Top conductor joins school band in Bangkok
Talented musicians from the International School Eastern
Seaboard (ISE) recently visited Bangkok to take part in a music festival.
Marchione, the ISE band teacher, with conductor Dr Faulman.
The ISE High School Concert Band participated in the ISB
Massed Band festival at International School Bangkok (ISB).
This was a great chance for ISE students to play with
their peers from some of the top international schools in Thailand. The
festival was organized by ISB’s Thomas Meyers while the full band was
conducted by Roger Faulman, an esteemed conductor, educator, percussionist,
and clinician from the USA.
The ISE band worked on some challenging material,
particularly ‘A Festival Prelude’ by Alfred Reed and ‘Praises’ by Francis
McBeth. The ISE band played a solo selection, ‘A Hymn for Band’ by Hugh
Stuart, which received rousing applause.
Participation in this festival and similar events are
seen as invaluable learning experiences for the students.
ISE band teacher Joseph Marchione said, “We are grateful
to all who support our programs and believe in the power of music education
to nurture our students in their pursuit to be well-rounded,
culturally-sensitive citizens of the world.”
The band also put on a show for Pattaya residents, when
it performed its Winter Concert on December 10 at Central Festival Mall.
ISE International School is located inside Burapha Golf Club. For more on
the school, visit www.ise.ac.th.
Regent’s International School gives PILC Xmas cheer
Pattaya International Ladies enjoy the Regent’s choir.
The Regent’s International School in Pattaya performed at
the annual Pattaya International Ladies Lunch in the Royal Cliff Hotel on
The Grand Ballroom provided a magnificent venue for the
musicians aged 9 to 18, with its wondrous ice sculptures and beautifully set
McKenna Sanchez (Year 5) and Lisa (Year 12) began the
festive slot singing the King’s Anthem beautifully. This was followed with
the Regent’s Soul Band, a 16 piece band with a drummer, a percussionist, a
horn section, a keyboard player, lead and bass guitarists, and two lead
singers, singing ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ and ‘I Wish It Could Be
Christmas Every Day’.
The Upper Key Stage 2 Chamber Choir followed with an
entertaining version of ‘The Carol of the Drum’, accompanied by three
Primary students playing the drums and a keyboard. This was followed with a
‘Song for Peace’ and finally a popular Xmas carol medley, including such
favourites as ‘Silent Night’, ‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘We three Kings’.
Finally, the 12 piece Secondary School Brass Band ended
the Regent’s performance with the popular Christmas carols Silent Night,
While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks By Night and O Come, All Ye Faithful.
The students enjoyed a marvelous lunch, as provided by
the PILC after their performance and were delighted to receive a visit from
Santa, who’d taken time out of his busy schedule to bring a small gift to
Ladies from the PILC very much enjoyed the Regent’s
performances, which added festive spirit and joy to the occasion.
St Andrews School challenges students with the installation of a new adventure ropes course
Hanging on tight as they shoot down the zip wire.
Mr Ben Wiggins,
PE teacher at
St Andrews School
Traversing a chasm filled with crocodiles on a single
trapeze wire, shooting down the zip wire, crossing over the rope
suspension bridge, balancing on the swinging log and getting your group
through the giant Spider’s web. These activities and much more have been
undertaken by students completing the Adventure Challenge unit of the PE
curriculum, using their new Ropes Course. This is a fantastic
opportunity for teamwork and for the students to learn how to become
risk-takers in a safe environment.
careful step at a time!
Tackling the giant spider’s web.
The Regent’s School is
the best in the world
very proud Head of Mathematics John Mill
with star student’s Jisu Chae and Sang Ahn.
The mathematics department is celebrating two
exceptional performances from Regent’s students in their IGCSE exams.
The school has just been notified that current year 12 pupil Uh Sang Ahn
achieved the best Maths Additional IGCSE score in the whole of Thailand.
Meanwhile, current year 11 pupil Jisu Chae went one better and achieved
the best Maths Extended IGSCE score in the entire world.
Both students took their exams in the summer but have
only just found out about their remarkable achievements. Uh Sang Ahn,
who has been at Regent’s for 12 years got a total of 8A* and 2As in his
IGSEs, and is doing International Baccalaureate (IB) higher level
physics, maths and chemistry. He says that he is considering a career in
engineering. Jisu Chae meanwhile has a passion for science and is
thinking about working in genetics or biochemistry.
John Mill, head of mathematics at Regent’s is
delighted with the results. “Both students are inspirational,” he says.
“I couldn’t quite believe it when I saw that Jisu Chae had the best
score in the world - I had to check it about 3 times to be sure! They
both deserve it because they are great students who work really hard.
They are a real credit both to themselves and to the school.”
Both students will be awarded certificates marking
their achievements at a special ceremony later this year.
Elvis is alive and living in Pattaya
to say farewell.
On December 26th one hundred children from the Father
Ray Children’s Home and the Pattaya Orphanage were invited to a
Christmas party at the White Horse Sports Bar, located at the Eastern
Grand Palace Hotel on Soi Khaotalo, over on the dark side.
birthday boy, Mr. Carl Norval.
The children tucked into a wonderful buffet of Thai
and foreign foods and soft drinks from the bar. Whilst some children
decided to sit inside, others sat outside and watched the arrival of the
marching band from Pattaya School No.3, who walked straight into the bar
where they played several tunes before giving a rendition of Happy
Birthday to Mr. Carl Norval, host of the day’s party and proprietor of
the White Horse.
Carl and his family handed out Christmas presents to
all the children, and in turn the children sang a selection of Christmas
carols before once again singing Happy Birthday, in both Thai and
the children were given a Christmas gift.
The highlight of the day was when Elvis strolled into
the bar, not that many of the Thai children knew who Elvis was, but they
did enjoy the magic show he performed.
After a few hours it was time to go home, but not
before Carl presented a donation on behalf of the generous customers to
both the Father Ray Children’s Home and the Pattaya Orphanage. It was a
great day for all the children, many of whom had spent the previous days
travelling around the hotels of Pattaya singing carols, so this was a
great time for them to relax and for them to be entertained for once.
More information can be found at www.fr-ray.org or
food at the White Horse Pub is delicious.
children enjoy the magic show.
girls from the Pattaya Orphanage are happy to meet Elvis.
Children from the Father Ray Children’s Home sing carols.
marching band from Pattaya School No. 3 entertains the children.
Father Ray Foundation announces Children’s Day 2011
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh, Danai Saengsijan and Father Peter
Srivorakul announce activities for this year’s Children’s Day.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh attended a press
conference at the Redemptorist Center recently, along with Father Peter
Srivorakul, acting president of the Father Ray Foundation and Danai
Saengsijan, area manager - Government Housing Bank to discuss the
forthcoming National Children’s Day activities in Pattaya.
The second Saturday in January is celebrated annually
throughout the Kingdom of Thailand as Children’s Day, and to celebrate
this day on Saturday 8th January staff members from Government Housing
Bank, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programme, will
provide the children of Pattaya with a day to remember.
In association with the Father Ray Foundation a day
of fun activities will take place at the Father Ray Children’s Home
located in Nongprue near the Elephant Village.
The day’s events will commence at 7:00 when the
children will present alms to local Buddhist monks.
This will be followed at 8.30 by fun activities in
which the children will be encouraged to participate.
Miss Thailand World 2009 Pongchanok Kanklab, who also
happens to be a black belt Taekwondo fighter, will be giving a
demonstration of her skills as well as teaching the children how to take
care of themselves.
Popular stars of TV, former Miss Motorshow 2008 and
actress Gaemboom will appear alongside her male counterpart from Channel
7, Sugus, who will meet and have their photographs taken with the
children as well as sign autographs for their many fans.
Children and residents from the Father Ray Children’s
Village and the Father Ray Outreach Work & Drop-In Center will also
attend this event. Invitations to join this day have been sent to the
children at Baan Jing Jai, Pattaya School for the Deaf, Hand to Hand,
Fountain of Life and the Pattaya Orphanage.
More information can be found at www.fr-ray.org or email email@example.com