KINDERGARTEN VISITS THE SILK FARM

Monday, 15th January 2018

This year’s kindergarten classes headed off for our annual visit to the nearby Angkor Silk Farm which coincides with their science unit about life-cycles.

The Silk Farm is a fascinating place for inquiring young minds as the children see everything from the moths laying eggs to the larvae feasting on mulberry leaves and spinning their prized cocoons of silk then emerging as adult moths. Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Ragone, appreciated the opportunity for the students to see and touch the silkworms and cocoons. She said, “It was great to see the student’s excitement as they learned about this interesting animal and watched the process of creating garments.”

As the silk farm staff explained all about the life cycle of the silkworms, the students watched as the artisans pulled apart the cocoons and showed how they weave the silk to make beautiful garments. Kindergarten student, Sina, loved her trip. She said, “At the silk farm, there is a big machine, and they use the machine to make clothes, and they use the silk from the cocoons of the silkworms.”

We love having the silk farm so close to school, and we appreciate the staff taking their time to explain a great example of life-cycles.

Welcome 2018

Tuesday, 9th January 2018

THE 22ND ANGKOR WAT INTERNATIONAL HALF MARATHON

Friday, 8th December 2017

Once again, we participated in the annual Angkor Wat International Half Marathon. Both students and teachers participated, with 42 students and ten teachers running. The event had a carnival atmosphere and attracted runners from 71 countries from all over the world to the world famous temple complex with most of the proceeds going towards the Angkor Hospital for Children.

Students prepared for the event by joining the afternoon running club through the first semester. Their goal was to increase the distance they ran gradually so that they would be ready to complete the race.

Soth, Grade 12, who finished 64th overall out of more than 2,700 runners, set a new JPA record of 1 hour, 35 minutes and 59 seconds. He said, “I had never run 21 km in a race before and my time was a real surprise. I trained twice a week for months with the running club, and I also put in extra training sessions at home. These were my long runs and I did a full race distance the week before the event in a time of 1 hour 46 minutes.

“At the start line, I was excited and couldn’t wait to get going. At the first time check, I was just trying to keep my pace constant. At the next time checks, I tried to gradually increase my pace. Towards the end, I got a stitch and wanted to stop pushing myself, but I thought, ‘the faster I finish, then the sooner I can stop.’ So, I sprinted the last part and was spurred on by all of the cheering JPA supporters. When I crossed the line and saw my time I was stunned but, at the same time, so proud. At school this week so many people have come up and congratulated me on my time. I am hoping that whatever college I go to has a great running team as I want to get better and better.”

Many people worked hard to make the event a success; thanks to Mr. Kahan and the other teachers in the running club, Ms. Sodom for organizing the refreshments and the admin team for making sure it all went smoothly.

We will rest our legs for a while, and we look forward to next year's event. Soth, you have set the bar high.

BLOOD DONORS

Monday, 4th December 2017

In cooperation with Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC), our high school students and staff donated blood this week in AHC’s Blood Drive organized at our school by careers counselor, Ms. Houston. AHC is a charitable trust providing excellent health care to the children of Cambodia, and we were pleased and proud to have a chance to contribute to their work.

The medics arrived in an ambulance with their equipment and set up a registration desk, and two beds for donors. Our students assisted by registering the donors and supervising the elementary students who came to watch the process.

The medics kindly explained what was happening and how they have to make sure all blood donations are clearly labeled, screened and properly stored to keep the process as safe as possible. Students learned how blood donations are so necessary for so many patients, not least of which are victims of traffic accidents.

Some donors were a little apprehensive about the needles, but all were happy to help raise awareness and, hopefully, the donations from our area.

Ms. Houston noted, “It’s great to help our community, and it’s beneficial for the younger students to watch and learn as many of our students would like to become health care professionals.”

AHC made it very easy for us to donate by coming to collect donations right here at school, but we are reminded that it’s always possible to volunteer to give blood at the hospital any time of year.

Thank you to AHC for the great work you do and thanks to all the donors.