Marvin has been collecting stamps for a
long time now and he has about 200 of them. Last week I bought him a special
book to put them in called a stamp album. The stamps come from many
different countries of the world and he has some very beautiful ones. When
he was putting them in his album he had to decide how he was going to sort
them. At first, he though that he might put all the ones with flowers on
them together and all the ones with people on them together, etc. Eventually
he decided to sort them into groups depending on which country they came
from. The stamp album looks really nice. Do you have a stamp collection or
some other kind of collection? Write to Marvin and tell him about it. Send
your letters to:
156-158 Im-boon Housing Estate
T. Changmoi, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai 50300
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 053 234 145
1) What do you call a pig with
2) What do cows eat
3) What do elves have for tea?
4) When are houses like books?
1) A piiig
3) Fairy cakes
4) When they have storeys (stories)
Bye from Marg and Marvin
Adventures in Science at CMIS: School Science Fair
Chiang Mai International School students
had a chance to demonstrate their math and science learning skills on March
1 - 4. The school’s Auditorium was transformed into an interactive display
hall featuring individual and class projects. Elementary students displayed
their work on Monday, while High School exhibits were brought out on
Wednesday and Thursday.
on demonstrations throughout the science fair at CMIS.
The subject matter of the displays was diverse and
covered the range from chemistry to biology to physics, mathematics and
computer studies. A three-meter high geodesic dome was built by students and
staff near the auditorium door. Three-dimensional computer animation
projects were on show at a bank of computers. Students could be seen holding
their noses around the biology animal dissection display (frogs and squid!),
and gasping with delight around Bunsen burners in the chemistry lab
demonstrations. Models of volcanoes and spacecraft were popular attractions
as well. An air-powered water rocket was launched regularly throughout the
event, and all sorts of other student-built machines were on display.
could be seen holding their noses around the biology animal dissection
display with frogs, fish and squid.
A small army of CMIS teachers and students spent many weeks preparing for
the event, and should be very proud of their work. The Chiang Mai
International School Science Fair was truly a demonstration of hands-on
education at its finest.
is adventurous as you can see that even boys can get excited by it.
burners in the chemistry lab demonstrations left the girls with open mouths
Prem receives Primary Years Programme (PYP) authorization
Last week, the International Baccalaureate Association
awarded Prem Tinsulanonda International School its Primary Years Programme
(PYP) authorization, making it the first PYP authorized school in Chiang
Junior School Headmaster Sean Murphy
PYP is designed for students, grades 1 - 6 in preparation
for the IB Diploma Programme (grades 11-12). Prem is already IB Diploma
authorized and will graduate its first class of year twelve IB students this
“The PYP incorporates learning and teaching from around
the world. It endeavours to create truly global students,” said Rachel
Schuster, the PYP coordinator at Prem.
PYP coordinator Rachel Schuster
The programme is inquiry-based, which means that students
take responsibility for their own learning and are taught in a variety of
ways that develop them personally as well as academically.
In order to earn this certification, Prem had to go
through an intensive two-year process in which they developed the curriculum
in accordance with PYP philosophy and staff attended authorized PYP
workshops. It was a long process, admitted Rachel Schuster, but one which
was well worth the effort.
kindergarteners Gaia and Thomas exploring letters using blocks, but will
soon benefit from the PYP programme.
Prem is currently working on its Middle Years Programme
(MYP) authorization, which is designed for students grades 6 - 10. This
programme would link the PYP with the IB Diploma Programme. If Prem is
granted MYP authorization, it will be one of the first schools in Asia to be
a fully authorized IB school at all levels.
British Council Teen Network awards event
A fun event mixing learning and magic
Autsadaporn Kamthai and Jiraphat Warasin
The British Council Chiang Mai organized their Kids and
Teens’ Days for young learners and the Thai-UK Teen Network on Saturday 13
and Sunday 14, at its premises.
Mike (left), with Kody, the symbol of British Council and the hard working
students who received certificates.
The event included a certificate presentation for its
young students who had finished their courses. The certificate awards for
Little Learners was held in the morning and Primary students in the
afternoon of March 13 and Secondary students in the morning of March 14.
The youngsters of all ages were addressed and encouraged
by Peter Upton, director of British Council Thailand and David Hopkinson,
director of British Council Chiang Mai.
To show that education could also be fun, there were many enjoyable
activities such as the dunk tank, fishing games, Sumo wrestling, team games
and the bouncy castle. A magic show from Robin Magic also gave the children
(and the adults) fun, bewilderment and excitement.
New protestant priest visits Chiang Mai
The premises of the CDSC (www.cdscm.org) were the venue
for the new pastor of the German-speaking Protestant Congregation of
Thailand (www.die-Bruecke.net), Burkhard Bartel to hold his first service
here in Chiang Mai.
Bartel held his first Chiang Mai service at the ‘Christliche Deustche
Schule Chiang Mai’ (CDSC)
Pastor Burkhard Bartel, accompanied by his spouse Isolde,
is the successor of Hans Gerdts, who took care of the protestant Christians
in Thailand for one and a half years.
In an open interview with the headmaster of the CDSC,
Fred Hartmann, Pastor Bartel introduced himself and Isolde to the 55
Christians who joined this event.
Pastor Bartels assignment began on January 1, 2004, and
he has so far been appointed for a period of 3 years. His contract, however,
has the option for a prolongation for 2 times 3 years, resulting in a
maximum possible period of 9 years.
Besides taking care of the Christians here, Pastor Bartel
is also responsible for the Christians in Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, as
well as for teaching scripture in the German-speaking Swiss School in
Bangkok. The German-speaking Protestant Congregation of Thailand also takes
care of German-speaking prisoners in Thailand.
This is done in cooperation with the German Embassy in
Bangkok, as well as with the Austrian Embassy.
The congregation plans to offer 4 services per year in
Chiang Mai with Pastor Bartel. The next service is being held again on the
grounds of the CDSC on May 2, 2004 at 4:00 p.m.
Further information about the activities of the German-speaking
protestant congregation of Thailand will be given by the parish in Bangkok,
phone number 02-2580680, fax 02-2611746, or by e-mail:
[email protected] or by contacting Mr. Kappler, phone 053-441745.