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 1 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or think about exams - you'll come back to it refreshed. email@example.com 4. Tell your family about your revision time - and ask them for help if firstname.lastname@example.org 2 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 3 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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