Scholar learn­ing Thai to help on trip

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Not ev­ery­one has meet­ing a royal fam­ily and learn­ing Thai on their to-do lists, but An­abelle Rigby does.

The year 12 Aotea Col­lege stu­dent is one of eight stu­dents na­tion­wide to re­ceive an all­ex­pense paid trip to Thai­land.

It’s the sec­ond year the scholar- ship has been of­fered by the Royal Thai Em­bassy and it is the first time an Aotea stu­dent has been in the mix.

An­abelle, 16, said af­ter vis­it­ing Cam­bo­dia and Viet­nam last year she wanted to go back to that part of the world. ‘‘I broke down in tears be­cause I didn’t think I’d get it,’’ she said.

An­abelle has now turned her at­ten­tion to learn­ing a few phrases in Thai.

‘‘I’ve got a friend who is try­ing to teach me, but it’s so dif­fer­ent.

‘‘ Hope­fully I just learn the ba­sics be­fore then.’’

An­abelle said she was most look­ing for­ward to see­ing the royal palace and hope­fully meet­ing the royal fam­ily.

While in Thai­land, she will visit schools, each one hav­ing at least 3000 stu­dents.

Aotea as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Ken Trass said the schol­ar­ship was part of Thai­land want­ing to be­come a bilin­gual na­tion by 2020.

‘‘There is a real fo­cus on im­prov­ing their English,’’ he said.

He said the school was very proud to be part of the trip.

‘‘Aotea Col­lege has an in­ter­na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive for our col­lege and our school.’’

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Schol­ar­ship win: Aotea Col­lege as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Ken Trass, left, schol­ar­ship win­ner An­abelle Rigby and prin­ci­pal Kate Gains­ford.

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