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Kids' Corner

Nursery rhyme singers from the North announced

Canis lupus, the feared wolf

English language training in the outdoors

Kids' Corner

Last night Marvin was reading a book about a princess. He asked me if princesses were real or if they were pretend because we don’t have princesses in Australia where we come from. I told him that they were real people and that a princess was the daughter of a King and Queen and that a prince was the son of a King and Queen. We had a look at some pictures of the royal family here in Thailand and he saw a real King. In Holland and in England they have a royal family, but they don’t have one in America. Do you know any other countries that do have a royal family? Write to Marvin and tell him. You can send your letters to:
Marg and Marvin
Chiangmai Mail
156-158 Im-boon Housing Estate
Muangsamut Road
T. Changmoi, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai 50300
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 053 234 145


1. What did the apple tree say to the farmer?
2. Where can you always find a helping hand?
3. What is the biggest ant in the world?
4. Which animal can you never trust?


1. Stop picking on me.
2. At the end of your arm.
3. An elephant
4. A cheetah
This week we have a picture by Crissy. He is riding a horse.

Bye from Marg and Marvin

Nursery rhyme singers from the North announced

An important cultural heritage says commission

Jiraphat Warasin

Nursery rhyme singing is not just for children - it is also serious work. To demonstrate this art form, Mahidol University, the National Cultural Commission Office and the Chiang Mai Provincial Cultural Office held the finals for the northern region of the nursery rhyme song contest.

The contest was held at the conference room of Chiangmai Dramatic Arts College, where Krissada Siampakdee, permanent secretary of the Chiang Mai Provincial Authority, presided over the opening ceremony.

(Standing from left) Bor-pitr Witthayaviroj, head of the Chiang Mai Provincial Cultural Office; adult winner Sunantha Taemthong, (kneeling from left) Chaneeya Liemsombut, and student winner Ampawan Jaisuan, with Dr Chao Duangduen na Chiang Mai (standing center), Somsri Chaiwong (standing 2nd right), and Boonlert Thongsalee, director of Chiangmai Dramatic Arts College.

Bor-pitr Witthayaviroj, head of the Chiang Mai Provincial Cultural Office, said the aim was to promote, conserve and restore the singing of nursery rhymes in Thailand because it is regarded as a part of Thai culture. It was also organized to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 72nd birthday on August 2.

The contest was divided into two classes - students and adults. Fourteen participants entered the final round of the competition in the student category.

Student winner Ampawan Jaisuan

The winner was Ampawan Jaisuan, 17, from Matthayom 6 at Wattanothaipayap School in Chiang Mai province. The first runner-up was Chaneeya Liemsombut, 13, from Matthayom 2 at Uttaradit Darunee School in Uttaradit province, and an honorable mention went to Kultida Pongjam, from Matthayom 3 at Mongkol Witthaya School in Lamphun province.

Seventeen adult participants attended with the winner, Sunantha Taemthong, 45, from Chiang Rai province. The first runner-up was Somsri Chaiwong, 52 from Chiang Mai province. An honorable mention went to Soi Ngoonthong, 84, from Sukhothai province.

On August 4, the four finalists from the four regions will be granted an audience and have a chance to sing in front of HRH Princess Somsawalee at Mahidol University, Salaya campus in Nakhon Pathom province. She will award the prizes.

Canis lupus, the feared wolf

The Chinese wolf hunts alone

Nienke Parma

Of all land mammals alive today, the wolf is the most widespread and polymorphic. It is thought the wolf evolved in Eurasia, and they were found in the southern part of Asia (China, Japan, Afghanistan, India), throughout Europe and in Asia on the forest tundra’s of Siberia, the Taiga, forest and grass steppes and deserts such as the Caucasus.

I am sure that my great-great grandfather was a wolf!

They followed their prey over the land bridges between Alaska and Siberia to North America from where they spread out to the open inland of Mexico, the prairies and the mountains in the center of the country till the Northern woodlands and tundra’s of Alaska and Canada. The few places they never occupied include South America and Africa.

We do not care if our ancestors were wolves as long as we love each other and have some food!

This enormous range proves that wolves adapt fairly easy to new environments, depending mainly on the existence of water and animals on which they prey, but these days, above all on human intervention. Unfortunately in almost all of America, western and central Europe wolves have been driven to extinction due to human predation. In the former Soviet Union less than 50,000 are left, with 30,000 of them only in the Caucasus, from the 150,000 individuals just after World War II. Of 30 sub-species at least seven are now completely extinct.

These include the mighty Kenai wolf living on the Kenai peninsula of Alaska, the largest of all Grey wolves with an average bodyweight of 60 kilogram and the Newfoundland White Wolf with its magnificent white to ivory colored coat, body length of almost 2 meter and weight of 45 kilogram. Both subspecies had excellent coat structures adapted to tolerate the icy cold from the Northern hemisphere. The Texas Red Wolf, approximately 70 cm at the withers and 18-27 kilogram, the German shepherd size Texas Grey wolf and the much larger cinnamon colored Cascade Mountain Wolf have also gone. The ash-grey, short-coated Japanese Wolf was probably the smallest subspecies. It was shorter than 85 cm and smaller than 40 cm. The last individual was killed in 1905.

The disappearance of these subspecies is not only a great pity because there were behavioral differences as well. For example, the huge Grey wolf subspecies from the northern ranges hunt in packs and howl while the much smaller Asian Wolf does not howl and the Chinese wolf hunts alone. For more information on dog issues, please contact LuckyDogs: 09 99 78 146 or [email protected]

English language training in the outdoors

Pilot scheme at Prince Royal’s College

Marion Vogt
Photos by Nopniwat Krailerg

A team of overseas university students in cooperation with the ‘Track of the Tiger T.R.D. Co., Ltd.’ conducted a pilot outdoor education programme for English language training at the Prince Royal’s College. Anouk Murre, and Carla Schellart from the Netherlands who are third and fourth year physical education students from a Dutch College have been working with ‘Track of the Tiger’ to get this training program off the ground.

What is it? Children are playing Party and Go.

The three week pilot scheme was for students 10-12 years old. It was the first of three similar schemes that are part of a feasibility study by ‘Track of the Tiger’ to determine the potential for an after-school outdoor education centre. The centre would focus on combining learning English language with games and activities designed to develop analytical skills, teamwork and communication.

Twister, a game all children know and love. An easy way to learn colors in a foreign language.

Last Saturday, the school children put on a final demonstration of the programme in action for parents and teachers.

The next free pilot program is scheduled for the full month of April 2005 and will be open to a wider base of children. Pupils can attend each day between 3-6 p.m. and the afternoon activity involves learning and play. They will improve their spoken English, build social skills, develop team working skills and communication, plus increase self confidence.

Little Opal was very happy with her two blonde Dutch teachers Anouk Murre and Carla Schellart.

Prince Royal’s College teachers, parents, pupils, observers and helpers at the outdoor education project.