SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FOR GRADES 11 & 12
Grades 11 and 12 went further afield this summer to experience life in the work force. Their destinations were a diverse array of local commercial and non-profit industries in Siem Reap and the surrounding provinces. They included the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, the Siem Reap International Airport and ANZ Royal Bank among others. The high school internship program, now in its second year, is designed to provide our students with experience in professional work environments, helping them to grow in confidence, and expand their horizons. It helps our school to build valuable relationships with companies and organizations and builds connections between our students and the outside world. The feedback from both the students and participating workplaces has been overwhelmingly positive.
JPA students prove themselves to be highly capable and valuable members of the teams they join. We thank all of those involved for their support.
SUMMER SCHOOL FUN
Teachers from the local community and our permanent staff helped continue to support our students’ academic success and inject some fun into our Summer School program. Lorraine Fraser-King taught a class on authorship, which was based around her acclaimed adventure novel, Mannin Boy. Her middle school students enjoyed the rare opportunity to read and study a novel actually taught by the author.
Grade 9 students experimented with using fruit batteries to generate electricity and the grade seven class used carts and tracks to observe the effects of friction on a moving object.
Our recent graduates used the time to begin work on their college applications. Thank you to everyone who helped make summer school a great success.
Parents in the local community were again invited to bring their 4 year old children for
Pre- Kindergarten selection. Over two weeks, we tested and interviewed more than 500 children. One hundred and twenty of them completed an additional four weeks of in-class testing, before we selected some wonderfully bright and talented children for admission into the 2014 - 2015 Pre-Kindergarten class.
We warmly welcome our next aspiring group of JPA students and we are delighted to see them begin a life changing journey of learning and achievement.
PHANN YSOUN, THAO THANY AND PHUK BARANG EARN SCHOLARSHIPS TO AUW
The good news for our graduates continues. Phann Y Soun, Thao Thany and Phuk Barang have been offered places at the Asian University for Women, in Chittagong, Bangladesh, on full scholarships. Both Y Soun and Thany have accepted their offers, whilst Barang remains committed to Elon University (see story below).
The Asian University for Women has a laudable mission: to educate women from Asia to become leaders who possess the skills and resources to face the challenges and advancement of their own communities- a goal that sounds very alike the core values of JPA. The University aims to ‘graduate promoters of intercultural understanding and sustainable human and economic development in Asia and throughout the world.’
Y Soun will complete a Bachelor of Public Health and Thany will complete a Bachelor of Environmental Science. Not only will they come back and positively contribute to the health and environment in Cambodia, they will be role models for young Khmer women. We are all proud of you, YSoun and Thany!
JPA INAUGURAL GRADUATION CEREMONY AND DINNER FOR THE CLASS OF 2013 AND 2014
JPA’s first Graduation Dinner and Dance was held at the magnificent Bokor Ballroom at the The Borei Angkor hotel in Siem Reap. Graduates celebrated their hard work and achievement enjoying a superb buffet of international and Khmer cuisine and a live band got everyone up on the dance floor.
The following morning we held our first official Graduation Ceremony attended by the graduates, JPA faculty and some very proud parents. The graduates were awarded their diplomas in a formal ceremony complete with pomp and circumstance. They reminisced watching a slideshow of photos taken through their years at JPA. We all celebrated their success and wished them well on their journey as JPA’s first proud graduates. Well done to all the graduates!
PHUK BARANG EARNS A FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO ELON UNIVERSITY
In some of the best news we’ve had all year, Phuk Barang, who has always stood out as an outstanding student, has been awarded a full scholarship to study at Elon University in North Carolina, USA. She will soon depart on her new and exciting journey. She takes with her the best wishes of everyone at JPA. Barang has consistently maintained a high grade point average, great test scores and has displayed an exemplary character. She richly deserves this honor and is an inspiration to younger students who hope to follow in her footsteps.
Barang will study International Relations and hopes, one day, to work in the field of human rights. We know that Barang will be as successful at university as she has always been at JPA.
WELL DONE BARANG!
FOOTBALL NEWS - TEACHERS LOSE IN SPECTACULAR FASHION
The last day of school saw the staff get thoroughly beaten 3-1 by the student football team, JPA United. This is the third time in a row the students have defeated the staff.
Ms. Kreth defended the goal like an Olympian, and Ms Woodgate used some fancy footwork, but nothing could stop the students deliver a resounding victory.
Our footballing stars like Korb and Soprom were gentle on the staff, but ultimately, JPA United were just too strong and too skillful for the staff.
Commiserations to the staff and congratulations to the students.
SCHOOL PLAY TEACHES THE MAGIC OF BOOKS
After a lot of rehearsals and some nervous jitters, elementary students from grades 3, 4 and 5 did an exceptional job of inspiring their fellow students to read a great book this summer. Their play, The King Who Wanted To Fly, told the story of a King who thought flying would put an end to the boredom in his life. He promised a bag of gold to anyone who could bring him a pair of wings to fly. After two inventors brought him a pair of wings and a strange rotary cap, which both resulted in him crashing ignominiously to the ground, the inventors were cast into the dungeon. Then a learned man (played by Tek Monika) finally brought the King a pile of books. He learned that books opened the world of knowledge, adventure and fun and can take you to both real and imaginary places. The King wasn't bored any longer. The learned man got his bag of gold. The two inventors were given a book about the mechanics of flight and released from the dungeon. The King and his Queen introduced the royal court to the wonder of reading.
At the end of the play, Ms. Norton reminded the audience that they too could enjoy the magic of books just by visiting the school library.
Well done to the actors and directors, Ms. Norton and Ms. Clingman and costume designer, Ms. Holt. Thanks to Ms. Kreth for her voice coaching.
FOOTBALL NEWS - JPA UNITED DRAW WITH STEPPING STONES
JPA United, under coach Mr. Terrazas, made a valiant effort against local team, Stepping Stones ending in a 2-2 draw. In a hard fought game, at times dominated by JPA United, Lem Soprom scored two great goals for JPA.
A huge crowd of JPA students turned out to support our team and despite having few supporters of their own, Stepping Stones were not fazed. They played a good game and showed grit and determination right until the final whistle.
Thank you to Stepping Stones and well done JPA United!