CMIS Grade 4 goes back in time
Friday, November 12 marked the end of Chiang Mai
International School (CMIS) Grade 4 unit on the medieval period. For weeks
students had been learning about life in the middle ages in a very hands-on
way. In addition to textbook study, for example, students had a chance to be
both a ‘noble’ and a ‘serf’ for a day in their classroom
‘kingdom’ to experience the division of social classes in the middle
ages. The unit culminated with a grand feast in the CMIS auditorium to which
parents and special guests were invited (all in medieval costume, of
playing the roles of ‘serfs’ distribute bread to guests seated at the
feast’s very long tables.
The feast began with a procession into the Great Hall,
led by the ‘nobles’ with the ‘peasants’ bringing up the rear. Guests
to the feast were served by students playing the parts of ‘serfs’ who
poured water to wash their hands as they entered, and who did an exceptional
job of serving food. After a prayer by the town friar, there was a reading
of the ‘manners’ (etiquette) for the feast. These included instructions
to wipe one’s fingers on the tablecloths and to use the large slices of
round bread as ‘bowls’ - truly eating medieval style! The menu included
ham, corn, potatoes and large round loaves of bread, all served at long
tables decorated with candelabra and rose petals. ‘Stained glass’
artwork was mounted on the auditorium’s windows and student models of
medieval castles and other inventions were on display.
Grade 4 teacher Leslie Wannemacher in costume with students for the medieval
Parents and guests learned a little about the impact of
the medieval period, including, for example, the origin of the phrase
‘upper crust’ that we use today to mean ‘best of the best’. At the
beginning of the feast, the ‘upper crust’ (the best, softest part) of
the large loaves of round bread was delivered to the nobles sitting at the
high table. Peasants received the harder bottom part of the bread, while the
wealthy landowners received quite literally the upper crust.
playing the roles of ‘court jesters’ taking a break from entertaining.
The program continued for several hours with student entertainment,
minstrels (musicians), and three very talented court jesters. There was also
some group singing and medieval-style circle dancing The whole event was
coordinated by CMIS Grade 4 teachers Leslie Wannemacher and Rebecca Dale
(who both deserve kudos), and is a yearly part of the Grade 4 curriculum at
Chiang Mai International School.
LIST students show their literary styles
The 8th Grade ESL students of Lanna International School
(LIST) completed a class project of several weeks and produced booklets of
first prize went to Natsumi Amano with ‘The Magical School Project’.
The students were taken through the various steps of
creative writing and studied the classic fairy tale format. They were given
the assignment of writing and illustrating their own stories. The results
were amazingly well done and showed the hard work of all involved. At the
end the class as a group judged their own work awarding first, second and
third prizes which were merit points for each student’s house.
Mi-Rae (Rudia), who wrote ‘Palpitating Heart’
The first prize went to Natsumi Amano who wrote and
illustrated ‘The Magical School Project’. Two other outstanding efforts
were Kim Mi-Rae’s (Rudia) ‘Palpitating Heart’ and Lee Jae-Kyung’s
(Esther) ‘Time and Time Again’.
All of the booklets are on display in the main school
lobby area and everyone is welcome to come and see them. The students will
follow up their literary exercise by having the authors read their books to
fellow students over the next few weeks.
Jae-Kyung (Esther) received a prize for her ‘Time and Time Again’.
This literary exercise certainly shows the creative and academic
potential that lies in the students whether still struggling to learn
English language or already fluent. Given the success of the program further
writing and publishing efforts are planned.
NIS students, faculty and parents enjoy grand Loy Krathong celebration
Jon Van Housen
It was a festive day of food, fashion and fun at Nakorn
Payap International School (NIS) on November 26 as the school celebrated Loy
The day began with a morning market staffed by parents
who cooked traditional Thai foods for the many students, parents and
teachers in attendance. Students agreed the parents were indeed talented
cooks, with the fresh food and fair prices superior to a normal market.
the morning market.
Following the food, the entire group heard a presentation
on the origin of Loy Krathong, followed by the Kindergarten fashion parade,
a “Little Miss/Mr. Krathong” contest and Thai dancing from Grades 3 and
The morning continued with a high school “Miss
Krathong” contest and a stunning Grade 6 performance of the Mae Hong
Son-style peacock dance.
Pornsirichaivatana, NIS Miss Krathong
Little Mr. Krathong was My Laohacharoenyot, while Little
Miss Krathong was Nicole Thompson. High School Miss Krathong was Amy
In the afternoon, everyone made krathongs, with James Ko,
Kwan Lee and Arvin Silberman judged as having made the most beautiful.
Joining NIS for the day was a group of students and teachers from Chiang
Mai International School, who were invited by Ajarn Warunee Swanson, NIS
The race for the U.S. Consul General’s Challenge Trophy
In just its second year, the BrainFlex Plus!
Olympiad has grown to become a favored tournament for students in Northern
Thailand. It has now grown beyond the six original schools which competed in
2003 (Prince Royal’s College (PRC), Montfort College, CMU Demonstration
School, Dara Academy, Yupparaj Wittayalai, Wattanothaipayap School).
Consul General Bea Camp presents the trophy to the Prince Royal’s College.
A qualifying round was held on June 27, with new entrant
Lampang beating defending champions Prince Royal’s College.
In the finals of the Olympiad held on November 19, it was
unfortunate that Lampang could not participate due to schedule conflicts.
Instead, some new competitors, Wichai Wittaya and Regina Coeli, were
show Bea Camp what they learned about the USA.
Wichai’s team performed well in their debut, winning
the ‘Showcase Tag Team’ as well as praise from the panel of judges
(David Summers, retired U.S. State Department official; Dr. William Gaskill,
UCLA; and Julia Hoover, BrainFlex Plus! Academy).
Quiz eXtreme was a fast-paced, fun-filled quiz show
contest for teams to show their mastery of English and U.S. general
knowledge, with PRC emerging as the winner. The TOEFL-style contest,
‘Global English Survivor’, measured contestant’s competency in English
within a timed, standardized test format, and again, PRC dominated at the
The honorary patron, U.S. Consul General Beatrice Camp,
commended all participating schools for the spirited performance of their
respective teams, and stated it was a pleasure for her to meet so many
teachers and students. Amidst thunderous applause, the U.S. Consul
General’s Challenge Trophy 2004 was presented once again to Prince
The PRC team will now be able to hold on to the trophy for another 12
months. Can they make it a hat-trick at next year’s BrainFlex Plus!
Olympiad? That’s the real challenge.
Operation Blessing Foundation (Thai)/CBN Siam celebrate 5th Anniversary
Photos: Saksit Meesubkwang
Operation Blessing Foundation (Thai)/CBN Siam and the
television program From Heart to Heart celebrated five years of achievement
at a gala event for friends and partners at the Gongdee Art Gallery on
Pipat Trangrattapit, chairman of the CBN Siam board of directors.
The celebration began with an outdoor reception. Guests
were greeted with music from the Payap University string quartet and a
buffet catered by Payap’s Hotel and Tourism Department. Then everyone was
ushered inside for a special taping of two episodes of CBN’s television
program, From Heart to Heart. The episodes will air on iTV in the
program’s regular Sunday 6 a.m. time slot on December 19 and 26.
The audience were welcomed by CBN producer Somporn
Moolsan and actor/singer Karen Klongtruadroke, including a behind the scenes
‘briefing’ of what to expect during the taping.
Thomson, CBN Siam regional director provided a few words of welcome.
Both episodes were hosted by Dr. Niran Pattaranukool
(director of Van Sant Voord Hospital, Lampang), Sucheewa Insuwan and Lakana
Sangsuphan (host/producers with CBN Siam).
The anniversary episode (airing Dec. 19) featured music
by Ajarn Tienchai Suktiang from the Voice Studio and Karen Klongtruadroke
from Bangkok, along with special videotaped segments highlighting the
history of From Heart to Heart and the accomplishments of the humanitarian
department of Operation Blessing.
of “From Heart to Heart” (L to R) Lakana Sangsuphan, Sucheewa Insuwan
and Dr. Niran Pattaranukool.
The Christmas episode (airing Dec. 26) will feature music
by Narat (Book) Kitawattana and the cast of CBN Siam’s Kids Only program,
as well as a special videotaped harp and dance duet performed by Judith
Utley (harp) and Saijai Chaiyasate (dance).
Special guests at the evening’s taping included Chusri Tungnak from
Bangkok. Khun Chusri had been about to end her life when she happened to
catch an episode of From Heart to Heart last year. The message of hope given
by the program hosts went straight to her heart and she called the toll free
number offered by our counseling center. “I felt good for the first time
after the counselor prayed with me,” Chusri told us. “I came to realize
that there is one person who can help me. I felt like, no, I don’t need to
be in the dark. I don’t want to die anymore.”
Prem Kindergarteners take a visit to the hairdresser salon
Last week in Chiang Mai, thirteen students in one of the
kindergarten classes at Prem Tinsulanonda International School visited the
Absolute Hair Salon for a field trip. The students had their hair washed,
cut, styled, blow-dried, and even enjoyed scalp massages.
Kindergartners show off their new hairstyles during their recent visit to
the Absolute Salon.
The field trip was part of Prem’s Primary Years Program
Unit of Inquiry. While getting their hair cut, the children learned about
community helpers. Along with the employees at Absolute, Ajarn Casey and
Khun Aye helped the students to understand that to work as a hairdresser,
one must receive the proper training. It is a difficult job to do well, but
is also interactive and a lot of fun.
models her new look at ‘Absolute’.
Absolute’s employees got a kick out of all the little
children who came in for the day. According to Ajarn Casey, the staff was
“very friendly, happy, and welcoming.” The kindergartners, too,
thoroughly enjoyed their treatment, especially having their heads massaged
and hair styled.
So, was the field trip a success? The answer: absolutely!
students Melissa and Thomas dry their hair after a thorough washing…