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Kids' Corner

Lanna International School celebrates new school year

New position filled at American Pacific International School

Prem Parent School Association kicks off the year

Thousands of students attend this year’s Science Week at CMU

RTAF Radio Station 103 supports education

CMIS announces new appointments

Kids' Corner

Marvin has been timing himself to see how fast he can run. He is very fast but he wants to get faster since he read about how fast animals can go. He was amazed when he found out that some animals can move as fast as a high speed car. Here is what he found out:

Name of the animal Speed the animal can travel
Cheetah 70miles per hour
Lion 50 miles per hour
Cape Hunting Dog 45 miles per hour
Zebra 40 miles per hour
Rabbit 35 miles per hour
Grizzly Bear 30 miles per hour
Cat (domestic) 30 miles per hour
Elephant 25 miles per hour
Squirrel 12 miles per hour
Pig 11 miles per hour
Chicken 9 miles per hour
Snail 0.03 miles per hour 

That’s amazing when you think that the fastest man can only run at 23.16 miles per hour! Do you like to run? Write to Marvin and tell him how fast you can run 100m. Don’t forget to tell him how old you are. You can send your letters to:

Marg and Marvin
Chiangmai Mail Publishing Co., Ltd.
156-158 Im-boon Housing Estate

Muangsamut Road
T. Changmoi, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai 50300
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 053 234 145


1) What is the difference between a pear and a pearl?
2) What is the best day for making chips?
3) What runs across the floor but has no legs?
4) Why do movie stars stay so cool?


1) The letter ‘L’.
2) Fri-day
3) Water
4) Because they have so many fans.

Bye from Marg and Marvin

Lanna International School celebrates new school year

The new academic year at Lanna International School started on Monday, August 18. The new Head of School, Roy Lewis, anticipates an exciting, challenging and fulfilling year and is hoping that the school’s events, successes and programs will be featured in forthcoming editions of the Chiangmai Mail.

New position filled at American Pacific International School

The American Pacific International School (APIS) in Chiang Mai has recently filled their new position of Director of Business Development. Jacquelyn Suter from the United States has been chosen to spearhead the school’s international marketing and recruitment efforts.

Ms. Suter has been residing in Chiang Mai for over a year, teaching and undertaking marketing last year at the university level. She brings to this position 20 years of marketing and business relationship experience.

In keeping with APIS’s goal to recruit faculty from top US schools, Ms. Suter holds a graduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

“I find student recruitment challenging and fascinating,” says Ms. Suter, “and am looking forward to diversifying and increasing the international student body at American Pacific.”

American Pacific International School is a world-class private secondary school, fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, providing all-English instruction for grades K-12.

Prem Parent School Association kicks off the year

Last Tuesday the Prem Tinsulanonda Parent School Association met for the first time for an informal breakfast at the Westin Hotel. Together, over an excellent buffet, around forty-five parents and the PSA committee members brainstormed ways to contribute positively to the Prem community. “Our goal was to help new parents meet old parents and to make everyone feel welcome,” commented committee member and parent Elizabeth Nabnian.

From left to right: Elisabeth Nabnian, Pat Roby, Chairperson Andrew Bartlett, Yupin Hodgson and Sara Shadravan.

The PSA was formed to give parents of PTIS students the opportunity to support the school, help with fundraising, and to generally encourage parent involvement.

This year’s PSA has many exciting hopes and plans for the coming year. The committee is organizing a tour of Chiang Mai for parents new to the area for Tuesday, September 2 and ran a bake sale on the Prem campus on Tuesday, August 26.

A main focus of this year’s PSA will be fundraising. The committee will try to organize one major fundraising event each term. According to Elizabeth, the PSA has asked for a wish list from both the Junior and the Senior schools and hopes to be able to provide Prem with a few extras throughout the year. In addition, the PSA plans to get involved in Prem’s upcoming International Day.

“Hopefully we’ll have a lot of parents involved this year - as many parents of as many nationalities as possible,” said Elizabeth. Indeed, it looks like a promising year for the Prem PSA. If you’re a parent interested in getting involved with the PSA or with any upcoming events, please contact the chairperson, Andrew Bartlett, by email at [email protected]

Thousands of students attend this year’s Science Week at CMU

The University of Chiang Mai and Majeo University alternate responsibility for hosting the annual Science Week in the north, and this year it was the turn of the Faculty of Science at CMU. Science Week draws thousands of students from all over the north to Chiang Mai every year. This year’s opening ceremony commemorated His Majesty King Rama IV as the father of modern science in Thailand and was presided over by Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat.

From left to right - David Hopkinson, director of the British Council Branch here in Chiang Mai, Shigeyuki Suzuki, consul of the Japanese Consulate, and Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat cut the ribbon to officially open the event.

2003 marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA by Watson and Crick at Cambridge University and the British Council Thailand is marking the occasion by using “DNA50” as the theme for a series of events in Thailand, including an exhibition and workshops on DNA as part of this year’s Science Week.

Students obtain information about various activities which the British Councils provide worldwide.

Working in collaboration with the National Science Museum the exhibition explains the history of the discovery of DNA and its practical and sometimes controversial applications. After Science Week the exhibition, which is in Thai, will be moved from the Faculty of Science to the Doi Suthep Natural Science Center where it will be on display for a month.

Students involved in DNA activity at Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University.

One of the most important areas of the British Council’s activity world-wide is in helping to create opportunities for the exchange of innovative ideas in science, and in the teaching of science. Therefore Dr Mark Windale, the senior lecturer in Science Education for the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield-Hallam University, was invited to conduct two workshops for secondary level students on the theme of DNA.

It’s “Workshop” time - Dr Mark Windale, the senior lecturer in Science Education for the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield-Hallam University, with upper secondary students during the workshop on the theme of DNA.

With the use of various activities and role play, as well as experiments, Dr Windale was not only able to showcase creativity in science teaching but also provide a memorable learning experience and lots of fun for over 200 students.

RTAF Radio Station 103 supports education


RTAF Radio Station 103 in Chiang Mai organized their annual scholarships conferment at Techatungkha Conference Hall in Wing 41, Chiang Mai on August 21.

Group Captain Arnont Jarayaphan, the wing commander for fighter operations of Wing 41, Chiang Mai base, presided over the annual scholarships conferment.

Group Captain Arnont Jarayaphan, wing commander for Wing 41 fighter operations, Chiang Mai base, presided over the ceremony.

On December 21, 2000, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Radio Station management committee decided to offer scholarships to schools, educational foundations, and funds in the provinces where the RTAF Radio Station is received.

Group Captain Arnont Jarayaphan and school representatives from Chiang Mai and Lamphun.

For the year 2003, the RTAF Radio Station 103 in Chiang Mai received 30,000 baht for their educational budget, and the committee made a consideration to grant 10 scholarships to 7 elementary schools, 1 for junior high school, and the rest for high schools in both Chiang Mai and Lamphun provinces.

CMIS announces new appointments

Chiang Mai International School (CMIS), now in its 50th year of providing high-quality education in Chiang Mai, is pleased to announce the appointment of two experienced educators to its senior administrative team.

Supaporn Yanasarn assumed the school’s directorship in July 2003 after two years as the school’s principal and acting director, and following the retirement of long-time CMIS Director Kamol Boonprohm.

Supaporn Yanasarn assumed the school’s directorship in July 2003 after two years as the school’s principal and acting director.

Achan Supaporn holds a degree in Education and Master of Divinity degree, and has been a keen supporter of the development of leadership through education. Prior to her association with CMIS, Achan Supaporn spent 29 years as a teacher, administrator, and Chaplain at the Prince Royal’s College in Chiang Mai.

Australian Russell Morton is Chiang Mai International School’s new principal. Mr. Morton comes to CMIS with a background in Biochemistry, a Masters degree in Education and extensive experience in school administration. Most recently Mr. Morton served as director of Murree Christian School in Pakistan, and has held head positions at a number of private schools in Australia.

Chiang Mai International School also welcomed 21 new teachers and 112 new students to their community this school year, which began on August 13.