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Ban Jing Jai is all smiles now

PSC sponsors teachers at interschool sporting event

Schools line up for Battle of the Bands

Pattaya School No 4 holds extended sports day

Closer to nature

Jesters ‘Care For Kids’ – Breaking News

Ban Jing Jai is all smiles now

The children’s smiles say it all!

Lewis Underwood
Things are looking cleaner, brighter and, more importantly, drier these days at Ban Jing Jai, the little orphanage in the cul-de-sac near the end of Soi Nern Plub Wan. Gone is the smell of mildew from leaky roofs and faulty plumbing inside the residences; as is the standing water once recurrent in the pantry and outside the girls’ side. Toilets have been fixed and/or built anew, plumbing replaced and a new functional septic system is now installed.
In short, the Jesters have just recently provided nearly a half million baht in funds for a thorough renovation, including new construction, to improve the quality of living to the children in residence here. Europe Low Energy Houses, who have been involved in our charity projects previously, have done another wonderful job not only to rectify the main trouble areas, but also in fixing all the small niggling problems that were once endemic at the orphanage.
The following list includes the main areas of improvement:
* Constructed new structure outside for washing area, shower and toilet
* Installed 2 PVC tanks (septic), sewer lines and concrete floor
* Repaired leaking roofs and ground floor ceilings
* Replaced plumbing with PVC pipes, and bathroom floor tiles (there are now 2 functional toilets upstairs and one downstairs in the main residence)
* Removed damaged wooden floor upstairs and replaced with tiles
* Replaced bathroom doors with PVC ones (x 4)
* Repaired ceiling and paint where needed
* Fixed electrics in all residences, including replacement of fans and lights
* Constructed new roofing over laundry/bathing area outside boys’ residence
* Installed cement covers over road gutters and put gravel stones down
Of course, even after the above problem spots were put right, a subsequent walk through inspection revealed still other areas that were missed initially, such as their drinking water system’s shortcomings and inadequate washing machine facilities. But then we did not mean to imply that we were finished here; on the contrary, this is just the beginning. The Jesters charity work is never finished, but here at Ban Jing Jai it’s a good start and the children’s smiles say it all!

The entrance to the cul-de-sac off Soi Nern Plub Wan today.

The new washing area, shower and toilet adjacent to assembly area.

PSC sponsors teachers at interschool sporting event

Bernie Tuppin (center), PSC charity chairman and Nongyao Couch, member of the PSC charity committee, present shirts to teachers and students.

Pattaya Sports Club has a long history of promoting sports in local schools, each year donating equipment worth hundreds of thousands of baht. This enables students of all ages to enjoy healthy outdoor activities and introduces them to leisure activities that can last a lifetime. All good clean fun for the kids.
But how about the teachers? In a lot of cases teachers have to give up their free time to coach the children in their chosen activity.
While talking to Khru Titichai of Suttawan School, PSC charity chairman Bernie Tuppin discovered that the schools around Pattaya are holding an interschool sports competition for teachers. This competition runs over many months and involves a number of sports, including soccer, volleyball, takraw and athletics. This presented an opportunity for PSC to recognize the contribution of the teachers in some small way, so it was decided to sponsor Suttawan School for the coming season.
PSC have donated most of the equipment necessary for the school to compete and in addition have supplied each of the 25 teachers with a team shirt, a Pattaya Sports Club shirt of course.
Bernie, together with Nongyao Couch from the PSC charity committee presented shirts and equipment worth a total of 19,000 baht. The Khru Samphan Games commenced on August 4. Seventeen schools around Pattaya are competing and PSC will present the winners’ trophies.

Students, teachers and benefactors gather to commemorate the donation.

Schools line up for Battle of the Bands

Narisa Nitikarn
Winner of the Battle of the Bands on July 28 was Pattaya School No 3, putting on a stirring display of military brass band music and beating some very tough competition from seven other Pattaya City schools.

Muang Pattaya 8 School’s marching band thrilled the spectators during the Battle of the Bands.
The event was organized at Pattaya School No 2 by the Pattaya and Naklua-Pattaya Lions Clubs, with Mayor Niran Watthanasartsathorn performing the opening ceremony and deputy administrator of Chonburi province Rewat Polluk-In attending.
Eight schools took part in the contest, with the organizing committee setting three pieces of music, namely any traditional Thai music, the Lion Spirit song, and any music written by His Majesty the King.
Pattaya School No 3 received 10,000 baht in prize money for winning the competition. Runner-up was Pattaya School No 2, receiving 7,000 baht, and Pattaya School No 7 came in third and took home 5,000 baht.
Mayor Niran said in his opening speech that the Battle of the Bands was not intended as a fierce competition with each school fighting for the winning place, but that it should be regarded as an opportunity for training and presentation, and in performing for a large audience. The prize money, he said, should be regarded as a bonus.

Muang Pattaya 2 School was the first showing at the competition.

Pattaya School No 4 holds extended sports day

Vimolrat Singnikorn
Pattaya School No 4 held its annual sports day from July 17 to 28, an extended event to enable all levels of the school from kindergarten class 1 through to the final year of secondary school to take part.

Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn presents a prize to a member of Pattaya School #4’s winning Futsal Red Team.

The school, also known as Nong Yai Temple, divided the events into four teams, namely red, yellow, blue and green, with a total of 933 pupils taking part.
Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn presided over the closing ceremony, saying that such a large event is an encouraging sign that the school is giving prominence to supporting sports. In addition to the joy of exercise, said Wutisak, those taking part learn that life is all about learning how to lose and forgive as well as win.
Cheerleaders gave a performance to open the event, and amongst the first of the activities was a tug-o-war for the under 6s, which had the large audience of teachers, educators, parents and children clapping and cheering.

A yellow team child wins the under 6 years old 30-meter race.

Kindergarteners give it their all in the tug-of-war between the red and green teams.

Closer to nature

Assumption College Sriracha students got right into the mud before planting a tree.

Mark Beales
Students got close to nature as they learned more about their local environment when a class from Assumption College Sriracha visited Ang Sila recently.
The English Programme Mathayom 1 class was taken to a muddy forest where a guide showed them around and taught them about the different plants and wildlife which live there.
Rather than look at books and pictures, students climbed down a ladder to get right into the mud, and then planted a tree. The experience helped teach students the importance of their local environment in a practical manner.
Assumption teaches more than 4,000 students, many of whom come from Pattaya. For more details visit

Jesters ‘Care For Kids’ – Breaking News

Two news items as we go to press…

Erik & Robert (file photo)

Due to the successful result of the 2006 Canadian Jackalope Open charity golf tournament at Pattana Sports Club, the Canadians have increased their sponsorship of this year’s Charity Drive from Silver to Gold.

Erik Sorensen from Scandi Bar and his trainer Robert Johansson will attempt yet another cycle marathon, this time a round trip of 417 km from Pattaya to the Cambodian border. They plan another spectacular return to arrive at Jameson’s the Irish Pub at the beginning of the Jesters Pub Night on Saturday 16th September. These amazing athletes deserve your support and you can sponsor by contacting Robert at the Pattaya Marriott Fitness Center, Erik at the Scandi Bar, or Woody at <[email protected]>

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