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Focus on land-based site: Ayutthaya

The Barge Program visits Ayutthaya as part of a barge trip or as a land-trip looking at the role of the river in shaping this former capital. The Ayutthayan period matches the Tudor period in British history so is popular with schools studying this era looking for a country-relevant study. For further information about land trips see barge programs.


Thai Boat Museum, Ayutthaya
Imagine a time 500 years ago - the Ayutthaya period. Most people used boats for transportation because it was the easiest way to navigate the network of canals and rivers. Boats at that time were made from wood such as teak-wood or iron-wood. Carpenters would choose logs because of their straight profile, ability to float and durability.

Paitoon Khawmala is one man who has had a spiritual bond with the Chao Phraya river and boats since childhood. He has taught drawing and ship design throughout his life. While working at the Technical School of Ship Building he realized the progress in technology of river transportation and transit between countries. He recognised that boats were being used less frequently, and that wood as the main material was also being used less. He considered that traditional Thai boats would soon disappear leaving future generations ignorant of these traditional skills and styles.

Khun Paitoon founded the Thai Boat Museum in 1994 in his own home in Ayutthaya to preserve traditional knowledge and as a source of learning.The museum has many boat models that are handmade by Khun Paitoon and his family.

On a recent visit to the Thai Boat Museum students saw many types of historical Thai boats as well as some that are still being used today. Even though this museum is not very big, our students were amazed at many of the exhibits including boat parts and a 350-year-old wooden anchor.

The Barge Program enjoys visiting this museum because of the strong connections to the river and boats just like our own barge. We can investigate history by seeing how boat technology has changed over the years from the Ayutthaya Kingdom to the current day. Students can explore and develop their own interest and wonder at the boats in this unique collection. The Thai Boat Museum and its staff is a true learning resource to help in discovering more of Ayutthaya’s historical stories.


Early Learning Centre

When Aboriginal Australians went on long journeys they tied objects to a stick. They would start at one end of the stick and work along it as they travelled. The objects would help them to remember events and experiences on their journey and to tell others of their adventures.

Early Learning Centre students created wonderful journey sticks encouraging them to reflect and share their story of their historical visit to Ayutthaya in October. Using recycled materials and sticks collected on their journey they created their own journey sticks.  Each colour and fabric represented part of their journey, from sunrise to museums and temples. The pupils embraced this activity with great enthusiasm and it was a real pleasure hearing each pupil’s journey and what each pupil took away from the trip.


The Three-Generation Barge Program’s Carbon Series

We all want to do the right thing for the planet, but what’s the real impact of each of the things we do and buy? We hear a lot about driving and flying, but what about sending a text message, buying a bottle of water or taking a shower? How do bananas compare to a block of cheese or a beef steak? And what about the big things? How much C02 is generated from a Football World Cup or even a volcanic eruption?

Welcome to the Three Generation Barge Program’s Carbon Series. This is the fourth email in a series that is designed to give you a sense of carbon, a ‘carbon instinct’ and this will allow you to make those simple changes to reduce your carbon footprint and actually make a difference!

How Bad is a Football World Cup?

Q) How much C02 is released in the production of the 2010 South Africa World Cup? 
A) 2,800,000,000 kg of CO2

Q) How many trees are needed to off-set the CO2 created by the 2010 South Africa World Cup?
A) 280,000,000 trees
(That's the same impact as 35,000,000,000 bananas!)
Participating Schools October 2014

Harrow International School, Bangkok Year 5 - Barge

Early Learning Centre, Bangkok Year 5/6 - Ayutthaya

Teacher Introduction Day - Barge

Bromsgrove International School , Bangkok Year 6 - Chiang Mai

Sirindhorn School, Surin M2 - Samae San

St Andrews 71, Bangkok Year 9 - Barge

International School Bangkok Grade 4 - Barge / Ayutthaya  
Up-Coming teacher workshop

River of Words: Workshop in using the watershed as a stimuli for poerty and art with Kenny Peavy, Lynda Rolph and Erin Stanley
January 31-February 01, 2015

For more information see the barge website.
News from Traidhos Three-Generation Community, Chiang Mai

Calling teachers who enjoy tennis! Come to Chiang Mai for the weekend and play in the Traihdos Doubles International Tournament, 29 – 30 November 2014. For further information click here

Family Programs
Teachers often ask if they can do something like a Brage Program with their family members. If you would like to relax in Chiang Mai with activities to do as a family on the Traidhos Farm and campus click here
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