Varee Chiang Mai School held its own mini Olympic Games
last Friday in a fun action packed day of sports and athletic activity.
For It! From left to right are Chao, Persia and Pack
The brand new school’s first ever sports day started
with a spectacular grand opening, in which students dressed in vibrant team
colors red, blue, yellow and green paraded around the field in a dramatic
display setting the day off with a bang.
7 student Cherngchai Panpompo, lighting the flame, indicating the start of
In true Olympic Games style, echoing the great Greek
tradition, grade 7 student Cherngchai Panpompo lit a torch and ceremoniously
ran around the track to light the flame indicating the start of the games.
The whole day was filled with fun and entertainment for
students and teachers alike with everyone joining in the action to cheer and
clap their teams to victory in the various events, including: athletics,
football, share ball, volleyball, table tennis and many more.
red team: top to bottom/left to right are: Deer, Eye, Karn, Mai, Brooke,
Gig, Jo, Anne, Nuch
The colorful teams were cheered on by the most glamorous
of cheerleaders complete with pom-poms, putting America’s most stylish
cheerers to shame.
Each team demonstrated their amazing singing, dancing and
sporting talents in beautiful performances involving the whole school from
Kindergarten to Grade 10.
Champions” the boys are left to right Champ, Au and Yothin and the teacher
at the bottom is Siam Tanjapatkul
13-year-old Chonticha Petcharonsangkul, dressed in a
stunning blue cheerleader outfit said, “Sports day is very, very fun. I
love getting dressed so beautifully.” When asked who would win the event
Chonticha said, “The blue team is the best!”
Varee Chiang Mai’s school director, Mr. Sawang hopes
that sports day 2004 will be the first of many at the school, which only
opened last May. He said, “Sports day is great fun, I am happy to see the
students enjoying themselves.”
Students and teachers worked very hard for weeks to
ensure the day was as fun as possible for everyone. As Mr. Sawang said, “I
am so proud that the students have worked so hard and so creatively to play
and cheer, joining together in the spirit of the games. I hope Varee Chiang
Mai School will continue to be successful in sports and activities.”
We are proud to have some remarkably talented young
sporting stars as students. 17-year-old Thanapol Pudhipanrid is already on
his way to becoming a young golfing champion, winning gold medals for the
school. He was also lucky to be a spectator of his favorite game at the
Heineken Classic tournament in Melbourne Australia. He said, “My dream is
to be a professional golfer. Tiger Woods is my inspiration.”
All students enjoyed themselves despite the heat, winning
many prizes and trophies in the sporting activities. Gifted grade 3 student
Jenny and winner of an astonishing 4 gold medals for the yellow team said,
“I love all sports; I have been running since I was a baby. I am proud to
win for the yellow team.”
However, fun was not just to be had for the students.
Teachers and parents took part in the action, much to the amusement of
spectators in a special relay race.
Director Sawang himself joined in the spirit of the games
by playing his favorite sport, football, with the teachers.
The whole school deserved a gold medal for their incredible effort and
participation on the day. P.E. teachers Dechatorn Pootrakul and Jaturong
Toesuwan said, “The students planned everything themselves. We are so
proud of what the students accomplished on Varee Chiang Mai’s first sports
day. We hope that sports days in the future will be even bigger and