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27 February 2015

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23 February 2015

Bangkok Prep teacher launches book to promote cultural diversity within the family

Pepa O’Donovan, a Foundation Stage teacher at Bangkok Prep, has published her second book, Not Quite The Usual Setup.

 

Bangkok Prep teacher launches book to promote cultural diversity within the family
 
Pepa O’Donovan, a Foundation Stage teacher at Bangkok Prep, has published her second book, Not Quite The Usual Setup, which addresses the issues surrounding “step families” or “blended families”.

Co-published and illustrated by Pepa’s long-time friend and schoolteacher Jessica Pena Reeves, the book is for children ages 4 to 8 years. The book will officially be launched on Saturday February 28th, to conclude Bangkok Prep’s Book Week held during February 23rd-27th 2015.

Not Quite The Usual Setup tells the story of a little girl whose family is going through change. Her parents are going through a separation.

“I was inspired to write this story when my sister-in-law went through a divorce and at the moment her daughter was only 6 months old. Even though separation is a tough situation for any family, a child’s happiness, in my eyes, is the key point to consider when dealing with a divorce. My niece grew up in a loving and trusting environment where both parents and their new partners would meet for different family celebrations, went on holiday together and even went to each other’s weddings. Hence, the title: Not Quite The Usual Setup”, explained Pepa, as to the inspiration of the book.

Not Quite The Usual Setup tells the story of Claire as she embraces her “not quite the usual setup” and sees her family grow through changes.

Pepa pointed out that the book can be read in classrooms to bring awareness of the diverse family units found in modern society as well as at home. It aims to educate children in being respectful and caring to those who might lack a sense of belongingness from fear of being different.

“New beginnings are usually challenging. It is therefore important for those students who come and go as well as those who are a constant part of the Bangkok Prep Community, to come together by being respectful, caring and internationally minded with each other, regardless of where they come from or what their family background is.
“Bangkok Prep has students from many different family situation and background. One of our objectives is to celebrate the international diversity in our school. This story is about embracing diversity and being respectful to others: two very important life values all children should learn at a young age,” she added.

An adult TCK (third culture kid), Pepa has spent most of her life overseas. Born in Kenya to an Irish father and Spanish mother, she grew up in Tanzania and Lesotho. Passionate about children’s development, she studied Montessori and has worked in various international schools in Spain and Thailand. She teaches at Bangkok Prep International School where diversity is part of daily life with a truly international student body representing over 39 nationalities.

Last year, Pepa published Songkran, which takes young readers through the different rites performed during this Thai New Year, giving children an opportunity to learn more about this popular Thai festival. Pepa is now planning to write a series of festivities from around the world for children and her next book should be about her favourite festival – Loy Krathong.

Not Quite the Usual Setup is available for Baht 300 at Books@53 in Sukhumvit Soi 53. On Saturday February 28th, Bangkok Prep is hosting a book reading session during Bangkok Prep’s Baby Bulldogs Playgroup from 9.30am-11.30am where Pepa will be reading her book followed by a book signing session and some activities related to the book. The event is open to public and is free admission. To attend this event and book a seat, call Valerie Campeau at 02-2607890 (Ext 107) or email at info@bkkprep.ac.th. 


 


 
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06 February 2015

Bangkok’s Most Talked-About Circus Party Is Back in Town and Promises To Be Bigger than Ever!

Bangkok Prep, in conjunction with BAMBI (Bangkok Mothers and Babies International) invite parents and their children between the ages of 1 ½ - 5 years old to Bangkok Prep’s Early Years Foundation Stage Unit.

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Bangkok’s Most Talked-About Circus Party Is Back in Town and Promises To Be Bigger than Ever! 

Bangkok Prep, in conjunction with BAMBI (Bangkok Mothers and Babies International) invite parents and their children between the ages of 1 ½ - 5 years old to Bangkok Prep’s Early Years Foundation Stage Unit for a morning of fun and activities under the theme “Circus Party”.
 
This is a great opportunity for parents to visit the school, meet the teachers and learn first-hand about the excellent teaching methods and academic programme offered to young children at Bangkok Prep’s Early Years Foundation Stage Unit.
 
Fun-packed activities include circus-themed arts and crafts such as making clown’s shoes. The children will also enjoy clown face painting, decorating cupcakes with clown face and a variety of classic circus games. There will also be a petting zoo!
 
Bangkok’s popular Clown Eckie will entertain children with his magic shows and tricks and dazzle children with his very own magical clown tuk-tuk - the only one of its kind in Bangkok!
 
Not to missed is the clown parade and prizes given to the best-dressed clown.
 
So come one, come all to the best circus party in town!
 
Event: Bangkok Prep & BAMBI Circus Party 2015
Date:  Saturday March 7th  2015
Time:  10am to 12noon
Location:  Foundation Stage Early Years Unit at Bangkok International Preparatory & Secondary School, Sukhumvit Soi 53. Bangkok Prep is adjacent to Thong Lo BTS station (Exit 1) - school entrance is 30 metres along Soi 53.  
Entrance Fee:  Free Admission. Refreshments and light snacks are provided. Please RSVP for an exclusive school tour at info@bkkprep.ac.th or 02-260-7890 (contact Ms Bank, Ms Priya or Ms Valerie). You may also sign up for school tour at the venue.

 

 
 
 
 

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