26th April 2019

From Mark McVeigh, Principal

Dear DBS Parents,

I hope that you had an excellent Songkran holiday with your families. In our first assembly of the term, I spoke about Lisa and I going back to the UK in the holiday. Our children had organised a surprise party for us. As I was saying thank you to everyone for coming, I was reminded of the way that we encourage the students to be grateful; to take time to think about what they are truly thankful for. I hope that our DBS students have really appreciated their family and friends over this holiday.

I also spoke about Easter, in assembly, as Monday was ‘Easter Monday’. There are interesting similarities between Easter and Songkran, as both involve rebirth, merit making or giving, and forgiveness. I expressed the central messages of Easter and Songkran as renewal, kindness and tolerance. I urged students to renew their commitment to obtaining the most out of their time at DBS, make new friends, be generous, and show compassion by thinking carefully about what they say and do. Finally, we paused to remember the hundreds of people who were killed over the Easter weekend in Sri Lanka. This was a tragic reminder of how much evil still exists, and how much work there is still to do to eradicate extremism.

The egg is an ancient symbol of new life and rebirth. In Christianity, Easter Eggs are the modern interpretation of this and the students had a most enjoyable Easter Egg Hunt before starting the term in earnest. Thank you to the House Leaders for organising this.

We have a new teacher starting this term: Mr Sayers who will be teaching ESL. We also welcomed 28 new students. Mr Lyng gave an entertaining assembly on the theme of the term ‘Down to Earth’, with references to the constellation ‘Orion’ and a 1970s icon, the Raleigh Chopper bike! But the main message was about being ‘down to earth’ i.e. open, kind, modest etc.

We have learnt about individual student successes this week, including that of Q in Year 7 in his German and Czech Republic concerts; and Wanjan in Y7 in the KGL English Contest. 

Wednesday was the 41st anniversary of the opening of Denla Petkasem School and the start of the Denla schools’ story.  Lisa, Mrs Tanabe and I were fortunate to be invited to attend a special ceremony, on behalf of DBS, to celebrate the anniversary, and give our best wishes to Ajarn Arn Pandejpong, Chairman, on the occasion of his birthday. 

Lisa joins me in sending you our very best wishes,

Mark McVeigh
Denla British School, Bangkok

The Early Years children had a lovely Easter egg hunt as an EY group in their Houses. They were all able to listen to the instructions given by Mrs Skinner and work in a team to collect as many Easter eggs as they could find!
The older DBS students had an 'eggstra' special start to Term 3, when they took part in the House Easter Egg Hunt. All Pre-Prep students had great fun searching for the colourful House coloured eggs in their playground and were rewarded with a chocolate egg treat. The Prep students had to use their coordination skills and not only search for House coloured eggs but balance and collect them on a wooden spoon. A chocolate egg was the reward for their endeavours. 

The Easter Egg Hunt was part of recognising and celebrating both the Christian Easter calendar and the Thai Songkran observations, both reflecting on the start of new beginnings. This message was also conveyed to the students earlier in the Principal's assembly address. 
Pan, Y8, has been elected as the new deputy house captain for Sandringham. 
Congratulations Pan!
DBS STEM WEEK 29th April - 3rd May

Students will have an opportunity to participate in all things
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths based. 

Outline of the week below:

Wednesday 1st May @ 8:35 - 9:35: STEM Speaker - Environmental Scientist on the topic of Climate Change.

Wednesday 1st May @ 1pm - 1:20pm: SCIENCE FAIR for Y3-5 - SC1

Thursday 2nd May @ 1pm - 1:20pm: SCIENCE FAIR for Y5-8 - SC1

Friday 3rd May @ 10:45: STEM Assembly

Friday 3rd May @ 14:15 - 16:45: STEAM House Challenge

House Competitions

1. STEM Bake Off - Bake a STEM Inspired Cake (see registration form for more details; registration due in by Wednesday 1st @ 3pm)

2. MEME of the Week - Create their own STEM themed MEME (Due in by Thursday 2nd @ 3pm to announce winner at Friday assembly)

Winners will receive points for their House, and the winning MEME of the Week will also go on the Science MEME of the Week display board.
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We are delighted to introduce the DBS Summer School 'A Global Adventure' opening for Pre-EY1 to Y8, from 22nd July to 16th August 2019. For more information please click on the link below:

Snack Menu (29th April - 3rd May 2019)
EY Menu (29th April - 3rd May 2019)
Menu (29th April - 3rd May 2019)

Thursday 2nd May - Parent Teacher Meetings for Y1-Y4 Parents.

Y1 and Y2 PTM will take place in the Dance Studio in D2.
Y3 and Y4 PTM will take place in the classroom on floor 3 of D3.

A polite reminder that there will be a Professional Development Day on Wednesday 1st May.

The school will be closed to students from 3.00pm on this day.

The training includes all teaching staff, LAs and CAs and this means that there will be no ASA or ECA provision on this day.  

If you have any questions regarding the Professional Day please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your attention, understanding and support.

Up and coming dates for your diary:

April 2019
  • Monday 29th - Tuesday 30th - Usmile Photography sessions continue.
  • Monday 29th - Friday 3rd May - STEM WEEK. 
  • Tuesday 30th - Well-being Seminar. 8.30am - 9.30am. DBS Theatre.
May 2019
  • Wednesday 1st - DBS Entrepreneur Series with Dr. Pantana Tor-ngern, Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Science at Chulalongkorn University. Time 8.30am - 9.30am. DBS Theatre.
  • Wednesday 1st - Continued Professional Development. School will finish at 3.00pm for ALL students.
  • Thursday 2nd - Y1-Y4 Parent Teacher Meetings. 3.30pm - 5.00pm.
  • Monday 6th - Coronation Day. School is closed.
  • Tuesday 7th - Y5-Y8 Parent Teacher Meetings (FT only). 3.30pm - 5.00pm.
  • Wednesday 8th - Y5-Y6 Coffee Morning. 8.00am - 9.00am. Venue TBC.
  • Wednesday 8th - Y1 School Trip to Red Cross Snake Farm.
  • Thursday 9th - EY1 Pufferfish & EY1 Jellyfish Class Assembly. 8.45am - 9.15am. DBS Theatre.
  • Thursday 16th - EY2 Bumblebee & EY2 Caterpillar Class Assembly. 8.45am - 9.15am. DBS Theatre.
  • Friday 17th - Parent Time. Times TBC.
  • Monday 20th - Visakha Bucha Day. School is closed.
  • Tuesday 21st - EY2 Transition Meeting. 8.30am - 9.30am. Venue TBC.
  • Wednesday 22nd - EY1 Coffee Morning. 8.30am - 9.30am. Venue TBC.
  • Thursday 23rd - Tuesday 28th - Y6-Y8 Personal Development Focus.
  • Monday 27th - Y1 Coffee Morning. 8.00am - 9.00am. Venue TBC.
  • Tuesday 28th - Y2 Transition Meeting. 8.00am - 9.00am. Venue TBC.
Half Term Break: Wednesday 29th - Friday 31st May.
For a full list of events in Term 3 - please click HERE
2019-20 DBS Calendar - please click HERE

School Contact Details

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Important Information
In the case of any questions or concerns, please contact the following members of the Senior Management Team in the first instance and according to the specific matter you wish to discuss. You can contact us via the Main Reception (number shown above) or email

Mark McVeigh, Principal
James Lyng, Vice-Principal, Academic 
Tracey Skinner, Head of Pre Prep & Prep
Mark Higgins, Head of Prep Pastoral & Co-curricular
Satima Tanabe, Bursar – Catering, transport, billing and operations
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