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High School: An Inspired and Inspirational Student

Congratulations to Tialf (Year 10) whose beautiful photo of the Royal Crematorium was chosen as the winner of the Students' Choice category in the recent NAE Photographers of the Year Competition.

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In last week’s Newsletter, I included the poster of January’s Monthly Theme: “We are inspired and inspirational, striving to improve ourselves and others.”

It was recently announced that the photo of the Royal Crematorium above, taken by Tialf (Year 10), won the Students' Choice category in the NAE Photographers of the Year Competition, voted for by hundreds of students from around the world. Tialf’s winning photo is, fittingly, the photo used for December in the 2019 NAE Photographers of the Year Calendar, which you can download here.

As you will see, Tialf describes the photo on the calendar as follows:

“This picture was taken on December 28th, 2017 at the Royal Crematorium for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The image contained a structure known as Phra Meru Mas that lies beneath the twilight sky. It was the last opportunity to pay our respects to our beloved King. His work and dedication to his people and country represents the strongest institution in Thailand.”

I spoke to Tialf, who is studying IGCSE Photography, to find out more about this photograph and what he is inspired by, and think that he is also an excellent example of a student who is Inspirational to other, especially younger, students.

“It was a rare opportunity to witness such an essential, historical structure of Thai culture. I was amazed by all the details and history. I planned to take these pictures during the twilight sky. To me this picture represents a sense of sadness that Thai people mourned for their beloved King and at the same time reminded me of how important he was for Thailand."

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“When I started photography, I was inspired by almost everything that was around me and then I started imagining what kind of picture I wanted to take. Every time I walked past something that catches my eye, I felt pretty annoyed for not having my camera with me. So that was when I decided to take my camera almost everywhere I go and, when I do take that picture, it feels like “wow, that’s amazing”. I began to imagine different ideas and places that I want to visit, just so that I can get that picture that I’ve imagined taking. When looking back at those pictures, I always think of a story or a sense of emotion behind that image. And it is one of the key things that led me to do photography.”

As well as the 2019 NAE Photographers of the Year Calendar, as promised last week, you can also download a pdf version of the complete High School Calendar for Term 2 here.

Roo Stenning
Head of High School

NAE Parent Survey 2019

At the end of last term, all High School parents were emailed a link to this year’s Annual Parents Survey. This survey covers all the key areas of the school including the learning environment and teaching we provide, the way in which we support your child’s social development, our range of facilities and the way in which we communicate with our families.

Thank you very much to those parents who have already completed the survey. For those parents who have not yet completed this,  Heads of Year sent all High School parents a reminder of this survey earlier today.

Each family should only complete the survey once and your responses are anonymous. The views of all of our parents will be used to inform our strategies for continued improvement. The closing date is Sunday 20 January 2019. Thank you in advance for your participation and we look forward to hearing your views.

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The school’s full Google Calendars are available on Moodle, accessible via http://calendar.standrews.ac.th/.