Saturday, 12 August 2017

Welcome to Reception

Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Welcome to Reception  this year at the Garden International School. I know that we are looking forward to a great time of learning and fun with your children. I just want to outline some information that may be of interest as we begin.
When your child arrives in the morning they will put their backpacks in their cubbies and put their water bottles in their class water bottle tray so that they can access them whenever they need to have a drink.
They can then move to one of the open play areas.
7.30 – 8.00 The play room and back playground will be open and monitored for your child to play in.
8.00 – 8.30 The top playground and sandpit will also be opened and staffed for your child to go to.
8.30 The bell will ring and all the parents will be asked to leave promptly. The children will tidy up and come in to class ready to start their school day.
Please do not leave your child in the playground if there is no one on duty. Their safety is our highest priority.
If you arrive after 8.30 am please go to the front office and they will arrange for you to come into the Foundation area. For the children’s safety it will be locked.
The front door of Foundation is fitted with a swipe card access that can only be opened by staff. So if you need access at a time inside school hours please go to the front office. When you are want to leave there will be an internal button next to the door. Please do not encourage the children to push this button.
Foundation School Day finishes at 2.50pm:
You can collect your child anytime between 2.50pm and 3.00pm.
If you are late: Unless there is an emergency that you have contacted the school about, any child needing supervision after 3.00pm will incur a minimum supervision charge of 500 baht as a member of staff will be needed to supervise him/her.

These can be purchased at the front of the school. All students must wear the school shirt, school shorts (boys) or skort (girls), a school hat, and in cooler weather a school jumper. We also ask that all students wear Velcro shoes with closed-toes for ease and safety reasons. Please no Crocs, sandals or flip flops. Your child will also need to wear the school P.E kit and bring swimsuit and towel for swimming lessons and water play. On occasions throughout the year the school will have “Mufti” days, often to raise money for various causes. On these days your child can wear their regular clothes for a donation or fee. You will be informed of these events by your child’s teacher, through the school emails and on the class blog. Each child is assigned a house and there are many ‘House T-shirt’ days and events throughout the year when they will get the opportunity to wear this. Your class teacher will inform you when they start of their house.
Communication Books:
These books are given to parents to help with organization and communication between families and school. This year we run on a a normal 5 day week. Special events are also listed. If you have any information you need to tell the teacher, this can be written here as the books are checked by T.A.’s each morning when they come in. You can also email or speak with your teacher directly.
What to bring each day:
- a small backpack in which they can fit an A4 piece of paper but not too big for their cubbies
- a water bottle that is easy for them to open and use and has either a straw or a small opening at the top. Bottles with wider openings lead to the children spilling them more easily.
- a change of clothes in their backpack everyday (it does not need to be a school uniform just ordinary clothes)
- on the first day they will get a communication book it should come back to school every day in the plastic pocket it came in.
Please name everything that your child brings to school. If you forget we have permanent markers and will write their names on them.

What should my child not bring to school?
- toys from home, they will not be allowed to play with them at school as they may get broken and cause distress
- candy or sweets either to eat themselves or share with others (please do not put them in the children’s lunchboxes as we encourage healthy eating at our school
- gifts or stickers for other children -  these cause distress for those who don’t receive them and we are engendering fair play in our children’s behaviour rather than favouritism

No more nap time:
The first part of the first term can be quite difficult for Reception students if they are used to having a nap time. The best way to help your child ease through this transition is to follow a consistent bedtime routine where children are put to bed at an appropriately early time that allows them to get the full amount of sleep they need for optimal health. Health experts say that while each child is different, 4 to 5 year olds generally need between 10-12 hours sleep each night. Many families enjoy the “bedtime routine” as a way to bond and reconnect after a busy day and as an excellent time to read with your child.
Illnesses and Accidents:
If your child is not feeling well it is usually best practice to keep them home. If they have a fever and do come into school they will be sent home. This is for the benefit of the child as well as the other students and staff at the school. If your child becomes not well at school, they will be taken to the school Nurse who will contact you directly. If there is a serious accident during school hours you will be contacted immediately. Minor accidents will be recorded on an Accident Report that will be sent home. If you have any concerns about your child’s health and welfare please be sure to contact your child’s teacher or the school nurse, Ms. Yvonne at
Late or Absent:
It is important that you do your best to have your child arrive at school before 8:30am each morning. Routine is very important at this age and beginning the day on time makes a big difference for your child. It is also very disruptive to the rest of the class if your child comes in late. If however it cannot be helped and you are late, please pass through the main office and get a Late Slip to give to the teacher. If your child will be absent from school please email both your child’s teacher and the front office.
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We love celebrating birthdays in Reception! On the day of your child’s birthday, or a Friday if it falls on a weekend, we will have a party in our classroom to celebrate. If you would like to bring in a cake to share with the class that would be wonderful, but please note it is for your child’s class only. We also ask that you please do NOT bring gifts for your child’s friends as it is school policy not to allow this. While it is a very kind gesture it can create unfairness and competition among students. If you do send gifts they will have to be sent home. Please contact your child’s teacher a few days beforehand to set up time and date details.
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Your child’s class will visit the Library once a week (see individual class schedules for the day). A book will come home that day and will need to be returned the same day the following week. If the book is not returned, your child will not be able to borrow another book until it is returned. You and your child are welcome to visit the school library anytime outside class hours, as well as follow the library blog at

Toys and Devices / Show and Tell
Toys and devices are not allowed at school. Your child will have Show & Tell days in Reception, on these days they will be encouraged to bring toys, books, photos,interesting topic related objects etc. that they would like to share with their friends. Please put these in the ‘Show and Tell’ basket in the morning outside the classroom.
About Our Program:
We follow a UK based curriculum, Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This focuses on 3 prime areas; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. Intertwined with these aspects are the 4 specific areas of Literacy; reading and writing, Maths, Knowledge and Understanding of the World and Expressive Art and Design. We have focused carpet sessions throughout the day and plan play based learning activities linked to these 7 areas of learning. The children learn inside and outside of the classroom throughout the day. We encourage independence, critical thinking, creativity  and active learning. A class timetable will be sent home and saved on the blog page as well. Please check out our blog each week for specifics on the activities we’ve been engaging in that week.

Topic / Passion Projects
The children will have a topic based curriculum and also learn through weekly passion projects throughout the year. These passion projects allow the children to delve deeper into the things that interest them and follow lines of inquiry into projects that spark an interest. This makes for a more child-centred education. There will a meeting later in the term to tell you more about Passion Project based learning.

Snacks and Lunches:
Morning snack at 9:45-10:00, lunch is from 11:30-12:00, and afternoon snack is 1:30-1:45. Reception students will be eating in the new all-purpose indoor/outdoor eating and play room. We encourage and promote healthy eating for our children at the school. The school provides snacks and lunches for the children. They will get a range of meals and we will monitor their eating habits and if there are any concerns let you know.
Fresh Fruit Fridays:
Each Monday both Reception classes will join together to eat fruit outside. We ask that each bring in one piece of fruit to share. Can you kindly wash and cut the fruit before it comes to school and put it into your child’s bag. Our first Fresh Fruit party will be on Monday 21st August.

School Trips
Later in the year we will be taking some trips outside the school grounds to support the children’s learning. You will be notified in plenty of time and clear details will be given about where we are going with the children and why. These trips are not included in the school fees and so you will be advised of the cost. A risk assessment and pre-trip checks are made to make sure that all eventualities are taken into consideration to give your children a safe, fun and informative experience.
We are looking forward to this year of development, fun and learning with your children. Remember if you have any concerns about your child academically or physically in any way please talk to your child’s teacher. Translators can be arranged for most languages. We are happy to talk with you as long as it is not in class time.

We are looking forward to sharing a great year of learning!
Many thanks,
Ms. Cathie                       Ms. Elyssa

Term 1 Events 2017

Thursday 17th August First day of term

Tuesday 22nd August Parent forum ‘ What’s different this year?

Thursday 31st August Foundation and Primary Information evening

Friday 15th September ‘Mufti Day’

Wednesday 20th September Foundation’s first house t-shirt day

Thursday 21st September Foundation settling in meetings 3:15-6:30pm

Tuesday 3rd October Reception class trip

Thursday 12th October Last day of half term

Friday 13th - Sunday 29th October Half term break

Monday 30th October  School starts. Nit busting week.

Friday 3rd November Loy Krathong

Tuesday 7th November  Diwali

Monday 13th November - Friday 17th November U-Smile photos

Friday 24th November ‘Mufti Day’

Tuesday 31st November Halloween Trick or Treat fun in Foundation

Wednesday 29th November Foundation parents reports issued

Saturday 2nd December Christmas Fair

Tuesday 5th December School closed for Father’s Day

Wednesday 6th December Foundation reports issued

Monday 11th December School closed for Constitution Day

Thursday 14th December Christmas Show and shared feast

Friday 15th December Last day of term. 12:00 finish

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