PYP Exhibition Highlights Student Creativity

In many schools around the world, you would expect to see year 6 students in a classroom, sitting in their desks as they passively listen to a lesson by their teacher. This is not the case at NIST. On Tuesday, 26 April, it was the students who were presenting and engaging with gathered teachers, parents and peers at the annual Primary Years Programme (PYP) Exhibition.

The culmination of the PYP programme, this exhibition allows students to choose projects they feel passionate about and present them to the community. By focusing on the story, inspiration and creative process behind their work, the students communicate the full story behind the projects and not just the end product. This promotes involved discussion between the artist and observer, creating a deeper understanding and connection that both can use to learn from and grow.

But how can we expect this from 10-year-old students? This level of responsibility and freedom of choice is often considered too much for children at that age to handle, particularly in traditional schools. But by demonstrating their understanding of the task at hand, as well as their critical and creative thinking skills, the students proved the validity of the International Baccalaureate (IB) philosophy, which emphasizes experiential learning and inquiry.

At the opening ceremony, two older students in the Diploma Programme also presented their advanced projects: a musical composition and art pieces. Both, easily the match of professional work, embodied the inspiration and creativity of the artists. Describing the process they went through, the students provided a glimpse into the high level of expectation and complexity demanded by the higher levels of the IB.

The parallels between the young students and their older peers offers a glimpse at what is possible at the height of the IB programme, showing what the PYP students can strive for and aim to achieve. The exhibition offers students and parents the chance to see the vision and goals of the IB programme in action, and recognize how it consistently challenges students to develop skills, confidence and resilience. If education aims to meet the challenges of the new century, it is this kind of learning that must continue to grow in our schools and communities.

View more photos of the PYP exhibition on Zenfolio.

Young Falcon Scores Big in Tournament

Thailand-Golf-Expo-04Several young NIST Falcon golfers competed in the 2014 Thailand Golf Expo putting competition for juniors, held from May 15th to 18th. Arthit (Earth) Jeeratunyaskul, a Y1 student, won first prize, getting a hole-in-one shot from 30 feet, and earning 10,000 baht in the process! All of our junior golfers had the opportunity to build their skills and training in preparation for the professional circuit in the future.

Thanks to all of our parents supporters and coaches for building a love for the sport in our young Falcons!

Magic on Ice

Thita (Palmy) Lamsam with Gold MedalThough Thailand’s tropical climate may make it low on the list for those who follow the sport of figure skating, Thita (Palmy) Lamsam (Year 9) has been busy proving that success on ice is definitely possible despite the heat. Though she’s only 14 years old, Palmy has already earned several major awards and garnered recognition for her talents at the international level. With her skills growing rapidly, there’s little doubt that she has become one of Thailand’s most recognized youth figure skaters.

While she has several hobbies, including diving and ballet, Palmy has been passionate about figure skating since she first began learning at seven years old. A natural at the sport, she quickly mastered the required skills and earned 1st place (novice level) at the 2012 Thailand National Figure Skating Championships, an impressive feat that she accomplished twice more at the junior level in 2013 and senior level in 2014! She now represents Thailand as one of seven members of the national team of the Figure & Speed Skating Association of Thailand, from which she earned the distinction of being the first skater to receive the “Best Figure Skater” award.


Palmy with parents Suroj Lamsam, Executive VP at Loxley PCL, and Wanwisa Lamsam

Beyond her accomplishments in Thailand, Palmy has also begun competing at the international level. Following several top-15 finishes in competitions across Europe, she became the first Thai figure skater to earn the minimum score to join the world championships, held in March 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Though Palmy faced far more experienced skaters, she still managed to place 38th. With 3 hours of practice each day and mentoring from coaches Pang Rui, Chrisha Gossard and Anthony Liu–all accomplished, award-winning skaters in their own right–she is expected to only continue improving.

Her most recent accomplishment was winning first place at the 2014 Dubai Golden Cup. The event was sanctioned by the International Skating Union (ISU), making it Palmy’s first gold medal in an ISU competition. Her success at this level of competition makes it likely that we eventually see her more at events around the world…and perhaps even the Olympics one day!

Congratulations, Palmy, and we look forward to seeing you skate to even greater heights!