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Kids' Corner

CDSC prepares students for the ‘real’ world

The life of Galileo Galilee

Local organization helping children to go to school

New center for foreigners interested in Buddhism

Kids' Corner

Marvin has been asking me for a long time if he could have a pet. He wants to have a dog but I told him that it was not a good idea because we live in a house that has no garden. The dog wouldn’t have anywhere to play and all of our family is away during he day at either school or work. Then he wanted to have a horse but that was no good because you need to live on a farm and have lots of space.

So Marvin and I went to the pet shop to see what kind of pet that we could find. We found a mouse, but I didn’t like that because I think they’re too smelly. We saw some fish and some birds and they were OK. Then we saw some terrapins. They are like little turtles. Marvin said that he liked them very much and I agreed that they would make great pets. So Marvin has to make sure that everyday he feeds them and cleans their tank. He does a very good job of this. Do you have any pets? 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
OR FAX (038) 893 720

JOKES

1) What did the farmer do at the chocolate factory?
2) Which month has 28 days?
3) Where do the stars and planets go to school?
4) Why did the rock band hire a chicken?

ANSWERS

1) He milked chocolate.
2) All of them.
3) Universe-ity
4) Because they needed drumsticks.

Bye from Marg and Marvin


CDSC prepares students for the ‘real’ world

Stuffing sausages, wiping noses, folding papers!

Gerard J.P. Krebs

During June, five students attending the 9th grade at the Christian German School Chiangmai (CDSC) were given work experience. Working instead of studying and not having to get up early is better than going to school thought most of the students. But as the week passed, they soon realized that “real life” wasn’t just fun, but exhausting and hectic.

That’s me, as a reporter. It’s essential to always look extremely important.

Two students, Magali Christen and Anna Eckert, worked at a kindergarten with small children. They generally had fun playing with the little ones, and could sometimes find them annoying, but that didn’t influence their opinion about their job. “It was cool! I could go home early and I didn’t have as much stress as at school. Fortunately I didn’t have to change diapers. I had to pacify some crying kids though, and that was quite hard. I did like the job but I couldn’t imagine doing it my whole life.”

The other three, Benjamin Taubmann, Sebastian Wenzlaff and Gerard Krebs, had different experiences. Benjamin worked at a computer repair shop where he had to fix computers, install virus scanning programs and helped repair damaged soft or hardware (he did manage to play some computer games, too, which the most favourite part of his “work”).

Sebastian the Sausage King! Can I take some home?

Sebastian worked for a butcher. “One day I only had to put sausages into plastic bags, but the other days were quite busy. I had to mix meat and ingredients for making sausages. On the last day we watched someone slaughter a pig.”

The final student was me, Gerard Krebs, and I had chosen to work at the Chiangmai Mail office and I had the chance to experience the life of a reporter.

I went to some press conferences and even parties to take photos and go along with the other reporters. On my last day I helped to fold newspapers and folded at least 400, which had to be sent to subscribers. But still, it was lots of fun and I never got bored. As my final job, I had to write this article!


The life of Galileo Galilee

Six years telescoped into one night for the Hartmanns

Dominique Leutwiler

This year the Christian German School Chiangmai (CDSC) ended the school year with a special farewell party for Marlies and Fred Hartmann who finished his duty at the school after six years as principal.

As a farewell treat, Marlies and Fred Hartmann were treated with a special highlight by the performing children.

It was an evening filled with good-byes and well-wishing from colleagues, students and parents. Every grade had organized its own special presentation for them, something to remember when they return to Germany and something that showed them how much they will be missed.

During the evening Marlies and Fred Hartmann were treated with a special highlight with a theatrical play from Bertold Brecht called “The life of Galileo Galilee” and was practiced throughout the school year by the students from Grade 7 to 10. Mirjam Schmid and Dirk Massinger were the initiators of the 50 minutes play which was truly appreciated by the Hartmann’s.

Dinner was prepared by the parents and served in form of a buffet with a large variety of dishes from different parts of the world. The evening ended with a talent show which the students themselves had put together and included dancing, singing, and a computer presentation. For Marlies and Fred Hartmann the evening gave them many memories to take back home.


Local organization helping children to go to school

Education is our finest gift to children

Aaron Bennett

Janjira is a bright eyed 13 year old girl, who unlike many children her age, loves going to school. Her love of education isn’t derived from a lack of social life or an absence of extra-curricular opportunities. In fact, she often stays busy looking after her four younger sisters; especially the youngest, whose physical and mental disabilities have left her unable to speak.

Janjira and family

Janjira loves school because it is her only relief from a life that is too stressful for someone her age, and more importantly, it is the only hope she has for a brighter future. Janjira is a Burmese refugee. Now thanks to the Chiang Mai-based Operation Blessing Foundation (Thai), it will be a little easier for Janjira, as well as nearly 370 other needy students, to get ready for school this year.

Janjira was one of the 370 children helped by Operation Blessing’s Back to School program. (From left) Janjira, her teacher Niphaporn and Back to School team leader Natcha Saosana.

For the third year in a row, Operation Blessing has sponsored their Back to School project. On Friday and Saturday, June 11-12, a team from Operation Blessing distributed school supplies to needy children in Chiang Mai, as well as the two districts of Mae Sot and Tha Song Yang. Mae Sot is where Janjira and her family live, as do many other Burmese refugees who are seeking haven from the oppression they suffered in their native country.

Janjira, a Burmese refugee living in Mae Sot, received Back to School supplies from the Chiang Mai organization, Operation Blessing Foundation (Thai).

The children helped by the Back to School project range in age from four to eighteen. Each student received a gift from the Operation Blessing team which included a stylish backpack, notebooks, pens, paper, winter clothes, school uniforms, and new shoes. At a value of 712 baht per student, it would cost Janjira’s father an entire year’s wages to outfit each of his five children.

Janjira’s home

Before presenting the packages, the Operation Blessing team spent time with the students in the schools they visited. While observing the happy children, it was difficult to imagine their lives being different from any other child.

A trip to Janjira’s home struck a chord of reality. Though possessing very little, Janjira’s mother was eager to share all she had with the Operation Blessing team, which amounted to little more than warm smiles. Sitting in the floor of her home, surrounded by her new Back to School presents, Janjira told the team she had never received a gift like that before. From the surprised smiles the other children gave the team upon acceptance of their supplies, she wasn’t the only one.

Operation Blessing Foundation (Thai) began operations in Thailand in 1999. In addition to the Back to School project, Operation Blessing is involved in medical relief efforts and has built almost 90 wells across Thailand.


New center for foreigners interested in Buddhism

Autsadaporn Kamthai

An International Buddhist Education and Meditation Center is being built in Sansai district, Chiang Mai to allow foreigners who would like to learn more about Buddhism a chance to follow their needs.

(From right) Phra Rachawimol Methi, deputy director of Maha Chulalongkorn Ratchawittayalai University, Chiang Mai Campus, Phra Yarnna Sompho, deputy head of Chiang Mai Provincial Monks, Phra Amornwethi, head of Chiang Mai Provincial Monks, and Phra Sophon Kittithada, head of Pasang District Monks perform the foundation stone laying ceremony

The center will cost over five million baht and is being built on the initiative of the Monk University of Maha Chulalongkorn. It will stand on a 9 rai area in Ban Sriwangtarn, Tambon Paphai.

Dr Phra Saneh Thammawanno, Maha Chulalongkorn Ratchawittayalai University, Chiang Mai Campus Academic Office director, instructed foreigners on how to meditate.

The laying of the foundation stone took place on July 4, in keeping with Thai traditional belief of observing auspicious occasions. The land was donated by Chiang Mai stalwarts, Somboon and Buachom Kantapa.

The center is being built in response to the increasing demand by foreigners who want to learn and experience Buddhist teachings and meditation. The university has been running the “Monk Chat” project for foreigners for some time, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 5 p.m. It added the “Experiencing Thai Buddhist Culture and Meditation Program” every Sunday and Monday.

The university found out that the programs elicited great interest among foreigners but it faced obstacles in finding suitable places for running courses in Buddhism for these people. Fortunately, it has received land from the couple for the permanent center to be built on.

However, it is still looking for more donations to support the center’s construction. For contact, please call 0-5327-8967 ext. 200, 105, 111 or 0-9950-4665.




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