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HHIS Newsletter – September 21th 2020
Monday September 21th 2020
Our Wai Kru ceremonies around the school last week were simple, traditional and wonderfully meaningful. The students’ respect and appreciation shone through in their messages to teachers and their joyful exuberance and sense of humour were woven into their creative personalised Paans. It was also an opportunity for we teachers to emphasise how much we respect each and every student for their individuality and to ensure that they know that we are there to support them in every aspect of their growth and development.
It was also a delight to see Year 10 students showing their leadership skills as unassisted, they led the ceremonies for Primary and Early Year classes.
We are keen for teachers to be able to meet face to face with parents to discuss children’s initial settling-in and progress, so we would like to invite you to meet with teachers during the morning of Friday October 23rd. This is of course, Chulalongkorn Day and I respect that plans may already be made for this public holiday so we will offer some alternative dates and online appointments for parents who cannot attend on that day.
I understand that this is not ideal but it is a way for us to be able to meet with you without interrupting ECAs and ensuring that we adhere to the requirement that we limit groups of parents and visitors on our campus during school hours.
We will send out details for booking appointments in the week beginning October 5th.
Identifying Plants and a Useful App for us All!
Year 12 students studying Environmental Systems and Societies for their IB Diploma Programme were really absorbed in identifying plants and flowers in our grounds as part of their studies to develop ID charts for use in our school. They used a free app called ‘Picture This’ to identify the plants and are currently making a flowchart with questions for others to be able to identify the plants. Being able to make this form of ID chart (called a ‘dichotomous key’) is an essential skill for investigating ecosystems and habitats. The fusion of technology with hands-on work in the outdoors is a winning combination that the group enjoyed.
The class highly recommends ‘Picture This’ as an app for identifying all sorts of plants that you might find in your garden or on your travels around the Hua Hin area and beyond! Mr Alasdair