Dear Prem Community,
As Semester 1 closes in a blaze of beautiful festive events and we head into the holiday season, I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude to all of you for making this term such a huge success.
To our fantastic students, kudos on a job extremely well done! Whether it's acing your assignments, exhibiting silky skills in the sports arena, or shining in the arts, your diverse talents and achievements are universally on display and bring immense pride to Prem.
A special thanks to our exceptional faculty and staff for their unwavering support and tireless efforts in fostering an environment of learning, growth, and creativity. Their dedication to nurturing well-rounded, outstanding individuals is evident in the diverse successes our students have achieved across so many disciplines.
To our parents and guardians, thank you for entrusting us with the education and development of your children. Your partnership is invaluable, and together we have the privilege of playing a part in shaping the futures of your bright, kind, polite and intellectually curious children.
As we take a well-deserved break, it’s a very good time to reflect on the accomplishments of our community (as evidenced weekly in our community news!) and recharge for the upcoming semester. May the holiday season be a time for family togetherness, fun and fresh input, as well as, hopefully, a little peace and relaxation too!
Thank you for making Prem extraordinary!
Wishing you all a wonderful school winter break,
Rachel Keys M.A. (Oxon), M.Ed.
Head of School
Shifting from Testing Memory to Evidencing Learning of the Holistic Child!
Parents participated in a thought-provoking workshop as we examined how we explored the journey from traditional testing to an evidencing learning approach.
Parents actively participated in identifying keywords that resonated with their past school experiences. Words such as ’memorization, theory, formulas, and memory’ were identified. As we progressed through the workshop, we realised that these words, historically, were the cornerstones of assessments, but we question how important it is to measure these aspects in this rapidly evolving world.
As parents explored the historical eras on timelines, they drew connections between different eras and the education approaches in place during these times. From the industrial age to the digital era, we witnessed how education has adapted to meet the ever-changing needs of society. Today, the focus is shifting from rote memorization to fostering critical thinking, creativity, and adaptability.
The end of the workshop saw parents expressing new thinking and perspectives on exit tickets, and their statements really captured their thinking. One parent wrote, "Evidencing learning has different parts such as monitoring, documenting, measuring, and reporting," highlighting the different approaches within the assessment process. Another shared the sentiment that "Effectively demonstrating learning outcomes and assessing learning progress" "Assessment is not the result of the child". One parent demonstrated his realisation that Evidencing Learning is "an ever-going task’ - that it is an ongoing journey to understanding and supporting a child's development. Grasping the holistic ethos of evidencing learning, a parent commented that "Assessment is about the whole child".
These statements on exit tickets not only marked a shift in thinking for parents but assessment in schools is a more nuanced, holistic perspective on education. It was inspiring to witness parents actively participating in envisioning a future where learning is not confined to textbooks but is a dynamic, lifelong journey.
Mary ann Van De Weerd
PYP Coordinator/JS Assistant Principal
Grade 5 Camp
On 7 and 8 December, Grade 5 went to Mok Fa Waterfall for camp. We did painting, cooking, exploring, and many other fun activities. Grade 5 was lucky to experience these wonderful two days and one night. We started on campus learning about sustainable technologies. We learned about solar energy and participated in an activity in which we created our very own state-of-the-art, solar-powered pizza box ovens. We got on the vans and departed the school. We went to a restaurant and had family-styled food. We then started to travel to the Mok Fa waterfall campsite. These were just some of the exciting activities. We cooked our dinner and breakfast which contained hamburgers, eggs, and sausages. We created a campfire and roasted marshmallows before going to bed. We sang songs (Tiny Pork, Angry Pigeon and Penguins.) Once we woke up, we packed our bags and started our journey to the waterfall. We painted the majestic waterfall as it collided with the rocks. We then started heading back to Prem where we had lunch. This experience wouldn’t be possible without the Traidhos staff. A special thanks to teacher Amy for making this special experience possible for all of grade 5 (Alix Snyder & Alison Thompson).
Maleeya, Kaokwan, Masha
Captivating Spanish Adventure: Students Engage with Mar, the Motorcycle Enthusiast
Grade 11 students at our school recently had an enriching experience in their Spanish Ab Initio class. They welcomed a special guest, "Mar" from Spain, whose awe-inspiring life as a motorbike enthusiast left them spellbound. Mar shared gripping tales of her adventurous life, captivating the students with her remarkable journey. What made this encounter truly remarkable was the students' opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish, posing questions and engaging in conversation with her. Their curiosity sparked numerous inquiries about her fascinating life story. This encounter wasn't just about language; it was an exercise in developing communicative and social skills. Students delved into active listening, honing their ability to comprehend and respond effectively in Spanish. Furthermore, they practised text types such as interview and blog writing, encapsulating their interaction with Mar. Witnessing the students' enthusiasm and engagement while absorbing Mar's life narrative was truly captivating. This experience not only enriched their linguistic skills but also offered a glimpse into a world of adventure and tenacity. The event was a testament to the power of language in fostering connections and inspiring curiosity about diverse life experiences.
DP Spanish Teacher
Christmas card making by grade 6 Thai culture class
As we embrace the festive spirit of Christmas, the Grade 6 Thai Culture students were delighted to have the opportunity to craft heartfelt greeting cards for their family members, teachers, and friends. The intention behind this initiative is to share joy, express good wishes, and contribute to the creation of a harmonious society. With sincere hopes for everyone's happiness, we extend warm wishes for a Merry Christmas. May this festive season be a time of shared joy and celebration for all.
Senior School Thai Teacher
Celebrating the Boarding Term and Festive Highlights: Boarding Christmas Party
As we finish the term with our wonderful boarding students, we look back over the weeks that we have enjoyed here in boarding. The boarding team is amazing, and is always thinking of new activities and new ideas for keeping our students happy, healthy and active.
We have had many highlights but the finale with our Christmas party showed us that our efforts are well received by the students. It was an evening of pure joy, just seeing their reaction to Santa and his Elves, our entertainment from staff and students, Secret Santa present giving, and our final treat, the 'Golden Ticket'.
I will leave you this term with some photos of this wonderful event, and wish you all a very happy holiday from myself and the boarding team.
Director of Boarding
G12 IBDP Theatre Collaborative Project
The Grade 12 IB Theatre Collaborative Project came to a conclusion with a live performance to the school community. Theatre makers Henry Wang, Nemo Moon and Thee Stholasuta created a wholly original piece of theatre based on identity and the social masks we wear. The piece had a thought-provoking message on how the virtual world, with it's anonymity and ability to access friendship groups globally allows young people to socialise and express themselves online more than they might in real life. The piece ended with a return to the normal world recognising that for all it's allure, sometimes the net is a temporary refuge or holiday but real life is where life happens. The talkback session held immediately after included a lively discussion and endorsement by our learners. Next up: the 24 hour Art|in and the theatre maker's Solo Projects in January!
Director of Drama
Prem's Artist Residency Thailand Program Welcomes Global Luminaries Claron McFadden and Paula Di Perna
We are hugely excited to be welcoming two extraordinary figures to our Artist Residency Thailand program in the new year, each bringing a wealth of experience and accolades that underscore Prem’s commitment to exceptional educational collaborations.
As we return from the winter break, we are honoured to host the renowned soprano Claron McFadden, whose international acclaim includes a Grammy nomination among numerous other accolades. Known for her mesmerising vocal performances, Claron's residency will start with a special concert for the Prem community in our amphitheatre on Monday, 8 January 6:00 p.m. offering an unmissable opportunity for the whole community to experience her extraordinary talent. Her sessions focusing on vocal improvisation will not only enchant but also educate, as she weaves together elements of well-being and connection through voice.
Following Claron, we will welcome back Paula Di Perna, a dynamic figure renowned for her work
with Jacques Cousteau, her role as a climate activist, and her impactful service as a US presidential advisor. Paula's literary contributions, including multiple published books, bring a rich narrative to the global conversation on environmental issues and firmly connect to Prem’s commitment to creativity and sustainability. Her residency promises to infuse our educational landscape with insights on global sustainability and environmental stewardship.
The presence of these two global icons at Prem is a reflection of the calibre of practitioners that our Artist Residency Thailand program attracts. Claron and Paula represent the pinnacle of achievement in their respective fields, and their involvement in our community speaks volumes about the powerful learning opportunities and the quality of education that we offer at Prem, exemplifying our commitment to joyful learning by infusing the voices, knowledge, and experiences of powerful international voices into our curriculum.
As we look forward to welcoming Claron and Paula, we invite the Prem community to engage in the extraordinary opportunities these residencies offer.
Please register here: Claron McFadden ARThailand community workshops registration
Stay tuned for more details on the events and sessions that will be part of these exciting residencies, and join us in anticipating the inspiration and enlightenment they will undoubtedly bring to our young people and wider community.
Alex Soulsby FRSA
Precious Plastics: Premathlon Prevail
We are extremely pleased to announce a remarkable showcase of community spirit.
During the Premathlon, our group, Precious Plastics, held a bottle caps collecting station. Through a collective effort, a staggering number of 2576 bottle caps were gathered for recycling purposes!
The impressive number really showcased the power of our community’s contribution to saving the environment. Therefore, we thank every single one of you as it really represents your dedication toward a sustainable campus and environment, with every cap collected symbolising a step closer to a greener planet. This is also the material for your medals in next year’s Premathlon!
Stay tuned for more updates on our ongoing efforts to promote sustainability and make a meaningful impact.
Grade 11 IBDP Student
The Wonder of Our Prem Community
A heartfelt thanks for the incredible support received this week from our Prem community members who played a role in supporting our Winter Wonderland Carnival & Concert. We extend a special thanks to our music department for coordinating the live entertainment throughout the event, to our talented students on stage and energetic ones in the Middle School Council, running Christmas Town. With over 55 stalls, close to 30 stage performers and approximately 300 guests; the day would not have run so smoothly without the unwavering, diligent work of our Maintenance and Security Teams and their hidden creative talents. We were able, this year to light our own sustainable, homemade Prem Christmas tree, standing over 10 feet tall and embellished with palm leaves, tinsel and stockings. We hope you all enjoyed the event and reflect on why a strong community spirit and support is pivotal to our children and families. Wishing you all a restful winter break and safe and enjoyable travels.
PSC Team 2023-24