Meet Donatello — A rescued turtle named by Gecko kids!

When the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foun­da­tion and JW Mar­riott Phuket Resort & Spa announced a com­pe­ti­tion to name the lat­est turtle to be res­cued by and find new home at the foundation’s Turtle Shel­ter, Gecko jumped on the oppor­tu­ni­ty and came up with a suit­able name — Donatel­lo.

The final name was picked by the turtle itself who select­ed it from the final three.

We can’t wait to meet Donatel­lo in per­son!

Gecko Nursery School joins a beach cleanup at Marriott Nai Yang

Stormy mon­soon weath­er made it impos­si­ble for Gecko Nurs­ery School chil­dren to clean the Nai Yang Beach dur­ing this year’s first Gecko Beach Cleanup.

Luck­i­ly, Mar­riott Nai Yang hos­pi­tal­i­ty saved the day!  Kids and par­ents enjoyed a deli­cious break­fasts at the resort’s lob­by lounge with a spec­tac­u­lar view of the bach.

We will be back at Nai Yang to fin­ish the job as soon as the sun comes out!

Marriott’s Spirit to Serve reaches Gecko!

Thank you to the won­der­ful team at Phuket Mar­riott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach who recent­ly pre­sent­ed Gecko Nurs­ery School with fan­tas­tic, hand-made bam­boo gar­den fur­ni­ture!! Do the chil­dren enjoy it? Just take a look at those pic­tures!

The tables, chairs and sala were all hand build by Mar­riott staff dur­ing a team build­ing activ­i­ty and donat­ed to Gecko, prov­ing that Marriott’s “Spir­it To Serve” is so much more than just a slo­gan.

Which reminds us, the next Gecko beach cleanup will take place at Nai Yang Beach in front of Mar­riott Nai Yang, this Fir­day at 8:30 am. Feel free to join us!

Gecko joins Trash Hero’s first Phuket beach cleanup!

750 kg (!!!) of trash col­lect­ed on Bang Tao beach in just under two hours is the result of the inau­gu­ral beach cleanup orga­nized in Phuket by Trash Hero. Local gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives, local police offi­cers, the Thai Tourist Police, Tourist Police Vol­un­teers and of course par­ents and chil­dren from Gecko Nurs­ery Phuket joined in the effort to keep the beach clean.

Thanks every­one who made this hap­pen! More com­ing soon.

School Year number 4 begins at Gecko Nursery School in Phuket!

After weeks of prepa­ra­tions — clean­ing, gar­den­ing, paint­ing and rear­rang­ing — we wel­comed stu­dents back at Gecko Nurs­ery School on Mon­day, August 22. A fan­tas­tic day of meet­ing good old friends and mak­ing new ones. And it;s just the first one in a long line of great days we will be spend­ing togeth­er!

Here are some pho­tos for the first day of school year num­ber four at Gecko Nurs­ery School in Phuket: