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Annual Aquatics Galas
Alison (Ali) Wyatt, UWC Thailand Physical Education Teacher, and Experiential Learning Teacher

The Primary and Secondary Swim Galas were a success, showcasing students' skills, sportsmanship, and camaraderie. Numerous records were broken, and exciting relays added to the atmosphere. The Secondary Gala featured a Water Polo tournament, emphasising inclusivity and competitive spirit. The events were well- organised, thanks to dedicated staff and supportive parents. Looking forward to the upcoming Early Years Swim Gala on 22 May 

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Myth Busters! What Really Is Learning Support and Who Is It For?
UWC Thailand Learning Support Team

Learning Support involves tailored interventions, yet myths persist. Occupational Therapy aids academic success, not job placement. Dyslexics can excel with strategies, and early help fosters potential. Students can learn new skills without always needing a shadow teacher. Teachers support a wide spectrum, promoting equality. Independence is achievable with support, and Speech and Language Therapists address diverse challenges. Bilingualism doesn't delay with quality exposure. Dispelling myths ensures all students receive tailored assistance to thrive.

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Empowering Environmental Change: Student-Led Initiatives at UWC Thailand
Subreena, grade 11 (Singapore), and Juliette, grade 11 (Belgium)

At UWC Thailand, students lead impactful environmental initiatives. The 10% Challenge aims to reduce electricity and water usage by 10% annually through collective action and advocacy. Earth Hour, observed globally, was marked by campus-wide activities promoting reflection and unity in environmental conservation. These initiatives underscore student leadership in driving sustainability efforts and inspiring future generations at UWC Thailand.

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Unlocking Potential: The Benefits of Speech and Language Therapy for Primary and Secondary Students
Claire Banks, UWC Thailand Speech and Language Therapist

The phrase "communication is key" is more than just a saying; it's the cornerstone of human interaction. At UWC Thailand, mastering speech and language skills can be a challenge for some students. A Speech and Language Therapist like Claire plays a vital role in fostering and supporting effective communication skills.

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Empowering Dreams: UWC Thailand's Diverse Football Journey
Steve Wallace, UWC Thailand Football Coach

The UWC Thailand football programme is thriving, with a significant female presence and diverse player backgrounds. Despite challenges, both Junior and Senior Girls teams are excelling, with impressive progress from players like Yulduz, grade 11 (Afghanistan), who overcame obstacles to join. As they prepare for the ASAC Senior Football Championships, the team embodies unity and determination, representing UWC Thailand in Cambodia.

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From Mission to Action: Kindness, belonging, and potential at UWC Thailand.
Aylin, Grade 12 (Bulgaria)

UWC Thailand is buzzing with excitement as it prepares to host the highly anticipated UWC International Congress 2024 in Thailand's tranquil settings, surrounded by rich foliage and bright flora. In the middle of this excitement, I had the opportunity to speak with the Secondary Principal of UWC Thailand, Jonathan (Jon) Field, an experienced educator who has spent six and a half years at the school.

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Our Digital Footprint
Stephanie Douglas, UWC Thailand Science and Mathematics Teacher

Have you ever wondered how much energy is being used to store and save those 50 copies of the same  picture of you and your friend in front of a smoothie stand in slightly different poses?  Where are all of our photos, files, etc.. stored and how is it powered? What is the extent of our digital footprint?

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Navigating the Boy Code: 7 Strategies to Understand and Connect with Your Boys
Merryn Atkins, UWC Thailand Occupational Therapist

Understanding the inner world of boys can be confusing sometimes, and beneath the surface are complex young people who generally speaking are different to their female counterparts. To really connect with boys, we've got to understand why they act the way they do, and appreciate the unique emotional twists that shape their reactions.

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Engagement Beyond the Classroom: Student-Initiated Trips across Thailand
Heidi Oxley-Whitnell, UWC Thailand Community Engagement Coordinator and Creativity, Activity & Service Coordinator

At UWC Thailand, our commitment to community engagement extends far beyond the confines of the curriculum and term time. We allow students to initiate and implement Student-Initiated Trips, collaborating with trusted communities across Thailand to partake in various social and environmental programs

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Fostering Community Spirit: The Playground Transformation Journey
Caryl Medilo Crisostomo, UWC Thailand Early Years Coordinator and Kindergarten Teacher

The Early Years Teachers, as a team, have always believed in the power of play to ignite young minds and foster holistic development. However, looking out onto our school playground, we saw the untapped potential and needed play equipment our little learners could have more fully inspired. That's when we knew it was time for a change – and thus, the Playground Committee was born...

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Student Council 2024
UWC Thailand

The 2024 UWC Thailand Student Council, elected in the second semester, consists of capable leaders from diverse backgrounds, embodying our global community. Their objectives encompass cultivating international connections, enhancing the school's community engagement, and prioritising well-being, among other initiatives.

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Shaping the Future: An Overview of the UWC International Congress 2024
Aylin, grade12 (Bulgaria)

The next UWC International Congress, which takes place once every six years*, will be held in Phuket, Thailand, from 29 February to 2 March 2024. As the culmination of the UWC movement's 60th anniversary festivities, this event will be our first-ever hybrid Congress, allowing for even more participation from the whole UWC community.  

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Adventures in Learning
Emma Neuprez

In the first semester at UWC Thailand's Middle Years Programme, students embraced student-centred learning through dynamic orientation activities, diverse academic paths, and hands-on projects, fostering a community where education goes beyond textbooks and empowering students to explore, create, and grow.

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The Earth Called – UWC Thailand Answered: Student-Led Sustainability Projects
Jeff Morey

UWC Thailand has continued its environmental leadership by participating in the CNN Call to Earth initiative for the third consecutive year. Through diverse student projects, including mangrove restoration, gibbon rehabilitation support, and beach cleanups, the school exemplifies a comprehensive commitment to sustainability. From mangrove seed pod collection to collaborative mangrove planting efforts, UWC Thailand consistently demonstrates a dedication to restoring and preserving coastal ecosystems. The school's emphasis on active involvement, from Grade 1 to Grade 12 students, reflects its mission to cultivate a generation of passionate environmental leaders.

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Cultivating a School Culture of Applied Mindfulness through Innovative Initiatives
Julia Feste, UWC Thailand Head of Mindfulness

Setting up a mindful reading pop-up library—an outdoor space for relaxation while diving into the world of literature—has been an uplifting experience. It was an experiment of "applied mindfulness," in the shade of generous trees on our campus. An oasis of peace where we spread mats and cushions, and where we have welcomed Kindergarten to Grade 12 students, their teachers, and their parents during a week-long series of workshops.

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