Bangkok Patana School is Thailand’s original British international school for students from 2 to 18 years, with over 2,200 students from around 60 countries.
The school emphasises a holistic approach, giving students extensive opportunities to round out their classroom learning through extensive extra-curricular and community activities that provide real life experiences.
Cindy Adair, Assistant Principal, joined us to provide an insight into how the school has benefited from a Certified School Membership with National Online Safety.
Bangkok Patana School
Reflecting on her role at Bangkok Patana School, Cindy said: “My role is Assistant Principal for Professional Learning at Bangkok Patana School.”
“I support our community with access to professional learning opportunities, creating events at the school and providing opportunities for our staff members.” she explained.
She continued: “Our school is the first British international school in Thailand and has been around for almost 70 years. We have 67 different nationalities in our enrolment now, so it’s a diverse, interesting place to work.”
“Many of our teachers hail from the UK, as well as Australia and the US. We have a lot of different people bringing a range of expertise to the school.” Cindy revealed.
She affirmed: “Our mission is to help pupils achieve their potential in a caring environment.”
Joining National Online Safety
The school has placed a huge emphasis on ensuring that all pupils are taught in a way which empowers them to make safe decisions when they are online.
Cindy explained: “We are huge advocates for online safety and digital citizenship across the school, and we were looking for additional resources in that area.”
When it came to choosing National Online Safety, Cindy revealed that the school was impressed with the wide range of resources and the cohesive nature of the package.
“We’ve used the platform to upskill our teachers and to support conversations with parents and carers. We needed more up-to-date resources that we could access on demand.” she added.
Cindy continued: “It’s hugely supportive. Technology is changing so fast, so being able to keep abreast of current trends is extremely helpful.”
“Being able to integrate that into our lesson plans is something that we wouldn’t necessarily have the resources to do without National Online Safety.” she nodded.
A wealth of online safety training and resources
Cindy revealed that the response to National Online Safety’s offering has been positive, from the whole school community: “Everyone who I have spoken to is thoroughly enjoying the resources and training.”
She said: “We have a group of students who are our Technology Advocates. We meet with representatives from each year group to see how things are being rolled out from a student perspective, and they have found the resources very useful.”
Parents and carers can obviously play a massive role in preventing their child from being exposed to harmful content and behaviours online, so the school focused on increasing that parental engagement.
Cindy revealed: “We run drop-in sessions with parents and carers, using the resources to share with them and the response has been great.”
“I would say that the biggest positive so far has been how the platform is regularly updated with current trends and technology.” she nodded.
She said: “It’s challenging to keep up with the latest online safety risks, so National Online Safety has really helped to keep our curriculum contemporary.”
Join National Online Safety today and start your Certified School journey.Find out more about becoming a Certified School Member today