Reflection by the Headmaster of King’s Bangkok: from the opening day to the half-term
As King’s College International School Bangkok enters its half-term break, Headmaster Thomas Banyard reflects on the journey of the school through its first half-term, writing his thoughts to King’s Bangkok parents. We would like to take this opportunity to share his thoughtful letter with our community.
We have come to the end of our first half term at King’s College International School Bangkok. In a few short weeks we have achieved so much together and I wanted to write to thank you for all the support you have given us. We welcomed just over a thousand people to our ‘Meet the Heads’ event and the core message was this: King’s Bangkok is not just a school - we are a community, and we are a community centred around kindness. It takes all of our efforts to help our children become brave, strong and happy adults with great hearts.
We feel we have made excellent choices with the people in our school and we are so happy with how everything has gone in the past few weeks.
I am so thankful that so many of you have been recommending friends or just saying kind words about our staff or our school. I am most proud when I am told that our school is ‘friendly’, ‘welcoming’ or ‘happy’.
By the same token, I was so grateful when our staff finished parents evening and told us that our parents were so supportive of them and of the children. Too often schools can become negative places where people pull down the mood and drain away good feeling like water down a plughole. Instead, we have warm families who fill the school with bright smiles. This lifts us all to do our best, especially the children.
We have celebrated Wai Kru, started house competitions with teambuilding exercises and house chess, we have started our extra-curricular programme and have successfully begun clubs on a lunchtime.
We have a wonderfully high level of English spoken at school and it is rare that we have to remind the children to speak in English together. This means that many have spoken on stage, have danced or sung with their peers and gained confidence in so many different way.
The children are already becoming kinder and more thoughtful, they are so happy to come to school each day and this is because we are all working together.
We have made such a strong start but we have a long way to go. Please have a truly restful half term break and ensure that the children have time to play, read and spend time with family. We look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 26th October.
All the best,