Balloons Make A Beautiful Sky Pimpisut Chimjan M.5
A lot of colorful balloons flew in the sky on November 25-27, 2011. PRC and the Tourism Authority of Thailand cooperated to hold the Thailand International Balloon Festival at PRC. There were a lot of tourists who came to PRC to see the balloons. The first thing that they did was to take a photo with balloons. Some of them had an opportunity to stand in the basket and flew to the sky with the balloon. “Balloons are very beautiful especially at night. I like their color and shape. I thank PRC for holding this great festival,” Mr.Supapong the tourist from Bangkok said. A large number of PRC students also came to school on Saturday and Sunday to see the balloons with friends. “I’m very excited to come and see the balloons. First, I can’t imagine how big the balloons are. Now, I know they are very magnificent,” Mr.Pongsatorn, a P.4 student said.
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What Education Means to You in New Zealand?
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What Education Means to You in New Zealand? (Southland Girls’ High School) By Mr. Jack C. Neale
Editorial Note: Located on the South Island, in Invercargill, New Zealand, Southland Girls’ High School (SGHS) was established in 1879 and is the oldest school in Southland. As a girl only school, the school provides a unique learning environment for 1,200 girls. Learning is tailored to each student and a high standard of achievement and personal conduct is expected. Students live either in the Student Residence Hall or with homestays during their time at SGHS. Education in New Zealand allows us to learn English first hand and to experience the culture, both at the same time. Thai education provides a foundation in many subjects in order to achieve university entrance. However, studying in New Zealand has enabled us to make choices and has given us the opportunity to be more selective in our specific areas of interest. We have been able to spend time on analyzing and applying knowledge in a broader and more practical way to everyday living and learning. The advantages we will gain are the knowledge and experience of western cultures, which will inarguably increase our potential for employment in the future. The differences between New Zealand and Thailand are quite obvious in many areas such as education, friends, location, and way of life. One of the main differences is in education. Education in New Zealand allows freedom of speech; the teachers gladly accept students’ suggestions or arguments and gladly improve themselves, although they have much more knowledge than the students. This greatly develops the education system in New Zealand. The other obvious difference in students who have studied abroad from Thai students is that they have more confidence. The majority of students who study in Thailand do not speak out, as they would think of this as being inconsiderate and disrespectful to their teachers. They are not confident enough to ask questions or provide the teacher with suggestions because they’re afraid of being wrong. But when somebody else says it out loud, they’ll say, “I’ve thought of that” the
L-R Ms.Sita(Nam) Hanvareevongsilp; Ms. Naranda(Ploy) Witchuwong; Mayor, Southland District Council, Mrs. Frana Cardno; Ms.Siraya(Fah) Phermphoon; and Ms.Nawachon(Gab) Sombunsin question is then why don't you say it? Because of this the teachers will never know what the students need to know or don't understand. From our point of view, we prefer our friends and society in Thailand. Because we feel safe and warm, just like coloured photos. On the other hand the friendships in New Zealand will be old black and white photos with stain colours and full with memories. We felt very strange at first to be listening and communicating in English all the time. It’s very hard to understand and talk to friends and the teachers, because we didn't know how to speak properly in English. As time went on, we became used to listening to English and felt more confident and so the more we tried speaking the language the better we got at it. The benefits of being in New Zealand are learning English, becoming more responsible, and being more independent. Being in New Zealand has allowed us to put into use the language drilled into our heads since we were young. Being in New Zealand has shown us how huge the world is and has made us realize what a small world we have been living in. We have learnt that we have so much responsibility in New Zealand for our actions, our grades, and our lives. Being in New Zealand has made us independent as well because our parents are not here to help us decide every single decision we have to make. Studying in New Zealand isn't much different from studying in Thailand like you expect. Sometimes it may seem much easier but that is because the students in New Zealand are allowed to choose to study whatever they want. This makes them more eager to learn from their teachers. Southland Girls’ High School gives each student a year plan-
ner for the subjects for what will be learnt for the year in order to prepare them for learning from the very first day of school. The year planner consists of the amount of credits in each topic in the subjects. This helps both the teacher and the student to know and prepare for what comes next and where they should be throughout the year so the student will be able to prepare for each lesson and keep up the pace. The teaching style in New Zealand incorporates the use of more technology than Thailand, for example the use of interactive whiteboards to teach or integrating many different styles and ideas to keep students engaged in class. The students learn not only just in class from textbooks but from many different medias such as videos, songs and field trips. The students in New Zealand have many different experiences because everyone has chosen different subjects. For instance if they choose tourism, they would be able to go on many trips to different cities to study about many tourist landmarks of that city. If they choose physical education, they would get to learn to play many different sports as well as learning first aid. Maybe if they’re lucky they might meet some sports professionals. Every year, all Year 11-13 students have to sit national exams called NCEA. These exams are very crucial to the students’ grades and maybe their careers in the future. Many schools for example Southland Girls’ High School, usually set up practice school exams in preparation for NCEA at the end of the year. This aims to let both students and teachers see whether they are at NCEA level, how to improve, and how much work they have to put in, in order to pass the exams at the end of the year.
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Before the Better New Year
Bonjour Mesdames et messieurs (Hello readers!). The reason why I greet you in French is because there was a foreign language day on December 8. I know many of you enjoyed the shows and plays from PRC students. There were a lot of shows on that day for example, the French musical, the Gifted English play and the love story from German students. The waiting time is over. Now it’s December, the last month of the year! There are so many holidays in this month, especially Christmas and also New Year’s Day on January 1, 2012. It’s quite hard to believe that this is the last issue of this year! Thank you for your encouragment. We promise that we will make the PRC news better and better. “ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :) ”
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Inspiration Christmas and Tokens of Love Mr. Jack C. Neale
During the past few days I have been thinking about Christmas. I have found myself considering the idea of gifts which are typical at this time of the year. The stores are promoting Christmas gifts, the internet is sending out gift ideas, and even The Bangkok Post has a special gift idea section. All of these ideas about Christmas gifts point to one thing, material items/possessions. But is there something more, a deeper meaning to gift giving? Over the years of Christmas gift giving, I have received many Christmas gifts and I have given many Christmas gifts. As a child, I remember the three most special Christmas gifts I received; they were a record player, a camera, and a Bible. These three items I received on different Christmases. The only one of these three gifts I still have today is The Bible. The others broke down or became obsolete. I do remember as a young adult always enjoying giving Christmas gifts to others. While my income was rather limited, there was always gifts for everyone. As I have grown older and matured my desire for gift giving at Christmas
centers around giving rather than receiving. The gift given does not have to be large or expensive but it needs to be given from the heart--with love. A good example of this was shown to me on Christmas Day in 1974 while attending a Christmas service at a small rural church outside of Chiang Mai. After the morning service, all the villagers were anxious to give their gifts that they had brought for everyone attending the service. As my wife and I sat there, the villagers were eager to give us a box of matches, an orange, and other small items they had brought as gifts for that day. It was not the gift that touched me so much that day, it was the smile and love in which the simple gifts were given. These small gifts were tokens of something much larger--God’s Love. In recent days I have found my thought going back to the original idea of Christmas--the birth of the baby Jesus--God’s great gift which He gave to all mankind and for all time. God’s gift to mankind, those many years ago, was an eternal gift--knowing no time period, no deadline date, no obsolesce, and no need for something newer. God gave the world His son, the Christ idea. This Christ idea would show all mankind, through the embodiment of Jesus’ life, words, and works how to live and see the true man that God had made--our spiritual identity.
As I think about Christmas gifts on that first Christmas--God’s gift of his son to the world, the lambs from the shepherds, the precious gifts from the three wise men, and the angels’ songs--I realize these were all tokens of love. So at this Christmas season, as you are thinking about giving gifts I encourage you to also give the gift of love. As you receive a gift, receive the love of God that the gift represents. Christmas is about tokens of giving and tokens of loving. I wish each of you a very Joyous Christmas, filled with tokens of God’s Love! Bible Verse Isaiah 9: 6 & 7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this
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PRC Announces New Study Abroad Programs
PRC visit to James Hargest College
PRC’s Office of International Affairs has announced their new LIP study abroad programs. According to PRC’s International Affairs Coordinator, Mr. Jack C. Neale, LIP stands for Language Immersion Programs. Mr. Jack said, “In today’s regional and global world, language is the key which will unlock many doors. The information age requires good language skills in order to effectively communicate and work with people in other countries. Also, as Thailand takes its place in ASEAN, better language skills will be needed by all ASEAN countries so the member countries can better communicate and work together for the good of the region.” We asked Mr. Jack some questions about LIP and hear are his answers: Q. Why LIP? A. Since the 1970s language learning has been changing. Learning a language through grammar and repetition has given place to Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) that focuses on how the language is used in everyday situations. Thus to learn a language in this way a student needs to be immersed or surrounded with the language. The student needs to hear and use the language 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) to really advance with the language. So, PRC is taking language learning to a new level with LIP. Q. Why is immersion important? A. Language is not sterile, meaning we do not learn and use language within a four-walled classroom. We learn a language by using it day-in and day-out in real life situations. A language is made up of its people and cultures. Therefore, we learn a language by being a part of the everyday life of that language—speaking it, hearing it, using it, and thinking it. To be successful in a language we must live the language and make it a part of us. Immersion helps to make that happen in a way the classroom cannot make it happen. Q. What Languages are offered? A. Currently we have only English programs. Over the next several years we will work on LIP for Chinese, Japanese, French, and German. We also will develop a LIP for Thai for foreign students who choose to come to Thailand and study Thai.
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Q. In what country is/are the LIP English offerings? A. PRC has singed eight MOUs with schools in New Zealand and they are our LIP English partners. The partner schools consist of one primary school (grades 1 – 6), six secondary schools (grades 7 – 13) and one University (with both BA and MA level programs). Q. What types of LIP English offerings are available? A. Currently we have five programs, they are: • Program 1 – PRC Southland Academic Year (M-1 to M-6) This is a 10 month study abroad full immersion program. • Program 2 – PRC Summer Course (M-1 to M-6) This is a six or eight week New Zealand English study abroad program offering both academic and cultural experiences. • Program 3 – PRC Family Junior Camp (P-1 to P-6) This is a four week program for students and their families to study in New Zealand and see the sights. • Program 4 – IPC Open Campus (M-4 to M-6) This academic study abroad program takes place at International Pacific College and will focus on English and academics. PRC students will join with other international students for this camp. Sight seeing and fun times will be included. • Program 5 – PRC Rugby Exchange & Training Program (M-4 to M-6) This camp is a three week program intended for English language training and rugby practice. Q. How much do the programs cost? A. Each program has a different price. Therefore, for price quotes we would ask that parents call our office. Q. Who is eligible for LIP? A. All PRC students. Seats are limited for each program; therefore, first come gets the seats. Q. Are any tests required? A. No tests are required for LIP eligibility. All students will study English in New Zealand. Q. Where can students or parents get more information about LIP. A. Visit the International Affairs Office (IA) located in the PTA building behind Harris House or call Mr. Jack at 053-242550 ext. 213 or Ms. Kitiyada at 053-242-550 ext. 224. For additional information, program dates, deadline dates, or to see a list of our partner
An ESL classroom
JHC students perform Maori Huka for PRC guests
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Gifted English Performance
M4 Gifted English students and staff Chinese Performance
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Chinese Performance German Performance
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1-2-3 PRC STUDENTS WIN THE SCIENCE COMPETITION
FIRST TIME FOR CHIRSTMAS Tanakrit Uten M.5
Thanakan Kanthawanna M.5
Santa Claus appears in the PRC Christmas From left to right: Mr.Jakree Savangthummakul; Mr.Dusit, Lower Mathayom Principal; Ms.Areepar Suntornpan and Ms.Nunnapatt Papakul Three M3 students won the Lower Mathayom Science Contest at Ratchapat Chiang Mai University. They are Mr.Jakree Savangthummakul, Ms.Areepar Suntornpan and Ms.Nunnapatt Papakul. They are from M.3/13. I interviewed them how they feel about this award. “It’s very amazing that we can win this competition. Three of us love science and we’re very proud of ourselves,” Mr.Jakree said. “The questions in this contest were very hard. We had to think carefully to answer them,” Ms.Areepar said. “It is not too difficult if you usually practice yourselves,” Ms.Nunnapatt said.
Holding the Bridle Do you know a sport called Equestrian? We can call Equestrian horse riding, a sport where riders control their horses. In this issue, we’ve talked to Mr.Supanut Wannakool (Gum), M.5/3 student about this interesting sport. Gum was interested in this sport when he was young, “I started to learn horse riding when I was in P.6 because I rode in the Children’s Day Festival and I liked it very much,” said Gum. He also talked about how Equestrian is different from others sports, “You have to work with your horse, you can’t win without their support.” Gum has been horse riding for a long time and participated in a lot of competitions, but the award that he is most proud of winning was the Queen’s award from his Show jumping team. “I felt very happy and this award makes me have a will to improve myself.” The suggestion from Gum to people who want to practice horse riding is that you have to train hard and steady and the most important thing is you have to take care the horses with love because horses are the key to success in this sport.
PRC is a Christian school. Every December, PRC has a Christmas celebration for students. Students will decorate their room to be in the Christmas atmosphere. The school also has Christmas presents for the most beautiful room in each grade. But there are a lot of new students who never has a Christmas time at their old school. Look-paer, an M.1/1 student thinks, “Christmas is the birthday of Jesus, and Santa Claus will give a present for good kids.” She can’t wait for that day. “I’m very excited about my first time for Christmas,” she said. “I’ll help my friends to decorate our classroom and our performance,” she added. She hopes Christmas at PRC will be one of her best memories. “In the morning I want to see teachers wear Santa Claus suits and give me some snacks,” she said happily.
Phudit Sombutsirinun M.5
Mr.Supanut Wannakool (Gum), M.5/3
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CRICKET GIRL Kamolchanok Amtade M.5
Miss Phira-on Khumla
“Cricket is an original sport, only a few people know how to play it,” said Phira-on. This is the reason that makes Phira-on Khumla, PRC M4 cricket player, interested in it. She has played cricket for 7 years, since she was in Prathom 4. At first, she joined the Cricket Club and played as a hobby. But after that she found that she loved cricket and decided to take it seriously. “I appreciated when I was chosen to be the best beater in Thailand Cricket Competition last January. Furthermore, in this game my team won the first place,” said Phira-on. She did not only compete in Thailand but also abroad. In the latest competition, she went to Asia Cricket Tournament in Kuwait. Her team beat other teams and won the third place of Asia. “I was very excited. Because it was the first time that I competed with foreign teams,” she added. Now she is preparing for the great International Cricket Competition next March in Kuwait. “I have to practice cricket with my teammates two times a week at Prem Center. This time we have to do hard work since the opponents are quite good by the way they played,” replied Phira-on. Cricket gives Phira-on many good things. “Because of cricket, it makes me stronger and gives good health. Besides, it gives harmony and friendship with teammates and others.” She added, “I have more concentration.”
MY DREAMS MY WAYS Mahidol; The Best University in Thailand
Sataporn Purasao M.5
Andaman Mayakarn M.5 http://www.mahidol.ac.th/muthai/latest
MAHIDOL UNIVERSITY Ranked the top university in Asia last year, Mahidol University is the best university again in the QS Asain University Rankings.This is the second time that Mahidol is ranked as the best university. Last year was the first time that QS ranked the top university in asia and that time Mahidol was ranked to be the best university in Thailand. Last year Mahidol University was ranked in top 30 from all of the universities in Thailand but this year Mahidol University was ranked in top 28 and this is the best sequence of all the universities in Thailand. The other universities in Thailand that QS ranked in top 200 universities in Asia are Chulalongkorn University, Chiang Mai University, Thammasat University, Songklanakarin University, Khon Kaen University and Kasetsat University. “I think that it depends on students to choose the university they want to learn and faculty that they want to study with, I think that each university is good in different faculty,” said Panisa Homyi from Matthayom 5/5. “I believe that most students think about university that they want to learn, if they know about this news they may be change their mind because of this news,” said Pakamas Netnopparat from 5/3. “I think that this news may change next year because I think others famous university in Thailand want to develop their education to be better so I think that students who want to change their mind should wait for the news next year,” said Salisa Puangsri from 5/1.
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITY LEUVEN In two years from now (2013), PRC M.5 students will go to study at Leuven International University in Belgium. They are Miss Surunchana Autthara, or Cookie. She is a PRC M. 5/5 student. Miss Kanjana Sakkayapun, or Kan, and she is a PRC M. 5 /7 student. “I would like to study in the faculty of Art. Since I think my own lifestyle and art are the perfect combination,” Cookie said. “After I graduate from Belgium I will be the owner of a joint plantation and grape yard. In my yard will have a gallery about my biography, named “CK’s wonderful world.” Then people will know me more and they will know that we can have happiness without being the wealthiest,” she added. “Drawing is the best way to broadcast my self without pretention.” Cookie
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MY DREAMS MY WAYS cont. subject. It always has many different lawsuits that lawyers must think the ways to solve them,” said Kan. “When I graduate I will be an organization adviser and give law knowledge to people who are interested in law,” said Kan. “The law sleeps sometimes but never dies.” Kan Why did you choose Belgium? “Belgium has beautiful nature and on long weekends I and Kan can visit ancient architecture of Belgium and many countries near Belgium,” Cookie said. “Because my parents have worked in Belgium and I want to make the great experience for myself by studying at Leuven International University,” said Kan. If you can create great architecture or a sculpture for Chiang Mai, what will you do? “I will gather one Baht from everyone in Chiang Mai (if I can). Then melt those coins to make the Medal of White Elephant in sacred dwelling, symbol of Chiang Mai, and establish in the middle of Chiang Mai walled city,” Kan said proudly. “I won’t create any new thing but I will restore ancient in Chiang Mai durable more and more,” said Cookie happily. “PRC students who are interested in studying abroad can search for information and apply at www.kuleuven.be. Students can apply to study in this university. It has no entrance testing and has university dormitories for foreign students,” said Miss Kan. “Cookie and I will go to catch our dreams in Belgium,” said Kan. “If PRC students who have dreams like us don’t waste time let’s do your best now for your better future,” Cookie added.
Karn, Fah and Cookie
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How I ended up in the Land of Smiles Simone Clement M.5 It all began during the summer of 2010. A foreign exchange had never crossed my mind, I was so content with my life in my home town of Calgary, Canada. On a day just like every other I was sitting in my living room watching TV with my mother, watching a documentary, it was about universities in other countries and how they compare to those in Canada. There was one I was interested in located in France. At first when I asked my parents if I could attend a school over seas they thought I was insane. I was merely thinking about post secondary. I’m not sure how the idea of an exchange during high school arose, I’m sure it came up in conversation. I was excited at the idea. Shortly after, my parents agreed to the idea and placed it in the back of their minds. Roughly three months later an announcement was made over the intercom about a chance to travel the world in high school. I could instantly tell that not everyone was as in-
terested in the idea as I was. Once I got home I told my parents of this new plan for me. I was sure that I was going to go somewhere in the world in my high school years. They couldn’t have held me back if they wanted too. I met with the Rotarians again at my school and told them I was interested in becoming an exchange student. They were very delighted. Soon afterwards I was put in many different interviews. I was asked questions related to a variety of topics. Everything from why I would want to go away, where I would want to go, and if I could handle spicy food! Before I knew it March had rolled around and everyone was making there decisions on where they wanted to travel. I wanted Europe. We were allowed three top choices of the countries we wanted to go to. Mine were France, Austria, and Germany. I kept my fingers crossed. In May, three months before our departures everyone was finding out where they were going to be sent. I was the last to find out.
Simone Clement Nervously I sat beside the telephone, laptop in hand, refreshing my email every 5 seconds. I think that was one of the most nerve racking moments of my life. One by one the countries were given away, and soon all of Europe was filled up. My heart raced. I had no idea where I was going. Then suddenly my one friend who had just been picked to go to Austria texted me. The message read “ CONGRATULATIONS THAILAND!” The first image that went through my head was spicy food. 6 months later I am currently in the Land of Smiles. I’m quite happy that I didn’t go to Europe. It seems far to expensive for my taste. In addition it’s hot in Thailand, no need for a winter jacket!
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THAILAND 2011 DIARY Thailand 2011 → The adventure begins It was the 26th of December 2010. It was the second day of Christmas and we just came back from celebrating with my grandparents. Like always, the first thing I did at my home in Germany was searching for my laptop and then check my E-mails. I was so excited because I hoped I would find an E-mail that would tell me, that I’m going to spend the next year in Venezuela or Mexico. I wanted to go somewhere, different, and I wanted to learn Spanish. The Rotary gave me three choices so I decided Venezuela, Mexico and Thailand. I chose Thailand because it looked nice on the map. The organization told me I will get my first or second choice so I couldn’t wait for the mail. I sat there in my room and read the headline of the E-mail: Congratulations! I was so excited, opened the mail, and read: Not Japan, but Thailand!!!! Have a nice Christmas! “Why Japan?!”, was my first thought. “Wait. I don’t want to go to Thailand?! I never wanted?! I don’t do this exchange!”, was my second thought. I went to the living room, sat down under the Christmas tree and was crying between the Christmas presents. (I bet it looked very funny :D) Than my mother entered the room and
she asks me what wrong was. I told her, I don’t want to go to Thailand and she said, it’s okay, I can stay at home. But I decided: “NO! I won’t stay at home! I can do this!” Because I wanted an adventure and now I would have the chance of the biggest adventure in my life. It would be a challenge but I wanted to do it. During the month I got happier and in April I was really excited to go! Nothing could stop me now. I began to think about all the good sides of this exchange, and then I got the school documents and all the stuff about my family. I think this moment made me happier than ever. Why I decided to do this exchange? I always wanted to do this. Meet new people, see new places, learn a new language and culture. I thought Germany is boring, I didn’t want to stay here. You could say I just needed a break from my ordinary life. And now I’m here! Having the fun of my life with the nicest people I’ve ever met. But then we arrived in Bangkok, I stood there, alone in the airport and my only thoughts were:” What am I doing here?!” I had these thoughts the whole first two weeks even though my host family was really lovely. But after I met the other exchange students, the sadness and confusion went away and now
Lucie Weiss M.5 the only thing I feel is happiness. I am happy to be here, to have friends, that feel the same way, and happy because I will have the best year of my life! It’s unbelievable but it’s getting better every day. During the last few weeks I was often scared, that this is all only a dream and someone is coming to wake me up, but as you here, I’m here, this is real! I come from a little village in Germany called “Cappel” and Cappel has around 500 inhabitants, so I still feel a bit lost in this big city sometime but it’s so great to live in a city! Around here, there is so much you can do (and I mean not only staring at cows like in Germany). So the only thing I really miss, are my family, friends and the stars. I’ve seen stars here maybe two times since I’m in Chiang Mai and that’s really sad, but it’s okay because there are so many things more great than sad! Oh I lied, one more thing I miss is cheese. I ike Thai food very much, but I’m also glad to eat pizza sometimes! This exchange is just the best thing ever happened to me. I’m so thankful that everyone made me feel welcome, at home at school, just everywhere. And if I had the chance to go to another country instead of Thailand now, I would never do it!
International Snow Festivals Patchara Pongcharoenkul M.5
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What Do You Want From Santa Claus? According to films we’ve watched or books we’ve read, it has been believed that Santa Claus will deliver presents to all good children in the world on the night of Christmas Eve. Last week PRC News had a chance to interview three students about what gift they wanted from Santa Claus this Christmas. When we asked M5 student Nuttaporn, she replied , “I don’t want anything from Santa Claus. I just want to meet him at the North Pole. ” Nuttaporn added, “Although I’m seventeen now, but when Christmas comes I always think about Santa Claus. I believe that all children dream about meeting Santa Claus, and so
do I. If it’s possible, I want to ride in his sleigh with him too!” “For me I want a lot of presents, including toys and candies from Santa Claus this Christmas,” said P6 student Patcharapol. Then we asked him why he wants so many presents like that, we got an answer that surprised us. He said, “I want to give those presents to the orphans. They have no one to celebrate Christmas with and have no presents for this Christmas. So I think if I have a lot of presents and give them, they may be happy.” The other student we asked is Boondarika from P6 too. Her answer also surprised us. “At
Boondarika Sribandit from P6/3 this moment the weather is very cold especially on the mountain. So I want blankets to give to the hill tribes children. They must be feeling very cold without any blankets.” Boondarika added, “Christmas isn’t only a time of fun, but also a time to give.”
THE POWER OF DAD’S LOVE Source: http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/ Muktapa Opastirakul M.5 In most of the countries around the world including USA, United Kingdom, Japan and even Hong Kong, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. In Australia, it is celebrated on the first Sunday of September. While in Finland, it is celebrated on the second Sunday of November. But in Thailand, 5th December is observed as Father’s Day. It is one of the most important days for Thai people because it is the birthday of our beloved King Bhumipol. Father’s Day represents the day when we tell our dad how much he means to us and how lucky we are to have him in our life. On a special occasion, there are other interesting facts related to some lovely animal dads.
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WHO IS SANTA CLAUS?
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