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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 puppies!

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 internationalism.


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Charity Boot sale at Prem

Rotary helps out San Sai schools

PTIS celebrates Mother Tongue Week