Charity Boot sale at Prem
Head of Prem School, Maxine Driscoll cycles
around the campus picking up bargains at the Boot Sale.
By Shana Kongmun
Despite the high temps and blazing sun, many Prem parents, teachers and
administrators turned out for the 1st annual Charity Boot Sale on
Saturday, March 2, 2013. The Boot sale, as it is popularly known in the
United Kingdom is essentially a Flea Market in the U.S. although the
difference being that sales are made out of the back of the car, the
boot or trunk. Although many pickup drivers showed up with their trucks
filled with goods. Over 60 vendors took part in the event.
This was the first time an event of this sort had been held on the
Traidhos campus and buyers and sellers alike were very pleased with the
wide-ranging crowd that turned out that day. Village locals were amazed
at the variety of low-cost items set up like a traditional Thai “walking
street” market. The festive atmosphere was catching and even amidst
soaring temperatures, smiles and good fun was had by all - haggling over
prices, finding hidden treasures and buying way more than they expected.
Prem students work diligently throughout the year to provide service and
support for four charities - Hand to Paw, Beans for Dreams, COSA and
VSSF. These organisations benefited from the entry fee of cars and
tables as well as a bake sale sponsored by the PSA.
This well-received community event will continue as an annual affair
with the next Car Boot Sale scheduled to take place in November or
December of 2013. So mark it on your calendar and start cleaning out
your closets and storage rooms!
Care for Dogs was on hand to adopt out
Enterprising locals also took part in the
sale offering produce and goods for hungry shoppers.
Rotary helps out San Sai schools
The Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota in
the US donated sports equipment to the students at government schools in
the San Sai area to help them complete in Sports Day that was held the
week of February 26. The equipment came in handy for the students who
had a great day and are looking forward to next year’s Sports Day. The
Rotary Club of Kamloops donated money to restore 18 tables and also
donated 31 sleeping pads for the nursery school children in San Sai.
PTIS celebrates Mother Tongue Week
Students practice language with their
parents in Mother Tongue Week.
By Joy Huss
On February 21st students at the Prem Tinsulanonda International School
began with a whole-school assembly focusing on mother tongue and
continued throughout the day with parent-led sessions celebrating
various languages and cultures.
In IB world schools, a student’s mother tongue is used as an excellent
tool for learning a second language. In other words, the first helps the
second: the knowledge, skills and experiences gained in the first
language are all transferable to the second language.
Language is an integral part of a person’s identity. Appreciating and
valorizing students’ mother tongue help in developing their self-esteem
as well as pride for their own culture.
When international schools welcome students’ mother tongues, it not only
facilitate the flow of knowledge, ideas, and feelings between home and
school and across languages, but also shows the true spirit of