NIST Students Tackle Global Issues at 20th Annual MUN

On Thursday, 3 March NIST International School traveled to Singapore to participate in the 20th annual SEASAC Model United Nations conference, hosted by Tanglin Trust School. NIST was one of ten schools from seven Asian nations to participate in this conference, where 200 international school students ranging from years 10 through 13 spent the weekend debating the world’s most vital and pressing issues.

Welcomed by the performances of numerous talented musicians at Tanglin Trust School, the NIST delegation started committee sessions on 4 March with excitement and drive. Partaking in nine different committees to debate 26 prominent global issues, our students represented four countries on a wide range of topics such as the question of tackling youth unemployment, the issue of addressing drug trafficking, and even on the discussion of United Nations reforms.

NIST students took a prominent leadership role in this year’s conference. Two of our students, Paul Keen (Class of 2018) and Mihir Patel (Class of 2017), took the main management role as Head Chairs of the ASEAN Committee and the International Court of Justice respectively. In addition to our Head Chairs, Alessandro Prügel (Class of 2018), Harshita Mahendra (Class of 2017), and Erdong Chen (Class of 2017) took leadership roles in the conference, with roles as Co-Chairs in the Human Rights Council and the Economic and Social Council.

At the end of the three-day event, NIST’s 20-strong delegation, led by Mrs. Robin Wilensky and Mr. Paul Pickering, emerged as one of the strongest at the conference. Delegates were ardent in submitting resolutions, offering amendments, and raising their placards to ask points of information, and their performance did not go unnoticed. Varun Subramaniam (Class of 2018) won the best delegate award for the GA6 Legal Committee, Shreyans Sethi (Class of 2018) won the best delegate award for the Economic and Social Council, and Hithalli Chawla (Class of 2017) won the Most Improved Delegate award in the Disarmament and International Security Committee.

This year’s SEASAC Model United Nations trip was an outstanding success; all of our delegates were able to contribute towards fruitful debate, and we came out of the conference more practiced, more aware, and able to better discuss the global issues that surround us today. All of the students found the trip to be both extremely educational and valuable experience, as well as a truly fun event to socialize and connect with students from all around Asia.

– Kengo Shigeta (Class of 2017)

Mixed Up! Returns to NIST This Friday

Mixed Up! is an annual fundraising concert held at NIST, where students from international schools around the Bangkok area join together for a night of awesome music. Performers of all kinds bust out their best chords to win the battle of the bands, with other members of the community attending to cheer on their friends and family, and to support a meaningful cause.

As with previous years, all proceeds from Mixed Up! go to Love Wildlife Foundation’s Slow Loris program. The Bang Phra waterbird centre serves as a rescue center for captured and confiscated lorises, and all funds raised help to support THB 5,000 worth of monthly costs, including food and medicine for the lorises. Enclosures, a specialized clinic, and other required facilities, in addition to regular maintenance and needs, are also being supported by these proceeds.

Slow lorises have grown to be a large part of Thailand’s exotic pet trade and are exploited in the tourism industry by being captured as photo props. Many of these lorises have had their teeth removed (cut down or pulled out) by traffickers to make them more manageable and a safer “pet” for humans. Yet this causes serious infections and makes it impossible for the lorises to survive if returned to the wild. They are also affected by extensive habitat loss. Though wild populations of slow lorises have declined rapidly as a result of these factors, we can do something about it.

To support the cause, all members of the international school community are invited to attend this wild student initiative. The event is of a lovely evening atmosphere, whereby delicious food stalls and drinks will be sold, to accompany the wonderful music.

Tickets are THB 100 and are sold at the NIST entrance from 7:00 – 7:25 AM every day leading up to the event. Tickets can also be purchased at the door of the event. The concert will be held on Friday, 11 March from 6:00 PM onward with an estimated end time of 8:00 – 9:00 PM. The NIST shuttle service will be available all throughout the day. Please feel free to contact Am Chunnananda (student organizer) at 18amc@nist.ac.th or Matthew Salvatore (adult supervisor) at msalvatore@nist.ac.th for further inquiries.

To stay updated with the final running order (band list) and updates from the crew, check out the Facebook page and Facebook event, as well as their YouTube channel.

Search Associates Hosts Leadership Fair at NIST

Search Associates, one of the most well-established and well-recognized international teacher recruitment organizations in the world, set a new milestone this year as it hosted its leadership fair in a school for the very first time. From 14 to 16 November, over 150 experienced administrators converged on Thailand and joined together at NIST International School to connect with 35 schools representing countries from Japan to Tanzania. Over the course of the three-day event, they not only met with school and Search Associate representatives, but also had the opportunity to hear from experts in a field that has dramatically changed in the past two decades.

The skyrocketing number of international schools, particularly in Asia and the Middle East, and an increasing demand for options other than public education systems has led to a severe shortage of talented teachers. Seeking to fill that void, recruitment organizations have worked with schools to match them to the best educators and leaders around the globe. For 25 years Search Associates has taken a lead in the field and now helps connect over 3,000 individuals with schools each year, in large part through its teaching and leadership recruitment fairs.

By partnering with NIST as a host, the organization was able to take full advantage of the resources at The Professional Learning Hub (PLH). Launched in 2014, The PLH at NIST aimed to create new standard for professional development in international education. While many schools invest heavily in training by sending teachers and administrators to workshops and conferences overseas, NIST has developed an in-house model that enables the school to partner with other organizations in hosting development opportunities at its central Bangkok campus.

Over three dozen events have been held at The PLH over the past year, ranging from large conferences such as the Thailand Google Summit and Learning 2.0 to workshops for the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). This coming January NIST and The PLH will host the biannual 2016 Alliance for International Education World Conference. Its success has resulted in large part from NIST’s extensive resources, both in facilities and services. Through the school’s modern multipurpose learning spaces, in-house catering service and dedicated staff, it serves as an ideal location for professional development events.

As a not-for-profit, NIST has sought fiscal responsibility, and by adopting a more innovative model that attracts top talent, the school can redirect more of its resources back to students. More importantly, by partnering with organizations such as Search Associates, NIST can identify and connect with other top educators and schools, further enriching the opportunities it provides for the community.

Visit Search Associates and The Professional Learning Hub online to learn more about them.

NIST Unites for Pinktober

On Thursday, 9 October 2015, NIST International School was proud to host its annual Pinktober event. Now in its fifth year, Pinktober aims to raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. It is held as a fundraising event with the goal to directly affect our school community by supporting and contributing towards the annual health screenings of our female support staff.

This was achieved through the hard work of our parent-teacher association (NIPTA) in partnership with the Physical Education (PE) Department, who had organized numerous fun events and activities throughout the day. This helped to promote a genuine sense of community and enabled everyone involved to rally behind a great cause. Singing and instrumental performances were staged, numerous sports were played, pink pizza was eaten, students of all ages shared a meal and 480 pink shirts were sold and worn in a show of unity. This occasion provides us with the opportunity to educate and inform our staff, students and larger NIST family about breast cancer and women’s health on a day where even the rain could not dampen spirits or the good mood.

Thanks to the generous support given by the community through donations, sales of cupcakes, pink shirts and other merchandise. NIPTA, along with the PE Department, were able to raise over 190,000 Thai baht, which will go directly towards the cancer awareness programme and free health screenings for our female support staff. Above all else it shows that when given the opportunity, our community has the strength and kindness to rally in support of a worthy cause.

Falcon Fencing Club Earns Overall Championship

Defending their trophy from last year’s inaugural Falcon Young Fencer Invitational, the NIST fencers once again seized the home advantage and finished the weekend tournament with top honors. From 2-3 May, NIST was visited by many of Thailand’s top young fencers for the tournament, which was attended by teams from around Thailand, as well as from Singapore. The 2015 invitational also marked the first to receive official recognition from the Thai Fencing Federation (TFF), which accredited the event.

With the theme “Code of Honor”, the event was well received by the 85 fencers who represented eight teams in total, as well as age groups not typically represented in national tournaments. Awards were given for both boys and girls at the U12, U14, U17 and U20 age groups, as well as a mixed U10 group. During the team competition, national coach Somkhit Phongyoo and Coach Willi Kothny implemented a mixed-team format, with one national team fencer, one Falcon fencer and one more from another club. This format not only allowed the competitors to share trophies and medals, but also their experiences in the sport.

Off the fencing strip, the Thai Fencing Federation praised the organizational effort, citing the Falcon Fencing Club as a model for other clubs. The Falcon Fencing Committee effectively transitioned a competitive sport that is largely undeveloped in Thailand into a well-managed, professional tournament, pulling in sponsorships and strengthening the Falcon Fencing Club in the process. With their many recent successes, the club has become another powerful example of our vibrant NIST community.

For more photos of the event, visit our Zenfolio album. In addition to the overall trophy earned by the Falcon fencers, congratulations to the individual medal winners:

 

U10 Mixed

Silver: Chirapon (Tor) Taepaisitphongse

Bronze: Nattaros (Mek) Saengchaiwutthikul

U12 Girls

Gold: Natwadee (Miya) Limpi-Angkanan

Bronze: Nattasiri (Mok) Viravaidya & Ranchida (Tem) Teapaisitphongse

NIST 2015 Falcon Young Fencer Invitational - U12 Girls

U12 Boys

Silver: Pheem Intarakumthonchai

Bronze: Patrick Voortman

NIST 2015 Falcon Young Fencer Invitational - U12 Boys

U17 Girls

Gold: Ratchapa (Susie) Chongthaweephol

U17 Boys

Gold: Soravit (Ping Ping) Kitsiriboon

U20 Girls

Bronze: Ratchapa (Susie) Chongthaweephol & Reya Lamsam

NIST 2015 Falcon Young Fencer Invitational - U20 Girls

U20 Boys

Bronze: Soravit (Ping Ping) Kitsiriboon

NIST 2015 Falcon Young Fencer Invitational - U20 Boys

 


 

About the NIST Falcon Fencing Club
The NIST Falcon Fencing Club is the first international school fencing club in Thailand. Having become a member of the Amateur Fencing Association of Thailand (AFAT) in July 2013, it now includes over 30 fencers, with over 30 more students enrolled in the sport as an extra-curricular activity and aiming to join the club. Having doubled over the course of the last year, the sport has grown rapidly, as has the team of highly qualified coaches.

Leading the young Falcons is Head Coach Wiradech (Willi) Kothny, a decorated fencing aficionado who holds the distinction of being the only fencing athlete to win medals for two countries: Germany and Thailand. Kothny joined NIST in June of 2013, aiming to empower the NIST Falcons to compete on the national and international levels. With a growing number of promising fencers at NIST and around the country, and the backing of an Olympian and TFF, Thailand may soon find more success on the international stage.

2015 NIST Golf Tournament Raises THB 1.4 Million

NIST 2015 Golf Tournament Results

NIST’s 5th annual golf tournament, held on 17 February in collaboration with Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, set a new high for the event. The Amata Spring Country Club is one of the few exclusive members-only courses in Thailand, and is the host for the annual Thailand Golf Championship, making it the perfect venue for the tournament. Enjoying gorgeous weather while covering the course, the 35 teams that took part not only provided generous support for our community, but also had the opportunity to network and socialize.

Regardless of the number of shots carded, the golfers all enjoyed the opportunity to pit their skills against the challenging course, as well as their peers. The competition gave way to a buffet dinner, live band and raffle in the evening as the sun dropped over the 18th green and fairway. The generosity of the event sponsors and donors ensured that most of the golfers were able to return home with a prize or trophy. The team winners this year, GE, claimed the Chairman’s Trophy.

As a not-for-profit foundation school, our community largely depends on the support of individuals, groups and organizations that share our vision of changing the world through education. Thanks to our generous sponsors and golfers, proceeds from past tournaments have gone toward campus development at the school. This year we were fortunate to raise a grand total of THB 1,420,482! These proceeds will not only ensure that we can continue providing a high-quality education to our students, but also continue positively impacting the lives of others.

The entire NIST community extends a warm thank you to all of the sponsors, as well as Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa and Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas for providing lucky draw vouchers.


Bronze Sponsors

NIST 2015 Golf Tournament Bronze Sponsors