Many German speaking expatriates live in and around
Chiang Mai, but are here on short term contracts. Their children could be
disadvantaged by the school curriculum changes, but the Christian German
School Chiang Mai claims it has the perfect solution. It prepares children
for relocation and integration back into their respective home countries, be
it Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Principal Fred Hartmann with Lucie, the talking doll, which is used for
explanations, fun, prayers and learning experiences in the kindergarten and
elementary school classes.
Girlsí band under the leadership of Mrs Hartmann, the music, art and
religion teacher, practices for the Christmas musical on December 19.
The CDSC is situated in a quiet rural setting at the edge
of a village, surrounded by rice fields, about 8 km south of the Chiang Mai
The curriculum is based upon that of the federal state of
Hesse, and is completed using materials from various other German federal
states. The school also teaches Thai language and culture to enable pupils
to integrate in their current host culture. Being a Christian school it also
places importance on imparting the generally held Christian societal
principles. Tuition is done in small groups by dedicated professionals.
is the most popular after school activity for all age groups. The teamís
mascot, Schongo the dog insisted on being in the picture.
The school boasts a science laboratory, a computer room and a classroom
for Thai studies. The library has over 4000 books covering a large variety
of subjects. The children enjoy access to a large playground with a jungle
gym, a soccer and basketball field as well as a hall for indoor games in
case of rain. Pre-school children numbers have risen to over 20, and pupils
from grades 1 - 11 to almost 60.