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CMIS arty field trip

Junior Swim Meet at Lanna International School

From Canada and Switzerland to Zimbabwe and Bhutan

Russian Ballet Institute opens this weekend

Chinese pandas celebrate 1st anniversary as Chiang Mai residents

CMIS arty field trip

Art students from Grade Seven to twelve of Chiang Mai International School went on a ‘walking field trip’ to visit the ‘Beauty has no Mercy’ art exhibition at La Luna Gallery. Artist Jason Tamthai, one of the ten young Thais who was exhibiting a mixture of paintings, lithographs, prints and photographs took personal care of the youngsters from CMIS. (Photo: Lory Fleury)

Junior Swim Meet at Lanna International School

Steven Ashcraft

The 2004 Chiang Mai Athletic Conference (CMAC) Junior Swim Meet was a great success this year. It took place at Lanna International School (LIST) with all major schools competing. Thanks to all the hard work from the people in CMAC, American Pacific International School (APIS), Nakorn Payap International School (NIS), Prem Tinsulanonda International School (Prem), Grace International School, LIST and Chiang Mai International School (CMIS), the swimmers put on a great show for all of those in attendance.

LIST Swimming pool with cheering parents and teachers.

Prem eventually came out on top, followed by Grace, LIST, NIS, CMIS, and APIS.

Prem and LIST swimmers did very well in the age groups, with Prem winning five and LIST winning three age groups. Grace excelled with Samantha winning for the 10-11 year old girls. The age champions for Prem were Giorgio and Amy for the five years and under, Emily and Soho, for the 6-7 year old girls, and Jessica for the 8-9 year old girls.

LIST winners were Bright for the 6-7 year old boys, Danny for the 8-9 year old boys and Narit for the 10-11 year old boys.

From Canada and Switzerland to Zimbabwe and Bhutan

A celebration of human diversity

David Michaels

Last Saturday, Chiang Mai descended upon the campus of the Prem Tinsulanonda International School for its International Day 2004. In a carnival-like atmosphere of fun, food, and entertainment, everyone celebrated the diversity represented in the Prem community. The 22 countries represented spanning the globe, from Canada to Switzerland to Zimbabwe and Bhutan.

All the participants at the French stall take a break.

Each country’s students had set up a booth that exuded their national pride. Posters were displayed, three-dimensional art was constructed, and delicious native food was served.

Young drummer from the Korean drumming troupe.

The Japanese contingent used posters depicting Mount Fuji, beautiful natural scenery, and the modern architecture of Tokyo. Student Frida Uwineza of Rwanda, the lone participant from her African country, sat outside a specially constructed thatched roof hut. She had displays of Rwandan culture and history that taught visitors about her food, nature, and lifestyles of her people. Her personal poetry was perhaps the highlight, Frida saying, “I was happy to show people more about my country because it’s a place that many don’t know about.”

Frida weaves Rwandan textiles.

The variety of food served throughout the day produced a zest for culinary diversity and excellence. “Have you gone to Ireland and tried the Guinness cake? Hurry up and visit the United States booth before the barbecue ribs and corn on the cob are all eaten! Make sure to save room for Israel’s homemade falafel!” There was something for everybody, and the challenge was not to get too full before sampling as much as possible.

Lila sells Swiss cakes.

One of the most exciting aspects of International Day 2004 was the interactive nature of some of the countries’ presentations. The United States, for example, brought in two live ponies to be ridden by the children. Another was provided by teacher Julian Brosnahan from New Zealand challenging participants to throw a rubber boot as far as possible. According to Julian, “A traditional activity in New Zealand, the Gumboot Throw was a smashing success!”

Hannah Pohl practices her Zimbabwean dance.

By the end of the day, many were tired from playing floor hockey in Canada’s rink, and others were stuffed with Zimbabwean sausage and Brazilian chocolate. Others were thoroughly impressed by the traditional Thai dancing and a children’s musical entertainment.

Last Saturday, everyone could leave campus with a feeling of pride in their own nation, and an appreciation of all that our world has to offer. In fact, it is precisely that, which can be felt at Prem every day.

Riko and her father representing Japan.

Russian Ballet Institute opens this weekend

Staff reporters

The public is invited to attend the official opening of the Russian Ballet Institute at the Central Airport Plaza.

Jaruayporn Jainawan (center left), director of the Russian Ballet (Thailand) and Phoom Kachanil (center right), manager of the Russian Ballet (Thailand) with students during their performance.

The official opening will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m., according to Jaruayporn Jainawan, director of the Russian Ballet (Thailand).

The Institute was selected by the Russian Ballet Society to be the first representative to teach its curriculum in Thailand, said Phoom Kachanil, manager of the Russian Ballet (Thailand).

Students of the Russian Ballet Institute practicing their performance in preparation for the grand opening.

The new curriculum of the Russian Ballet Society had been used this year by students of the Institute and it is hoped the opening will draw more people who are interested in the dancing arts to attend to the institute, said Phoom.

Prior to being instituted as the Russian Ballet (Thailand), the institute was established in 1996 under the name “Ballet Center Chiang Mai”. The institute also received many invitations from other institutes to give special lectures on ballet to their students, Jaruayporn added.

After research showed that the Russian ballet curriculum is in great demand and widely accepted, the institute decided to include this curriculum for the first time in Thailand.

The institute was now preparing to establish a Dance and Ballet Russian School, which would offer courses on jazz dance, punk dance, yoga, aerobic dance, step dance, Thai dance and performing arts, said the Institute’s director.

Chinese pandas celebrate 1st anniversary as Chiang Mai residents

Visas stamped and work permits in place

Phitsanu Thepthong

Chuang Chuang and Linhui, the furry and loveable Chinese-Thai friendship ambassadors, celebrated their first anniversary on October 10 as prominent residents of Chiang Mai Zoo.

THAI president Konok Abhiradee and THAI management in Chiang Mai including Thanawat Hirunayalekha, district sales manager of THAI, Upper North (standing left, at back).

To mark the occasion, 200 students from around Thailand were flown to the pandas’ party.

THAI president Konok Abhiradee escorted 200 disadvantaged students, who were flown to Chiang Mai’s for the celebrations. 100 northern students in traditional hill tribe costumes were on hand to welcome them.

Hill tribe students from Ban Luang Uppatham in Doi Suthep -Pui dance to entertain the guests. (Photo by Saksit Meesubkwang)

The special educational trip for disadvantaged students was a project dubbed “Linking the Skies, Linking Thai Students’ Hearts Nationwide” and was organized by THAI, the Ministry of Communication, PTT Ltd., Airports of Thailand Public Company, and the Zoological Park Organization of Thailand.

Some of the students at the Chiang Mai zoo. (Photo by Saksit Meesubkwang)

130 students came from the southern province of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwas and Songkhla and linked up with the 70 students from the central, northeastern and eastern regions in Bangkok before flying to Chiang Mai.

The students on their way from the airport to Chiang Mai Zoo.

The children were ferried in six tour buses to Chiang Mai Zoo where they met the pandas and were shown a rich variety of flora and fauna by their northern student hosts.

Chiang Mai MP Yaowapha Wongsawat attended the birthday party in the afternoon.