September 19, 2019 was a big letter Thursday as California Prep students honored their teachers during the annual teachers’ appreciation day. Led by Ajarn Duen, the Wai Kru Day took an improvised model by having the celebrations conducted in the various homerooms.
The revised version was a contextualized one which offered more of an individualized approach in the sense that the class members did give special respect to their homeroom advisers and subject teachers in the homeroom classrooms. This model ran counter to the too formal gathering in the auditorium with various groups taking quick moves of the routine rituals with the flowers.
In this modified version of the Wai Kru celebration, the students in the classroom formed two lines. Then, they walked up to the teachers, who were seated in the front, on their knees with hands together holding the special flowers. Giving the flowers to the teachers would mean that they would be ready to learn with high respect for their teachers. Some non-Thai teachers said Thank You instead of touching the head which would imply an encouragement for the students to absorb the knowledge in the various classes. The ceremony gave great reminders that students must be disciplined, prompt, and respectful at all times in Thai culture.
The word “wai” means bow would carry the special honor and respect for teachers with a prayer. The Thai tradition highly considers teachers as one three segments in society who deserve the highest form of respect and honor. To represent the student body, the Central Student Council, the student leaders went to the administration office with their sponsors, T Mhike and T Duen, to demonstrate their appreciation to the school administrators. Then, the school director Dr Phakdee mangmiwatthana gave some pieces of advice and wisdom as well as full support to all the good projects of the student leaders.