A new gymnasium at the PPAO Ban Talard Neu School was unveiled on September 26th 2014 at a ceremony presided over by PPAO Chief Executive – Paiboon Upattising. Also present at the ceremony was a team of PPAO officials including Deputy Chief Executive – Chaowalit Na Nakorn, Advisor to Chief Executive – Boonserm Suwannarathphoom, Council Chairman – Pradit Saengchan, Council members and division heads. Representatives from the school included principle Pachanee Kanwilaikul, administrators, teachers, parents, students, and guests.
The unveiling ceremony was followed by stage entertainment performed by the students, a futsal match between PPAO Council members and Ban Talard Neu teachers, with the PPAO team winning 6-5.
PPAO Ban Talard Neu School received a grant of 9,937,000 baht from PPAO under its 2012 fiscal year budget for the construction of the gymnasium. Later, under the 2013 fiscal year budget, PPAO granted another 4,800,000 baht to decorate and equip the sport hall. The total of fund received was 14,778,000 baht. The gymnasium is intended for teaching physical education and will be an exercise space for both students and school. With the help of this facility, the school hopes that students will use their free time creatively to train and raising sports excellence. The gymnasium is equipped with three types of courts suitable for futsal, volleyball and basketball.
In his speech, Mr Paiboon thanked the PPAO Council for having granted the budget and supporting educational programs which is appreciated by the school administrators, teachers, parents and students alike. He also thanked the school administrators for working hard to bring success to both the school and students.
On Saturday September 13th 2014, PPAO Council Members Theera Jiasakul and Nuanchan Samart took part in a gathering of alumni of the 80-year-old Ao Nam Bo School in Tambon Wichit, Amphoe Muang Phuket.
Along with showing their appreciation to the school and teachers, the alumni gathering also honoured three of the school’s teachers – Yuwadee Plabsing, Supranee Praprk and Prapa Piman – who are retiring in September this year. The event also raised funds to purchase new computer equipment for the school.
Training courses on waste management and energy recycling were delivered to students of PPAO schools on September 11th & 12 2014 as part of the PPAO environment training program for educational institutions. PPAO Chief Advisor – Boonserm Suwannarathphoom, accompanied by PPAO Council Members – Opas Chopdee and Nuanchan Samart, and Head of Engineering Division Wassana Sriwilai presided over the course launches.
Organized by PPAO, the training program aims to educate students in all PPAO schools in sustainable waste management and energy recovery so they can use the experience gained to improve the environment in their communities. Four schools take part in the training, namely PPAO Ban Talard Neu, PPAO Muang Phuket, PPAO Ban Nabon and PPAO Ban Mai Riap schools.
The training courses, collaboration among PPAO, PPAO Muang Phuket School, Phuket Natural and Environmental Resource Regional 15, Phuket Environment Foundation, and private companies involved in environmental management were attended by 250 students. Training modules included lectures on local rubbish and wastewater, sorting rubbish, sustainable waste recycling, etc. In the practical modules, participants were divided into two groups, the first focusing on earning money from recycling, and the second on turning leftover organic materials into compost and liquid fertilizer. Another part of the course included field trips to the Phuket incinerator and the Royal Phuket City Hotel on September 6th.
A progressive education training program entitled “Project Approach” was launched by PPAO at Ban Na Bon School, Chalong, on Sunday September 7th 2014. PPAO Chief Advisor – Boonserm Suwannarathphoom, who was accompanied by Head of Religious and Cultural Education – Ouiporn Sakultan, presided over the launch which was attended by school administrators and teachers from all PPAO schools.
The “Project Approach” education training program has been well received by primary teachers since its implementation as part of the overall program to develop the level of education through the 1999 Education Act. As the name implies, the approach considers learners first and foremost and teachings are organized around each individual students’ abilities, interests and skill sets with consideration given to the individual make up of each person. The approach is not new but has been adopted by most countries including Thailand.
According to Jansuwan Tamapanon, Director of PPAO Sathit Ruam Pattana School, the training program aims to educate primary teachers from all PPAO schools in this concept so that they can deliver complete teaching modules based on this concept, training which will also help raise the teachers’ professionalism.
In his speech, Mr Boonserm, who believes that young learners are naturally curious, believes that this teaching approach will enable students to deepen the knowledge inherent to their interests with the help of teachers who understand and respect their individuality. This, he said, will help to develop well-rounded students who will grow into becoming invaluable assets of the nation.
An annual sports event participated by all PPAO Schools came to a close on Saturday September 5th 2014 at Surakul Stadium in Phuket Town. PPAO Deputy Chief Executive – Soratham Jinda presided over the closing ceremony which was also attended by PPAO officials, school administrators, organizing committee, teachers, coaches and participating student athletes.
The event, which took place from September 1st – 5th, aims to encourage students to make good use of their free time and to create unity and solidarity among students of PPAO schools through sports and games. Altogether 3,000 students from five schools (PPAO Muang Phuket, PPAO Ban Talard Neu, PPAO Ban Mai Riap, PPAO Ban Nabon, and PPAO Sathit Ruam Pattana schools) competed in six sports including football, sepak takraw, beach volleyball, petanque, draughts, and track and field. The tournaments were held in various venues around Phuket including Surakul Stadium, Sapan Hin Sports Field, and in all the schools’ sports fields.
In his speech Mr Soratham highlighted the importance of sports as an instrument for health and fitness while at the same time helping to build character, forge team spirits and prevent drug abuse.
At the completion of the third set of Vocational Courses at the Polytechnic College, certificates were awarded to successful participants by PPAO Council Member – Theera Jiasakul recenty. Also present at the event were PPAO Council Members – Prasit Sinsaowapak, Wisansaya Polsin, and Supreeya Iam-wiwattanakul, as well as college administrators, teachers, speakers and students. At the same time, an induction for students participating in the fourth set of courses also took place.
A team from the Muang Thalang School emerged as champions at the close of the PPAO Junior League Football 2014 on August 28th 2014. PPAO Deputy Chief Executive – Soratham Jinda presided over the closing ceremony while President of Phuket Sports Association and PPAO Council Member – Saroj Angkanapilas gave a closing speech. The ceremony was attended by PPAO officials and staff, teachers, students, coaches, and young footballers.
The PPAO Junior League Football is organized yearly by PPAO. Ten school teams competed in this year’s event, which took place from July 15 – August 28. They were: Muang Thalang, Phuket Wittayalai, Cherng Talay Wittayakom, Dow Rung Wittaya, Wittayalai Technic, Chalerm Phrakiat, PPAO Ban Talard Neu, Muslim Wittaya, Kathu Wittaya, and Racha Pracha Nukroh 36 schools. Along with the football, a futsal tournament was also competed in.
Mr Soratham congratulated all the athletes for having taking part and performing at their best at the event and went on to add that sports are a great way of bringing unity and friendship within school students and they also promote physical and mental health. He urged the players to continue playing and practicing so one day they can hopefully represent Phuket FC.
At the closing ceremony, trophies were presented to the winning football teams as follows: – Muang Thalang School – winner – Kathu Wittaya School – first runner up – Wittayalai Technic Phuket – second runner up – Phuket Wittayalai – third runner up
Individual prizes were awarded to Kanathip Lanee/Muang Thalang (outstanding center forward), Attapol Chueychana/Phuket Wittayalai (outstanding midfielder), Supasil Muanmart/Kathu Wittaya (outstanding center back), Nanpreecha/Muang Thalang (outstanding goalkeeper), Watcharasak Songpan/Muang Thalang (outstanding manager), Pornchai Dueramae/Muang Thalang (outstanding coach), Doa Rung Wittaya team (best manner), Patarapol Chaman/Wittayalai Technic Phuket (best score maker – 10 goals).
Trophies were also awarded to the futsal teams as follows: – Pluk Panya School – winner – Kathu Wittaya – first runner up – PPAO Ban Talard Nue – second runner up – Muang Thalang – third runner up.
A leadership team of educators and courses has been assembled for the opening of Thanyapura Phuket’s Boarding School and Elite Junior Sport Academy, reinforcing the venue’s reputation as the region’s leading sports training and education centre.
In association with Thanyapura’s Phuket International Academy (PIA) and to mark the start of the new school year on August 13, 2014, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Boarding School is offering full board and week-day boarding options for 13 to 18-year-olds at a purpose-built facility. Its 47 international teachers were hired based on their exemplary qualifications and commitment to philosophy.
Located on 23 hectares of pristine land at the foothill of a topical mountain range and close to Phuket International Airport, PIA draws on Asian cultures and the best Western educational traditions to promote not only knowledge but also compassion, integrity, happiness, and sustainability.
Executive Chairperson of the School Board is Mr Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, who established Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation in Germany and played a leadership role in the world renowned Ritz-Carlton Hotels Company. He also headed up the Advisory and Executive Board at the International School Berlin/Brandenberg, as well as Louisenlund, one of Germany’s most prestigious traditional boarding schools.
“Phuket International Academy and the Boarding School are an extension of our commitment to excellence,” Mr Graf von Hardenberg said. “We are providing a premier learning environment and a home away from home. Our teachers are also mentors, nurturing and guiding students’ academic and co-curricular lives and serving as role models.”
The Head of School is New Zealand-born Mr Riki Teteina, who has a Master’s degree in Education Administration. Most recently he was Head of School at the International School Bogor in Indonesia, where he increased enrollment to the highest level in its 45-year history.
Thailand-born Ms Kanittha Suksawaschon, the School Director, holds a Master’s degree in Education Administration and has spent the past 13 years working at several international schools and institutions in Thailand, while the Secondary School Principal Mr Dan Magie has a Master’s degree in Science and Education Administration and has 17 years’ experience as an educator.
A new member of Phuket International Academy’s board is UK-born Mr Julian Whiteley, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of School Development Services. He recently served as Head of School of the United World College of South East Asia (Singapore) for the last 9 years.
The school’s more than 310 students come from 35 countries, meaning students benefit from forming close connections with children from different cultures. They also benefit from the school’s motto: Good Heart, Balanced Mind, Healthy Body.
Parents and families of students are rewarded with Thanyapura sports club membership, giving them access to world-class sporting facilities, coaches and sports scientists. The students also have access to facilities that attract some of the best athletes in the world.
One of the Elite Junior Sport Academy’s leading lights is Thai swimming star future Tanakrit ‘Nok’ Krittaya, who is representing Thailand at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, in August 2014.
Thanyapura’s sports facilities include a 50m Olympic competition pool, a 25m training and teaching pool, 6 plexi-cushioned tennis courts (4 under roofs), 500m cushioned athletics track, an International Rugby Board-standard artificial rugby pitch, Floodlit Limonta ‘Soccer Pro’ FIFA-standard pitch, 2 volleyball beach courts, a 17 station Project Xtreme boot camp and assault course, a fully equipped Technogym fitness centre, wellness studios and a Thai boxing studio.
The Or Bor Jor Muang Phuket School held its annual school sports event on August 22. The event was launched by PPAO Chief Advisor – Boonserm Suwannarathphoom and attended by representatives from the Phuket Basic Education Commission, teachers, students, parents and guests.
In his opening speech, school director Wiroj Tantiwiriyaporn told the crowd that the event, now in its 15th year, forms an important part of the school’s policy aimed at steering young people away from drugs as outlined by the Ministry of Education. It also encourages students to use their free time creatively and develop unity, responsibility and athletic excellence. Sports such as football, volleyball and takraw had already been competed earlier in the month, while the track and field events took place on August 22nd & 23rd. The latter events are seen as an opportunity to select young athletes to represent Phuket for future national sports competitions.
Mr Boonserm congratulated the school administrators, students, parents as well as sponsors of the event, who are united in the wish to support students’ sport development and keep them away from drugs. He reiterated Mr Wiroj’s points on the benefits of sports for young people and said that PPAO is delighted to support this and other future creative events.
Along with assistance from PPAO, who provided funds to purchase sport uniforms and sports equipment, provided 15 tents and mobile toilets. The school has received support both financially and in kind from many agencies including the parents-teachers groups, Chalong Municipality, Rawai Municipality, Chalong Police Station, and Rawai Community Hospital.
On 18th August 2014 at the Pearl Phuket Hotel in Phuket City, Phuket Vocational College held a signing ceremony of a partnership agreement or MOU with the Thai Hotels Association – Southern Chapter to develop vocational standards, occupational standards, and professional qualification for job positions in the hotel sector. The event , which saw Phuket Vocational College Director – Dr. Sunthron Polrong and President of the Thai Hotels Association’s southern Chapter – Khun Krisada Tansakul sign the agreement, also included a vocational training contract awarding ceremony and a meeting of parents and orientation students of the bilateral system in Disciplines of Food and Nutrition, Disciplines of Hotel and Hospitality and Disciplines of Hotel Economics. A total of 18 Phuket hotels joined the MOU.
Dr. Sunthron said “The signing of the MOU aims to provide all parties involved a chance to develop vocational standards, occupational standards, and professional qualification for job positions in the hotel sector. The Vocational College is responsible for the management of vocational and professional training which produces and develops skilled manpower at a technical level with a level of technology, quality and standards which are in-line with economic and social development. The Thai Hotels Association’s southern chapter is an agency that oversees the hotel and tourism industry and promotes the professional training of teachers and students as to develop their knowledge, skills and competencies to meet the needs of the industry. This MOU will allow teachers and students to gain experience in the profession directly from the workplace.”
A press conference was held by PPAO Chief Executive – Paiboon Upattising at the Phuket Pearl Hotel to announce the commencement of a grand sports event for students, pupils and the public entitled the Mahakam Kila Games. The Chief Executive was accompanied by Council Member – Saroj Angkanapilas, who is also President of the Phuket Sports Association, Director of Thailand Sports Center Phuket – Wirat Pathi, Director of Phuket Tourism and Sports – Santi Pawai, Deputy Director of Phuket Regional Primary Education Office – Anurak Rungrueng.
The Mahakam Kila Games 2014 which takes place between August 16th – 22nd will see students, pupils and any youths not attached to educational educations aged under 18 compete. The official opening takes place today, 16th August, at Sapanhin Gym at 2pm. Sports competed are football, futsal, volleyball, beach volleyball, sepak takraw, beach takraw, basketball, table tennis, bandminton, swimming, lawn tennis, petanque, Thai boxing, international boxing, woodball, bridge, karate do, Mak Lom, tekwando, jujitsu, snookers. Tournaments are divided into groups of 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 years old and are open to both sexes.
The event has received 5,700,000 baht of financial assistance from various organizations including PPAO (2,000,000 baht), Tourism and Sports Office (3,500,000 baht), and Thailand Sports Office (200,000 baht). Mr Paiboon believes that this sports event will once again highlight athletic achievements of the local youths, who he said should be proud to receive support by all authorities concerned under the leadership of Governor Maitri Inthusut. He urged athletes to do their best during the matches to “bring fame to Phuket.”
Details and Schedule:
• Football – 16–22 Aug, Tesaban Ban Kathu School
• Futsal – 16-22 Aug, Tesaban Ban Kathu School and Kathu Wittaya,
• Volleyball and Beach Volleyball – 16-22 Aug, Tesaban Ban Samkong School
• Sepak and Takraw – 13-16 Aug, Pibon Sawasdee
• Basketball – 5-15 Aug, PPAO Ban Talard Neua School
• Table Tennis – 15-17 Aug, Satree Phuket School
• Badminton – 16-17 Aug, Phuket Municipality Badminton Gym
• Swimming, 16 Aug, PPAO swimming pool,
• Lawn Tennis – 16-17 Aug, PPAO tennis court
• Petanque – 12-15 Aug, Sapan Hin patanque field
• Thai and international Boxing -18-22 Aug, Sapan Hin
• Woodball – 17 Aug, Sapan Hin
• Bridge – 16-17 Aug, Phuket Municipality Youth Sports Center
• Karate Do – 14 Aug, Sapan Hin Gym
• Mak Lom – 16-17 Aug, Chalerm Phrakiat School
• Tekwando – 19-20 Aug, Sapan Hin Gym,
• Jujitsu – 21 Aug, Sapan Hin Gym
• Snooker – 16-22 Aug, TA Snooker Club Phuket
A recognition event for students of PPAO Ban Talard Neua School who won national academic awards was held at its premises recently. PPAO Chief Executive – Paiboon Upattising hosted the event, and was accompanied by Director of Religious and Cultural Education – Ouiporn Sakultan, Ban Talard Neua School Director – Pachanee Kanwilaikul, and Director of Wittaya Pasa Phuket School – Bantoon Pimton. The event was attended by ELT teachers, parents and students.
At the National Academic Fair 2014 held in Bangkok from August 1st – 3rd 2014, students from Ban Talard Neua won outstanding achievements for the following catgories: Middle School English Drama (1st prize), Secondary School English Drama (1st prize), Secondary School Public Speech (1st runner up), Robot Control (Commendation), Primary School Art and English Drama.
Secondary student Chananya Yothaprasert thanked the school director for strong support and encouragement prior to the competition. The students have worked very hard even during the weekends and are proud to have achieved such important recognition. Chananya also extended her thanks to Mr Paiboon who allocated funding for the school’s English program and other related activities for the last six years.
Mr Paiboon urged the students to be thankful to their parents and to always be humble despite their achievement. He ended by thanking all concerned including the school director and Mr Ouiporn.