CMIS arty field trip
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
Junior Swim Meet at Lanna International School
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.
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
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
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.
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.”
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.
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!”
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.
her father representing Japan.
Russian Ballet Institute opens this weekend
The public is invited to attend the official opening of
the Russian Ballet Institute at the Central Airport Plaza.
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
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).
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,
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
Chinese pandas celebrate 1st anniversary as Chiang Mai residents
Visas stamped and work permits in place
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.
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
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.
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
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