We were invited by Yupparaj Wittayalai High School in Chiang Mai to talk to the higher grade English classes about life in Australia, what schools are like and any other Australian subjects we thought they may be in interested in. We were asked to deliver a total of ten lectures to various classes throughout the week.
The school has around 3,000 students and the classroom buildings are four stories high. And yes you guessed it our classrooms were on the fourth floor… no elevators 🙂
All of the classrooms are fitted with audio visual equipment so we prepared a variety of Power Points on: Australian animals, Australian lifestyle, The outback, The Great Barrier Reef, etc.
We found the whole school experience to be interesting and it gave us a good insight into Thai schools which hopefully we can pass on the students in Australia. We hope that the students got as much enjoyment from our talks as we did.
The students wear school uniforms usually a white blouse / shirt and navy blue skirt / shorts. There were many students dressed in sports uniforms, army and navy uniforms and scout / guide uniforms. Teachers on Mondays are required to attend school wearing a “military” style uniform complete with service ribbons, and gold braid and epaulettes. They do look very smart.
Friday in Northern Thailand is “Lanna” day and students attend wearing traditional Lanna style clothes as can be seen in the pictures.
One fantastic thing the schools have that Australian schools miss out on is that the school has two very large canteens and eating areas. The one we had the delight of eating in had about twelve food outlets each with maybe four to six different choices of Thai food, giving a total of say sixty different dishes. Curries, stir fries, rice, noodles, crumbed chicken and pork, Thai soups, pad Thai, you name it if it was Thai food it was there and all for 20bt (.60c) a plate. There was a cold drink outlet that served traditional Thai jelly drinks and fruit juices and wonderful fruit smoothies for 10bt (.30c). we also noted teachers “manning” a fairy floss stand and a fresh made popcorn stand……. Aussie students “Eat your hearts out”
They also served breakfast but as we were not there at breakfast time we cannot tell you what was on the menu.
We left on the Friday hoping we might receive an email asking if we would return to spend a few months or longer “helping out” at the school, if not for the fun of mixing and meeting teachers and students but for the food which we found to be among the most delicious Thai food we came across in our travels. 🙂
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