News 2015

News 2015

December 2015: PHBGTU Charity of choice for PIMEX

Phuket Has Been Good To Us is delighted to be appointed the Charity of Choice for the 13th Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) to be held at the Royal Phuket Marina from 7th to 10th January 2016. 

November 2015: Black Tie Muay Thai II

On 21st November, Phuket Has Been Good To Us with the support of Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort hosted Black Tie Muay Thai II. It was a night filled with excellent food, great company and exciting fights. The champions gave their all to their fights and provided plenty of entertainment for everyone.

The night raised over 900,000 THB, meaning Phuket Has Been Good To Us can employ two English teachers for a year! 

October 2015: Meeting with the new Governor of Phuket

Today Sue Ultmann, Chairman of our Board of Managers along with Khun Arporn Nortip and Tina Hall met with Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada, the new Governor of Phuket, to tell him of the great work our teachers and volunteers are doing - teaching English to over 1,100 Thai students in Phuket.


October 2015: PHBGTU Newsletter 

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! We just released our October 2015 Newsletter. Read all about it here, and get the inside scoop on what we have been up to lately. 

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September 2015: A Night at the Opera 2015

On 11 September, 2015 we organised a successful 'A Night at the Opera' event at Trisara, in which we were able to raise funds to pay a teacher for one school year! All guests enjoyed the wonderful performance from FIVERA and were also able to listen to the amazing music of violinist Alex Grieg, to make the night extra special. We’re looking forward to more successful events in the years to come!

August 2015: Blog post by Teacher Meghan 

In the time Teacher Meghan has been working at our Foundation, she has learned more than she could ever imagine. Not just from a teachers point of view, but  also on a personal level. Read all about her adventures in the land of smiles on our new blog post. Want to read her entire story? Head over to our blog

June 2015: Events Calendar for the year

We’ve been filling up our Events Calendar for 2015 with amazing events. We will be hosting repeat events, such as ‘A Night at The Opera’ on the 11th of September and ‘Black Tie Muay Thai II’ on the 21st of November. Keep an eye out on our Events Page and make sure to save the dates!

June 2015: VIP guests at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket

On the 20th of June we had an amazing day at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach, when 20 of our children were treated to a VIP day at the hotel. They were spoiled with loads of activities around the property and a lunch at Pacifica Restaurant. Thank you for your great hospitality Mövenpick!

June 2015: Teachers’ Appreciation Day  

Teachers Day is celebrated every year in Thailand. The highlight of the day includes religious activities, a ceremony of paying respect to teachers and activities to strengthen unity among teachers. 

The Teachers’ Appreciation Day (or Wan Wai Kru in Thai) is held shortly after the beginning of term. The children arrange a flower tray for the Wai Kruu ceremony and present them to the teachers. The students also recite the wai kruu chant, expressing respect for and gratitude to the teachers, and asking the teachers’ blessing for their studies. 


June 2015: Coconut Club is back 

Teachers and children alike were super excited that Coconut Club was back on the 2nd of June. This month’s theme was ‘The Beach’, in which we organised many activities focusing on everything that has to do with the beach and its surrounding. A couple of the fun activities we’ve done was creating a mini beach, making origami fish and much more. 

We’re looking forward to next months Coconut Club, with Nature as our new theme! 

May 2015: First Parents’ Day Meeting of the School Year

On 19th of May the first Parents’ Day Meeting of the year was held at Baan Kamala. This was a great opportunity to introduce our new teachers to the childrens’ parents, and let them know what we’re doing at the school. It was great to meet the parents and hear all the positive feedback about the work we do at the school. 

May 2015: Wishlist new School Year 

The new school term is just around the corner, and our teachers are getting ready to welcome the children back to school. To do that in the best way possible they are in need of some essential items for which we need your help: 
- A3 papers
- Coloured papers (A4)
- Construction papers (big white papers)
- Sticker labels
- Blu-tack
- Double sided tapes
Please let us know if you would be able to donate any of the above items. It will make a huge difference to the start of this school year! Thank you in advance for your kind help. 

May 2015: Openings at the Foundation

We are looking for qualified and energetic professionals for the following positions: 
- English Teacher 
- Teaching Fellow 
- Office Fellow

For more information, the job description and how to apply visit our ‘Openings’ page.

May 2015: Pop Up at Bliss - a massive success 

Pop Up at Bliss was yet another super successful event for the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation. It was an evening filled with amazing food, lovely drinks and above all great company. More than 200 people visited Bliss on the 8th of May to enjoy a great evening in support of our Foundation, raising enough money to pay 2 teachers for the entire school year.

We would like to thank all the restaurants and suppliers who partnered with us during the evening. Without you we would never be able to host such a great event. And we would like to thank everyone who attended the evening and made this such a successful night.

For more information on the event take a look at our past events page here


May 2015: Reflections of a Senior Teacher 

Teacher Angela worked with us for the past three years. Before she left she wrote a blog post reflecting on her time with the foundation. Check it out on our blog here

April 2015: End of School Term 

It’s the end of the school year, how quickly time goes by. We say a sad farewell to our students. We look forward to seeing most of them return in May and we wish all the very best for those who graduated this year. We couldn't be prouder!

Besides bidding farewell to our students, we also have to say goodbye to many of our teachers. We wish all of them good luck in their next endeavors and we would like to thank them for all their hard work and dedication during the time they worked at PHBGTU! 

April 2015: Organizing Fundraising Events 

The Bliss event is around the corner with only a couple more weeks to go. We thought this was a perfect timing to let Liz - who volunteered with us last year and was in charge of the Miami Beach Party at Bliss Beach Club - reflect about her time here and talk a bit about what event management for our Foundation is all about.

Head over to our blog to read all about it. 

March 2015: Charity of the month at Sea Breeze Jackpot Charity Quiz

Every week Sea Breeze at Royal Phuket Marina organizes a weekly Jackpot Charity Quiz. During this quiz great prizes can be won by participants, but what might make the event even better is that 100% of the entrance fee per person goes to the charity of the month. 

In the month of March the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation was the charity of the month, and what a great month it was. During these evenings, Sea Breeze collected THB8,500 which was given to our Director of Operations recently. Thank you Sea Breeze, for your great support! 


February 2015: Friends of the Foundation get-together at Champions Bar & Grill 

Friends of the Foundation got together at Champions Bar & Grill in Surin for a party on Saturday 28 February. Thank you to Brian Connelly and his great team at Double Tree Resort by Hilton at Surin Beach for a fabulous afternoon. 

Check out our Facebook page for all the photos of this great afternoon. 

February 2015: The Longest Drive Golf Cart Auction

A major part of our fundraising for the upcoming Longest Drive golf cart trip is auctioning off the worldrecord setting golf cart. The cart is extremely comfortable and will have a unique place in history as the original ‘Guinness Book of Records’ record setter for the longest drive in a single golf cart.

We will be auctioning the cart off at the Grand Finale Gala party at the Phuket Hard Rock Café in April. If you are interested in placing an early bid or would like more information, please send us an email

January 2015: Newsletter online 

Hear hear - a new PHBGTU Newsletter is online. Check it out here and see what we’ve been up to lately. 

To subscribe to our newsletter, send an email to and you’ll be the first to receive all our news! 

January 2015 - Collingwood jersey auction 

Aussie Pub Kamala hosted a charity auction for PHBGTU during this months Pub Quiz. On offer was a Collingwood jersey signed by the 2014 team, generously donated by Shane. 

There was a lot of action when the shirt went under the hammer. Keefy Jansen from Rental Property Phuket in Surin was the winner in the end, raising 10,000THB for the Foundation. Best of all, Keefy donated the shirt back so that it could be hung in the Aussie Pub! 


January 2015: Eyeworks Australia visits the Baan Kamala School

On the 12th of January the Eyeworks Australia film crew returned and visited the school with some of our Board Members, Michael Chugg and Sue Ultmann. They filmed the students doing a number of activities and had a great time embracing their inner child.


January 2015: Children’s Day 

In Thailand we celebrate National Children’s Day on the second Saturday of January every year. This year it was on Saturday 10th January 2015 and it is known as “Wan Dek”. The day is celebrated with the children having fun with various activities arranged by both Government agencies and private businesses. 

On Friday 9th January we celebrated Wan Dek at school with several fun activities. And on the actual day itself we were lucky enough to be involved with Children’s Day on a local level. Our teachers and volunteers did some fun activities with the local kids - and we think they both had a great time!