was making his dad a cup of coffee on the weekend. He had to be very careful
because the water was ‘boiling hot’ and if he spilt even just a little
bit on him, then he would burn himself very badly. I was very proud of
Marvin because he did everything very safely and he even remembered to make
sure that the cord was not hanging own the side of the cupboard, so that no
one could accidentally get hurt by pulling on the cord.
Marvin wanted to know what he should do if
someone did get burnt so I taught him how to do some first aid. I explained
that the most important thing to do was to put the burnt hand or foot under
some running cold water for about 10 minutes. A little bit of water is no
good and ice is very bad, you need to put water from out of the tap. You
should also find an adult as soon as possible and tell them about the
accident. If you have any handy hints about staying safe send them to Marvin
Marg and Marvin
156-158 Im-boon Housing Estate
T. Changmoi, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai 50300
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 053 234 145
1) What does an elf do when he gets home from school?
2) What do bees do with their honey?
3) What kind of insect loves God?
4) What can you break without touching it?
1) Gnome work
2) They cell (sell) it
3) A praying mantis
4) A promise
Bye from Marg and Marvin
Central Aquarium Kids Club makes shopping a pleasure for Mums
It seemed like children had their say last weekend when
Central Airport Plaza launched the “Central Aquarium Kids Club” for
children aged 3-12 years.
huge aquarium was the center of attention when the divers went in to feed
The kids club was opened to help parents shop “in
peace” while their children are entertained and educated about everything
there is to know about the wonderful world underwater.
had a great time - instead of being bored shopping with Mum (are we there
yet, no, are we there yet, no, are we there yet, no...), they had something
to do according to their own age!
The grand opening of the “Central Aquarium Kids Club”
was on April 25 on the ground floor of the Central Airport Plaza. Children
and parents seemed to be drawn to the area by a magnet. There was hardly any
space to walk, sit or watch. Five lovely mascots, a monstrous Balloon Fish,
Squidy, Sharky, Enny Mony and a sweet pretty Sea Star were there and are
part of the club, to entertain and play with the children.
They certainly had a fun time and it was nice to watch
how well the helpers took care of them. If your child would like to become a
member, stop at the public relations counter on the 1st floor of Central
Airport Plaza and apply in person. The yearly fee is 200 baht per child, but
will only cost 120 baht if you apply before May 31.
The club is open every weekend from noon until 7 p.m., which gives
parents enough time to shop and gives their youngsters a worthwhile time as
Holidays in Chiang Mai
I saw in your newspaper which my mummy reads that you
want to know what other children were doing on Songkran. I still have
holidays and it is so hot outside. That is why I write to you.
is me ice-skating! I wish we could have an ice rink here also!
It was only the second time that my mum and I had been to
Chiang Mai. We had almost forgotten that it would be Songkran in two days.
We stayed at an apartment that was right on the moat! We visited good
friends and had dinner almost every night with them.
When Songkran started we went to their office to hide. I
couldn’t believe my eyes. Everybody was so crazy and the safest way to get
somewhere was by car. The craziest thing they did was spraying with a big
hose like the fire brigade always does.
The thing that I didn’t like was that if suddenly a
load of water came from anywhere and I didn’t see it coming when it hit
the car, I got a little shocked. We were lucky, we didn’t get soaked this
I loved Thursday because I went ice-skating for the first
time in my life. I never thought that the first time I’d go on ice would
be in Thailand. I am a foreigner but grew up in Asia, by the way.
When I got back home (Pattaya), the Thai New Year and the
water battle had just started here.
I also send you a photo of me ice-skating. That was so
Sarah, 11 years
Dogs - Man’s best friend:
The dog’s ancestry
If you want to understand why dogs behave the way they do
and what’s going on in their minds, you need to know the origin of the dog.
First, all dogs are carnivores, mammals feeding mainly on
raw meat and bones. They are members of the Canine family, or Canidae, that
includes wolves, jackals, foxes, coyotes, dholes and African wild dogs.
is a picture of wolf drawn by Sarah (11)
Comparisons between the anatomy, especially the skulls, of
domestic dogs and other canine species have excluded as possible ancestors
all but the coyote, wolf and jackal species, belonging to the “Canis”
genus. Before, some scientists even believed an ancient wild dog species as a
possible ancestor, but no fossils have ever been found to support this
In captivity all Canis species interbreed with dogs and
produce vital and fertile offspring. In the wild, coyotes interbreed with
dogs too, and so do wolves. However, due to geographical reasons coyotes
cannot be seen as the ancestor of our domestic dog. And wolves only
interbreed when there are just a few of them left in the area; otherwise,
dogs will immediately be eliminated by the pack as intruders into the
Jackals, on the other hand, can live together amicably
with (paria) dogs in the same area, but no wild mixed offspring has ever been
Further studies have shown more differences between
jackals and dogs, while wolves and dogs are very much alike in almost all
respects. So it is that the dental arrangement of the dog’s teeth is
different from that of the jackal but similar to that of the wolf.
Comparable serum research has shown a clear similarity
between wolves and dogs and their mixed offspring, while differences are
found in coyotes, jackals and foxes. And it has been discovered that wolves
and dogs have the same number of chromosomes - 78 - while jackals have 74.
Of the ninety behavioral patterns researched in the dog,
71 percent are present in the wolf. Also their vocal patterns and social
behavior are similar, while the jackal’s pattern and behavior are
Based on these many anatomical and behavioral studies
conducted in the past few decades, the almost inescapable conclusion now can
be made that the species dog, Canis familiaris, descends from the species
wolf, Canis lupus.
For more information on dog issues, please contact LuckyDogs: 09 997 8146
or [email protected]
Prem celebrates Earth Day
On Thursday, April 22 Prem hosted a school-wide Earth
Day celebration to remember. Students of all ages, from the twelfth grade
down through the kindergarten, could be seen bird watching, testing water
quality and building a nature trail around the school using natural
materials. All of the participants had smiles on their faces as they
devoted the day to learning about and working to solve some of the most
serious issues facing the planet.
(gr.2), points out a bird to her friends during a bird watching session.
Students were divided into four work groups,
appropriately named “Earth”, “Air”, “Fire” and “Water”.
During the morning sessions, the groups moved between four different
stations. At one station students learned about water quality and water
purification. At the second station they learned about bird life at Prem
and went bird watching around campus. At the third station they learned
about alternative energy sources, and at the fourth station students worked
on the construction of a wall-sized Earth Day mural made out of recycled
Mary and Charlie work on an Earth Day mural to decorate the school.
The afternoon was devoted to more long-term projects.
The “Water” group tested the water quality at Prem in order to find
ways to improve the water quality on campus. The “Earth” group had a
lot of fun building a nature trail around campus using bamboo and coconut
husks. The “Air” group did research about energy production and energy
needs, while the “Fire” group spent the afternoon in the Art House
using their creativity to transform throwaway materials into beautiful art.
(Gr.7) and Aut (Gr.9) work together to construct water filters.
Earth Day at Prem proved to be a huge success and everyone had fun
collaborating on various projects. It was certainly one day when Prem’s
school motto of “Global Citizenship” shone through. Both Prem students
and teachers took time to reflect on their place within a larger, global
community and to discover ways in which we can all live more
environmentally responsible lives.
(Gr.1/2) and Jeanelle (Gr.1/2) work on building a nature trail around the
Prem campus using bamboo and coconut husks.
student Som learns all about the Greenhouse Effect.
school students above have a little fun after working hard at building a
nature trail around the Prem campus.
Grace International School’s Oklahoma coming late this month
This May, Chiang Mai is in for a real treat. Grace
International School is putting on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical
The students in the GIS production are under the musical
direction of Connie Eckerle and theatrical direction of Renee Weygandt.
“Oklahoma!” will be performed from May 27-29 at 7 p.m. in the GIS
love triangle, Ado-Annie (Mykal Inglis - Grade 10), Ali Hakim (Drew
Persons), and Will Parker (Zakk Hallead).
The musical takes place in the Indian Territory that
eventually becomes the American state of Oklahoma, a land cherished by both
cowboys and farmers alike. As they learn to share the land, romance blossoms
between main characters Laurey and Curly, played by senior Kara Scheuerman
and junior Shawn Murry.
Aunt Eller’s (Jessica Johnson) hired man, Jud Fry (Matt
Kramm), also vies for Laurey’s attention. A love triangle develops between
the flirtatious Ado-Annie (Mykal Inglis), the charming Will Parker (Zakk
Hallead), and the Persian peddler Ali Hakim (Drew Persons).
(Shawn Murry - Grade 11) and Laurey (Kara Scheuerman - Grade 12).
“Oklahoma!” first appeared on stage in 1943, and
continues to be a hit on Broadway. It was written and composed by Richard
Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein who wrote numerous well-loved musicals such as
“The Sound of Music”, “South Pacific” and “Carousel”.
The triumphant closing song, “Oklahoma!” is a
well-loved tune and became the state song.
Rehearsals are currently underway with students and
directors putting in many hours to make this a production to remember.
Seating is limited, so tickets should be purchased ahead of time for 200
For ticket information call 09-631-7023 after 4 p.m. Don’t miss out on
the chance to experience it!