- Mission & Values
- The National Curriculum for England
- TERM DATES
- KEY STAFF
- CONTACT DIRECTORY
- Special Days
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 placed 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. City Campus provides education up to Key Stage 2, laying the foundations for successful Senior School education (Key Stages 3-5) at Riverside. Throughout each Key Stage there are clear assessments to monitor and track each child’s academic progress.
In the Senior School at Riverside, 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.
Ms Amanda Dennison
Vice Principal: Mrs. Fiona Betts
Cath (Early Years Phase leader)
Carla (Key Stage 1&2 Phase leader)
SENIOR NON-TEACHING STAFF
School Manager: Sirirat (Pom) Thiranuchit
Director of Business Services: Jonathan Holterhoff
Director of Admissions: Nattika (Natty) Suntaranuyutkij
Director of Marketing: Piyanant (Elle) Sirichareonwong
A list of our Governors is provided on the following page:
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 (at Riverside)|
|November||Loy Krathong, Remembrance Day|
|December||World Aids Day, King's Birthday, Christmas Carols|
|January||City Campus Fun Run|
|February||Chinese New Year, Sports Days, Charity Week|
|March||Fully Booked Week|
|April||International Day, Songkran, Earth Day|
|May||Speech Day and Prize Giving|
- UNIFORM AND KIT
- WHAT ELSE TO BRING?
- SCHOOL SHOP
- 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: EY1 to YEAR 2
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).
On days when they have PE lessons, children in years 1 or 2 should wear their PE kit to school instead.
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.
House Shirts are worn for various house events, trips, sports days and celebration assemblies.
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.
All children 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.
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.
In addition to their school bag and PE/swimming kit on relevant days, students should remember to bring;
Water bottle: All children 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: All basic stationery such as pens, pencils, paper and notebooks are provided by the school. Teachers will provide information about any other supplies which may be needed for their individual classes.
Computing devices: All students in Years 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). 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.
Mobile Phones: Students may NOT bring mobile phones to school.
Lockers and Valuables: Children are provided a storage space in their classroom to store their personal belongings. Children should avoid bringing valuables to School. If they must bring items of value they should be given to their class teacher for safekeeping. Valuables must not be kept in school bags during school time.
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 HERE
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.
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.
A typical day in each Key Stage is provided on their respective web-pages as follows:
Home learning refers to work or activities which children 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.
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 suitable place in which students can undertake their home learning together with an adult
- Make it clear to students that they value home learning, and support the school in explaining how it can help their learning
- Encourage and praise students during their home learning assignments
- 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.
For further guidance, please speak to your child's class teacher, or visit the relevant Key Stage Curriculum pages:
Start of the School Day
The school day begins between 7.30 and 8.00am for Early Years, and at 7:30 for Years 1 to 6. A register will be taken by the class teacher at that time. All children 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).
Parents should inform the school via a note in the child’s communication book.
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 and the reason for missing school time.
In 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 Principal's PA for authorization by SMT. The adult collecting the child will then be able to collect the authorized form from the Principal's PA shortly before the scheduled departure.
Authorised Exit Forms must be presented upon departure from the school site.
Prior warning via the communication book is greatly appreciated, and will help to speed up the authorization process.
End of the School Day
All children have to leave the school campus as soon as possible at the conclusion of their lessons or after school activity.
Children 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 Principal.
Please note 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 Principal), and if possible, introduce the new person to the class teacher in person.
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.
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 12.30pm. After the end of lessons each day (2.30 pm for EY2 to Y6), EY2-Y6 students have the following options:
- Go home: if not scheduled to participate in any “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 (this should ideally be agreed in advance
Use the school’s library/study facilities as follows:
- Students (supervised by their parent or nanny) may use the school library until 3.30pm
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 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 should not be on the school site after 4.00pm unless they are involved in an activity that is supervised by Shrewsbury staff.
After-school supervision is provided until 3.30pm (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 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 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.
Any children who have not been picked up by 3.30pm 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 3.45pm 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 from the Principal’s PA 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; the receptionist will forward your message to the Class Teacher. You may also call or email the PA to the Principal.
If, however, it is a condition that necessitates a prolonged absence from school, suitable work will be set to ensure that the child is not disadvantaged by his/her long term absence. Communication with the school is essential.
Children 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. 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 time 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:
- Showing disrespect to anyone;
- Using offensive and/or threatening words in any language;
- Behaving in an antisocial or inappropriate manner or behaving in a way which is likely to cause offence or embarrassment to others;
- Carrying or possessing books / magazines / photographs / computer software / videos / DVDs or accessing websites that are inappropriate/obscene in nature;
- Stealing, bullying, sexual harassment or disrespectful/vandalizing school or other people’s property;
- 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
- MISSING A SCHEDULED ACTIVITY
- CANCELLED OR INTERUPTED ACTIVITIES
- 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.
In addition, we offer an array of paid-for “Additional” activities run by outside providers.
During each activity block, each student from year 3 up will be required to opt for at least one weekly “You-Time!” activity.
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:
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 children.
In case of an emergency or unforeseen need to miss an after school activity, parents should either inform school reception 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.
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 Principal via a Leave of Absence Form (whole day), or Exit Form (early departure).
LEAVE OF ABSENCE FORM
EARLY EXIT 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, 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).
Outdoor activities :
When the Heat Index exceeds 410 Celsius, any outdoor “You-Time!” activities 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)
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.
- Outdoor activities will be moved inside. 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 at the normal activity end time. Any child who has not been collected by 3:30pm, will be taken to reception where they will be held for late pick up (until 3.45pm, when they will be taken to the Vice Principal’s office)
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.
If you are interested in taking up instrumental music lessons at school, please contact the music department
As an international school with a diverse and inclusive vision, we aim to provide the very best support for all of 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.
Children arriving throughout the year are helped to settle in by their Class Teacher and a new children 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 Learning Mentor who is always on hand to offer reassurance and a friendly smile.
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 Riverside and then finally into the Sixth Form (Years 12 & 13).
In the Primary 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.
Regular parent/teacher meetings are planned throughout the year. The schedule meetings will be given at the first “Meet the teacher” meeting at the start of the academic year.
Do you have a question or need more information?
Contact your child’s Class Teacher.
The Learning Mentor’s 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 Mentor 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 Mentor is there to 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.
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- 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 a fully-qualified English-speaking nurse who respond to minor injuries and can help secure emergency hospital treatment when necessary.
Our school nurse is available every day in the school’s Medical Centre and can be consulted if you are unsure about your child’s health. All medication should be given straight to the school nurse, who will administer any medication necessary during the day; children should not keep medication with them. Please let inform the Medical Centre if your child has been prescribed any medication to take on a regular basis, or may need to take in case of an emergency. Please provide these details on the Medical Update form.
medical update form
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. However, at enrolment and throughout the year, parents must identify an additional emergency contact person for each child, and provide their contact information.
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 Shrewsbury 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 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.
- Site Opening Times
- Arriving by Car
- School Bus
- ID Badges
- When are parents allowed on site?
- Fire Alarm
The site is open from 6:45am to 4:00pm. Lessons start at 7:30am. Unless they have an appointment at school, parents and carers should not be on site during the normal school day (once lessons have started), and should collect their children as soon as possible after the end of their lessons;
(EY1 12:30pm ; EY2 2:00-2:30pm; Y1 upwards 2:30pm, unless involved in a “You-Time!”, which finishes at 3:30pm).
The school day begins at 7:30am. We recommend that those arriving by car allow plenty of time for their journey to allow for poor traffic or weather conditions. Parking is available in the grounds of the School, but is at owner’s risk. Please follow the instructions of security staff directing traffic to ensure the flow of traffic is maintained.
Note that all children must be accompanied into the school by a parent or carer. A drop off zone is provided near to the school gate for families who have a driver, who can wait in the car park whilst the parent/carer accompanies the child into the school site by foot.
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 school reception, who will forward your call to the appropriate member of staff.
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).
MONTRI BUS BOOKLET
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. If parents do choose to bring their child to The School by personal motorbike, the child must wear a properly fitted helmet and appropriate protective clothing.
Students are not allowed to take motorbike taxis.
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 (those without an ID pass) 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 that children 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.
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.
PARENT ACCESS TO THE LIBRARY
Parents/carers are allowed to visit the school library as follows:
- Between 7.30am and 7.45am (or 8.00am for EY only)
- 12.45pm to 1.20pm (EY1 only)
- 2.30pm to 3.30pm
- HOME TO SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS
- SCHOOL TO HOME COMMUNICATIONS
- Building a Positive Learning Environment
- 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
All children in the Primary 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 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.
If a parent would like to discuss a personal family issue confidentially, they may arrange to make an appointment with the Principal via 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, or make an appointment to meet with the Principal 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
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.
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.
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. Information sessions that are designed for general guidance, community events, supporting sporting events and performances , class assemblies.
|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 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 reception who will direct you accordingly|
|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.|