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St. Andrews Samakee Blog

Our regular blogs will keep you up to date with what is happening at Samakee!


Self-Service Playdough in Foundation Stage

Children are now making playdough by themselves, at our developing self-service playdough center. So much to learn, so much fun to have and a great deal of mess to clean! The children are always so proud to take their playdough home in a little bag, after measuring, pouring, stirring and kneading. They are learning to measure carefully, leveling...

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Headteacher Message 15/11/15

The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf is a staple of many a bedtime story, and on Friday this childhood fairy tale was brought to life by our two reception classes at an assembly. The reception children were delighted to perform this simple musical to an audience of their parents, teachers and students. They threw themselves into their...

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The Lazy Lodge

Excitement was in the air last week as Wilderness Club prepared to open their den. After weeks of den designing, lashing together bamboo and weaving the tree hammocks, the den was finally ready to be opened. Wilderness Club took total responsibility when developing the den they chose the name and even made up the rules! Wilderness Club then...

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Headteacher Message 16/11/15

Congratulations to the Samakee Stingers who took part in the ISB Swimfest this weekend. It was a long and busy two days of swimming events, interrupted by thunder, and our sincere thanks go to the teachers who gave up their weekend to support and encourage the swimmers, thank you!  

Educational Advisor Visit: We had a very positive...

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Samakee Vs GES Away – Friday 6 November

A selection of Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8 students travelled to GES on Friday afternoon to participate in Samakee’s first Basketball Fixture. Nervous is an understatement… especially when we arrived and got a glimpse of the huge Basketball court..! This game was all about putting together everything we had worked on in practice, primarily working together. [gallery columns="4" link="file"...

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Year 6 Ayutthaya Historical Park Visit

On Wednesday, Year 6 visited Ayutthaya Historical Park to learn about Thai History in the Ayutthaya period. The children visited the archaeological ruins and vast Buddhist monasteries of monumental proportions. In the afternoon, they went to Phang Chang Ayutthaya Lae Phaniat (Ayutthaya Elephant Camp) to bath the elephants and donate money collected for Elephant care.

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Learning Walks

At regular intervals during the school year, the Senior Leadership Team, Subject Leaders and or groups of teachers, visit classrooms to support the development of teaching and learning at Samakee. A ‘Learning Walk’ involves visiting classrooms in the school for a short time, seeing the staff and children at work, looking at the classroom environment and talking to children about...

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Headteacher Message 9/11/15

This week we welcome Richard Cheetham to Samakee. Richard is our school's Educational Advisor and will spend three days at school working with teachers and the Senior Leadership Team. Last week was a busy and successful week with some special events that included: Parent Workshops: The three parent workshops that took place during the week, KS3 Homework, SMARTS Homework and Phonics, were well...

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Headteacher Message 2/11/15

I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween weekend. Last week saw Crazy Hair Day and two Halloween celebrations in the Samakee Hall, they were all greatly enjoyed by the creators, performers and spectators alike. On Thursday, the EYFS children gathered to sing, dance and play percussion instruments to accompany some of their favourite Halloween songs, learnt during Music Sessions...

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SMARTs Blog November 2015

Homework is crucial for a number of reasons: aiding children's understanding of work covered in class; helping children to develop their research skills; promoting self-discipline and time-management essential for adult life. SMARTs homework was introduced to St. Andrews Samakee over one year ago (August 2014) to encourage a love of learning outside of the classroom,...

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