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My Piggy Bank

APIK holds traditional Thai blessing for new school

A visit to the Death Railway in Kanchanaburi

BCT presents “Annie”

My Piggy Bank

by Chonpapop Panthong English 311 Course for Reading and Writing at CMU

Do you know piggy bank or saving box? Piggy bank is the box of piggy shape where you save your money, especially your coins. I had one as I was a very young boy. I used it to collect my coins which were left from my daily pocket money.

Piggy bank was used everywhere in the world since long time ago even in the old days when money had no specific shape. Piggy banks always had big size and holes of different sizes to drop coins. Until we have had banknotes, piggy banks became smaller in sizes. Piggy Bank is a popular way to save money especially for children, because a pig is a very cute animal. The original piggy banks were made from paper in red color.

Today the original paper piggy banks are not longer popular, because there are those made from ceramics with different models. How does your saving bank look like?

APIK holds traditional Thai blessing for new school

Metinee Chaikuna

American Pacific International Kindergarten (APIK) held a traditional Thai blessing ceremony for their new school on World Club Road. The school has moved from the Koolpunt Ville Project 5 and this is its third year of operation in Chiang Mai. The Kindergarten is an extension of the American Pacific International School, which is an international co-ed day and boarding school.

Kritsanant Palarit, the school’s owner, performs a solemn ritual during the traditional Thai blessing ceremony for the new school.

APIK Headmaster Barry Sutherland and Principal Joseph Lone, of at the Thai blessing ceremony. Principal Lone said, “I am very proud of our dedicated staff and of our new facility.”

The school owners, Kritsanant and Mrs. Bua Palarit were present for the ceremony as well as Joseph Lone, the principal of APIK and Barry Sutherland, headmaster of American Pacific International School, who had designed and opened the original kindergarten in 2000.

Joseph Lone said, “I am very proud of our dedicated staff and of our new facility. We are providing an American education for young children in a Thai setting. At our school we have more than 18 nationalities represented, so you really get an international feeling here. The active learning program is based on discovery and inquiry. We are helping to form creative, independent learners here and the results are really exciting. Learning through play is essential to our program.”

Kritsanant and Bua Palarit pay their respects at the school’s spirit house before the blessing ceremony.

Children at the school have use of the most modern amusement facilities for learning and play time.

This sentiment was backed up by Barry Sutherland, who said, “Today is a big day in our school’s history. We have made a commitment to the parents in Chiang Mai to build and operate a school specially designed to meet the needs of young children. This means that our program is focused on early years learning and we strongly believe that the early years are where the foundation of a solid life-long love of learning is built. We back up that commitment with certified teachers from overseas delivering a developmentally appropriate and inquiry-based curriculum in well-resourced classrooms.”

The new school was specifically designed by Kritsanant, with green space for free play and spacious classrooms.

A visit to the Death Railway in Kanchanaburi

Story and pictures by Dominique Leutwiler

This year’s study trip for the teenagers of the Christian German School Chiang Mai (CDSC) was a trip back in time. During the week of February 2nd to the 8th the 15 students and 3 teachers took a closer look at the history around the Death Railway in Kanchanaburi. Prior to their trip, the students from grade 7 - 10 did some research into River Kwai area and were curious to see the “real thing”.

Mr. Fred Hartmann, principal of the CDSC (second left, with beard), accompanied the teenagers personally in order to guarantee the success of the excursion.

What would a trip be without an adventure? In our case, it was river rafting.

Pure relaxation — time for a dip!

After a trip by train to Bangkok with a short stay over, the students then drove to Kanchanaburi to visit different sites. The main attraction was the history around the Death Railway and the different museums. One has just recently opened: the well documented Railway Museum just next to the graveyard. The reality of a graveyard with 6982 graves left a lasting impression, especially since the average age of death of the POW’s was around 28 years. The students could read and learn about the painful methods of torture used by the Japanese to force the POW’s to do heavy labor during WWII. The participants of this educational trip agreed that such inhuman methods should not be forgotten and should be a reminder of the values of peace for today’s world.

Besides a ride on the railway and a walk through the “Hellfire Pass” the students could also relax at the “Erawan” Waterfall and test their skills on a canoe ride. It was not clear which part of the trip was the most exciting for the teenagers but as their teacher Fred Hartmann said, “Nothing unforeseen has happened during our trip and no major problem had to be solved.” For most parents these were the magic words.

BCT presents “Annie”

Mark your calendars for the best family entertainment of the year: Bangkok Community Theatre’s presentation of the hit family musical “Annie”. Bangkok Community Theatre (BCT) will stage “Annie” at the Bangkok Playhouse on Petchburi Road on March 28 & 29 at 7:30 p.m. and March 29 and 30, 2003 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets at B550 for adults and B350 for students and children for all four performances will be available at CD Warehouse in the Emporium on Sukhumvit Road from mid-March.

“Annie” has been described as the perfect family musical. It first opened on Broadway in November 1977 and won 7 Tony Awards including the award for Best Musical. A film of the musical was made in 1982 which was followed by a Disney remake in 1999. With wonderfully uplifting songs and dances, this is a true “feel good” show. In the words of “Annie’s” creator: “Those who come to see the show go away with a sense of optimism, a sense of hope and joy and love. I think that is why it is a success.” That kind of optimism from a little orphan girl as she hugs her dog and tells us “The sun will come out tomorrow” is just the kind of uplifting entertainment families need this Spring. This local production boasts 48 adult performers, 10 kids and a dog! Don’t miss it! (For more information please visit the BCT website at Proceeds to benefit Thai Children’s Charities!

“Annie” will be made possible through the generous support of sponsors: NEWCITY (Bangkok) PCL, International School Bangkok (ISB), Kleenex by Kimberly-Clark, Bangkok Hospital, Toblerone, MBMG International, The Little Gym, Kesinee International School, Raja’s Fashions, Transpo International, Covermark and CD Warehouse.

The Amari-Atrium hotel, which is located just down the road from the Playhouse, has kindly put together a special “Annie” package for out-of-towners who might be coming to Bangkok to see the production.