The school celebrates certain major national and international festivals as well as acknowledging the achievements of the student body. Such celebrations are annual calendar events and currently include:
This is a major Thai cultural event where students participate in celebrations at the school. In Thai classes, students make small raft-like bouquets of flowers with incense sticks and candles (Krathongs), which they are welcome to take home to launch with their parents during the evening festivities.
The school celebrates the Christmas festival with a tree and decorations (incorporating the tree gifts into support for a local charity cause). Music and performance is a major element of this festival, and Santa’s Grotto, organised by our supportive parent community, is an ever-popular feature of the Christmas schedule.
Once a year everyone at BISP celebrates the diversity of the school community with all children and teachers encouraged to wear national dress. The event unfolds with performances from many of the over 60 nationalities in the school community, and parents provide food for the children and the many visitors to sample.
This is the Thai New Year and the school is closed over this important national holiday. The students, however, have the opportunity to acknowledge this festival with activities at school. Since these activities involve much throwing of water and getting wet, they cause much excitement within the school community.
This is an important event in the school calendar and showcases the work of the IB Diploma artwork undertaken as part of the students’ final examinations. Parents and guests are invited to the exhibition, which is usually opened by a practising professional artist from the wider community.
Promoting reading is important all year but for one week of the year, it is given a special focus, including a visiting children’s author. Students and teachers are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character, and in the Primary section of the school, this involves a parade of classes. It is a much-anticipated event on the calendar.
In recognition of the talent and accomplishments of the students, an arts Awards evening focuses on performance and other forms of the expressive arts. Parents are invited to this event and students throughout the school are able to perform as both individuals and in groups.
This event is held as a dinner for students and parents at an outside venue and is an opportunity to recognise the individual athletes as well as the teams in the school. It is a formal occasion, where the full range of exceptional athletic achievement is fully appreciated. Coaches make selections for their outstanding athletes and a few of the athletes also demonstrate their artistic talents as well.
Year six students have a special transition assembly attended by parents and all Primary teachers. The students themselves make speeches and provide special performances. This event marks the students’ transition into the Secondary section of the school and follows an orientation and lessons in the Secondary building.
This is the major academic highlight of the Secondary year, as the school’s Senior class graduates from the school. It follows a traditional format and is attended by parents, relatives and local dignitaries. Special awards are also given to exceptional students. The event is followed by a reception held in the foyer of the main school.