1st February 2019

From Mark McVeigh, Principal

Dear DBS Parents,

The week has ended with a negative focus on the quality of the air in Bangkok. Like other international schools in Bangkok, we have followed the directive by the government to close schools until overall pollution levels drop. The well-being and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us at DBS, and our Air Quality policy helps us make decisions regarding your child's activities on a daily basis. We intend to open on Monday, unless the directive period is extended. 

Nonetheless, it has been a busy few days at the start of the week, which included a well contested swimming gala against Rugby School, organised by Ms Pym. It was good to see some of you at the Science Seminar on Tuesday, run by Ms Babb. As you will read later, there has been a focus recently on reading, and programmes such as Read Write Inc. and Accelerated Reader are helping us to develop this vital area. The Prefects are also pleased to be involved in helping our younger students.

We have learnt about individual student successes this week, including Q in Y7, who won the junior class piano award, and was second in the violin category, at the Hong Kong International Youth Performance Arts Festival. Congratulations also go to Mek in Y5, who started training at Burirum Academy, having signed for the Burirum United youth squad.

Lisa joins me in sending you our very best wishes,

Mark McVeigh
Denla British School, Bangkok

When I walked around the school today I was so pleased to see so much reading taking place! Our children in EY1 are beginning to recognise their early sounds by using their huge listening ears to identify sounds in the environment. EY2 are now experts with their Set 1 phonics and are already both reading and writing CVC words like fox, sat and lip. Many children are now moving on to special friends (th, sh, ng). Y1 and Y2 children are enjoying reading enthusiastically, changing their books and sharing their reading and writing using the Read Write Inc scheme. Some children in Y2 have now moved to our banded book system and were reading about Fish and Chips in England! Y3 and Y4 are starting the new Accelerated Reader programme. We hope that you love reading as much as we do!  -  Mrs Skinner, Head of Pre-Prep.
The DBS Prefects are helping to improve the reading skills of our younger students each morning during Form time, by listening to them read stories and books. 
On Tuesday this week, Rugby School visited DBS for a swimming gala. The DBS Dragons swim team and their opponents from Rugby demonstrated their superb water skills, as well as showing great determination in a mix of both individual and relay events. Well done to everyone involved, and a huge thank you to Miss Pym, Head of Swim Squad, for organising such a great event. Finally, a massive thank you to all our spectators! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
For a programme of events for Chinese New Year - please click HERE
DBS is proud to present the opportunity to hear our young musicians perform as soloists and as part of a chamber ensemble, in our termly recital series, Performance Time. Expect to hear everything from Brahms and Debussy to One Direction and Beyonce, as well as performances from our Music Scholars. Doors open from 3.30pm and the concert should end at approximately 5.00pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
Dear Parents,
If you still haven't returned the permission slip for the upcoming Y3-Y8 Residential Trips, please read this recent blog. I also recommend that you Google the benefits for children of participating in Residential Trips. 
5 Student Benefits Of School Residential Trips

School residential trips play a vital role in the development of students from early years primary pupils right up to those at sixth form colleges. Whether it be a simple day of outdoor activities or a trip to a foreign country, the residential trip is proven to boost learning and self-confidence in children and young adults. This blog highlights five particular benefits.  

Improved Teacher-Student relationship
The environment created on a school residential trip allows the breakdown of the formal student-teacher relationship; as teachers involve themselves in residential activities students see a different side and a positive relationship is formed. This has endless benefits in the classroom post trip as students are more engaged with their teachers achieving an increase in learning.  

Engaging hard to motivate students
England's governing body Ofsted, concluded that taking students out of the classroom and into a more interactive environment was an excellent way to engage those students who find academic work challenging. Those who are sometimes disinterested in the classroom can use their energy in a positive sense either to engage in physical activities or explore their curriculum through visualstimulus, which is proven to be far more engaging. 

Enriching curriculums
The most obvious reason for a school residential trip is to enrich the curriculum. It is a fact that school children learn much more efficiently when they actively engage with their subject.  

Personal and social development
This is a very important factor in the lives of young people and schools play a huge role in this. Residential trips aid the personal development of students through taking a child away from home and embracing the world without their parents. Many children are away from their parents for the first time on school trips, which aids social development by creating strong bonds with their peers. Spending days and nights together creates enjoyment and life long memories that children cherish all the way into adulthood. 

Improving confidence
A monumental outcome of school residential trips is the build-up of confidence among young people. On physical trips, overcoming set challenges gives students a large boost as they learn to realise that they can achieve things they did not think possible. On more academic trips pupils are more engaged with their subject enhancing their ability to learn and recall what they have experienced. This creates further academic confidence in improving a student’s capability in the classroom. 

Kind regards

Mark Higgins
Head of Prep Pastoral & Co Curricular
Denla British School 
The EY DBS sports day is a fabulous event where children enjoy sharing their learning in an environment where parents are actively involved. As such, we have made the decision to postpone the EY sports day until the AQI returns to normal levels. We look forward to sharing a new date with you in the near future. Thank you for your support!

Accelerated Reader Parent Seminar

If you have a child in Y3-Y8, please join us in the library on Monday morning to learn more about our Accelerated Reader programme at DBS. We look forward to seeing you then!

A reminder of some small changes to the following PTM dates:

Y7-8 Parent Teacher Meeting (PTM)

The Y7-8 PTM will take place between 3.30pm and 5.00pm on Wednesday 6th February in the large Dance Studio in D2.
Your child should attend all appointments with you.

Y3-4 Parent Teacher Meeting (PTM)

The Y3-4 PTM will take place between 3.30pm and 5.00pm on Monday 11th February in the large Dance Studio in D2. The Sports and PE Department will be running Games for Y3-4 as normal on this day. This means that many of our Sports teachers will be unavailable at this time for a meeting. Mr Aaron Chandler will be available and will represent the department. If you wish to meet another member of the Sports Department please make an individual meeting to see them at your convenience.

During these meetings, you will have an opportunity to talk to your child’s specialist teachers and your child’s Form Tutor. Mr James Lyng (Vice-Principal Academic) and Mr Mark Higgins (Head of Prep Pastoral and Co-Curricular), will also be present during this time.

Between 4.10pm and 4.20pm the teachers will have a scheduled break and Mr James Lyng will talk to all parents, if appropriate, very briefly about our Accelerated Reader programme.

Your child has an End of Term 1 Report published through the Parent Portal. This report should be referred to before you attend the PTM.

Snack Menu (4th - 8th February 2019)
EY Menu (4th - 8th February 2019)
Menu (4th - 8th February 2019)

Up and coming dates for your diary:

February 2019
  • Monday 4th - Accelerated Reader at DBS. 8.00am - 9.00am. Library
  • Tuesday 5th - DBS Chinese New Year celebration.
  • Wednesday 6th - Y5 - Y6 Parent Coffee Morning. 8.00am - 9.00am.
  • Wednesday 6th - Y7 - Y8 Parent Teacher Meetings. 3.30pm - 5.00pm.
  • Monday 11th - DBS Entrepreneur Series. Tom Vachiramom, Co Founder and CEO of ScoutOut Limited. 8.00am - 9.00am. DBS Theatre.
  • Monday 11th - Y3 - Y4 Parent Teacher Meetings. 3.30pm - 5.00pm.
  • Tuesday 12th - DBS Open Day.
  • Tuesday 12th - Y1 - Y2 Parent Teacher Meetings. 3.30pm - 5.00pm.
  • Thursday 14th - Y4 Kite Class Assembly. 8.15am - 8.45am. DBS Theatre.
  • Monday 18th - Friday 22nd - Half Term Break
For a full list of events in Term 2 - please click HERE
2019-20 DBS Calendar - please click HERE

School Contact Details

Tel: 02-666-1933                             

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If you wish to speak with our medical centre, please use the number shown below:
Medical Centre Tel: 095-365-9614  

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
The School is pleased to provide a translation service if requested in advance.

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