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Kids' Corner

New Principal appointed to CMIS

FERC and Rotarians assist the weekend school in Baan Mae Jong

International Day 2004 at CMIS

Dancing for charity! The Nutcracker 2004

Kids' Corner

The other day Marvin played outside in the sun with his friend for a long time. He had a very nice time but he is not feeling very well at the moment. He forgot to put his sunscreen on and now he is feeling very sore because he got badly sunburned. He says that he will never forget the sun rules ever again. When we go out in the sun we always say slip, slop, slap which means:

Slip on a shirt Slop on some sunscreen and Slap on a hat.

Can you think of any other ways to stay safe in the sun? Write to Marvin and tell him. 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
Fax: 038-345-156 or 038-372-590
1. Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Lettuce who?
Lettuce in! It’s raining out here!
2. Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Turnip who?
Can you turnip the stereo please?
3. Knock, knock.Who’s there?
Kenya who?
Kenya loan me 10 baht for an ice cream?
4. Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Stan who?
Stan back, I’m coming in.

Bye from Marg and Marvin

New Principal appointed to CMIS

Kevin Morse

Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) announced the appointment of a new Principal to assume duties in August 2004. Terry Gamble, a Canadian on the faculty of the American International School in Cairo, Egypt, is expected to move to Chiang Mai in July 2004 to prepare for the start of the new school year. He will work closely with CMIS Director Supaporn Yanasarn, and with the school’s 60 teaching staff.

Future CMIS Principal Terry Gamble with his wife Nicole.

Mr. Gamble, 48, holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Education and is an experienced educator. He has held positions in Canada and overseas as a classroom teacher, school principal and assessment specialist. Gamble was responsible for the development of achievement testing across the Canadian province of Alberta and has played a major role in training teachers to use assessment tools. Described by the senior education advisor to the Alberta School Boards Association as “an exemplary teacher and administrator ... extremely creative and with a keen sense of humor,” Terry Gamble is an enthusiastic golfer and coach of basketball, gymnastics, soccer and track. He and his wife Nicole have two adult children.

CMIS announces the appointment of Terry Gamble as Principal beginning in August 2004.

CMIS looks forward to welcoming Terry Gamble to the school and wider community. Further information regarding Chiang Mai International School can be found on the school website ( or by contacting [email protected]

FERC and Rotarians assist the weekend school in Baan Mae Jong

A real Valentine’s present to say, “We care”

Annelie Hendriks

Three Rotary Clubs (RC of Fayetteville, Arkansas U.S.A.; RC Chuang Puak and RC Chiangmai West) and FERC (Foundation for Education for Rural Children) donated furniture and school equipment to the weekend school in Baan Mae Jong, Doi Saket.

Members from the RC of Fayetteville, Arkansas U.S.A.; RC Chuang Puak, RC Chiangmai West and FERC at Baan Mae Jong on Valentine’s Day.

This school was built by donations from FERC 2 years ago. The weekend school is meant for poor children who are lacking educational support. They come each Saturday and Sunday morning for extra lessons and are taught by volunteer teachers from Chiang Mai.

These children are happy just to have the chance to learn.

The school started two years ago with around 40 children but this has risen to more than 120 children of different age groups who are happily coming every weekend. And the number is growing!

The school urgently needed more tables and chairs, more cupboards, as well as whiteboards for the library/study room and of course television and computer equipment. The service organizations provided the much needed donations and handed it over to the head of the school on Valentine’s Day.

It might be ‘nothing special’ for some people, but for these children this donated TV represents Valentine’s Day love!

International Day 2004 at CMIS

Kevin Morse

Chiang Mai International School includes students and teachers from nearly 30 different countries and regularly sets aside a special day to honor its cultural diversity. “International Day 2004” was celebrated in early February in a flurry of costumes, performances and international food.

Students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 dressed in their national dress, or other clothing representing their countries, and marched in the day’s official opening parade. During the morning, students visited classroom displays from a range of countries and took notes on what they learned in their “passports.”

Parents and local business owners set up food stalls on campus, and students and staff were treated to a feast of everything from fried Chinese dumplings to falafels. A program of cultural performances was presented in the afternoon, featuring students and special guests.

Japanese Kendo was another favorite of the audience who watched in awe during the afternoon performances

...almost like a lesson in ‘how to put on a Korean national dress...

Food testing -parents and friends of the school provided an international menu. This obviously was the ‘Indian section’

Everybody took part in demonstrating the art of Thai dance, no matter which nationality and which gender

In the ‘Netherlands’, Dutch parents showed the real cultural costumes and explained about this small multi national country in Europe

Some patriotic fans were seen in the audience...

Dancing for charity! The Nutcracker 2004

Mark your calendar. Another highlight is coming up at the end of March. The Chiangmai Ballet Academy announced that a beautiful version of ‘The Nutcracker 2004’ can be watched at Kad theatre on March 28. Local ballet students, international dancers, popular Thai singer Manunut Samaerasut and the Chiangmai Ballet Academy join forces and will perform on stage. The ballet can be seen twice on that day, at 2 p.m. and in the evening at 7.30 p.m. Ticket prices will start from 100 baht, with the most expensive tickets being 500 baht.

The proceeds of these shows will go to the foundation that takes care of people with Downs Syndrome in northern Thailand.