On Sept 7, SISB Thonburi hosted a Wai Khru Ceremony for all teaching staff and students. Wai Khru (Thai: พิธีไหว้ครู, pronounced [wâːj kʰrūː]) is also known as “Teachers’ Appreciation Day” in Thailand. During the Wai khru ceremony, students pay respects to teachers to express their gratitude and formalise the student-teacher relationship.
The ceremony started at 0730 hrs with the King’s anthem. The Master of Ceremonies (MC), Gui-Shen from Grade 10 Da Vinci, invited the Head of the School, Khun Narisa, to begin the Wai Khru ceremony by lighting candles and incense sticks and paying homage to the Buddha image. This is followed by the students’ recitation of the Wai Khru chant, led by our student, Vicky, from Grade 11 Russell, which expresses respect for and gratitude to the teachers and asks for the teachers’ blessing of their studies.
A video clip was shown with interviews of students from the Primary and Sixth Form Sections on “What students really think of their teachers”. Student representatives presented beautiful flower arrangements in hand to the Senior Management Team on the stage. The students from the Sixth Form Section made the flower arrangements.
All students and teachers then returned to their classes, where students showed respect to their class teachers and subject teachers with garlands of flowers and thank-you cards. During this time, the class was filled with smiles from the students and teachers when students showed great appreciation to their teachers. Indeed, it was a memorable and significant Wai Khru celebration for all. It signified the importance of students showing “Respect” & “Gratitude” towards all teachers.
On behalf of SISB, we wish all teachers a blessed and happy Wai Khru and continue their passion for shaping our future generation to be scholars, Leaders and Global Citizens – making the world a better place for all to live in.
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