In March, the school’s Principal, Acharn Yai, received a prestigious and highly honorable award from the Crown Princess of Thailand for her 'Outstanding Contribution to Buddhism’.
In January a large group of Dhammajarinee high school students won national first place in Buddhist recitation, an award from the King of Thailand.
As this New Year begins, we want to thank all donors who have generously supported our efforts over the last year to expand and develop Dhammajarinee further.
As a donor you are wise to recognize the far-reaching effects of quality primary and secondary education for young girls lacking opportunity. Women with more education tend to make better decisions throughout their lives, especially concerning many health, family and quality of life factors.
A recent study indicated that the single biggest factor, by far, in reducing the rate of death worldwide among children younger than five is greater education for women.
We are continuing to pursue our expansion plans which, over the next several decades, will allow many thousands of girls to attend.
Acharn Yai invited the students who were awarded first place in the national competition of Buddhist chanting to make a presentation of chanting at the award event. The impact of that beautiful chanting created a powerful atmosphere of peace. This following six minute video was prepared for the award ceremony and provides a clear overview of the school.
Dhammajarinee students from six age groups won national awards in diverse Buddhist Chanting competitions again this year.
Friends of Dhammajarinee have asked to see the entire national award winning Buddhist chanting contest performance by the students, which took place in May of 2015. The yearly contest of this national chanting ceremony takes place for the promotion of Buddhism annually at the Visakha Bucha Festival.
Here is the link to the video of the entire event. The camera is on the girls, so it is not possible to see the beautiful shrine in front of them.
Not long ago a group of 8-9 year old girls at Dhammajarinee Whittaya entered a song and dance competition and their performance was so good that they were chosen to compete among the top ten on National TV!
The girls won 10,000 Baht (about $300 USD), which they donated to their school. You can see a full video of their performance, including comments by the judges at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycHOlCcg6-c.Their performance starts at about 2:23 in the video. Afterward the judges noted that the girls were among the smallest and youngest there, yet so talented, and encouraged them to continue their efforts, saying, "imagine how good you will be next year!"
In a Mind Map competition the students hear a 30 minute speech and take notes in a special format where content is displayed in visually pleasing way, starting at the center of the page and proceeding outward. Students are required to use images and colors as well as text and if you take notes in a linear fashion you are disqualified. See here some of the beautiful results by DWS students!
The Dhammajarinee girls continue to amaze us with the awards they win. The girls often come to DWS because their previous school situation was difficult or they were rejected by other schools. But as these awards demonstrate, the girls make the most of the opportunities DWS provides and excellence follows.
This group shot is from 2012 and shows the DWS 2nd place winners of the 2012 Soraphanya Chanting competition.
English Quiz: Grade 6 Plauychompoo, first prize, September, 2013
Computer Competition, Grade 6, Kanchanut Kanjirapong, first prize, September, 2013.
Keep going, Dhammajarinee Witthaya girls--we are proud of you!
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