What are school hours?
The school day starts at 7.50am. There is playground supervision from 7.30am onwards. Please do not drop your child off at school before 7.30am as there will not be any staff on duty to supervise the play areas and attend to any injuries or incidents that may occur.
The school day ends at 3.10pm. Unless your child is participating in an after school activity, please pick your child up from the front of the school by 3.30pm. There will be a charge incurred if your child is left at school beyond 3.30pm unless there is an emergency and you have contacted the school to inform them of this.
What uniforms do we need to buy?
The uniform shop is located in the same office as the accountant.
Your child will need:
- a school uniform, which consists of a striped shirt and dark blue shorts for boys or a skort for girls.
- a PE kit, which consists of a light blue PE shirt and dark blue PE shorts.
- a House t-shirt for House activities and events that take place throughout the year (your child will be placed into a House after registration details have been sent to the House co-ordinator).
Additionally, though not sold in our uniform shop, your child will need:
- white socks and a sturdy pair of sport shoes for PE lessons and general playground play.
- a hat – hats are mandatory throughout primary school.
- a swimsuit - a black one piece swimsuit for girls and a black fitted swimsuit for boys .
- goggles, flip flops, a swim cap for long hair.
What does my child need to bring to school every day?
In Year 5, all students are expected to bring:
- a school bag
- stationery supplies (pencils, erasers, colour pencils or markers, etc.)
- their communication diary
- a hat
- a healthy lunch or snacks (if not eating from the canteen)
- a water bottle
How does the canteen work? What choices of food are available for lunch? How much do things cost?
- All students are on the school meal plan. No money is needed to access the prepared food from the canteen. All students are able to have a nutritious and well-balanced lunch every day they are at school.
- Snacks and drinks can be purchased from the snack/drink bar using the student card. Money can be taken to the cashier in the canteen; the cashier will swipe the card and add that amount of credit to the card.
- To buy things, students hand their card to the canteen ladies on duty in the snack/drink bar. Their card will be swiped and the correct amount will be deducted from the balance available. It is up to the students to keep track of how much money they have spent and how much is remaining on their card.
- Further information regarding the choices available for lunch and the costs of individual items can be found here: http://gardenrayong.com/canteen.html
What are the lunch rules?
Students are expected to:
- Use polite table manners and language with their teachers and peers
- Eat properly
- Eat a balanced meal
- Remain seated at their table until it is time to play, unless they are buying something or putting their dishes away
- Not play with any sports equipment or toys in the canteen
- Eat their main lunch meal before buying snacks
- Drink only water, milk, 100% fruit juice or drinking yogurt with their lunch
What are the break time rules?
The playground is a place to HAVE FUN – BE FRIENDLY – CHOOSE WHAT YOU’D LIKE TO DO
It’s great, one of the best times of the day, BUT there are some rules to keep us safe and happy while we’re having fun.
- FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULES
∙ Be kind – no bullying, hurting or being mean
∙ Be safe – no dangerous games, no playing out of bounds, use equipment safely
∙ Be polite – no swearing, ask to take turns
∙ Do the right thing – if there is a problem or argument, tell the truth about what happened, if you find something that doesn’t belong to you give it back or hand it in
∙ Take care of property – no graffiti, litter dropping, breaking or damaging plants / playground equipment.
2. WEAR YOUR SUNHAT – protect your head and skin from the sun. Every break and every lunch.
3. PLAY OUTSIDE WHERE THERE IS A PERSON ON DUTY – you should only be in the primary building to go to the toilet or to get water. You need to remember your hat before you go out to play. You should NOT be in the classroom unless a teacher is with you.
∙ These are the places a teacher can see you in case you fall or have an accident: hardcourt, steps, field as far as the concrete steps.
∙ These are the places a teacher cannot see you: end of field, back of canteen, secondary corridors, secondary hardcourt, toilets, upstairs, covered walkway between primary and secondary (children should use the canteen path)
For afternoon breaks children are only allowed to play in the playground and on the field. The library and the canteen are out of bounds. Eat and drink food in the canteen and play in the playground.
Toys and personal belongings should be left at home where they won’t get lost or broken. If you do bring a personal electronic device or phone to school keep it in your school bag.
What after school activities are offered?
For students in upper primary, there are after school sports for those who are interested in participating in our athletics programme. We offer after school football training once per week and after school swim team training twice per week. The dates of these sessions are announced at the beginning of each academic year. Students who attend the training sessions are considered to be part of those respective sports teams and will also participate in matches and meets against other schools, both at GIS and at other international schools in the area.
What happens if my child is sick?
Please call the front office or email the class teacher if your child is ill and cannot come to school.
If your child falls ill during the school day, he or she will be sent to the sick bay and will be attended to by our school nurse. If your child has a fever or continues to feel worse, the school will contact a parent or guardian to collect your child from the sick bay.
Additionally, if anyone in your household is being treated for a communicable illness, please inform us as soon as possible, and please do not send your child to school if he or she is sick. Schools are very contagious places and we try to keep the spreading of illness to a minimum.
What happens if there’s an accident at school and my child needs immediate medical attention?
In the event of a more serious injury or illness that requires immediate attention, the school will call an ambulance to transport your child to hospital. The nurse will accompany the child if a parent or guardian is unable to get to school in time to meet the ambulance. The front office will call to let you know what has happened and will let you know which hospital your child has been taken to.
What should I do if my child won’t be coming to school?
If you know that your child will not be coming to school for a day or a more extended period of time, please inform the class teacher in advance by email or by writing a note in the communication book.
What is a Mufti day?
A Mufti day is a day where children do not need to wear their uniform to school. These days are often used as a way to raise money for a charity that the school is supporting; in such cases, a small amount of money, usually 50 baht, is collected from each child who chooses to participate in the Mufti day. Sometimes Mufti days are connected to particular festivals or events we are celebrating and the choice of clothes should be in the spirit of the festival or the event (such as a fancy dress up day). If your child chooses not to participate in a Mufti day, there is, of course, no penalty. He or she should just wear their regular uniform to school.
What is the communication diary and what is it used for?
The communication diary is a way of keeping a connection between home and school; in it, you will find:
- homework assignments
- important dates and events
- online learning usernames and passwords for your child to complete interactive tasks
- a copy of our Golden Rules and expectations for students
- a record of merit points collected
- contact information for your child’s homeroom teacher
- short notes or reminders written by a teacher to your child or, sometimes, to you
It is also a way for you to send a short note to a teacher if need be. For example, if you know that your child will be missing a day of school, along with emailing, the communication diary is an easy way of passing on that information.
Why do you use Day 1 through 6 and not just the days of the week?
This is a very good question. The simplest answer is that most holidays seem to fall on Fridays and/or Mondays and so the students are always missing the same classes. The 6 day system allows for a more even sharing of the missed time. This is more of an issue in secondary school than in primary, of course, but we are one school and so we all follow the same system. For now, anyway.
What will my child be learning?
The school day is divided into eight periods. Six of these are academic, one is an extra-curricular period and one is lunch.
In one full 6 day cycle, each child will receive:
- 6 periods of English
- 6 periods of Mathematics
- 6 periods of Reading
- 6 periods of Connected Learning (an integrated unit of study time that incorporates Science and/or History and Geography and Art or DT)
- 2 periods of Music
- 2 periods of Physical Education
- 1 period of Swimming
- 2 periods of ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
In addition, all children who have Thai citizenship are required to have a Thai lesson every day.
Non-Thai children receive 2 periods per cycle of Thai Culture, 2 periods of Spanish and 1 period of what we like to call “Awesomeness”, which is a blend of specialist subjects offered to extend the knowledge and skills of those children who do not receive Thai language lessons.
Starting from Year 5, children no longer wear their PE kits to school on the days they have PE lessons. They are required to wear their school uniforms. Their PE kits should be brought with them in their bags. All children in Years 5 and 6 change from their uniforms to their PE kits and back again before and after PE lessons. There is a changing room for this purpose and they will be introduced to it during their first lesson. Additionally, because of the changing of uniforms, it is extremely important that all of your child’s clothing is labelled with their name in case of switches or mix ups.
What if my child is unable to participate in PE or swimming?
PE and swimming are part of our academic curriculum and are an important part of learning how to keep our bodies healthy. If your child cannot participate in either of these lessons for a medical reason, please send in a doctor’s note with your child so that we can accurately keep track of all medical issues and can plan for an alternate task during this time.
If you do not have a doctor’s note excluding your child from these lessons, he or she will be expected to participate. However, you are welcome to email the class teacher with other non-medical concerns that might arise and affect your child’s ability to participate in PE and/or Swimming.
Who are the teachers teaching my child?
The teachers responsible for educating your child are all highly qualified and dedicated professionals. Their photos and profiles can be found on the school website. You’ll also find their photos on a display wall outside the Primary Hall, along with some very accurate portraits of them drawn by the students.
What sort of homework is assigned and how often?
Homework can take many forms. Don’t be surprised if your child receives homework in the form of:
- traditional worksheets
- internet research
- sharing work and/or collecting feedback from family members
- online homework sites such as the Studyladder website
- observing and recording data
- completing unfinished work in their subject books
- creating a model or drawing a picture
- speaking with family members and/or friends and taking notes
And these are just some of the types of homework that teachers have been known to assign!
How often your child receives homework will depend highly on the teacher, the subject and on their own in-class work habits. If your child continually says that he or she has no homework and you are concerned that either none is being assigned or it is not being completed, feel free to contact your child’s teacher for more information about the assigned work.
Does my child really need to read every day?
YES!!! Reading is extremely important to young growing minds. It’s the best way to improve all-round academic skills; it builds vocabulary, general knowledge, awareness of language structure, imagination…. The list goes on and on, not to mention that the further up the school they go, the more reading there is - so they might as well get into the habit now.
What extra support is available to students?
Many of our students come from countries and families that do not use English as their native language. We have a strong and dedicated English Language Support (ELS) department who works closely with the children who need extra support to reach a level of English that allows them to participate in and access mainstream lessons. Whether your child requires this extra language support, or is ready to exit from it, is determined by our Head of Primary ELS.
We also have a Special Education Needs team that works (individually and in small groups) with children who need support in fully accessing lessons or meeting academic requirements for reasons other than not having English as their first language. These teachers work closely with the class teachers to create individualised education plans for the children and to ensure that they receive the strategies and support they require to perform to the best of their abilities in all their lessons.
Additionally, we also have two primary counsellors available for primary students. Mr Ken and Khun Renu both make time to speak to children who appear to be having difficulty of a non-academic nature.
How can I make an appointment to see my child’s teacher?
The best way to make an appointment to speak directly with your child’s teacher is to send an email directly to the teacher outlining what you’d like to discuss and what times you’re available. Teachers are generally available before and after school hours, but occasionally have commitments they cannot reschedule, so emailing in advance is always best.
When and how does my child access the library?
Every class goes to the library once per 6 day cycle during a reading lesson. Year 5 students are given the freedom to choose their own books as much as possible, but are given guidance if they are regularly choosing only books that are either considerably above or below their reading ability or contain content that is more suitable for students quite a bit older or younger than them.
The library is also available to the students during morning and lunch breaks and after school. If children are misbehaving or behaving disrespectfully towards others, their library privileges outside of their regular class time may be suspended.
Can my child use a phone/ipad/tablet while at school?
Electronic devices are not permitted to be used during the school day unless a teacher has specifically requested that their use be available for a class assignment or project.
If your child brings their device to school, either to use on a school bus or to use after school has finished for the day, the teacher or school is not responsible for that device at any time during the day. If a student is caught using a device, it will be taken from them and handed in to the Head of Primary.