blocks 2,3 and 4.
Year 2: A maximum of 5 activities per week throughout the year. However, all selections must take place in the first afternoon session (finishing 3:30pm)
For more information, visit the activities programme webpage:
The school uses an online system (called “Pro-Activities”) where students can choose their activities for each activity block.
The system can be accessed via a hyperlink provided on the school website, or via the direct url address https://www.socscms.com/socs/login.asp. A quicklink app can also be downloaded direct to mobile devices.
The system opens for a set period prior to each activity block. During the block, families can login and refer back to the system to see which activities the student is registered to take part in on different afternoons.
Each student in Year 1 to 13 has a Pro-Activities account. The username adopts the same format of the student’s gmail address (activated in year 5) e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org. A generic password is provided for first time login, which the family is prompted to change during their first login.
Userguides are available to view on Parent Portal and Firefly.
Where a student has a valid reason to leave school immediately after lessons and will consequently miss a scheduled after school activity, the school requires prior notification from the student’s parent to this effect. Where parents fail to provide notification, this causes potential disruption to activities, and places an additional administrative burden on activity providers/administrators as they try to ascertain the whereabouts of students.
In case of an emergency or unforeseen need to miss an after school activity, parents should either inform school reception (+66) 02-675-1888 or the Sports and Activities office (email@example.com) no later than 12.00pm on that day, clarifying the name of the responsible adult (if not yourself) who will be collecting the child.
If the absence is planned or known in advance, please inform your child’s class teacher via the communication book and send an email to Sports and Activities office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let them know.
In cases where a student will also be missing lessons, except in the case of an emergency this needs to be agreed and authorized in advance by the Vice Principal via a Leave of Absence Form (whole day), or Exit Form (early departure).
LEAVE OF ABSENCE FORM
Cancellation of Indoor or Outdoor Activities due to Staff Absence
In certain cases, activity providers and members of staff may be absent from school, necessitating cancellation of the activity (where appropriate cover cannot be provided).
Whether the cancellation is foreseen or unscheduled we will provide as much notice as possible to this effect via the online activities registration system, giving parents the greatest possible opportunity to make alternative early pick up arrangements for their children. Please note that Montri bus schedules will not be changed in response to the cancellation of individual activities.
A) Cancellations due to Heat
The combination of high temperature and high humidity can make it unsafe for outdoor activities (or activities taking place in non-air conditioned spaces) to proceed. During high risk periods, the school will monitor the “heat index” closely.
The School strives to ensure our practices are of the highest standard especially with regards to student safety. Shrewsbury International School’s Heat Management policy is based upon current medical guidance from across the world for safe practice whilst exercising in high temperatures and high humidity. The Policy sets out the actions to be taken at set heat index levels (which also apply to timetabled PE/Swimming lessons and break times).
It should be noted that the heat index tolerance levels for Senior School students are set slightly above those for Junior School children, as they are better equipped to monitor and moderate their own activity. It is therefore possible that in some cases, outdoor activities will continue for Senior School, but be re-located or cancelled for Junior School.
Outdoor activities for Junior School:
When the Heat Index exceeds 410 Celsius, any outdoor “You-Time!” and Sports Excellence activities involving Junior School students will:
- Move to an alternative suitable indoor space - sports coaches and “You-Time!” providers will deliver an alternative session plan, appropriate for the indoor space
- If the temperature exceeds 540 Celsius then non air-conditioned activities will be cancelled outright
As weather conditions can change relatively quickly, and given the desire for activities to continue as normal wherever possible and safe to do so, the final heat index reading will be taken at 1pm, and a decision will be made to move or cancel activities if necessary at that time.
One-off cancellations will be communicated to parents via SMS and/or email by 1:30pm, in order to give Parents the opportunity to pick their child up from school directly at the end of lessons (though the supervision will be provided on that day until the normal end time of the cancelled activity in these instances). Please note that Montri buses will not be re-scheduled unless the whole activities programme is affected.
Where conditions have necessitated the relocation of outdoor activities for several days in a row (and/or are forecast to do so for an extended period), a decision will be made to cancel all outdoor activities going forward (for the remainder of that week). The situation will be reviewed again at the start of following week and a decision to re-start outdoor activities made at that time. (note: supervision will not be provided where activities have been pre-cancelled, unless parents have no option but to specifically requested this in advance).
Whilst it is not desirable for activities to be cancelled on an ongoing basis, the protocol for multi-day cancellations (compared to day-by-day decision-making) acknowledges both the priority for student safety, and:
- The negative impact of repeated (day-by-day) relocation/re-planning on both the quality of provision, and logistical delivery of the activities programme as a whole
- The desire to give parents sufficient and reasonable opportunity to make firm alternative pick-up arrangements going forward (or to specifically request after school supervision on subsequent days, as necessary)
Outdoor Activities for Senior School
When the Heat Index exceeds 410 Celsius, outdoor activities involving Senior School conditions will continue under heightened precautions and measures in place in accordance with the Heat Management Policy.
If the Heat Index exceeds 540 Celsius then all non air-conditioned activities will be cancelled. Cancellations will be communicated with Parents by SMS and/or email by 1:30pm. Please note that Montri buses will not be re-scheduled unless the whole activities programme is affected.
The Heat Management policy goes hand in hand with our Sun Smart policy and I encourage you to remind your children to always bring their cap to school and ensure they are hydrated at all times.
B) Interruptions/delays due to storm activity:
In case of heavy rain and/or storm activity, outdoor activities may be delayed or suspended until conditions become safe for the activity to continue. Conditions often improve quickly, so rain/storm activity will NOT result in the outright cancellation of any outdoor activities, and parents will NOT receive any notification in these circumstances.
Where conditions cause a delay to the start of outside activities, or cause outside activities to be halted, the following will apply (unless advised otherwise):
- All activities which normally take place INSIDE will continue as normal.
- Y1 and Y2: Outdoor activities for Y1 and Y2 children will be moved to the Pre-Prep Studio. Children will be supervised and given alternative activities to occupy them until either: a) weather improves sufficiently for the activity to resume outside, or b) the normal activity finish time. If the activity is allowed to resume, children should be collected from the normal location at the activity end time. If the activity has been unable to resume, children should be collected from the Pre-Prep studio at the normal activity end time. Any child who has not been collected by 3:40pm, will be taken to reception where they will be held for late pick up (until 4.00pm, when they will be taken to the Vice Principal’s office)
- Y3 to Y6: Outdoor activities for Y6 to Y6 children will moved to the school Canteen. Children will be supervised and given alternative activities to occupy them until either a) weather improves sufficiently for the activity to resume outside, or b) the normal activity finish time. If the activity is allowed to resume, children should be collected from the normal location at the activity end time. If the activity has been unable to resume, children should be collected from the school Canteen at the normal activity end time. Any child who has not been collected by 3:40, will be taken to reception where they will be held for late pick up (until 4pm, when they will be taken to the Vice Principal’s office)
- Year 7 to Year 13: Students whose activities have been delayed or suspended should: Wait in a designated safe, covered area and wait for their activity to start/ resume. Students will only be allowed to travel home as planned at the normal activity end time, irrespective of whether the activity has been able to resume or not
ONLINE FIXTURE INFORMATION
All upcoming sports fixtures, team lists and results are recorded on the school’s online sports portal www.shbsport.com.
A quicklink app can also be downloaded direct to mobile devices.
Location maps are also provided for away fixtures.
We endeavour to publish team lists at least 24 hours prior to each fixture. Team lists can be accessed and viewed via a shared school password. Please contact the Sports and Activities department if you require this password.
Travel to/from Away Sports Fixtures
Please note that for the safety of our students, the following transfer of care arrangements apply to all Away Sports Fixtures (unless notified otherwise):
- All students must leave for away fixtures on the team bus. A register must be taken by the lead member of staff and seat belts must be worn by all
- Students must return to Shrewsbury on the bus provided by the school. Alternatively they can be picked up by a member of their household (if the school has put this option is in place for that fixture)
- If a student is leaving a sports fixture or tournament with a member of their household it is the responsibility of the student to identify their caregiver to the appropriate member of staff. Shrewsbury ID must be shown by their caregiver
- Students cannot leave a sports fixture or tournament with another student’s parents, driver, nanny or member of household
- Sixth Form students are allowed to make their own way home from a local sports fixture or tournament if they have submitted the Sixth Form Sports and Activities Permission Slip to the appropriate member of staff (if the school has put this option in place for that fixture)
Shrewsbury offers all students the opportunity to have individual instrumental or voice lessons at school.
The majority of lessons take place during the school day with students coming out of curriculum time on rotation to attend their lessons; instrumental lessons for senior students from Year 10 upwards are timetabled outside of curriculum time. Lessons are usually 30 minutes in length and are taught by full time and visiting teachers who are all practising professional musicians.
A selection of instruments is also available to rent on a termly basis.
If you are interested in taking up instrumental music lessons at school, please contact the music department (ext 1231).
For more information visit the music webpage.
As an international school with a diverse and inclusive vision, Shrewsbury International School aims to support our students and their families. We are always on hand to help new arrivals and are experienced in helping new families settle in. We understand that families are often in the region for a limited time or join the School at unusual times. We offer dedicated support to parents and students, enabling people of all cultures to fully integrate and enjoy everything our community has to offer.
In the Junior School, the children are helped to settle in by their Class Teacher and a new student will be paired up with a “buddy” from their class who will show them round and look after them during those crucial first few days and weeks. At Shrewsbury International School, we also have a team of Learning Mentors who are always on hand to offer reassurance and a friendly smile.
In the Senior School, each student is placed in a Form Group. The Form Tutor with whom a student is placed in Year 7 will often remain the same as the student moves up through the school to Year 11. The bond that develops between the Form Tutor and student (and parents too) is critical and very special. The Form Tutor is supported by the Year Team Leader and together they provide the highest standards of pastoral care.
We have wide ranging experience of helping families from different cultures to integrate within the School community and make their own important contribution. Parents are given assistance from the moment they decide to send their children to Shrewsbury. We offer advice, support and can put families in touch with other Shrewsbury parents who speak your own language if that helps. Once you arrive, you’ll become part of our friendly and welcoming community.
Young people growing up in our fast-paced world face many challenges. We understand this and place the well-being of our students at the centre of everything we do.
Shrewsbury International School is a warm, friendly and caring school that welcomes children from all cultures, backgrounds and experiences. It is important to us that we maintain an ethos where each child can be happy, secure, valued and fulfilled and their individuality is recognised and respected. Our teachers pride themselves on the care they give to every student and the partnerships they form with parents.
The social and emotional well being of every child is a priority. In our Learning for Life programmes we cover issues such as personal wellbeing, health and relationships and comparative religions. We have a strong ‘student voice’ in the school with children of all ages getting the opportunity to join the Student Council. Later, children can apply for various leadership roles such as becoming a House Captain or Prefect.
As children move up through the school, there is a strong focus on getting them ready for the next part of their learning journey – moving up from Pre-Prep to Prep, from Prep to Senior School and then finally into the Sixth Form (Years 12 & 13).
In the Junior School, the Class Teacher has full responsibility for the well being of every child in his/her care. Teachers are available every morning and at the end of the school day to speak to parents informally and parents can request a private appointment with their child’s teacher at any time.
In the Senior School students are placed with a Form Tutor who may remain with them throughout their time at Shrewsbury. The Form Tutor acts as a mentor, encouraging students and providing a range of strategies designed to assist students with personal organization and study skills.
Regular parent/teacher meetings are planned throughout the year. The schedule meetings will be given at the first “Meet the teacher/tutor” meeting at the start of the academic year. Senior School parents will be given the contact details of tutors and year team leaders at this meeting.
Do you have a question or need more information?
Contact your child’s Class Teacher or Form Tutor.
There are four Learning Mentors working at Shrewsbury International School. Their role is varied but the overall aim is to support children in overcoming barriers to learning and help them to reach their full potential.
One of their most important roles is to help children when they first arrive at school to make sure that they settle well.
They also support, motivate and challenge pupils who are underachieving and help them to overcome barriers to learning caused by social, emotional and behavioural problems. This involves working in 1:1 and small group settings as well as in the classroom.
Our Learning Mentors work with young people to:
- Help them manage difficulties in their lives
- Raise their self esteem
- Motivate them to be successful and achieve
- Encourage them to be more self sufficient
- Listen to their views
- Produce a plan of work towards agreed goals
- Support them to organise their time and work in school and at home
In addition, our Learning Mentors help the children get ready to move at key points in their school life – including the transition from Junior to Senior School – as well as help children to get ready for the move to a new school in another country.
Do you have a question or need more information?
Carol Simcox – email@example.com
Miss Beem - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Cahill – email@example.com,
Karen Wilkins - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Listening Team is a group of volunteer Shrewsbury teachers and support staff with UK training who help students of all ages cope with the concerns and anxieties associated with growing up.
Students with things on their minds can make an appointment to meet any member of the Listening Team for an informal chat. The team member will listen, advise, support and where appropriate, liaise with other key professionals.
The Listening Team is comprised of staff from all areas of the school and includes Thai speakers to allow our Thai students to talk in their first language if they prefer.
Do you have a question or need more information?
Shrewsbury International School is fully committed to fulfilling its responsibilities for protecting students. In order to meet these commitments, the school:
- Will create an atmosphere within the school which helps students to feel safe and able to talk freely, believing that they will be listened to and valued
- Will ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried
- Will raise the awareness of all staff about their responsibility for identifying and responding to possible concerns of abuse
- Will provide support and guidance to all members of the school community
- Will dedicate time in the curriculum to help students understand how to stay safe from abuse and to give them the confidence to seek help
Shrewsbury International School uses UK law as the benchmark for its Child Protection procedures. The Children Act (UK, 2004) outlines the law relating to students in the UK and this Act provides excellent guidance for international schools. Following this guidance, the School aims to strike a balance between:
- the rights of students to express their views on decisions made about their lives;
- the rights of parents to exercise their responsibilities towards the child;
- the duty of the interested agencies to intervene where the child’s welfare requires it.
- Medical Centre
- Emergency Care & Contact
- When to stay home?
- Sun Protection
- Food & Catering
Shrewsbury International School has an on-site Medical Centre which is open at all times during school hours. The Medical Centre is staffed by two fully-qualified English-speaking nurses who respond to minor injuries and can help secure emergency hospital treatment when necessary.
Major medical emergencies receive an immediate response. Nursing cover is provided throughout the school day, during overnight school trips and at events hosted at the school at weekends. In the event of a medical emergency, parents will be contacted first. At enrolment and throughout the year, parents must also identify an additional emergency contact person for each child. It is the parent's responsibility to ensure that the school is informed of any changes to the contact information as soon as possible.
If your child has not been well we ask parents to not bring them into school until they are fully recovered and are no longer at risk of spreading their illness to other children.
- Please do not bring your child to school for at least 48 hours after they have have exhibited any of the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis
- If your child has a confirmed case of Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease, they are not to return to school until at least 7 days since the date of confirmed medical diagnosis, or later, if advised by medical professionals. (Hand, foot & mouth is common and easily spread at this age, please look out for sores or blisters in the mouth, on the palms of hands or on the soles of feet).
Some children have serious allergies to dairy, wheat or nuts. For the safety of these children we do not allow any food to be brought into school from home. On birthdays, please liaise with the class teacher if you would like to bring in a cake for your child. Please do not hand over food or eat snacks in the garden areas of the school.
We expect all children to participate in all events if they are at school. On swimming days all children should come to school prepared to swim. This is a wonderful learning opportunity for your child and part of our curriculum. If your child is ill and not well enough to be in the pool, then pleased do not send them to school on that day. If your child is well enough to be in school but has an injury or is undergoing treatment for an illness which specifically precludes them from being able to swim, a doctor's note will need to be provided to explain this.
The "Sunsmart" policy was developed in response to concerns raised by parents, staff and accreditation team visitors to ensure that children can safely enjoy outside activities at Shrewsbury International School.
School leaders always take great care in planning and timetabling outside activities with the sun and the protection of our students in mind. The sun’s rays are particularly strong in Thailand and they can damage children’s skin. Your child’s health and well-being are very important to us. All children in the Junior School are required to wear a hat when they play outside. Please send your child to school each day with a wide-brimmed or Legionnaire-style hat, or cap. These are avalible in the School Shop. All children should bring their own sun-screen to school and apply it themselves before PE and swimming sessions.
Please encourage your child to learn good hygiene habits and to drink plenty of water during the day.
We provide your child with all their meal requirements during the day.
For the safety of children who have serious allergies (e.g. to dairy, wheat or nuts) we do not allow any food to be brought into school from home. Our school is a nut free environment.
Your class teacher will manage any special dietary requirements based on the information disclosed on the medical form.
Even if your child is a fussy eater, usually in a school environment this is not as big a problem as it is at home and all staff are well trained in ensuring children get a balanced healthy meal.
The current 10 day lunch and snack menu is always available to view on the Parent Portal.
The lunch menu has been formulated to ensure:
- Each child is provided with a balanced nutritious meal. This means each lunch always comprises vegetables, carbohydrate and protein components
- Food is chosen bearing in mind the sort that children like to eat
- Children with individual dietary requirements (e.g. Halal, vegetarian, Jain) are catered for
The food is child-friendly i.e. bite-sized, colourful and tasty, whilst avoiding artificial preservatives, colouring, flavour enhancers and a high saturated fat content.
All lunches are cooked on-site and fresh on the day. Class teachers and assistants place emphasis upon encouraging each of their children to eat well and to enjoy mealtimes with one another.
There are four lunch choices every day. Fruit is served as a dessert everyday and on Fridays there is ice cream.
On birthdays, please liaise with the class teacher if you would like to bring in a cake or pizza for your child. Please do not hand over food or eat snacks in the garden areas of the school.
The School’s Food Committee consists of parents, academic and non-academic staff, and the caterer. The committee’s aims include reviewing the School’s provision for quality and appropriateness and recommending improvements. The committee welcomes suggestions and comments which parents and students can email to email@example.com.
The School has implemented a school-wide healthy eating policy in liaison with the Food Committee. The menu is posted weekly onto the Parent Portal.
- Site Opening Times
- Travel by Car
- School Bus
- Shuttle Boat Service
- When are parents allowed on site?
- ID Badges
- Fire Alarm
Vehicles may enter the school grounds from access points on Charoenkrung Road. There are also three access gates into the inner perimeter of the school site and the schoold buildings. The vehicle access points and pedestrian gates are open at certain times of day as indicated on the site plan and as follows:
|Gate||Opening Times||Vehicle Access|
(Pedestrian access from Chatrium Field - Flag pole)
Not before 6:50am
2:15pm - 6:00pm
|Access for drop off only before 8:00am – strictly no parking or waiting in this area. Closed to traffic from 8:00am for rest of day.|
(Pedestrian access from Canterbury Field)
Not before 6:50am
12:15pm – 12:45pm
2:15pm – 6:00pm
|Parking facilities in underground car park. Pick up and drop off zone.|
(Pedestrian access from Chatrium Pier)
Not before 6:50am
12:15pm – 12:45pm
2:15pm – 6:00pm
Those travelling to school by car should note that vehicle access points are only in operation at certain times of day. Due to the frequently heavy traffic on Charoenkrung Road, we strongly advise anyone travelling to school by car to arrive before 7.20am – allowing extra time on days when it is raining.
Parking is available in the school' underground car park, but is at owner’s risk. Please follow the instructions of security staff directing traffic to ensure the flow of traffic is maintained.
For parents/drivers who are picking up/dropping off older students, we strongly advise using one of the “drop-off and go” zones instead of parking. This is a quicker alternative to parking.
Students are not allowed to drive their own cars to school.
Due to frequently high levels of traffic on the surrounding roads, and on the site itself before and after school, we strongly advise families to consider alternative means of transport for travelling to school. As a school we are also committed to encouraging the use of more sustainable transport modes where possible, including school bus or Chatrium hotel boat services.
The service is run by Montri, a specialist school transport provider. Each minibus has a chaperone and routes run door-to-door. Rates are according to distance from the school. For all enquiries about the service, and to give us advance notice of any planned cancellations please contact the school Bus Service Office.
If your child is registered to use a service but wakes up sick and will not be using the bus service that morning, please contact Montri Customer service directly 086-341-8819 (in addition to contacting the school).
A free boat service operated by the adjacent Chatrium Hotel travels every 15 minutes during peak times to and from Saphan Taksin pier from where it is a short walk to the Saphan Taksin BTS station. Please click the link below for the latest timetable information.
Students are not allowed to drive cars or motorbikes to The School. If parents choose to bring their child to The School by personal motorbike, the child must wear a properly fitted helmet and appropriate protective clothing. The School strongly discourages students and their parents from riding motorbikes to and from school: a very high proportion of all road fatalities in Thailand involve motorbikes. Students are not allowed to take motorbike taxis.
For the duration of the normal School Day only students and authorized staff should be on the school site.
Parents and nannies are requested to leave site promptly once they have dropped children off at school, and remain off-site until their children have finished their lessons for the day.
During the normal teaching day, parents should only be on site for organised events, shows or pre-arranged appointments with the teaching staff, and should leave site promptly after the completion of these activities. This will enable us to establish an environment which is safe and appropriate for all students and staff and is in line with our school’s Child Protection responsibilities.
Parents/carers are allowed to visit the school library as follows:
- Between 7.30am and 7.50am (or 8.00am for EY only)
- 12.50pm to 1.20pm (EY1 only)
- 2.20pm to 4.00pm
Shrewsbury International School takes the matter of security seriously and we request your full co-operation with our security procedures which are for the benefit of the whole of our community. Please make sure all your family and staff understand the School’s security procedures below.
Shrewsbury ID pass
Every adult entering the school buildings must display their personal Shrewsbury ID Pass.
Visitors must sign the registration book and exchange evidence of identification for a Shrewsbury Visitor pass. The business of the visitor will be verified by security with the relevant department at the school. Shrewsbury Visitor passes must be returned at the same gate of entry.
If you forget your Shrewsbury ID Pass, you must sign in as a visitor. The security staff will verify your ID against the School’s database of authorized ID pass holders.
Please note Early Years and Junior School students cannot enter or leave the school gate unless they are accompanied by an adult.
Parents must inform the School immediately when a person under their responsibility (such as a nanny or driver) is no longer entitled to access the School. Their pass must be returned immediately to the School Reception for cancellation.
Obtaining your ID passes
The school provides each family with up to 4 ID cards free of charge. For additional cards, or replacement of lost cards, a fee of 500 Baht per card will be applied. Broken cards / lanyards can be replaced free of charge, however, the broken card needs to be presented in order for the replacement card to be issued free of charge.
To obtain your passes, please complete the yellow application form and bring to the School Reception before the start of term. Each person requiring an ID pass must visit in person and will need to show some formal identification (e.g. national ID card, passport). Each person’s photograph will be taken and the passes will be issued on the spot.
Parents and families play an important role in making sure the School’s security procedures are adhered to and we welcome any comments or observations you may have.
Make sure you look after your belongings. Do not leave them unattended anywhere in the School. Unattended items will be removed by security staff.
- HOME TO SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS
- SCHOOL TO HOME COMMUNICATIONS
- Building a Positive Learning Environment
- Shrewsbury Parents (SP)
- Online Learning
- Parental Attendance
Good communication between home and school is vital to helping children settle into their new learning environment and for parents to feel engaged and part of the Shrewsbury community.
Communication with Class Teachers / Tutors
All children in the Junior School have a Communication Book where all Home Learning assignments are recorded and messages between home and school can be written. Parents may use the communication books to request one-to-one meetings with their child’s class teacher. It is often possible for parents to talk to Class Teachers before and after school as children are being dropped off/collected, although pre-arranged appointments are preferred, especially if a parent wants to discuss a specific issue in depth.
Throughout the year, teachers will invite Junior School parents to a range of events about teaching and learning within the school. These include Parents in Partnership (PiP) briefings and workshops, which provide of interest to all parents, and Parent-Teacher Consultations, where parents can discuss the progress of their own child with their teacher(s).
Regular progress and attainments reports will be shared with parents via Parent Portal at various points throughout the year.
In the Senior School, students have a Student Planner which they use to plan their work, manage their time and set targets. Parents are strongly encouraged and invited to look at their child’s Student Planner every week so they can check on their progress. Parents may sign the relevant page to confirm that they have reviewed it. Parents may also use the student planner to write messages to their child’s tutor.
There are regular parent/teacher meetings throughout the year, where parents can discuss their child’s progress in their various academic subjects with their specialist subject teachers.
A schedule of parent/teacher meetings will be given to parents in the first “Meet the Teacher” meeting at the start of the academic year. At that meeting (or for those joining later in the year, as and when your child has started school) Senior School parents will be given the contact details for their child’s Tutor, Co-Tutor and Year Team Leader.
Parents may request an appointment with their child’s Form Tutor, Co-tutor, Year Team Leader at any time. Requests to see specialist subject teachers may also be made by contacting the PA to the Vice Principal (Head of Senior).
Regular progress and attainment reports will be shared with parents via Parent Portal at various points throughout the year.
If a parent would like to discuss a personal family issue confidentially, they may arrange to make an appointment with the relevant Vice Principal (Junior or Senior) with their PA.
Feedback and Opinions
If a parent would like to share their personal opinions about the school, or to discuss a particular issue regarding the management or operation of the school and its practices, they may either write a letter or email to the Principal (firstname.lastname@example.org), or make an appointment to meet with the relevant Vice Principal (Junior or Senior) via their PA, stating the topic to be discussed.
Types of Communication
In person: Meetings and Presentations
Written: communication books (junior) or student planners (senior). Occasional hard copy correspondence (e.g. invitations to Speech Day, Invoices)
• Personal (for action): SMS, Email, Posts to parent accounts – letters and reports on Parent Portal (plus ILD for Early Years only).
• General (for information): Event e-blasts, parent portal message board, year group blogs, social media, website, screens, (shbsport/pro-activities)
• Referred: Parent reps (junior) – often via Line Groups e.g. to share new initiatives being raised by the school/yeargroup.
Sometimes we will use multiple channels, but not always
Parent Portal (Personalised Communications)
The Shrewsbury International School Parent Portal is a secure, password-protected site that connects directly to the school’s central database and provides personalised access to key information including your child’s timetable, exam results and school reports.
The majority of formal communications and letters will be distributed via Parent Portal; either in the form of an email (with or without attached documents), or by document upload to a family’s Parent Portal account. In some cases (but not all) information is sent by email and uploaded to a Parent Portal account for future reference. These communications often require action from parents, such as giving consent for a child to attend an activity or trip.
Where the school needs to get a message to parents quickly we may also send an SMS.
If parents change their contact details at any time they should update their contact information within their Parent Portal account accordingly to ensure that no communications are missed.
Login details and further information regarding the portal will be provided at the beginning of the school year. Parents will be invited to a training session during the first term at school.
Contact the Parent Portal help desk at email@example.com
General Communications and Events
General information about the school’s activities and community events are publicized via parent portal news updates, email, the newsletter, website, social media channels, electronic screens and posters.
Each year group in the Junior School manages a blog, where you can find out what children have been learning in class. Many subject departments also have blogs.
Blogs can be accessed from: http://blogs.shrewsbury.ac.th
In addition, there are a number of social media channels that are used to share news about our community. These include:
Twitter: @SHBriverside, @SHBPARENTS, @SHBsport, @SISBAA
At Shrewsbury, the safety, welfare and interests of our community, children and adults, are our first priority.
We expect all members of our community to behave in accordance with the regulations and educational ethos of the school, and to respect each other at all times.
We seek to build strong partnerships with our parents to ensure that these priorities are upheld at all times, and to contribute towards these goals as follows:
Safety and Security: all adults should comply with the school’s security requirements. They should wearing official ID badges at all times whilst on site, should only use washrooms that are designated for adult use and should only be on site during lesson time for pre-arranged appointments or organized events. Details are available in the Parent Handbook.
Photography and film: please consider the privacy of other people (especially of other people’s children) and whether they have given their permission for their picture to be taken or shared.
Punctuality: please help to ensure that your children always arrive promptly for school, and that Parents arrive promptly for appointments and to collect children.
Engage with your child’s learning and the community: parents are invited to many events throughout the year – we hope that you will come along and show an interest in your own child’s learning and be part of our community.
Support children in a respectful way: supporting your children at competitive events should always be encouraging, respecting the feelings and efforts of all participants (recognising that effort is more important than results).
Support children’s interests and encourage group participation: our aim is to give children opportunities to explore their own interests, to achieve a healthy balance between their academic activities and other pursuits, and encourage them to make positive contributions to the community. We hope that children will find enjoyment from being part of groups, teams, orchestras and ensembles where they can share their talents and inspire those around them.
Our active Shrewsbury Parents’ Association (SP) allows parents to come together, socialise, and organise events that benefit children across the year groups. Their experience can be very valuable for new families settling into Shrewsbury and Bangkok, and they are very keen to help. Parents in the school also have the opportunity to become a Class Representative, allowing them to become more involved in their child’s education. SP can help you to find out more about the work of class reps.
Links to minutes of SP meetings are issued via email (from Parent Portal).
Want to get involved, have a question or need more information? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interactive Learning Diary (Early Years)
This is an online tool that is designed to capture and share with Early Years parents some of their children's 'wow' moments at school and enable parents to share them with children at home. Account login details and instructions on using ILD are provided via a Parents in Partnership information session during Term 1.
If you have any questions or queries with regards to this, please contact: email@example.com
Firefly is the school’s online learning portal. It allows students in Year 3 and above to easily access important school information and educational resources.
Students are able view homework assignments, course materials, image galleries, educational videos and other study documents from any internet connected device.
Each student in Year 3 upwards is given their own Firefly login details, allowing them to access information that is important to them. Students are expected to share these login details with parents so that they can also keep up-to-date with their child’s learning. In the Senior School, Firefly is the principal method for setting homework assignments.
In times of unscheduled school closure, Firefly will allow students to continue their learning remotely. For Pre-Prep, resources and learning activities will be posted on Year group blogs instead.
If you have any questions or queries with regards to this, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
All Junior School year groups and a number of academic departments run their own blogs, which can all be found at http://blogs.shrewsbury.ac.th
In the Junior school, blogs are used to keep parents informed about the learning that has gone on in class, and to notify parents of upcoming events and activities for their year group. Junior blogs are usually updated on a weekly basis, and parents can subscribe to receive email notifications, as and when updates are posted.
If you have any questions or queries with regards to this, please contact: email@example.com
There are a variety of opportunities for parents to engage in their children's learning and in the life of the school, some of which are optional, but some of which are extremely important for at least one of the child's parents to be physically present as follows;
Attendance essential: Individual appointments with parents requested by the school e.g. behaviour, attendance issues, serious academic / pastoral concerns. (On a very limited number of trips parental supervision may be required).
Attendance expected: Parent teacher meetings (scheduled for year group) or Year group meetings e.g. Parents in Partnership, Transition Meetings, Information sessions ahead of trips.
Attendance optional / beneficial: e.g. Tea and Topics, Higher Education information sessions, community events, supporting sporting events and performances , class assemblies (Junior school).
|Medical Record||Please fill in the blue form and return to the Director of Admissions. It is important that the information is complete in the event of an emergency.|
|Security ID Pass||Please fill in the yellow form and make sure you obtain your passes before the start of term and are aware of the School’s security procedures.|
|School Fees||Please settle all fees by the due dates. Remember that late payment attracts an interest charge. Payment can be made by transfer (please fax the paying-in slip to the School on 02-675-3605) or in person at the Accounts Department at the School. If you are planning to visit the Accounts Department during school holidays, please ring up in advance to check the office opening times on that day.|
|Uniform||Uniforms can be purchased at the School Shop which is open Monday to Friday from 7:15am to 4:00pm, or 8:30am to 3:30pm during school breaks.|
|School Bus||Single and return transport door-to-door by minibuses are operated by Montri on behalf of the School. If you wish to consider using the service, please contact Khun Yam at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|After School Activities||All new students (in Y1 and above) will need to make their activites choices using the online activities registration system. Your account access details will be issued in due course.|