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Parent Teacher Group PTG Blog: Information and News

Message from the PTG

Published Monday, June 23, 2014.
Last updated: Monday, June 23, 2014

Dear All,

Another school year and PTG year are coming to an end.

On Monday 23 June we just had our first International Day meeting.
 
International Day will be held on 12th and 13th November 2014. The next meeting is on 29th September 2014. We are still looking for an overall coordinator, parade coordinator and food hall coordinator and many country reps. Please pass on the this information and please help us find volunteers.

Clare Sharp from Primary has verbally invited all PTG members and especially the Primary Year group Reps to come to a lunch to thanks for all their help last year. This lunch will be held tomorrow June 24 at 11.30am at school. Please ask for the venue at the front office. If you are at school please join in. It is a great opportunity for the new Primary parent reps to meet the class reps and exchange thoughts on things to do next year.
 
Induction Day will be held on 19th August in the foyer and sports hall in the morning. This is the day that new parents receive information about the school and its operation. The event is organised by Clare Sharp for Primary and Helen Thew for Secondary. PTG will be represented by our Newcomers Rep Debbie Smith who will help to organise the event together with other PTG committee members and parent volunteers.
 
We expect approximately 400 new parents for Primary and Secondary School and they will all be asking questions varying from "where do I find a house?", "where I take my dog to the vet?" to "what is IB?" It would be great if our PTG reps could be present in their orange shirts to help answer questions and to help guide people from the Sports Hall to the Foyer, hand out Parent Guide books, introduce our tiger merchandise from the Tiger Shop etc. The event will start early morning and will only take a few hours of your time. It would be great if you can be present in the morning of August 19th in your orange shirts. Please kindly contact Debbie at ptgnewcomerspatana@gmail.com to confirm. She needs all the help she can get. Andrea, our Tiger shop manager is also looking for helpers. Please contact her at ptgtigers@gmail.com if you are free to help in the Tigershop - on that event or even weekly. 
 
On Monday 15t September 2014 we will have a meeting with the PTG Review Focus Group. The idea of this meeting is to brainstorm about what is expected from the PTG. Are we doing what parents want us to do, or should we shift our focus? Are we communicating enough and in the right place? Do parents and staff enjoy events or do we need to change to something else - or have more events or less? If you do not have signed up for the focus group yet, but are interested in the future of the PTG, it would be great if you could join and let us know your thoughts. If you are not able to join this meeting, please send us an email to PTG@patana.ac.th with your suggestions and thoughts on what the focus should be. We will also launch a survey to all parents and it would be great if you could encourage people to fill it out. THANK YOU!
 
 
We would like to extend special thanks to all who are leaving the PTG and thank you for all your efforts last year. You were a great team, but the year passed all too fast. I know many of you have spent many hours of your private time to volunteer for the PTG. This includes parent reps for primary and secondary, Tiger shop volunteers, Thai PTG and our much appreciated Sub-Committee members Lindsay and Caron.
 
I just would like to mention three outgoing members from our Main Committee:
 
- Special thanks to Ma-meow who was always there to help, get a team of helpers together, a team of sponsors and donors! Thanks a million for all your help, you will be missed, but we hope you will still help out at some events and stay good friends with the PTG as well.
 
- Special thanks as well to Susanne, our Communication and Marketing Coordinator, who has implemented some big changes such as the PTG Facebook Group and Accord Mini with links to the updated PTG blog. We urgently need someone to replace her, so it would be great if you could all help us to find the right person.
 
- Thank you also Suzie, who took over the role of social events coordinator from Jane. Thank you for all your help and always being ready to help. Great you have offered to still keep helping with Intentional Day and other events, we just need to find an new overall coordinator to be on the main Committee.
 
Malene will take over from Ma-meow as Primary Representative and I am sure she will succeed to get a team of new Reps together and go full of enthusiasm into the new school year. If you didn't do so already, it would be great if you can let her know if you want to be part of the Primary PTG team the next school year. Malene already has approached old and new Primary Year Group Reps.
 
Another new Committee member I would like to introduce is Debbie; she will be our only British national on our Main Committee! Last year we have not been able to fill the Newcomers Volunteer position and most of this work was done by Siobhan and few others, but this year we are off to a good start! Debbie, Welcome on Board!
 
Siobhan and I would like to thank everyone for all your help last year. Thanks to everyone who has joined the committee and who has helped out on one or many occasions.
 
Without you it would not have been as successful as it was. We received a lot of compliments from parents, staff and students and that is great to hear. It is all because of the combined effort of a great team! Thank you so much!
 
Last but not least, we hope you will have a great holiday, have a fun filled family time and return safely to Bangkok! For those who are relocating, best wishes and hopefully our paths will cross again!
 
Best wishes,
 
Malee  &  Siobhan
PTG Chairperson and PTG Vice Chair and Secretary
 
PTG Facebook Group

 

 

 


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Universities of the Bangkok Patana Graduates from the Class of 2014

Published Monday, June 23, 2014.
Last updated: Monday, June 23, 2014

Congratulations to the Graduates from the Class of 2014!

PS: We posted this ad also on our PTG Facebook group, where you can enlarge and save the image.


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International Day 1st Meeting Monday 23rd June 2014 8am

Published Monday, June 16, 2014.
Last updated: Monday, June 16, 2014

Bangkok Patana International Day, 12 & 13 November 2014

 First meeting - Monday 23 June 2014 at 8am

 The PTG is calling on parents from all nationalities to

join us at our first International Day meeting!

Venue: Conference Room 304, 4th floor, Admin Building

 For those unfamiliar with International Day please find additional details below.

International Day is one of our biggest annual events and is a two-day celebration of Bangkok Patana School’s diverse student body. It is an opportunity for students and the school community as a whole to celebrate their own and other unique cultures. The event is organised by the Parent Teacher Group (PTG) and is supported by parents, teachers, students and the school.

Parents and children can participate in everything from showcasing performances from their respective countries, sharing their national dishes, to organizing displays and activities for the children to enjoy.  All Patana parents are encouraged to join in this wonderful event!

Many helping hands are needed and our first meeting is the perfect opportunity for parents to get involved in as little or as large a role as they please.

If you do not have the time to be an official representative, you can still be a helper, assisting your Country Representative by sharing information with families in your group, assisting with escorting the children during the Parade, or putting together a roster of volunteers for your booth at the Food and Exhibition Halls. You may also choose to help out generally at the event by being a parade marshal, or an usher at the Food Hall.

Our first meeting will take place on Monday 23 June 2014 at 8am in Conference Room 304 on the 4th floor of the Admin Building at the front of the school. All parents who are interested in being Country Representatives or helping out over the course of the event are warmly welcomed to attend.  We are also looking for an overall Coordinator for the event, a Parade Coordinator and a Food Hall Coordinator.

If you cannot attend this meeting but you are still interested in becoming your Country Representative or can volunteer some of your time to help, please contact the PTG (details below).

As the summer holiday is around the corner and many families will be going back to their home countries, this would be the perfect time to pick up items in the form of costumes for the Parade or Cultural Show, as well as decorations and items to display at the Expo and Food Halls.

Thank you and hope to see you there on 23 June.

Malee Whitcraft

PTG Chairperson

ptg@patana.ac.th

 

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 Photos of International Day 2013 :

International Day starts with the Parade of Countries

 

Team Pakistan on Stage during the Culture Show 2013

 

Team Canada at the Expo Hall

Team Finland at the Expo Hall

 

Team Japan at the Food Hall

Team Belgium at the Food Hall

 

For a full report about our last International Day see the PTG Newsletter Accord November 2013, pages 12-20

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Car Boot Sale at School!

Published Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
Last updated: Monday, June 16, 2014

Saturday morning at school : grab some bargains!

 

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The PTG's Car Boot Sale was a huge success! It was busy from 8am until noon. There was a constant flow of buyers looking for a bargain. Our 22 vendors were busy selling books, toys, clothes, children's furniture, gym equipment, homewares, and much more. Thank you for donating your unsold items to the Mercy Centre Bangkok. Thank you also to our dedicated PTG volunteers, Bangkok Patana School staff and to the buyers for helping to make this PTG event a success!

 Malee, Siobhan, Suzie and Catherine from the PTG Team

 

From the car boot or the mat, lots of good finds!

Great experience for kids to sell, bargain, calculate and buy...

Time passed fast!

And thanks to the organisers we also got cool water to stay hydrated!

Mercy Centre Bangkok picked-up donated unsold items


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Snap shots from the PTG Highlights 2013/2014

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Last updated: Monday, June 16, 2014

Photo from the Accord mini June2014: from left: Fun Day 2014, teacher band at Fun Day 2014, parade at International Day 2013, culture show at Inernational Day 2013, PTG Biking in Kao Yai 2014, Staff Appreciation Day 2014, PTG lunch at British Club hosted by Matt Mills June 2014;

 

Fun Day 2014, the largest fund raising event jointly organised by PTG and School

Fun Day is all about having fun!

The Idle Threads, Patana Teachers' Rock Band performing on stage at Fun Day, March 2014

Water Fights at Fun Day 2014!

 

That was International Day 2013, starting at 8am with a colourful parade of all nations

 

On International Day, the parade is followed by a culture show - here Pakistan on stage

About 20 nations featured their country at the International Day's Exhibition Hall, here The Netherlands

All exhibiting countries are featured in the PTG Newsletter Accord of November 2013 on page 12 - 20

At the International Day's Food Hall countries offer a taste of their home, here Brasil, Venezuela and Argentina together as Latinamerica

  

PTG Bake Sale during Vendor Sale at the Sports Complex in June 2013 - more photos here

 

 

PTG Event Biking in Kao Yai: BBQ on the border of the National Park 

 

Malee is briefing the bikers before the biking tours (6km and 25km) in Kao Yai, January 2014

An article and more photos from this event were posted on the PTG blog here.

 

Lunch treat for school staff on Staff Appreciation Day made by parents and sponsors!

 

Winners of the Lucky Draw at Staff Appreciation Day 2014

More photos about this event on this blog here

 

First PTG Event 2013 oranised by the new committe at the Maduzi Hotel

 

PTG committee at the British Club after the annual "Thank You Lunch" hosted by Matt Mills, Head of School (from left: Malee, Ma-Meow, Daphne, Nog, Shioban, Suzie, Susanne, Wikki, Ann, missing Andrea, Dyan and Lindsay), June 2014

  

"Thank you lunch" for the PTG Committee hosted by the Head of School at the British Club Bangkok

 

Last but not least, after having had to postpone this event twice, it finally happened:

The Car Boot Sale in June 2014 (for more photos click here)


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Get involved with the PTG

Published Tuesday, June 03, 2014.
Last updated: Wednesday, June 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 ptg@patana.ac.th.

 

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: ________________________________________

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I would like more information about: ____________________________________

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Comments / Questions:  _____________________________________________

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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 ptg@patana.ac.th. 


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National Museum Volunteers NMV

Published Monday, June 09, 2014.
Last updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

 

National Museum Volunteers NMV - Bangkok

 

 

The National Museum Volunteers (NMV) is a non-profit organisation, which has served the National Museum Bangkok since 1969.

Under the auspices of The Fine Arts Department, the NMV supports the National Museum Bangkok through a variety of educational and cultural activities.

Members study the art, history and culture of Thailand and its neighbours and may train as museum guides.

Everyone is welcome!

 

Celebrating 45 years of support of the National Museum Bangkok. Focusing on art, history and culture of Thailand and the region. Weekly guided tours in English, French, German and Japanese at the National Museum Bangkok. Guiding workshops in four languages, study goups, excursions, lectures. Specialist library, newsletter and publications.

Visit the website www.museumsvolunteersbkk.net or contact via email at information@museumsvolunteersbkk.net.

Note for your diary: Annual Reception September 30th 2014 at the Dusit Thani Hotel


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Tiger Shop Opening Hours and Order Form

Published Tuesday, May 06, 2014.
Last updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

 

Due to renovation works the Tiger Shop - together with the School Uniform Shop - relocates to the Art Exhibition Area.

The Tiger Shop is open from 14th May unitl the end of the school year at the Art Exhibition Area.

For your convenience, we now have a Tiger Shop Order Form which you can download from the School Website here. Further details see below. We will then send your order to your kids classroom! 

  

 The new Opening Hours in May and June :

 

The new Tiger Shop Order Form, for download click here

 

DETAILS about how to use the new Tiger Shop Order Form after downloading ( here ), printing and filling out :

 

 

Please choose one of the following options: 

1. I would like to pick up my order from the reception.

2. I would like the PTG volunteer to drop it off at my child's class.


Please put this order form including correct amount in a sealed envelope in the PTG MAIL BOX AT CASHIER's OFFICE, clearly marked: 
TIGER SHOP

The ordered items will be delivered within 4 school days.   

Once the order is processed and delivered to the reception or your child's class, you will receive an email. 

If the item is not available but is on order the item will be delivered once available or payment will be returned. 

Please note that the volunteers at the Tiger Shop DO NOT take any responsibility for lost items after delivery.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ORDER !

 


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CAR BOOT SALE - SAVE THE NEW DATE

Published Monday, March 31, 2014.
Last updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

 NEW DATE : Saturday 14th June 2014

SAME Time and SAME Venue !

  

CAR BOOT SALE

Saturday, 24th May 2014 at Arts Centre Car Park

NEW DATE : SATURDAY 14th JUNE

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 (registration for seller is closed now)

Bookings can be made by contacting ptg@patana.ac.th 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  (info for seller)

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 / Foundation Stage Car Park (near main entrance) by 7.30am on Saturday 14th June.

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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We kept cool and biked on - Biking Tour in Khao Yai

Published Thursday, January 30, 2014.
Last updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

PTG’s Khao Yai Biking Tour

text by Siobhan Bland

photos by Susanne Crosetto

 

On 25th and 26th January the PTG held its first social event of the year – the Khao Yai Biking Tour! On Saturday, 30 people (10 Patana Families) joined the BBQ at Baan Chonglom with its spectacular views across the majestic Khao Yai National Park. The children connected immediately; whether they were playing tag outside or playing games under cover, there was lots of laughter amongst them. The parents, and the conversation, soon warmed up with a mulled wine or two and homemade burgers and lasagne, barbequed corn and fresh green salad on the menu. After watching the beautiful sunset over Khao Yai, the rapid drop in temperature forced everyone to retreat to the cozy warmth of their nearby hotels.

 

Saturday afternoon drinks before BBQ

 

some Patana Dads enjoying a geat winter evening in Khao Yai

 

Patana Mums all pretty familiar with Khao Yai

 

What a treat!

 

Rready to bike tomorrow!

Enjoying the coldest Thai winter in 30 years with duvet jacket and mulled wine

 

On Sunday, 20 people braved the brisk 13-degree morning for the biking tour. Everyone bought their own bikes or hired them in Bangkok. Our youngest rider was seven years old and our oldest was…well...let’s say around 50 years old. Before we headed off on our adventure through the National Park and surrounds, Malee Whitcraft gave a safety briefing to the riding party to make sure everyone knew where to go and what to do if they were confronted by an unfriendly dog or monkey…or elephant for that matter; there is one lone elephant that is known to wander the area, plucking palm trees out of peoples’ gardens like celery sticks. 

  

Malee briefing the bikers

 

After being supplied with a bottle of water and a snack for the journey, ‘Team Patana’ headed off.

Once under the cover of the forest in the National Park we were lucky enough to see a troop of about 50 macaque monkeys sitting on the path ahead. We all stopped and enjoyed their presence until they noticed us and disappeared into the dense forest further up the mountainside. The next stop along the journey was a limestone cave which was fun to explore and offered cool respite after the hot first leg of the ride. 

  

First break: visiting a newly dicovered cave!

 pretty impressive!

After the cave, ready to go! (Please note in the background the two "service" cars following us, and the drivers repairing the first flat tire! Amazing organisation!)

Beautiful forest ride!

Monkeys ahead !!

Our young bikers enjoyed the easy ride of the first part of the tour. BTW can you see the orange road sign?

Here you can't miss it - the orange string, one of PTG's many road signs - right in the middle

 

Soon after this stop the younger riders and a couple of parents returned back to base, having cycled nearly 8km already. Great effort kids! The children jumped into one of the support vehicles and the parents cycled back along the clearly marked track, bringing their trip to almost 16km. 

The more serious cyclists continued on the longer route and even stopped for a freshly brewed coffee along the way! A few hours later they returned red faced, but proud to have completed the (approximately) 27km round-trip together. Well done! Next stop was a dip in the infinity pool and a cold beer to cool down. Having worked up an appetite, we had barbequed chicken, lasagne once more and salad for lunch.

Instead of increasing the speed without the kids... coffee break! ;-) 

Nobody could get lost with these signs around, couldn't they?

Pit stop for tire change - this is the proof of the Dutch biker gene - it took them 2 minutes.

aaahh ! we deserve it ! ice cold beer in felt ice cold pool !

 

We didn’t see elephants or hornbills or gibbons or giant squirrels this time, but there is always next time. Due to popular demand the PTG plans to hold more of these biking tours.  Many people wanted to come along but couldn’t attend due to other commitments.

A big thanks goes out to Malee Whitcraft for organising such a fantastic weekend!  It was an amazing venue, lovely company and gorgeous scenery! I know my family will jump at the chance to do that again. What a ride!

 


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PTG Events 2013 / 2014

Published Wednesday, October 09, 2013.
Last updated: Friday, May 30, 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! 

 

Last EVENTS before the school year ends:

 

  • Car Boot Sale, Saturday 14th June 8am-noon at Arts Centre/Foundation Stage Car Park (near main entrance), for further information click here.
  • PTG Meeting, 16th June 2014 (RSVP). 

 

 Past Events:

  • 1st Social Evening, 30th October, 2013 at Maduzi Hotel 8 PM 
  • International Day, 6th + 7th November, 2013
  • Picnic in the Park, 1st December 2013
  • Khao Yai Biking Trip, 25th + 26th January 2014  (click link)
  • Fun Day, 1st March  (click link)
  • Staff Appreciation Day, 22nd April 2014
  • Quiz Night, 25th April at 7pm (event was cancelled) 
  • 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 ptg@patana.ac.th. For invitation and downloading of forms for committee nomination and constitution amendment proposal click here.

 

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

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)

email: ptg@patana.ac.th

PTG Blog

PTG Facebook Group 


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Students Safety regarding Party Time in Bangkok

Published Friday, May 30, 2014.
Last updated: Friday, May 30, 2014

Dear Parents,

 

it's "party time" in Bangkok, and school has sent to Secondary parents a letter about "sutdents' safety" that we want to share with all of you as it contains valid information.

 

Kind regards

your PTG Team

 

 

(...) We have a number of concerns with the large, organised 'celebration' events. Typically there is an entrance fee of 500-800 baht which entitles the ticket holder to 'free' alcohol until it runs out. There are few if any checks made regarding the age of the partygoers and all three schools know of students as young as Year 8 who have been able to attend them in the past. There is the likelihood of excessive consumption of alcohol; presence of much older people at the events who could pose a danger to our students; possible availability of drugs; fire risk; potential for drinks being spiked; potentially damaging photographs being tagged and placed on social media and so on.

   

If you know that your children are likely to be attending any non-school celebration at this time of year please make sure that you know as much as you can about it. Speak with them about the importance of staying in contact with you, staying with their friends at all times, ensuring that they know exactly what they are drinking or eating and generally looking after each other.  Of course feel free to not allow them to attend! It is never the case that ‘everyone is going’!

  

 

Students

·         Should always travel with your mobile phones and call your parents to let them know where you are
·         Make sure that your mobile phones are charged up and switched on and that you have contact numbers for all of your friends’ families
·         Should remember the strategies to help you say no to substance misuse
·         Never leave your drink unattended, ask one of your group to look after it if you have to go to the toilet
·         Any drink, not only alcoholic ones may be ‘spiked’ (tampered with) by someone who may wish to harm the victim
·         Always stay with your group when you go out and keep a close eye on each other’s behaviour – if it works for your group designate a ‘responsible person’ each time you go out
·         Pay close attention to ‘outsiders’ to your group and frequently check up on the person that they are talking to
·         Have an understanding in your group beforehand that if one of you is behaving strangely and irrationally then the others will take them home
·         If a member of the group, especially a female is behaving irrationally or seems unusually disoriented whether by alcohol or something else stay with them at all times, contact the rest of the group by mobile phone and immediately take the person home
·         Check in with your parents while you are out and if you are moving from place to place – do this by text if you don’t want to keep talking to them
·         Go where you told your parents you were going
 
 

Parents

 
·         Should always ensure that you know where your child is outside school time and what time they will return home
·         If your child is going to a friend’s house then always call the other parent beforehand to ensure that you are happy with the arrangement and call again during the visit to ensure that your child is there
·         Make sure that you know the mobile numbers of your child’s friends so you can contact them if you need to

·         Keep your mobile phone charged up and switched on when your child is out in Bangkok

 

 

These additional points refer to alcohol and illegal drug use in Thailand and the position of Bangkok Patana School with relation to alcohol and illegal substance misuse

·         It is illegal in Thailand for anyone under the age of 20 to drink alcohol
·         No official school parties allow alcohol
·         After Graduation and After Prom parties are not organised by the school and we can not take responsibility for them
·         Many bars in Bangkok will willingly sell alcohol to students who are clearly under 20 years of age
·         There are extremely harsh penalties under Thai law for substance misuse (drugs) and such use is viewed as an adult crime even if committed by a student
·         Illegal substances such as marijuana are easily available in Bangkok and young people out at night (and even in daylight) are seen as a potential market by drug pushers

·         At Bangkok Patana school we have adopted a targeted drug testing scheme where we will conduct hair and urine tests if we suspect that a student has been misusing illegal substances (this is a strong deterrent for students to say no if offered or pressured to misuse illegal substances)

 


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The temporary Tiger Shop Location

Published Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
Last updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

 

Our temporary location in the art exhibition hall...

 

 

Please see below the opening times for the week commencing Monday 26th May. 

Monday: closed
Tuesday 7.30 to 9.30am
Wednesday 1.30 to 3.00pm
Thursday 7.30 to 11.00am
Friday 7.30 to 9.30am

The Tiger Shop is run by volunteers and managed by PTG committee member and Tiger Shop Manager Andrea Chaplin.  If you are available to help in the Tiger Shop please email ptgtigers@gmail.com


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CAR BOOT SALE Saturday 14th June

Published Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
Last updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Dear all,
 
Thank you for your understanding regarding the cancellation of the PTG Car Boot Sale due to the recent changes to the political situation which created some uncertainty and safety concerns.
 
Now that things have settled down a bit, we have decided to reschedule the event. The date proposed is Saturday 14 June, same time and location. We are currently redoing the flyer to advertise the event, which will be posted around school, on the PTG Blog, on the school and PTG FB Group pages, and in school newsletters and notices. I will post it on the BAMBI FB Group and a few other Bangkok Expat FB Groups as I did last time. I will also email it to you all to post around your condos and moo baans and within your own networks.
 
We did consider other dates between now and then, however there are various scheduled events that clash, and due to the fact that we have several school empoyees as vendors, as we well as the potential for traffic issues, we have made a call not to do it during working hours through the week.
 
There are also a few more vendor car parking spaces available of you know anyone who is interested in joining.  Please ask them to email ptg@patana.ac.th with their name, email, mobile number, and car registration number.

Please reconfirm with a "yes/no" email asap, and let me know if you have any questions.  Please also review the "Instructions for PTG Car Boot Sale Vendors (14 June 2014)" below.

 
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
 
Kind regards,
 
Siobhan Bland
PTG Secretary

 

Click here for more details about concept etc.


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Parent School Bus Inspetction - Voluntees needed

Published Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
Last updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Parent Bus Inspections:

Every year the school buses that are over six years old undergo an additional inspection by the school. This is a very important but simple job that helps ensure the safety of the children using the school buses. This year, the checks are taking place on Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd and  Wednesday 4th June from 8.00 - 10.00am and we would like to ask parents whose children use the service to kindly help to complete this task.

If you are able to help can you please contact Khun Pa in the Services Department at phca@patana.ac.th with the date/s you are available. A checklist is provided to help with the task and you will be supported by our Transport Department staff. We value your time and hope that you can give up an hour or two to participate in this important task.

This request was published in the Patana News on Monday.

http://www.patana.ac.th/Gateway/PatanaNews/NewsItem.asp?VolumeID=16&EditionID=30&NewsID=2860

Genevieve Ahl

Services Manager


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Thailand Political Situation Update Sunday 25th May

Published Sunday, May 25, 2014.
Last updated: Sunday, May 25, 2014

Thailand Political Situation Update

Message from School:

Sunday 25th May 20124 3.15pm
School will open on Monday 26th May with all transport and ECAs due to run as scheduled.

As the current political situation can change relatively quickly we ask that you check the school's website or our official Facebook page tomorrow (Monday) morning for further updates.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.


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Further information on 23rd May

Published Friday, May 23, 2014.
Last updated: Friday, May 23, 2014

 

Dear Parents,

Although we have another coup - the 12th in the Thai history - including curfew (between 10pm and 5am) - it might be the first time for most kids to have a school day off due to a coup d’état!

The military has asked all schools, including international schools to close from today, Friday 23rd May until Sunday 25th May. Please check the school's website  or Facebook page  again latest on Monday morning 26th May for further update.

PTG and the school are in close contact and although the school website had some difficulties last night (due to unprecedentedly high demand) we managed to inform you via our PTG Facebook Group and the recently set up School’s Facebook Page. Thanks for helping to spread the word via your private FB timeline. The message from the head of school, Matt Mills, can be read here.

School also has sent out a SMS today before 6.00am about school’s closure. If you have not received this SMS please email to information@patana.ac.th with the full name of one of your children, your full name and your mobile number.

Contrary to some rumours, the internet was not shut down last night, and hopefully will continue to be available.

The IGCSE and IB exams are on today. Good luck to all students!

Primary teachers have sent out home learning / homework instructions via email that can be found on the year group blogs. If you have difficulties to access the school website by wifi, try an internet landline.

 

Further information that might be useful:

-          Curfew: you are allowed to be out in the streets after 10pm when you are on your way home or on the way to the airport. Carry your ID or Passport with you. BTS stops its service at 9pm. Shops and malls close at 8.00pm.

-          Keep your self-informed via twitter, Facebook or other online news platforms for the latest developments. We also will update this blog with useful information.

 

Stay safe, kind regards

your PTG team

 

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Situation Update: Thailand Political Developments

Issued at Bangkok at 19.00 hrs. (GMT+7) on 22 May 2014 (by Hotel Association Thailand)

 

Flash Update:

 

At 17.00 hours today, Thai military has taken control of the country to prevent further loss of life and prevent the conflict from further escalating. The move came after talks between representatives of opposing sides and top officials failed to reach a common ground, according to local media reports.

 

A nationwide curfew has been announced from 22.00 – 05.00 hours with effective from today (22nd May), and martial law to remain in effect until further notice, army announced.

 

Businesses and public services are adjusting their operating hours to comply with the curfew.

 

All airports in Thailand remain open, and air passengers with arrival and departure flights scheduled during the curfew can travel to and from the airports at any time as usual. However, Tourists with arrival and departure flights during the curfew are advised to prepare all travel documents when travelling to and from the airports.

 

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is closely monitoring the situation, and will be providing more updates as soon as there are further developments.

 

In the meantime, tourists can contact the following numbers for information and assistance:

 

TAT Call Centre 1672

Tourist Police Call Centre 1155

Traffic Police Call Centre 1197

BMTA (city bus and van service) Call Centre 1348

BTS Hotline +66 (0) 2617 6000

MRT Customer Relations Center +66 (0) 2624 5200

SRT (train service) Call Centre 1690

Transport Co., Ltd., (inter-provincial bus service) Call Centre 1490

AOT (Suvarnabhumi Airport) Call Centre 1722

Suvarnabhumi Airport Operation Centre (temporary) +66 (0) 2132 9950 or 2

Don Mueang Airport Call Centre +66 (0) 2535 3861, (0) 2535 3863

Thai Airways International Call Centre +66 (0) 2356 1111

Bangkok Airways Call Centre 1771

Nok Air Call Centre 1318

Thai AirAsia Call Centre +66 (0) 2515 9999

 


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Thailand Political Situation Update Friday 23rd May

Published Friday, May 23, 2014.
Last updated: Friday, May 23, 2014

Thailand Political Situation Update

 

Friday 23rd May 7:25am
Message from Mr Matt Mills, Head of School
Dear Bangkok Patana Community

In compliance with the order last night for all schools to close between 23rd and 25th May, Bangkok Patana School will be shut today and over the weekend.

IB and (I)GCSE exams scheduled for today (Friday 23rd May) will go ahead and online learning will replace lessons for all other students.

Since last night our website has been under unprecedented demand and has been inaccessible during this time. The website is now fully operational again; we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. Although the school website is our primary means of communication we will also be posting updates to the school's Facebook Page www.facebook.com/bangkokpatanaschool; please click and like to follow us. SMS messages will also be used to communicate as required.

If no member of your family received the SMS message that was sent just before 6:00am this morning please email information@patana.ac.th with the full name of one of your children, your full name and a mobile number.

We are hoping school will be open on Monday 26th May but please do check back to this page and/or our Facebook page over the weekend for further updates.

With best regards

Matthew G. Mills
Head of School


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Car Boot Sale CANCELLED until furhter notice

Published Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Last updated: Friday, May 23, 2014

Update :

Due to the coup d'etat of the army and their request to close all schools from 23rd to 25th May we are forced (again) to cancel the Car Boot Sale. We will keep you posted of further notice.

This morning, all vendors have been informed via email by Siobhan. Thank you!

 

 

Good morning,

All quiet in Bangkok. Sukhumvit rallies for this weekend are cancelled. Car Boot Sale is on track. Vendor registration is closed, details have been emailed. Now we only need buyers!

See you Saturday morning 24th at the school's car park, from 8am - noon!

your PTG team

 

PS: in case of any change, we will post it immediately here on the PTG blog and on our FB Group. So please check on Saturday morning in case the situation seems unclear.


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Tiger Shop Cart during FORBISIA

Published Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Last updated: Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Tiger Shop Cart will be out starting on 10th of June.

Good luck BPS Primary FORBISIA TEAM!


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