Looking back on the last year in the Dutch Stream
St Andrews International School Green Valley is proud to be the only school on the Eastern Seaboard to offer a Dutch Stream for our students. Find out more about what they were up to this last academic year below:
It has been another busy and exciting year in our Dutch stream at St. Andrews Green Valley. During our first term in school the students had a closer look at UNESCO, and more specifically it’s World Heritage sites. After researching important cultural heritage sites in both Thailand, The Netherlands and Belgium all students made posters, quizzes and prepared presentations. The results of their hard work were then displayed during an interactive and fun afternoon with both parents and students.
Soon after this, we welcomed Aurelio and Emilio to our Dutch community. Both of them quickly proved to be a great asset to our Dutch speaking .
In November, we were lucky to have the opportunity to visit a Dutch company in Thailand. Thanks to Martijn Janissen and Mark Gerkema, our Dutch guides for the day, the students experienced a very informative tour and learned a lot about plastics and sustainability. This visit was followed by a typical Belgian lunch of ‘friet met stoofvlees’ (beef stew and chips) and ‘kip met appelmoes’ (chicken and chips) in Belgian restaurant ‘Le Bistro’ in Bang Saray.
As most of our Dutch Stream students were in Secondary this year we thought it was time to celebrate ‘Sinterklaas’ a bit differently. The students made anonymous surprise gifts for each other and they also wrote a poem for our ‘Pakjesmiddag’ in school. Fortunately, our students’ excellent behaviour over the last year was rewarded by Sinterklaas with lots of sweets and presents!
Just before Christmas we said goodbye to the Janissen family, as they moved back to the Netherlands after three years in our school. They will be sorely missed and we wish Fien, Neeltje and Job all the best in their future education and life in the Netherlands.
After the Christmas break we hit the ground running, as we got word that the Belgian ambassador would be visiting our school in the second week of term. The Belgian students polished their UNESCO presentations up and welcomed H.E.Mr. Kridelka with open arms. It was a very enjoyable visit and the ambassador even stayed longer to talk to our students, teachers and parents.
At the end of Term 2 the Covid-19 viruse began to appear in Thailand and due to safety measures, we had to make the switch to online learning. This transition went incredibly smoothly and even though we didn’t meet in person anymore, we managed to meet online and continue our Dutch learning. We would like to thank our students for displaying such flexibility and resilience in their online learning and we hope that by the time you read this, life has turned back to normal and you are all safe and sound.
Now that the academic year draws to a close it is time for us to say goodbye to Toosje, who will graduate from Year 13. Toosje has been a part of the Dutch stream for four years and she is the first student in our community to ever graduate ‘online’. We wish Toosje all the best with her future studies in the Netherlands and hope that she will cherish good memories of St. Andrews Green Valley.
Kris Van der Mynsbrugge & Mirna Roosma