ABCs and Rice

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March 2012 Newsletter

Posted by Tammy D on March 30, 2012 at 10:25 AM



Newsletter 3, March 2012

This last month has been absolutely huge! We've played finals in soccer which included winning two trophies, had our very first art exhibition called Look! Look! Look!, farewelled much-loved volunteers and experienced the most amazing and incredible event of all ... our end-of-year celebration, ABCs and Rice - the Musical, followed up by the second most incredible, the party on the last day of school. Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who donated to the Barangs on Bikes fundraiser - over $8500 was raised which is a brilliant effort and will go a long way. Please note: as school is closed for April, the next newsletter will be the end of May. Until then, keep smiling ...




We Are The Champions

Our soccer teams competed in the Globalteer Siem Reap Soccer Competition this year and had some sensational results. The 12 and unders (pictured) had a sensational season and made it into the final, playing against the highly-skilled Stepping Stones. The improvement in their performance was outstanding and they proudly brought home the trophy for runners-up. The 15 and unders pulled together brilliantly as a team which was evidenced by their trophy for "Most Improved". All players were a credit to Coach Pherin who has worked hard with them throughout the year.



Look! Look! Look! Art Exhibition

20 highly talented and gifted students were privileged to have their works framed and exhibited at the inaugural ABCs and Rice Art Exhibition at Fresh at Chilli Si-Dang. Teacher Bryn has done an extraordinary job with the students, helping them to express themselves, be creative and produce stunning works. The proof is in the pudding with 15 of the 20 paintings selling on opening night. Thank you so much Bryn, for all the hard work and dedication you have shown to the children. Exhibitions are planned for Canada, Australia and the U.S. in the near future.



Volunteers - worth their weight

Volunteers are imperative to our existence. Without their invaluable time, dedication, commitment and love, ABCs would not be such a huge success. Over the past year we have had some exceptional volunteers and whilst there are far too many to list here (but we love 'em), we must make special mention of two extraordinary people who have become the glue that keeps ABCs moving forward. Ros and Pete, (pictured here with the teachers) - from the bottom of our hearts we say "Aw kuhn tom-tom" (thank you big BIG)




ABCs and Rice

- the Musical

Teacher Beth and the students have worked incredibly hard to put together an uber-special end-of-year celebration for our families and friends. ABCs and Rice - the Musical tells the story of a typical day at our school, intertwined with songs and dances. Each year level was designated their own song: Level One's did "Pump It" by the Black Eyed Peas and "I Like to Move It" from the movie Madagascar. Level Two's did Katrina and the Waves "Walking on Sunshine". Level Three's had everyone in tears with John Lennon's "Imagine". Level Four and Level Six combined to do Journey's "Don't Stop Believin". (Contd)




Every student performed an adapted ABCs version of Paul Kelly's "From Little Things Big Things Grow". Special mention must be made of our brilliant Director Beth McCord, who received a surprise dedication from the students. The concert was an unforgettable experience for all present and the children had so, so much fun learning the songs and dances and then performing to the hugely receptive audience. Lastly, we had a party on the final day of school with apple-bobbing, tug-of-war, an obstacle course, dancing to music and a pool filled with mushy jelly - excellent fun!





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