Ringing in the Christmas Season at GIS

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You could almost smell the pine scent and gingerbread in the air recently in Rayong, when Garden International School turned the Christmas music up and opened their doors to the community on Saturday the 4th of December for their annual Christmas fair and football tournament.

Teachers, students and parents joined hands to herald in the advent of Christmas season and welcome hundreds of visitors to the GIS for the event.  Guests on the big day were treated with a chance to partake in many fun carnival games, tempt their taste buds on many local and international festive treats, and of course partake in a fair bit of shopping to start buying those Christmas presents at the more than 28 GIS and 32 stalls from outside supporters available on the big day.

Genuine smiles show the event was definitely a success.Genuine smiles show the event was definitely a success.

Back again this year, another very popular feature of the annual GIS Christmas fair is always the giant raffle that took place throughout the day, where for the small price of a few baht, many lucky visitors walked away with some pretty fabulous prizes such as a couple of large flat screen televisions, a refrigerator, mountain bike, and over 5000 baht in gift vouchers.

Ms. Tiina Luukkonen, who spent months organizing the fair, and her team who helped put together the Christmas Fair wanted to send out a special thanks to everyone that participated for a very successful and fun day. The stalls were a great attraction and the variety of games and activities offered was huge.

“Everyone I spoke to stressed how much they had enjoyed it and how smoothly it had gone,” said Mr. Robert Grisdale, Head of Primary at GIS.

Also, as if that didn’t seem like enough fun already for one day, GIS also simultaneously hosted a very successful football tournament for 16 different competing teams from several local Thai and International schools because what goes better with holiday cheer than a healthy dose of crowd pleasing football.  Many thanks are in order to the GIS PE department, as well as some of the GIS IB students who served as referees, to make the tournament such a success that the visiting coaches and teams were already talking about coming back next year.

GIS Primary teachers Ms. Kirstie Davies and Ms. Tiina Luukkonen taking a moment to join in the fun.GIS Primary teachers Ms. Kirstie Davies and Ms. Tiina Luukkonen taking a moment to join in the fun.

Mr. Grisdale also stressed that a major focus of the GIS Christmas Fair is including and helping local charity organisations in the community.  This year we supported the Dek Dee School, the Camillian Center, the Mercy Center and One Little Wheel charities, all being very worthy causes and what better time of the year to come together in support of those less fortunate in our community.

The huge event was another major success for Garden International School this year and if you didn’t get the chance to attend then fear not, as you can mark your calendars and come join the fun next year, as most attendees agreed that the fair only gets bigger and better with each passing Christmas season.