Marvin has been singing a song during the
last couple of days and it goes something like this: Slip, slop, slap in the
sun this summer say slip, slop, slap. I asked Marvin what it meant and he
told me how his teacher had taught everyone the song to remind them about
protecting themselves from the sun. He said that you had to remember to slip
on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat and then you would be
ready to go out into the sun. It is working because Marvin has worn his hat
every day this week whilst he has been in the sun. Do you protect yourself
when you go out into the sun? Write to Marvin and tell him what you like to
do in the sun. You can 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) Why did the balloon burst?
2) What do porcupines have for lunch?
3) Why did the schoolboy eat the coin that his mum gave him?
4) Why is a mother cat so neat?
1) Because it saw the lollipop
2) Prickled onions
3) Because his mother said it was for lunch
4) She picks up her litter
Bye from Marg and Marvin
Chiangmai Mail offices
Pic Marion Vogt
Prem International School’s Grade 5 class visited Chiangmai
Mail’s offices to get first-hand information on how to produce a
row (far left) is their experienced teacher, David Best.
As the class is currently in the process of bringing out
its own newspaper for the school, the students came well prepared with
questions, such as “Who is your editor?”, “Who is your best
reporter?”, and “How do you make a profit with a newspaper?” (We are
trying to work that last one out ourselves!)
The students were very keen to learn, and were shown
around the various departments. The visit ended in the conference room with
soft drinks and cookies, and a group picture to show Mom and Dad.
YMCA’s summer camps
Knowledge comes from the experience of a lifetime
Knowledge can be achieved not only through reading books,
but also by ‘doing’ activities. This is especially true for children,
who find being actively entertained preferable to sitting reading in a
The question for many parents is what kind of activities
should we provide our children? The YMCA in Chiang Mai may have the answer.
They have started Summer Day Camps. These are concerned with providing safer
and better lives for children, while encouraging them to grow up to be
mature and compassionate individuals and strong leaders in society.
play is a challenge.
Children aged between 7-13 years can take part in the
10-day camps that make their summer holidays memorable. During this time,
they enjoy activities based on the concept of learning. They gain more
knowledge about history, art, nature, farming, sports and cooking. The
children also learn in the natural environment, according to the theme of
a buffalo can be a new experience.
At a practical level, for example planting rice
strengthens the theoretical knowledge they already have. There is an
outstanding field trip to a military camp where the children have the
opportunity to meet the military men, watch army dog training, ride horses
and go on an adventure trail.
Another field trip is to Chiang Mai Zoo, where the
children get to meet wildlife from all over the world.
The age difference between the children taking part in
the camp never causes a problem. From the observation of the camp leaders
and staff, the older children usually take responsibility for making sure
that the younger ones are fine and that they are participating in camp
activities, allowing children to interact with each other and enhancing
their social skills.
As the YMCA is a global organization, there are many
volunteers from various YMCA’s around the world coming to Chiang Mai to
participate in the activities, including the Summer Day Camps. In this way,
the children are able to expand their experience beyond Thai frontiers
through interaction with the overseas leaders, helping them grow up to be
open minded adults.
There have been three Summer Day Camps during this year’s main school
vacation. The day starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The third camp, from
May 3-7, was even more special in that English and art were included as the
Looking to the stars - thrill
and trekking included
Sunisa Bates, student mother
Early in May, a group of children from Lanna International
School (LIST) gathered on Doi Inthanon to study the stars, see the passing
comet Neat, and experience a stay in the forest.
around Doi Inthanon and star watching - these were the lucky ones!
The excitement was electrifying. No other words could
describe it better when the kids saw the beauties of Venus, Saturn, Jupiter
and Neat through the high-quality telescopes provided by Dr Saran
Poshyachinda. Although it was a cold night, it was clear and dark - perfect
conditions for sky-gazing.
The next morning the group trekked through the forest to
Mae Pan waterfall. It was a hard walk but exciting and enjoyable. Everybody
was happy to be in the forest and see the spectacular waterfall.
We hope that trips such as this will help our children
understand and appreciate the beauty of nature and the importance of
protecting and preserving Thailand’s forests and wildlife.
A big thank you goes to all the mothers who organized the
food and the accommodation. Also a very special thank you to Dr Saran for not
only organizing the skywatch, but also for explaining the stars so patiently
to the children.
We are all looking forward to more stimulating trips like this in the near
Ballet students from Thailand
receive training in Hong Kong
Mom Luang Preeyapun Sridhavat
(front row second left) principal of the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy,
recently visited the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and was welcomed
by Ko Chun Kwai (third from left) who is teaching high level ballet
students from Thailand.
Swedish Frida learns multiculturalism
Because life may never be complete without learning how to
share it with others, volunteering in a global charitable association should
broaden one’s perspectives, enhance one’s maturation and offer
multicultural experiences in unforgettable ways.
YMCA, a voluntary organization with branches worldwide,
provides its members who are ready to devote their time, energy and skills,
the opportunities to learn working in various sorts of charitable
left) Chularat Phongtudsirikul, director of the YMCA International Program
Center, Swedish volunteer Frida Sjostrand, and Saksakul Boonprasarn, the
human resource manager discuss the program.
Frida Sjostrand, born in Sri Lanka, but adopted and
raised in Sweden, has learned the multicultural experiences through her
family and realizes that skin color does not matter, what does is that
people should have love and respect for one another.
She is a sophomore studying law at Stockholm’s
University in Sweden, and though she has two more years to complete her
studies, she is determined to get some international experience beforehand,
as she wishes to work in the field of human rights or international
development after graduation. “I have all my life wanted to work with or
for people in other parts of the world, especially in developing
countries,” said a resolute Frida.
She has been a member of the YMCA of Vasteras in Sweden
since she was seven years old and this voluntary organization has been an
important part of her life helping develop herself as a person. A month ago,
Frida flew from Stockholm to Chiang Mai to join the international department
at the YMCA here for six months, where she is now enjoying her job very
much. Here, she is helping the YMCA International Center in arranging
cross-cultural programs for youth activities and periodically teaching
She truly represents the connectedness between the Thai
and foreign YMCA’s and assists local staff with communication with the
European community to bring about the success of the international
When she returns to Sweden in the fall, Frida wishes to
be part of some international programs of YMCA, as she could bring several
ideas from the experiences gained from working in Thailand and contribute to
YMCA members in Sweden.
With the concept being to remain optimistic, patient,
open-minded and listen to people around her, Frida hopes she will be able to
learn much and enrich her life in every aspect.
She has gained experience in living abroad, not only in
Thailand. She was an exchange student in Prince Edward Island a couple of
years ago. She wishes to learn as much about international cultures as
possible, as she is still undecided about where she wants to live after she
graduates. “I feel like I can’t plan my life too far ahead, because I
need to be ready to take opportunities that come my way - like this
internship, for example,” she said with a smile.
The YMCA welcomes and appreciates anyone who is eager to share to join
the volunteer network of the organization. For more information, please
contact: YMCA of Chiang Mai (Santithum Branch) 11 Sermsuk Rd, Mengrairasmi,
Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand. Tel: (66-53) 221819 Fax: (66-53) 215523.
Grade 12 Unleashed
Prem gets artistic: students complete first-ever IB Art Course
On Saturday April 24, the Prem Art House was visited by
Somporn Rodpoon, a well-regarded university art lecturer from Bangkok.
Somporn spent the afternoon interviewing each year 12 International
Baccalaureate (IB) art student and evaluating their work. This exam is the
culmination of Prem’s first ever IB Art and Design course, the only
course of its type in Chiang Mai.
Year 12 Art Opening ‘G12-Unleashed’ was an excellent opportunity for
parents, teachers and fellow students to admire the IB art projects.
“The IB Art and Design course is both challenging and
exciting,” remarked Art Department head and IB art teacher Joanna Moon.
“The course is an adventure of exploration and experimentation into the
students’ own creative growth and potential.”
piece by Mew (Gr.11)
The artistic work produced out of this IB art course
was shared with the entire Prem community on April 30 at the opening of
the exhibition, “Grade 12-Unleashed”. Parents, teachers and fellow
students mingled with the student artists and admired their work, which
included everything from a life-size phone booth to digital photography to
computer generated animation. The exhibition was a huge success, and
everyone who attended was impressed by the quality of the students’ work
and the obvious thought and hard work that had gone into each piece.
self-portrait by Hseng Tai Lintner (Gr.12)
This first-ever group of Prem IB Art students has
several remarkable artists amongst them. Julian Stannard created a very
exciting exhibition which was experimental and exploratory, examining the
theme of “Concealment”. He worked with a local artist, Sandy Shun, who
uses a unique form of photography involving film manipulation.
Joseph Malih, another IB art student, uses digital
photography and computer technology to portray images of cloning and other
Sci-Fi themes. Joseph will be using his skills and talent in July when he
joins Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida to follow a Computer
Hseng Tai Lintner also displayed some incredible
pieces, including several powerful portraits which featured herself and
her friends as the subjects. Her portfolio has impressed the London
Institute of Art where Hseng Tai hopes to follow an Art Foundation course
“All the work was highly imaginative and I think students will leave
the course having learnt something about themselves and about art,”
commented Joanna Moon. We could all certainly learn a lot about art from
these incredible students!