Chiang Mai ENLIGHTENMENT GOES GLOBAL - Information Evening 3 Thursday 1 February 2018 - My MLC School Portal
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INCIPAL FROM OUR STUDENTS FROM THE PR To Year 10 Families, The Year 10 Chiang Mai Service Learning Experience program ‘I am a better person after this experience.’ brings MLC School great pride. We are one of only a few schools in Australia to send an entire year group on an immersive learning experience of this kind. It is part of the MLC School experience. ‘The excitement and life experiences that occurred during service are We have found that the students return with greater independence, unlike anything else.’ integrity, work ethic, compassion and empathy, with a personal insight quite different from anything they may have gained from ‘I grew as a person and the friendships made family travel. in Chiang Mai will stay with me until the end We expect and encourage each and every student to be part of of school and beyond.’ this unique culmination of our immersive learning approach which begins in Year 6 and culminates in Year 10. We know the personal ‘Even though it’s a small task, in the bigger and academic benefits are considerable. picture you are making an immediate We also know from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 experiences that difference to the children at the school.’ deep and longstanding friendships will be made in Chiang Mai. The year group bonds in new ways and your daughter may see a new and different side of herself. While some students will emerge as future leaders, each will learn to complain less about the little things and make a big difference to the lives of others. The cohort’s engagement in learning, and with each other, through this unique experience prepares them well for the challenges and group learning context of the Senior Years ahead. Each cohort to date has done our community proud with their willingness to work hard, collaborate and embrace new challenges. Thank you for understanding that while the rhythm of life may be altered during this period, your daughter is highly likely to return with a new perspective on life and a renewed energy for her contribution to family life, learning and school. Principal Lisa Moloney ‘It’s hard to capture in words such transformative moments that take us out of our element and remind us of how lucky we are to have such great opportunities.’
HEALTH AND SAFETY CONTACT The Traidhos Visiting Schools Program is well-rounded and To ensure your daughter gains maximum benefit from this meticulous in its planning, stretching the girls while supporting rewarding, immersive experience, we advise that contact with them. The ratio of MLC School staff to students will be family back home be kept to a minimum. You will be advised of approximately 1:10. Safety provisions are fastidious; for example, allocated times to speak with your daughter via Skype. Parents a safety car follows on bike riding adventures and there is will be issued MLC School staff mobile numbers in case of careful provision for students with even the most serious dietary emergency and a Facebook group will be established for requirements. regular updates. On the whole, Thailand is a peaceful nation. Chiang Mai is located THE EXPERIENCE in the north of the country and the MLC School group will avoid Traidhos has been running community service projects for the pockets of Bangkok that could be affected by demonstrations many years, in addition to their well known cultural immersion or protests. The group will be covered by travel insurance. programs. Four groups will be working on projects at the school visited in 2016 and 2017, and two groups will go to a village All Traidhos and MLC School staff are First Aid trained and have that MLC School visited in 2015. There are many schools from the equivalent of a Working With Children Check. The centre has around the world who participate in the program and each an onsite health clinic equipped with treatment rooms, isolation group’s work builds on that of others. This means that the rooms, oxygen and a defibrillator and is staffed by two full-time projects have a well supervised, well managed manual labour qualified nurses. Emergency doctors are on call and ambulances are component that results in a truly meaningful contribution to the available for transport to Ram Chiang Mai Hospital. MLC School lives of others. In 2015, the villages our Year 10 girls worked in staff will accompany students at all times. became the proud owners of a sports area and a new classroom. In 2016, all groups worked on a concrete driveway and retaining COST wall at an orphanage. In 2017, they extended the driveway up a MLC School will subsidise the Chiang Mai trip, as is the case with hill to the orphanage. Each Year 10 cohort gained a new sense of the Year 9 Broken Hill excursion and other experiences. The cost gratitude and a great sense of what they are capable of achieving will be $1600 per student. All costs are fully inclusive and the as a group. A typical program for this experience will consist of opportunity for financial assistance exists. The girls will need $100 eight days based in Traidhos followed by five days working in to $150 in spending money. the villages. TRAVEL WHERE TO NOW? QANTAS QF23 – Sunday 11 February 2018 Inoculations See your GP Sydney to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) 9.45am–3.35pm FLIGHT 1: Bangkok Airways PG906 – Sunday 11 February 2018 Bangkok to Chiang Mai 5.10pm–6.25pm Departure Date Sunday 11 February 2018 FLIGHT 2: Bangkok Airways PG227 – Sunday 11 February 2018 Bangkok to Chiang Mai 7.35pm–8.50pm Email address firstname.lastname@example.org FLIGHT 1: Bangkok Airways PG224 – Friday 23 February 2018 Chiang Mai to Bangkok 11.45am–1.05pm FLIGHT 2: Bangkok Airways PG907 – Friday 23 February 2018 Chiang Mai to Bangkok 2.10pm–3.30pm QANTAS QF24 – Friday 23 February 2018 Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Sydney 6pm–7.25am (next day) FACILITIES All rooms have a kitchenette, lounge/dining and TV. Teachers are housed in the same building. Water and sewage treatment is in place and 24x7 onsite security is provided via CCTV cameras. Communication is provided by a 3G mobile phone and internet service as well as fixed phones. A power back up is installed.
FAQs What will the weather be like? TIME TEMPERATURE Are parents able to come to Chiang Mai with Year 10? 9am 20°C Parents are not permitted to attend. Midday 30°C Should my daughter take malaria tablets? It is not the rainy season in Chiang Mai in February however as 6pm 21°C an education provider we cannot give medical advice. Overnight 16°C Please see your GP. No rain is forecast Medications? Ask your doctor for a letter outlining your daughter’s medication. What is the time difference? Ensure you have made contact with your daughter’s teachers to explain administering time and dosage. Sydney is four hours ahead of Chiang Mai, so 7am Sydney is 3am Chiang Mai, 6pm Sydney is 2pm in Chiang Mai, and 10pm What is the accommodation like at Traidhos? Sydney is 6pm in Chiang Mai. Traidhos is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school as well as a How much spending money should my daughter centre for cultural awareness and education. Accommodation at Traidhos is in villa-style accommodation with air conditioning and take with her? Western style bathrooms. Girls will be sharing accommodation Traidhos recommend about A$100 (THB 2545). The only places with other MLC School students. to spend money are at the small shop in Traidhos, the airports and markets. Students should exchange their money at Sydney What is the accommodation like in the villages? airport or at their local currency exchange before leaving. Students and MLC School staff will stay together in the villages. Students will not be billeted or in home stay. They will have What dress is inappropriate in Chiang Mai? access to a toilet and shower and be staying in camp-style • Students should avoid wearing red and yellow as they are accommodation. politically aligned. Red or yellow with other colours is fine. • Students must wear shorts, skirts and pants that are at least knee length. • Sleeveless tops, low necklines and short tops are unsuitable and considered offensive to the traditional conservative Thai communities we will be working with. • Leggings and yoga pants must not be worn. • Swimmers must be one piece and not revealing. • Pyjamas should be modest and cover the knees and A UNITING CHURCH DAY SCHOOL FOR shoulders. GIRLS, PRE-KINDERGARTEN TO YEAR 12 Rowley Street, Burwood NSW 2134 Australia Telephone 61 2 9747 1266 Facsimile 61 2 9745 3254 Emergency Contact Numbers ABN 75 549 644 535 0412471809 CRICOS No. 02328D +61 4 12471809 PO Box 643 Burwood 1805 Traidhos www.mlcsyd.nsw.edu.au 66 53 301500
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