Term 1 - 25 November
Matters of Principal
Whole School Reminders
A reminder that our Christmas Fair is taking place at Wisdom Valley between 3.30-9pm tomorrow. Please bring friends and family... the more the merrier, and proceeds from this event will go to our charity partner, Tamar Centre.
- Entry tickets: 100THB per adult, 50THB per student (under 3s go free)
- Shopping, food, drink, games, rides, Santa's Grotto and super raffle prizes await...
- Raffle tickets will be on sale at the event until the first prize draw at 4pm.
Please note: there will be no ATM at the venue, so all payments should be made by cash or QR code (or using purchased tokens for the games and rides)
A huge THANK YOU to the RSTPA members who have been working on this event, in particular Angelique, Alison, K'Pom, Sidney and Yessica.
A THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
We've been amazed by the generosity of our community for the Christmas Fair. This week another family donated as a lead sponsor; a heartfelt thank you to Papongkorn Pattarawiriyasagun (Auto, Year 8) and his family
We're delighted to announce that BMW is a sponsor of our Christmas Fair this year. For car lovers joining us on Saturday, you'll be able to test drive the BMW X1 sDrive20d xLine at the event.
Thank you to Mini Cooper for its generous sponsorship of the Christmas Fair. There will be a Mini Cooper Electric 3 doors at Wisdom Valley this Saturday for those who would like to take it for a spin!
Our Santa Grotto has been kindly sponsored by The Prospect Pattaya again this year. As expert homemakers, you can be sure The Prospect Pattaya team will make a beautiful Grotto for families to get some treasured photos of children meeting Santa at tomorrow's event.
Did you know you can view the School calendar through our website? We’ve also added links to an easily downloadable overview of the year. To explore, click the ‘Calendar’ button displayed on the top-left of the home page https://www.rugbyschool.ac.th.
Announcements & Reminders
Our U15 students performed brilliantly at our first FOBISIA Games. We have now returned to school (in PE kit); they are all very tired but very happy with the team's achievements.
Achievements at a glance:
- 7 medals in swimming,
- 10 medals for athletics,
- boys basketball: 3rd place,
- girls basketball, girls football and boys football: Champions!
The final medals table for RST:
- 8 GOLD
- 4 SILVER
- 9 BRONZE
Congratulations, we are super proud of you!
SIXTH FORM OPEN DAY
‘FUSION OF THE AGES’ ART AUCTION
You are invited to attend a live auction to bid for the art pieces that you admire the most. Not only does the auction display the talents of Senior art students, but the proceeds will support RST's microfinance fund for rural enterprises in the Isan region of Thailand. To drive sustainable growth for Thailand, we as the Rugby School community hope to play a role in promoting financial inclusivity and extending opportunities to entrepreneurs in the country's poorest regions.
The art auction will be held on Thursday, 8th December from 4-6pm finishing just in time for you to attend the evening's Winter Gala. There will be time to peruse the exhibition of art before the auction and refreshments will be provided. Please note that the event is free to enter but please do reserve seats by completing this form - ART AUCTION SEAT RESERVATION.
We look forward to welcoming you and hope to raise a large sum thanks to your generosity.
Dates for Your Diary
26th NOVEMBER: Sixth Form Open Day
- Academic Challenge
- Parents’ coffee morning: F Block and E Block – 8am in the Senior Dining Hall
30th NOVEMBER: Drama Performance
Pride and Prejudice (advance booking required)
- Drama Performance: Pride and Prejudice (advance booking required)
- Study Skills training - E Block
Nicki (LXX, Tudor) and her team of 6 all-girl Senior students launched the long-awaited English language teaching project at Baan Jing Jai on Tuesday afternoon. Our students engaged with mainly under 12 children on the Baan Jing Jai premises, teaching basic English phrases and assisting with the writing of ‘Dear Santa’ gift cards. The hour-long session took place in a hot meeting hall with limited teaching resources, but this did not dampen the enthusiasm of the Baan Jing Jai students, and our RST student teachers did not falter in their efforts.
Thanks to Nicky, there was a clear lesson plan and a variety of activities to keep the children busy and purposeful. The ‘Dear Santa’ cards are safely in the hands of our students in Tudor and Southfields, who have generously offered to turn wishes into reality.
We are expecting to make a big delivery of presents in the final week of Term 1. RST-MAD are hugely proud of Nicki and her team of student teachers. We hope to continue this worthy project in Term 2.
World Scholars' Cup
Last week, over 2000 students from across the world descended upon Yale University for the Tournament of Champions, the final of the World Scholars’ Cup. RST was represented by two teams; one in the Senior Division and one in the Junior Division. Our Senior Team finished 21st overall and there were a range of gold medals achieved by the students.
For context, although it differs per category, silver medals were roughly awarded to the top 20% and gold medals were awarded to the top 10%.
During the trip, we went on tours of Yale University, Harvard and MIT with current undergraduate students. At the end of the trip, we managed to squeeze in some time in New York and we visited the 9/11 memorial museum, the Met Museum and watched Hamilton on Broadway.
In Chemistry, F Block students were learning about how physical properties help with the separation of mixtures. To demonstrate how filtration and crystallisation could be used, students prepared a copper sulphate salt from dilute sulphuric acid (a transparent liquid) and copper oxide (a black powder) in a neutralisation reaction. Students enjoyed the reaction between these two compounds after the acid was heated, producing a wonderful blue solution of copper sulphate in water. But with excess copper oxide, it was a bit mucky!
Students filtered the solution to remove the extra copper oxide which is insoluble in water, leaving a crystal-clear blue solution. To crystallise the copper sulphate, water had to be removed in a two-step process: firstly, evaporating most of the water with direct heat from the bunsen, followed by slow evaporation lasting a week. But the result was worth it: beautiful crystals of copper sulphate.
F Block students consolidated their learning about photosynthesis in Biology this week, by assembling a Tarsia puzzle; it definitely challenges you, and is harder than it looks!
Throughout this term, F block students in Art have been working on a mini portraiture project. They have learned about the proportion of the face and made observations of noses to assist when they came to paint. Each student randomly chose two famous people from history, they then researched them and created a portrait using an unusual object, like the artist Alexandra Dillion. Only one of the works featured in these photos is by the artist herself? We challenge you to find it. We think our F block artists did just as well - if not better than the artist!
COBIS Art Competition
Thank you to everyone who entered the COBIS art competition. Our judges enjoyed looking through all the entries and they are now on display in the Senior art gallery space. The RST winners will be announced shortly in assembly. Two pieces from each age category have been selected to represent RST in the worldwide competition.
Announcements & Reminders
YAYA (Y6) HARP SUCCESS
A huge congratulations to YaYa for achieving the best score in the whole of Thailand for her Grade 3 Harp examination with ABRSM. We are very proud of her success!
FLUTE CONCERT RESCHEDULED
Please note that the lunchtime flute concert that was due to take place on Monday, 28 November, has been rescheduled for term 2.
LUNCHTIME AND CHRISTMAS CONCERTS
This week, saw the last of our series of 10 lunchtime concerts. We have been so impressed by the performances of the students. We are now very much looking forward to our Prep School Christmas Concert, which will be on Thursday, 1st December at 2.45. Could parents of performers please ensure that their children have their instruments in School on Wednesday and Thursday next week, please?
SUMMARY OF REPORTING
Please find a yearly summary of the reporting we offer in Prep, below. We also have an open-door policy in School, which means that our parents are welcome to talk about their child's progress at any time by booking an appointment with their Form Tutor, or the relevant subject teacher.
Through our Parent Portal, you can also view all of the Tries that your child receives as well as our Curriculum Overviews. Watch this video, which shows you where to find the information.
Dates for your Diary
- Advance Art Activity Trip to WeStory
- Y7&8 11:00-12:10 House Boys Basketball & Girls Football
Parents are welcome to attend. Students to wear House Tops.
29th NOVEMBER: House Boys Basketball & Girls Football
08:10 – 09:20 Y5&6
09:25 – 10:35 Y3&4
Parents are welcome to attend. Students to wear House Tops.
1st DECEMBER: Christmas Concert
A reminder that on this occasion and due to limited space, priority will be given to parents of students who are performing. This will be all of the Prep Ensembles and also the Year 5 choir which includes the whole year group. We will of course share the link to the live feed before the concert should you want to join in that way.
2nd – 3rd DECEMBER: FOBISIA Basketball
RST will be hosting the U11 FOBISIA basketball tournament. Those playing have already been informed. More information can be found through the QR code on the poster.
5th DECEMBER: School Closed – Thai Public Holiday
6th DECEMBER: House Football
Parents are welcome to attend. Students to wear House Tops.
8th DECEMBER: Reports published on the Parent Portal by 18:00
- Christmas Jumper Day
- School holiday begins at 15:30. School will resume Wednesday, 4th January 2023
Year 8 Art
Year 8 students have been working on their natural form project this term and have been inspired by seed pods, feathers and shells. They have finished their soft pastel observational drawings and were excited to work in clay this week. Here is a selection of their test pieces and experiments ready for decorating their pinch pot next week.
Announcements and Reminders
On Friday, 2nd December we invite Fathers (or if Father is not able to join, a relative) to join their child for breakfast in the classroom between 8:00 and 9:00am. We ask that the children and parents wear something yellow on this day; a yellow T -shirt or a yellow dress. If you have multiple children, please join together in one class.
PERFORMANCE AT THE CHRISTMAS FAIR
We invite Pre-Prep Ballet, Street Jazz and Hip-hop students to take part in a dance performance at the Christmas Fair, on 26th November 2022
Show Time: around 4.30 p.m.
- Ballet: your own Ballet dress
- Street Jazz and Hip-hop: white t-shirt, tights and sneakers.
KEY DATES FOR TERM 2
Please find below some key dates for Term 2:
Dates for Your Diary
28th NOVEMBER: Pre-Nursery Coffee morning 8:30 am Rugby Rascals room
29th NOVEMBER: Parent Workshop – Whole Me- PSHE programme - open to all
2nd DECEMBER: Father's Day Breakfast 8 – 9:00am
5th DECEMBER: School Closed
6th DECEMBER: Year 1 Christmas Show 9am
7th DECEMBER: Year 2 Christmas Show 9am
8th DECEMBER: Christmas Party Day and surprise Visitor
9th DECEMBER: Christmas Jumper (clothes) Day and Christmas lunch day. School finishes at 3:15pm
Following our maths mastery approach, which aims for students to develop a deep understanding rather than memorising and rote learning, the mathematicians in Reception Fox class have been learning to recognise different forms of numbers 1-5 and the way we can record these numbers when counting or using them for different calculation problems.
Completing the tasks outside while running, jumping, and bonding with our friends is so much fun. The children were asked to find all the other representations of the number on their vest and create a team. Once we mastered numbers recognition, using numerals, ten frames, subitising dots, dice patterns, and tallies, we took it a step further, combining different numbers to create a total of five.
As part of our topic this term: 'where does it come from?' the Toucan class has learned about the different life cycle stages of the chicken. What comes first, the chicken or the egg? This is an interesting question which children had fun working out and answering while completing this week's activity. We brought the chicken life cycle to life with various hands-on activities, including visiting our eco-garden to see real-life chickens and we collected their eggs in our baskets. What a busy, fun week it has been in Toucan's class.
Last week, Khun Natt came to talk to reception children about their topic ‘Where Does It Come From?’ She showed us around the eco-garden and helped us to make some traditional Thai food and drinks using the food that we grow in the eco garden in School. It was a lot of fun.
Monster Phonics Day
This week, we celebrated the importance of learning phonics to help us become excellent readers and writers. The children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 were invited to dress up as one of our ten Monster Phonics characters, to showcase the different sounds they learn during their phonics lessons. The Pre-Nursery & Nursery children also joined in, dressing up in lots of bright colours to recognise the importance of language and vocabulary development.
In Thai, Reception students are learning new Thai words about feelings:
Whilst Year 2 students are learning Monophthong (long) เอือ by playing games.
This week we have learned the signs for: sorry, calm (calm down), to think.
Thank you to Fox class for their help making the video.
Pre Prep swimming this term has been lots of fun. Children are continuously learning how to be safe around water as well as practising their swimming skills, even being 'Go for it Gorillas' with more challenging aquatic tasks and activities as each week goes by.
Enrichment & Sport
Everybody can be a yogi - our Senior students are enjoying some nice stretching and breathing meditation after a busy School day. In the Yin Yoga activity, students will learn and practise postures and slow flows that will help stretch, strengthen and relax the body. Let's inhale the relaxation and exhale the stress!
DANCE OUT LOUD
Before our dance class proper, we do a warm-up to prepare our minds, hearts, and muscles for stretching, to avoid any major injuries.
This week, Year 3 students lead the warm-up, which they did both gracefully and independently.
A fantastic effort was made by our boarders from School House in the House Academic Challenge on Tuesday. Next time, our boarders go head-to-head as they take on Rupert Brooke!
This week, some of our Rupert Brooke prefects worked together to create and present an anti-bullying assembly to the boarding house, following on from the recent anti-bullying week. They discussed some great ideas of how to recognise unkind behaviour, and importantly, where to go for help should anyone ever need it.
Get to know the people who make RST great by learning more about them and their roles.
This week's spotlight is on Fynn Papassortn Shinabhorn, Admissions Visa Officer:
FREE FOOTBALL CLINIC
Wisdom Academy is hosting a FREE football clinic at RST from 12th – 16th December, for boys and girls aged 7-15 years old.
There is a limited capacity of 30 people for each session, which will be as follows each day:
- 9-11am: Children aged 7-11
- 4-6pm: Children aged 12-15
For more information about this event and others, follow Wisdom Academy Thailand on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wisdomacademythailand
THE TRAIL MASTERS
Discover THE TRAIL MASTERS: the strongest and the fastest men and women of 10k, 30k, and 50k, with winners for each age and gender group in each trail. At the end of it all, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Wisdom Valley beyond finish line. There will be chill-out music from a famous DJ, a variety of delicious food and drinks from restaurants, and shops to pick up running and trail equipment for your next race. There will also be medical support on-site at the event.
Rugby School Thailand Family Rates Registration is NOW - 30 NOVEMBER 2022.
Click link below;
Race Date: Sunday 8 January 2023
SAVE THE DATE! And see you all soon