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Over the weekend, 8 youngsters from Koh Samui will be flying the Samui flag in a Bridge tournament in Bangkok sponsored by HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha. This lady is the eldest grandchild of King Bhumibol.
Simply participating in this special event is an honour and wonderful achievement in itself. But the youngsters being coached at the International School of Samui (ISS) Bridge Academy have been invited to play at the top two Bridge Clubs in Thailand as a prelude to this weekend’s competition at the Royal Sports Club. Starting Thursday 6th October the students will be competing at some prestigious locations in Bangkok.
For those who know little about this sport, it is a card game that was introduced to Thailand a century ago by King Rama VI. His son, Crown prince Mongkut had been at University in England where he had learned to play bridge. He was so impressed by the skills, strategy, discipline and logical thinking required to master the game, hence the Royal connection to this weekend’s event.
Reports of the children’s adventure in the capital – including their own personal thoughts on the experience – can be followed on a daily basis on the school’s facebook page. Results each day can also be viewed almost immediately on the Thai Bridge Federation (CBLT) website.
The key strength in learning to play Bridge is how it teaches students to cope with pressure. Tonight at the Royal Sports Club, pupils from ISS and St Josephs schools will be concentrating for three hours trying to hold their own against some of Thailand’s best adult Bridge players. With all their friends and the whole world watching. If that is not pressure, what is?
The Samui Bridge Academy is based in Maenam and offers open sessions and private tuition to all levels of players. The club was the brainchild of Trevor Wilson who boasts many years of experience of teaching Bridge in France and Thailand. The students of ISS are fortunate to have Trevor come to the school on a daily basis and run a lunchtime club to allow the students to learn the art of playing Bridge.
The International School of Samui offers education from 2 years to 16 years in 3 distinct (Early Years, Primary & Senior) schools. The school was founded in 2007 and to date has approximately 280 pupils on roll. ISS is a British Curriculum school certified by the Cambridge and Edexcel examinations boards. It is an accredited COBIS (Council of British International Schools) and a Fobisia (Federation of International Schools in Asia) school. ISS is inspected every 2 years by the CfBT Education Trust (similar inspection process as Ofsted) with its latest rating in April 2016 being awarded as “an outstanding school”. The International School of Samui is fully accredited and licensed as an International School by the Thai Government and Education Agencies.
If you would like to visit the school or receive more information about the Samui Bridge Academy please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (French, Russian, English, German and Thai spoken). By phone: +66 (0) 86 204 2220 (mobile) or +66 (0) 77 484548 (office). To visit the ISS website click on: www.iss.ac.th