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Gap programme continues at the International School of the Regents

Children’s Day in Pattaya

General Motors Thailand makes donation to Childrn’s home

Gap programme continues at the International School of the Regents

The Gap student exchange programme allows students from all over the world to take a year off between leaving school and entering university, giving them a valuable opportunity to travel, gain work experience and witness the cultural differences of life in other countries.

Gap students Sally McLeod, John Bailey and Jo Sanders, pictured at the ISR.

The International School of the Regents has been operating a successful Gap programme since early 1998, and this term have been joined by three students from schools in Victoria, Australia. John Bailey from Mowbray College and, from Ballarat and Clarendon College, Sally McLeod and Jo Sanders. This is the first visit to Thailand for the trio who are looking forward with enthusiasm to what they have described as a ‘cultural adventure’. Settling in has been no problem for them, and they are united in their opinion that the friendliness of the ISR staff has made them feel very welcome.

The Gap students will assist at the ISR’s outdoor education centre at Koh Chang, and will be actively involved at the ISR Pattaya campus during sport, music, art and drama lessons. In addition, they will vigorously lend their support to the English speaking programme and to the unique boarding arrangements at the school.

The International School of the Regents is looking to expand the programme next September, with the recruitment of students from prestigious British schools, who will probably, like Jo Sanders and Sally McLeod, find the cultural and environmental experience both ‘unimaginable’ and ‘amazing’.

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Children’s Day in Pattaya

Loads of fun for kids and adults

National Children’s Day, held on the second Saturday in January since 1965, this year fell on January 13. In Pattaya, the community came out in full force to help the kids celebrate.

I’m happy. This is my day.

Every sub-district prepared various types of entertainment for the festivities. Many passed out presents, cooked up food and supplied beverages. Trainees from the Bang Lamung Vocational School even provided free hair care for children.

Local businesses, such as the Alcazar Show, Tiffany’s, the Million Year Stone Park and Crocodile Farm, and organizations like the Pattaya - Pratamnak Lions Club also created fun things for the children to do.

The Alcazar Show in Pattaya supports Children’s Day each year and this year’s entertainment included students in primary grades presenting on-stage performances.

Mmmm! Ice cream

Drawing contests, food, musical performances, more food, fun games and activities, and even more food were the order of the day. Many of the activities arranged for the children were both fun and educational, and were aimed at developing healthy social values in the community. The theme of this year’s event had to do with “realizing the importance of properly guiding children in today’s society”.

Pattaya municipal police and the Banglamung police stations also joined in the fun, arranging games and activities, giving away educational materials and providing, you guessed it, food and drinks.

Trainees from the Bang Lamung Vocational School provided free hair care for children, which, as can be seen here, wasn’t always fully appreciated at the time by the children getting the haircuts.

Thailand’s first Children’s Day was held in 1955, and was held in October each year until 1963 when it was moved to the second Saturday in January, which became official in 1965. It has been commemorated each year since.

The fun and games at Tiffany’s included drawing contests, prizes, food and beverages.

Top levels of government recognize the day as a way to “reinforce the support required to properly raise young children into responsible adults by nurturing, educating and directing children’s interest into socially accepted behavior.”

The fastest way to make kids happy is often through good food, such as what the Pattaya - Pratamnak Lions Club provided.

Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai addressed the nation on National Children’s Day, specifying “the importance of inspiring children to learn and teaching children to understand the virtues of democracy.”

Thai Rak Thai Party leader Pol. Lt. Col. Doctor Thaksin Shinawatra also addressed Children’s Day, and focused on “studying for fun and playing for knowledge, setting sights on a good future.”

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General Motors Thailand makes donation to Children’s home

William Botwick, president of General Motors Thailand and Chevrolet Sales Thailand (left) and their staff presented special shoes for handicapped children worth 180,000 baht to Ms. Wongduan Traipan (right), superintendent of the Pakkred Home for mentally and handicapped babies, or Ban Fueng Pha, on the occasion of Christmas and New Year’s.

Ban Fueng Pha is a government orphanage established by the Department of Public Welfare to take care of mentally and physically handicapped babies and children. Currently, there are more than 450 children who have been adopted. For more information or to make a donation, contact tel. (02) 583-6815, 583-4000.

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