went to play golf with his dad the other day. He said that it was lots of
fun, but he had to walk a long, long way. He liked walking with his dad
because he got to see lots and lots of animals and when he had finished he
went to see the horses at the stables. Marvin said that he wants to go to
play golf with his dad again one day. Have you ever played golf? What kind
of sports do you like to play? Write to Marg and Marvin at:
156-158 Im-boon Housing Estate
T. Changmoi, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai 50300
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 053 234 145
1) What did the little light say to its mother?
2) What is the longest word in the dictionary?
3) Which day of the week is lazy?
4) If there were six cats in a boat and one jumped out, how many were left?
1) I love you watts and watts.
2) Elastic because it stretches.
4) None because they were copy cats.
Bye from Marg and Marvin
Tony Ball’s Bird Watching Diary
For the last 5 months I have been visiting
the Huay Tung Tao Lake five or six mornings a week to keep a running
checklist on the birds that inhabit the area. The total number seen to date
is 157 species. Usually I am there from sun-up for 4 hours and on an average
day I will spot around 45 to 50 species and identify another 7 or 8 by call.
This is probably the best lowland area around Chiang Mai for the numbers of
species that are to be found.
Chinese Pond-Heron after change of plumage.
As the level of the lake drops, in the dry season, some
birds will disappear and others such as waders will appear to feed on the
exposed sandbanks. As most of the waders are migrants these will also
disappear to re-appear at the end of the year. At the end of one complete
year it will be interesting to check my daily entries to see when the
migrants were last seen and when they were checked back in.
Chinese Pond-Heron before change of plumage.
One subject that I find fascinating is the way birds
dress themselves at different times of the year. Let me dwell on just one
for the moment and that is the Chinese Pond-Heron. Out of the breeding
season this bird is basically brown and white, brown when it is standing in
the paddy fields and white when it is flying. You can see them flying and
you are sure that you are watching a completely white bird but the moment it
lands it disappears. This is nature’s way of keeping them safe from
predators; they have long brown feathers growing along their back and the
minute they alight these feathers drop down over their white wings thereby
rendering them almost invisible.
But everything is turned around when the breeding season arrives; these
birds turn into garish maroon, black and white clowns. This happens to both
the male and female birds which is unusual. Normally it is the male of the
species that develops the striking colors but as there are two species of
pond-herons in Thailand which are almost identical in the non-breeding
season this is Nature’s way of separating them. The Javan Pond-Heron turns
orange, black and white. This way there is no chance of them interbreeding
where they overlap. The experts tell us that birds do see in color, maybe a
talkative parrot spilt the beans, but the above example would seem to prove
Thai Cultural Day - teamwork between the smallest and the tallest
The Christian German School Chiangmai celebrates a day of
Thai culture and tradition once a year.
like one of the old May pole customs, where the winner who picks the flowers
from the top is allowed the first dance with the May queen, this oily bamboo
stick had 100 baht on top and only teamwork made it possible to bring it
Mainly organized by the Thai teachers at Christian German
School Chiangmai (CDSC) and some Thai mothers, students and parents this
year were offered a day filled with attractive activities and fun.
Starting with a traditional Songkran celebration, the
parents enjoyed a performance from the students from Kindergarten up to
Grade 10 showing a variety of Thai dances. The first dancers to perform were
four pretty young Kindergarten ladies with a beautiful Umbrella dance,
followed by all the other classes.
The morning included plenty of different games for the
children. One of these caught a great deal of attention from among the
children, and if anybody wondered why students of all ages would want to
climb up an oily bamboo stick, the reason soon became clear - there was a
100 baht note attached to the top. And it was only through teamwork between
first graders and ninth graders, and lots of patience, that the pinnacle was
reached and the reward collected.
7 and 8 during their version of Thai Dance.
Plenty of food was supplied from all parents for a lunch buffet in the
school auditorium. And just in case there was still anybody around in Chiang
Mai who didn’t have enough splashing fun during this year’s Songkran,
the morning at CDSC ended with just that. Fun with a big water splash!
the mixed groups performed a lovely Thai dance.
smallest performed the umbrella dance.
Outing to Bangkok a ‘brilliant’ end to primary school years
The sixth grade class from Grace International School had
the great opportunity to take a field trip to Bangkok. The purpose of this
fun and educational trip was to visit a science museum and a planetarium. The
field trip corresponded with a unit the 6th graders studied in class.
grade class waits to enter the science museum in Bangkok.
The trip had been anticipated for a long time, as the
sixth graders counted the hours down on the classroom whiteboard for several
weeks. Teachers Carol Steedmen and Tanya Sykes, assisted by parent sponsors,
accompanied them on the trip.
Chiang Mai train station the students and teachers wait to board the night
When the day of departure finally arrived on April 26, 27
excited students boarded the night train bound for Bangkok. Parents waved
goodbye to their kids, perhaps just a little nervous.
of the sixth grade girls pose in front of a city backdrop.
After riding all night on the train, the sixth graders
disembarked and went to shower at a local church. They had a short devotion
time before heading off to the science museum. They observed the planetarium
and then took a tour of the museum. In the planetarium they gazed at stars
and their constellations, and planets.
the night train, the sixth graders enjoy playing cards.
The museum was a hands-on experience. The kids enjoyed
interacting with mirrors, magnets, and a variety of exhibits.
After grabbing a bite to eat, a recreational time and an
optional shopping excursion followed. To beat the Bangkok heat, the students
bought hand-held battery-powered fans.
sixth graders, Isaiah Soung and Michael Hume interact with a mirror exhibit.
With their fun-filled day over, they headed back to the
train station for the long trip back to Chiang Mai. To the students it
wasn’t a long trip back, as one sixth grader commented, “The train
journey was the best part of the trip.”
sixth graders attempt to beat the Bangkok heat with battery-powered fans.
The outing was a deemed a success. Mrs. Sykes called it
The tired sixth graders arrived back in Chiang Mai on April 28 with a
cache of memories to conclude their primary school years at Grace
Can you spell dinoflagellate?
Jon van Housen
Have you ever wondered what a dinoflagellate is? Or
about the process of cytokenisis? No, probably not, but students - and
teachers - at Nakorn Payap International School got to wondering after the
school’s 2004 Spelling Bee.
Wongkiatikajorn slipped on dinoflagellate.
By successfully spelling those words, and many others,
seventh-grader Calvin Teerawatananon became the secondary school champion.
It was another student from the seventh grade, Yu
Wongkiatikajorn, who stayed with Calvin and spelled the “easier” words
correctly as other students dropped out. By the sixth round, the words were
lengthy and obscure indeed. Yu stumbled on dinoflagellate, which Calvin
spelled correctly. He then spelled cytokenisis to win. His prize, of
course, was a dictionary.
success with cytokenisis.
“Both Calvin and Yu have been at NIS their entire
student careers,” said John Allen, principal. “I am very proud of them.
Precocious is a word not used lightly, but I think it applies to them.”
Calvin and Yu also won the Student Speaking Contest,
while Yu proof-read and helped edit both the Student Newspaper and
Prevot: Grade 4-6 champion with chlorophyll.
In the lower primary school, Saint Chusaksakulviboon won
the Grade 1-3 contest by spelling climate correctly, while Dew Prevot won
in the Grades 4-6 category by knowing how to spell chlorophyll. They too
took home dictionaries.
Chusaksakulviboon won the Grade 1-3 contest by spelling climate correctly.
And just so you know: dinoflagellates are the most common sources of
bioluminescence at the surface of the ocean, while cytokenisis is the final
stage of mitosis, or cell division.
‘Luk krung’ wins
Mr. SongkranInternational 2004
A handsome German and fun-loving Thai rolled into one
Christopher Paul Thomas, Mr. Songkran International 2004,
is not only handsome - he also has brains. He is studying at the
international college, Payap University, where he is majoring in
International Business Management.
Songkran International 2004, Christopher Thomas
Twenty year old Christopher, 1.75 meters tall and
weighing 73 kilograms, is half Thai and half German, explaining his handsome
European looks combined with his talkative Thai nature.
He said he chose studying at Payap University because it
has a good reputation and is well known among foreigners. Also, studying in
Chiang Mai is relatively cheaper in terms of university fees and living
Christopher says he enjoyed the Mr. Songkran
International 2004 contest and gained good experience from it and made many
friends from different countries, exchanging opinions and cultures with the
“I am very excited and proud to be chosen as Mr.
Songkran International,” said Christopher. “I will tell my friends who
live overseas of this experience and persuade them to travel to Chiang Mai
as I am sure they will get great pleasure from this city.”
The contest not only provided international students and foreigners the
chance to take part in the contest; it also gave them a new experience and
built up cordiality between them and Chiang Mai people.
Special Guest at
the Chiangmai Ballet Academy
special guest was welcomed by the Chiangmai Ballet Academy: Valerie Bayley
(3rd from left), a dance specialist from the Royal Academy of Dance in
England. Director M.L. Preeyapun Sridhavat (2nd from left) from Chiang Mai
and Sharon Martin (right) appreciated the opportunity to get the older and
more mature ballerinas together for a group picture.