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The World Scholar's Cup

12 November 2014

  • Maisie, Mimie, and Kulinna

We would like to thank everyone who has supported the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions Team of 2014 on our trail to Yale. In particular, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Nord Anglia Education for sponsoring our teacher, Mr. Joe, and covering half of our costs. We would also like to thank the PTG for generously purchasing an iPad for our raffle and for agreeing to match up to 40,000 baht raised by us. Any additional funds raised will go towards our chosen charities (Bangkok Refugee Centre, and Rainbow House).

Finally, we would like to thank all the children and teachers who purchased our raffle tickets and took part in the Reaping. We are pleased to announce that Nathan (Year 13) was the lucky winner. Thanks as well to all of those who supported our other fundraising efforts. We will continue to raise money after the trip at the Christmas Fair where we will be auctioning some beautiful jewellery pieces that have been kindly donated to us.

We raised funds in many ways in and out of school. We started off by selling Thai sweet drinks. Our sales shot up dramatically, so we matched demand and sold even more than we had anticipated. At one point we were selling Thai red drink, Thai green drink, lemonade, ice cream, brownies, and samosas all at once. Whilst running our little stall, we began to plan an elaborate Hunger-Games themed raffle event. The raffle tickets were sold to teachers, students from all year groups, friends, family, parents’ friends, people from abroad, and anyone who wanted to win the grand prize of an iPad. For additional cash, we edited the grammar, punctuation and overall errors of English texts written by Thai native speakers. Throughout the process of fundraising, we spoke to organisations and specific people about sponsoring us and even received some cash donations!

But this was more than just about raising money. We wanted to raise awareness of the World Scholars Cup as an opportunity for anyone who loves learning for learning's sake. We hope that we inspire many other junior participants to take part in the WSC and represent our school. We are so glad to have been given the chance to showcase the talent here at St. Andrews and Thailand on a global stage at Yale, one of the most prestigious and famous universities in the world - and we had the honour to represent our school there!

All three of us are undeniably excited to be able to finally see the wonders of Yale. Ever since we found out we had qualified for the Tournament of Champions, we have been endlessly obsessing over the vast and majestic library that seems to hold enough books to last us an eternity. We’ve been unable to forget the fact that we’ll be meeting the incredible B. J. Best, the author of Frogger, a poem we have read over and over. Over the past few months, we have been studying, writing and revising notes, asking questions and taking quizzes to help each other learn and remember the topics we need to cover. It’s been very hard and tiring, but we have enjoyed everything - even the studying. We really hope all our hard work will pay off at the competition and we are looking forward to proudly bringing back some more medals (and maybe even a few trophies!).

Once again, we’d like to sincerely thank everyone who supported us on our journey, and we will tell you more about our adventures on our return.

- Maisie, Mimie, and Kulinna (Year 10)