Christmas and Sports Day
Yikes, it has been quite some time since I last posted a blog! Believe it or not, I actually have a life outside of teaching. Monday - Friday, I am at school from 7:30 - 4:30, then my nights are spent at the gym, doing laundry, showering, and eating dinner. During the weekends, I have been traveling throughout Thailand. The days go by so quickly, which is why finding time to blog has been so hard. Let's see if I can catch you up within the next few blogs!
Where to start? Christmas! Man, waking up Christmas morning was... STRANGE! There was no snow, no presents, no Christmas tree, and no family. Instead? 81 degrees and a day of work. But I was actually looking forward to it. Christmas had arrived at Satit Bangna, where the whole day was dedicated to celebrating the holiday! The students were greeted by Santa, who was giving out candy, as they entered the gates! Then, the whole school gathered in the courtyard after morning assembly. We danced the Christmas ChaCha, sang some songs, watched some plays, and found out the winners of the Christmas card making competition.
My Co-teacher Dulce and I spent the prior weeks teaching our P1 students a Christmas song and choreographed a dance to go along with it. They performed in front of the whole school. While some stayed towards the back, the students loved singing and dancing. They even loved the lessons about Christmas. With P2, it was my job to select 6 students to read, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". I was so proud of them. We spent about two weeks learning the story. They too, read to the whole school. Although there was no snow, no presents, or family surrounding me, my students were such a joy to be around!
After school, Mandy, Adriana, Shane, and I went to Bangkok for the night. We enjoyed some nice Italian food, wine, beautiful views, and Christmas lights. We took a taxi to the BTS (skytrain) into the city. Our whole way into Bangkok, we blessed other travelers with our beautiful voices caroling the entire way! Some starred, some took pictures, and some even joined in.
Sports Day was quite the day at school. For weeks, students spent Friday afternoons meeting with their team and playing/practicing different sports. But Sports Day was the final day of activities. It was a full day event, where students competed against each other for medals. Games included a relay race, a running race, a soccer game, cheerleading competitions, bean bag race, tug of war, etc. It was so fun to watch and see each team cheering on their teammates. Teams included the Yellow Lions (ME! AND WE WON ALL AROUND!), the Blue Sharks, the Red Eagles, and the Purple Monkeys.
That'a a wrap! Up next: my week vacation!