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HHIS Newsletter – May 18th 2020
Monday May 18th 2020
Speculation and rumours abound at the moment regarding the physical reopening of International schools. Please be assured that as soon as the government announces any official changes to the situation, I will notify you immediately.
I would also like to reassure you that we have plans in place in readiness for the reopening of our campus to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the students. Not only does this mean taking precautions regarding COVID-19 but also includes plans to support students’ transition back into school life.
Acknowledging the emotional impact of social distancing and isolation is really important. Our message to students is: it is normal and ok to feel a little bit ‘wobbly’ sometimes but we are all in this together and we will get through it. Keeping to the routine of online learning and seeing their friends albeit online can help these feelings, as well as family hugs of course!
So with these thoughts it has been wonderful to see how our whole school community came together last week in a series of joyful events. The sense of belonging to a community is central to us all. Thank you to you all again, for your support.
Tim Budgen and Marina Martensson joined us for two powerful and insightful talks. Tim is an illustrator for children’s books and Marina is a professional singer. I was very impressed with the questions raised by our students and the answers shared by Tim and Marina were honest, open and truly inspiring. Both speakers reiterated the messages that: we should never stop learning, we should seek wisdom from others and that we should never give up. I am sure that the 90 plus students hearing Tim and Marina’s journeys will be further inspired to follow their dreams.
Year 10 are continuing their weekly challenges, which is open for all students and encourages engagement with HHIS I Values. This is the challenge set for this week:
“Draw a picture of somebody who inspires you, or even write a message to somebody who inspires you. This could be anyone you want, as our aim is to make a person happy during these tough times. Entries should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Please do encourage your children to enter the Y10 challenge, or even have a go yourself.
Friday ‘Wake and Shake’
It was lovely to see so many students, parents and teachers join Mr Aaron for our first ever HHIS ‘Wake and Shake’ event. It was a great way to start the day and get energised for the learning that followed. Well done to the 100+ participants and we look forward to organising further events for everyone to enjoy.
Hua Hin hOme-lypics
On Monday 25th May we will begin our whole-school virtual olympic event. This gives students the opportunity to take part in daily challenges and score points for their team colour. Each day one new event will be posted on the ‘hOme-lympics’ Google Classroom. There will be a demonstration video to explain what to do and a Google Form to submit results. The event will last 9 days with the final results being announced on Friday 5th June.
Territorial Defense Programme
HHIS has now gained approval to be a Territorial defense training facility for students who are Thai citizens in years 11 onwards.
The Territorial defense programme, colloquially known in Thai as the Ror Dor is a three year programme and students who graduate from the three years of military training will be exempted from compulsory national conscription. They will instead gain appointment as a sergeant in the Army Reserve Affairs Centre. K Gade will contact parents of eligible students with a view to beginning this programme in August.