January 2018

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GIS HOSTS MUN

CONFERENCE

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From Mrs Hawtree: Principal

Dear GIS Community,

It’s hard to believe that we are already more than half way through the academic year. It’s just over 3 weeks

since we returned from the Christmas break, and yet we have seen a whole host of activities including the

hugely important mock examinations for our Year 11 and IB2 students, a wide range of trips and activities

across various age groups, the annual book fair, and our first ever GIS MUN (Model United Nations), which is

featured elsewhere in this issue.

For those of you unfamiliar with MUN, please do take the time to read about it. As I said to the students who

gathered here from 5 schools around Thailand, ever since I first came across MUN about 10 years ago, I’ve

always been hugely impressed with the commitment and passion of MUNers (as those who do MUN are

known), and I’ve come to see MUN as one of the most amazing extra-curricular activities that schools can offer.

MUN develops students’ communication skills, their confidence, their teamwork, their research skills, and

their knowledge of the world. It encourages them to forge friendships across schools and beyond, and inculcates

an ethos of tolerance, internationalism and intercultural understanding. It prepares them to be compassionate,

responsible, problem solving leaders of the future. It is an amazing organisation, and I was delighted

to see so many of them joining us for our first ever GIS MUN, which I hope will be the first of many, and will

become a regular feature on the MUN calendar.

It’s also the time of year when I am kept very busy with staff recruitment, although with only 4 teaching staff

leaving us this year, and two additional posts to recruit for, it’s less busy than most years. Just 4 staff leaving

represents extremely low staff turnover of around 6% which compares very favourably with typical 20-25% at

schools internationally. It’s a good indicator that we have a teaching staff who are happy in their work, and who

enjoy what they do – and this stability is certainly good for the students in our care. Over the next few weeks, a

number of candidates will visit the school for interviews, and I am heading to London to interview UK/Europe

based candidates next month. We have excellent fields for each vacant position, and I am confident that we

will be able to maintain the high quality of teaching staff that we currently enjoy. Further details about staff

leaving and about our new teachers will follow in a subsequent newsletter.

Finally, preparations are underway for the Friends of Garden AGM, which will take place on Thursday 26 April,

at 6.30pm – please put the date in your diary. At this meeting we will elect committee members to lead

Friends of Garden over the coming year, ensuring that this important support network for the school continues

to grow and flourish. Please consider nominating yourself or a fellow parent (with their consent!) for a position

on the committee – we need people with ideas, energy, organisation skills, but most of all a commitment to

working with the school leadership to provide the best possible all round experience for the students of GIS.

Kind regards

Dinah Hawtree

Principal

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Upcoming Events

Whole School

Feb 1-2: Book Fair, in the Primary atrium

Feb 9: Mufti Day

Feb 12-17: LAMDA examinations

Feb 14: House T-Shirt day

Feb 20: World Social Justice Day

Feb 20: Chinese New Year celebration, from 6pm

Feb 23: End of half term (school starts again on Monday March 5)

Primary

Feb 1: Nursery trip to Rayong Aquarium

Feb 2: Book Day

Feb 7: Primary Parent Forum: Learning through play, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Feb 14: Foundation Sports’ Day

Feb 15: Primary Sports’ Day

Feb 16: Year 1 Trip to Thai Thani Cultural Village

Feb 20: Foundation Lion Dance

Feb 22-23: Trip Year 4 to Royal Varuna Yacht Club

Secondary

Feb 1: Science Fair at St Andrew’s

Feb 1: UK Maths’ Challenge (intermediate)

Feb 5: IB2: History and Visual Art’ Internal Assessments due

Feb 5: Year 11 IGCSE World Literature portfolio due

Feb 6: Report Cards issued for Year 11 and IB2

Feb 7: Introduction to the Extended Essay, IB1 students

Feb 8: Parent Conference for Year 11 and IB2, from 6pm

Feb 12: IB2: TOK essay due

Feb 12: Year 11 IGCSE PE practical coursework due

Feb 16: Secondary Sports’ Day

Feb 19: IB2: Group 1 deadline for Written Tasks

Feb 19: Year 11 IGCSE Design Technology coursework due

Feb 21-25: U13 FOBISIA, Phuket

Feb 24: Model United Nations (MUN) trip

Feb 28-March 3: Drama FOBISIA (Years 7-9)

Many thanks to our generous GIS sponsors:

Platinum: Aditya Birla Encounter Church Indorama

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Head to our Facebook page for the latest news on

what’s been happening at GIS. This month, you

can read about:

www.facebook.com/gardeninternationalschool

You can also watch our latest videos about what’s

been happening at GIS by going here:

www.youtube.com/user/gardenrayongthailand

Follow us on Instagram! Find us at

garden_international_school or search for

#gistitans

Check out our Pinterest page and see the dozens

of photos showcasing life at GIS.

Follow our tweets on Twitter!

https://www.twitter.com/gisrayong

See our snaps and stories on Snapchat!

Our username is gisthailand

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From Mr Walsh: Head of Primary

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome New Students

A warm welcome to the 15 new students in Foundation

and Primary, and a warm welcome to their families too.

Welcome to the GIS community! I am very proud of how

well the GIS students have accepted and helped their

new classmates and they have already made friends

and become very well-established in the school.

Welcome to

K.Ning

Khun Ning is our new

TA working in the

Nursery class with Ms

Jane and Khun Nat.

Some of the new students from last term have already

been chosen to represent their class at the Primary Student

Council, and some have represented the school at

sporting events.

Mr Walsh

Head of Primary

headpri@gardenrayong.com

BOOK FAIR

The book fair at GIS has

caused lots of excitement

this week. It’s lovely to hear

students recommending

good titles and authors to

their classmates.

We are also looking forward

to Book Day on Thursday

February 1 and Friday

February 2.


WE WENT HORSE-RIDING!

Year 2 have been learning about the Native

American tribes who lived on the

Plains.

We found out that the Sioux and Lakota

tribes loved horses and considered them

to be part of their family.

They helped them to be much more successful

when hunting buffalo, and they

even let the horses sleep with them inside

their tipis. We went to Chomview

Riding Club to try out riding a horse for

ourselves. Many of us were quite nervous

but we were all brave enough to have a

go which makes us great risk-takers.

Thank you to everybody at Chomview

Riding Club for a fantastic experience.

TEACHERS’ DAY AWARDS

Congratulations to our teachers who were awarded 'Outstanding Teacher' and 'Long Service'

awards at the Rayong County award ceremony on Teachers' Day, on January 16. As

well as those pictured, several other teachers received awards: Ms Aren, Ms Amy, Ms

Jane, Mr Cullen, Mr Whittle, K.Nid and K.Pui.

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RIDING IN RECEPTION

Reception children had an amazing day at Chomview Riding stables.

The children had opportunities to ride a pony and take a pony and trap

ride up to the farm where they discovered what plants grow here in

Thailand.

They used compost to plant their own seeds and were lucky enough to

take a plant home to plant in their gardens. We visited the cows and

saw the baby chicks who had just been born. The children fed the

chickens and the cows on the farm and could see how they lived.

Thank you Chomview for an excellent day of learning and adventure.

From our Head Student

Well done to the

GIS MUN Team!

I hope you all had a lovely winter break and welcome back to

Term 2 of this academic year.

We started this term with mock examinations for the IB2 and

Year 11 students, which was of course a very stressful 2

weeks.

This year’s mock examinations have gone by very smoothly,

thanks to our new exams’ officer Mr Hawtree. This was not the

only successful event that has been organised this term, as this

year we have hosted our first ever Model United Nations

(MUN) conference, which included a performance of ‘A Million

Dreams’ by our chamber choir during the opening ceremony.

It was great to see so many students from other schools come

along and debate various global issues. It was also wonderful

to see so many of our own students taking part in MUN events

for the first time.

Next month our LAMDA examinations will begin which will

again be a very stressful time for our students. I wish them all

the best and am sure they will put on some stunning performances.

Head Student Rachel

We will also have our annual Valentine’s day celebration which

will be organised by our IB1 students so make sure to not forget

to buy roses for your loved ones!


We have some great school blogs to tell you about life at GIS. Click

on the links below to see what’s been going on!

PRIMARY BLOGS

Early Years http://earlyyears.gardenrayong.com/

Nursery http://nursery.gardenrayong.com/

Reception http://reception.gardenrayong.com/

Year 1 http://year1.gardenrayong.com/

Year 2 http://year2.gardenrayong.com/

Year 3 http://year3.gardenrayong.com/

Year 4 http://year4.gardenrayong.com/

Year 5 http://year5.gardenrayong.com/

Year 6 http://year6.gardenrayong.com/

ESL Blog: http://primaryels.gardenrayong.com

SECONDARY BLOGS

Year 7-9

IGCSE

IB

ELS

http://year7to9.gardenrayong.com/

http://gisigcse.gardenrayong.com/

http://ib.gardenrayong.com/

http://secondaryels.gardenrayong.com

WHOLE SCHOOL BLOGS

Extra-curricular Sport

Extra-curricular Music

http://gissport.gardenrayong.com/

http://gismusicblog.gardenrayong.com/

Extra-curricular Drama http://gisdrama.gardenrayong.com/

Library

http://library.gardenrayong.com/

Community Programmes http://communityprogrammes.gardenrayong.com/

Community Service

Friends of Garden

Boarding

Global Action

http://gisserviceprojects.gardenrayong.com/

http://friendsofgarden.gardenrayong.com/

http://gisboarding.gardenrayong.com/

https://globalaction.gardenrayong.com/


From Mr Share: Head of Secondary

Dear Parents and Carers,

This month we tweaked the Secondary uniform to make it, well, more uniform. A uniform shirt, shoes and

trousers or skirt may not be the ingredients for teenagers’ favourite outfits, and our students certainly embrace

non-uniform days (the next one coming up on February 9 has the theme Heroes and Villains).

Wearing a uniform is an important badge of pride, creates an identity for a school and is an important part

of being a student at a good school. If you ever wondered why we have a uniform the following may be of

interest to you.

Uniforms give students a sense of belonging to a particular school and create an identity for the school in

the community. The UK’s Guardian newspaper recently surveyed a number of schools and students and

the following were some of the responses. Uniforms show that you are part of an organisation, “wearing it

says we’re all in this together,” to “if you wear your uniform with pride, it means you are half way there to

being respectful, buying into what the organisation is all about.” A school uniform teaches students to

dress smartly and take pride in their appearance uniforms help students to prepare for when they leave

school and may have to dress smartly or wear a uniform.

Some believe that a school uniform can improve learning by reducing distraction, sharpening focus on

schoolwork and making the classroom a more serious environment, allowing students to perform better

academically. Perhaps most importantly, a uniform means students don’t have to worry about peer pressure

when it comes to their clothes. When everyone is dressed the same, worrying about what you look

like isn’t so important. There is no competition about being dressed in the latest trend, which would put a

great deal of financial pressure on students and parents. Potential bullies have one less target for their insults;

it’s hard to make fun of what someone is wearing when you’re dressed almost exactly the same.

In America, where a majority of schools do not have a uniform, roughly 160,000 children miss school every

day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. This might not be directly linked to what they’re

wearing, but having a uniform can be a safety net for many students who might otherwise suffer from bullying.

A uniform gives the impression that rules are important for all, perhaps helping maintain a sense of

order at school.

Even though our IB students have a less prescriptive uniform code they still have the smart dress rule. Not

only does it make getting dressed each morning a lot easier, but it sets them up as role models for younger

students, and that’s important.

Students uniform might not be what they would wear in their own time, but it gives them a sense of belonging,

takes away the pressure of what to wear and deters the bullies. School uniform isn’t fashionable, but it

is functional and has a good purpose. Thank you for your help in ensuring the success of our newly introduced

PE uniform since August and black shoe policy since January. There are no more changes anticipated

for this or the next school year.

Regards

Mr Share

Head of Secondary

headsec@gardenrayong.com


GIS HOSTS ITS FIRST MODEL UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE

GIS hosted its first Model United Nations (MUN) conference on January

27– and it was a huge success.

Visiting schools from around the region and Bangkok joined our own students

for a day of debate and discussion. In the MUN, students take on

the role of a United Nations country and then give their country’s opinions

about a range of topics. They also write and vote on resolutions.

At the GIS conference there were four main committees: the United Nations Human Rights Council

(UNHRC), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Security Council

(UNSC) and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC). Discussions included how to

prevent radicalism, how to counter the international wage gap, and the effect of ocean pollution.

The conference was opened on Saturday morning in the main hall by Mr Croft, who organised the event,

along with help from Ms Leong, Ms Laurence and Ms Francisco.

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IGCSE

MOCK

EXAMINATIONS

Students have been busy

preparing for their IGCSE

and IB examinations with

mock tests.

At the start of Term 2, the

students sat at newlypurchased

tables in the

main hall to take their

mocks.

After these are marked by

teachers, students will be

given Report Cards with

specific targets about

what they need to do to

achieve an even higher

grade.

That will be followed by a

parent conference on

February 8 from 6pm

where parents and students

can talk with teachers

about how to improve.


IB Diploma

This month we continue our look at what IB students are doing for Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS).

Jignil in IB2 has been running a chess club for Primary students.

Organising Chess for Primary students

As part of my one month project for CAS, I decided to organise a chess club for the students in

Primary. I wanted to run this particular activity because I believe that chess is both a fun and intriguing

game for anyone up for the challenge. For Primary students, this game would be a fun way to spend

time while learning to think strategically and increasing their cognitive thinking skills.

To get this club up and running I first contacted the Primary club coordinator and told him about what I

planned to do. After exchanging a few emails, the club was added to a list of different clubs the Primary

students could choose from.

I hadn’t expected a big turnout for the club but I was more than happy to see so many of the Primary

students interested in learning/playing chess. Before the clubs started I had a few tasks I had to complete

such as planning out each of the lessons and getting enough chess sets for the club.

The first lesson with the students was great, I taught the basics to many students who were playing

chess for the first time and then, after that, they had some time to play against their friends. In the following

lessons the students also set up their own account on chesskid.com which gave them the opportunity

to play chess at any time against children from all over the world. We also had many lessons

where the students played against each other and had the opportunity to see how they could improve

their game.

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We continue to celebrate all the countries represented at GIS by flying a different nation’s

flag each week. Here are the countries that have recently been recognised at the

front of the school. These are compiled by our Humanities’ Prefect Aniela.


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ONE GOAL

More than 50 students from across the whole school attended a One Day One Goal’

football tournament at St Andrews. We really enjoyed it and came home with 4 sets

of team medals.

GIS EARN DRAW WITH ISE

The girls’ senior football team had a great game

against ISE recently, and came away with a 1-1

draw. This was great practice for the upcoming Senior

Games.

Garden International School

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