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					                    Saint John’s International
                    Secondary School
                  The Saint                                                                                                 Term 2 Issue 1
                                                                                                                            Friday 7th January 2011

                                             7th January — SJU Fun Fair                                       28th January — Alumni BBQ
     Dates for your diary:                   10th -18thJanuary— Mock Examinations                             2nd February— Sport’s Day
                                             20th January— Coffee Morning                                     3rd February— Chinese New Year

     Happy New Year and welcome back to the second term. The activities schedule for this term is included and we encourage
     all students to take part in this programme which starts from Monday. Afterschool clubs make up a large part of students’
     wider education and can be a very enjoyable aspect of school life that allows students to mix outside of their normal peer
     groups.
                                                                                                    Ian Gross, Head of Secondary

Dear Parents,                                                                       online on the Geogra-
                                                                                    phy blog. Remember
We are all back after what has seemed to                                            you need to write at
be quite a long holiday, but a restful one                                          least 200 words about
for the students I hope.                                                            a place that you think
                                                                                    is great or awe-
I would like to welcome some new stu-                                               some! Check the blog
dents to SJIS in both Secondary (Saharat)                                           (through the Geogra-
and EYFS (Lanlapat).                                                                phy section of the
                                                                                    school website) for
This term is going to be as busy as always                                          full details. Entries
with Secondary Mock and Real Exams,                                                 can be e-mailed or handed to Mr Morris.
Primary Teacher-Parent Meetings, The
TISAC football league games for both our                                            Teacher of the Term
Primary and Secondary pupils, TISAC Athletics, SJIS Sports Days, Invitation
swim meets both away at Garden International School, Banchang and at       At the end of last term we had our sec-
home, Chinese New Year celebrations, Songkran, Valentines events and       ond round of nominations, Each half
of course our own after-school programme. Phew, impressive.                term we ask students to nominate a
                                                                           member of staff that they feel has gone
I am also pleased to announce that as a result of our second CfBT visit in the extra mile. It could be inside les-
late November we are now working towards a May 2011 Re-accreditation sons, outside of lessons, activities, per-
visit. This means between now and May we still need to pay attention to sonal help etc. Alternatively the stu-
various aspects of our operations in readiness to receive a visit from a   dents have the option not to nominate.
team of CfBT inspectors and the Thai MOE Sor Mor Sor. More details
about this process will be shared with you in the immediate future.        The nominations were counted and the
                                                                           member of staff nominated. For this
I am also pleased to say that SJIS is continuing its involvement with com- year’s second nomination, we congratu-
munity and conservation/environment projects in 2011. Again further        late Mr. Sharpe who joins our hall of
details will be sent out in the immediate future.                          fame. Well done Mr. Sharpe.

Finally, please do not forget we have a good promotion with discounts on Congratulations
school fees for existing parents introducing new families to SJIS and new
families who join us during the remainder of this academic year.          Congratulations to Natalie Aldaya, our head of learning support. Natalie
                                                                          gave birth to Erin Natalia on 25th December 2010, Christmas Day. Both
I look forward to seeing you at some stage during this next term.                                                    mother and daughter are
                                                                                                                     doing well and we send our
Regards                                                                                                              best wishes to Natalie and
                                                                                                                     her family. Natalie will return
David Lowder                                                                                                         to school in the third term
Headteacher                                                                                                          and we look forward to wel-
                                                                                                                     coming her back.


Geography Competition
Mr. Morris

Don’t forget about the Geography competition, the deadline has been
extended until the end of next week (Friday 14th January) to make sure
any students who are late back to school this term have the chance to
enter. There are three prizes on offer and the chance to be featured
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                                                                     Saint John’s International School:
      An holistic British style school preparing students of all nationalities to become life-long learners and effective communicators in a global community.
                   Saint John’s International
                   Secondary School
                 The Saint                                                                                                 Term 2 Issue 1
                                                                                                                           Friday 7th January 2011

                                             7th January — SJU Fun Fair                                        28th January — Alumni BBQ
     Dates for your diary:                   10th -18thJanuary— Mock Examinations                              2nd February— Sport’s Day
                                             20th January— Coffee Morning                                      3rd February— Chinese New Year


Examinations                                                                            you need it - it may
                                                                                        help make them feel
Starting next week all                                                                  useful to you!
of the students in                                                                5.    Keep bullet points on
years 11-13 will be                                                                     crib cards highlighting
involved in either                                                                      main subject theories.
mock I/GCSE or real                                                                     Use these for quick
AS / A level examina-                                                                   revision and for read-
tions (some will be                                                                     ing during 'dead' times
doing both), also                                                                       – for example, when
some of our year 10                                                                     you’re waiting for a
students will also be                                                                   bus. Use mnemonics -
involved .                                                                              using initials of a word helps your memory.

This is a busy examination period and we ask all of our students to be            6.    Some people revise well by listening, so you could try ‘talking’ your
aware of this and show respect to any exams taking place by being                       revision and recording it onto your iPod or onto tapes. Listen to
                            quiet and sensible near the exam rooms                      these while lying in bed, while travelling in a car, or walking to the
                            and not distracting the students who are                    shops. This also takes the guilt out of being out and about rather
                            sitting their exams. Our library on the fifth               than in front of your books!
                            floor will also become a study centre for the         7.    Ensure you eat and sleep properly. Now is not the time to diet or
                            next week and a half so that all exam stu-                  stay up all night. Have an early night before each exam.
                            dents have somewhere quiet to revise and              8.    Prepare items needed for the exam the evening before. Make sure
                            prepare themselves.                                         you have the correct equipment needed for your exam
                                                                                        (calculators, rulers, etc). Your exam invigilator should remind you
                              This week in The Saint we have included                   of what you are and aren’t allowed before the exam starts. Taking
                              some examination tips to help our students,               unauthorised equipment in can get you disqualified from the
                              whether you are sitting exams now or at                   exam.
                              the end of the year these tips should help
                              all of you, and on behalf of all the staff we       9.    Look after yourself during the exam period (a good routine and
                              wish all our exam students the best of luck.              healthy eating!). Do some physical exercise in between your revi-
                                                                                        sion slots.
1.    Create a revision timetable with sensible work slots and breaks             10. On the morning of the exam, have a good breakfast, stay calm and
      and then show it to your parents to get their agreement. Keep to                  allow plenty of time to get to the exam. Check that you have all
      this timetable! Then when your parent finds you 'not working',                    equipment for the exam and the times of the exams.
      provided you are following your agreed timetable, no-one is going
      to hassle you. Parents only hassle and worry when they are not
      sure what you are doing, or if you do not seem to have a plan.
                                                              Organise
                                                              yourself
                                                              well and it
                                                              will help
                                                              you to fulfil
                                                              your poten-
                                                              tial.


                                                                                              (exam tips adapted from edexcel examination board)


2.    Know where your exams are and when they start, how long they
                                                                                           Contact Information
      are, what equipment you are allowed to take in (for example cal-              Saint John’s International School
      culators) and what you are not allowed to take in (mobiles, notes,                Ladprao, Bangkok 10900
      etc).                                                                                 Tel: +66 2513 8575
3.    Make sure you have one weekend day when you don't do revision                        Fax: +66 2513 5273
                                                                                       Email: igross@stjohn.ac.th
      or think about exams - you'll come back to it refreshed.                           dlowder@stjohn.ac.th
4.    Tell your family about your revision time - and ask them for help if               sjiadmin@stjohn.ac.th

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                                                                    Saint John’s International School:
     An holistic British style school preparing students of all nationalities to become life-long learners and effective communicators in a global community.
                  Saint John’s International
                  Secondary School
                The Saint                                                                                                   Term 2 Issue 1
                                                                                                                            Friday 7th January 2011

                                            7th January — SJU Fun Fair                                      28th January — Alumni BBQ
   Dates for your diary:                    10th -18thJanuary— Mock Examinations                            2nd February— Sport’s Day
                                            20th January— Coffee Morning                                    3rd February— Chinese New Year


                                                                   After School Activities

Below is this term’s list of after school clubs and activities. We strongly encourage all students to take part and also we ask parents to support us
with this. Activities are an important part of a student’s education and also allow social bonds to develop across year groups.

As part of our aim to improve our clubs and activities we are having a sign up session today to encourage more students to take part and explain
the activities on offer. This has been organised by our activities coordinator - Mr. Rudall.

               Monday                                  Time                Staff                                    Information
               Badminton                               2.40-3.40           Miss Tess & Mr. Merrifield               Sports Hall
               Art Club                                2.40-3.40           Ms Incemen                               S106
               Drama Club                              2.40-3.40           Mr. Sharpe & Mr. Walmsley                S107
               Running Club                            2.40-3.40           Mr. Morris                               Track
               Tuesday                                 Time                Staff                                    Information
               Science Club                            2.40-3.40           Mr. Holmes                               S204
               Basketball                              2.40-3.40           Mr. Rebo                                 Sports Hall
               Cookery Club                            2.40-3.40           Mr. Morris                               P505
               Mandarin                                2.40-3.40           Miss. Zhu Ye                             (Paid) P402
               Guitar Club                             2:40-3:40           Mr. Larsen & Mr. Stevenson               S405
               Wednesday                               Time                Staff                                    Information
               Swimming                                2.45-4.30           Mr. M Wood                               Pool
               Chess & Computer Club                   2.40-3.40           Mr. Evans                                S105
               Young Enterprise                        2.40-3.40           Ms. Shaw                                 S306
               Thursday                                Time                Staff                                    Information
               Can U Kick It                           2.40-3.40           Mr. Stuart                               (Paid) Field
               Golf Club                               2.45-3.45           Mr. Lee                                  (Paid) Activity Hall
               Art Club                                2.45-3.45           Art4Kids                                 (Paid) P502
               Friday                                  Time                Staff                                    Information
               Film Club                               2.40-3.40           Mr. Sams                                 S104
               Boys’ Football                          2.40-3.40           Mr. T Woods                              Field
               Girls’ Football                         2.40-3.40           Mr. Rudall                               Field
               knitting and crochet                    2:40-3:40           Khru Anchalee                            402
               Thai Language                           2.40-3.40           Thai Staff                               (Paid) S403
               Days Vary                               Time                Staff                                    Information
               Duke of Edinburgh                       TBA                 Mr. Rudall                               See SR




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                                                                   Saint John’s International School:
    An holistic British style school preparing students of all nationalities to become life-long learners and effective communicators in a global community.

				
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