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Regent’s stages a weekend drama festival

Lunch with Lions for children of Ban Huay Kainao

Baan Laem Tong Action Group (Koh Phi Phi Tsunami Relief)

Regent’s stages a weekend drama festival

Urassaya Sperbund and Meliisa Palipea, Year 10 GCSE Drama students
On the weekend of the 28-30 of September, The Regent’s School, Pattaya hosted the Re:ISTA drama festival for students from their two campuses – Bangkok and Pattaya. This involved students from Years 6-9, as well as IGCSE Drama students. The special guests for the weekend were four students from the Baan Jing Jai orphanage.

The Impact workshop.
The festival included the participation of Ulrich Gottlieb, an outstanding professional mime artist, as well as the Drama and Art teachers from both Regent’s campuses. The theme for the weekend was the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. This meant that each day was jam-packed with ensemble sessions, as well as Drama workshops entitled Mask-Making, Physical Theatre, Page-to-Stage, African Beats and Impact. It was very interesting to see everyone trying to decipher the meanings behind each element.
Art teacher Cameron Graham led the Mask-Making workshop, in which participants made masks to fit the four contrasting elements. ‘The process was long, but the result was extremely worth the wait!’ said Mark in Year 10, while Christina in Year 6 exclaimed, ‘Our masks are awesome!’

Students from Baan Jing Jai receive certificates of participation.

The Physical Theatre workshop was led by the talented Ulrich Gottlieb. He taught mime and the skills for physical theatre. This workshop was definitely an interesting one: ‘It was hilarious and it will definitely help me in my future studies as a drama student,’ said Meliisa (Year 10). Mark, in Year 10 at the Bangkok campus, agreed: ‘I can now finally do the mime in the cage action, a dream come true!’ The Page-to-Stage workshop was led by Head of Drama, Michael Thomas. This session focused on scenes and characters in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream which best reflected the four elements. It also gave students an opportunity to choose appropriate costumes and props, as well as to try their make-up skills.
African Beats was led by Lesego Mokoma, one of the gap staff. In this workshop students learnt about African culture, experiencing the music and songs. Here are some thoughts from the participants: ‘I thought it was really cool. Miss Lesego taught me a new culture, and it’s always interesting to learn new things. I really liked the music too!’ said Lara of Year 9. ‘I loved it! It was my highlight of the weekend,’ added David of Year 8.
The Impact workshop was led by Head of Drama at the Bangkok campus, June O’Neil. This activity taught the students how to do yoga, fighting and general aggression. ‘It was very different and tiring but I enjoyed it!’ said Year 10 student Karina.
When the students weren’t busy learning new drama skills they were in their ensemble groups (each of which was responsible for a different element) preparing for the finale performance, which was held in the Globe Theatre on the Sunday afternoon. During these ensembles the participants for each group helped to develop and discuss the meaning of their element. There were 5 ensemble sessions during the weekend so every minute was precious: everyone was so excited for the play that each and every ensemble had full concentration and energy. It was amazing how everyone really tried their hardest and worked beyond their limits!
Of course, the only thing that could improve on all this excitement was a disco! By the time it was Saturday night everyone had really bonded and their true spirits were let out. The disco was the second best thing about the weekend (the first was the experience!). It was extremely entertaining for us students because it was not only the students who were dancing; the teachers were as well! There was also a talent show during the disco and the actors of Re:ISTA soon demonstrated just how talented they were.
Sunday was a very interesting day, because it was the day of the finale performance. The actors were nervous and excited, but we were also really sad: it was the last day and we had to say bye to all our new friends. During the ensembles we were polishing our performances and adding new details. Everyone was rushing around during our breaks to get emails and numbers; before we knew it, it was 4pm and time for the finale.
The finale performance was excellent! All the ensembles had wonderful shows and friends, parents and teachers really enjoyed the show. One set of parents who watched the show, the Galvins, said: ‘I never knew my son could act! We were both very pleasantly surprised!’
Each participant loved this Re:ISTA event. We are all really happy that the teachers put this event together and would like to say thank you! The girls from Baan Jing Jai said, ‘We never experienced anything like it; we really enjoyed the company of the other students and learnt so much’. Overall, the weekend was a great experience and was something that we are all glad that we participated in. We all agreed that it is something that we would do again, and the skills and things that we learnt can be used in the future.

Ulrich Gottlieb’s mime workshop warms up.

Students from both campuses take part in the finale performance.

Lunch with Lions for children of Ban Huay Kainao

Lion Raewat Siangchin (3rd left), president of the Chonburi Pratamnak Pattaya Lions Club, presents Thai Encyclopedias for youngsters to the Ban Huay Kainao School representative and children.

Narisa Nitikarn
The Chonburi Pratamnak Pattaya Lions Club led by its president Raewat Siangchin provided a grand lunch to the children of Ban Huay Kainao on September 26, and distributed seven Thai encyclopedias to the youngsters along with a further two encyclopedias for additional learning.

Thanks for the delicious sweets.
School director Precha Rengkhuankhwai welcomed the guests, with the kindergarten children putting on a show that charmed everyone.
Raewat said the lunch was part of the club’s program of monthly activities, and that Ban Huay Kainao School, in Khao Miakaew, was chosen because of the large number of students from underprivileged families.
Club members visited the classrooms and school surroundings. This school has 142 children but lacks books and a library. Chonburi Pratamnak Pattaya Lions Club chose 10 impoverished students with good grades for the next education year scholarships, which are supported by the Head Lions Club in Bangkok.

Baan Laem Tong Action Group (Koh Phi Phi Tsunami Relief)

Team Koh Phi Phi gather outside the Chulalongkorn lecture hall.

Cattreya Sperbund and Joyce Lin (Year 13 IB students)
On the 24th of September, 12 Regent’s students and 7 staff members journeyed up to the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. We met with Dr. Rachaporn, the program director of Design and Architecture in Chula University, and Mr. Eddy Buranakul, the president of Far Diow Foundation, to establish goals for our long term Tsunami Relief Project on Phi Phi Island. Later in the day, we also watched the presentations made by the school’s Architecture major students. They presented us with the six design projects for Baan Leam Tong International Community Resource Centre at the INDA studio in the Architecture Department.

Ivie takes minutes of the meeting as Klaus and Tae look on.
During our meeting with Dr. Rachaporn and Mr. Eddy, we discussed the progress made at the Baan Leam Tong School and our upcoming projects. Mr. Eddy reported that the vegetable garden planted by Regent’s students allowed the students to work together to maintain the garden… ‘The plants were like their friends.’ He also mentioned that the volunteers have tried to fix the cement tank, replaced the water filters and would like to change the window shutters in the near future. The school acquired a 10 month teaching assistance funded by the volunteers, as well as a furnished guest room for future volunteers. The UNICEF Organisation has started a long term project for the school, too.

Michael and Declan examine one of the Chula designs for the community resource centre on Laem Tong Bay.
In our meeting, we decided upon a project name, ‘Baan Laem Tong Action Group’ and the name we agreed on for the center was ‘Baan Laem Tong International Community Resource Centre.’ The centre is to be built to serve two purposes. One was to provide the children with further education, where they could also be trained to cook and massage, which would enable the children to work in local hotels. Secondly, the center could be used as guest houses for volunteers who cannot afford to stay for long at the expensive hotels. This could possibly act as an attraction to volunteers.

Sara and Joyce inspect a design presented by the Chula students.
The cost of the Baan Laem Tong International Community Resource Center has not been established yet; however, Dr. Rachaporn mentioned that it should cost about 2 - 3 million baht in total. We came up with a few fund-raising strategies which included charity auctions and selling T-shirts. It was possible to involve the local hotels, which seemed quite keen to help the community as well. In addition, the first fund-raising opportunity is coming very soon at the International Round Square Conference in India in October. The Regent’s delegates would promote this project at the conference to the other Round Square schools. They may visit the centre in the future and bring benefits to the local school as well as learn from them themselves.
The six presentations on the design of the centre were highly informative and innovative. The Architecture students embraced the environmental prospective extensively while considering the local’s real needs. Ideas such as water conservation and links between family and children were all very interesting. Although most of us merely knew anything about architecture, we were amazed by the plan designs and considered them all to be worthwhile of further development. We also agreed that the final design should integrate ideas from different designs to make it perfect.
The day ended wonderfully with a delicious dinner prepared by the University. The Regent’s students and staff were exhausted from working for a long day, but all filled with creative ideas and future plans. Everyone’s contribution on the day was outstanding and we would like to thank Mr. Eddy, Dr. Rachaporn and the Architecture students in particular for their hard work to push the project a big step forward. We were looking forward to seeing the words and ideas become tangible in the near future! (If you would like to know more about Regent’s Tsunami project in Laem Tong Bay on Koh Phi Phi please contact Mr. Crouch at [email protected])