December, 2007: Marissa Attard - 'Faces of Thailand' exhibition
On her first venture to the Thailand, Maltese painter and illustrator Marisa Attard was, in her own words "immediately struck by the beauty of the country and the special qualities of its people. Speaking to Thai people and watching them go about their daily lives left me spellbound with their courteous manner and their seemingly inner serenity."
After meeting up with Kate and Stephen Cope at the Phuket International Blues Festival, it soon occurred to her that it would be a good idea to hold an exhibition at home in Malta, and donate part of the proceeds to the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation.
Going through the many photos she took, Ms. Attard realised that what impressed her most were the people - their faces, posture and expressions. She opened her exhibition of portrait paintings, “Faces of Thailand,” at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the nation’s capital, Valetta, on 6th December. The exhibition featured a number of paintings of children from Kalim School.
October, 2007: Volunteer Nuala Cabral produces video for Teach To Reach programme
We will also soon begin our programme Teach To Reach, in which we will train Thai-speaking teachers of English in the two schools, and in other schools, in our approach to teaching. The course contains eight modules, and has been funded by the Rotary Clubs of Laguna Phuket, West Shore, Victoria in Canada, and Rotary International. The video, produced by Nuala during her stay in Phuket, will be used throughout the course to demonstrate our methods. The video uses various forms of non-verbal communication to put its message across, and places very little reliance on the spoken word.
The course will demonstrate interactive and multi-sensory teaching methods, and show the benefit of learning by listening, speaking, seeing, movement and touch. It will contain real-life examples from the Foundation’s current practice, which are used daily at Kamala and Kalim Schools. Teach to Reach will look at behaviour management, and present a variety of strategies for organising and controlling the class, to make full use of the lesson time available. Additionally, the course will focus on how to create a stimulating and welcoming learning environment, which liberates students’ desire to learn, and where interesting materials are used to appeal to their natural curiosity.
Places in the course will be offered to Kamala’s Child Development Centre, which teaches children under the age of five years, before they enter Rachaprachanakroh School, to make a truly ‘upstream’ investment in the English education of local children. The first course is due to begin this August.
September, 2007: Shaun Bolter - Iron Man with a Kind Heart
Local resident, Shaun Boulter, who completed the Monaco Half Iron Man triathlon in September 2007, generously decided to donate all his sponsorship money to the Foundation. Shaun is pictured handing over his cheque for 52,300 Thai Baht to the children of Kalim school. Shaun also heads the TriBallistic Club, that runs a series of four triathlons on Phuket Island. He has been very keen to involve children from Kamala and Kalim schools and children from both schools begin their training, in the run-up to the event, on 19th January 2008.
March, 2007: Peter Hamilton Joins Our Board of Directors
Peter Hamilton has joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors and has become an active participant in the development of our donor base. Peter was educated in the UK obtaining his law degree from the University of Wales. After qualifying as a lawyer Peter joined Cable and Wireless and in 1987 moved to Hong Kong where he worked with Hong Kong Telecom in a number of senior positions. In 1995 Peter left Hong Kong Telecom to co found Chinadotcom. In 2001 Peter stepped down from the board of Chinadotcom and moved to Thailand in 2002.
Peter was one of developers of the Hong Kong Telecom Foundation - established to administer the charitable donations of the Hong Kong Telecom group and served on its board of advisors for several years. Peter looks forward to being an active member of Phuket Has Been Good To Us Board.