Taekwon-Do experts at APIS
Boarding students at American Pacific International
School (APIS) are now being cared for by a couple well-known to the
International Taekwon-Do Federation.
and Trish Rounthwaite, two new faces in the community.
Rocky and Trish Rounthwaite, who have joined the school
this week as Dorm Parents, are both Taekwon-Do black belts, international
instructors and international umpires in the martial art. They have coached
champions and have umpired at international championships for more than ten
years, and at the 2004 World Championships held in Italy their pupils won
one gold and four silver, and they all went to women!
The Rounthwaites 26-year teaching partnership has grown
out of a 37 year marriage in which their motto has been ‘The family that
kicks together, sticks together’, with both their son and daughter holding
Taekwon-Do black belts.
Rocky’s background is in the New Zealand Police Force and Trish trained
as a teacher. They are excited to be part of the APIS community, with its
new cultural challenges and lifestyle. “We were ready for a change!”
said the energetic kickers.
CMU – CDSC get together
Jan-Justus Schmidt, student
9 and 10 CDSC students
Students of the German faculty of Chiang Mai University
(CMU) visited the Christian German School (CDSC) in Saraphee to discuss the
tsunami catastrophe in the South of Thailand. The dialogue was, of course,
Grades 9 and 10 of CDSC and the visitors from CMU had the
task to discuss the problems that the tsunami brought with it. They worked
in mixed groups of five or six and at the end did a presentation of results.
All the school students and the CMU undergraduates enjoyed the sessions
despite the serious matter.
Chopin delivered as smooth as Silk
American pianist Bernice Silk, who has performed
throughout the United States, has been a guest artist with the Tokyo,
Guarneri and Cleveland quartets and recorded with members of the New Jersey
Chamber Music Society. Bernice treated us to an all Chopin concert at Gong
Dee Studio last Saturday.
was all Chopin and more with the audience at Gong Dee Studio enchanted by
Bernice Silk’s virtuosity. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)
Bernice lives in New York and was visiting a friend in
Chiang Mai who had the idea of organizing this charity concert to support
the activities of the Chiangmai Disabled Center. This center also serves as
a teaching facility and an internet shop and provides traditional Thai
massage, Thai language classes, laundry services and notably, sells
wheelchairs made in-house. Its staff may also have physical disabilities but
they work hard to provide high quality service.
And what a treat this charity concert turned out to be.
There was such power and expression leavened by subtlety and tenderness in
her performance of Chopin’s compositions that it kept us all in awe of
this great artist’s sensitivity and endurance.
It was unbelievable that Bernice Silk is 77 years old,
had two major operations on her thumbs and still manages to play Chopin’s
Scherzo (in C sharp minor, opus 39) like spring water running down a
We hope that Bernice Silk has enjoyed her holiday in Chiang Mai so that
she may be motivated to return soon and give us another musical treat.
Voice Studio holds Fancy Dress party
Tianchai Suktiang, the director of the Voice Studio, dressed as an Angel.
As a year end party for his students, friends and
sponsors, Ajarn Tianchai Suktiang, the director of the Voice Studio,
organized a fancy dress party, with performances by the students and some
interesting acts from various groups.
The young students were especially amused with the Mae
Rim Monkey School monkey antics. Voice Studio students were also little
‘stars’ including ‘Nong Mild’ who was crowned “Yi Peng Little
Somchai Kerdsaithong sang carols, while the choir from the Music
Department, Payap University wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New
Year in song.