Tuesday 11 June 2019
Harbor Land was the destination for our boarders last weekend with the choice of ice-skating or JUMP. It was quite an even split and a physical challenge for everyone. In JUMP, the boarders bounced their way through games of dodgeball and obstacle courses. At the ice-skating, there were different levels of expertise and it was lovely to see some of the more accomplished skaters helping those who found themselves struggling to stay on their skates! There were a few wet bottoms after the session!
On Sunday, a group of boarding representatives made a visit to our community partner, Pattaya Orphanage where we could present them with a donation of 11,000 THB, along with clothing and toys. The money will be used for rota-virus vaccines for the babies, which cost 800 THB each. The boarding community have spent the last three weeks fundraising with their very popular balloon activity and selling pizza at lunchtimes. A huge well done to all involved. The orphanage were very grateful. We hope that we can continue to fund-raise next year; watch out for our fundraising activities for a very worthy cause!
Thursday 6 June 2019
This weekend the boarders were treated to something a bit different. Instead of going on our usual day trip, we decided to change things up a little and go to see the Kaan Show; a spectacle of music, lights, acrobatics, huge and impressive set pieces, and a fascinating story rooted deeply in traditional Thai legends and culture. As well as several interactive elements that kept us hooked – including thousands of bubbles being released into the auditorium which not even the staff could resist trying to pop – the performers demonstrated an incredible array of talents, not least those who made dancing, running and somersaulting on wires look easy. The characters, both friend and foe, who flew low over the audience on a number of occasions, made for a truly immersive experience. After the show we stopped by Little Walk, a new shopping centre in Pattaya, where the boarders were free to choose what they wanted to eat for dinner. It was lovely to shake things up and spend the evening out of school.
Tuesday 28 May 2019
The end of last week saw the boarding community fundraising for our community partner, Pattaya Orphanage, by selling pizza. It was extremely successful and will be repeated this week to celebrate the end of the exams on Friday 31 May.
There has been an atmosphere of study and revision in the houses as the boarders have been preparing for their end of year assessments, but also a sense of celebration and sadness as we say goodbye to our Year 13 boarders. We wish them every success in their future endeavours and hope that they will be back to visit us with tales of their adventures.
Last weekend saw the boarders taking a trip to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, here in Pattaya, whose mission is to provide as many elephants as they can with proper health care and a life of freedom that they truly deserve. Our visit started with a plentiful lunch and was quickly followed with the opportunity to feed the elephants up close. Some of our boarders were braver than others! We then walked with the elephants to the mud park and the watering hole where a lot of fun was had by all. Once showered and dried off we were taken to find out how paper is produced using elephant dung and everyone could have a go. A truly wonderful afternoon!
Wednesday 22 May 2019
Last week saw the launch of our fundraising for our community partner, Pattaya Orphanage. The boarders spent evenings blowing up hundreds of balloons and then selling them at break and lunch to students who were hoping to win the big prize of 500 THB! We were delighted with the final result of 6,900 THB being raised. Next week sees the boarding community selling donuts and pizza to raise more money for a really good cause.
The long weekend was a very quiet affair in boarding. For the few boarders left who had public exams and the few overseas students who could not get home, we were able to arrange a cinema trip to central and a shopping trip to Mega Bangna to break the monotony of the books.
This week the Year 10s start their end of year assessments and next week, Year 9. In boarding, we shall continue to support them in their revision and studies.
Friday 10 May 2019
With the onslaught of the IB examinations, we took advantage of the opportunity to celebrate our Year 13 boarders’ perseverance and effort over the last two years by eating out at a local Italian restaurant, at the start of their last few weeks in the boarding houses. We wish them all the best in their exams and hope that they are rewarded with the grades that their efforts deserve.
Saturday morning kicked off with a visit to Horseshoe Point where the highlight was definitely the paintballing activity. It was an impressive sight to see some normally shy boarders using very sneaky tactics to win their game! However, the boarders also had the chance to practise archery, horse riding and also do some zip-lining. They returned home smiling, but exhausted and were very happy to see the takeaway pizza waiting for them.
The rest of the holiday weekend was a quiet affair with revision, studying and catching up on work or simply chilling and watching films.
As always, please get in touch if you are at all interested in boarding opportunities for your son or daughter. We will be happy to give you a tour and talk through the many boarding options on offer.
Head of Boarding - Peter Gillmore
PA to Head of Boarding - Onuma Webb
Head of Boys’ Boarding - Ruth Demery
Head of Junior Boys Boarding - Emma Jenkins
Head of Girls’ Boarding - Michelle Gillmore