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Australian storyteller visits St Andrews

International School of Pattaya donates to Banglamung Boys Home

Fun & games for Pancake Day at GIS

Australian storyteller visits St Andrews

John Shield, an Australian storyteller who travels to schools around the world telling stories and conducting workshops, was invited to Thailand to present three workshops at last week’s SEATCCO EARCOS educator’s conference. Each of the St Andrews schools in Thailand invited John to perform in their individual schools and on Monday April 2 he visited St Andrews International School, Rayong, delighting the students with a variety of interactive, fun stories.

Future storytellers lend a hand

Storyteller John has a remarkable storytelling skill. He mesmerized the children with his rubber face; eyes that grow like mushrooms and a mouth that stretches so much it could swallow anything! His broad storytelling style - active and energetic one moment, subtle and calm the next - delighted the children of all ages.

The children, who were split into three different groups in order for each session to be age appropriate, thoroughly enjoyed his stories that required group participation.

A captive audience

In the Reception Class, Frank was a marvelous monkey and Jessica was a great roaring lion! William from Year 3 played the part of a child who didn’t want to come out of his toy box while Declan, Year 2, snored beautifully in his role as the king who couldn’t wake up.

Children of all ages were mesmerized by John’s narrative, which was at times quiet and at other times loud and booming. John told some stories to the older students, requiring their input and imagination; then he cleverly wove their ideas into his story.

Some thoughts from the students about John’s performance:

“I like your story because it is very good fun,” Kwan said.

“I liked the storyteller because he was very funny,” said Frank from Reception.

“I liked being able to sing a song when the storyteller told a story,” Mathilde from Reception added.

John’s performances captured the imagination and interest of all the children and teachers, who hope to see a return visit next year to all the St Andrews International Schools.

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International School of Pattaya dontes to Banglamung Boys Home

Year seven students of the International School of Pattaya recently visited the Banglamung Boys Home as part of their ‘Schools in the Community’ social studies project.

ISP students donated food and educational equipment to the children of the Banglamung Boys Home.

Together with Headmaster Mr. Graham Meredith and class teacher Ms. Sheila Amparo the students toured the residential complex where they were welcomed by its superintendent, Khun Anusan Thienthong, who introduced them to some residents of the home.

Year seven students of the International School of Pattaya visited the Banglamung Boys Home as part of their ‘Schools in the Community’ social studies project.

The students handed over a collection to Khun Anusan who thanked them warmly.

“Schools are an integral and important part of any community,” said Mr. Meredith, “and I am so proud of the way my students have raised this donation of food and educational equipment without any encouragement needed from my staff. It is a fine example to the rest of the school and to the community as a whole.”

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Fun & games for Pancake Day at GIS

(right) Head of Primary, Miss Ruth Grant gets involved in the action.

Parents and friends of GIS celebrated Shrove Tuesday in style. Parents volunteered to cook pancakes with a variety of fillings and sold them at break and lunch times. They also held an inter-house pancake relay race which was a popular event. The students had to toss a pancake, run to a hoop, toss a pancake a second time and run back to pass on the pan (hopefully with the pancake in!).

It was a thoroughly enjoyable race at GIS, who feel it is essential that in an international school, various countries’ customs and celebrations are shared.

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