As we look ahead to a new academic year here at Shrewsbury, we also take the chance to look back at another busy year for Shrewsbury Alumni Association.
Despite the challenges we have all faced in the months following the outbreak of COVID19, we can still reflect on several moments throughout the year which have brought former students back together and which continue to strengthen the bonds of our amazing alumni family. Here we take a chronological look at the news and events from 2019-20.
SHB14 5 Year Reunion
The Academic year started off with the SHB14 5 Year Reunion Event which Jenny kindly helped me organize. It was a lovely Friday night with approximately 50 members of the Shrewsbury International School Bangkok Class of 2014 attending at Siwilai City Club located in Central Embassy, a perfect location for those working as the venue is situated in the centre of downtown Bangkok.
Following this was the annual Alumni Volleyball Tournament where several Alumni returned to campus to participate and play with and against the current Varsity team. To make it more fun we decided to play a mixed format where the boys and girls played together resulting in a victory for the Alumni team featuring Benson, Pasu, Smile, Earth, Tie, Pam. The Alumni look forward to Volleyball every year with increasing numbers each time.
SISBAA Annual Reunion
Next up was the Annual SISBAA Reunion with all years invited. This proved to be a successful event with an attendance of over 250. This was also hosted at Siwilai City Club in Central Embassy. What was particularly impressive was that several Alumni turned up from many different cohorts including the most recent graduating Class of 2019. There were also plenty of Old Salopians in attendance as well as some Alumni from SHB08 and SHB09 who now have children of their own and who we hope one day will also become members of the Shrewsbury family! A special mention must go to Phung our first ever Alumni who graduated from SHB in 2004 with her daughter set to attend Shrewsbury City Campus in August! It was really nice to see an Alumni event where nearly all cohorts were represented in such good numbers! We now look forward to the Alumni Reunion in 2020. Watch this space!
Alumni of the Year Awards
In November we hosted the Alumni of the Year Awards with this year’s prestigious awards going to Fah (SHB07), Natty (SHB10) and Nana (SHB20) Please see the link below for the featured article on this.
In December, we hosted a mini SHB19 “Welcome Back Event” for the Class of 2019 returning to Bangkok for the first time since going away to university in the States and in the UK as well as those attending universities in Thailand. This was a fun evening and really nice to see everyone talking about their experiences and appear to be genuinely delighted to catch up with each other! We are extremely grateful to Yuri for helping me organize this event.
Alumni City Drinks
In January, the Annual Alumni City Drinks Event took place at 137 Pillars Hotel in Sukhumvit 39 to kick off the New Year! Once again we had a decent turnout of over 250 alumni attending, including nearly the whole of SHB19!
Alumni Golf was once again held at Suwan Country Club and we were privileged to have Jackie (SHB13) – now a professional golfer – play. She dominated with 7 birdies and an eagle on the back nine. She teamed up with Vicky, Doln and Ryu who hit the shot of the day on the way to a fantastic team win.
London Alumni Event
In February, the London Alumni Reunion took place at Bounce in Farringdon with approximately 100 Alumni in attendance. The ping pong tournament was won by Pip & Oliver (SHB17) and it was a really fun night. There was a decent turnout mostly from those studying at undergraduate level in London (SHB16-19). Miss Ploy and P’Stu also visited several other Alumni in London who couldn’t make it to the event so we were delighted to spend time with some of the Alumni who are either now working in London or doing their postgraduate studies in the UK.
SHB10 10 Year Reunion
Also in February, the SHB10 Year Reunion Event occurred in ATT19, a converted Art gallery near the Chao Phraya which was the perfect location for such a wonderful event of drinks, music and reminiscing! A special thanks goes out to Pim, Toey and Natty who made this event truly wonderful and a night to remember and also staff legends Mr Flavell, Mr Langridge and Mr d’Rozario (thanks for the unique rendition of Oasis’ Wonderwall!). Now we look forward to several more Alumni events including reunions and also sports events such as Football, Basketball and Softball.
Congratulations to the following Alumni who have shared some exciting family news with us. Toey SHB08, Mill SHB08, Mei SHB08, Phung SHB04 Pry SHB09 have all have had new arrivals into the world this academic year. We hope that the whole family will come to visit us in Shrewsbury in the near future! Also, huge congratulation to Pete (SHB09) and Pry (SHB09) respectively on their weddings, and to the all-Shrewsbury partnership of Build & Gift (SHB09)! If you’d like to share news of engagements, weddings or new arrivals with the Alumni family, please let us know! (email@example.com)
Trip to visit Alumni in the United States
Unfortunately due to the COVID19 pandemic, the annual US Trip to visit our Alumni at their universities and beyond, had to be cancelled. This year the plan was for Principal, Chris Seal, Director of Higher Education, Jo Fretwell, and Associate Director of Higher Education (US), Terri Overton to visit universities (& Alumni) in the Boston/New York area plus Atlanta and North Carolina. We hope that we’ll have more luck next year!
A special mention goes out to Alumni, PunPun, Jane, France, Sand, NaeNae, Deva, Derya, Win, Firm, Karuna, Sense, Yasmin, Dante, Kazuki, Palmy for organizing a project “Meet our Mentors” who offered their own insights into applying to world-leading universities to other prospective candidates, and helping to raising money for essential medical service in Bangkok, including for those affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Our thoughts go out to all the Alumni affected by this global pandemic whether it has affected your business, your education. Please take care and stay safe!
Welcome SHB20 Alumni to SISBAA! Please see the link below for their University Destinations!
In other news, the Riverside campus is a hive of construction activity at the moment. Following the library renovation last year, this summer we see a complete makeover of the EY garden and DT department; a space we know holds so many fantastic memories for our Alumni. Most importantly, construction of a new PE block and Senior School building and is underway and is due to be completed in 2021. When completed, this will allow even more students to join the Shrewsbury family, including those progressing to Senior School when they complete their primary education at Shrewsbury City. We hope to be able to invite Alumni back to school for a “Homecoming Event” in the future, where you can see just how far the Shrewsbury campus has come since your time here, and we can find out what you’ve been up to too!