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Kids' Corner

Dancers from the ‘Singapore Dance Theater’ coming to Chiang Mai

Yupparaj Wittayalai School celebrating 100-year anniversary

IB Community Action Service programme in full swing at Baan King Kaew

Kids' Corner

Marvin likes to collect stamps and he has lots of them in his special collection. He keeps them in special books called sticker albums. Marvin was very surprised when he discovered the very unusual things that people like to collect when he looked in the ‘Guinness Book of Records’.

Did you know that Frank Ritter from the USA has the biggest chip packet collection in the world? He has 583 individual chip packets, which he has collected from 15 different countries.

Yacov Yosipovv from Tel Aviv has collected the most amount of bus tickets. He has 14,000 used bus tickets.

Antoine Secco from France has an amazing collection of fruit stickers. He has collected over 20,500 different fruit stickers.

Some of the collections that Marvin discovered were very weird! Nick Vermeulen from the Netherlands has collected 2,112 different airplane sick bags from 470 airlines around the world. They are all clean I hope.

Do you have a collection of anything? Write to Marvin and tell him about it. 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
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Fax: 053 234 145

Jokes:

1) What is worse than a giraffe with a sore throat?
2) What do you get if you cross a giraffe with a dog?
3) Why did the giraffe cross the road?
4) What do you get if a giant walks through a field of potatoes?

Answers:

1) A rabbit with an ear ache.
2) A pet that barks at airplanes.
3) He saw the Zebra crossing.
4) Mashed potatoes.

Bye from Marg and Marvin


Dancers from the ‘Singapore Dance Theater’ coming to Chiang Mai

Ricky Sim and Ms. Wong Wai Yee (five and six from left in back row) acknowledged dancers from the ‘Singapore Dance Theater’ have given great news to the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy, from the Dance Gazette in England, by saying they would come to Chiang Mai on holidays and would be teaching a workshop for the students of the Academy.

Together with Mom Luang Preeyapun Sridhavat (fourth from left in back row) principal of the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy, teachers and students will be welcoming their guests when they come to train their students with a workshop to exchange views and moves.


Yupparaj Wittayalai School celebrating 100-year anniversary

Students from the class of 1903 to be given free meals

Chin Ratitamakul

Yupparaj Wittayalai School was the first government school in Chiang Mai, following a decree from King Rama VI. It was built with the aim of decentralizing the educational system (which is still going on today).

Somsak Nimmanant, president of Yupparaj Wittayalai Alumni Association.

King Rama VI, when he was the Crown Prince, visited the school in Chiang Mai on December 24, 1903, and conferred the name “Yupparaj Wittayalai” on the school, which meant “Crown Prince School”.

This is now the centenary year of Yupparaj Wittayalai School and Somsak Nimmanant, the president of Yupparaj Wittayalai Alumni Association, said there will be many activities during this year to celebrate.

On February 17, there will be a parade of 30 vintage cars, including classic cars from many eras in the procession, starting from the Chiang Mai Railway Station, passing through main roads to end at the school.

It’s never too early to send out invitations, and the school has done just that, inviting its students from past and present to join in the centenary party scheduled for December 24 this year.

In a rather unrelated matter, the school organizing committee also said it wants to purchase the four rai plot land beside the school to use for further development.


IB Community Action Service programme in full swing at Baan King Kaew

Cheryl Keegan
College Guidance Counselor and CAS Coordinator

“Sometimes, when we go outside, the children get our shoes ready. They know just who wears each shoe. Even after one time!”

Bianca Kessler and her friends visited the toddlers group at ‘Baan King Kaew’ as part of their service work for their IB Community Action Service programme at Prem Tinsulanonda International School.

As Yupin Laosu explained this, her eyes shone with amazement that little tiny children would notice such things. Yupin and classmates Danielle Ring and Bianca Kessler were recounting their experiences during six months of visits to the Ban King Kaew orphanage. The girls visited the toddlers group at ‘Baan King Kaew’ as part of their service work for their IB Community Action Service programme at Prem Tinsulanonda International School.

Danielle

They spent three hours each Thursday afternoon with the children, aged from eighteen months to three years. At the orphanage, the girls play with the little ones, change them and help to feed them their evening meal.

The toddlers recognized Yupin and her classmates immediately on their second visit. They knew their names and remembered games they had played together.

The visits are important to the children as they break up their normal routine and remind them that people are willing to spend time playing and cuddling them. If you look in any Thursday afternoon, you will see three blue Prem uniforms covered with tiny squirming bodies and the giggles of small climbers.

Bianca

The girls say it is quite an exhausting afternoon, as the little ones love attention and clamor to be picked up and played with. They respond well to visitors as the orphanage encourages people to come and play with the children and to take the older ones on small outings nearby.

Children from birth until age 5 stay at Baan King Kaew. They can be adopted or they eventually go to the children’s’ home at Vienping when they are ready for kindergarten.

Yupin and supervisor Cheryl Keegan.

The orphanage welcomes volunteers who play with the children, and, of course, like all non-profit organizations, they would make good use of all donations. They would especially treasure a washing machine to help with all those tiny clothes!




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