1 - written by Veronica, Siobhan and Sarah
We said goodbye to our parents and we were
off. It took an hour to get to the
airport. At the other end in Bangkok, we
stepped off the plane and into our rooms at the Chatrium Hotel and were amazed
to see everything. The best part was the
TVs in our rooms! We opened our FOBISIA
bags that we were given with all of our goodies.
We went for a swim and the pool was freezing
cold! We had a buffet dinner with a
river nearby which gave us a chance to see one of the local Thai schools do a
performance with Angklungs and allowed us to meet the other 240 students we
were to collaborate with over the next 4 days.
2 - written by Anwen, Kataleeya and Rebecca
The 2nd day of FOBISIA music was
hectic. We started the day with an
excursion to Vinemak Mansion, the palace of King Rama V. During the excursion we learnt many facts
about Thai history. After that
intriguing yet exhausting trip we boarded the buses back to Shrewsbury to start
our Thai activities. Our first activity
was Thai toy making lead by two Sixth Formers.
In that activity, we learnt to weave a fish out of palm leaves. We also learnt that Thai families weave these
fish to bring good luck to their newborns.
Thai activity 2 was playing Thai
games. We learnt various Thai activities
along with many other schools and it was really fun getting to know other
students from across Asia. The first
activity that we played was ‘Piggy Back races’ where we had to carry someone on
our back and race with another pair across the field. In the second game, we completed a relay on
stilts and coconut shells. That was by
far the best game. The last game was
Thai football. The aim of the game was
to kick the ball to another person without letting it drop onto the
Following the activities, we had a quick
lunch and headed to the school hall for a welcome ceremony. Soon after, we were split into our focus
groups to start rehearsals. That night
was one of the best nights. It was
FOBISIA’s GOT Talent. Each school
performed an item which they had been practising for the last few months. Everybody did an amazing job and it was very
entertaining watching all of the different acts.
3 - written by Mary and Sarah
On Saturday we ventured back to Shrewsbury
from the Chatrium Hotel and practised for approximately 2 hours! The choir worked on their songs and the
orchestra worked on their pieces. Sarah
and I were in choir 2. We practised for
a while then merged with choir 1 to make beautiful music.
After all of the hard work and effort, all
the schools travelled to the amazing Asiatique, which is a sheltered night
market similar to Pasar Seni. It was
beautiful and there were lights and music everywhere. In Asiatique there was a large variety of
products, especially some interesting soaps!
After all the shopping, we headed back to Chatrium hotel for a
4 - written by Olivia, Nasryn and Rose
As the alarm called, we knew that we were
in for a big day. East meets west, the
varieties of food in the morning prepared us for the most important day - the
FINAL PERFORMANCE! We started the day
with a run through of all of the songs with our conductors which was shortly
followed by a rehearsal of Colour My World together with both the orchestra and
the choir in the Memorial Hall. After a
short break we all dressed up in our smart t-shirts and trousers. When the final performance finally arrived we
all sat down in the Memorial Hall, slowly seeing all the seats fill up and the
twinkle in our parents’ eyes from pride.
During the concert, we all made new friends. Rose met Zara from Kellett School in Hong
Kong, Olivia met Danmellie from the British School of Beijing and Nasryn met
Shivani from Garden International School in KL.
As Mr McClenaghan announced with pride, our friendships we found will
last a lifetime.
The disco ended the day with a crash of
drums as we danced and shimmied to a number of different songs. It was a BLAST!
Summary from the boys perspective - written by Rhodri, Troy , Alex and Eric
So, where do we start? Our trip to Bangkok was an amazing
experience. Day one was a manic
day. We had to arrive at school at 8am
to catch a bus to the airport and fly to Bangkok. On day 2 we went on a trip to King Rama V’s
residence. On day 3, we chose some
awesome performing arts activities to participate in and prepared our pieces
for the big concert in our sectionals.
The final day was really fun, but exhausting. We had sectionals all morning and then a run
through for the whole concert which went really well.
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