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Kids' Corner

Dutch foundations open their hearts and their purses

Prem Arts and Music Festival deemed a huge success

International choir sings for their supper

CMIS alumni return for 50-year reunion

Plearn Center Christmas fun

Kids' Corner

Happy New Year to everyone. Marvin and I have been very busy making lots of plans about what we want to do this year and we have decided to make a New Year’s resolution. That’s a long word but it just means that this year we are really going to try hard to do something that will make us better people. Marvin has decided that he wants to try harder with his homework. He doesn’t like to do his homework after school so he is going to try to do it as soon as he gets home without complaining. That will make him a very good student. Marvin wrote this New Year’s resolution on a piece of paper so that if he forgets he can remember.

Have you made a New Year’s resolution? If you haven’t it’s not too late. Think about what you want to try hard to do this year and write it down on a piece of paper. You could send it to Marvin and tell him too. You can send your letters to:

Marg and Marvin

Chiangmai Mail

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 biggest kind of ant?

2) What do elephants do in the back of a mini?

3) What is as big as an elephant but doesn’t weigh anything?

4) What do you get if you cross an elephant with a flea?


1) An elephant

2) Play squash

3) An elephant’s shadow

4) A lot of worried dogs

Bye from Marg and Marvin

Dutch foundations open their hearts and their purses

Potable water and education for hill tribe children

Annelie Hendriks

Four Dutch foundations (Wilde Ganzen, ICCO, Samsara and Rotary Amsterdam) in cooperation with the Foundation for Education for Rural Children in Chiang Mai will donate 40,000 Euro to school facilities at poor schools in the mountains of Mae Sariang district.

The first 20,000 Euro donation being handed over (from left) Ratana Kheunkaew (Samsara); Thanom (Department of Education Mae Sariang); Kasem, (director of Sawan Luang and Mae Lit schools); Surian (director of Baan Den School); Annelie Hendriks (Samsara/FERC); Praseat (director of Baan Kapoeang School) and Renee Vines (FERC).

At Mae Sariang they have established close cooperation with the Education Department. Projects with a total value of 20,000 Euro (980,000 baht) are already under construction. These include 2 dormitories and a canteen for the primary school in Mae Sawan Luang (146 children), a dormitory for the middle school in Mae Lit (240 children), a library for the primary school Doi Liam (126 children), a drinking water facility for the small primary school in Baan Den (46 children) and a canteen for the primary school in Baan Kapoeang (184 children). All the facilities will be furnished by the foundations.

Villagers volunteer in building the library at Doi Liam primary school.

The construction of the buildings is a community based activity which requires the contribution of the teachers and the villagers. No salaries are paid, except for very specialist jobs. The children of the school were involved in clearing the sites, which was great fun for everybody involved.

Pupils eagerly watch the construction.

All the schools are located in the hills and only accessible during the dry season and therefore very isolated. Children often can not walk home the same day which is why dormitories are built. Canteens are necessary because the schools have to provide meals, often three times a day for the children. In the libraries the children can do homework and share the books which often are not available for each student. There they are also able to watch school television, but often the schools do not have electricity and safe drinking water.

The new canteen

The foundations mentioned will spend the second 20,000 Euro at similar projects in the first half of 2004. The need in this region is enormous. The foundations will also dedicate themselves to raise more money for these kinds of facilities, as there are 168 schools in the Mae Sariang district, of which many are lacking almost all the basics.

Prem Arts and Music Festival deemed a huge success

Katherine Voll

Last Wednesday, parents, teachers and students gathered in Prem’s Art House for an afternoon celebrating the artistic and musical achievements of its students.

Emily and Lydia, future art critics.

Visitors were encouraged to wander and admire the student artwork lining the walls. Students of all ages, from Junior School to IB art students, displayed pieces which used a wide variety of media, including paint, sculpture and video animation.

In addition, several local artists exhibited their work and craftspeople were invited to lead workshops for adults and students alike on everything from umbrella painting to kite making.

A great time was definitely had by all. The atmosphere was further enhanced by background music provided by Prem’s jazz band, string ensemble and rock groups who performed throughout the afternoon.

Sienna, Sunny and Shanker, the umbrella artists.

After the art exhibition, everyone gathered in the auditorium for a stirring performance of “Boom”, a Canadian play dealing with land mines, put on by Prem’s drama club. The play was skillfully directed by Middle School science teacher Robert Service and featured several moving performances by students. Not only was the play well-performed; it also raised awareness within the audience about the devastating effects of land mines worldwide.

The day concluded with a joint choral performance by the Prem senior choir and A Capella groups together with the “The King’s Barbers”, a choral group visiting from King’s School Ely in Ely, England. The “King’s Barbers” sang wonderfully and showed true versatility, performing everything from American spirituals to Beatles’ tunes.

In addition, the audience was thrilled to see Prem singers team up with the Ely boys for several songs, filling the Prem amphitheater with a harmonious blend of voices.

After the more formal performances by both Prem and Ely choir groups, several Prem musicians led the audience in an informal carol-sing by candlelight, sponsored by the Prem Parent School Association.

All in all, parents and teachers alike were amazed at the artistic, dramatic and musical efforts that students shared throughout the course of the day. The amount of dedication and talent put into the day was obvious to everyone who attended.

International choir sings for their supper

And to help Chiang Mai charities

Chin Rattitamakul

The Ely Choristers, from the King’s School Ely near Cambridge in England, came to Thailand to perform in Chiang Mai raising funds to be donated to charity organizations in Thailand.

Peter Havis, director of King’s International Study Centre Ely, said the project this year aimed to raise money for Phayao Northern Women’s Development Foundation and other charities. “We have received a good response and we plan to come back every two years,” said Peter.

Father David Townsand (center), the Jesuit priest from Seven Fountain Catholic Church, gave the Ely Choristers a warm welcome. Peter Havis, director of King’s International Study Centre is on the right.

The performance at Seven Fountain Catholic Church.

CMIS alumni return for 50-year reunion

Kevin Morse
Chiang Mai
International School

Over the past year, Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) has been hard at work preparing for its first-ever Alumni Reunion in honor of the school’s Fiftieth Anniversary. From January 2-4, 2004, dozens of former students, teachers, parents and friends of the school will be in Chiang Mai to meet up with friends from years past and celebrate the school’s history together.

Students and teachers pose for a photograph at the opening of CMIS’s present campus in 1958.

CMIS has grown significantly since its humble beginnings in 1954. On June 1st of that year, eight students began their instruction with a single teacher on the property of what is now the First Thai Church of Chiang Mai, along the Ping River. Four years later, in 1958, the school moved to its present campus, behind the Prince Royal’s College. Today, CMIS is the largest international school in Chiang Mai, with more than 430 students and nearly 70 staff from 30 countries.

The alumni reunion will give former students and friends the opportunity to see the changes that have taken place at CMIS (formerly known as Chiangmai Children’s Center, and Chiangmai Coeducational Center, CCC) over the years. New buildings have been erected, and the school has been expanded from a K-8 school to now include a fully accredited High School program, the first of several now open in Chiang Mai.

The school looks back on its past with thankfulness and appreciation for the dedication of the many who have contributed to its development, while looking forward with anticipation as it continues to grow and change.

Former students, teachers, parents and friends from the school’s 50-year history in Chiang Mai are welcome to contact Kevin Morse in the CMIS Alumni Office (alumni, 053-242-027) for further information regarding the reunion.

Plearn Center Christmas fun

Marion Vogt

Santa Clause was seen almost everywhere in Chiang Mai and did not forget the newly opened ‘Plearn Center’ for Language, Art and Culture.

It was exciting and fun to watch the small ones getting in the mood of Christmas, singing appropriate carols.

A little suspicious but smiling after receiving something special from Santa. (Photo by Yui)

Santa took pride in his task to entertain and hand out little presents. Faces, which were a little suspicious in the beginning, were soon lighting up when they found out that Santa had indeed remembered everybody and nobody was left out of the Christmas goodies list.

Children, parents and teachers enjoyed and have already started planning what can be done in the year to come. Surprisingly Jim Messenger missed Santa, only appearing after the man in the red suit had left to hand out more goodies all over the world.