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Parent Teacher Group PTG Blog: Information and News

PTG Events coming next

Published Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Last updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians,


Staff Appreciation Day22nd April 2014 
It is the day of the year, the day for us to realise that everything at school runs so smoothly because of the 591 staff members who work hard the whole year around the clock to make the school the fun and caring environment for our children that it is. They always put our children first and with over 2000 students, it is a challenge at times, but they all do a great job, from the academic staff to the business staff, to the maids, gardeners, everyone has their own responsibility and is part of the huge organisation behind it.
As a big thank you, the PTG is organising a lunch. Some of the food is made by parents and some is from sponsors such as Fuji Restaurant and Kalapapruek Restaurant. All members of staff are invited on Tuesday 22 April to the Cross Campus staff room. We will have a Lucky Tree raffle for the 5th and 6th day staff at the same time.
We would like to ask all parents to send in either donuts, cup-cakes or cookies. You can drop off your goodies at a table near the transport area at the main entrance on Tuesday 22 or at the primary entrance. Please clearly mark your boxes, so we can return them to your child's class afterwards.
If you have no time to bake or buy something and you still would like to contribute, then you can also make a donation in the PTG box which is located in the cashier's office.
In case you would like to help on the day itself or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the PTG team by email:
Thanks so much for your support, to make this 2014 Staff Appreciation Day really special. Have a great Songkran break!
Best wishes,
Malee Whitcraft
PTG Chairman
Future events  for your agenda:
Quiz NightFriday 25th April 2014, 7pm  
Venue: Conference Room 304 + 305 (upstairs above Reception) for parents and teachers.
Fish and chips dinner will be served during the countdown to the Quiz, which starts at around 7.45pm. Cash bar opens all evening. Maximum eight people per team and table. If you can't form a team or have a smaller team or would like to sign up individually, we can group you with others. Contact:


PTG AGMFriday 16th May 2014, 8am-9am 
Venue: Year 1/2 Meeting Room (downstairs near Back Field) 
Parents and teachers are invited to join this year's PTG Annual General Meeting. We need a quorum of 50 people to attend so please come and enjoy the coffee and breakfast snacks. Forms for PTG Committee nominations and proposing amendments to the PTG Constitution are available on the blog.


Car Boor Sale, Saturday 24th May 2014, 8am-noon 
 Venue: Arts Centre Car Park, Bangkok Patana School (near main entrance)
The PTG's Car Boot Sale is the perfect opportunity to declutter your home before the end of the school year, and sort out any new or used furniture, working electricals, sports equipment, knick knacks, books, clothes, toys etc., which are in good condition. You can rent a car-park space to sell you stuff or you can also come along and grab some bargains!  
More information on any of the above events can be found on the PTG Blog - or if you have any further questions please contact
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO JOIN THE PTG FACEBOOK? Start at the PTG blog to find out more…..

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First issue of PTG Newsletter Accord mini is out!

Published Thursday, April 03, 2014.
Last updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014


Dear All,

The school has just sent out to you via email our latest PTG Newsletter :  “The Accord mini”!

“The Accord mini” is a new format of the PTG Newsletter, The Accord. The new version is shorter and faster – faster to load, and faster to read. It’s a format in progress since we are experimenting a bit with the software and learning by doing.

Now you can see the entire newsletter in one email without having to open a PDF file. We hope that this is more convenient for all readers.

In this issue, we have published our upcoming PTG events - and when you read the newsletter on your smart phone you can even create an event in your phone's calendar.

If you have not received the email, or difficulties in viewing it, you can still read the Accord in the PDF version on the school's website. Just click on April Accord or check out the PTG Newsletter Archive for previous editions.

We hope you like our new mini version of the newsletter. Your feedback is welcome!

Although the newsletter has not as many readers as the blog, we still need this communication channel to reach out to all parents as not all parents go actively to the Bangkok Patana website to check the PTG blog. Another option to receive information from us is by signing up to our PTG Facebook Group, if you are using Facebook. There, we publish blog posts that might be interesting for you, PTG events and other.  

Last but not least, I would like to especially thank Cheryl from BPS Marketing for her great support to make the publication of the Accord mini happen this morning!

Happy Songkran holiday and Happy Thai New Year!

PTG Communication


Water Gun Attack at the Splash Station, Fun Day 2014

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Staff Appreciation Day 2014

Published Wednesday, April 02, 2014.
Last updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014


Staff Appreciation Day will be on Tuesday, 22nd April 2014

This is the day of the year, we take the opportunity to thank the school staff by providing goodies across the school. Your donations of cupcakes, donuts and cookies are welcome too. They can be dropped at the school entrances in the morning of 22nd April.

This year, we will also offer a sponsored lunch buffet and lucky draw at the Cross Campus Staff Room.

If you have time to volunteer on that day (from about 9 am to 1 pm) please contact

If you cannot bake or volunteer but still wish to contribute, we also accept cash donations. They can be left in envelopes marked "for PTG - Staff Appreciation Day" with the school’s cashier on Monday 21st April, right after the Songkran Holiday.

Thank you very much and kind regards

your PTG Team


Staff Appreciation Day 2013

Donated cupcakes, cookies and donuts were distributed by PTG and parent volunteers to staff of different areas at school.


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PTG QUIZ NIGHT - Friday 25th April 2014 at 7pm

Published Monday, March 31, 2014.
Last updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014


The PTG will hold a Quiz Night on Friday 25th April 2014

at 7:00 pm at Bangkok Patana School. 


Are you smarter than your kids?!  It's time to find out!

Parents and teachers, get your thinking caps, form your teams and get set for a fun night of trivia.

  • Tickets THB 250, include Fish & Chips.
  • Cash Bar all evening.
  • Maximum eight people per team. (If you can't form a team or have a smaller team, we can group you with others.)
  • Quiz starts at 7:45 pm.


Join us in the Conference Centre, room CON304 + 305, upstairs at the front of school.

Come show us what you really know ... and let’s have a fun evening!

For booking and further information, please contact not later than Tuesday, 22nd April. - Tickets will be available for sale at the PTG Tiger Shop (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7.30 am – 10.00 am).



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PTG Events 2013 / 2014

Published Wednesday, October 09, 2013.
Last updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014


Dear all,

PTG is organising regular events for the Bangkok Patana Community to get together and make new friends or to raise funds for charity.

Please note these dates for your diary! 


Next Events :


  • Staff Appreciation Day, 22nd April 2014; PTG and parent volunteers distribute donated goodies to all school staff across the campus; this year with sponsored lunch buffet and lucky draw at Cross Campus Staff Room! For more information click here.
  • Quiz Night, 25th April at 7pm in the Conference Centre CON304/305, Fish & Chips are included in the ticket of THB 250; Quiz starts about 7:45pm after dinner; for further information click here.
  • PTG AGM, 16th May, Year 1/2 Meeting Room 8am-9am; parents and teachers are invited to join! We need a quorum of 50 people, RVSP at For invitation and downloading of forms for committee nomination and constitution amendment proposal click here.
  • Car Boot Sale, Saturday 24th May 8am-noon at Arts Centre Car Park, for further information click here.
  • PTG Meeting, 16th June 2014 (RSVP). 


 Past Events:



Fun Day, Quiz Night, AGM and Staff Appreciation Day are on-campus events. 

The Car Boot Sale & Vendor Sale will take place at the sports complex on Saturday 24th May 2014 8am - 12am during BSL. (The event was postponed in February, please save the new date!) 

All other events will take place off campus.

We are looking forward to getting all events organised and running. As mentioned before, we would like to focus on community building and have many events suitable for different interest groups, all in view of bonding the Patana Family or raising money for charity.

If you want to help us organising these events, please contact us. Your helping hand is most welcome!

Thank you and kind regards

PTG (Parent Teacher Group)


PTG Blog

PTG Facebook Group 

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Congratulations to Students for Winning Design Award for Mobile App

Published Tuesday, April 01, 2014.
Last updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014



Bangkok Patana Students Win Design Award with ‘Do My Homework App


Are you tired of all the homework given to you by your teachers? The ‘Do My Homework’ application is a homework help program that is designed for busy students who do not have enough timeto complete their homework. 


Parents always asking you “have you finished your homework yet?” With the ‘Do My Homework’ applicationinstalled on your device all you have to do is take a picture of the assignment, the app willthen read the assignment, scan it into its memory, and then complete the assignment for you. 


Relax and let this app do all of the work for you. Once the assignment is completed it is then sent to your email addressand is ready for submission!


Intelligent algorithms scour the internet for similar homeworkset by teachers around the world and present it to you within seconds.


Life is too short to be doing homework” says Napas Udomsak, the developer of this remarkable app.


Free-up your time so that you can do the things you really like – I give it 5 stars” said Mr Mills.

Open this app in iTunes, the Google play store or the Windows Store and download now to your device (see links below).


Officially recognised by Bangkok Patana School, this app is free for a limited time only.

Look out for future releases from the developers of this app, including ‘Jump the Dinner Queue’.


Award winning Homework app.

Students who developed the app collecting their award.



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CAR BOOT SALE - SAVE THE NEW DATE - Satutday 24th May 2014 8am - noon

Published Monday, March 31, 2014.
Last updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014




Saturday, 24th May 2014 at Arts Centre Car Park


Time : 8am to 12 am

Fee : THB 500 for one parking spot per person


The Concept  

An opportunity to declutter your house or loft and sort out any new or used furniture, working electricals, sports equipment, knick knacks, books, clothes, toys etc, which are in saleable condition.

Booking Information

Bookings can be made by contacting and providing your name, contact email, mobile phone number and car registration number.

Successful applicants will receive a confirmation email and a unique booking number to be presented on the day. Car spaces are limited and will be allocated on the basis of first come first served.

On the Day  

Pack the items into your car, include a chair, table or rug if you wish and bring your car to the Arts Centre Car Park (near main entrance) by 7.30am on Saturday 24th May.

Present your booking confirmation email at the entrance to the car park.

Park your car in your reserved spot and display your items for sale within your space.

Who Can Participate?

Open to all parents, staff and friends of Bangkok Patana School Community.

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Time to declutter your home !


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Community Events

Published Friday, October 11, 2013.
Last updated: Monday, March 31, 2014


Please find below a selection of public events, lectures, concerts, workshops, exhibitions, sales, markets etc which might be interesting for you, your kids or the whole family. 

These events are happening in and around Bangkok and are not organised by school or PTG. For an overview of all PTG organised events  click here.


Thank you,

PTG Communication

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ART EXHIBITION at Neilson Hay's Library:

'Abstract Non Abstract' by French artist Marie Chantal Biela. 

On display until Saturday 29th March.


Every Saturday Storytelling and Crafts for Children 10.30 am at NHL



Author talks at Neilson Hays

Julian Beale, 'Wings of the Morning'

Friday 28th March 2014, 6:30pm

100 baht for members, 200 baht for non-members
All proceeds to Orbis UK, in support of sight-saving projects around the world.

Julian Beale spent twenty five years travelling through forty countries across Africa whilst representing Land Rover. He experienced the machinations of politics in the former English, French and Portuguese colonies. He was involved in the power play of corporations and he worked with the fixers and intermediaries. He saw the unashamed corruption and he witnessed the misdirection of International Aid.
Julian was arrested, bribed, threatened and shot at. He ate doubtful food and drank worse water. He survived heart stopping plane rides, notably one in an ancient Dakota with dodgy engines, a lone pilot and fourteen goats for company.
Yet from the first, Julian was compelled by Africa, spellbound by the beauty of its nature, captivated by its culture and the warm vibrancy of its peoples. He was humbled by their resilience, patience and disarming good humour even in the face of despair and deprivation. He says ... “There is one day which stands out in my memories, a morning when I saw two young men lying dead in the middle of an urban motorway - victims of jaywalking whose bodies no one had troubled to remove. That same afternoon, I was driving through a shanty town and watched little children emerging from the squalor of their homes to go to school. All were miraculously immaculate in uniform and wearing the seraphic smile of joie de vivre. Such a contrast ... and with it came hope.”
In retirement, Julian lives in Gloucestershire enjoying the company of his wife, children and grandchildren. Wings of the Morning’ is his first novel.
Q & A and book sale will follow.

Sue Guiney, 'Out of the Ruins'

Monday 31st March 2014, 2pm
100 baht for members, 200 baht for non-members

Novelist, Sue Guiney, returns to the Neilson Hays Library to present her latest novel, the second in her series set in modern day Cambodia. ‘Out of the Ruins’ begins with one Cambodian doctor’s frustration over how the poor women in his country are dying needlessly. He reaches out to friends to help him create a new clinic for the local villages around Siem Reap’s world famous temples, and they answer his call.
Irish Dr. Diarmuid arrives with his English assistant, Dr. Gemma, and Canadian administrator Mr. Fred. Together they create a place where the poor women of Cambodia can find the basic care that so much of the world has long since taken for granted.
The young and ambitious Cambodian Nurse Srey acts as interpreter and doorway into the trust of the local community, but her idealised view of Western medicine will be seriously shaken.
Tradition collides with science as East meets West, and though the doctors are all too eager to help, they have much to learn about their own personal demons in this desperate and seductive society.
Guiney will read excerpts from her book while showing illustrative photographs of the country she has grown to love. She will discuss her experiences in Cambodia, how it has changed over the past few years, and how it has changed her.
Q & A and book sale will follow.
BE QUICK! Only a few tickets available for 'Sacred Music from the Middle Ages' - a Gregorian chant performance and discussion by the AUGCChoir, to be held in the library Rotunda. Sunday 30th March, 5pm. Library and Bangkok Music Society Members 300 baht, non-members 500 baht. To book your tickets, email: or call: 02-233-1731

For more information, please contact:

Neilson Hays Library
195 Surawong Rd, Bangkok
Tel: 02 233 1731 

or visit the Neilson Hays Library Facebook page.

Please note: During prostests the NHL might decide to close on certain days.


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27th March - 30th March, 7pm, IMPACT MUANG THONG THANI

"Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove" opens the Disney vault with tales spanning from the first animated film to the 50th. Hit the ice with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, and Goofy as they embark on a treasure hunt for some of the most popular Disney films ever. Audiences will experience a medley of their favorite animated Disney movies throughout the years including the very first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the 50th Disney film, Tangled. With nine movies and more than 50 Disney characters featured, Feld Entertainment’s "Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove" has a story for every generation.





42nd National Book Fair / 12th Bangkok International Book Fair 2014

28th March - 7th April, 2014, Queen Sirikit International Convention Center, 10am - 9pm

For book worms a great occasion to browse and shop! (MRT Queen Sirikit Convention Center, exit 3)



The Magic of the Musicals La Cage Aux Folles

28th March - 8.30pm

St Regis Bangkok, 159 Rajadamri  (THB 1650 Includes tapas and wine)

Back by popular demand, THE NEW BROADWAY COMPANY (Bangkok Grand Opera) will once again take to the stage at The St. Regis Bangkok with Broadway’s biggest hit musicals and a medley of stage favourites - the last Friday of every month.  Ticket price includes a tapas étagère and unlimited white, red and sparkling wines and selected cocktails.

For more information or to make a reservation please call 02 207 7777 or email


A Piano Recital

30th March – 4pm

Sala Sudasiri Sobha, 158/20 Ladprao 41 Yak 7-2  (THB 500 Baht)

The Gift of Life Foundation and Sala Sudasiri Sobha proudly present a piano recital by Philip Fowke, known for his many BBC Promenade Concert appearances, numerous recordings and broad range of repertoire.  He has appeared in many of the major concert halls worldwide with leading conductors.  Proceeds will benefit the Gift of Life Foundation to help needy-blood disease patients.


HAYDN: Sonata in F Hob XV1/23


Mazurka in G# minor Opus 33 no 1

Mazurka in D Opus 33 no 2

Ballade no 1 in G minor Opus 23

Ballade no 3 in Ab Opus 47

Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Opus 22


This part of the programme includes music associated with some of the great pianists of the past.  Music by Dohnanyi, Grieg, Moszkowski, Paderewski, Rachmaninoff and Sinding will be included as well as some lesser known gems.

For more information, reservations and/or a map please call 02-541-8662, email, or visit!concerts/c2nh




Songkran Zing Song - 30 minutes of Magical singing!

1st April 2014 8pm

The Royal Oak (3rd floor), Sukhumvit Soi 33/1

email:, website:



International Creator's Fair - 3rd April 2014, 9.30 am - 2.30 pm, Imperial Queen's Park Hotel




Grand National Charity Event

5th April, 6.30pm,  Amari Watergate Hotel

organised by the British Women Group Bangkok, information and booking at :



SSMS Orchestra Conducted by Hikotaro Yazaki

6th April, 5pm

Mahisorn Hall, Siam Commercial Bank Head Office, Ratchayothin Bangkok

Silpakorn Summer Music School, held annually, is considered to be the most prestigious summer music school in Thailand. Approximately 100 young musical talents, selected by rigorous audition, come to play music together and further their musical knowledge and experience under the guidance of our distinguished music faculty.


Richard Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger vonNürnberg, WWV 96

M.L.Usni Pramoj: Chakri Day

Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No.1 in E-flat Major, Op.11

Bedrich Smetana: The Moldau

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op.28

Ticket Price 500, 300, 200 Baht



Choral Portraits

9th April – 7.30pm 

St Louis Hospital Chapel, 27 S Sathorn Rd (BTS Surasak) -- 300, 200 Members and Students

The BMS Chamber Choir performs works by Palestrina, Dowland, Hassler, Donizetti, Schumann, Fuentez and Cuenco.  The performances is conducted by Eugene B Eustaquio with pianist Joseph Moore and percussionist Curt Ayers III.

For more information and reservations please email



Russian Night Charity Concert

22nd April – 7.30pm

Henri Dunant Hall, The Royal Bangkok Sports Club -- 800, 500 Students

The Bangkok Charity Orchestra is conducted by Chulayuth Lochotinan and features pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell.


Thaikovsky: Scene from "Swan Lake"

Rachmaninov: Piano Concert No 2

Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra

All proceeds will benefit the Association of Children and Youth for the Peace in the Southernmost Provinces of Thailand, which has established Baan Lookrieang in Yala province to provide shelter for children who lost their parents due to the conflict in the southern part of Thailand.  The money raised from this concert will be used to equip the house with standard facilities to enable the children to live a normal life with adequate welfare and hygiene.

For more information and reservations please call 02-259-9900, email  or book online at  



Bangkok International Gift and Houseware Fair (BIG+BIH) 2014

22nd – 23rd April 2014, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm, BITEC, Bang Na

The Bangkok International Gifts and Bangkok International Houseware Fair (BIG+BIH), jointly organised by The Department of International Trade Promotion of the Ministry of Commerce and the Thai Lifestyle Products Association is by far a stage that offers an opportunity for business operators to present their ultimate quality design and lifestyle products to the whole world. This important regional public exhibition brings together thousands of buyers from all over the world, it’s operated twice a year (April and October). - One of Bangkok expats' favorite fair!



The Magic of the Musicals - Chicago

25th April – 8.30pm

St Regis Bangkok, 159 Rajadamri -- 1650 Baht

Back by popular demand, THE NEW BROADWAY COMPANY (Bangkok Grand Opera) will once again take to the stage at The St. Regis Bangkok with Broadway’s biggest hit musicals and a medley of stage favourites - the last Friday of every month.  Ticket price includes a tapas étagère and unlimited white, red and sparkling wines and selected cocktails.

For more information or to make a reservation please call 02 207 7777 or email


"The Matchmaker", presented by the Bangkok Community Theatre

When and Where: Friday April 25th and Saturday April 26th , Friday  May 2nd and Saturday May 3rd 2014 at the new Alliance Francaise Theatre on Wireless Road. Please refer to for map

Time: 8pm

Cost: Tickets are 850 THB and will be available for sale to the public from April 1st by phone or email (, 087-517-2666 between 8am and 2pm). Book early to avoid disappointment! Drinks & light food (not included in the ticket price) will be available at the venue from 6:30 pm.

The Matchmaker was the basis for the well-known musical Hello Dolly. In this delightful comedy, Horace Vandergelder, a penny-pinching store owner, refuses to let his niece marry the poor artist she loves, although he himself plans to remarry. Dolly Levi, the matchmaker of the title, pretends that she is helping Vandergelder find a wife, but she is actually scheming to marry him herself, and along the way helps other lovers find their match. - Directed by Mark Sobels, The Matchmaker will be staged at the new Alliance Francaise Theatre for four nights only.



Burma: The Quiet Violence

26th April - 24th May – 11am - 7pm Mon-Sat

Thavibu Gallery, Jewelry Trade Center (was Silom Galleria) Suite 433

Thavibu Gallery is pleased to present a collection of political paintings by Myint Swe. The series features 38 paintings executed between 1995 – 2005 that reflect the artist’s concerns about the detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the discouraging socio-political environment in Burma. Due to their overtly political nature, the paintings were secretly transported to Bangkok where they have been stored for some years. As the environment in the country has now become more conducive to political discussion, Thavibu Gallery has decided to put the paintings on display. Also, it is now safe for the artist to travel to Bangkok, something that would not have been possible before.

Myint Swe is a 58 years old artist.  He studied at the State School of Fine Arts between 1975 and 1977, and he later studied painting under S Tin Shwe for twenty years.  He also studied under U Lun Gwye, one of Myanmar's most noted modern-day painters.  His work has been strongly influenced by the paintings and philosophies of U Thein Han, one of the most important pioneers of Myanmar modern painting practices.  He has participated in more than fifty exhibitions in Burma and has had shows in Thailand in 1999, 2001 and 2002.  In 2004, he participated in the international exhibition Identities vs. Globalisation at the Chiang Mai Art Museum and the Dahlem Art Museum in Berlin.

For further information please call 02-266-5454- or visit




Dutch Oranje Bal 2014, The Great Gatsby King's Ball - Saturday 3rd May 2014, 8.30pm - 1 am

at Muse Hotel Bangkok, Price 2,000 THB for member and 2,500 THB for non members, for further info please email



SILC Charity Event - Saturday, 31st May 2014, 7pm - midnight, Anantara Riverside Hotel

for further information on the PTG Blog click here
















Monthly Market Days :

Bangkok Farmers' Market  at K Village (Sukhumvit Soi 26, near Big C Rama 4), every last weekend of the month, from 09:00 am to 5.00 pm

NEXT MARKET DATES: 29th and 30th March 2014, 26th and 27th April 2014

further info on Facebook


Epicurean Market  at Spring Summer Restaurant (199 Soi Promsri, Sukhumvit Soi 49, opp. Racquet Club), every last Sunday of the month, from 8.00 am to 1.00 pm

NEXT DATE: Sunday, 30th March 2014

further info on Facebook

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For Art Lovers : 

BAM! (Bangkok Art Map on facebook) and  bangkok 101 provide an overview of art galleries and art exhibitions in Bangkok. 


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Bangkok Patana NEWS' Community News section might feature further events.


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If you have any interesting event to share that we have missed to list, please do not hesitate to email us (word or jpeg format for fliers) at




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TIGER SHOP New Opening Hours - And Volunteer on Wednesday Mornings Needed

Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
Last updated: Monday, March 31, 2014



the Tiger Shop needs your help!

Are you free on Wednesday mornings? From 7.30 am to 10.30 am? (Even only until 9 am would be helpful!)

We are looking for a friendly sales person who likes to meet other Bangkok Patana partents, a shop with a green view, and orange tiger merchandise.

Please contact Andrea for further information at

Thank you and kind regards

your PTG team



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Notice of PTG AGM, Amending Constitution and Committee Nominations

Published Friday, March 28, 2014.
Last updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dear Patana Parents and Academic Staff,

Notice of the upcoming 2014 PTG AGM

I would like to notify you of the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Bangkok Patana School’s Parent Teacher Group (PTG) which is to be held on Friday 16 May 2014 in the Year 1/2 Meeting Room from 8-9am.  For AGM business to be valid, we require a quorum of 50 parents to be present at the meeting.  PTG membership is automatically held by any parent or guardian with a child or children attending Bangkok Patana School and any member of academic staff.

At the AGM, the PTG Committee will review its activities over the 2013/14 year, including their annual accounts.  The financial position of the PTG will be discussed, and the total PTG budget for 2014/15 will be decided at the AGM.  How the budget is allocated however is the decision of the incoming committee.

We will also be tabling proposed amendments to the PTG Constitution at this meeting, which must be received by the PTG Executive at least one month prior to the AGM.  If you would like to propose any amendments to the PTG Constitution, please download the proposals form and email it to by Friday 4 April. Proposals will be tabled for discussion and resolved at the AGM.

We will also be electing new representatives for the 2014/15 PTG Committee at this meeting. Some 2013/14 representatives are standing down due to other commitments or because they have already fulfilled a number of PTG roles over several years and would like to give others the opportunity to participate. Other positions have remained vacant for some time.  If you are interested in getting involved in your PTG, I encourage you to consider nominating for a position, particularly if it is vacant or without an incumbent.  The PTG would not exist nor be able to carry out its important duties without the wonderful support of its many parent volunteers.  If you would like to nominate for a position on the 2014/15 PTG Committee, please download the nomination form. Nomination forms must be emailed to by Friday 25 April.

We would love you to join us for this important meeting. Refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or an existing PTG member, or email  I look forward to seeing you at our 2014 PTG AGM!

Kind regards,

Malee Whitcraft

PTG Chairperson



DOWNLOAD the NOMINATION FORM for Nominations for 2014/2015 PTG Committee

DOWNLOAD the PROPOSAL FORM for Amending the PTG Constitution

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SILC Charity Event 31st May 2014

Published Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
Last updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014



SILC Interactive & Entertaining Charity Event on Saturday 31st May 2014

7 pm - 12 midnight

at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa


  …it will be a fun night! Would be great if you came with friends - there will be a lot of Patana and SILC ladies around!


Wine. Dine. Laugh. Luxuriate. Dance. Dazzle. Win. 

And have a grand time,  all for a good cause.     

Popular Theatrical Shows • Fabulous Raffle Prizes •

Live Band • Pit roasted pig • And an exciting variety of entertainment for a fun night!


Venue :  Trader Vic’s,  Anantara Bangkok RIverside

Dress : Vibrant Smart Casual

Tickets : 2600 THB / person (inclusive of dinner and complimentary cocktails upon arrival)


Pre-booking is essential. All proceeds of the evening go towards CCD (Christian Care Foundation for Children with Disabilities) Rainbow Friendship Camp 2015 (; Cost of sponsoring one child 2600 THB

For Reservations, contact : Marit van den Oetelaar Tel: 087 936 7656 or Sunita Kulisra Tel: 081 659 7085 or email:

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Join our FB Group

Published Thursday, March 20, 2014.
Last updated: Thursday, March 20, 2014


join PTG on Facebook


Dear All,

Some of you have already noticed, but if you have not, we are excited to announce that PTG has set up a Facebook Group!
With our own (closed) FB Group we have the chance to inform the Patana community faster and more independently from school's communication channels.
Of course we will continue to use the PTG blog, the newsletter The Accord, fliers and posters, and the school communication channels (Patana News, Primary Newsletter and Secondary Notices) to advertise our events and activities. But from our own experience we know that parents still miss out on information about PTG events or even what the PTG is all about.
All Patana parents, staff and teachers are welcome to become members.
Only members can see the content. And you do not have to be FB friends with the administrators or other members to join the group.
No group members will be able to see your personal timeline (unless you are already friends on FB), and none of your own FB friends can see what you post or like in a closed FB Group.
The content of this FB Group will be mainly PTG related and includes links to PTG blog posts about PTG work and events. The FB Group will help to promote these events, to support the bonding of the Bangkok Patana community, to share useful information, encourage friendships and seek volunteers for the PTG.
We set administrators only to be able to post content. But of course all members can comment and "like". You are also invited to share posted links on your personal timeline in order to reach out to more Patana parents. Please spread the word and invite other Patana parents or staff and teachers who might be interested in joining the group. Siobhan Bland (PTG Secretary) and I are the administrators of the group and will approve requests. Please read our "rules" before joining (see below).
We hope this FB Group will help us to connect faster!
Thank you for your support,
kind regards,
Susanne Crosetto
PTG Communications

Only parents, teachers and staff of the Bangkok Patana Community can become member the PTG FB Group.

The purpose of the PTG Facebook Group is :
To inform members about PTG's work and events and to promote these events. To support the bonding of the Bangkok Patana Community, to allow our members to keep in touch, share information and ask questions. To encourage friendships and seek volunteers for the PTG.

Through requesting to join this Group, the user agrees to :
- Comments should be brief, friendly and topic related (further information on "netiquette"can be found at
- do not share kids' photos
- When sharing PTG links on one's personal FB timeline, the comment/introduction should be neutral and friendly
- Only invite parents, teachers and staff of the Bangkok Patana Community to this Group
- Do not invite your children or other students to this FB Group

Content appropriate for the PTG Facebook Group :
PTG Events, PTG News, PTG Committee, PTG Meetings, tips/suggestions for members, announcements concerning BPS Community, Community Events, Bangkok resources, PTG blog posts.

Content NOT appropriate for the PTG Facebook Group :
- Copyrighted Material (post only your own original, creative work or provide proper credit to the owner).
- Political Views, political statements or views regarding any governments is not allowed.
- Any disrespectful comment
- Hateful, malicious, or prejudicial speech.
- Photos of kids (except from school photographer, or taken during school events, PTG events, or with parent permission) or kids' names
- Spam & Advertising
- Do not endorse or promote spam or advertising for commercial reason
- Corporations or businesses (corporations that support PTG charity and events like sponsors are not included)

Facebook Terms & Conditions apply.

Only the PTG Group's administrators can post to the group. They also can delete comments or exclude people from the Group, if necessary. Members can like posts, comment on posts, or share links on their personal FB timeline.



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What would you wish to have at School? - Submit a Wish List Request Form to PTG

Published Friday, March 14, 2014.
Last updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Wish List Request Form

Every year, the PTG transfers funds to the school for the purchase of items that are not normally covered by the school’s budget. This year we would like your input as well. Are there items that you as a student want to see in the school or as a teacher or member of staff? Are there items that might make school more enjoyable for students? Bangkok Patana Teachers, staff and students can submit a PTG Wish List Requests. Just a reminder that Wish List requests should not include anything that would normally be within the school’s budget and the WL Request form can not be submitted by parents, only by Academic Staff and Students.
Items are considered for the PTG Wish List if they:
· benefit a large group, rather than individuals; and
· are durable, with a life span of three years or more.
Please click here to download the Wish List Request form. All request should be submitted by March 25th, 2014. All fields in the form have to be completed and a picture needs to be included. Your request needs to be submitted in hard copy only and you can put in the PTG mailbox that will be placed at the Reception - or in the PTG suggestion box in front of the Tiger Shop.
We are hoping to hear from you!

Your PTG Team

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Huge Thank you for Supporting Fun Day 2014!

Published Friday, March 14, 2014.
Last updated: Friday, March 14, 2014

     Bangkok Patana School from above on Fun Day 2014 by Derek Stamp via Bangkok Patana Alumni


Dear All,

As you can imagine, organising Fun Day is one huge logistical and organisational endeavour; not a one man show, but a big team effort!

Daphne Seiler, who just moved to Thailand last August, bravely took on coordination of the event. She was supported by a great team of professional, hard-working and committed volunteers, the Fun Day Committee, who worked around the clock for many months to make the day a great success!

The support we received from our sponsors was crucial to making this Fun Day a financial success; because of them we were able to exceed our fundraising target. Most of the funds raised will be going towards the school’s Wish List and a portion will go to charity. Please click here for a special supplement which includes offers from sponsors specifically for our community.

The PTG was fully supported by the excellent Bangkok Patana staff from various departments. They warned us of the challenges ahead and thankfully their experience prevented us from getting into (too much) trouble!

On Fun Day itself we were supported by lots of volunteers, teachers, parents and students, who helped to make Fun Day a big social event, ensuring the kids had maximum fun in a safe environment!

We invited about 50 visitors from various orphanages to join us for Fun Day and have the time of their lives; they were well taken care of by our volunteers!

The support from everyone involved in Fun Day shows that Bangkok Patana School holds a special place in the hearts of the community. Thank you all for your immense support, commitment and hard work! Fun Day would not have been a success without you!

The many changes that we made fortunately worked out well on the whole and we have reflected on the areas we need to improve for next year. Please send me an email if you have any feedback you would like to share.

Best wishes,

Malee Whitcraft
PTG Chairman


PTG Fun Day Committee:
Daphne Seiler: Fun Day Coordinator
Wikki Bhanubhand: Treasurer
Siobhan Bland and Khun Mameow Thitaparun: Information and Drinks Booth Coordinators
Khun Ann Vanasin and Khun Nog Tangtrongchitr: Lucky Draw, Sponsorship and Thai Volunteer Coordinators
Susanne Crosetto: Advertising and Marketing Coordinator
Suzie Jhanji: Main Stage Coordinator
Debbie Smith and Claire Bird: Tea Room Coordinators
Khun Rena Udomkunnatum and Khun Muay Yoonirundorn: Shopping and Food Street Coordinators
Dyan Zimmerman and Lindsay Sailes: Secondary Games Coordinators
Andrea Chaplin: Tiger Shop Coordinator
Phil Peppard: Pimms Tent Coordinator



PS: Did you know that all Bangkok Patana Parents are member of the PTG and are invited to join the PTG Facebook Group?


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Silent Auction Raising Funds for Baan Unrak Children's Home and Home of Praise

Published Tuesday, March 04, 2014.
Last updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Silent Auction Raising Funds for Baan Unrak Children's Home and Home of Praise

There are still four paintings available and they are now on display at the Tiger Shop!

At Fun Day the silent auction for the works in the "Give Love, Give Life" Art Exhibition raised a total of 5,200 THB for Baan Unrak Children's Home, which is fantastic! Thanks to those generous parents that participated and congratulations to those who made the highest bids.

If you would like to make a silent bid on any of the unsold paintings, please email Siobhan Bland at She will be in touch with the highest bidders to arrange payment and delivery of the works. Siobhan Bland would like to thank the Bangkok Patana Community for its generous support for these worthy causes.



Aye Aye's work 77.5cm x 55.5cm (2 swans)

Trida's work 75cm x 57cm (red heart with hands)

Kushuma's work 40cm x 40cm (yellow Angel)

Kamsao's work 30cm x 30 cm (boys at beach)

 +++ NOW: minimum bid 1,000 THB +++


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Every Parent is a PTG member - Get involved today!

Published Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Last updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014


The Parent Teacher Group (PTG):  Get Involved Today!


The purpose of the PTG is to “promote and assist the development of the School, to advance its interests and activities, and to foster the goodwill of parents, teachers and friends towards the School.”


Did you know that every parent of a Bangkok Patana student is automatically a member of the PTG? Whether you are an active PTG member or not, you are invited to join all events and the PTG Facebook Group.

We welcome and appreciate all volunteers, whatever your interests or availability. We particularly encourage new parents to become involved. Volunteering with the PTG is a great way to meet people, have fun, and learn more about the School. Come on and join in! 

If you would like to be involved in any of Bangkok Patana School’s events, please send an email to


Opportunities to get involved:


International Day

One of the biggest annual events, this is a festival celebrating the wide range of cultures and nationalities which make up the School community and the spirit which brings everyone together. Students dress in their national attire, enjoy an international feast, and participate in a range of activities provided by each country represented at the event. Parents and children can participate in everything from sharing national dishes, to showcasing performances from their respective countries, to organising activities for the children to enjoy. All Patana parents are encouraged to join in this wonderful event.


International Day is organised by the PTG in conjunction with School staff. Many helping hands are needed for the Cultural Show, the Parade, the Food Hall and the Exhibition Hall.  Representatives and helpers are needed for countries large and small. Parent volunteers are required to coordinate their country’s participation in International Day, to showcase their national dress (which may be as simple as a themed t-shirt or as elaborate as a kimono), a cultural performance, as well as activities and foods that represent their country.  Many countries share the role between a few parents. 

If you do not have the time to be an official representative, you can still be a helper, assisting your Country Representative with disseminating information to families in your group, putting together a roster of volunteers for your booth at the Food and Exhibition Halls, or handling and distributing funds. You may also choose to be a helper with non country-specific tasks such as being a parade marshal, or an usher at the Food Hall.


Fun Day

Fun Day is one of the biggest events of the School year. It is the largest fundraiser with the funds being used for the Community. The event is coordinated by the PTG with support from School staff. The organising committee plans games and other activities, food and beverages, entertainment, raffles and more. This whole-of-school festival is fun for the entire family! There is a variety of attractions for the youngest through to the eldest children at the School. Performances from students (and teachers!) on main stage liven up the field.  The Tea Room and Beer Tent are great cool-off spots. Parents who are interested in volunteering during Fun Day are asked to volunteer for at least one hour on the day at various information, food, beverage and activity booths.  We welcome your help and the event could not proceed without it!


Tiger Spirit and Fundraising

The PTG sells a wide range of items promoting the School’s logo and mascot, the Tiger Paw. Volunteer for a couple of hours a month in the shop or help plan and manage new fundraising initiatives!


Popcorn Sales

We need parents to help bag and sell popcorn. If we have a large pool of helpers to draw from, each sale will run smoothly.

Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong is a wonderful Thai celebration and a special event at Patana. Helpers are needed beforehand and also on the big day. 


Primary Production Assistance

The Primary School always puts on a lively show and enthusiastically welcomes help at all levels. Whether you have a lot of just a little time to participate, please let us know. If you can sew, paint or have other talents, please volunteer.


Quiz Night

This evening is always loads of fun and a rare opportunity for Patana staff and parents to socialise together. If you have some great ideas for Quiz Night, we’d love to hear from you.  Don’t be shy about signing up, we can provide instructions from previous years to help you and it's a team work!


Family Social and Carol Singing Event

Assist in planning a relaxing, special get-together for all of us at Patana.


Your Ideas

Let us know if you have any particular areas of enthusiasm or talents! We love hearing fresh ideas!


PTG Committee

We sometimes have vacant positions when parents are leaving the country or a new committee is elected. Check out what jobs are currently available at the PTG Committee. 



Please let us know what your volunteering interests are. Any help, big or small, is much appreciated.  Let’s work together to make this a great year for our children!


Name:  __________________________________________________________

Mobile: __________________________________________________________

Email:   __________________________________________________________

Name of Child/ren:  _________________________ Year Group:  ____________

Name of Child:         _________________________ Year Group:  ____________


I am interested in helping with: ________________________________________



I would like more information about: ____________________________________


Comments / Questions:  _____________________________________________



Return this slip to the PTG Suggestion Box (in front of the PTG Tiger Shop), your Class Parent or Year Group Representative - or email to 

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PTG Committee and Volunteers 2013-2014

Published Thursday, June 20, 2013.
Last updated: Monday, March 10, 2014

Bangkok Patana School Parent Teacher Group (PTG) 2013/2014

For General Enquiries Please Contact:


Position Name  Email
PTG Committee BPS Staff Reps     
Head of School Matthew Mills
Head of Primary Clare Sharp
Head of Secondary Michael Smith
Business Director Andrew Gordon
PTG Committee Parent Reps    
Chairperson Malee Whitcraft
Vice Chairperson Siobhan Bland
Secretary Siobhan Bland
Treasurer Koravic (Wikki) Bhanubandh
Thai Parent Group (TPG) Representative Navara (Ann) Vanasin
Primary Parent Representative Ranida (Mameow) Thitaparun
Secondary Parent Representative Dyan Zimmerman
Communication and Marketing Susanne Crosetto
Tiger Shop Manager Andrea Chaplin
Social Events Coordinator Suzie Jhanji
PTG Sub-Committees    
Special Events Coordinator Lindsay Sailes
International Day  Coordinator Caron Kobos
Fun Day Coordinator Daphne Seiler
Assistant Treasurer Saipin (Nog) Tangtrongchitr
Thai Parent Group (TPG) Assistant Saipin (Nog) Tangtrongchitr
Secondary Parent Rep Assistant Maneesha Mahajan
Newcomers & Volunteers Representative VACANT  
Primary Year Group Reps    
Primary Parent Representative Ranida (Mameow) Thitaparun
Nursery, K1 & K2 Parent Representative Kathaleeya McIntosh
Years 1 Parent Representative Rachel Cheung
Year 2 Parent Representative Siriwan (Vanda) Tangeharoenchaiachana
Year 3 Parent Representative Prathana Ljungberg
Year 4 Parent Representative Christine Yip
Year 5 Parent Representative Karen Kulsatri Andersen
Year 6 Parent Representative Pimta Bhanarai
Secondary Year Group Reps    
Secondary Parent Representative Dyan Zimmerman
Secondary Parent Rep Assistant Maneesha Mahajan
Year 7 Parent Representative Rachel Cheung
Yeat 7 Parent Representative Catherine White
Year 8 Parent Representative Anne Theodoulou
Year 8 Parent Representative Angela Frye
Year 9 Parent Representative Laura McDonald
Year 9 Parent Representative Sara Martin
Year 10 Parent Representative Tanya Bunya-Ananta
Year 10 Parent Representative Sue Williams
Year 11 Parent Representative Lindsay Sailes
Year 11 Parent Representative Malene Bloch Lundgaard
Year 12 Parent Representative Rebecca Ramos
Year 12 Parent Representative Suzie Jhanji
Year 13 Parent Representative Claire Foley
Year 13 Parent Representative VACANT  
Tiger Shop Volunteers    
Tiger Shop Manager Andrea Chaplin
Tiger Shop Volunteer Jane Wise
Tiger Shop Volunteer Cynthia Purnomo
Tiger Shop Volunteer Joanne Guyett
Tiger Shop Volunteer Karen Kulstari Andersen
Tiger Shop Volunteer (Shanti Hunter
Bangkok Area Representatives    
Sukhumvit (even side) Representative Siobhan Bland
Sukhumvit Thonglor (55) Representative Dyan Zimmerman
Asoke Representative Maneesha Mahajan
Bangna (near school) Representative Annie Theodoulou
Bangna (near IKEA) Representative Angela Frye
Central Chidlom Representative Rebecca Ramos
Approved by Malee Whitcraft and Matthew Mills on June 20, 2013 - updated 10th March, 2014



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New items at the Tiger Shop

Published Tuesday, March 04, 2014.
Last updated: Friday, March 07, 2014

Hello good morning,

we have received a photo from our Tiger Shop Manager Andrea that shows new merchandise items now for sale at the Tiger Shop. You might have seen the new shades on Fun Day already, they are available in the Bangkok Patana house's colours and are only 150 THB. Also notebooks (A5) and cord holders with the tiger paw have just arrived. 


Please note that the PTG Tiger Shop is run by volunteers and opening times might change without prior notice. In case you are interested in doing a shift at our lovely shop please contact Andrea at

Actual change of opening hours: Friday 7th March - Tuesday 11th March closed. Sorry for inconvenience. We are open this Wednesday and Thursday and next Wednesday again back to latest roster.

Many thanks and happy shopping!

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Some Lucky Winners

Published Thursday, March 06, 2014.
Last updated: Friday, March 07, 2014


Today, we were able to match some lucky winners with their prizes!

There are over 500 more winners of Fun Day's Lucky Draw. Please compare your coupon number with the winning ticket numbers listed here.


Lucky winner of an iPad mini sponsored by the ThPG (Thai Parent Group)


 Lucky winner of a hotel voucher for Marrakesh Hotel in Hua Hin sponsored by Major Development



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Fun Day 2014 - Your feedback is welcome!

Published Sunday, March 02, 2014.
Last updated: Tuesday, March 04, 2014


Dear Fun Day goers,

That was Fun Day, yesterday. We hope you had a blast!

Fun Day is the biggest event in the Patana Community's calendar and jointly organised by the Bangkok Patana School and its Parent Teacher Group (PTG). We want to thank all volunteers again for helping to make this great event going smooth and safe. Thank you also to all visitors and sponsors for contributing to the Patana Community!

We had a lot of new rides and a new location for the food court - and also a new PTG team being in charge. The 'Fun Day Crew' therefore would like to kindly ask you for your feedback and for those of your kids; like which rides they enjoyed most, and where we could improve. Your feedback and suggestions are welcome! Please leave a comment below, send us an email ( or comment in our new PTG Facebook Group. Thank you!

Meanwhile, we are still counting... and will announce the results of this year's Fun Day soon. Also we will announce more lucky draw winners on this blog and on the Patana News. Stay tuned.

Warm regards

Your PTG Team and Fun Day Crew

Comment By Susan 

I was impressed by the great variety of food at the Food Court and enjoyed having lunch in the shade of the trees next to the Primary canteen. Kids were even playing on the school's playground. It was a nice and relaxed atmosphere. I also liked all bands performing on main stage, especially the Teacher's Rock Band! - My son (age 10) liked the Trikers best! Unfortunately time flew too fast and he had no time left for any pool fun. Could Fun Day be from 10am till 5pm next year? It was a great day, thank you to all organisers!

Published on Sunday, March 02, 2014
Comment By Clare Measures 


My 8th funday was certainly the best. we loved the activities for smaller children on the side field. the wristbands worked a treat and were easy for staff on rides too. The dog show was a highlight in our household.

Genuinely thank you thank you!

Little suggestions for the future; a 300 baht wristband for foundation stage and latecomers? But actually i am sure no one really minds paying for such a great cause! :)

Published on Monday, March 03, 2014
Comment By PTG BPS 

Dear Clare,

thank you very much for your big compliment! Your feedback is very much appreciated.
We hear very similar comments, like "best Fun Day ever", "easy armband system", etc. Regarding the armbands, in order to keep it simple we said kids younger than 4 years are free. And latecomers paid only half price for the all day pass. However, the starting time for the latecomer entry could be discussed. But as you said the money is for a good cause.

We are glad you and your family had a great Fun Day!

Thank you again and kind regards
PTG editor

Published on Thursday, March 06, 2014

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