K2S and 2T Dance Lessons.
K2S and 2T are clearly enjoying their dance lessons, keep up the good work everyone!
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Year 3 Swimming Lessons
Year 3 students enjoyed a great swimming lesson last week as they were taught by Year 13 students. This was part of their ASCTA Learn to Swim qualification and it looks like everyone was having a fantastic time.
Y1E Spider dance.
Year 1 students have been working very hard on their Spider Dance and it looks like they had a fantastic time performing it.
Well done Year 1!
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KS1 Bounce through Gymnastics in style.
This week saw the culmination of the Gymnastics unit in Key Stage 1 PE. The students displayed the skills they had learnt including a variety of rolls, swings, balances and jumps on various apparatus. Some classes were even lucky enough to demonstrate their jumping skills on the air track, which certainly put a spring in their step!
To view photographs of students in PE please click here: http://www.patana.ac.th/Elementary/viewGallery.asp?hGalleryID=1077
Next week our indoor lessons changes to Dance and our outdoor lessons to Athletic activities.
Primary FOBISSEA 2011 Preparation Starts Here!
In Years 4, 5 and 6 children become aware of a great sporting opportunity available to them known as FOBISSEA or more correctly the Primary FOBISSEA Friendly Games.
For many children and parents alike the concept of what it is and who it is for can be very confusing. The FOBISSEA (Foundation of British International Schools in South East Asia) Friendly Games is a sports festival which is competed between British International Schools across South East Asia. Patana are in Group A with the following other large schools; Tanglin Trust School from Singapore, The British International School of Jakarta, BIS Phuket, Harrow International School, Shrewsbury International School with Alice Smith and Garden International School from Malaysia making a total of 8 schools in our group. This year the Games will be held closer to home in Phuket and our hosts will be the British International School of Phuket. We will leave Bangkok on Wednesday 1st June and return on Sunday 5th June. Over 3 days of competition the children will compete at Football, Tee Ball, Swimming and Athletics. Our team will consist of 6 boys and 6 girls in each of 3 age categories of U’9, U’10 and U’11 making a total of 36 children. Obviously not everybody can go but if your child is interested in trying out for the team they will have to meet our challenging selection criteria in Term 2. Selection for the teams will be based upon the balance of the team being selected and upon the children’s performances during their ECAs and timed or measured events held during Term 2.
If children wish to be available for selection they must meet the following ECA criteria in Term 2:-
Monday - Athletics ECA (optional but recommended in preparation for the must attend
Record Breakers on Saturday 12th March)
Tuesday - Tee Ball ECA
Wednesday - Non Tiger Shark FOBISSEA Swimming ECA - only for children who are not Tiger
Shark swimmers already. (optional with all children having to attend at least one
time trial gala during Term 2)
Thursday - Appropriate age group Football ECA
Friday - Free afternoon
We realise that this is a large commitment and it is important to remember that attending all of the ECA’s is not a guarantee of selection as we can only take 6 boys and 6 girls for each of the Under 9, Under 10 and Under 11 age groups. Please note that strict age rules apply for FOBISSEA.
If you would like your child to try out for our FOBISSEA team in June you need to sign up for the relevant Year group Girls or Boys FOBISSEA Games option on the ECA sign up for Term 2. Tuesday Tee Ball and Thursday Football ECAs will be automatically signed up by joining the FOBISSEA option. You will still need to sign your child up independently for the Monday Year 4 to 6 Athletics ECA and please note that if your child is not a Tiger Shark that they will need to sign up for the Wednesday Non Tiger Shark ECA separately. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Please also note that if selected your child would be expected to attend our Monday, Tuesday and Thursday ECAs and our Wednesday Swimming if not a Tiger Shark in Term 3.
Mr. Andrew Tatam
Head of Primary Physical Education
Phuket Football Tournament
Patana Primary Footballers take on all comers at the annual BIS Phuket Football Tournament
The annual BIS Phuket Football Tournament took place on the 5th and 6th of November and despite fears about the weather the conditions were very pleasant and the tournament managed to remain unaffected. For a number of years Patana has been sending Under 9 Boys, Under 11 Girls and Under 11 Boys teams to the tournament and we were delighted to be able to do so again despite the fact that our BISAC Basketball fell on the same weekend.
The Under 9 boys’ team started their first day of the tournament in a confident but not complacent mood. In spite of some impressive form as a Year 3 team and in training leading up to the tournament, they were very much aware that there was still a job to be done. Their first two opponents were dispatched comprehensively: 16-0 against BIS Phuket ‘B’ and 8-0 over Head Start Phuket, causing even the match recorders to lose track of the scores.
Harrow were to prove much tougher opponents in the final group game and battled ferociously to restrict the young Tigers to one goal in the first half through captain Luke Abai-Haddon. When Harrow forced an equaliser in a rare breakaway soon after the break, the Tigers knew they at last had a game on their hands. Harrow’s brave rearguard action was finally breached by another fine strike by Luke for a 2-1 victory which put them top of the group and a semi-final place against BIS Phuket ‘A’.
The semi-final followed much the same pattern as the Harrow game with Patana on the attack and Phuket working hard in defence. A penalty for handball gave Patana the opportunity to take the lead and from then on the result was not in doubt. The Tigers played some superb, fluid, attacking football in the second half to run out comfortable 8-0 winners.
The Final was to match them against a very strong Tanglin Trust School team which had also posted some high scoring wins over the two days of competition. As always, when there was a challenge to be met, the Tigers rose to it, playing some outstanding football, featuring a high level of skill combined with just the right amount of aggression to totally dominate the match from start to finish. Luke led and organised the team superbly and his two stunning long-distance strikes put the Tigers in command by half-time. A further goal by Scott Peters after another round of intensive attacking play put the match beyond doubt, with Patana running out 3-0 winners.
It was a tournament in which every player came out with credit; from the safe hands of goalkeeper Seb Turkewitz; the solid defending of Luke Abai-Haddon, Duncan Hunter Kerr and Arnav Jhaveri; the excellent, creative midfield linking play of Charlie Flanders, Jeffrey Taylor, Remy Brandt and Floris Swinckels and, finally, the predatory goalscoring instincts of Scott Peters and Eemeli Heiskanen. The high quality of the boys’ play was remarked upon by opposing players, parents and coaches. If this team can stay together, the future of Patana football is orange and black bright!
Our U11 Girls Football Team had an outstanding tournament in Phuket. They were in a pool of seven schools so had to play six group matches before the final games. Their opening match was against Tanglin Trust School which finished with a comfortable 3-0 victory. Next up was Dulwich Seoul which ended as a 0-0 draw with most of the possession and chances falling to our girls. Our third match was against Kuala Lumpur Alice Smith School (KLASS) and we finished 1-0 after an impressive long range goal by Rhea Poonevala. Our final match on the first day was against the host school’s Year 5 team and we had another 1-0 victory. We finished the day with a clean score sheet and on top of the table. We had to play BIS Vietnam in the morning and started the day with a convincing 4-0 win and then had a tough game against the BIS Phuket Year 6 team. We scored two goals and then conceded a penalty to finish 2-1. That put us straight in to the final against KLASS. It was a great game with us taking an early lead but just before half time they managed to score leaving us with a nail-bitingly tense second half. We had a few chances as did they with some smart defending from Sasa Chanuntranont and brave goalkeeping shown by Gabby Leger to end the game 1-1. Golden goal extra time saw neither team score so it was on to penalties to settle the match. KLASS won the toss and elected to shoot first and scored all their penalties while we scored two of ours. We were the team to beat and they managed to do so. It was an emotional end to a fantastic tournament. The girls were superb on and off the pitch and they made their coaches incredibly proud of them. No one likes to go out on penalties but I am proud of our girls for learning how to come second graciously. It’s all about good sportsmanship and that was shown in abundance over the course of the weekend.
The U’11 Boys competition was the biggest yet with a total of 14 teams in 2 groups of 7 in a round robin format with cross over semi and final meaning an exhausting 8 games for the semi finalists. Convincing wins of 6-0 and 7-0 were followed by a very close game against Tanglin which we lost 1-0 with an unlucky own goal. This result meant that we could not afford another slip up if we wanted to make the semi finals and the boys certainly took this seriously as the final 3 group games were won without conceding another goal. Our reward was a semi final slot against an Arsenal Academy Team from Singapore who had beaten us in both the U’9 and U’11 finals last year. Victory was sweet indeed as Robbie Hine scored a brave hat trick after returning to the field after a head injury to secure a famous 3-1 win and a place in the final against Tanglin who had also won their own semi final. By this stage both teams were exhausted and it was always going to be the team that worked the hardest for each other that would prevail. The Patana boys certainly did just that and with a goal from Ethan Abai Haddon and stirling work from Alexandre Lacrosse in goal we ended the tournament as champions.
An extremely enjoyable two days of football where our students excelled in the way that they represented our school in every situation in which they found themselves. The final statistics for Patana read 20 games played with 17 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw, 73 goals scored with 5 goals against and 34 very tired but very happy students and staff!
A huge thank you to our Coaches Mr. Hockley, Ms. Price, Ms. Kerry and myself for their hard work and dedication at the tournament and to all of the teachers who gave up their time and unquenchable energy to coach the 140 students from Year 3 to 6 who attended our Thursday Football ECA’s each week in Term 1.
Thanks also go to our tremendous band of travelling supporters who moved around all of our teams lending their considerable and often colourful support to all of the Patana students.
BISAC Football is next so keep up the hard work everyone!
Mr. Tatam (U’11 Boys)
Mr. Hockley (U’9 Boys)
Miss Kerry and Miss Price (U’11 Girls)
For more pictures click here http://www.patana.ac.th/Elementary/viewGallery.asp?hGalleryID=1064
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BISAC Basketball 2010
Primary Basketballers Enjoy a Great BISAC Tournament
‘Believe in yourself and you can achieve the impossible’, Louise Velayo 5N
Last weekend was one of the busiest of the year on the Patana sports calendar with teams traveling to various destinations around South East Asia. In the Primary School forty four of our enthusiastic young basketball players were called into action for their annual Under 11 BISAC tournament. It was an early start for the teams as the tournament was held at ISB, but everyone was raring to go. The teams had prepared hard for the day and the competition for places had been fierce.
In the boys tournament the Tigers represented Patana in the Championship while our Orange and Black squads participated in the Cup Tournament. The Tigers had a difficult pool with Shrewsbury and Harrow and they knew that they would need to be at the top of their game if they were to go through. It was a very close and tense opening game against Shrewsbury which we eventually lost by the narrowest of margins, this meant that we needed to beat Harrow to go through to the semi finals. The boys rose to the challenge and went through to meet RIS, we knew that this would be one of our toughest games as they were looking like the favorites to win the tournament. Once again the boys played some inspired basketball, RIS never had a chance as they demonstrated the value of determination and a solid defense. ISB were next, in the final.
The final didn’t disappoint and was certainly not for the faint-hearted as each team played some of their best basketball. Both teams shared the lead at various stages and with one minute to go the Tigers were up, sadly this wasn’t to be our day and when the final whistle went we were 2 points down. A fantastic game and an experience I’m sure the boys will remember for many years to come. Well done Tigers, we are proud of you!
Mr Brad writes regarding our Orange and Black teams in the Cup competition:
The Patana Boys Black & Orange teams had a great day of basketball on Saturday, playing in the Cup competition. The Orange team played great basketball all day, making the semi finals, only to face their friends and fellow Patana team, the Blacks. In the semi, both teams played impressive team basketball, with the Blacks progressing to the Final of the Cup and the Orange team going into the play off for 3rd and 4th.
Patana Orange played Harrow, in a game that was dominated by Orange from the start. Patana eventually took third place convincingly and should be very pleased with their efforts.
For Patana Black, it was a ‘clean sweep’ winning every game they played. But not without drama, especially as they had to face ISB in the final.
The final versus ISB was a truly epic encounter and a rollercoaster ride for both teams. Patana came from behind on three separate occasions to eventually win it, 14-12, in the last 30 seconds of the 2nd period of extra time.
As both coaches put it; it was not the individual that impressed on Saturday, it was the teams. Individually both teams did not have the top players in the tournament, but as teams they never once diverged from their game plan, complained or gave up. They both showed awesome character, determination, sportsmanship and team play, which resulted in the results they deserved.
Miss Fiona writes regarding our brave girls:
The girls fielded two teams this season with the Patana Tigers in the Championship and Patana Black in the Cup. After our earlier matches during the season we knew the competition would be tight. The Tigers started well scoring first points against RIS, the lead then changed a few times but unfortunately in the second half with one minute to go RIS scored the winning basket. Our next game was against Harrow. We had strong defence and some good movement but our shooting let us down and is an aspect of the game for all players to work on for next year. After the pool games the Tigers found themselves playing for their pride in the 5th / 6th playoff. Serri Matula 6O, the captain, led by example to help the Tigers convincingly beat NIST to finish in 5th position.
The Black team were in the cup competition in a pool of four. They won their games against RIS and ISB and lost one game to Harrow. These results were good enough to secure a semi final position. The semi final displayed the team’s great teamwork and their improved, accurate shooting. The girls played hard, won their game and were in the final against Harrow. The game was very evenly matched and the girls guarded well toughing it out and releasing their inner tiger. At full time the score was even at 10 – 10 and the game went into extra time. The Black team scored the first basket but Harrow were quick to reply. With 30 seconds to go Harrow pulled ahead and our girls just ran out of time. Congratulations to all the players and we hope to see you again next year.
A big well done and thank you must go to Mr. Amuchou, Miss Fiona, Khun Patcharee, Mr. Brad and Mr Chris for their coaching on the day. We would also like to thank all the parents who managed to juggle their day between the many Patana events and still found time to cheer on our teams. Lastly to all of the students who attend our Tuesday Basketball ECA whether they were invited to play on this occasion or not.
The Primary Physical Education Team
For more pictures click here:http://www.patana.ac.th/Elementary/viewGallery.asp?hGalleryID=1067
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KS 2 Swimming Galas 2010
KS2 Swimming Galas are Splashtastic in Primary!
Last week saw our Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 students dive in and enjoy their annual swimming galas. The weather certainly helped the atmosphere for each gala as the water was not too cold but the breeze was very welcome for those on pool side (especially our many mums and dads) I am sure.
Our Year 3 and 4 student galas took place in the 25m pool where the atmosphere was truly electric with all of the students and parents very close to the action and with everybody joining in the fun. The emphasis of our events here at Patana is always to create a balance where our many very able performers are able to present their considerable talents in front of their peers, parents, and teachers whilst also ensuring that everybody is able to participate and have fun in doing so. This is certainly helped by our Primary PE and swim teams and certainly by the class teachers on the day who join in so enthusiastically. Our Year 3 and 4s certainly demonstrated all of these in participating in events as wide ranging as the motorbike relay (year 3), Titanic relay, Freestyle, Breast stroke, Butterfly, Doggy Paddle, and Teacher Baywatch to name a few. Nearly all of the children in Year 3+4 participated in at least 3 events with many swimming in extra as they helped their classes to gather as many points as possible.
Our Year 5 and 6s enjoyed their galas at the 50m pool as with 7 classes they are just too big for 25m and it is a nice progression in their water confidence and development. Once again, I was delighted to see so many parents still taking the time to come in and support their children and classes in whatever the event.
To witness a whole grandstand cheering on the 3 person Centipede Race was certainly a sight to behold! Many of the normal swimming races are split for our Year 5s and 6s with 20m heats and 40m heats allowing our strong swimmers a chance to demonstrate their full array of skills including a proficient turn. It is always a thrill and real pleasure to watch our school swimmers performing at such a high level and as always we are extremely grateful to Coach Cindy and her terrific Tiger Sharks programme. There was still plenty of fun to be had though as students got the chance to choose from events as diverse as the Surfs up Bodyboard relay, Underwater Fin Swim, Teacher Baywatch and Chariot Race along with all of the usual events that you would expect to find.
I was delighted with all of our students this year for their participation and performances in the pool and especially the 20 Year 5 and 30 Year 6 students who helped out at various galas during the week and acted as demonstrators, placers or general helpers.
The winning classes for this year’s events follow but they are far more about the celebration and enjoyment of all of our students with the winning perhaps being the “Cherry on the Top”.
Year 3 = 3C
Year 4 = 4W
Year 5 = 5S
Year 6 = 6G
As with all events there are many people to thank, from all of the children themselves, the parents who came to support, teachers and support staff for their help, the maids and set up team and especially the Primary PE and swim teams for their hard work during the week and before.
As your child’s ribbon states it certainly was a “Splashtastic” week! Please note that swimming/water safely will continue until the Christmas break.
Mr. Andrew Tatam
Head of Primary Physical Education
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