Garden International School wraps up the year with a Christmas Concert
Fang and Nan perform ‘What Would Christmas Be Like?’,
with a reggae vibe.
Janette Oracion Bagsic
There was nothing more wonderful and exciting to wrap up
school pressures before hitting the road for the holidays than to hear
awesome musical talents from the Secondary and IB students. Once again
headed by Mr. Paul and Ms. Sally Shiells, and Ms. Michele Peralta from the
Music Department, the students presented a special festive programme of
music in their Christmas Concert on December 14 in the GIS Hall.
The evening started off with the choir performing 2
Christmas songs, “Angels’ Carol” and “Christ Child’s Lullaby” a traditional
Scottish Christmas carol translated into English which featured Monica
Peterson singing solo.
The flute group gave a splendid performance of “Last
Christmas”, and “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (in Thailand),” with
both pieces being arranged and rehearsed by the IB students themselves.
Year 9 students were amazing. They were joined by Praw
from year 7, winner of this year’s Garden’s Got Talent with her wonderful
Highlighting the night’s whole show was the impressive
piano duet performed by Hyo Jung in Year 10 and Sarah in Year 9 who played a
theme and variations called “A Merry Christmas”, which one of the variations
has actually been composed by them.
Other musical pieces were a Christmas Medley based on
Frosty the Snowman, an interesting mix of Baroque music and Rock music
called Prelude and Riff, performed by the orchestra, ‘What Would Christmas
Be Like?’ with a reggae vibe, from the three beautiful girls Lisa, Fang and
The concert ended with the IB Band performing a rock
version of ‘All I Want For Christmas is You’, before the Ceilidh Band upped
the energy levels further with a festive mix of tunes.
It was a marvelous evening, displaying great musical
talent, and there were moments where they got the audience up into singing
Throughout the year GIS has pulled off every huge and
significant event programmed in the school calendar; from musical concerts
to cultural evenings and staged productions, each one helping to create a
Have a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all!
flute group gives a splendid performance of “Last Christmas”, and “Chestnuts
Roasting on an Open Fire (in Thailand).
evening starts off with the choir performing 2 Christmas songs, “Angels’
Carol” and “Christ Child’s Lullaby”.
Regents Christmas Concert 2010 draws 500 people
Regent’s Primary Choir entertains a packed out Christmas Concert.
The Music Team
December 8, 2010 saw the annual Christmas concert
lighting up the Globe. After a hectic term in the Music Department, the year
was rounded off in style as over 150 students took to the stage in front of
a capacity audience of nearly 500 people.
The evening started as always with an excellent rendition
of HM the King’s Anthem by the chamber orchestra and four female vocalists.
This very same performance had also been used in the opening ceremony of the
Round Square conference held earlier in the year.
The Chamber Orchestra then performed the ‘1st movement
for Symphony No27 in D major by J.C. Bach’. This polished performance showed
just how relevant and enjoyable repertoire from the early classical period
There followed stunning performances by the Primary and
Round Square choirs as well as Narong’s string players and ballerinas.
Francis Calalang and Min Suk Choi, two KS3 students, then took to the stage
and performed two exceptional solo pieces. Francis performed an excellent
rendition of the Classical vocal piece ‘Caro Mio Ben’ and Min Suk performed
a very emotional piano solo by Albeniz entitled ‘Tango’. What made these
performances even more impressive was the fact that it was the first time
these pupils had performed on the Globe stage.
To finish the first half the Soul Band performed the
Motown classic ‘My Girl’ and the Christmas favourite ‘I Wish It Could Be
Christmas Everyday” by 70’s pop sensation Wizard.
Mr Bob’s Dixie Jazz ensemble opened the first half with
two roaring numbers from the 1920’s and had the audience clapping along in
no time at all.
Next up was the newly formed Gypsy Jazz ensemble. The
ensemble, which is made up of 3 acoustic guitars, double bass, piano and
violin, was joined on stage for their second number by vocalist Anastasia
Kondrateva from KS3 who sang in Russian. Both Jazz acts were well received
by the audience and I’m sure we will be hearing more from them in the
Mr Mansell’s Brass group, which continues to grow from
strength to strength, took to the stage next and performed 3 popular
The Sanchez sisters then stunned the audience with their
unique vocal talents as they performed a beautiful version of the Christmas
classic ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’.
Miss Partyka’s Drum Ensemble then took to the stage and a
gave a foot stomping performance of a piece entitled ‘Regent’s Samba’ which
had been arranged by the pupils themselves.
To close this year, the orchestra performed 2 pieces. The
first piece, Asian Folk Song Suite, had been specially arranged by the
conductor, Mr. Bob, for the Regent’s orchestra. It comprised of two tunes
from South Korea, two tunes from Japan, two tunes from Thailand and two
tunes from China and was the first time this piece of music had been
performed in front of an audience.
The second piece, titled ‘Im Krapfenwaldl’ composed by J
Strauss Jno, delighted the audience with two year 7 students performing
solos on the cuckoo and nightingale.
As usual, the concert’s success is down to the hard work
of the students at the Regent’s who make all this possible. Many thanks also
to the parents for their continued support of music at the school. We look
forward to seeing you all at a music event again soon.
Christmas in the Garden
youngsters perform a Christmas Carol for their excited parents.
The ISC early years center celebrated the beginning
of the holiday season recently with a program in the school garden.
Children performed and exchanged books. Parents
provided a wonderful buffet dinner that was eaten picnic style outside.
The evening’s highlight was Santa’s visit. He’s seen here with
Santa was spotted handing out presents at the ISC Christmas party.
An electrifying trip
for students at St Andrews
children ask lots of questions from the viewing tower.
Mrs Carole Parker,
Year 2 teacher
at St Andrews School
The day the Year 2 children from St Andrews went on a
trip to the Glow power plant in Rayong there were no explosions, but
there were lots of very interesting questions, lots of aahs and oohs
over the size of the cranes and the coal heap, and lots of excited faces
looking at the view from the very tall tower.
The children were shown a film about how the power
station works and the expansion being undertaken at the plant. They then
went on a tour of the site looking at the ways the coal is taken from
one place to another and marveling at the huge cooling cylinders.
The trip ended with an excursion to the top of a
viewing tower to look out over the whole complex. The children had a
fantastic time and learnt a great deal from all the staff at Glow who
answered lots and lots of our questions!
Children from St Andrews School
experience a terrific train ride
and visit U-Tapao airport
Children climb aboard the train in Pattaya.
Ms Cailin Terhaar
and Mrs Mara Cary,
Year 1 teachers
at St Andrews School
Year 1 children at St Andrews International School
have been very lucky as this was their second school trip in just over 2
weeks. We were out of school for the whole day learning about different
types of transport.
Timeo is getting to grips with the controls of the plane.
To begin with they went on a train ride from Pattaya
to Sattahip. It was fantastic as some of the Year 1 children had never
been on a train before.
Next they went to the beach in Sattahip for lunch and
had time to play on the sand and build some castles and bridges!
Finally, they visited the airport. This was the most
exciting part of the day because the children were allowed to go on an
aeroplane and see the control room with ‘gazillions’ of buttons. They
were also fortunate enough to see an aeroplane land and park very close
It was a thrilling and fun-packed day which gave the
children a lot to talk and write about when they got back into the
No more headaches
Gillian Thom and PILC members present their donation to Father Peter.
Members of the Pattaya International Ladies Club
recently donated 20,000 baht to Father Peter, acting president of the
Father Ray Foundation. These funds were raised by Ivy Schlageter who
designs and sells jewelry under the ‘I See U’ programme and will be used
immediately to provide eye examinations for a group of teenagers living
at the Father Ray Children’s Home.
Trying to look as cool as possible.
Several teenagers at the Home have complained of
headaches if they study for long periods, and the teaching staff have
witnessed many squinting whilst watching TV or working on the computer.
A group of thirteen young adults visited Pattaya
Optical, located on Pattaya Central Road, where the very experienced and
professional staff took care of the teenagers, explaining all the
procedures and putting everyone at ease.
Pattaya Optical uses the most up-to-date equipment.
The fun started when the teenagers were allowed to
select the spectacle frames they would like to wear. With such a huge
selection to choose from these young people did not know where to start,
but after scanning the shelves they went straight for the most expensive
frames, trying on all the designer glasses and posing for photos.
Thanks to the generosity of the PILC and Ms
Schlageter these teenagers will now be able to study without recurring
headaches and watch TV in comfort.
The Father Ray Children’s Home is part of the Father
Ray Foundation. More information can be found at www.fr-ray.org or email
teenager went through several tests to ensure the most accurate results
A Memorable Day
These six young children now have a home.
Sunday the 19th of December may not be a memorable
day for most people, but for six young children (four boys and two
girls), this was the day that changed their lives. It was the day that
they moved into Marigold House at the Father Ray Children’s Village.
One little boy is an orphan. His mother died in 2008
from kidney failure whilst his father passed away in June this year. For
a short time he lived with neighbours before arriving at the Father Ray
A young girl does not know where her parents are.
They abandoned her with her grandfather, but after a fire that destroyed
the hovel they lived in she, like many others, was dumped at the Father
Ray Drop-In Center.
The Father Ray Drop-In Center is a temporary place to
stay; children and teenagers are assessed until a permanent place of
residence can be found, with many of the younger children finding a
place at the Father Ray Children’s Village.
But these young children have not just found a house
to live in, they now have a home.
On arrival at Marigold House these six nervous
youngsters were met by the lady who will take care of them, who will
cook their meals, who will give them support, who will love them and
whom they will call ‘Mother’. They will become a family, brothers and
sisters to each other, and grow up in a loving environment where they
can reach their best potential.
More information can be found at www.fr-ray.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org