Marvin has been learning all about
recycling at school and he has been collecting lots of stuff. He has been
saving all of our newspapers in a neat pile so that we can use them to cover
the table when we are doing very messy jobs like painting and gluing.
He has been collecting all of our old
plastic and glass bottles, tin cans, old boxes from cereal and old shopping
bags too. He makes sure that he washes anything that had food in it or
otherwise it would be very smelly. He doesn’t keep potato peels or old
food for recycling because these things will go bad and they can’t be used
The stuff that Marvin is recycling he
likes to give to the man who comes down our soi with a special cart to
collect it all. Then he takes it to a special place where they can make it
into new boxes, paper, plastic and glass. Marvin likes doing this because he
says that it is helping to protect the environment. He is right. Do you
recycle anything? What do you recycle? Write to Marvin and tell him. Write
your letters to:
156-158 Im-boon Housing Estate
T. Changmoi, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai 50300
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 053 234 145
1) Knock, knock.
Midas well let me in. I’ve come to see you.
2) Knock, knock.
Pasta bananas please.
3) Knock, knock.
Tock to me please, I’m lonely.
4) Knock, knock.
Fido known you lived here, I’d have come to visit you sooner.
Bye from Marg and Marvin
Fun with Science:
Prem Celebrates Science Day
Last Wednesday afternoon, third through eleventh grade
students at Prem were busy conducting chemistry experiments, doing library
research and looking in microscopes. And they were having a great time
jumping Barbie dolls make for tricky physics calculations!
All of these activities were part of Prem’s first ever
Science Day, which featured a series of fifteen different scientific
projects run by teachers. The projects touched on each of four different
subject areas: biology, chemistry, physics and technology. “The purpose of
Science Day is not only to make science fun, but also to give students a
hands-on experience working in a group. Many of these activities focus on
problem solving. I think everyone is learning a lot,” explained Head of
Science Dr. Alison Dangerfield.
school students Sonya and Alisa try not to spill!
Students worked in teams of four, moving from room to
room as they completed each task. Projects included microscope drawings,
identification of substances using the five senses, building pH indicators,
constructing bridges out of plastic straws and, unforgettably, physics
calculations involving bungee jumping Barbie dolls.
students busy taking measurements.
Without a doubt, the scientific, problem solving, and
group work skills these students were practicing have become valuable skills
in this age of rapid scientific and technological development. However, as
far as the students were concerned, it was simply a fun way to spend the
afternoon. As 7th grade student James Morris explained, “The problems were
really difficult, but it didn’t matter because we were having a great
Six year old Jakapan starts school!
Don’t most children of that age in Thailand go to
school? Not if they have a disability and certainly not if they have severe
cerebral palsy like Jakapan. In most of these instances they are considered
‘uneducable’ and sometimes even thought to be ‘un-trainable’; hence
they spend a large part of their life lying in a prone position on their
backs looking into space.
children play with Jakapan, which challenges him mentally.
This perception of children with cerebral palsy is
probably largely due to their physical appearance which frequently gives the
impression that they are unable to do anything. In many cases, they may be
unable to walk or even sit independently; they may be unable to communicate
through comprehensible speech but it does not mean that they are unable to
think or to function cognitively. In fact, often it is quite the reverse
depending on which parts of the brain have been damaged.
So Jakapan, lucky boy, now has the opportunity to attend
the Kindergarten Class at his local school, Baan Nong Chang Kheun in Amphur
Muang District, Lamphun province. He will be accompanied by his mother for
one hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays initially with a view to full inclusion
at a later date as and when appropriate.
All this has come about because Jakapan and his mother
have had the benefit of a 10 week training course at Lamphun Special
Education in collaboration with the Chiang Mai Disability and Mobility
Centre once a week from July 23 to October 1. So, in a matter of 3 months,
Jakapan has gone from being ‘stuck’ at home with little stimulation to
being able to mix socially, play and learn with other children of his own
Good luck Jakapan! - let’s hope your story and the
willingness of Baan Nong Chang Kheun School to accept you into their
Kindergarten Class opens the way for many more such opportunities for
Thailand’s largely ignored and neglected children with disabilities,
especially those “bright minds trapped in a damaged body” through no
fault of their own or their families.
For further details about this ‘Lamphun Project’ or
information about the help and support given to children with disabilities
and their families, please contact: Chiang Mai Disability and Mobility
Centre, Ratchapakhinai Rd., Chiang Mai. Tel: 053 213941 (Directors: Sunan
and Don Willcox) or Lamphun Special Education Centre, A. Muang, Lamphun
(Director: Ajaan Amarin Panwitlai - Tel: 01 6813185)
Prem ‘on air’
Many Thai parents choose to send their children abroad to
continue their studies. ‘Wan Nee Tee Muang Thai’ from Channel 11 decided
to introduce Prem Tinsulanonda International School to Thai viewers as a
viable alternative to private schools in other countries. The school is
authorized by the Geneva based International Baccalaureate Organisation to
deliver the International Baccalaureate (IB).
Nuchyu talking with Lister Hannah, president of the Prem Center.
The television crew filmed their interviewer, Napaporn
Nuchyu talking with Mr Lister Hannah, president of the Prem Center and head
of Prem Tinsulanonda International School. They also filmed the school
facilities, both academic and sporting, and many groups of students in the
art house, the music rooms and in the pool. Four of the boarders even missed
a few minutes of their computer and French classes in order to show the film
crew their boarding apartments.
The program aired on Channel 11 at the beginning of October.
Local students provided with insight to American universities
27 U.S. universities woo local students during U.S. Education Fair
Alexei Andre Waters
Over 70 students, educators and parents received insight
into the advantages of attending American universities during the U.S.
University Fair at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel on October 8. (please see
related report on page 19)
Pornsirichaivatana (15) just moved to Chiang Mai from Bangkok and will be
attending Nakorn Payap International School, and she plans to some day study
Linda Heaney, president of Linden Education Services,
made a brief but comprehensive presentation on the main facets of the U.S.
education system and concentrated on areas that tend to be confusing to Thai
students. She provided a lucid overview of how to choose a university and
explained how to navigate the application process and provided insights
about, the various degree options, the general education core curriculum,
funding sources and visa issues. She also promoted the benefits of studying
at American institutions over less expensive U.K. and Australian rivals.
Makurai, a 23-year-old graduate of Chiang Mai University, is interested in
the MBA programs.
“Studying in the U.S. is better because of the much
higher levels of funding, the curriculum is well-rounded, the rich diversity
of students and colleges and universities, the strength of the U.S. economy
and the opportunities for graduates upon return to their home countries,”
she said during her 20 minute presentation.” One striking example is that
the average expenditure per student is $19,965 in the U.S. compared with
only $7,225 in the U.K.”
Many Thais find the application process daunting
especially the section where they are asked to write a personal statement
about heir interests and reasons for studying in the U.S. Though
universities differ on the importance they attach to this part of the
application, Linda Heaney claimed that it’s the one area that Asian
students fail to adequately promote their abilities and background.
Supasa, (21) majoring in Industrial Engineering, is interested in using her
strong quantitative skills in marketing and business studies in America and
her friend Pattrama Piwong, a 21-year-old Industrial Engineering student at
Chiang Mai University wants to join her.
“Most Asian students are shy,” she explained. “So
when you write your personal statement, talk about your strengths, what you
want to study and what you want to do with your degree. That will increase
your chances of success since they have so little else to go on in deciding
whether or not they think you’ll fit in with their educational
Sarinee Makurai, a 23-year-old graduate of Chiang Mai
University was impressed by several of the universities. “I am looking
forward to going abroad to America for an MBA,” she said excitedly.
“I’ve been to America and now I work with Americans in my family’s
real estate business. The chance to study American culture while earning a
degree that is accepted worldwide is a great opportunity.”
“For me, the thing that I like most about American
education is that it’s student-centered as opposed to teacher-centered
like in Thailand,” said Pattrama Piwong, a 21-year-old Industrial
Engineering student at Chiang Mai University.”
Her friend, Teeraboot Supasa, also majoring in Industrial
Engineering, is interested in using her strong quantitative skills in
marketing and business studies in America. “America has the best business
degree programs and it’s the center of the global economy,” she said.
“That’s why I am trying to find an affordable school in a beautiful
location with lots of people with different ideas. I can get a better
education than in Thailand or Asia.”
Other students were concerned about funding an American
education. “I’d like to go to America for sure,” said 22-year-old
Woramant Charnsoongnern who studies at Rajamangala Institute of Technology.
“The main problem is that it’s really too expensive for me unless I get
a scholarship. So I may have to wait and get a master’s degree in Thailand
first and then apply for a doctoral program in America. That would increase
my chances of getting a scholarship.”
Though the cost of attending U.S. universities is nearly
50 percent higher than comparable institutions in Australia and New Zealand,
there has recently been an upsurge among Thai students applying to American
graduate programs, according to Linda Heaney. Especially popular among Thai
applicants are MBA programs, master degree programs in engineering, and
doctoral programs in the natural sciences, computer science, political
science and economics. Few Thais or Asians choose fields in the humanities
because of language barriers and lower demand in their countries of origin.
There are almost 500,000 international students currently enrolled in
American educational institutions according to data provided by Linden
This was only the second time in 11 years that Chiang Mai
has hosted an American university fair. In 2002, about 60 students from
Chiang Mai enrolled at American education institutions, compared with 600
CMIS hosts US College Fair
Planning for the future was on the mind of senior high
school students from international schools on Wednesday October 8, when many
attended the Linden Tours College Fair hosted by Chiang Mai International
School (CMIS). The fair, which included representatives from 25 colleges and
universities from across the United States, was part of a three-week tour of
the region to promote tertiary education in the US.
to R) CMIS Principal Russell Morton, Junji Taniguchi, site director of the
Princeton Review in Chiang Mai, and Linda Heaney, president of Linden
Educational Services, Washington DC.
The tour was organized by Linda Heaney of Linden
Educational Services based out of Washington, DC, in cooperation with Junji
Taniguchi, site director of the Princeton Review in Chiang Mai and CMIS
career counselor, Jon Hartmann. Chiang Mai International School was pleased
to host Linden Tour’s first visit to Northern Thailand.
Universities and Colleges represented on the tour
representative from Vincennes University discusses educational options with
high school students.
Texas State University - San Marcos, Farleigh Dickinson
University, University of the Pacific, Pace University, Saint Louis
University, Utah State University, Northeastern University, Florida
Institute of Technology, Ithaca College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University, Portland State University, University of Bridgeport, University
of Colorado at Denver, College for Creative Studies, North Dakota State
University, Mount Ida College, State University of New York, Oswego,
University of San Francisco, Rochester Institute of Technology, Emmanuel
College, Binghamton University, State University of New York, Vincennes
University, Oregon State University, University of Denver, and Virginia
Linden Tours presented a University Fair at the Imperial
Mae Ping Hotel on the evening of October 8, which was open to the general
and students had an opportunity to meet with US college and university
representatives at Chiang Mai International School.
Japanese Education Exhibition
Chiang Mai Rotary, Central Thai bank and Japanese government offer scholarships
An information expo held at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel,
regarding Japanese Education, was set up by Rotary Thailand, Chiang Mai
branch and Japanese language schools. Junji Taniguchi, the site director of
the Princeton Review was the chairman for the opening ceremony.
Taniguchi, the site director of the Princeton Review with Takuo Hasegawa,
the managing director and Panwipa Puapongsakorn, manager of Lighthouse Info
Service, which organized the exhibition.
Many Japanese language schools set up information booths
for people who were interested in studying in Japan. There were also
scholarships for university students and post graduate levels, provided by
the Thai Rotary (Chiang Mai branch), Central Thai Bank and the Japanese
Junji added that it was very good that many people were interested in
studying in Japan as it will foster good relationships between Japan and
students read details about one of the schools in the exhibition.