20th April 2020
Welcome back to Oonrak International School for Term 3!
We hope you all had a relaxing holiday. We are continuing our live lessons using Google Meets this week to ensure that all of our students can continue working through their curriculums. If you are still unsure about how to access our online live lessons, please contact your child’s class teacher as soon as possible!
25th March 2020
Thank you for supporting your children over the last week to continue their education at home. As the school closures continue, we want to increase our efforts to improve our online provisions.
From Monday 30th March all of our classes will be live with class teachers through ‘Google Hangouts Meet’. Please check your email inbox to find out more information or contact me or your child’s class teacher.
We ask for your support next week to ensure that your child can follow their timetable correctly and access the live lessons and resources that we are providing.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
17th March 2020
We have received updated information from the Ministry of Education and we will be closing our school to students from Wednesday 18th March 2020. The current directive is to close the school until further notice, however we will update you when we are able to reopen. While the school is closed, we will be providing online tuition to all students.
As long as students are regularly accessing the resources and communicating with teachers, they will be marked as present and will complete the academic term.
Senior School students will continue to use Google Classrooms, a site that they are very familiar with and all students know how to access information and submit work. Teachers will be assigning work regularly and we expect all students to complete their work on time and communicate with their class teachers regularly.
Primary School students will have access to an online classroom via a platform called ‘Seesaw’. This will be new to students, but we hope that it will prove an excellent learning tool. All students are being sent home today with a unique access code to their online classroom. Seesaw can be accessed from desktops, laptops, tablets and phones. Please ensure that children are logging on regularly to see news, lessons and tasks from their class teacher.
To confirm, today Tuesday 17th March will be the last day of school. Tomorrow we will be closed and we will remain closed until further notice. We will continue to update you throughout this period as we receive more information.
Thank you for your understanding.
Vision & Mission
LEARNING BY DOING WITH HAPPINESS
Here at Oonrak International School, we are committed to achieving excellence, ensuring we are continually raising standards of achievement, extending opportunity and exploring the importance of benefitting the beautiful island of Koh Samui.
Our vision enables students to develop both academically and socially, building a brighter future for all. At Oonrak we have a common goal to achieve academic success through ‘learning by doing with happiness’.
We are committed to offering a first-class academic education coupled with excellent vocational opportunities and preparation for the world of work. Personal, moral, cultural and social education is crucial to the life of our school.
Lastly, through our curriculum we aim to enable all students to develop:
Cambridge Assessment International Education
The National Curriculum of England (UK)
Year 1 - Year 6
The Primary Programme uses a mixture of The National Curriculum of England (UK) and Cambridge to develop English, Mathematics and Science skills in young children across the world. It has been fully adopted at Oonrak and gives our students excellent preparation for Secondary education. Additional subjects such as Music, ICT, Art & Design and Physical Education are also taught from the same curriculum.
The Primary Programme is designed for children aged 5 – 11; it provides learning objectives for each year of our student’s education. It gradually builds the learning steps for children in the primary area; before they move onto Secondary education.
The curriculum helps both teachers and parents gain a greater understanding of individual student’s abilities. We use end of unit testing as well as progression tests throughout the academic year. These tests provide information to analyse student’s achievements, strengths, and weaknesses, and gives teachers invaluable information to help guide students in the correct direction.
Secondary 1 Programme
Year 7 - Year 9
The Secondary 1 Programme is a framework for increasing educational success for students in years 7 to 9.This programme builds on the primary stage and develops student’s knowledge, skills and confidence in various different subjects across the curriculum. The curriculum is designed to help parents and teachers track the student’s process through the lower secondary phase.
Throughout the year, assessments will be conducted by the teacher in an informal but productive way. Giving teachers valuable information when tracking student’s progress and potential areas of weakness, furthermore, at the end of years, 7 and 8 students take the progression tests in English, Mathematics, and Science. Checkpoint testing will be conducted at year 9 in preparation for the next level of study.
These are designed to allow teachers to follow the progress of their students over time and analyse performance within their classes and against an external benchmark.
10th January 2020
I would like to confirm that Oonrak International School has received approval from Cambridge International to use the Cambridge Secondary and Advanced curriculum and examinations. I am pleased to announce that this means we can now offer the opportunity for students to study the IGCSE curriculum and complete the IGCSE examinations here at Oonrak. Our year 10 class will open later this year in September 2020.
Year 10 students will study IGCSE subjects over the course of two years. All students will study a compulsory core of English, Mathematics and Science plus a number of additional subjects. The IGCSE examinations are a formal assessment of a child’s ability in each of the subjects they have studied and are an internationally recognised academic standard.
We will be releasing more information at a later date about the range of additional subjects that we will be offering to our Year 10 students.
If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Oonrak International Primary & Secondary School • Tuition Fees
55'000 THB per term
Age 3-5 (foundation stage)
EYFS curriculum from UK
In the price is included:
morning & afternoon snacks, lunch, learning resources.
Key Stage 1:
57'000 THB per term
Key Stage 2:
62'000 THB per term
Key Stage 3:
72'000 THB per term
My name is Abigail Forsyth and I am delighted to introduce myself as the Head Teacher at Oonrak International School.
I am from the south of England and I graduated with an Honours Degree in Modern Foreign Languages from the University of Southampton.
I then decided to begin a career in teaching and completed a further one year course to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. After teaching in language schools and public schools in England, I went on to teach at an international school in Thailand for 6 years.
I am very fortunate to lead a dedicated team of staff at Oonrak International School as we strive for excellence and the very best educational experience for all students. My primary aim is to instill a lifelong love of learning for our students and for each of them to develop a sense of responsibility for the world in which we live. With this aim in mind, and in order to ensure that we meet internationally recognised academic standards, Oonrak adopts a combination of subject-based core learning with inquiry and project-based learning using the UK National Curriculum and the Cambridge International curriculums.
I invite you to come and visit our school or to contact me directly to find out more about our school. I look forward to working with you to create the best possible learning environment for your child.
With kindest regards,
Head of Department
Teaching: Secondary Mathematics
Degree field: Social Sciences & Mathematics
Hello! I’m so excited to be returning to Oonrak for another academic year. I have taught in the school since 2014. My passion is Mathematics and I have loved my opportunity to educate and really get to know the students here.
When I am not in school I enjoy spending time with friends at the beach. When I lived in the US I loved to garden so I have brought this pastime to my balcony here on Koh Samui.
I am really excited and looking forward to what this year will bring!
Country: South Africa
Teaching: Secondary Science
Degree field: Science
Hi! My name is Dylan Andrew Beckerling and I am a Molecular Biologist from South Africa. I grew up in a family of scientists who believe in using simple Biotechnology solutions to solve complex modern problems. I will be teaching Life Sciences at Oonrak. I am excited to bring practical experiments to the school to instill a passion for Science in the students.
Teaching: Thai Language
Degree field: Thai Language
Hello, my name is Kru Mind and I come from Thailand. I finished my bachelor of education in Thai and I have worked for Oonrak International School for a number of years. I love photography and I am looking forward to seeing my students improve and try their best.
Kyle de Boer
Country: South Africa
Teaching: Secondary English & Drama
Degree field: Master of Arts in Drama
Hi! My name is Kyle de Boer and I am an experienced teacher all the way from South Africa. I did my BA in English and Drama and later completed my MA in Drama (Choreography and Dance Performance). Over the last ten years I have taught a vast age range of students, from Pre-Primary through to Master’s University level. I am excited to start teaching English and I have a passion for the subject. I plan on contributing to the value of my classes with my experience in teaching both Drama and Dance. I enjoy facilitating lessons that are purpose driven, physical, educational and fun! I look forward to getting the students to, “think out of the box” and to approach their learning with enthusiasm and creativity.
Vanessa Mendez Figueroa
Degree field: human nutrition, Masters: training and sports nutrition
Hello! My name is Vanessa, I am the preschool teacher! I was born in Tucson, Arizona, USA. I have a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Mexico and two Master’s degrees from Spain. I tutored English in Spain for 2 years and Spanish in Australia for one year. I have been living and teaching English in Thailand for the past 8 months and I just love it. I really like teaching young children since they get excited to learn new things all the time and they transmit me their joy for life. I enjoy reading, working out and scuba diving. I am really excited to be part of the Oonrak family!
Country: South Africa
Teaching: Year 1
Degree field: Bachelor of education in foundation phase teaching
My name is Tanzie Neethling and I am from sunny South Africa. I am very excited to be a part of the Oonrak family and look so forward to teaching the Year 1 class. I have been teaching for almost 20 years and knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher. I find immense joy in teaching and feel it is a wonderful privilege to educate children, helping them gain a positive view of themselves and the world they live in. To extend their creativity and imagination and develop a love for learning through work and play, so they may continue with their schooling in a confident and mature attitude. I have found no better joy than when a child becomes confident in their own abilities, able to problem solve and understands their own worth and value in all they do and all they have to offer in life. I love nature and the outdoors and enjoy leading an active life, spending free time with my Fiancé and my daughter at the beach, swimming or snorkeling in the ocean and going for family hikes and bike rides together.
Teaching: Year 2
Degree field: Early Childhood
Hi, my name is Brenna and I am so excited to be teaching at Oonrak International School. I am from New Jersey. I love animals, movies, running, exploring, and trying new things! I'm looking forward to learning, laughing, and growing with the students!
Country: South Africa
Teaching: Year 3
Degree field: English
Hi, my name is Tam, you will have seen me around, I have been teaching at Oonrak for a year and a half and I am very excited to be teaching Primary year 3 this year. I am originally from South Africa and love spending time outdoors in nature. I also love to craft, sew and bake.
Country: South Africa
Teaching: Year 4
Degree field: English
Hello, my name is Lauren and I am a qualified English and Psychology teacher, and I have been teaching year 4 at Oonrak since December 2018. I encourage creative learning and take a holistic approach to education. I am very excited for the fun and learning we will be doing in the year 4 classroom at Oonrak this year.
Degree field: health and movement
Hi! My name is Gemma and I am from down under Australia. I hold a Bachelor of Health and Movement and have a strong background in developing children’s fundamental motor skills and teaching sport. When I’m not teaching you can find me at the beach, playing netball or exercising. I look forward to working closely with you and your children and creating fun and practical learning experiences!
Teaching: Art and Life Skills
Hello, my name is Jerry Escala and I am the Art and Life Skills teacher. I am from Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines. I graduated from Western Mindanao State University in 2014. I taught as a technical skills lecturer at college level in my hometown for two years. I am an adventurous person who loves to try new things and experience other cultures, this is why I decided to move to Thailand and pursue my passion in education. I also play table tennis, basketball and volleyball during my free time, particularly badminton. I’ve been teaching in Thailand since 2018 and I am very excited to be part of this growing family at Oonrak International School. To all my students, brace yourselves because we will be making ordinary things extraordinary.
Teaching: Thai Language
Degree field: Primary Education
Hello my name is Kru Nicky and I am 23 years old. I will be teaching lower primary Thai language lessons this year and I recently graduated in education from KPRU. My strength is my patience and my hobbies include listening to music and reading. I believe we should improve ourselves all the time.
Teaching: Chinese Language
Degree field: Chinese
Hello! My name is Kru Fern and I will be your Chinese teacher for the year. This is my second year at Oonrak International School and I can’t wait to see you all.
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