Thursday, 28 April 2016

Biscotti coming soon!

Fun and laughter as usual while our ELS students bake this classic Italian biscuit.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Year 10 enjoying some cracking chocolate

Year 10 ESL enjoyed a 2007 listening examination paper which included a question all about how to identify high quality chocolate. They then compared four types, each with different percentages of cocoa solids.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Curly Wurly giveaway

Congratulations to the three lucky winners from Year 8 PET. Hope they shared their Curly Wurlys with the rest of the class!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Foccacia for the IB2 farewell

Mr Berry got his oven going today to bake some of his world-renowned foccacia to for IB2 students, who are attending classes in GIS for the last time today. The ELS department would like to wish them all the best in their upcoming exams and future endeavours.

Letter praising micro-banking scheme

188/24 Moo 4
Pala-Banchang Road,
Ban Chang, Rayong.

28th February 2016,

Dear Ms. Gulati,

I am writing this to praise the micro-banking scheme of the Estel telecom company that has been developed recently.

As my community is located outside urban areas, the banking services are not readily available or easily accessible; however, since the micro-banking system has been updated it has made the scheme much easier to use and very convenient for the people in our community as most of them do not have access to banking and financial services. We really appreciate that the micro-banking scheme is available everywhere, fully secure and free. It is also really easy to deposit, withdraw and transfer funds as it is not complicated to navigate the scheme. All you need is a mobile phone, ID or an access to mobile handset and service. This gives many people an opportunity in my community to open new markets and businesses. Furthermore, since the bank is far away from our community, we don’t need to waste our time on traveling long distances. Without the micro-banking system we have to rely on traditional banking infrastructure all the time. However, the micro-banking scheme is not available for every type of smartphone; so it is not useful for the people who don’t have the latest type of smartphone. In my opinion, I think it should be available for all the phone types as some people cannot afford expensive phones.

I hope to hear back from you soon. Thank you so much.


Nanki Chularatnaphol (IB1)

Feature Article - The use of your mobile phones in my country

Are you a mobile phone user? Compared to the past, we can see that in today’s society technology is replacing jobs and this is affecting people’s lives. Mobile phones are quickly spreading everywhere around the world. They allow us to access many things such as banking and are much easier and quicker to use when doing business. It’s easy to reach out to others. However, there are also some drawbacks.

There are many advantages to using mobile phones. It is a small device that people can easily carryit around. When people are far away from their friends and families they can easily contact each other and it’s relatively cheap. Mobile phones can improve our knowledge by allowing us to search for information. For example, in rural areas, farmers and fishermen can check the market price before travelling to the place. Students can use it to access learning resources and be up to date with current situations.

On the other hand, there are some drawbacks. It is easy to get disturbed by text messages and social media. People can become addicted to using mobile phones so they forget about people around them. Many people, particularly adolescents, feel that without mobile phones they are lonely. In addition, owning a mobile phone can cost a huge amount of money and after purchasing a mobile phone, people have to pay for extra things such as Internet, SMS and accessories.

In conclusion, mobile phones have changed the lives of humans all around the world. In the beginning, mobile phones were heavy, large and too expensive. As time went by, mobile phones got lighter, smaller and cheaper. However, people, especially teenagers need to be careful when using mobile phones because mobile phones can consume people’s lives.

Natasha Sakjiraphong (IB1)

Buiding cell tower in community - letter to company

12/1 Birmingham Rd. 
Vanesia Therodore, Donicia.

4th February 4, 2016

Dear Ms. Alixa,

I am writing this letter to ask you to carefully consider building a cell tower in our community. The community is located in the midst of a valley where the signal is very unstable and unreliable. Everybody in the community is able to afford mobile phones but the problem is there is no adequate signal available in the area.

If your company built a cell tower in our community, both the community and your company would benefit. The signal will provide us with business opportunities and better access to education and healthcare. For example, people in our community would be able to use mobile phone to get access to essential information like market prices for example. Once farmers have the access in market prices, they would know where they should sell their products to gain more profit. We can use this money to construct new schools and roads. Moreover, signals will allow us to contact school teachers and professional doctors in case of emergency. Therefore, our community’s standard of living will increase as we have better healthcare and education for our population.

Your company would also benefit.There will be few providers competing with you. So it is a good chance to penetrate into new markets and gain more profit. Another advantage is that there is lots of plain flat land in the area and the installation cost will be affordable. This would be a great chance for your company to make your company reputation even bigger.

I hope to hear back from you soon. Thank you for your understanding,

Yours sincerely,

Rosanun Silairat (IB1)

How mobile phones are changing rural communities

Nowadays, mobile phones have a big role in every society, especially in rural communities. As the mobile network spreads all over rural areas, we are giving poor people opportunity, information and choice so they can also know how to handle money, work, learn and participate in government. Mobile phones are no longer just an audio communication tool but capable of providing many functions. Yet, mobile phones also face limitations and challenges.

In rural communities, people can now gain more access to the open world. This will lead to an increase in living standards. Furthermore, it has also allowed people to communicate more efficiently with their loved ones. In education, mobile technology has helped provide schools, teachers, and parents with access to meaningful data and tips to help students succeed.

Banking is also out of reach for many people in rural areas of developing countries but mobile phones are bringing people into the financial system. They enable people to start their own businesses without needing a bank account to transfer the money. Mobile phones have allowed farmers to gain access to market prices before traveling long distances to markets.

However, there are some drawbacks. Mobile phones can be very expensive. They can cost too much money to pay for all phone calls, SMSs and recharging handset batteries. Society is making mobile phones too much of a necessity which has now made it compulsory for the younger generation to own a mobile phone. This has led poor people in rural areas to take out loans, mortgage their lands and even steal in order to fulfill the needs of their children.

Even though the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, we should never let the technologies take over our mind and lives.

Nanki Chularatnaphol (IB1)

Summary - Cooking is Fun

Adelia and Mohammad, in year 10 ESL, wrote great summaries. Brilliant work (!!!).

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Adelia's summary
If they learn how to cook

If young children learn how to cook they will develop team skills and learn to appreciate each individual’s contribution. Also if children cook they will have a better diet and the benefit from that is good health for the rest of their lives. Maybe in the future the children will decide to follow a career related to cooking. This means that the industry will grow all over the world. It also shows that friendships are established between cooking for young children. When children who don’t like certain foods, begin cooking for themselves, they enjoy dishes that they would not previously have eaten.

Mohammad's Summary
Cooking is fun for young people

When children cook they try new ways and recipes of cooking nutritious food. They even could start adding vegetables in some of their meals which they need to get enough vitamins and minerals which can help with their growth and could prevent some diseases. It is believed that if children cook their own food they have a higher chance of finishing it all. in addition this skill will stay with them forever if they learn it when they are young and some of them might take it further and open a restaurant and make a living. It’s even a great way to get the family together and have fun.

Letter of advice - Lonely Friend

Paopao and Marina, in Year 10 ESL, wrote great letters of advice for their lonely friends.

Paopao's letter
Hi Yim,

It is a pleasure to hear from you and to know that you’ve moved into a new area. But I’m worried that you’re feeling lonely. I used to feel like that when I just moved into my dorm so I think i can use my experiences to give you some advice.

Firstly, you need to find something you would like to do as your hobby. For example, you could read books, watch movies or listen to music. If you’re still feeling lonely you could go to an arcade near your area. It’ll definitely help you with meeting new people or things that you’ve never seen in your area before. But I know that you don’t prefer doing things alone so the essential tip is to find some friends. They might be your classmates, roommates or anyone in your dorm. This advice that I have just suggested will surely heal your loneliness.

I hope my advice is useful for you. If you have any problems please write to let me know. Love you!

Best wishes,

Marina's letter

Hi Kate,

How are you? I heard from your brother that you moved to another city and you feel lonely.

I think you should not be sad because in new places you can know something different. You can find new friends. I think you have already found some in school. However, if you still feel lonely you can go to the different school clubs or find some in your city like sports or music. I'm sure that you will find lots of friends there. Or maybe you should find a hobby for yourself.

Anyway , don't be shy to communicate with people. Just be yourself and be confident. Also don't forget friends from your last school. I heard that you miss them. I think you can talk on Skype with them or see each other on weekends.

I hope to see you soon. I'm sure that you will find a lot of friends. I waiting for your letter back.

Good luck,