Loy Krathong Festival


Loi Krathong is a festival celebrated annually throughout Thailand. The name could be translated as “to float a basket”, and comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river.

Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the Western calendar this usually falls in November.

According to the Royal Institute Dictionary 1999, loi (ลอย) means “to float”, while krathong(กระทง) has various meanings, one of which is “a basket to be floated on water in the Loi Krathong festival”. Several translations of krathong are found, such as “floating crown”, “floating boat”, “floating decoration”. The traditional krathong are made from a slice of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. Modern krathongs are more often made of bread or styrofoam. A bread krathong will disintegrate after a few days and can be eaten by fish. Banana stalk krathong are also biodegradable, but styrofoam krathongs are sometimes banned, as they pollute the rivers and may take years to decompose. A krathong is decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves,incense sticks, and a candle. A small coin is sometimes included as an offering to the river spirits.  1463753_1435160316703614_796062675_n

On the night of the full moon, Thais launch their krathong on a river, canal or a pond, making a wish as they do so. The festival may originate from an ancient ritual paying respect to the water spirits.


According to H.M. King Rama IV, writing in 1863, it was a Brahmanical festival that was adapted by Thai Buddhists in Thailand to honor Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama. The candle venerates the Buddha with light, while the krathong’s floating symbolizes letting go of all one’s hatred, anger, and defilement. People sometime cut their fingernails or hair and place the clippings on the krathong as a symbol of letting go of past transgressions and negative thoughts. Many ordinary Thai use the krathong to thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha (Thai: พระแม่คงคา).

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Students brought materials to school today to create their own krathongs for Thai class to take part in the nationwide activity with the hope to build culturally sensitive students.

excerpts from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loi_Krathong 

Samila Sheep Farm Overnight Camping

The Sheep Farm overnight camping was very successful.  They kids and teachers had a blast. The day started with team building activities, where both kids and teachers had to work together to follow instructions to finish the tasks first.  In the process kids learnt to listen, to follow, and to contribute their own ideas.As they performed all the activities and took turns in cheering each other up, camaraderie was built, friendships were strengthened, and knowing how to react and interact with each others uniqueness were learnt.


Then…. lunch time. Everybody ate and shared halal food.


In the afternoon, they visited the farm and fed the sheep.  It is amazing to note that the kids were not scared feeding them. They even enjoyed every bit of it.  They did not mind the wet soil and the weather as they came prepared with boots, rain coats, sunblock, and mosquito lotion.  Then, they had nature walk appreciating the scenery around.  The bigger kids even engaged in some survival activities, who later on boasted about their accomplishments. They went on the bouncy castle, which they enjoyed tremendously. They, then, had a tour around the area on a tram.


Year 2 to 7 students stayed for the night. They stayed in the farm’s very nice accommodation with the teachers.  They built a bonfire and had exciting activities.  Photos and videos will be uploaded soon.


It was definitely a great way to end the first half of the term!

Take It Outside Learning: Samila Sheep Farm

Classroom learning focuses on concepts and theories which most often than not remain in the cognitive level.  The retention could last a few minutes after the learning period or a bit longer until the final examination. Can we call this learning? True learning entails more than just recalling of facts.  It happens when one is able to assimilate and apply these concepts and theories in actuality.

The outdoor represents the real world with which kids constantly face and deal with the moment they step out of the friendly, well-structured environment of the school. Children who are engaged in outdoor activities have a better, well-balanced learning. Outdoor activities provide hands-on opportunities for them to use the knowledge and practice the skills they have been learning in school.

  • It REINFORCES, STRENGTHENS, and, SOLIDIFIES learning.  A child learning about animals may only see some animals from the teacher’s prepared visuals.  Backing up these vivid pictures with real animals reinforces learning; which is further strengthened by their experience of actually hearing, smelling, and touching the animals.  This meaningful experience enables a child to build connections between concepts and theories learnt in the classroom and the real world solidifying learning for life.
  • It gives opportunities for kids to become CONSCIENTIOUS SOCIAL BEING. Outdoor activities present situations wherein the affective domain is exercised. Children interact with both their fellow and the physical environment around them which includes plants, animals, and other inanimate objects.  The experiences gained from these interactions could lead to feelings and reflections in a whole different way about themselves, towards others and the environment. These affective experiences are foundation to a principled individual who has great sense of what is right and what is wrong. Individuals governed by conscience and love not only for ones self but for others and the environment.


On the 17th and 18th October  2014, SISS is TAKING IT OUT!

This is a residential visit to camp at the Samila Sheep Farm, Songkhla Thailand. Younger years would be taking part for the day with Year 3 upwards staying for the night in a dormitory.  Activities and team building exercises will run throughout the day and food will be provided. Halal chef will be brought in to cook.

See you there!

Academic Awards 2013-2014

2013-2014 is another challenging academic year for S.I.S.S kids who burned the midnight oil doing their homework, projects, and studying for the exams. Their diligence and hard-work paid off.  Here are this year’s academic awards.







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Year 2

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Year 4





Year 5





Year 6






Keep up the good work.
















S.I.S.S Honours Day 2014

Congratulations to all the kids of Sunshine International School of Songkhla for a successful academic year 2013-2014.




As a tradition, the school held its annual Honours Day featuring the “Stone Soup” Musical play to celebrate the kids hard-work and achievements.  It was held at the Rajamangala Beach Pavilion Hotel grand Ballroom.


The event started with a welcome speech from the school’s head master, Mr. Matthew Paterson.  It was followed by an inspirational talk from the vice-mayor of the City of Songkhla, Thailand, Mr. Jirakrit Jiranukrom.


The Graduates for academic year 2013-2014 were presented thereafter. This was followed by the giving of academic awards to all year levels.  Then, the kids treated the audience with different dance presentations that they have learnt from their Dance and Music classes.  The culminating part of the event was the “Stone Soup” Musical play by kids from Year 2,4,5, and 6.



Details of this momentous event will be shared in upcoming posts.

Drinking Water Policy




This policy outlines the School’s responsibility to provide adequate and appropriate drinking water facilities to pupils, and staff, and its responsibility to ensure that strict water drinking practices are in place to reduce the risk of spread sickness and infection.

The Headmaster is responsible for health of SISS employees and anyone else on the premises. This includes the teachers, non-teaching staff, pupils and visitors (including contractors).

Parental responsibility

Parents and legal guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children bring to school on a daily basis a clean and suitable water bottle for the sole use of drinking water.

School responsibility

Class teachers and all school staff are responsible for ensuring children have adequate time to fill their personal water bottles at regular intervals during the school day. Class teachers are also responsible for ensuring pupils have access to their water bottles at appropriate and regular times during the school day.

Purchase of water bottles at school

Pupils who persistently come to school without a water bottle will be sent to the school’s office where they will be provided with a new one by the school. Parents will be invoiced for the issue of the water bottle.

Parental support

Support and understanding from parents with regards to this policy is essential in ensuring we, as a school, have the ability to reduce the risk of the spread of germs and infectious illnesses within the school.

General Manager

The General Manager is point of contact for any parents or members of staff who have any concerns about the school drinking water policy.


Updated- June 2014 by Principal


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Food Revolution Day

On Friday 16th May students from Sunshine International School took part in Food Revolution Day (FRD). The global event is organized by Jamie Oliver and through participation, children learnt about the importance of a balanced diet, nutrition, global citizenship and sustainability.

FRD is an annual event and is about celebrating the importance of cooking good food from scratch and raising awareness of how it impacts our health and happiness – we believe that everyone should know about food and it starts with getting kids food smart, making cooking fun and inspiring a love of food that will last a lifetime.

The children enjoyed their kitchen experience. The children from nursery made chopped salad and tuna wraps, whilst students from Year 2-6 cooked lunch for the whole school (a delicious spaghetti bolognaise).

We hope the children have gained some new skills and interests and will put these to good use in the future.

Follow the link to find out more about Food Revolution Day