Sofitel Krabi has joined hands with the NAT Association Working towards a brighter future

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is proud to be help support the NAT Association, an inspirational local charity working towards a brighter future for underprivileged children in Thailand.

The NAT Association is a French charity which was founded in 2005 by Elisabeth and Jean-Claude Zana in loving memory of their daughter, Natacha Zana, who lost her life when the tsunami hit Phi Phi Island in 2004. The charity began by providing immediate help for the many children orphaned by the natural disaster. Its primary goal is to support poor children through education and it went on to establish the Natacha Primary School and Nursery in Ban Kuankojan, Krabi. Today, the schools employ one Thai Principal and nine Thai teachers who provide education for 120 young students. Thanks to generous donations, the NAT Association continues to ensure that Thai youngsters in need receive a good education and have the chance to fulfil their potential.

A leading luxury brand under AccorHotels, Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort has pledged to support PLANET 21, an exciting initiative which embraces 21 commitments in favour of sustainable development, health, nature, carbon reduction, innovation, local development, employment and dialogue for the wellbeing of our world. As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility for local development, on 17th March,2017 at 18.30 Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is going to hold the performance Thai traditional dance show by school children at the Maya Garden also service beverage corner for guest who joined the show, All of benefit from the service will give to NAT Association for support children in need.

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is renowned for its luxurious rooms and suites, gourmet restaurants, outstanding facilities, and gracious Thai hospitality. Set in a lush tropical garden with the largest free-form swimming pool in Asia, and a few steps from the beach, the resort is the perfect choice for talk-of-the-town weddings, banquets or events. Guests can also enjoy world-class facilities that include four restaurants serving Thai and international cuisines, a fully equipped fitness centre complete with steam room and sauna, a tranquil spa, an exclusive 9-hole golf course, and a Kids Club.

For further information about NAT Association and Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, please contact H6184-MK1@SOFITEL.COM

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans

Laguna Phuket launched its newest “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” earlier this year as a charity event with a mission of “Nourishing Hearts, Inspiring Dreams” and children of Phuket as beneficiary. Scheduled to take place at the resort’s various scenic locations during Friday 3 – Sunday 5 March this year, the inaugural Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival is a 3-day charity food festival with live music, entertainment and celebrity chef Audra Morrice and stars appearances. The Festival is aimed to heighten Phuket Province’s status as a “City of Gastronomy” conferred by the UNESCO, launch and raise funds for “Children First Fund” specially set up to support Phuket orphanages, as well as to create yet another lifestyle destination event within Laguna Phuket resort complex in celebration of its 30th Anniversary in 2017.

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans

Ringing in the mood of festivities on 3 March, various Laguna Phuket’s resorts will whip up sumptuous music & pop-up dinners.

On 4 March, the Festival held at Canal Village from 11am – 8pm by the tranquil lagoons will feature ‘live’ culinary demonstrations by Australia reality cooking competition MasterChef Asia Judge Chef Audra Morrice, pop-up concept food booths serving tantalising international and Peranakan cuisine, food truck and dining garden accompanied by vibrant professional musical performances including bands’ performances by aspiring youths. The entry is free, and everyone invited.

The Festival’s star-studded Charity Gala Dinner with auctions will be held on 4 March at the resort’s grand Latitude Marquee with celebrity stars’ appearance such as Fivera, Jazziam, Black ‘n’ Blue, Gam, Dome, etc., priced at THB 3,000 per person or THB 28,000 for a table of ten. The Laguna Phuket Charity Super Sunday Brunch on 5 March will take place at the contemporary XANA Beach Club, priced at THB 1,950 nett per person and THB 2,900 nett per person with free-flow beverages.

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans A Charity 3-Day Food & Music Festival to Raise Funds for “Children First Funds”
Salmon “Lo Hei” (sashimi salad), one of the dishes created by Chef Audra for Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival 2017.

The Festival is also planned as a platform to launch and raise funds for “Children First Fund” specially set up in conjunction with Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary this year with an objective of “Nourishing Hearts, Inspiring Dreams” to support the nutrition of needy children in Phuket orphanages.

Proceeds from the Festival together with Laguna Phuket contribution will go to “Children First Fund” and monthly contribution of food and necessities will be given to Children First Fund’s program partners – the 7 orphanages in Phuket, housing more than 400 orphans and underprivileged children.

Laguna Phuket expects that the fund raised from the Festival will fruitfully support the nutrition of needy children in Phuket orphanages for at least one full year.

The resort also hopes that its newly launched ‘Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival’ will become another permanent installation on Phuket tourism’s calendar” like its famous annual marathon and triathlon events.

For more information, please visit www.lagunaphuket.com/foodandmusicfestival, call +66 (0) 76 362300 ext. 1404 or email: ticket@lagunaphuket.com and follow us on Facebook/LagunaPhuketResort.

Students from Laguna Phuket Kindergarten Exceled at 2016 Artistic Dexterity

Students from Laguna Phuket Kindergarten Exceled at 2016 Artistic Dexterity
Laguna Phuket Kindergarten Team and their proud craft and clay art pieces.

Laguna Phuket Kindergarten students awarded two gold medals from the 2016 Artistic Dexterity. There were 51 entrants at this year’s competition. This annual event was held by the Primary Education Area Office at Phuket Kindergarten School on September 24, 2016.

Students from Laguna Phuket Kindergarten Exceled at 2016 Artistic Dexterity

Students from Laguna Phuket Kindergarten Exceled at 2016 Artistic Dexterity
(left) cut & paste art piece under the topic “My Family” and its creators (below photo from left to right) Suchada Keawluan, Yanisa Boonchareon and Sutirat Sroyson.

Students from Laguna Phuket Kindergarten Exceled at 2016 Artistic Dexterity

Students from Laguna Phuket Kindergarten Exceled at 2016 Artistic Dexterity
(left) clay art piece under the topic “Beautiful Seaside” by another gold-medalist team (below photo from left to right) Apichaya Phopakdee, Rockfa Jampada and Soraya Samart.
Achariya Fund’ Scholarships for Employees

Kata Group President Gifts 'Achariya Fund' Scholarships for Employees’ Children Who Excel

Pramookpisitt Achariyachai, President of Kata Group Resorts Thailand, a leading hotel management company, recently hosted a ceremony presenting “Achariya Fund (Excellent Student Fund)” scholarship certificates to employees’ children. Scholarships totaling half a million Baht were given to 88 students who excel in their studies. The generous funding was gifted at an event on the Kata Group president’s birthday on August 11, 2016, and held at Kanda Hall, at Kata Beach Resort & Spa, in Phuket.

United World College to Open in Thailand – Education Like No Other

UWC01Phuket International Academy is due to join the UWC movement, a worldwide network of 15 prestigious schools and colleges. The school will be known as “United World College Thailand” (UWCT) from August 2016, becoming the first and only UWC in Thailand.

Nelson Mandela late honorary President of UWC said; “The striking feature of the United World Colleges is that they embrace the entire world .. They are unique and they are conscious of their responsibilities.”

Founded in 1962 in the United Kingdom, the aim of the UWC movement was to bring together young people from areas of post-war conflict to act as champions of peace through an education based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding. Through its innovative and challenging programmes, UWC aims to inspire students to create a more peaceful and sustainable future.

To quote Her Majesty, Queen Noor of Jordan, current President of the UWC movement; “The goal of our educational movement is not simply to produce educated young people but also to nurture activists for peace and future leaders who can help resolve the challenges within their own societies and contribute to building bridges between communities and cultures within their regions and throughout the world.”

Julian Whiteley is the current Chief Executive at Phuket International     Academy, and former Head of School at United World College of      South East Asia (UWCSEA), Singapore
Julian Whiteley is the current Chief Executive at Phuket International  
  Academy, and former Head of School at United World College of   
  South East Asia (UWCSEA), Singapore

Each of the United World Colleges around the world share a common vision and values and are committed to ensuring that as many students as possible experience a UWC education regardless of socioeconomic, cultural, racial and religious backgrounds. The aim is to create a deliberately diverse community in each school that represents a microcosm of the world, thus fostering international and intercultural understanding.

Khun Chamroen Tipayapongtada, Governor of Phuket, comments; “I am very proud on behalf of Thailand that Phuket has been selected as the location for the United World College Thailand. UWC is known to be the best school organisation in the world. We look forward to welcoming hundreds of international students and visitors who will make a tremendous impact on our local and national community.”

Every year in excess of 1,000 students are selected by UWC National Committees based in over 150 countries and awarded scholarships to attend one of the schools or colleges. Scholarships have been offered to Thai students since 1976 during the term of then prime minister MR Kukrit Pramoj, who recognised the benefits and importance to Thailand of being part of UWC and appointed the first National Committee of Thailand.
UWC03 UWC04By bringing together such a diverse group of engaged and motivated young people from across the globe, UWC is able to provide a transformational educational experience that no other school can provide. United World College Thailand will accept 25 such scholars into Grade 11 this August.

The UWC movement has long been at the forefront of international education and over the years has played a significant part in the development of the world-renowned IB Diploma Programme. With service at the heart of its Mission, UWC empowers students to become aware, able and active change agents in their communities; locally, regionally and globally. Through meaningful action, students are able to put their ideals and values into practice, cultivating their compassion and serving others.

Ms Metinee (Lukkade) Kingpayome, celebrity and actress, is a parent at Phuket International Academy, and said; “Edward and I moved from Bangkok to Phuket to join Phuket International Academy because of its wonderful philosophy and its approach to Social Emotional Learning & Mindfulness, as well as the Thanyapura Sports & Health Centre situated next door. We never dreamed that this school would become a UWC.”

Patrons of UWC movement: Queen of England, Queen of Norway, King of Netherlands. Past president includes the Prince of Wales.

Julian Whiteley, formerly Head of the United World College of South East Asia, and now Chief Executive at Phuket International Academy said, “Having worked at UWCSEA, I am enormously proud of the fact that PIA will become only the second UWC in South East Asia, it is a very special place. The staff, supported by the school community, have worked incredibly hard over the last two years to achieve this.”

UWC Thailand is due to officially open in August 2016, and is now accepting enrollments.

For more information: www.pia.ac.th, www.uwc.org and www.ibo.org