Friday, 30 September 2016

Garden International School (GIS) has officially welcomed its new Prefects for 2016-17.

A whole school assembly took place on September 9, where students and parents came to see the Prefects' inauguration.

GIS Principal Mrs Hawtree welcomed everyone and then outgoing Head Boy Gear and Head Girl Berenice introduced this year's Prefects.

They are Shilpi, who will represent Humanities, Narisa (Languages), Shomit (Science), Tara (Creativity), Prem (Activity) and Jignil (Service). After reading out a pledge to help the school, the Prefects signed a contract and were presented with a special Leadership wristband from their mentors and a Prefect badge from their parents.

Over the year the six Prefects will represent the school and help organise many events. At the assembly, the new Head Boy and Head Girl were also revealed - they are Jignil and Shilpi.


Students at GIS practised their Kung Fu punctuation as part of a day filled with commas, brackets and question marks.

Punctuation Day events were organised by Services’ Prefect and IB1 student Jignil. This included a presentation to Tutor Groups about the history and importance of punctuation. Then, IB students and Prefects visited Primary to test out their knowledge of Kung Fu punctuation – where every punctuation example has a corresponding martial arts’ move! 


GIS celebrated the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth with golden tickets, a Dream Jar and lots of colourful characters.

Languages' Prefect and IB1 student Narisa organised a day of events on September 13 to celebrate the famous children's author, who wrote classics such as Matilda, BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In true Willy Wonka-style, 1,000 chocolate bars were sold, and inside some were the famous golden tickets. Students who were lucky enough to get a golden ticket received Roald Dahl books as prizes. 

Students also wrote down their wishes and dreams, then put them in a Dream Jar, similar to the one featured in BFG. The messages were later distributed randomly to other students. The chocolate sales raised around 6,000 baht for one of the school's chosen charities. IB1 students helped organise the event as part of their CAS work.

Students celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day by discussing pieces of eight, the skull and crossbones – and making their favourite teachers ‘walk the plank’.

Led by Languages’ Prefect Narisa, the IB students dressed as pirates and swashbucklers on September 19. Beforehand, students had voted online for which teachers should be made to walk the plank. It was decreed that Ms Smith, Mr Nolan, Mr Frost, Mr Whittaker, Mr Carr and Ms Kilvington-Shaw should be made to take the dreaded walk.


GIS’s new Prefects have been learning about how to become better leaders during a conference in Malaysia.

GIS's six new Prefects for 2016-17 headed to Penang in Malaysia to attend a Student Leadership Conference from September 22-24. Organised by the Federation of British International Schools in Southeast Asia (FOBISIA), the event was hosted by The International School of Penang (Uplands).

The first day began with guest speaker Mr Poul O.G. Hoiness, who has served as Danish Ambassador in the Middle East, South Korea and Japan over the past 30 years. He talked about the extra significance of cross-cultural understanding at a time when globalisation is becoming increasingly important.

Australian Army leaders then spoke to the 66 students, from 15 international schools, about how to become good leaders and what special skills are needed.

Students had a chance to work together on a variety of tasks, including completing an online survey to discover their strengths as leaders. They also discussed issues at their schools and then discussed how these could best be solved, using a model for leadership they had earlier learned.

IB Coordinator Mark Beales, who accompanied the Prefects to Penang, said: "This was an excellent event where our Prefects were able to meet with other young leaders. The guest speakers were fascinating and offered some great tips and advice. Uplands organised engaging and practical activities that allowed our students to think about their own leadership qualities. 

"At GIS we always encourage students to act as communicators and this conference helped our Prefects develop their leadership skills even further."  


Literacy Day was held in GIS and involved IB students going to work with our Primary students. They carried out a quiz in Secondary and then carried out activities in Primary to help promote reading and writing.


IB1 student and Languages' Prefect Narisa arranged a Book Drive. Students and staff from GIS donated any books they no longer needed. They were then delivered to the North Star Library in Pattaya, which is part of the Father Ray Foundation.