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Pattaya Sports Club donates football field to Boys’ Home

“Alice – The Musical”

Fun and games at Banglamung School Indoor Sports Day

Pattaya Sports Club donates football field to Boys’ Home

Suchada Tupchai

Pattaya Sports Club has donated a football field to the Banglamung Home for Boys, the ceremony being held on June 5 with club president Gerry Carpenter and Bernie Tuppin, charity chairman of the club, presiding. Leading the vote of thanks was superintendent of the home Chamaiporn Metasuth.

PSC President Gerry Carpenter donates sports uniforms.

The field, which has an area of 35 x 50 metres, was an unused plot of land. PSC supported its transformation into a playing field, and laid the grass. Total cost of this modification was 71,000 baht. PSC also donated football uniforms and equipment.

Presentation day saw several events including a junior football match, a game for the elder boys, and a tug-of-war, which caused great amusement amongst the competitors and spectators.

Banglamung Home for Boys was opened on April 13, 1956, funded by government lottery and designed for children from problem backgrounds, such as orphans, abandoned children, children wandering far from home, impoverished children, poverty-stricken families, and children with behaviour problems. The age range is from seven to 18 years, the children being under social welfare protection. Accommodation, food, clothes, medication, counselling and education are provided.

The senior football team makes good use of the field.

Taking a photo as a souvenir.

Amusement from the midget football competitors.

A tug-of-war competition … Ugh…

“Alice – The Musical”

Sohini Goho

GIS presented the wonderful show, “Alice – The Musical” in the school auditorium. It was a big event and a lot of hard work, preparation and practice had gone into the making of the play. It was brilliantly directed and choreographed by Ms. Abeyawardene with musical direction from Mr. Thaler.

Alice, March Hare, Mad Hatter, and Cheshire Cat were not only convincing but their costumes, too, complimented their performance beautifully.

The beautiful synchronization, coordination and flawless performance showed perfection, which one can only imagine to be a result of continuous and regular practice. How the children and the teachers could manage that, in the midst of their academic curriculum, is a wonder and of course very creditable on their part.

Alice In Wonderland, I would think, is not an easy play to conduct theatrically but it was done with a class and style of its own. The play was well thought out and the scenes blended very well into each other. The actors connected very well with the audience who in turn felt like joining in with them while they sang and danced with ease. The music, costumes and props were brilliant and each detail had been thought out and incorporated in the play in a very innovative manner.

The dances by the chorus showed perfect synchronization ... well beyond our imagination or expectation.

Being a popular story and an all time favourite, it was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience who were eagerly following the play – feet tapping in tune with the music – reliving their childhood romance with Lewis Carroll. The wonder and awe was truly apparent amongst us!

The story revolved around Alice and the amazing adventures she had in Wonderland when she suddenly follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole. Her adventures with the Duchess and her “mad tea party” were hilarious. Her encounter with the illogical Queen of Hearts was again beautifully portrayed with humour and music making it all the more entertaining.

The actors and actresses did full justice to the play. They were expressive, totally confident and great singers! The dances by the chorus showed perfect synchronization and on the whole the students showed professionalism well beyond our imagination or expectation. Alice, March Hare, Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, etc., were not only convincing but their costumes, too, complimented their performance beautifully.

The seating arrangements and ushering in of the guests was very well organized and in turn the audience played their part well by adhering to the requests of switching off their mobiles and not moving about while the play was in progress. Personally, I do wish the auditorium was more packed with parents and guests – the least we can do to encourage these truly talented students who put in a performance well beyond what we expected and made us look upon them with pride.

We knew they were good when we went in for the show but we came out realizing what the word “perfection” stood for! And the credit for this goes not only to the children but also to the person who having understood their potential brought out the best in them – Ms. Abeyawardene. Since we have now got a taste of it, we look forward to more of such brilliant musical evenings at GIS!

Fun and games at Banglamung School Indoor Sports Day

Peter Richards

Sports or games days are always a great time for children and their parents, whether the event is held indoors or outdoors. Banglamung School No 2, out near the district police station, recently held its indoor sports and games day within the large school hall, as the weather was too hot for any strenuous outdoor activity.

But it is not only the children that participate, because parents and friends also join in and have a fun day as “cheer squad” teams, assistants and doing whatever else needs to be done on the day.

This cheer and dance squad gave a good performance.

The Banglamung School event was very well organised, with large quantities of food laid out on long tables to feed the hungry masses of students and their supporters.

The games were declared open by Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn. Apart from the official stage, there were three separate spectator stands for the different competitive teams and put to good use by the cheer squads, dressed in their colourful uniforms and hats. The squads attracted a fair amount of attention and applause themselves, with their cheerleader and small groups performing some very lively dancing and cheering routines.

There were some pretty novel games, such as lines of kids sitting one behind the other on the ground, and bouncing their way to the finishing line - the first “butt” across the line is declared the winning team.

These events are socially educational for students, and everyone learns first-hand about the spirit of competition, fair play, and the friendship gained by helping each other create things together. And they are also entertaining and good fun into the bargain!

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