New books at Prem Library
Halloween, caterpillars, and the wonders of the Scottish
Highlands - what could this seemingly unrelated array of topics possibly
have in common? Actually, not much, other than the fact that they are all
subjects of new books recently acquired by the Aran Telfer library at the
Prem Tinsulanonda International School.
head librarian, Triesha Hueneke, looks on as students enjoy two of the many
new and exciting books.
The library has new books intended for students of all
ages. In fact, this latest shipment also includes various teacher reference
books to support the learning programs at Prem. Featured in this collection
are several art books that explain techniques for drawing and painting with
water colors. The library’s Junior Non-fiction collection now includes the
wonderful series, “A Visit to...” Each book takes the reader on a tour
of a different country, including Scotland, South Korea, and Israel. The
“Don’t Forget” collection explores six special days of the year, such
as Halloween, Mother’s Day, and Remembrance Day.
Head Librarian, Triesha Hueneke, is pleased at the
arrival of all these books: “As the new librarian at the Prem Center, it
is exciting for me to see the great new resources available to our
The new books received by the Aran Telfer Library come as
an addition to an already impressive collection. While these 8,282 books are
mostly written in English, students in the library can also read works in
Thai, Japanese, French, German, and Spanish. Compact discs, audio cassettes,
and videos are also available for a multimedia approach to learning.
Admittedly, one could grow tired exploring all that the library at Prem
has to offer. So why not come by, relax on the couch, and read an article or
two in the daily or weekly newspapers which are also there for people to
in Fashion Marketing
Krerkrits Saiyao, Raffles LaSalle Chiangmai Admission Office
RafflesLaSalle International Design School, Bangkok is
offering a special nine month part-time ‘Professional Program in Fashion
Marketing’ for those who are interested in a career in the fashion
industry. This is in concordance with the government’s initiative to
promote Bangkok as a Fashion City. The course will commence on October 5,
The program is offered in response to the needs of the
fashion and garment industry to train personnel in the field of fashion
marketing and merchandising. To turn Bangkok into a fashion hub requires
more human resources r than just Fashion Designers such as Fashion
Merchandisers, Fashion Buyers, and Brand/Product Managers.
There is a total of nine modules covered over the nine
month period. English will be used as the language of instruction as the
teachers are expatriates. A Bachelor Degree or similar qualification with a
TOEFL score of 500 or equivalent is needed to be eligible for admission.
The fees for this program total THB 120,000 which can be
paid in three installments. Upon completion, students will be awarded a
‘Professional Program Certificate’ by Raffles LaSalle Institute,
A brief course outline: during the first term the main
objectives will be contemporary fashion, fashion merchandising and textiles.
The second term will concentrate on line and colors, fashion advertising and
consumer behavior. The third term which concludes the nine month course is
based on fashion coordination and promotion, shapes and composition as well
as styles and trend research.
More information can be obtained from the Chiangmai
Admission Office on Nimmanhaemin Road, tel. 0 5389 5278.
Prem Plants Rice at Baan Kwai
Grade 10 learns the hard grind the hard way
At Baan Kwai Buffalo Farm in Mae Rim, Prem Grade 10
students found out about the hard work that goes into growing rice. The
students went through the different stages of the rice growing season from
directing a buffalo to plough the land, to preparing the seedlings in the
nursery for transplanting. The planting out of the young plants is an
extremely muddy business but everyone got an opportunity for ‘hands on’
(or ‘hands in’) experience. The cutting and threshing were the final
stages to complete the rice cycle.
ploughs the paddy.
By seeing the stages, students could all remember the
sequence and cycle of the growing season, as well as identify the inputs
into such a farm system.
This proved a good contrast to the Royal Project
hydroponics farm where the students later identified the mass of inputs into
a cash crop system and observed the end products in the very busy packing
house they visited.
Both visits, to Baan Kwai to view rice farming, and to Nong Hoi to study
hydroponics, are part of the students’ Cambridge University International
General Certificate of Secondary Education course on small scale intensive
subsistence and cash crop farm systems.
breaks the tops of the seedlings ready for transplanting.
and Gluay check out the hydroponics farming project.
separates rice from the husks.
Visiting Thai Educators
observe the ‘CMIS Model’
Chiang Mai International School (CMIS)
welcomed a group of 18 doctoral students from Chiang Mai University (CMU) to
their campus on Thursday, September 2. The students, all in the PhD program
in Curriculum and Instruction at CMU, came to meet with CMIS administrators
and observe elementary teachers in action as part of their training to
become Thai school administrators.
student from CMU visit Chiang Mai International School. Supaporn Yanasarn,
CMIS director (front left); Terry Gamble, principal (back row second from
right); Christina Jupo, elementary curriculum coordinator (second row
The PhD students were met by CMIS Director Supaporn
Yanasarn, who briefed them on the school’s 51 year history of providing
education in English in Chiang Mai. Principal Terry Gamble and Elementary
Curriculum Coordinator Christina Jupo presented the CMIS’ approach to
curriculum, including the ways in which the school integrates different
subject areas using “themes.”
There was discussion on ways in which some of the
approaches that CMIS uses might be introduced in Thai schools. Of particular
interest to the visiting students was the concept of “student-centered
learning,” with group work and individualized instruction that caters to
the individual abilities and needs of each child.
Aware of the financial limitations that many educational
institutions (including CMIS) are faced with, Principal Gamble encouraged
the administration students to think of the teachers in their schools as
their greatest resources. Reiterating Gamble, Elementary Curriculum
Coordinator Christina Jupo noted that encouraging teachers to interact with
each other and bring their own experiences to the curriculum development
process enriches a school more than any “package” of curriculum
The visiting students spent an hour observing Kindergarten to Grade 6
classes. The students left the campus inspired and excited by a new
perspective. One PhD student noted, “Before we came here,
‘student-centered’ was just a word, but now we’ve seen
‘student-centered’ in action.”
‘The Look’ might be Lanna?
Elite 2004 Model Search Thailand
Elite Model Management is on the lookout every year for
‘The Look’. Famous names like Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Linda
Evangelista, Gisele Buendchen and Naomi Campbell were all discoveries
through the Elite Model Search.
two of the competition with the final 30 being interviewed by the MCs.
In former years it helped to live in highly developed
fashion center countries like the USA, France, Germany or Brazil to be
discovered, but as the world enters globalization it is no surprise that
Thailand is finally on the map for the search for The Look 2004.
lucky ladies who will represent the northern region in the national final at
the Bangkok Convention Center.
Last Sunday was the start of the Elite Model Search held
at Central Airport Plaza with over 100 young women from Chiang Rai to
Phitsanulok vying for a place in the final.
Chiang Mai was the first step to find 15 northern girls
to compete in the national competition in Bangkok in October. It is not so
much ‘beauty’ that is being looked for, but the main focus is character
and style. Win the Thailand round and next it is the world, with our winner
being sent to China as the Thai youth ambassador to compete against women
from 65 nations and having the chance to win 12 million baht.
faces after hours of excitement and stress.
The northern competition started off on the catwalk, with
the contestants wearing their own personal clothes, their own make up and no
stylish hair-do, the ‘natural’ look.
For Round two, 30 young hopefuls paraded in a short skirt and an Elite
top, with the finalists coming down to 15. These lucky ones will represent
Chiang Mai and the northern region in the national contest at the Bangkok
Convention Center on October 19. The face of 2004 could be the face of