I have recently interviewed one of the Niva Seniors from the class of 2016- 2017. One of her top hobbies is to play golf, and her name is Siripatsorn Patchana, better known as Tangmo. Tangmo had applied to 10 universities in November, all on the west coast, and successfully got a full scholarship to the Grand Canyon University, in Arizona, USA. She applied as a major of sports science and all of her hard work and dedication to golf for the past 8 years had finally payed off.
Tangmo practices golf for 3-4 hours each day after school and during the weekends, either in the morning or all day, depending on her schedule. She would participate in tournaments twice a month and in the United States during the summer, the summer of her sophomore year. She has told us that her father was the one who inspired her golfing career, he has been playing for about 25 years and he wanted his children to take after him and so she did. She would play golf with him and so a while later he focused on her golfing more than anything else. Tangmo has expressed how much her father/ her coach has been her number one fan throughout the years and how his ongoing support has benefited her and helped her live up to who she is now.
Before her official acceptance letter, her unofficial acceptance was through a skype call which actually took place in this very school. During the interview, she expressed how much joy and excitement she felt hearing that she got accepted! Her parents were happy with it so she made the decision to go there. Later on Tangmo talked about golf as a sport. She talked about how golf is a serious sport and it’s not just a physical challenge on the field but a mental one too, players really need to concentrate to be able to play golf well.
It’s not just practice in the range too, there are hours of part time fitness to get the body in shape. Playing in the tournament, can be stressful and even though you don’t have to face an opponent face to face, it’s the state of your mind that really matters. Even though the process of finding and getting a university might have been dreadful and draining, I think it’s safe to say that it was all worth it for her in the end. –By Kali, 11G
Grade 10 and 11’s Drama Presentation
On the 8th and 9th of March, the assembly hall was transformed into a theatre world: 10 Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse (by 10N), Game of Tiaras (by 10G), Beauty and the Wimp (by 11G),and Snow White through the Looking Glass (by 11N) were all on stage in front of the whole secondary school and a portion of elementary.
High school art electives also experienced aspects of stage production by constructing theatrical backdrops and props. The plays themselves are told through make-believe yet empathetic themes the juniors and sophomores had put together. Inspired by this quarter’s drama presentation, a Drama club, where students can self-express through various forms of art, is underway for next school year! –By Moon, 10G
Niva’s Charity Run was held at Nawamin Pirom Park on the 10th of March 2017. It started at 7:30 in the morning untill 12 noon. All the Niva students, teachers, and parents were invited to participate in our charity run. Also, by purchasing a “Run for a Reason” T-shirt, we were able to collect money for two charities in Thailand, namely “The Peace Charity Foundation” and “Foster House Ban Tab Kwang Foundation”. The purpose of the Niva Charity Run was to help charity organizations with their needs and also to enjoy the activities while making valuable memories with friends, family, and teachers. It was such a nice day and a great experience for all who came that day. I look forward to next year’s Charity Run.
By Song Lee, 8N
This years “Niva’s Elementary Got Talent” show was one of the best shows yet. Our judges were shocked by the performances of Niva’s most talented elementary students. From the awesome guitar performance by DJ to Im and Lily’s breathtaking dance performance, the audience was amazed.
First place went to PP who played the drums. Second place went to Otto. Lastly, third place was won by Alina, Areeya, and Elly with their jaw dropping dance moves. We can’t wait for next year’s talent show!
By: Jake, 11G
Some pictures of our charity drive in NIVA is on the first floor between the canteen and the bookroom. Donations are being collected and will be given to the orphanages in Kloengtoey. The people behind the Textile 4 Charity are Mr. Mac and Ms. Bee, who are running this charitable institute. – By: Ms. Ambika
Sathita Amnuayskul (Chompoo), IGCSE class of 2006,
Student Government President of 2005-2006
The NIVA alumni highlight for this issue is one of our brightest graduates, Chompoo, who works as a Customer and Sales Support Specialist at Google’s regional offices in Singapore. Chompoo graduated with a degree in Bio- Nano Engineering from Chulalongkorn University and got a job at Thomson Reuters as a technical support specialist even though her university training was not in a technical field.
“Thomson Reuters looks for bright and capable people and trains them to their advantage and I was willing to take that challenge and now it is Google. I was also the SG president at NIVA when I was graduating in 2006; it was a life changing opportunity.” says Chompoo.
“Don’t limit yourself to what you know and what you learned, explore! Give yourself a chance to advance in everything that opens up for you . You never know what heights you can reach.” Quoted in her words.
From the recent trip of Mr. Anthony and Ms. Nikki –Reported by: Marie Kishi, Senior
On February 21st, we had a guest speaker Amiee Watts, representing the Scholars Cup that brings together over 20,000 students in 50 countries every year. Our goal: to inspire in young people of all backgrounds a love of learning, a confidence in new skills, and a sense of global citizenship.
Teams of students will participate in four events: Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Challenge, and Scholar’s Bowl. Topics of exploration, from moonshot technology to the science (and art) of prediction, will be drawn from this year’s World Scholar’s Cup theme, An Unlikely World.
Scholars will have the chance to qualify for the 2017 Global Rounds in Hanoi, Athens, and Cape Town, and, in due course, for the annual Tournament of Champions at Yale University in the United States.
This year we will have teams of students representing Niva International School. Go Niva Go!
The Grade 3 English class in the last couple of months has been discussing topics related to moral values. Mr. Patrick asked the big question in class, “What does RAK stand for?” This then turned into a discussion about how we make people’s lives better. The class then started a class list with everyone’s name on it so if anyone did something nice for someone, the person who experienced the kindness wrote about what the person did for them and how this made them feel.
Just recently, one of the Grade 3 students, Bianca, came and asked if she could start a business of selling her ideal product, squishes and slime, during her break time and lunch time. Bianca with the entrepreneurial spirit designed her business plan, set up her stall and was selling her product. Bianca’s strong sense of moral values, kind hardheartedness and business made her very successful and is now going to donate the money to a village that she has been to. At this village there are many people without many things but due to Bianca’s efforts, they will soon be able to have more than they did before.
Bianca did a selfless act of kindness and is doing this to enrich people’s lives without asking for anything in return = RAK (In Thai, it also means, “Love”.)
By: Patrick Guerin – Grade 3 Teacher
Gifted and Talented students are anything but few and far between in the halls and classrooms of Niva International School. The school body was thrilled and amazed by the performances of Niva’s most talented students.
From the absolutely energetic band performance from Chopin, Pok, Perth, and Ford to U – Jean’s tranquil piano performance, these students proved that they are much more than what they appear to be. But the students were not the only ones who proved their worth; Mr. John’s and Mr. Freddy’s air guitar skills surprised everyone. Mr. David stunned the crowd as the lead singer of his Grade 10 band.
First place went to Aaron’s beautifully jaw dropping piano performance. Second Place went to Ioru’s rhythmic and daring drum solo. Lastly, third place was won by the Grade 9 boy band.
Although not every performance could be considered the very best, they are nothing short of great works by talented and brilliant students. –By: Jakob Meyer Herman, Grade 11G
Morning exercising is what we do every Wednesday morning at the flag line; all students and teachers participate and have fun! People volunteer to take charge of it, they prepare the songs and dance moves, and the students follow along.
This is done so that we can have a fun time while we exercise in the morning, making us feel refreshed and ready to start the day. Students say that they had fun trying to follow the people guiding them and they enjoyed dancing with their friends.
Morning exercising adds more color to each student’s day and students and faculty agree that it makes for a more productive and enjoyable day! -By: Punyapa Leephokanon (Angie), Grade 9N