Monday, 19th March 2018

Chanthen ’19, who is attending Annie Wright Upper School for Girls in Tacoma, WA, USA, sent us a letter about her school trip to Alaska. She visited Anchorage as a member of the Annie Wright Model United Nations/Global Action group. The group was visiting to learn about indigenous sovereignty, environmental preservation, animal rights and local governance. Students met with Anchorage’s mayor, Ethan Berkowitz, discussing a number of different topics. Chanthen’s trip also featured meetings with tribal elders at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, conservationists at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and an expert on the growth of Anchorage and its pioneering history.


Monday, 12th March 2018

Chamroeun ’15, has been studying Information Technology for the past three years in Bangkok. Recently, he returned to Cambodia to undertake an internship to earn the remaining required credits for his degree. Chamroeun called into JPA to give a presentation to juniors and seniors.
He shares his reflections on the last three years:


Monday, 12th March 2018
Dr. Seuss Day lunch menu and library display
Breakfast - Green Eggs and No Ham
Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat, with a Who from Horton Hears a Who!Hortons heading home from SeussvilleGrade 1 listening to The Lorax
Dr. Seuss day assembly


Monday, 5th March 2018

Last weekend, our junior girls’ football team, the JPA Dynamos, traveled to Phnom Penh to compete in the 9th annual, under 14 girls Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) football tournament. This was the first tournament for the current Dynamos lineup of girls from Grades 5 and 7. The ISF tournament hosted 24 teams from around the country with over 300 players taking part. After a shaky 3-0 loss at the start, the Dynamos regained composure only to be bested by the eventual champions.

Football coach, Mr. Pomroy, said, “We finished the tournament 3rd with the two teams in front of us competing in the final. After defeat in the opening game, I was worried we would be in for a long day as spectators. However, the team showed great resilience and pulled together winning their next two games and drawing one without conceding a goal. We suffered a hard-fought 2-0 defeat in our final game losing to the tournament winners. On another day, with a little more luck, we could have gone all the way to the finals.”

Accompanying teacher, Mr. Ahlers, said, “The team has trained together regularly but were not used to the level of aggression that comes with competitive football. They were surprised by the desire and pace displayed by the opposition in the opening game. After sitting down with Mr. Pomroy, and realizing that they needed to increase their urgency, they improved immensely in the following games. Their commitment for the remainder of the tournament was outstanding.”

Grade 7 student and Dynamos defender, Lin, shared her story .

“On the morning of the competition, all the girls were nervous and excited and, personally, I could not even eat my breakfast. We had promised ourselves that we would all put in our best effort. Sensomnang, our captain, told us to collaborate and to be strong to win the cup for JPA.

“As we arrived at the ground, which was just south of Phnom Penh, we saw so many girls standing around. Some looked younger than us, but some appeared to be a great deal older. When we saw the big, tall players, we were a little intimidated and began to badger our coach, Mr. Pomroy, with many questions all at the same time. ‘Are they strong?, Where are they from?, They look so old - are they our age?’. However, the most important question of all was, ‘Can we beat them?’. Mr. Pomroy said, ‘Do not worry about their size or their age, or where they are from because it is all about how we play.’

“During the opening ceremony, we listened to speeches from the organizers, and everyone sang the Cambodian national anthem and marched around the field. I felt so proud. I could not believe that I had this great opportunity to represent JPA. Now it was time for the competition to get started.

“We were playing the first game of the day. Our opposition was a team comprised of girls more our size. After earlier seeing all of the taller girls, we naturally felt more confident, and we thought that there was a good chance that we could beat them. The game began, and we started reasonably, I was a substitute and anxiously awaited my turn. However, as time passed, our team looked as though we were not as aggressive as our opposition. We began to have less possession and allowed them to control the ball, tackle us, and finally, score goals against us. They won, scoring three goals to our zero. We were so disappointed with ourselves. Monita was correct when she said, ‘You cannot tell a person’s strength and determination just by looking at them.’ This was a lesson well learned.

“We sat down with Mr. Pomroy to discuss the game. He told us that we needed to be more energetic, and assertive. He reminded us that it was a tournament and not a training session with our friends at school. We needed to show our best. He said, ‘Do not regret what you did in game one, but learn from it and improve the way that you approach the next game.’ Our captain, Sensomnang, added, ‘The next game is a chance for us to improve and show everyone how well the JPA Dynamos can play.’ She then lead our cheer, calling out three times, ‘JPA’ and the team responded, ‘Dynamos.’

“Now it was time for our second game, and we did well! Everyone was energetic and focused. We applied a lot of pressure on our opponents and they became frustrated. They even appealed to the referee, claiming he was biased. We had more chances and controlled most of the possession, but we ended up with a draw. Still, we were happy as our performance had improved so much.

“We continued our improvement during the third and fourth games, winning both games 1-0. Our superstar striker was Reaksmey, who is a real soccer talent. As a defender, I do not score goals, but I tried hard to use the knowledge that I have learned about my position to defend to my fullest potential. When the referee blew her whistle, we hugged and cheered so loudly. Mr. Pomroy was proud of us and I could not believe how much we had improved.

Reaksmey outruns a defender and shoots past the goalkeeper to score

“The last game was crucial as only the winner would advance to the finals. Our opposition was undefeated and had won all of their games convincingly. I began as a substitute as I had injured my foot, however, after seeing our opponents score a goal from a corner, I decided I was going to play. I went on and replaced Sreykhouch. I could run but was not nearly as fast as usual. Despite our tiredness, we tried and tried right up until the final whistle. We had lost the game by two goals which meant that we could not move on. I was disappointed, as I believed that I was not able to help our team win.

“At the end of the tournament, we were happy that we each received a medal for finishing third in our group, and it made me realize how much we had experienced, improved, and learned. The JPA Dynamos would like to give a big thank you to Mr. Pomroy for coaching us and entering us into the tournament. I would also like to say that I really enjoyed the tournament and hope to enter into the next one as soon as possible as I am very passionate about soccer. The JPA Dynamos were glad to show everyone that girls have the strength and ability to play soccer as well as the boys.”

Well done to the JPA Dynamos for putting in a great effort.


Tuesday, 27th February 2018

Sampoas was chosen as best delegate

JPA students took part in another Model United Nations (MUN) conference, this time just for the junior delegates. Students from grades 6, 7, and 8 attended the second annual iCAN Model United Nations conference (iCANMUN) in Phnom Penh. International Schools from across Phnom Penh were in attendance to debate topics on the theme of Protection Not Persecution, inspiring debate about protecting people and animals who are at risk from persecution around the world. This conference marked the first time that the JPA Model United Nations team was comprised entirely of junior delegates. Grade 8 students, Chantrea and Khemara, were nominated as Head Chair and Deputy Chair of their respective assemblies. The JPA MUN delegates displayed an overall better performance than earlier conferences, reflecting their growing experience at MUN, while others made their MUN debuts. Sampoas, Grade 8, was selected by her peers as the best delegate in her assembly.

MUN Coordinator, Mr. McBride, said, “iCANMUN was a success as it showed that the students are growing in confidence with each MUN conference we attend. Our challenge is to continue to build their knowledge base so that they can compete at top-tier conferences when they join high school. Chantrea and Khemara both performed well in their first experience as Head Chair and Deputy Chair respectively. I would also like to congratulate Sokuntheary as she was a standout debutant.”

Accompanying teacher, Mr. Ahlers, said, “A number of the JPA delegates were able to display their growing ability to carefully evaluate and productively criticize arguments laid out by other members of the assembly. Sampoas, specifically, excelled at identifying factual inaccuracies and faulty reasoning on the part of her peers at every opportunity. It was not a surprise to me when she was chosen as the best delegate of her assembly.”

Some of the delegates shared their experience of iCANMUN.

Sampoas, said, “iCANMUN was divided into three general assemblies. I was the delegate of Iraq in Junior General Assembly 3 (GA3). In GA3, the topics debated were: Protecting endangered species, and Rights for indigenous peoples. I chose to focus on the topic of Rights for indigenous peoples as I felt it was a current global problem. I based my submission on a recent speech made by Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, who said, ‘For indigenous peoples in Canada, the experience was mostly one of humiliation, neglect, and abuse,’ I was inspired by his words and by listening to his speech I learned about the topic, allowing me to speak from a position of knowledge.

“I talked about the ways that indigenous people have been treated throughout history and in the present. I offered solutions to ensure that future generations of indigenous people will not have to live their lives in fear. There were quite a lot of points of information (POIs) after I spoke. The delegate of USA responded that indigenous people would be too biased towards their own agenda if they had representation in government and that this would not be a good outcome. The delegate of Australia repeatedly stated that the relationship between Australian citizens and its indigenous population was not healthy. Having learned about Australian Aborigines and some of their history, I was aware of the tension between them and non-indigenous Australians. However, I pointed out that Australian Aborigines have citizenship, and the right to vote. The delegate of Israel was fastidious and proposed many amendments and was repeatedly striking out clauses. Some passed and some failed. I felt that not all of these were necessary, however, I was quite impressed with his diligence.

“After we finished our fruitful debate on the topics, we began voting for delegates’ titles, and to my surprise, I was voted best delegate. I think this title is for the delegate that made the most significant impact on the other delegates and contributed most productively. I was very proud.”

Head Chair of Junior General Assembly Chantrea ’22Chandara and Sopheakro ’23 Thida and Vichheka ’23

Chantrea, Head Chair of the Junior General Assembly, said, “This was my third MUN conference, but the first time that I had taken part as Head Chair. I was part of Junior General Assembly 1 (GA1). I worked with a Deputy Chair to moderate an assembly of 16, mostly first-time, MUN delegates. Our focus was to help the new delegates with their speeches and resolution papers during the lobbying session. I took this chance to get to know a little bit more about the delegates in my assembly. The topics debated were: Feeding the world’s growing billions, and Eradicating modern forms of slavery. The debate started slowly, and we had to call upon delegates to make speeches as they were not volunteering to speak. After a few people spoke, the debate livened up and became more free-flowing. Delegates began volunteering to make speeches, more amendments were submitted, and more POIs were given. iCANMUN was a fun experience, and I feel as Head Chair, I learned a lot. It needs all members of a conference to contribute to make it a success.”

Sokuntheary, Grade 7, whose speech Mr. McBride lauded, said, “iCANMUN was my first Model United Nations conference, and I wanted to learn as much as I could and make some new friends. I was the delegate of Mexico in Junior General Assembly 2 (GA2). When we arrived, we enjoyed some snacks and met our fellow delegates. Then we headed off to our committee rooms to make our opening speeches on the topics of: Women’s rights to education, and Protecting marine life. I listened intently until it was my turn to speak. My speech was about the effect of pollution on marine life. I tried to do my best, and I was jubilant when Mr. McBride told me that he liked what I had said. After everyone had spoken, we began lobbying. My group of six was preparing a resolution that we thought would help to protect marine life. I was sent to find co-submitters to help make our resolution stronger. I persuaded three people to become my group’s co-submitters, and I felt I was doing well. That was until I tried to persuade the delegate of Germany who continually said no to my request. I was disappointed and concerned that we would not have enough co-submitters to allow our resolution to pass once the debate was complete.

“The debate itself was enjoyable. I made many POIs, especially to the delegate of Venezuela. He had said that women were weak and useless and I found this very disturbing, so I decided to argue against this point. I felt so strongly that I wanted to go up and argue with him one-on-one, but that is not the correct procedure. After the debates, my resolution was passed with only a single amendment which was gratifying. The best part of this conference was trying to find solutions for world issues while making new friends. It was hard to say goodbye to everyone as this was one of the best experiences of my life. I cannot wait for the next MUN.”

Somnang ’23 and Chanminea ’22Sokuntheary ’23, Sovanda ’24, and Sophairath ’23

Khemara, Deputy Chair, said, “I served as the Deputy Chair of Junior General Assembly 2 (GA2) in iCANMUN, and I found myself having fun and enjoying my new experience. The delegates in my assembly were amazing debaters. Our delegates respected us, as well as other delegates, just as we respected them.

“Being Deputy Chair taught me to manage my time and made me realize that a short amount of time can be worth a lot. Chairing was fun and challenging, but after experiencing it, I felt that being a delegate would be a better experience as you are in the thick of the action.”

Thanks to Mr. McBride and Mr. Ahlers for preparing the MUN team and congratulations to all of the participants for representing JPA so well.

Click to watch a video courtesy of iCAN: iCANvideo


Monday, 19th February 2018
Arriving and leaving school through the 100 Days Banner
Zero the Hero arriving at school. Classroom decorations
Packs of 100 items. 100 Days math lessons. Celebrating the day