Vol. II No. 41 Saturday October 11 - October 17, 2003
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Kids' Corner

Book illustrator makes an impression

Prem Celebrates International Day

Kids' Corner

STERCES EDIH SEDOC Can you guess what that says? If you look closely you will see that it says “codes hide secrets” written backwards. This is one easy way of making up a secret code. Different kinds of codes have been used since ancient times to keep military plans secret. Secret codes are still used today by the military, by banks for ATM machines and on the internet.

One way to make a secret message is to change the spaces. Can you read the message below?

Yo uca nu seco de sto sen dse cr etm es sa gest oy ourfri ends.

Another way is to write a sentence using the alphabet from z to a instead of a to z so that a=z, b=y, c=x, d=w and so on. See if you can work out the message below.

Blf xzm fhv xlwvh gl hvmw hvxivg nvhhztvh gl blfi uirvmwh.

See if you can make you own secret code. You could send a message to Marvin to work out. Send your letters to:

Marg and Marvin
Chiangmai Mail
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Muangsamut Road
T. Changmoi, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai 50300
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1) What do you call an elephant that flies?
2) What kind of paste do they use in the North Pole?
3) What is the only nut with a hole in it?
4) What does a nut say when it sneezes?


1) A dumbo jet
2) Igloo
3) A doughnut
4) Cashew

This week we have a picture from Basile. He has drawn a picture of a very big hotel. Can you count how many windows there are?

Bye from Marg and Marvin

Book illustrator makes an impression

Katherine Voll

Last week Tuesday Anne Spudvilas, a successful book illustrator from Australia, visited the Prem library to give a series of workshops on her profession. Grades 1 through 5 students were eager to query Ms. Spudvilas about the ins and outs of the publishing trade and even discovered their own hidden talents for illustration as she handed out paper and charcoal and led them through a group drawing session.

Ms. Spudvilas has contributed to the illustrations of several children’s picture books including In My Backyard, Jenny Angel, Bright Star, The Race, and Big Cat Dreaming. She has also designed the covers for several Isabel Carmody books.

“When you’re reading, do any of you ever get a picture in your head of how a character should look or what they should be doing? Well, whenever I get that picture in my head I know that this is a book I could illustrate,” explained Ms. Spudvilas during the workshop. Ms. Spudvilas has contributed to the illustrations of several children’s picture books including In My Backyard, Jenny Angel, Bright Star, The Race, and Big Cat Dreaming. She has also designed the covers for several Isabel Carmody books.

Students were eager to query Ms. Spudvilas about the ins and outs of the publishing trade and even discovered their own hidden talents for illustration as she handed out paper and charcoal and led them through a group drawing session.

Anne Spudvilas’ visit was organized as part of Prem’s Book Week, a week of activities focusing on the Language Arts and, in particular, reading. “Book Week encourages awareness of books as a fun leisure activity as well as an important source of information. The week highlights the various genres of literature,” explained Head of the Junior School, Sean Murphy. Book Week activities included a reading marathon, door decoration, hat making, a literature quiz and a book week assembly. Students were encouraged by their teachers to read more than they would normally and to share their experiences with the rest of the school community.

Anne Spudvilas, a successful book illustrator from Australia.

Throughout the week, Junior School students could be seen walking in and out of the library carrying stacks of books and chatting with each other about what they’d just read. In this age of computer games and satellite TV, that’s an accomplishment.

Prem Celebrates International Day

A Day when the world becomes smaller

by Katherine Voll

This past Saturday at Prem Tinsulandonda International School, parents, students and teachers shared their countries and cultures with one another in an International Day to remember. The day’s activities included booths representing sixteen different countries, a multicultural music and dance concert performed by student groups, a basketball tournament, and an unforgettable potluck lunch featuring cuisine from around the world.

The Parent School Association (PSA) played a huge role in organizing and setting up the booths. “For the last two years we have celebrated International Day at Prem and this year the school felt that it would be a good idea to broaden the scope of the day and get the parent community more involved,” commented PSA board member Elizabeth Nabnian. Parents showed tremendous enthusiasm by preparing food, decorating and running booths and organizing everything from a miniature British teahouse to American innovations to a choreographed Zimbabwean dance routine.

The atmosphere of the celebration was fun and lively, but it was also a chance for parents, teachers and students to learn from each other by sharing their cultural backgrounds. Thai parents set up a brilliant display including a craft and jewelry sale, a traditional Thai dance performance and a table set up for children to make lukchup, a colorful Thai dessert made of soybean paste.

The Japanese booth was also a huge success, featuring seven different kinds of Japanese food prepared by Prem parents and an origami table which was enjoyed by children and adults alike. “We had so much fun at the booth,” explained Yuka Kominato, a Prem ESL teacher and one of the organizers of the Japanese booth. “Everyone who came up to us was so curious about how the food was prepared and why we were wearing fujitas, the traditional summer festival costumes. It was a real cultural exchange.”

The day ended with a student concert in which, among other things, the first through fifth grade performed a traditional Indonesian dance, the Prem string ensemble played American fiddle music and the choir sang an African piece. The audience responded with rousing applause, clearly enjoying their musical tour around the world as well as its message of diversity.

In his closing remarks at the end of the concert, Head of School Lister Hannah emphasized the significance of celebrating our diversity in an international community such as ours. “Everyone has put out so much effort to make this day a success. We’ve really shown the importance of taking pride in and sharing our own cultures and national backgrounds while enjoying and so appreciating the cultures of others.”

All of the proceeds from the event will go to the PSA to fund school projects throughout the year. But this day was about much more than just fundraising; it was about appreciating diversity and sharing cultural histories. For one day, Prem parents, students and teachers brought a truly international community even closer together. Next year, Prem hopes to open its gates to the public in order to involve the larger Chiangmai community in this fun-filled celebration of cultural diversity.

At the Japanese booth, Mr. and Mrs. Fujita serve soba noodles and Japanese rice crackers to eager students and parents. (Photo by Michael Vogt)

First through fifth graders perform an Indonesian “monkey” dance. (Photo by Katherine Voll)

Australians were represented through street musicians - just the hat was missing. (Photo by Michael Vogt)

Friendship bands - only 10 baht ... who could say no? (Photo by Michael Vogt)

This was probably the most photographed little girl. Sweet, 3-year-old Gaja (K 1) from Bali in a characteristic Balinese blouse couldn’t care less... (Photo by Michael Vogt)

20 month old Jennifer from Switzerland, or was she just a ‘guest’ in Switzerland, where one could try Swiss cheese and cookies. (Photo by Michael Vogt)

Guilia Tavernari enjoys some french-fries at the McDonalds stand, part of the American display. (Photo by Katherine Voll)

Thailand being the host country was placed right in front of the library and youngsters in traditional northern clothes were busy with the gongs. (Photo by Michael Vogt)

Showing how to make the delicious colorful Thai sweets - ‘lukchup’, a colorful Thai dessert made of soybean paste - and of course giving out treats to try was another table in the ‘Thai Corner’. (Photo by Michael Vogt)

I’m not perfect, I’m Zimbabwean was on their t-shirts, but the dance performance left nothing to desire whereby the little ones looked almost like they were straight out of the Flintstone movie... The Zimbabwe crowd posing in front of their display. (Photo by Michael Vogt)

The United Kingdom offered games, ‘dress up’, a quiz and a Maypole dance. (Photo by Michael Vogt)

Banana bread snapping in the Dutch corner was fun for small and big kids. (Photo by Michael Vogt)

Taking a break - Bali style - Cheryl Keegan, college guidance counselor and husband Steven. (Photo by Michael Vogt)

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