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Kids' Corner

Lanna International School takes field trip to Mae Ngat and Mae Fek Dams

CMIS alumni & friends celebrate 50 years

World standard ballet examinations now in Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai International School students work to make others’ lives better

Kids' Corner

Marvin was learning about a new word this week called ‘endurance’. Endurance means being able to do something for a long time. For example an endurance running race is one that is so long that it might take the runners more than 4 hours to finish!

Some unus ual examples of endurance include the longest clapping session. A man called Mr. V Jeyaraman from India managed to clap 160 claps per minute for 58 hours and 9 minutes. How long can you clap for?

Mr. Arulanantham Suresh Joachim from Sri Lanka managed to stand on one foot (without holding onto anything) for a record of 76 hours and 40 minutes.

In 1988, Susie Maroney was the first person to ever swim from Mexico to Cuba without flippers in the open sea. She had to swim 122 miles! Try to find these two places on a map.

Have you ever done something that takes a lot of endurance? Write to Marvin and tell him about it:

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 do you get if you cross a hungry cat with a hungry mouse?
2) What kind of house is very bright?
3) Why did the king’s men laugh at Humpty Dumpty?
4) Why did the ant dance on the jam lid?


1) A cat that isn’t hungry anymore
2) A light house
3) They thought that he was a big yoke (yolk)
4) It said twist to open

Bye from Marg and Marvin

Lanna International School takes field trip to Mae Ngat and Mae Fek Dams

Candace Mackay

Every year I take my students on a trip to the Mae Ngat and Mae Fek Dams. I am the grade four teacher at Lanna International School and we study rivers as part of our curriculum. Many of the children have never seen a dam, so we visit these two places to give them a better idea of what a dam is, its uses and how it changes the environment.

Should we push the button? Or not? What do you think would happen if we touch the control panel?

The annual trip to Mae Ngat Dam is very beneficial, as my students visit the hydroelectric plant located in front of the dam. An engineer explained to us why the dam was built and how it works. We learned that the Mae Ngat River was dammed by a small weir in 1952 to help with irrigation. This weir was destroyed by flooding and it was decided a much larger dam should be constructed in its place. Construction began in 1977, and took seven years to complete. It is an earth-filled dam, 59 m in height and 1,950 m long. The reservoir behind the dam can hold 265 million cubic meters of water. The water released by the dam irrigates 188,000 rai of farmland.

A dam is a noisy affair but there is so much to watch!

After explaining to us the basic facts about the dam, the engineer went on to explain how the plant generates electricity. He provided visual aids and diagrams to help my students understand how the generators work. They have two large generators which generate small amounts of electricity. This electricity is only used when there is a shortage in the area. The plant yields an annual energy of 28.75 million kWh.

An engineer explained to us why the dam was built and how it works.

The reservoir itself is quite beautiful and has boats which can be rented. The locals working there will take you on a boat ride or you can visit one of the houseboats found at the far end of the reservoir. You can simply have a meal, spend the day or even stay the night on the houseboat. It’s very peaceful, unless of course there is an out-of-tune crooner on a nearby karaoke machine.

After our visit to Mae Ngat, we traveled 10 minutes down the road to Mae Fek Dam, but not on an official tour, more on looking and checking out the differences of constructions and relaxing with a picnic.

It was the fourth time I made this trip with students and it has been successful and enjoyable every time.

CMIS alumni & friends celebrate 50 years

More than 150 former students, teachers, administrators, parents and friends of Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) gathered on January 2-4 in Chiang Mai for the first-ever CMIS Alumni & Friends Reunion.

A reunion Thanksgiving service was part of the 50 year alumni reunion.

The weekend was an opportunity to remember the school’s fifty-year past, see its present, and consider its future in the company of friends, old and new. For some returning students and teachers, the Alumni Reunion was their first time opportunity to return to Chiang Mai in more than 30 years.

The weekend began with registration in the CMIS Auditorium, which had been decorated with purple and white orchids (school colors!) by members of the CMIS Thai Parents Association. Members of the Thai Department put in hours of work to create display boards of photos from the school’s history.

Over snacks and drinks, alumni and friends reminisced. Along the side of the room was a bulletin board where people were given the opportunity to write down special memories and things they value about their time at CMIS.

The Reunion Weekend was officially opened at a Welcome Banquet at the Rydges Hotel on the evening of Friday, January 2. The highlight of the evening was a slide show featuring about 200 photos from the school’s past.

The next morning, alumni gathered on the CMIS campus for group photos and a historic campus tour. Volleyball games were organized while the less active enjoyed hot coffee, snacks ... and even foot massages!

After an informal afternoon on Saturday, the group met at the stunning Khum Khantoke for a traditional Northern Thai dinner and dance show.

The weekend’s activities came to a close on Sunday, January 4, with a Service of Thanksgiving held at Chiang Mai International School. Heather Smith of the McKean Rehabilitation Center and chair of the CMIS Administrative Advisory Board led the service of giving thanks to God for the blessings of the school’s past.

Members of the CMIS family who were not able to attend the reunion are invited to contact the school to keep informed of future events. Please email [email protected]

World standard ballet examinations now in Chiang Rai

Chin Rattitamakul

The Chiang Mai Ballet Academy joined with Phachanee Theetibadin, a well-known pharmacist in Chiang Rai and the owner of “The Kids” institute to open a ballet and jazz school for children in August 2003. The association has been beneficial for all concerned.

Very relaxed after everybody has passed the examination. M.L. Preeyapun Sridhavat (left), director of the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy and Betty Tilly the director of the CSTD (seated center) are shown seated with the happy children.

M.L. Preeyapun Sridhavat, director of the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy said, “Chiang Rai people are very interested in western dances, in ballet and jazz. Therefore, in Chiang Rai, which is a part of the economic quadrangle and where business is booming, parents would like to give their children a chance to study ballet as an education option.”

Chiang Rai children have worked very hard studying and practicing so that they could get the chance to pass the world standard examination. This was the first time that Chiang Rai children had the chance to receive an international examination adjudicated by Betty Tilly, the director of the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (C.S.T.D) in the Pacific Area. Betty said that she was very satisfied with the Chiang Rai children’s abilities and talents. Every entrant passed the ballet examination with honors.

The results of the examination are ratified throughout the world, and therefore enable the young ballerinas to apply to study for a Bachelor’s degree in ballet at Chulalongkorn, Srinakharintaraviroj, Prasanmitre Campus, Mahasarakarm, and universities abroad.

Chiang Mai International School students work to make others’ lives better

The Good Life Club!

Coco Koedooder, Grade 6A
Chiang Mai International School

Classes 6A and 6B of CMIS have been working on an amazing project known as the “Good Life Club”. Lance Potter, 6A’s teacher and a good friend of an aid worker, coordinates something called the “Good Life Club.” This man came to CMIS and told Classes 6A and 6B about the difficulties that many people face in the region. Many have been forced to leave their homes and do not have enough food and clothes. Some are sick and need doctors and medicine.

Grade 6 A with their teacher.

Grade 6A immediately took action. We wanted to send clothes and packets full of stuff into refugee camps near the Thai-Burma border. The students wanted all of CMIS to get involved.

Jobs were assigned to help these needy people. There was a lot to do just to get organized. The “organization group” was the boss. They had to plan everything. Posters, permission notes and fliers had to be made. Boxes to collect donated items had to be found and decorated as well. Sarah M. and Sara E. even made a play to perform for the elementary grades.

There was one problem though: Grade 6A had to finish everything in two weeks! Luckily Grade 6B came to the rescue, willing to help. They collected most of the boxes and made most of the posters. Thanks to them we could finish all the work.

At an elementary school assembly, Grade 6A put on a play, showed a video and explained about the “Good Life Club”, which is a project to provide clothes and other items for needy people. After the play Grade 6B gave the still empty boxes to the different classes and told them about the decision that the class that collected the most stuff would get a prize.

When the boxes went to the classes, Grades 6A and 6B waited for “Kid Packs” or “Mom and Baby Packs” to arrive in the boxes. These packs were full of certain items for kids or mothers with babies, like toothbrushes, combs, fingernail clippers, small toys, baby clothes and vitamins. Clothes and money could also be donated.

“I was confident that our school would put lots of stuff in those boxes. I expected elementary students would be the most involved too,” said Max, a 6A student. Max sure was right. Lots of kids put stuff and Good Life Packs in the boxes.

The organizing committee noted everything from every elementary grade. “It’s a tough job, but it was amazing how much stuff was brought in!” exclaimed Haley.

Boxes full of stuff filled each sixth grade room, recorded and neatly placed into boxes over a period of 2 weeks. When the items were counted, we had a winner: Grade 4B!

The total that the elementary school collected was over 1700 items! Fifty-three “Kids” and “Mom and Baby Packs” were made. “We will probably be able to help a couple of hundred people,” said our teacher Mr. Potter.

Everyone in the sixth grade is proud of what the CMIS community has accomplished.