At Bangkok Patana School we believe that education is a three-way partnership between parents, students and the school and we welcome and encourage parents to engage with and contribute to the broad Bangkok Patana community. Below are some of the ways in which parents can become involved in the life of the school.
A Primary Class Parent is a volunteer parent who liaises between the class teacher and parents. Different teachers will request different levels of support.
Parent volunteers are welcome to assist in school. A number of parents help in the classroom, often working with individuals or small groups of children under the supervision of the teacher. If you would like to spare some time to volunteer, please contact the class teacher in the first instance.
The Parent Teacher Group (PTG) recruits volunteer Liaisons for each Year group in the Secondary School at the beginning of the school year. (Secondary tutor groups do not have individual Class Parents). There is at least one Liaison Parent per Year group, job-sharing is encouraged, and newcomers are particularly invited to apply. The Liaisons organise social events, so that parents can get to know other parents in the Year group. We encourage all Secondary parents to attend these events, as it can be particularly difficult in Bangkok to meet up with one another. Liaisons also create contact lists, help the PTG welcome newcomers and recruit help for PTG events.
All members of the academic staff and all parents/guardians of Bangkok Patana students are automatically members of the PTG. The PTG thus provides a link between parents and teachers, with the purpose of “promoting and assisting the development of the school, advancing its interests and activities and fostering goodwill of parents, teachers, and friends towards the school”. The PTG strives to build community spirit among children, parents and staff.
The PTG is overseen by the PTG committee (PTGC) which includes three permanent staff members and several parent officers. They are elected at an Annual General Meeting (AGM) each May. Parents can volunteer for positions such as chair, vice chair, representatives for Thai issues, Primary or Secondary Schools, Tiger Shop and newcomers. Other positions include secretary, treasurer and newsletter editor.
All volunteers are welcome, whatever their interests or availability, as it takes a large team to coordinate all of the activities throughout the year. PTG activities vary from year to year and evolve as the needs of the school community change. While many PTG activities are social, others are fund-raisers. The PTG also provides a mechanism for addressing issues of common concern in a congenial atmosphere. Concerns may be referred to specific school staff as needed. The PTG can be contacted using the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being a member of the Bangkok Patana Community does not end when your time at school is complete. We welcome you to our global alumni network and look forward to keeping in touch. With a history spanning more than 50 years, Bangkok Patana School has an extensive alumni of past students, staff and families now living and working around the world. There are regular get-togethers each year and you can keep up to date with School activities through our newsletters and magazines. Make sure you sign up on the Alumni page at http://alumni.patana.ac.th