Barefoot children sit on old
wooden benches, their toes making lines in the dirt floor.
Following the completion of work at Sanuk Day Care
Centre, Jomtien, an event was held on February 17, 2012 with all proceeds
going to the foundation. The 2nd Northern Soul Night was held at the Deep
Bar, Dusit D2 Barracuda on Pattaya’s 2nd Road. This was a huge night with
180 people attending; new recruits to this amazing music as well as the
die-hard followers had a great time. Around 74,000 baht was made from entry
money and the donation box. These funds were used to buy pencils, books,
soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, amongst a few other bits and pieces for
200 very needy children in Myanmar, where Tracy Cosgrove is busy with a new
Tracy was recently in Myanmar (with her trusty
assistants) and they discovered a village in the jungle that desperately
needs a school. The village could only be reached by boat (1 hour) or by
road (5 hours) which would have included a bumpy ride in a cart drawn by
There was no electricity or running water but what a
reception they had. On her return to Yangon, Tracy immediately set out
contacting and arranging meetings with prospective sponsors, and within one
day she had 3 NGO’s on board wanting to help. Since then she has obtained
government approval, got many more sponsors on board and had the plans done,
so it’s all systems go.
As many people already know, Tracy is at the forefront of
helping children here in Thailand. Not only construction workers’ children
and homeless boys but several other projects which are ongoing. The emphasis
in Myanmar is education.
There will be a fundraiser for the school project in May
2012 which will be held in Yangon. Anyone interested in helping with this
project should contact email@example.com
There is no electricity and no
One wall is nothing more than
rotting palm fronds.
Marsha Foster, Exceptional
Learners’ Lead Teacher at St Andrews International School
Recently four members of the St. Andrews Primary
Exceptional Learners’ Program were invited to attend a special Literacy Day
event at Bangkok Patana School. These students were chosen for demonstrating
outstanding skills in reading, writing and oral language.
Ali’s using her logical
The Literacy Day event consisted of three activities
which were designed to challenge the students’ critical and logical thinking
The morning started off in the library where students
participated in a book challenge. They were asked to identify books and
authors based on a variety of clues including short passages from the book
and possible character epitaphs.
In the afternoon, students began a reading comprehension
challenge which required students to work in teams and use their higher
level thinking skills to solve the mystery.
As the day drew to a close, the students were faced with
one final task. They were asked to write a story, an entire story, using
exactly 50 words. Their story needed to be interesting, use powerful
vocabulary and have a clear beginning, middle and end. The participants
quickly realised that writing a short story can be even more challenging
than writing a long one! Although it wasn’t easy, each student independently
produced a fantastic short story using only 50 words, and here they are:
The Mysterious Case of
Austin, Year 6
When Donald Sapphire was 21 years old in the year of
2001, he got his first laptop! But one day, he unfortunately got run over by
a car. Mysteriously his laptop got lost. After this, the police at the scene
found out that it was the work of eerie ghosts.
writing his 50 word masterpiece.
A Cute Spook
Ali, Year 4
Two eyes peered around the corner. A loud noise filled
the room. The windows were shaking back and forth quickly. “What was
that!?!” the kid screamed with terror. A few minutes later, the lamp shook
and fell on the floor. Around the corner came a Cat. “Oh! It’s you!”
The Legend of the Gaffamor
Jennisa, Year 4a
The Gaffamor is a creature that lives in the depths of
the River Nile. His black skin ripples like the sea; his pure white fangs
are bared and his mane of seaweed-like hair is tangled. At twilight, he
drags villagers into their watery grave, torturing them. The legend is true.
Outlaw to Help!
Nicky, Year 6
“You will never get me alive!” I shouted. I’m
Lightning Girl, I’m an outlaw but I save the people of the world. Police
won’t capture me this time. I’m never going to jail because they will never
catch me! I will help the people today. Prepare to live life world!
Jennisa and her partner share
ideas on their 50 word stories.
Jennisa’s team working on the
Nicky uses her technology
skills to produce her writing piece.
Nicky’s team working together
to solve the puzzle.
The students get some tips on
how to organize their work.