Sego’s gap year reflection at Regents International School Pattaya

Sego with the other gappies at Thai Tims

Sego with the other gappies at Thai Tims

Location of placement: Thailand, Pattaya City
Dates of placement: 06 January 2013 to 15 December 2013
Name of school: The Regents International School Pattaya

Being a gappie in Thailand was an extraordinary experience for me. A beautiful country with friendly people from the Thai to the Karen. I was exposed to a career that has always been at the tip of my heart, namely: education and football. Professionalism was my highlight during this year of many adventures and fun. Though, as far as I am, my gap year has been the most productive year of my life. Nevertheless, I do have international working experience and of course football.

Playing football for the local football team

Playing football for the local football team

Learning opportunities to me was what I was doing. Mainly, which was assisting in the classroom and the sports? One may say, it was a great opportunity to learn from all the best teachers around the world. Many different cultures, beliefs, a massive diversity! I acquired excellent leadership skills from colleagues, and the kids I worked with. Inside the classroom and outdoors with the kids, I was able to learn languages and other life skill factors.

Personally, I was very grateful for the opportunity, thus, included a free return flight all the way from South Africa as part of the long-standing Tiger Kloof community partnership between the two schools. Free comfortable and homely accommodation throughout my gap year. Loads of adventures that I could never have got easily and at no cost in South Africa.  There is an amazing social life and professional learning environment. Safety was at its utmost best, of course depending where you are and what you did.

Sego in Chiang Mai on a community project

Sego in Chiang Mai on a community project

In terms of application process, it was very easy. One’s CV is of vital importance as part of the requirements, your latest school results. On the other hand, a heart for kids, a heart for service and Round Square values as a whole will put you as a favoured candidate. Energy and enthusiasm will also help your application process. Get out of your comfort zone, be willing to learn and explore. I DID, I DO NOT REGRET IT, I AM GRATEFUL AND I HAD FUN.

Sego

Sego with fellow gappies, Henry (UK) and Connor (Canada)

Sego with fellow gappies, Henry (UK) and Connor (Canada)


			

Congratulations to Poppy Mulford on achieving the Global Catalyst Award

Learn to know, Learn to do, Learn to be, Learn to live together

To see Poppy’s portfolio of targets and reflections for the Global Catalyst Award please follow: Poppy’s blog

Poppy being congratulated by the Chairman of Round Square on receiving the Kurt Hahn Medal for contribution to service

Poppy being congratulated by the Chairman of Round Square on receiving the Kurt Hahn Medal for contribution to service

Comment from Poppy:

I first set out to do the Global Catalyst Award in Year 7, and this took me two terms to achieve. In Year 8, I set out to do a specialist  award called the Global Athletic Award, building on the achievement and activities of my Global Catalyst Award.  Doing the Athletic Award was very different to the Catalyst Award as all of my activities for the Athletic Award were focused on one main goal – to improve the life of my young deaf friend by raising money to improve her hearing. This was a great challenge which was quite hard since I had to cycle 459 km but it was worth it because now I feel good about the fact that I have helped someone less fortunate than me.

Poppy was also awarded the Brittany Tang Bursary for Outstanding Global Citizenship and will be awarded the Kurt Hahn Medal for commitment to service from the Round Square organisation in Jordan in October at the global conference.  This award is only presented to one student from all the Round Square schools each year and only if someone has met the criteria set out by the awarding committee.

Congratulations Poppy on being an amazing global citizen.  We look forward to hearing about your progress and achievements in becoming a Global Entrepreneur.

Congratulations to Brittany Tang on achieving the Global Ambassador Award

Learn to know, Learn to do, Learn to be, Learn to live together

To see Brittany’s portfolio of targets and reflections for the Global Ambassador Award please follow: www.casbrittanytang.wordpress.com

Social Entrepreneur and Global Ambassador

Social Entrepreneur and Global Ambassador

Comment from Brittany:

To fulfill the, learn to speak more than 1 language component, I dedicated 4 years to learning French throughout high school and used this skill to communicate with French speakers in my home town.

Brittany was also awarded the King Constantine Medal for her commitment and contributions to the IDEALS of Round Square when living and studying in Thailand.  She also helped establish the Brittany Tang Award for Outstanding Global Citizenship which annually recognises the achievements of one young person as a global citizen and awards them a bursary to support a project or partnership related to their personal Global Citizenship Award.

Congratulations Brittany on being an amazing Global Citizen.  We look forward to hearing about your progress and achievements in becoming a Global Mentor.

 

We Walk Together

The Regents International School Pattaya hosted the Round Square International Conference in October 2010.  The student chosen theme was inspired by Father Joe Maier and based on community partnerships and service learning – We Walk Together.

77 schools and 850 delegates from every habitable continent attended the two week conference.  What was your highlight of the conference?  

We Walk Together logo 2010

We Walk Together logo 2010

The 2010 Round Square International Conference Statement:

We must establish a long-term relationship with our environment and community. We must build upon the foundations of what we already have and give everyone an equal opportunity to  pursue their goals.

To do this, we will:

Walk without pity, doubt and apathy,

Walk with empathy, conviction and humility,

Take small, careful and sustainable steps along the way.

Because if we don’t walk today, we will have to run tomorrow.

RS 2010 Student Steering Committee

RS 2010 Student Steering Committee

Father Joe Maier – We Walk Together (RS 2010)

Student Steering Committee with Khun Nui at the Father Ray Foundation

Student Steering Committee with Khun Nui at the Father Ray Foundation

We Walk Together RS 2010 (Mayo 2009 version)

We Walk Together Glove Dance, choreographed by Yeoi Shin Jung and performed by the Student Steering Committee

We Walk Together, music by Amit Garg and sung by RS 2010 Student Steering Committee

Process not content (not teaching to predetermined outcomes)

Round Square alumni learning with Baan Huay Sapad School in Chiang Mai

Round Square alumni learning with Baan Huay Sapad School in Chiang Mai

I do not believe in subject teachers, somebody that teaches Math or Geography, I believe that teachers teach people not content and have a passion and love for learning and sharing their knowledge and ideas with young people and helping them to become the best they can be for a life of learning and success beyond school and tertiary education.  Although formal assessment and examinations are important indicators and benchmarks I believe that the real indicators of a successful and dynamic education is the feedback a school collects from their alumni and what they are doing now (in other words measuring the distance their educational impact has travelled).  A school’s alumni are the people that have been equipped with the education that a school is ultimately delivering and are the best case studies or the legacy of the impact that a learning programme has had or is having on society – because surely education must be for the better good and not solely about predetermined outcomes and league tables.

I love this letter (link below) that has become a social media sensation, written to the students and parents of a Year 6 cohort in a primary school in the UK to accompany their end of year summative assessment results.  To me it sums up everything education should be about and how a school and its community should approach learning.  I would love to send my three children to this school knowing the commitment that they have to holistic learning and the amount of care given to nurturing confident young people to discover everything about themselves and the world around them – hats off to them!

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lancashire-28319907