Last Thursday morning, St Andrews High School held our first Wai Kru Ceremony. Wai Kru is a traditional celebration in Thailand to show appreciation and respect to teachers, held on a Thursday close to the start of the academic year. The ceremony began with Matrix and Sand explaining the Wai Kru Ceremony with information about the significance of the flowers used in the phuang malai garlands before Nina chanted the traditional Pajera, which included the line “I also pay my respect to teachers with great admiration and humility in my heart, I feel eternally in debt to them”.
The main parts of the ceremony were the presentation of garlands to teachers, shown on the left, and Tutors, shown on the right, by student representatives with other teachers receiving their garlands later in the day. These garlands show our respect and appreciation towards teachers and tutors because they improve our skills and share their education and knowledge with us.
Teachers were moved, impressed and proud by the students’ thoughts and feelings towards them, and our first Wai Kru Ceremony brought smiles to the faces of both teachers and students.
Written by Anakin (7e), Ayumi (7c), Clara (8g), Flan (7e), Isabell (7c) and Kiersten (7c) - Student Journalist Team