Last week Marvin wanted to go swimming but it was raining
and there was loud thunder. I told him that we could not go swimming in the
storm. He told me that he didn’t mind if he got wet in the rain because he
would get wet in the water anyway. I had to explain to Marvin that it is
very dangerous to go swimming during a storm because if there is thunder
there is also often lightening which is electricity that comes down from the
sky. It might look pretty but it is very dangerous especially if the
lightening lands in the water. So Marvin and I will go swimming another day.
Do you like to go swimming? Write to Marvin and tell him where you like to
go. 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 is a fruitcake like the ocean?
2) What did the frog say when he saw the book?
3) What do sea monsters eat?
4) What do you call a rabbit that tells jokes?
1) It has currants (currents)
2) Read it, read it
3) Fish and ships
4) A funny bunny.
This week we have a picture by Daniel.
Bye from Marg and Marvin
Windies University comes to Chiang Mai to promote further studies abroad
Cricket probably compulsory
Margaret A. Lambert, dean of enrolment planning and
university registrar of St. George’s University in Grenada in the West
Indies, and Keith B. Taylor, vice-chancellor emeritus, hosted an expo in
Chiang Mai to promote further studies at their university.
left) Margaret A. Lambert, dean of enrolment planning and university
registrar of St. George’s University and Keith B. Taylor, vice-chancellor
emeritus of St. George’s University.
The expo was held on June 9 at the Sheraton Hotel, and
was aimed at promoting study abroad, particularly at St. George’s
University, which has been offering courses in medicine and veterinary
medicine for more than 26 years.
They provided consultations, brochures, CDs, books, and
information on the medicine summer camp program as well as training courses
at the clinical centers and affiliated hospitals in the USA and UK to all
For more information, contact Ms. Laurie Hinrichs, director of
international admissions by email [email protected] or [email protected] or
mlambert @sgu.edu or visit the website: www.sgu.edu
Piano school takes local student to KL competition
Khun Santi, owner of Santi’s Piano Studio, Chiang Mai,
arranged for his young student, Hunter (third from right) to go to Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia to participate in the Young Musicians’ Festival organized
at the Summit Hotel.
(third from right) with other young musicians at the Paul Harris ‘Young
Musicians’ Festival 2004 in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo courtesy of Santi Studio)
Paul Harris, known for his music books, his teaching
methods and his brilliant technique which teaches students to recognize the
notes and to play scales and arpeggios with real confidence, was there to
watch the young talents and advise on ‘finger fitness’ exercises, how to
improve their scales or even on simple improvisations.
Hunter enjoyed himself at the festival and liked to meet the other young
musicians and listen to their music. He was as energized and thrilled as
youngsters can be. It was an unforgettable experience for him. He was also
very thankful that Khun. Santi gave him the chance to extend his knowledge
Still time to sign up for Dulwich International College summer camp
Don’t panic! There is still time to
enroll in Dulwich International College’s Sports & Adventure Camp or
their English Summer School running for four weeks between July 4 and July
31. The Sports & Adventure Camp is also available in weekly units.
Open to 8-15 year olds, both these summer camps offer a
great mix of fun, challenge and adventure in a beautiful, healthy and safe
setting, and attract children and young people from all over the world.
Everything from snorkeling to golf, from basketball to sea canoeing, from
ATV biking to surfing ... You should sign up for the holiday of a lifetime!
Contact the college for more details: tel. 076 238 711,
02 512 0466; email [email protected] .ac.th or register through the website
Upcoming educational events in June
International Center, CMU
The North American educational counseling unit of The
International Center, Chiang Mai University (CMU-IC) announces several
upcoming June events.
1. Saturday, June 26, 1-2.30 p.m. at the CMU-IC
(Nimmanhaemin Road): The IC-ACE Distinguished Speaker Series will resume
with “Cost, Time and Quality: How to Choose the Right MBA Program”, a
seminar by Malcolm Watson and Harvey Hopson, Directors of the International
MBA Program, Baldwin-Wallace College, USA. Free admission, register for
2. Monday, June 28, 9.30-11.30 a.m. at the CMU-IC: Dr
Elena Garate, Dean of International Education, Santa Monica College (Los
Angeles), will conduct an Interactive Talk with 11th and 12th Graders of
local and international schools on “Concept 2+2 for A Cost-Effective US
University Education”. Seats are limited.
3. Monday, June 28, 9.30-11.30 a.m. at CMU-IC: In
cooperation with IC-ACE, an officer from the US Consulate General will
conduct a Pre-Departure Briefing for Chiangmai residents planning to study
in US high schools or colleges. Speakers (in Thai) will include students
recently returned from Graduate Studies and Exchange Programs. Seats limited
- register now to receive an official souvenir.
4. Monday, June 28, 11 a.m.-12.30 p.m. at CMU-IC: An
IC-ACE MBA Seminar “MBA Programs for a Global Economy: Innovations and
Developments”. Free admission, pre-registration is possible.
5. Events 2, 3, 4 are actually “extension programs”
for the main event: “GO USA 2004!” the 19th General Orientation Sessions
organized by the Coalition of Non-Profit Educational Advisory Services. The
Coalition comprises the US Embassy, Institute of International Education,
Bangkok Bank and Office of Civil Service Commission (Thai Government
scholarships). This year, they will organize the event in Bangkok on June
24-25. On June 27-28, The IC-ACE are co-hosting the event in Chiangmai, and
expanding the schedule to include the three “extension programs”. The
Main Program will comprise four specialized Speakers Panels by US Alumni
(for Health Sciences; Engineering and Computer Science; Business and
Accounting; Design, Arts and Humanities in Thai) who will share their
experience for success in US universities.
In addition, they will have workshops on “Financial
Aid”, “US Student Visa Applications”, “GMAT Prep”, “GRE Prep”,
“TOEFL Prep and Preview TOEFL 2005”, plus an Info Display for
information related to US education.
The Official Ceremony will be on Monday, June 28. Eric
Rubin, US Consul General will hand out awards for the Qualifying Round of
the Brainflex Plus! Olympiad 2004. This round will determine which of the 14
invited schools (premier high schools in CM area) will proceed to the Grand
Finals later this year. The schools are competing for the US Consul
General’s Challenge Trophy.
6. Wednesday, June 30, 6-7.30 p.m. at AUA Auditorium:
IC-ACE & Santa Monica College (Los Angeles) invites parents and high
school students to attend an Open Briefing on “Concept 2+2 for Quality,
Value and Success in US Universities” by Dr Elena Garate, Dean of
International Education. Seats are limited, pre-register for souvenirs.
Contact 053.942896 or [email protected]
Local youngsters steal the show
Sara, Pun-Pun, Tan, Champ and Nan - amazing local children
The crowd was waiting in anticipation. The heat rising as
a group of young performers assumed center stage; their eyes sparkling like
sequins. Their job was to ‘warm up’ the audience before the main item, a
Singaporean magic-musical show The Magic of Love begins.
hosts of ‘Kids Only’ are reaching out to their community, and eventually
It is this writer’s opinion that Champ, Nan, Sara, Tan,
and Pun-Pun from CBN Siam’s Kids Only TV program stole the show with their
fast-paced, crowd pleasing songs. Adults and children alike rose to their
feet when the ‘Kids Only’ crew invited the audience to join in the fun.
The audience was spellbound. Senior Producer of ‘Kids Only’ Somporn
Moolsan says, “These are local kids that all of Chiang Mai can be proud
of, because soon we will be seeing them everywhere.”
ten year old Pun-Pun.
‘Kids Only’ hit the Thai airways five months ago.
Since then these hosts, with ages ranging from ten to nineteen, are fast
becoming some of the most recognized faces in children’s programming
today. Although many other children’s programs are now emulating ‘Kids
Only’, it remains unique by selecting hosts based on their qualities seen
both on and off camera.
‘Kids Only’ is more than just a television show. The
creators and hosts of this program wish to make a positive impact in their
community and their country. After their live performance at “The Magic of
Love,” the ‘Kids Only’ hosts are now venturing into the schools of
Chiang Mai to meet kids face to face to motivate Thai children to learn
Tan, Champ, Sara, and Nan are on TV every Wednesday at 5.30 p.m. on Channel
The television show tackles a broad spectrum of issues
including culture, technology, heroism, and citizenship. Similar themes will
influence the live school performances, which are filled with a musical
energy that stimulates the minds and hearts of young children.
‘Kids Only’ hosts engaged the entire audience when they opened for the
Magic of Love last Friday night. (From left) Sara, Champ, Pun-Pun, Tan and
Despite forthcoming stardom, each host retains a
level-headed approach to the future. Pun-Pun, age 10, is an acclaimed singer
who speaks four languages and has won a national academic award. She wants
to study medicine. Sara, age 15, has signed a recording contract with RS
Promotions. Currently Sara is the only host who is considering a career in
the media. Tan, age 17, is an accomplished violinist, who hopes to share his
passion for music with the next generation by becoming a teacher. Champ is
also a gifted musician with aspirations of becoming a composer. This 17 year
old host is currently writing songs for a music demo. Nan, the oldest host
at age 19, is in her first year at Payap University. Nan loves children and
is studying to become a kindergarten teacher.
Their talents are diverse. Their interests vary. Their
futures may guide them in different directions one day, but right now, these
five kids are a part of something special. They are creating a place on
television where children can turn to for uplifting programs that fully
display the power of positive examples. Whether or not these five
extraordinary hosts realize the impact they are making, a million children
across Thailand are watching and they are learning.
‘Kids Only’ can be viewed every Wednesday at 5.30 on channel 11.
Graduation Festivities of
Lanna International School
LIST celebrated that they are “Moving On”
Some very excited youngsters as well as three more mature
students celebrated their ‘Moving On’ ceremony at the CMU Art Convention
Hall last week. The little ones did not really know what those funny green
hats were supposed to mean, but they knew it was something special, as 52 of
them moved up from Grades KG-3, Grade 5, 8 and 12 respectively.
left) Roy Lewis, Head of School; Graduates Thanyaluk Athiwandee and Wasinee
Penpanussak, US Consul General Eric Rubin, Graduate Prapan
Taweeapiradeeviroj, MC and Homeroom teacher David Brown, and Rawee Art
Phoewhawm, the British Councils’ Training and Development Coordinator.
After the Thai Singing and Dancing Groups entertainment,
all were called personally to receive their individual certificates from
their homeroom teachers. They bowed to their parents, and were glad that
they could run back to their seats.
- and now, what?
MC David B. Brown, the homeroom teacher of the three
graduating students Thanyaluck, Wasinee and Prapan, introduced the Guest
Speaker, US Consul General Eric Rubin. Eric emphasized that a good life does
not have to be a boring life, and that the graduates, now becoming young
adults, should believe in what they want to do. Anything the graduates will
undertake from now on will make a difference in our world, as much as in
their own lives. He challenged the graduates to do the right thing, no
matter how difficult, expensive, or unpleasant it may be. The concept of the
day was that glasses are half-full, rather than half-empty, encouraging
students to look at life and its challenges in a positive way.
The Graduates thanked the school, their teachers and friends, and
foremost their parents, for paving the way for them, so they could enjoy the
education they received over the years. They now felt well prepared for all
the challenges the world has to offer.
End of the year
activities at Grace
The greatly anticipated end to the school year has
finally arrived. Students at Grace International School have begun their
summer break, but not before a whirlwind of events to end the 2003-2004
Grace High School and Middle School band and choir
students showcased their talents in the end of the year concert. Under the
direction of Gene Fisher, the high school, middle school, sixth grade, and
middle school choir and jazz band preformed. Jazz classics such as “Mood
Indigo” and “In the Mood” had the older generation reminiscing. In
addition to these, “The Mission Impossible Theme” and “The Pink
Panther” had the audience tapping their feet to the beat.
The sixth grade tyro band showed great improvement and
promise for the future. Some of their songs included “Majestic March”
and “Hymn Tune”. The Middle School choir, directed by Connie Eckerle,
blended beautifully on everything from Baroque to an Afro-American
Grace’s first ever Talent Quest gave students a chance
to display their prowess. The acts included several bands, vocal
performances, break dancing, piano performances, and comedy acts. First
place went to a drum and bass guitar solo written and performed by Jay
Franzen and Leif Baur, second place went to the Kiersten Jacobson band’s
“Taking Care of Business”, and third place went to Annie Hsieh’s fast
paced piano performance of “Czerny”.
Sports Award night, hosted by the GIS Sports Booster
Club, was held at Holiday Garden Hotel and honored the secondary athletes.
The categories for the awards were: Most Improved Player, Most Valuable
player, and the Timothy award. Luke Nakatsukasa and Julie Holden were voted
the two Outstanding Christian Athletes of the year. Participants in all
secondary sports teams received a certificate and recognition by the coaches
of each sport.
The weekend of 27-29 was the GIS production of Oklahoma!
The young student actors gave rousing performances as they portrayed farmers
and cowboys struggling to get along in a new territory, which was about to
become the state of Oklahoma. Outstanding vocal and acting talent were
noticeable from many of the stand out performers, such as Kara
Scheuerman’s lovely, light soprano as Laurie complimented by six-foot six
crooner, Shawn Murry, as the cowboy Curly. A hysterically funny portrayal of
Ali Hakim and Ado-Annie by Drew Persons and Mykal Inglis, were highlights of
the evening. Matt Kramm gave a gripping performance of the tragic villain
Melancholy for some students and relief for others was
felt when the school year ended but as we all know, the holiday time passes
much faster than the school year and we will soon see each other again.