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Supper Success for St. Andrews Cyclo Dash & Children’ Fair

Garden breaks the barrier

Garden International School attempts to achieve new heights

Everything goes swimmingly at ISR

St Andrews Sports Days

Super Success for St. Andrews Cyclo Dash & Children’s Fair

Saturday 12th February 2001

The annual ‘St Andrews Cyclo Dash & Children’s Fair’ was a wonderful success again this year. Several hundred adults and children, from all over Pattaya, the Eastern Seaboard and Bangkok, came along to help raise much needed funds to buy medicine for the children in the Camillian Center.

And they’re off! Cyclo Dash 2001 of to a roaring start

The day started bright and early with the Cyclo Dashers. This year there were 149 competitors aged between 6 years to 50 plus! The off road sections, arduous for some, added a lot of fun to the courses; they ensured that resilience and sheer determination were definitely the motto of the morning! Magnificent gold, silver and bronze medals were again awarded to the winners for each of the categories this year.

The heat of competition

Many competitors, adults and children sought sponsorship from their friends and family for taking part in the race. Dirk & Georgette Flier, teachers from the Dutch School in St Andrews, raised 20,000 baht in sponsorship money for the event by emailing their friends and family all over the world. Ann and Herman Verhoeven did a superb job in organizing all the races for this wonderful event this year.

Heading for the home stretch

The Children’s Fair ‘bounced’ along happily all day! There were many, many events for all the children to enjoy - pony rides, bouncy castle, and batik making to name but a few. Miss Pennock, the Deputy Head of St Andrews, was busy all day getting thoroughly drenched in the ‘Soak the Teacher’ stall! The jewellery making and face painting were as popular as ever! Children tried hard to find treasure, score goals and win a ‘Pink Panther’ prize in the throwing game.

“Which way do we go?”

Parents had an opportunity to shop in the handicraft stalls such as Preeda’s Blue and White Porcelain, Foyles’ Book Stall, Thai Silk Stall, and Batik Stall as well as many others.

The food stalls were full of tasty treats. ‘Brian’s Thai Food Stall’, Lotus Tesco’s ‘Tea, Coffee and Cakes’ and the Amari’s ‘Pasta Stall’ provided a superb selection of hot meals and snacks. The Shenanigans Refreshment Tent was a popular option too!

Preeda’s Blue and White Porcelain stall

Excitement mounted for the raffle draw as many people were hoping to win the 25 inch color television and/or two flights to Koh Samui!

One of St Andrews very own gardening staff, Khun Boom, was the lucky winner of the two flights to Koh Samui! There were lots of other lucky winners who won prizes, such as the six month membership to the Royal Garden Gym and a variety of smaller prizes.

Ready, Aim, Fire! Miss Pennock, the Deputy Head of St Andrews, was busy all day getting thoroughly drenched in the ‘Soak the Teacher’ stall!

The fantastic news is that this event raised a profit of 185,000 baht! All of the profits of this event will go straight to the Camillian Center. This year, the money will go towards paying for the much needed medicine for several children in the center. The medicine costs 15,000 baht per child and there are currently fourteen children in the center who require this medicine every month.

Pure concentration in the painting contest

St Andrews International School would like to thank everybody who supported this event and a special thank you to the sponsors:

Bayer’s Polymers - t-shirts and medals

Foster Wheeler - t-shirts

Jesters & TQ1 - 25 inch color television

M&W Zander - 2 flights to Koh Samui

Katoen Natie Semb Corp (Thailand) Ltd. - Cash Donation

Brian Year 8 - Thai Food Stall

Tesco/Lotus Supercenter - Tea & Cake Stall

St. Andrews Equestrian Center - Pony Rides

Royal Garden Fitness Centre - Prizes for the Fitness Centre

Artec Water Co - Drinking Water

Burgmann (Thailand) Co., Ltd. - Gift for Camillian Center Children

Shenanigans - Refreshment Tent

Pattaya Mail - Publicity

Transpo - Bouncy Castle

Bumrungrad Hospital - First Aid

Green Valley Golf Club - Golf Prizes

Allied Energy Co., Ltd - Prizes for Children’s Stalls & Games

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Garden breaks the barrier

On Saturday February 3, students, staff and parents descended on Garden International School for a fun packed morning at the annual Sports Day. The first to take to the track were the youngest pupils from year’s reception to year 2. They displayed amazing speed, enthusiasm and coordination to battle with eggs, spoons, beanbags, hoops and silly hats. Whilst this was entertaining the many spectators, the secondary students were striving to win valuable points for their house in the field events.

Em Tangtrakulwangse (Yr 11) with his Victor Ludorum Cup

While the younger pupils were seeking rest and refreshment it was the turn of the upper primary students to show their speed on the track. These were fast and furious with some very close races over 50 and 100 meters.

The later part of the morning saw the primary students move to the field events leaving the track free for the secondary students to fight for the finish line. There were some very close finishes in 50, 100 and 200 meter races and with double points at stake the relays sent the crowd wild.

Before the totals could be calculated, there was time for a few more fun events which included the slow bicycle race, the 3 legged race, brother and sister race and the one that everyone was waiting for the 4-minute mile challenge. This is where a team of students, staff and parents join forces to try to run one mile in under 4 minutes. In this event 32 runners each ran 50 meters in a shuttle relay in less than the 4 minutes, a feat never yet accomplished. With a team carefully selected from willing volunteers they managed to complete the distance in 3 minutes and 55 seconds - a fantastic achievement for all those who competed.

So with all the events completed it was time to announce the winners. There were two trophies to win the best overall individual performance and of course the Sports Day Trophy for the winning house. The Victor Ludorum Cup went to Em in year 11 with Ben Coulson in year 6 a close second. The winners of the 2001 Sports Day Trophy were Cobra House.

Well done to all those who participated and a big thank you to all the staff and parents for their help and support.

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Garden International School attempts to achieve new heights

The Student Council at Garden International School proudly presented the Physical Education Department with a new set of high jump stands last week. Fiona Hobbs (Year 6 representative) worked hard to provide the council with quotes and is pictured below with President Aseem handing over the equipment to Coach Burke. The new stands will help the 27 students busy training for the 2001 FOBISSEA Games to be held in Kuala Lumpur later this month.
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Everything goes swimmingly at ISR!

Year 11 student, Steivi, prepares to launch herself into a backstroke heat.

The Secondary Swimming Gala took place at the International School of the Regents recently and proved to be a big success. The standard of swimming was excellent throughout all classes, with the students turning in some highly commendable performances. The day, in which school records were broken in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke, also produced a stirring inter house competition, and competitors were spurred on by the enthusiastic cheering of their fellows.

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St Andrews Sports Days

I’ve just got to get this lily to the pond!

The students at St Andrews International School recently participated in their annual sports days activities. These were held on two separate days. The Early Years Sports Day for the students in Rainbow, Kindergarten, Reception and Junior Dutch School was held on Wednesday the 31st of January. The Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 Sports Day was held on Thursday the 1st of February.

Slithery Snake

The children from Rainbow, Kindergarten, Reception and the Junior Dutch School had a ‘roaring’ time as they participated in a variety of non-competitive activities. These activities were based around a ‘Jungle’ theme and provided the students an opportunity to display their skills in movement and speed. As they participated in the many activities including the ‘Snake Slither’, ‘Zig Zag Zebra’, ‘Feed the Monkey’, ‘Fill the Swamp’, Feed the Hippo’ and ‘Lilly Pad Leap’, the students were able to work together as a team. The smiles on the children’s faces gave a big thumbs up for the event as they proudly took home their certificates of participation.

Sprinting for the finish line

On Thursday the 1st of February the students from Year One through to Year Eight and the Senior Dutch School took part in their own athletic events. There were running races for each age group with some very close finishes, especially in the 200m races. In addition to this the students performed a number of field events including long jump, standing high jump and basketball throw.

Jumping in the sack

The Key Stage One students also participated in a variety of games and activities including the ‘Three Legged Race’, ‘tyre challenge’ and ‘Free Willy’. All the children participated in the fun obstacle races where a range of athletic ability, stamina and sense of humour were displayed.

Hey! Look at me!

At the end of the day, Sukhothai (blue) managed to score the most points to be awarded the trophy for the Athletics Champions for 2001. Chiang Mai (white) came in second and Ayuthaya (red) came a very close third.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and the cheering and sportsmanship that was displayed on the day was excellent. Well done to all the students at St Andrews International School.

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