On July 8th, 2016, we opened our doors for a huge day of student performances and exhibits here at Phare Ponleu Selpak. This yearly event is one of our favorites, and a huge hit with our local community. On Open Day, we finally get to show the world something that we’ve been talking about all year: our students are the best!
The level of talent on display this year was truly awe inspiring. From the youngest students to the professional graduates, all of our students displayed skills well beyond their years.
Beginning with the Opening Ceremony, we were honored to welcome Her Excellency NHEK Sakun the representation of His Excellency Chan Sophal, the Governor of Battambang Province. The morning celebrations included the singing of the national anthem by kindergarten students, a kindergarten fashion show, theatre and music performances, and an animation screening.
The ceremony was followed by a graduation ceremony for Visual and Applied Arts School students and Performing Arts School instructors. We were pleased to deliver diplomas to our year 3 VAAS students, and teaching certificates to the PAS instructors, who have been working hard this year to build pedagogical skills and create a standard curriculum.
Some of the highlights of the day included a performance by our brand new Girl Band, the first all girl rock band in Battambang. The girls were a bit shy on stage at first, but by their second performance of the day, their skill and talent was evident. If you’re living in Battambang, look out for these girls!
We also had musical performances from our Boy Band, and a musical group that performed a collection of their own songs. We are so excited by the talent pouring out of our music school!
Over at VAAS, the school was overflowing with illustrations, graphic design, drawings, animations, and so much more. Every room was turned into a gallery filled with the highest quality art. Guests and tourists commented all day on the impressive nature of the galleries.
If you missed it, don’t worry, local students can still register for the 2016-2017 school year at the PPSA campus. And look out for this excellent event next year, it’s your best chance to see all of the talent that can be found here at Phare Ponleu Selpak.