Marvin has decided to start growing a
garden. I think that is a great idea because I really like flowers and
plants. The first thing that Marvin though about is what kind of garden he
wanted. We don’t have a lot of space around our house so he has decided to
grow some nice flowers that don’t take much space.
He wanted to grow a big tree so that he
could climb it, but we don’t have any space and besides that it would take
a very long time to grow.
Marvin makes sure that he waters his
garden every day and it is growing very well. He had to be careful where he
planted the seeds, too. Some plants like lots of sunshine but some plants
like only a little bit. It can be a bit tricky growing plants but it’s
lots of fun.
Have you ever tried to grow a garden?
Write to Marvin and tell him about it. 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
Here are some interesting facts about
plants that Marvin found out:
The world’s tallest tree is in Redwood
National Park in California. It is a giant sequoia tree and it is 365 feet
high (about 111 meters)!
The world’s oldest living tree is also
in California. It is a bristlecone pine tree and it is 4,700 years old!
1) What travels all around the world, but
stays in one corner?
2) What did the monkey say to the vine?
3) What do mice wear when they play sport?
4) What kind of fruit is never alone?
1) A postage stamp
2) Thanks for letting me hang around
4) A pear (pair)
Bye from Marg and Marvin
Two blind students from the Northern School for the
Blind, Busaba Pota and Nopanai Kanjana, received scholarships after entering
an essay competition.
said, “We do not have the same chances as ordinary people and I beg
everyone to think about the value of humanity.”
Busaba said her parents had divorced when she was born
and her father had passed away when she was only one year old. Consequently,
her grandmother brought her up until she was six when she entered the
Northern School for the Blind. After the death of her grandmother, the
school had come to support her.
parents divorced when she was born and her father passed away when she was
only one year old.
The other recipient, Nopanai, came from a poor family. His father was a
janitor and his mother a seamstress. They were unable to send him for
further education until he won the scholarship. At the press conference held
at Chiang Mai City Hall, Nopanai showed a great awareness of the problems,
saying, “Almost everyone thinks that being disabled means the person has
no ability, but it’s not true. We do not have the same chances as ordinary
people and I beg everyone to think about the value of humanity.”
Children’s Art Contest
Design a poster with the theme: “Payap University - 30 Years”
Payap University, founded in 1974 by the Church of Christ
in Thailand, was the first private university charted in the Kingdom of
Thailand. Payap University, whose motto is “Truth and Service,” is well
known throughout educational circles in Thailand for producing quality
graduates. Due to their 30 years anniversary, they will be hosting a drawing
contest with the Theme: 30 Years - Payap University.
There are two categories for participants:
1. Junior High School students from 7th - 9th grades (M.
2. Senior High School students from 10th - 12th grades
Interested students should register by January 9, 2004,
either by mail to:
International Affairs Office
Chiang Mai 50000 or by telephone or facsimile:
Tel: 053-304805 ext. 7227
The contest will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2004
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sai Than Tham building at Payap University, Mae
Khao Campus. Payap University will furnish all art supplies for
participants. Participants must use these supplies in order to maintain an
equal opportunity for all. The university will also supply drinks and lunch
for all participants.
The prizes that can be won include a certificate for the
prize winners’ school, and a scholarship and certificate for each prize
First prize: certificate and scholarship of 5,000 baht.
(One for each category.)
Second prize: certificate and scholarship of 3,000 baht.
(One for each category.)
Third prize: certificate and scholarship of 2,000 baht.
(One for each category.)
All artworks produced will become the property of Payap University and
may be used for exhibition and advertising.
Kardinia International College Visits Prem
For eight weeks nineteen Grade 9 students from Kardinia
International College in Geelong, Australia are living, learning and having
a great time at the Prem Center for International Education. Kardinia
arrived on October 6 and will be staying until November 28 as part of
Prem’s Visiting Schools Program.
students hard at work building a water supply for a Lahu School which is
located in a remote hill tribe village.
Over the course of their stay, the students will go on a
“Magic Eyes” Barge Program trip, take a meditation course, learn Thai
cooking and Thai massage, go trekking, do community service in a local hill
tribe village and generally immerse themselves in both the Prem community
and in Thai culture.
students work on their leadership skills - and try not to get to wet!
“Everything we’ve done has been fantastic,” said
Philip Humphries, a history teacher and one of the supervisors from
Kardinia. “The main purpose of this program is to help these 9th graders
think about where they are in their own lives. We want them to recognize
cultural differences, but also be able to look through the differences and
see the similarities.”
the community service portion of Kardinia’s program, Kardinia students
traveled to a Lahu School, located in a remote hill tribe village, to build
a water supply system. At the end of their hard day’s work, Kardinia
students came back, tired, but smiling.
Kardinia’s program is based around both personal growth
and cultural awareness. All of their activities are designed to push the
limits of what the students are used to, forcing them to think differently
both about themselves and about the world.
teachers try their hand at a Thai dance- and it looks- hmpf, not very
successful - but fun!
In their first few days at the Prem Center, Kardinia
students participated in the “Working Together” Program, an intensive
course aimed at helping the students develop more effective team leadership
and team membership behaviors. This course was led by Michelle
Forbes-Harper, director of the Visiting Schools Program at Prem and a
consultant for the Macdonald Associates Consultancy, an international
lessons are hard work!
During the community service portion of Kardinia’s
program, Kardinia students traveled to a Lahu School, located in a remote
hill tribe village, to build a water supply system. At the end of their hard
day’s work, Kardinia students came back, tired, but smiling. Activities
like this service project are what make Kardinia’s visit far more than
just a tourist’s introduction to Thailand.
“We want to give these students a life-changing
experience. We want them to explore issues like religion, conservation and
globalization on more than just a surface level,” said Michelle
learn how to dance, Thai style - it looks so easy, but it’s anything
This year, Kardinia is one of over 50 different school
groups (in total, more than 3,000 students) from more than 15 countries that
will visit Prem, through the Visiting Schools Program. This highly
successful program has grown by leaps and bounds in the past two years of
operation. Part of its success derives from its commitment to pre-arrange
and organize all of the students’ activities during their stay, working
closely with the group leaders, provide a program suited to each group’s
educational needs and interests. While each program may vary its focus and
range of activities, they all share the objective of educating students
about Thailand while promoting personal growth, and, of course, having a
Kardinia’s stay has also allowed for a lot of
interaction between Prem and Kardinia students. Kardinia has been included
in several events with boarding students, adding even more diversity to an
already international community. Prem also hopes in years to come to be able
to include Kardinia in classroom activities on subjects like conservation.
Together, Prem and Kardinia have big plans for the future. Kardinia hopes
to use Prem as its permanent offshore campus. If all goes as planned, by
2005 all of Kardinia’s Grade 9 students would come to Chiang Mai for an
eight week stay at Prem. Based on the tremendous success of this year’s
pilot program, these plans seem very exciting indeed.
International Day at Payap University
and Natchawi Srirat
The 1st International Day at Payap University was held on
the Mae Kaow campus. The event included many ‘national’ activities such
as an international buffet, cultural displays, games, contests, live music
and an international talent show which was performed by foreign exchange
students. For many people this was their first chance to see foreigners
attempting Thai dancing.
the flavor - Martha Butt’s welcoming speech.
Vice President Martha Butt, who was in charge of the
organizing committee for International Day said, “The aim of this
International Day is to promote and celebrate the diversities of the
activities at Payap University. On this occasion, all our international
students have come together to share their experiences of living in
There were 24 flags flying at this event representing the
24 different nationalities among the Payap students and faculty population
including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Korea, Myanmar, New Zealand,
Philippines, Sweden, Turkey, Vietnam, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan,
Laos, Holland, Norway, Singapore, Thailand, USA, UK, Mexico and Cambodia.
buffet line was the most crowded place on the day.
With a warm welcoming atmosphere, excellent food and shows, it was
something that all the participants will remember. “The atmosphere of the
party made me feel warm. There are lots of people joining the party and the
food is excellent. This party brought me the opportunity to meet new friends
and share my experiences with other people,” said Meredith, an American
exchange student from the University of Oregon. Thailand is always the warm
second home for everyone.
from some of the 24 nations represented.
sounds from a sax and guitar provided the musical entertainment.
Festival at NIS
Nakorn Payap International School (NIS) held its own Loy
Krathong Festival on November 7, when students of all grades were part of a
traditional Thai fashion show, followed by a Kratong-making afternoon.
2 and 4 line up for the fashion show.
In the elementary school, winners of the costume contest
were by coincidence a brother and sister, Usman and Zainab Wani. Mr. and Ms.
Krathong for the upper grades were Jun Ho Park and Kelley Hotti, while most
popular were Kaweewit ‘Dow’ Keawjinda and Napatsorn ‘Mint’
In the Kratong-making competition, those judged most
beautiful were made by Roongthip ‘Ying’ Srisai, Wantanaporn ‘Ait’
Sgnuannapaporn, followed by Kritsadadej ‘Pat’ Puingsaeng, Nirin
‘Nina’ Khanijou and Chanokkamoh ‘May’ Mussuree.
For their efforts they received ice-skating and movie
“There were really some beautiful traditional
costumes,” said NIS Principal John Allen. “And the Krathongs were truly
The event was organized by the NIS Student Council, whom Mr. Allen
credited with hard work and creative ideas.
Suguiura with her kindergarten Krathong.
and Usman Wani, Mr. and Ms. Krathong for the elementary school.