Dear Samakee Community,

Next week marks the eagerly anticipated half-term holiday, and the school will be closed. We hope this break gives you, your family, and our teachers a well-deserved opportunity to relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends.

Whether planning exciting trips or simply treasuring moments of tranquillity at home, we wish you all a safe and rejuvenating break. Samakee will resume its regular schedule on Monday, the 4th of March. 

We wish you all a fantastic and refreshing break! 

“What makes us Human?”

During Tuesday’s Humanities Day, children embarked on an enriching journey through various cultures, exploring the common threads that unite us and the beautiful differences that distinguish us. Through twelve engaging activities, they delved into thought-provoking topics and embraced diverse perspectives. Here are some examples:

  • The uniqueness of Human Fingerprints: Children explored the intricate uniqueness of human fingerprints, celebrating each person’s individuality.
  • Designing Identity Posters: Students reflected on what makes them unique as they designed posters, fostering self-awareness and appreciation for diversity.
  • Friend or Foe? Social Robots in Schools: Contemplating the role of social robots in education, children debated whether they should be embraced as teachers’ assistants and companions, touching upon the intersection of technology and humanity.
  • The Art of Weaving: Through weaving, students discovered a profound metaphor for understanding the interconnectedness of the universe and our place within it, appreciating the beauty of unity in diversity.
  • Calming Self-Care Mindfulness: Children practised calming self-care techniques, engaging in mindfulness activities, and nurturing their mental well-being while exploring cultural diversity.
  • Reflections on Family: Reflecting on their own families, children celebrated the diversity of family structures while recognising the common thread of love that binds them together.

Humanities Day provided an excellent platform for our children to learn about different cultures and reflect on their identities, fostering empathy, understanding, and respect for the rich tapestry of humanity.

Parent Consultations

Thank You for joining Parent Consultations this week; we extend our gratitude to all the parents who participated, whether in-person or virtually. Your engagement and support are truly appreciated.

It was a pleasure engaging in discussions about your child’s progress and achievements since our last meetings. Your valuable insights and collaboration contribute significantly to your child’s educational journey, and we hope you found these conversations valuable and insightful. Remember, our doors are always open, and we encourage you to reach out if you have any questions or concerns or simply wish to discuss your child’s development further.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership and dedication to your child’s education. 

Our end-of-year Parent Consultations will take place on the 28th and 30th of May.

Teaching and Learning Highlights!

Inclusion – Music

Music sessions always bring delightful moments. We come together to communicate through playing instruments, singing, and dancing, expressing ourselves while keeping up with patterns and sequences. Great job, everyone!

KS1 – Golden Pie

There was a lot of team work on the farm as the children worked together to make a golden pie. They noticed how the colour changed depending on how much water was added and realised they needed to find dry sand to achieve the golden colour that they wanted. They used loads of processes today including; mixing, sieving and sorting. It was a team effort, well done!

Year 5/6 – English Poetry Unit

As part of their English Poetry Unit, Upper School students were tasked with finding or writing a poem and creating a display to represent it. Students used their creative skills to create handmade or digital displays of their poems, to celebrate poetry. Here are some examples of the work that the Year 5 and 6 class created. Well done to all the Upper School students who created a display!

Year 8 – Insects Drawing Skills

Year 8 students have been diligently honing their drawing skills with the grid method, focusing on insects. They created their own grids to accurately reproduce an insect of their choosing. Using biro pens, they added depth and texture to their drawings. The results are impressive, showcasing their hard work and attention to detail. Well done, Year 8!

Nightingale House Event – Creative Classroom Door

From the lush depths of Thai forests to the captivating world of books, our classrooms came alive with creativity and imagination! Our Y1-9 House teams worked together to transform 12 different doors around the school, into a vibrant canvas of learning, showcasing diverse subjects from maths exploration to the power of a growth mindset! A huge round of applause to our incredible students and staff for embracing the spirit of creativity and making this event an unforgettable experience! 

Awards and Achievements

Bebras International Computer Science Challenge

Students from years 4 to 9 across our school community put their problem-solving skills to the test in the Bebras International Computer Science Challenge. Using their computational thinking abilities, they tackled a range of engaging tasks. We are thrilled to announce that one of our upper school students was selected to compete in the Scholarship finals at the prestigious Faculty of Information Technology, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang! 

A big shoutout to a Year 6 Student, who earned a perfect score in the Senior Primary School division! 

Artist of the Term

Artist of the term goes to an outstanding year 9 student who with hard work and dedication has produced some excellent pieces. Her most recent drawing is that of a Jeff Koon’s inspired piece of a balloon dog. She has produced this in coloured pencil. Amazing job. We’ll done! 

Upcoming Important Events

Sports Day – EYFS & KS1

6th March 2024  

All students in the First School will be taken off the timetable for the first part of the morning (8:45 – 10:00) to compete in fun games and activities, whereby they can demonstrate some of the skills learned in their PE classes.

Parent participation is encouraged!

Monica L Sudhirak
Head of School

Head of School, Monica L Sudhirak:

First School Phase Leader, Tabietha Sudhirak:

Middle School Phase leader, Hannah Riddi:

Upper School Phase Leader, Nicky Page:

“Samakee is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and expects all staff and visitors to share this commitment.”

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