“Susu!” was probably the word most heard when on their annual Sports Day in March, the Half Day School (HDS) students competed against each other. Roughly translated as “fight”, the word served as a cheer, as each team tried to be the winner in Olympia-like disciplines, such as relay, water balloon tosses, potato sack and tire races, chairball (a slightly different version of the game commonly known as netball), tug of war and hula hooping.
The teams were a mixture of students from kindergarten to primary school, disregarding age, class or shape. Young and old, short and tall got together and were proudly representing their team colors: red, yellow, light or dark blue. As some of them drank water and munched on fruit to regain their strength, most students were dancing, drumming and singing away with pom poms in hand for their team to win. With so much support, it wasn’t surprising that each team won. It was accompanied by tremendous cheers, big smiles and high-fives.
Besides hosting the Sports Day, the Half Day School once again had the pleasure to host a volunteer group from the organization International Student Volunteers (ISV). Twelve determined young women from England and Australia, that had spent two weeks in Mae Sai tiling, painting and organizing English activities with the children, joined in the fun on Sports Day! The children literally clung to them, as it was the last day they would see each other. By the end of the day the winners for each discipline were announced and could happily embrace their prices given to them by the ISV volunteers: shiny medals and candy!
We would once again like to thank the ISV group for all their efforts and hope that whenever they feel down, they will remember one Thai word: Susu!