Marvin has been invited to
lots of birthday parties lately, so he went to the library to see if he
could find out when some famous people were born. Here is what he found:
Jim Carrey January 17th 1962
Michael Jordan February 17th 1963
Andre Agassi April 29th 1970
Arnold Schwarzeneger July 30th 1947
Magic Johnson August 14th 1959
Bill Clinton August 19th 1946
Brittany Spears December 30th 1981
Tiger Woods December 30th 1975
When is your birthday? You
could send Marvin a letter telling him what date you were born and maybe
even a photo of yourself. You can send your letters to:
156-158 Im-boon Housing Estate
T. Changmoi, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai 50300
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 053 234 145
1) What goes up and down but
2) What kind of lion never roars?
3) What kind of puzzle makes you angry?
4) What did the little light bulb say to its mother?
2) A dandelion
3) A crossword puzzle
4) I wuv you watts and watts.
This week we have a picture from Saidtha who is in Year 4.
Bye from Marg and Marvin
Supported by funds from HM the Queen, Mae Soi youth group has become successful with OMEGA-3 eggs
A chicken farming project for youths set up in Mae Soi,
Chorm Thong District, Chiang Mai has already had a storied history, and it
is only 4 years old.
The project receives Royal support, has had a Royal
visitor, has expanded exponentially, it successfully produces experimental
eggs, and has diversified into farming a special type of prolific pig.
Back in March 1999, the project got underway with a
rather small group of 30 youths from 10 villages who, supported by a 100,000
baht grant from Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, began raising chickens. The group
has now expanded to 580 members.
Mae Soi Youth Group’s chicken farm, supported by Chiang Mai Provincial
Livestock Office, where the OMEGA-3 eggs are being produced. The project has
proven quite successful and is now even expanding.
Mae Soi Youth Group’s president, Weerasak Sukkam said
that in 1992, Mae Soi suffered a high unemployment rate. Students who
graduated or finished school could not get work, so most returned home to
help their parents cultivate longan orchards. However, since longan orchards
do not need much looking after, the youths were left with too much free
Some of these youths began to fall in with the wrong
crowd, and began spending their free time using drugs, which of course
became a problem. Worried about the moral decay of their offspring, people
in the district decided to set up an alternative way to generate income.
They settled on the idea of chicken farming, and asked for a budget from Her
Majesty Queen Sirikit. HM the Queen graciously consented to granting a
budget of 100,000 baht to run the project.
This was just what they needed, and thanks to HM the
Queen’s financial support, the project has become a success.
In 2002, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn graciously came
to see the youth group’s chicken farm. The Crown Prince was impressed, and
in 2003, the Crown Prince followed up the project’s progress and granted
another budget to raise 500 chickens. Afterward, the Crown Prince’s
secretary sent a letter to assign the Livestock Department to look after the
The Chiang Mai Provincial Livestock Office then gave
advice to the youths, instructing them to diversify into different types of
livestock than general farms so that the youths could have their own market.
They suggested the youth group make OMEGA-3 eggs, which are different from
normal eggs, as they have more DHA and EPA than normal eggs.
Each OMEGA-3 egg has the same benefits as 250 mg of whale
oil, which is about equal to a whale oil capsule sold in drugstores, but
with the added benefit of the eggs costing much less than the capsules. Each
egg costs only 2 baht, which is cheap compared to the supplementary food
capsules sold in drugstores, but more expensive than normal eggs. These
special eggs provide around 4,000 baht income per month for the youths who
work on the farm.
“Two members take turns watching over the farm every
day, and each member would get 80 baht per day for that. For me, I get
around 4,500-5,000 baht per month. It depends on how many days I come to
watch over the farm. The income we get from selling eggs also pays for the
electricity bill and administration of the farm, which we manage
ourselves,” the president of the youth group said.
Apart from farming OMEGA-3 eggs, the youth group also
raises Mueisan pigs they get from the livestock office. The Mueisan pig is a
species of pig that the Chinese government granted to Her Royal Highness
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The special feature of this pig is that it
produces many piglets. However, the pigs are quite smelly, so a veterinarian
from the Provincial Livestock Office began experimenting, and bred the
Mueisan pigs with Durox pigs, so the pigs would not smell so bad, yet would
still produce many piglets.
“Now we only focus on half-breed Mueisan pig farming
and OMEGA-3 eggs, and this has proven to be successful. We have alternative
income and have a worthwhile way to spend time. Her Majesty Queen Sirikit
has changed our lives very much. In the past the youths here faced a lot of
problems with drugs. But now 99% of the youths no longer deal with drugs,”
The project has also received a lot of support from both
state and private sectors, and now even needs to expand as, due to its
success, more members are joining the project.
A half century of international learning for life
CMIS celebrates fifty years in Chiang Mai
On the first day of June in 1954, the small school that
was to become Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) opened its doors to the
children of foreign missionaries stationed in northern Thailand. At the time
Chiang Mai was a city of less than 50,000 inhabitants, and Thailand’s
total population was almost a third (22 million) of what it is today.
special 50th Anniversary ‘logo’ is being used throughout the celebration
year Aug 2003 - June 2004, on school stationary, souvenirs etc. It
incorporates the CMIS school badge and its Latin motto chosen by the
school’s founders “Ora et Labora” which translates as By Work and By
The coronation of HRH King Bhumibol had taken place in
Bangkok just 4 years earlier. In the wider world, 1954 had seen a dramatic
defeat for the French army at Dien Bien Phu, and West Germany upset Hungary
3-2 in the World Cup football final. In America Dr. Jonas Salk began
inoculating children against Polio, and the Revised Standard Version of the
Holy Bible headed the US non-fiction best seller list.
The Early Days
In Chiang Mai, the little ‘international’ school
began operating in an old bungalow that had once been home to Dr. Daniel
McGilvery, founder of the American Presbyterian Mission in Chiang Mai. Today
it is the site of the First Thai Church. There were 8 pupils attending what
was first called Chiangmai Children’s Center.
are they now? The Grade 8 graduating Class of ’63 look so proud and neatly
turned out, with graduating certificates in hand. In those early days
students went on to high school at ISB in Bangkok, or to a Christian-run
school in India, many furthered their education at home in Chiang Mai by
correspondence course, while still others went back to their home countries.
Seen here (front) Kenny Bryant, Joann Seely, Joyce Seely, Larry Johnson,
Paul Bradburn. (Back) Peggy (NA), Ricky Judd, Diane Pickering.
In just a short time, there was a need to add hostel
accommodation for children of missionaries from other parts of Thailand who
began attending the school. So, in 1955-6 the school moved to another former
missionary home - that of Dr McKean, the founder of the McKean Leprosy
Hospital and Rehabilitation Center.
The McKean home doubled as classroom space and hostel
until the first purpose-built classrooms were erected. Today the charming
old house serves as the administration building for CMIS.
McKean House, seen here in 1973, is still a landmark on the current CMIS
campus. It was built in 1906 as the home of missionary Dr J.W. McKean,
founder of the McKean Leprosy Hospital. In 1955-6 it became the CCC school
building, and later served as a hostel for students. Today, the classical
old house is the Administration Building for CMIS.
With expansion of the school in the 1960’s a name
change was decided upon, and, without changing initials, CCC became
Chiangmai Co-Educational Center. A full education program for grades K
through 8 was offered and the school now welcomed an increasing number of
children from other international (non-mission) families coming to live and
work in Chiang Mai. At the time, international schools outside of Bangkok
had no legal status under Thai law. The administrators of CCC worked
patiently and long to lobby for legal status for the school. Finally in
1984-5 the school was officially approved as Chiang Mai International
School, becoming the first legally recognised, Thai Government registered
international school in Thailand outside of Bangkok.
Today, CMIS has become a dynamic and successful
international school with over 400 pupils. Small enough to retain a friendly
and relaxed campus environment, yet still the largest international school
in the North. CMIS welcomes children of all faiths, cultures and ethnic
backgrounds from the much-enlarged international community in Chiang Mai. It
also remains true to the traditions of its founders, serving missionary
families and maintaining its heritage of the Christian faith and values at
the heart of the school.
the historical McKean House remains a key campus landmark at CMIS and serves
as the Administration Building and the first stop for visitors to the
CMIS High School (grades 9 - 12) has been an important
addition to the school. Beginning with Grade 9 in 1992, grades up to 12 were
added each year until the high school was completed in 1995. Operating a
basically American school system, students study a broad range of arts and
science subjects over 4 years for the CMIS High School Diploma. In addition,
the high school challenges its brightest students with the academically
demanding Advanced Placement (AP) courses in a range of core subjects.
graduates at CMIS finish in 12th Grade and enjoy a full American style high
school graduation ceremony. Here the Class of 2003 celebrates together.
Around ninety percent of CMIS high school graduates
continue their education at a university, and qualifications gained at CMIS
are welcomed around the world. Recent grads have furthered their studies at
universities in Australia, Canada, England, Holland, India, Japan, Sweden,
Taiwan, Thailand and the USA. This 50th celebration year will honour the
school’s 9th senior graduating class in June 2004.
Plans to celebrate 50
years and beyond
Plans to celebrate the 50th year include a special
Founders Day service scheduled for Sept 18th this year, and an Alumni
Reunion weekend planned for Jan 2 - 4, 2004. It is hoped that as many as
possible former CCC and CMIS students, teachers and parents will attend the
weekend celebration. Alumni and others who are interested in getting further
details are asked to either contact Kevin Morse at CMIS, or check the school
website on www.cmis.ac.th
Rose Wood was the first teacher of the school that opened as the Chiangmai
Children’s Center in June 1954. Miss Wood continued to teach at CCC for
many years, and is seen in this photo with her Grade 2 class in 1964. The
children (from L to R): Victoria Kholer, Ricky Korn, Grant Pound, Joseph
LeBeau, Michael Long, George Waters, and Mark Sewell.
As it looks forward to the next 50 years, CMIS plans a
significant new building program at its campus close to downtown Chiang Mai.
A gymnasium and a central resources building housing a new library, computer
labs and additional classrooms will begin construction soon.
A challenge recognised by the school administration is to
build for the future, but to maintain the intimate, friendly and tree-shady
nature of the campus. With its experience of serving the very broad based
community of international families who have lived in Chiang Mai over the
past fifty years, CMIS projects a highly developed sense of the needs of
international students. And, celebrating the school’s birthday today in a
more complex and fractious world than the one in which it began fifty years
ago, CMIS prides itself on developing its students as responsible
individuals with a lifelong appreciation and respect for people of different
cultures and backgrounds - a humble contribution from Chiang Mai towards a
Happy birthday Chiang Mai International School!