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    Nice Try, No Cigar

    Yesterday my students attended the annual Speaking competition fiasco. Having swept the board last year the posh local private school decided to inform us of the competition with precisely 1 days notice. Apparently out letter of invitation was lost in the post. Of course knowing Thailand I had prepared the students for a couple of weeks expecting a stitch up after the previous year when they tried not to give us any trophies. Unfortunantely my top M2 student didn't get any notice as she was absent from school so I said if she won, I'd buy her whole class Somtam.
    So we turn up and the host school seemed a little suprised and didn't actually have us on the list at all. My principal caused a stink and we were entered. first up P3. My girl was a bit nervous but held her own until the second round where you actually have to speak from your own brain. she was the only one who could actually say something off the bat as one by one everyone else melted. P4-6 was a no contest. My pocket genuis romped home. So to the Matayom contest. A bit suprised to see my student competing against a blonde haired Danish kid who clearly didn't acquire many Thai genes at birth, the local schools Look Kreung and a M3 international student program student. She had to whinge the whole thing which she did superbly because she can actually speak English.
    So back we went to our little school in the boonies with another 3 trophies, our clean sweep brush intact and 25 take away pots of Somtam. Next year we'll have to try and do it all again presumambly wearing snorkels and flippers with our hands tied behind our back. So posh school, nice try but no cigar.

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    Good stuff Peel.

    Next year we'll have to try and do it all again presumambly wearing snorkels and flippers with our hands tied behind our back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peelieorion View Post
    Next year we'll have to try and do it all again presumambly wearing snorkels and flippers with our hands tied behind our back.
    Congratulations!

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    I'm surprised the posh school admin didn't drug your student's punch bowl.

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    I'm not really a fan of these competitions. They should be showcasing Thai talent but they seem to be used as more of an excersise to falsely advertise the level of a school. suprised a few Ferrang parents though

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    Well done on the speaking, but I think any punctuation test would lead to a fail...
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    Congrats and thanks for the happy story! But what manner of wee, tim'rous beastie is this?

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    Congrats Peelie!

    All we can hope for is that they don't fucking write like you do
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    Good job pee!, and nice work by your kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cream View Post
    Congrats Peelie! All we can hope for is that they don't fucking write like you do
    Wish there were writing competions, we'd win those as well. We've stopped being invited to most competitions. I'd take a bit more care if it mattered. This is not a forum to showcase eloquent writing talents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peelieorion View Post
    Wish there were writing competions, we'd win those as well. We've stopped being invited to most competitions. I'd take a bit more care if it mattered. This is not a forum to showcase eloquent writing talents.
    I'm only joking mate. My writing is quite shite to be fair!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peelieorion View Post
    We've stopped being invited to most competitions.
    Three years ago my EP was invited to participate in a Math competition at an international school. We sent two teams, each participating in a competition for their age bracket. We were the only EP invited and the rest of the competitors were prestigious (and a few not so prestigious) international schools. One of our teams took first place and the other team took second place (but really tied for first). Even though the competition has been held each year after, our school has not been invited to participate.

    Peelie - Please convey our collective congratulations (from AF) to your students. They are deserving of the praise. And respect to you for your success as a teacher.
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    Well done peelie, mate!

    You should get your head to call the local newspapers and even TV & radio stations about your successes.

    Sounds like a great PR opportunity to me. Seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peelieorion View Post
    We've stopped being invited to most competitions.
    Next year, lock up your van before you drive out to the next competition. Maybe some slashed tires will be waiting for you when you need to hit the road to the competition site.

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