International Education Program for Basic Education (IEP), Piboonbumpen Demonstration School, Burapha University
If I'm not mistaken, that is the full name of my school... While typing this out, I've realized that I haven't posted too much about school/teaching. WELL - a few weeks ago we had Wai Kru day, which is basically Teacher Appreciation Day. In Thailand, however, it's a very traditional celebration that has been around for a very long time:
The wai khru ceremony is a Thai ritual in which students pay respects to their teachers in order to express their gratitude and formalize the student–teacher relationship. It is regularly held near the beginning of the school year in most schools in Thailand. Wai khru has long been an important rite in the traditional martial and performing arts, as well as in astrology and other traditional arts; students and performers of Muay Thai and Krabi Krabong, as well as Thai dance and classical music, will usually perform a wai khru ritual at their initiation as well as before performances to pay respect and homage to both their teachers and the deities who patronize their arts. - Wikipedia.com
I was asked to MC (emcee?? - there were many discussions about this in my office...) the event. As everyone knows by now, I love being center of attention, and a moment like this doesn't come along every day. I had some difficulty with a few Thai names, but luckily my co-MC took the majority of them for me. Photos courtesy of Melissa again. Thanks for being on top of it. :)
Last week, we had an activity celebrating World Anti-Drug Day, which was also on Sunthorn Phu Day. For Anti-Drug day, each class created T-shirts against drugs, along with a 3 minute anti-drug video. The 7th grade class had the most amazing video...set to Kelly Clarkson's heartstring tugging masterpiece Because of You, with some amazing acting and editing, they won for best video.
Sunthorn Phu is Thailand's best known poet, so there were various activities: a quiz, an impromptu poetry contest, a 'Fancy Dress' contest, as well as acts from his works. It was quite a combination of themes for the day, but it was awesome! I was gone by the time the awards were given for the Fancy Dress contest, but judge for yourself below.
Wai Kru Day -
Primary Class having snack
Anti-Drug Day - Sunthorn Puh Day