Russian Ballet Academy activities honor HM the Queen
The Russian Ballet
Institute organized activities to honor Her Majesty the Queen on her 72nd
birthday on August 12. The institute recorded a Blessing Tape aired on
channel 11 on HM the Queen’s Birthday. The tape featured Northern Thai
music, clothes and dances to highlight HM The Queen’s contributions to
Zoo news is good news
Nakornping aviary gets face lift
When Chiangmai Zoo first opened its new walk through
aviary many years ago, it was highly praised. Over 800 birds started a new
life in small and beautiful valley, more than 200 meters long, that was
completely roofed over. However by today, it was time for a face lift for
beautiful colourful bird, quite curious and loud. (Photo Rebecca Lomax)
New paths and bridges have been built; new pavilions have
been added. New displays at many points give information about the present
day inhabitants of the aviary, and colour codes tell us where the birds came
from originally. Some of the old species have disappeared, such as the
swans. They, and other birds ground dwellers, became through the years the
victims of pythons, but more than 35 species are still there.
At this time of the year many birds are nesting. Quite
visible are the nests from weaverbirds, hanging from the branches of many
trees. Other nests are less easily seen. Look for them under the leaves of
the Lady Palms.
paths and bridges lead through the aviary.
Nakornping aviary is in one aspect different from the
traditional cages in the rest of the zoo. In those cages animals are waiting
for you to admire, but in the aviary it is the visitor who has to do the
waiting. You have to be patient to discover the birds.
I like to spend much time near the places where bananas and papaya are
supplied to the birds. Last week I was rewarded for my patience in a very
nice way: finally after hesitating in the branches nearby, three Chattering
Lorries came to enjoy the fruit, their bright red colours making a beautiful
contrast with the yellow food.
Letters from Lek
Do you know how lucky you are to have parents that care
Do you know how lucky you are to have food daily, good
clothes and a home?
some children are not as lucky as you and me. In Thailand we see many
children in the street begging for money. I am sure you have seen that many
times. For I see also many grown ups with babies on their arms begging.
Now imagine yourself as a poor child and you were made
begging in the street. Imagine nobody would give you any. You had no home
either and it was raining at night.
Now imagine yourself as a princess or a prince again.
With everything you want - spoiled. Now that’s you again. Now which one
would you rather be? I would like to be just me, normal. And that’s what
other children like to be too.
So next time you see children begging ask your mom for 5 baht so that you
can buy them some water. That would be great. Thank you for helping poor
But I have a joke for you also:
Why do cows have bells around their neck?
Because their horns don’t work
Handel, Paganini and Dvorak help needy children
Pure Heart Project makes for happy hearts
Photos by Saksit Meesubkwang
Following their very successful concert earlier in the
year, the Pure Heart Project, an independent foundation sponsored by an
international group of people devoted to humanitarian principles, promoted
their second classical concert. This was again a sell-out success, in no
small part through the efforts of the foundation, Payap University and
performers such as pianist Acharn Chan Poti, guitarist Acharn Manoon
Ploypradab and the Hope Chamber Music Orchestra consisting of 19 musicians
conducted by Acharn Somchai Prasobsuk.
concert played to a full house at Payap University.
Undoubtedly, this was a classical performance highlight,
and whoever is in favor of classical music and missed last Saturday’s
concert has good reasons to be sorry. It was a wonderful evening of
classical music hosted by Payap University, and organized by the Pure Heart
These evenings are now gaining in stature, as exemplified
by many internationally recognized Thai classical musicians offering their
talents at no charge, just for the sake of performing in such a milieu. That
disadvantaged children should be the beneficiaries just made it even more
rewarding for them. The Payap University concert was to raise funds to
assist the Sunflower Children’s Home in Mae Hong Son. This is a region
surrounded by mountains and very close to the Burmese border. Many different
ethnic groups of hill tribe people live there, with some in very difficult
circumstances, often isolated without electricity or even sufficient water
Trebs, the concert organizer.
To allow the audience to understand the plight of these
people, the Pure Heart Project showed photographs and a film of the project
to give everyone an idea of where their money would go and what could be
done for these needy children.
And it was for the hill tribe children that the Pure
Heart Project wants to provide the opportunity to attend school. Currently
they are giving accommodation and taking care of a group of 14 deprived
Music Concert, hosted by Payap University.
Unfortunately, all this care requires cash, but rather
than stand with metaphorical begging bowls, the Pure Heart Project decided
that offering classical music concerts would be more suitable, especially
knowing the intellectual and musical appreciation shown by Chiang Mai
residents. All donations received from this concert went 100 percent towards
helping the needy children in Mae Hong Son.
The audience that evening was treated to beautiful
renditions of works by Handel, Paganini and Dvorak, with many in the hall
looking for encores. The question on everyone’s lips was “When is the
The “Pure Heart” Project was founded to take
reparative measures against a large number of social problems. The project
members see their task and goals in providing help to disadvantaged and
needy children and adults, especially those who are disadvantaged through
unemployment, poverty, drugs or criminal surroundings, or even by illness.
It is a non-profit organization devoted to helping needy children and youth
in northern Thailand by providing them with educational opportunities and
the essentials for life.
For more details about the Pure Heart Project please visit their website:
www.pureheart-thailand.org. Email queries to Sunflower
A new school year at Prem Center
IB results outstanding
On Monday, August 16, there will be over 60 new students
and 12 new teachers starting at Prem Tinsulanonda International School
(PTIS). The new teachers enable the school to continue to broaden the
academic and extra-curricular program offered. PTIS now has students and
staff from over 35 different countries.
Forbes-Harper, Senior School Principal.
The outgoing Grade 12 graduates’ International
Baccalaureate examination results, which came out last month, showed an over
90 percent pass rate amongst the 11 students taking the full, rigorous and
challenging International Baccalaureate Diploma.
There are over 1500 IB schools in 114 countries world-wide. These IB
results consolidate the school’s international standing and confirm a
well-earned reputation of striving for academic excellence. “The results
reflect very well on the efforts of the students and the high caliber of
expertise and guidance of their teachers,” said Nigel Forbes-Harper,
Principal of the Senior School.
National Science and Technology Fair at Mae Jo University August 18-20
This year’s National Science and Technology Fair will
be held at the Faculty of Science, Mae Jo University from August 18-20. This
year, the theme is ‘Science can resolve the nation’s economic
The primary objectives of the science fairs are to honor
the Father of Thai Science, King Mongkut (King Rama IV) and this year to
simultaneously celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Mae Jo University.
The annual fair rotates between the Faculty of Science of
Chiang Mai University and Mae Jo University, with support from the Ministry
of Science, Technology and Environment.
Students in particular should not miss the fair as it
gathers many excellent scientific projects from throughout the North to
present to those who attend. Various interesting exhibitions and
demonstrations such as tissue plant technology, rice modification by genetic
engineering, seaweed used in water treatment, production of yoghurt and
pineapple wine, gold dipping and much more can be observed and learned.
The scientific projects competition with students’ work
will be judged as well. Only a few outstanding projects, involved with
physics, biology and applied science, will be singled out from the 478 items
in the competition.
In addition, there are many other displays and
inter-active events for all students.