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Green Valley Secondary Students participate in Thailand’s annual model UN and The G.A.T.E.ways Festival of Workshops in Bangkok

By Gaz Booth- Communications manager

St Andrews students from Years 11-13 spent a challenging and fruitful day at the Bangkok Model UN conference, at NIST school in Bangkok. For most of them, this was their first experience of Model UN, and they were keen to do a good job. Having spent the past few weeks carefully researching, writing positions papers and preparing resolutions, they joined their respective committees to debate important, current global issues such as the militarisation of space, international drug trafficking and the development and promotion of renewable energies. Several resolutions were successfully passed and the delegates enjoyed the chance to develop and sharpen their negotiation skills with over 300 other students. In the words of UN protocol, 'Clapping is in order.' Well done to you all!

Also students from St. Andrews Green Valley attended one of the many ‘Exceptional Learners’ events provided by the first & only school on the Eastern Seaboard awarded ‘Gold’ by independent inspectors (CfBT) & ‘Outstanding’ in all categories.

The G.A.T.E.ways Festival of Workshops in Bangkok is aimed at providing opportunities for highly able and gifted children with special educational needs. Like-minded students participate in programs that will challenge them intellectually and help develop their individual talents. The G.A.T.E.ways workshops link up experts in a given field with teachers knowledgeable about the special needs of gifted children, how they learn, and how to provide a differentiated curriculum for these children. The workshop was attended by other top international schools in Thailand with St. Andrews Green Valley, NIST, ISB and Patana providing the vast majority of the students at the event.

"It was a great opportunity for my children to take part in G.A.T.E ways festival in Bangkok. They discovered a new world of science and creative thinking." Inthira Srihawan (Parent at SAISGV)

G.A.T.E.ways programs are inquiry based, with lots of hands-on activities, problem solving, higher- order thinking skills. Programs are designed to take children well beyond the regular curriculum.

The G.A.T.E.ways trip was amazing! Learning how to turn lego pieces into a controllable robot was a lot of fun. Knowing how to measure the temperature, pressure and light dazzled me. The time I spent with friends learning was an experience of a lifetime” Arnon Wu (Student at SAISGV)

St Andrews has built a reputation for being the leading school in the area at providing for Gifted Students. We provide a world class education for all of our students, and our Accelerated Learning Program has seen students entering IGCSE exams early if they are capable of doing so. By doing this, we accelerate our student’s learning thereby giving them a better chance to achieve higher IGCSE and IB results and in turn improved opportunities for University entry.

Over the past 4 years, over 100 students have been entered for the English as a Second Language exam before Year 11 with a spectacular 90% pass rate. Jennisa Scott sat the exam at the end of Year 7 achieving a grade A. Jennisa is now preparing to take the English First Language exam at the end of Year 8. St Andrews students have also started to study the IGCSE English as a First Language course in Year 10. This year 16 Year 10 students were entered for the final exam with all 16 achieving passing grades.