The government Mathayom school where I teach (or entertain) is having a sports day held in Bangkok with 8 other schools in Central Thailand next week. I'm not even aware of my school having an active track and field team. They haven't practiced since I have been at the school, and none of my students have talked about meets with other schools. Just last week the school started preparing in earnest for next week's sports day. Classes were cancelled for all of the students for almost three days. You can't imagine how much time was spent practicing cheers and card formations. At least two hours were spent lining up all of the students and making sure they understood what bus to get on next week to go to the sports day in Bangkok. The track and field team was not introduced and I saw no athletes practicing.
When I was in high school in the States years ago, our extracurricular activities were held mostly after school hours. Granted we occasionally had a one hour pep assembly before Homecoming, but having classes cancelled for four hours in a day to practice cheers was unheard of. Is the same thing happening in the private Mathayom schools? Seems to me that the school and Thais in general are putting a big emphasis on show. Sports just seems like an excuse to have this show of pomp.
Not been here long have you? lol
It is very normal for the schools to spend more time on the cheers etc than any sports, when it comes to the day just compare how much sports there is and how much dancing and fannying around there is.
My school has been preparing since we got back from term break, playing drums, making massive decorations for there team stands, singing songs, dancing etc etc etc.
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I am just impressed that the school appears to be planning some sort of school sports with other schools! Usually its just an internal cheering/dancing thing with no sports. Great to see some schools at least plan for doing sports against other schools (which is the foundation of all good athletic programmes the world over and produces a higher level of sporting achievement than anything else - its what Thailand is lacking).
All of the "Satit" schools in Thailand have yearly games every Octoberduring the break. This year, the games were held in Chiang Mai. Next year Satit Ram.
There is no school sport here. Its sucks. That why my kids are learning music. I hate the fact that I grew up on sport, and there is no opportunity to even play it here, let alone be coached.
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School I was at last year, Matayom, actually had 22 days of consequtive class cancellations because of a sports related event being held at the school. That's got to be a record of sorts.
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