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Last week our class did a harkness lesson about the topic WW2. Then we decided to think of a rhyme for pro war and anti-war. The kids shared their opinions with our teachers, Mrs.King and Ms.Marianne about whether there should be a war or not. It was very fun and collaborated well as a team to achieve together.

Hide & Seek

6SK and 6JB played some hide and seek on Friday during the parade for Book Week. Can you spot your favourite characters?

Residential Display

Our display in the Year 6 corridor showing the highlights from our residential in January is up and nearly complete. Head to our space to take a look and, in the coming weeks, you will soon have access to even more photos and memories (apologies, we’re saving some for the Year 6 Graduation Assembly).

Loy Krathong

Dear Parents,

On Thursday 22nd November, all YouTime activities are cancelled due to Loy Krathong celebrations in the nearby area and the resulting traffic this may cause. Supervision will not be taking place on this day also so all students will need to be collected at 2:20pm from their class teachers.

If you are unable to arrive by 2:30, students will be taken directly to reception where they will await collection.

Many thanks for your understanding and continued support.

Wishing you a reflective Loy Krathong.

Mr. J. Bilinkewycz and the Year 6 Team

Anti-bullying week

Dear Parents,

Next week (12-16 November), schools across the UK will be addressing the difficult and often complex issue of bullying in Anti-bullying week 2018; an initiative promoted by the Anti-bullying alliance (https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk).

This year’s theme is ‘Choose Respect’ and we would like to kickstart the week with an ‘Odd Socks Day’ on Monday 12th November. We ask that all students support the event by wearing odd socks.  We are suggesting a voluntary contribution (recommended 100THB – handed to class teachers on the day) which will go to our charity partners, one of which is The Hub, established by Thai Childline.

Many thanks for your support,

The Year 6 Team

Diwali – 14/11/18

Dear Parents,

On Wednesday 14/11/18, we will be celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali (Festival of lights). Our fantastic SP have been selling traditional Diwali dress before and after school. We invite all students in Year 6 to dress up on the day.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mr. J. Bilinkewycz

Digital Leaders 2018/19

Today, in our Year 6 Assembly, Mr. Knight – our Leader of Digital Literacy – shared with us another new opportunity for Year 6 students. He explained about the ‘Digital Leaders’ and inspired lots of us to think about how we can develop our skills and support others. This is open to all Year 6 Students without a current role of responsibility (House Captain, Head/Deputy Head, School Council, Games/Music Captain).

I would encourage all students to consider this opportunity and submit their form and evidence to the QR code link before 29/10/18. For more information, contact Mr.Knight or a member of the Year 6 Team.


Dear Parents,

Tuesday 9th October is now a non-uniform day for Junior School to raise additional funds for the Sulawesi Charity Appeal. The school charity committee have pledged 200,000THB to help support with this disaster.

As ever, your generosity is greatly appreciated and we ask that students bring a 100THB donation to school. For more information regarding this, please see the letter sent to all parents via the Parent Portal.

Note: No football shirts or flip-flops please.

Many thanks,

Mr. J. Bilinkewycz

Swim Carnival




The Swim Gala this year has taken on a new form as designed by Ms.Gill and the Swimming coaches. For Year 6, the 2018 Swim Carnival will take place on Monday 8th October during lesson 1 and 2. Students must bring their swimming kits to school as well as a water bottle for this event. Parents, you’re more than welcome to join us!

Note: If your swimming is in L5 on Monday, you will still have your swimming lesson so you might want to bring 2 swim kits to school.

This is a ‘House Event’ and the emphasis will be on the students having fun and demonstrating team-spirit.


Harkness in Year 6

Dear Parents,

I write to you with information regarding the Harkness sessions which started this week.

The Harkness Method of Discussion Based Learning is used by our Sixth Form as a tool for their ‘Reading the World’ programme – led by Dr. Maxine Clarke.

Fiona Russo, James Conduit and Ms. Weston attended a course at Philips Exeter Academy in Boston USA, the birthplace of Harkness. It was an amazing experience and on reflection we felt that this method could be utilised with our Y6 students. The skills that are learnt and developed will enhance their depth of learning and become embedded as lifelong skills. Dr. Maxine Clarke, Director of Reading the World will also be leading a group.

On April 9, 1930, philanthropist Edward Harkness wrote to Exeter’s Principal Lewis Perry regarding how a substantial donation he had made to the Academy might be used:

“What I have in mind is [a classroom] where [students] could sit around a table with a teacher who would talk with them and instruct them by a sort of tutorial or conference method, where [each student] would feel encouraged to speak up. This would be a real revolution in methods.” The result was “Harkness Teaching,” in which a teacher and a group of students work together, exchanging ideas and information, around a table.

This methodology is increasingly being adopted by schools and universities across the world and the skills are increasingly leading to greater success at school, university and beyond. The students will learn to interact with other minds, listen carefully, speak respectfully, accept new ideas and question old ones, using new knowledge, and enjoying the richness of human interaction.

The sessions will take place in a Harkness designed classroom in our Sixth Form Centre every Tuesday (Group A and B), Wednesday (Group C) and Thursday (Group D) during a slightly extended lesson 6 (1.45 – 2.45). We will inform You Time / Excellence providers that the children will go directly to the dining hall to be registered. For those children not doing You Time we will take them to the Memorial Hall Atrium at 2.45 for collection or send them to the bus room.


In terms of selection for this, all students in Year 6 will take part this year. However, it isn’t possible to do so at the same time. We have 4 groups of 16 students that have started so far and these have been selected by class teachers. The first children selected, were the students who put themselves forward to become a House Captain but were unsuccessful. It was decided that, as a school, this was some compensation for all of their hard-work and effort. Following this, class teachers randomly selected other students to ensure there are equal numbers across the classes.

In this round, 64 students are taking part in the programme and therefore when the next cycle begins, the other half of our Year 6 students will take part.

Apologies if there was any confusion regarding this,

Mr. J. Bilinkewycz and the Year 6 Team.