Thai school holidays

Hatari

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AUGUST 11 2014
Not just a school holiday - this is a new national public holiday for 2014 - so all govt agencies, and overseas embassies and consulates will be closed

August 11 is a Monday - so a four-day weekend Saturday 9th-Tuesday 12th August inclusive

The National Council for Peace and Order has declared August 11 an official holiday which will enable working people to enjoy a long holiday period from August 9-12 to coincide with the birthday anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen which falls on August 12.
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Hatari

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bbbbump on this one to remind people re Monday 11th August being a holiday as well as Tuesday for banks/schools/govt incl immigration offices

only downside - be careful on the roads as so many people will travel to take advantage of a 4 day weekend
 

Hatari

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Schools celebrating Queen's Birthday/Mothers' Day (for 12 August) today across Thailand

The local government school had 50 monks in attendance for a service followed by traditional dance/music performances. We donated rice/noodles. MsH would be disappointed if I didn't offer '50 cans of Chang' and I didn't let her down. Same every year.

I (Mr Never Turn Down An Invitation) however was 'upmarket' at a private school from 7.30-11am. Hall set out with 450 white-covered chairs with blue sashes for the mothers, once all seated the events began with the older schoolkids performing the old/trad Siamese dancing, each class put on a 'show' right down to the ones from the pre-school, all done up in their fancy costumes, though not all were happy to be there and few crying on stage.



A few speeches and prizegivings between performances, all the 450 seats were numbered and there was a lucky draw with 50 people walking off with donated gift boxes.

I was one of two males in the main seating area - with the director's husband right up the front. Second time this month in suit and tie, that can't be right. My short speech was politely received, by the maybe 10% who may have understood it, and the other 90% who just clapped when they saw I had finished. At least I was not asked to sing.

None of the speeches went too long; I thought the quality of the older kids' performances was fantastic, and while the younger ones may have cried at times - so did I, tears of laughter when the choreography went horribly wrong.

Some real tears though at the end, each child knelt/bowed in front of his/her mother and handed over a small white flower to pin on their blouse/dress, thank mum for being mum I suppose, and there were a few genuine tears in that lot.



there was a display of handcrafts children had created for their mothers, like these:
 

Chob

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^ Well a good deal more elaborate/traditional than Kamala Development School that recently fixed up the sign that once said "Developmant" for a few years ...555
Still , "ours" is only for ages 3 to 6 years .
The deal was that my partner , our Luuk Kruengs 'granny' actually, and who I call NE , had to deliver a photo of herself and baby ( 4 y/o ) grand daughter to the class a couple of days before Friday.
She asked me to find an appropriate pic on my pc , which I did.
She then asked me to give her one ... this wasnt easy as I dont have a printer and she knows that !
To ease her dissapointment , I took a few shots and sent her with money and the camera to the Kodak shop.
Presto , she arrived back with 5 photos for her hundred baht!

On Friday she and bubs attended school all dressed nicely.
They arrived back at midday , NE clutching a classroom made Mothers Day card , the photo cut into a wonky heart .
Inside the card was written in giant letters "rak khun'' and below 3 stick figures .

One figure didnt have a triangle 'dress' on ... instead it had a prominent belly.
Turns out that stick figure was me.... 555
 

Hatari

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MsH arrived home from work yesterday happy to announce their company was to be closed on Monday and staff paid for the day off.
Good news, but said some staff were disappointed they weren't old earlier than lunchtime Saturday as could have made plans to travel/see families, and some rushing phone calls to arrange heading off that evening.

A good portion of Bangkok appears to have chosen Chanthaburi coast for the 4 day weekend - only 200km and an easy getaway. On the coast today and traffic was almost as bad as NY and Songkran, most resorts 'no vacancy', a real bonus in what would normally be low season. 32C, blue skies and calm seas - nice timing, best weather we've had in the month I've been back.
 

Nomad

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MarcTwoSix;194080 said:
But now I have to go to LOS early March to pick up my stepson and MIL for a long holiday in Vancouver solo, my wife will be staying back in Vancouver

Are dates out? Teacher indicated 4 weeks ago that ASEAN alignment was being considered again.
 

MarcTwoSix

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Nomad;194215 said:
Are dates out? Teacher indicated 4 weeks ago that ASEAN alignment was being considered again.
No.....we just went off the old schedule of early March and will rejigger when things change
I think if they go to the Asean semesters they will end this school year at the regular time and then give them an extra long break to align with Asean
Which would end up being ideal for us
 

Chob

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^ I think the idea of alligning will be met with some resistence by a number of 'Authorities' ... Hoteliers certainly wont be happy with a narrowing of their holiday market windows , airlines as well ... then those responsible for transport networks and safety , both private and public , will be warning of the consequences of intense 'holiday rushes'..
I myself can see very little benefit for Thailand in doing so - so that means they will probably do it...
 

MarcTwoSix

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Chob;194282 said:
^ I think the idea of alligning will be met with some resistence by a number of 'Authorities' ... Hoteliers certainly wont be happy with a narrowing of their holiday market windows , airlines as well ... then those responsible for transport networks and safety , both private and public , will be warning of the consequences of intense 'holiday rushes'..
I myself can see very little benefit for Thailand in doing so - so that means they will probably do it...

I'd prefer they adopt the North American(and I think most western countries?) of one longer break
It would be easier for us just to have my stepson and son come for 3 months

This March break coincides with Vancouver school spring break so I had to push back my visit for 2 weeks......that is too bad they could of been here almost 6 weeks instead of 4 weeks
 

Nomad

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Latest dates for school holidays is 1 April to 14 May inclusive. Yet, I would put money on the start date being earlier, particularly now that I have booked flights!
 

MarcTwoSix

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Nomad;212346 said:
Latest dates for school holidays is 1 April to 14 May inclusive. Yet, I would put money on the start date being earlier, particularly now that I have booked flights!
Ours is much earlier
Mid March to May 18 as of now

Regardless of what they change it to, he's on a place to Canada April 7 to May 15
 

MarcTwoSix

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On an unrelated note but has to do with schools.

We needed transcripts from the school or a letter just stating that he attends the school for his tourist visa to Canada.
My stepson brought in the note requesting it and the scum at school was trying to charge them 1500 for it.
My MIL went in and complained and the principal deemed it was no charge.

What kind of scum works in a school and tries and take advantage of the kids like that?

Not to even mention the 120k baht we pay in tuition should cover a fucking transcript
 

Cuzzy

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MarcTwoSix;212364 said:
On an unrelated note but has to do with schools.

We needed transcripts from the school or a letter just stating that he attends the school for his tourist visa to Canada.
My stepson brought in the note requesting it and the scum at school was trying to charge them 1500 for it.
My MIL went in and complained and the principal deemed it was no charge.

What kind of scum works in a school and tries and take advantage of the kids like that?

Not to even mention the 120k baht we pay in tuition should cover a fucking transcript
Let's gouge the falang again....
 

Nomad

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I would pay 1500 baht for a reliable set holiday dates for 2016, or even October '15. 555
 

Nomad

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Anyone heard anything official or otherwise about school closures at the end of the calendar year?

We have been told just 31 Dec to 4 Jan inclusive. I thought last year the G PM declared a longer break.
 

MarcTwoSix

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Nomad;258066 said:
Anyone heard anything official or otherwise about school closures at the end of the calendar year?

We have been told just 31 Dec to 4 Jan inclusive. I thought last year the G PM declared a longer break.
I will ask my MIL
 

Chob

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Getting that info is like getting blood out of a stone ... not that my grand daughters school has the same as anyone elses ...
 

Mr. Smiley

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The (private) school (I work for) has it listed from 31st to the 3rd and back to school on the 4th. Though to be fair our exams end on the 18th so other than a few Christmas things our break is really from the 23rd to the 3rd.
 
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