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NIST-APIS concert covers classics to country

Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Thai-UK Education Festival 2005

Operation Blessing joins “We love Thailand” partnership

Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo addresses Chiang Mai

Prem Center’s Junior School students learn with animals

NIST-APIS concert covers classics to country

Kath Philipps

Suan Bua Resort and Spa was alive with the sound of music on Friday night when the combined voices of the NIST Elementary Choir from Bangkok and American Pacific International School (APIS) newly-formed Middle School Chorus presented an evening of light-hearted music.

A section of APIS Middle School chorus in good voice.

The evening began with Doug Edwards, a Maori teacher from NIST and Rocky Rounthwaite, a New Zealander who has recently joined APIS, in full native attire, performing the ‘powhiri’, the ceremony of welcome extended to visitors by Maoris. This starts with the ‘haka’ and moves on to the welcome as the warriors acknowledge that their visitors come in peace. It was an appropriate acknowledgement of the first meeting between the two schools. APIS looks forward to welcoming more students from NIST and other International Schools in the years ahead.

Massed voices

The APIS chorus performed many numbers as did the NIST Choir, before joining together for the finale with everyone on stage. The audience was taken from The Beatles to folk music from Italy and arrangements of the music of Mozart, traditional spirituals and traditional Aboriginal music. During the evening, award winning pianist, Kaweewat Khumthura, whose teacher, Ajarn Santi Saengtong, also teaches at APIS, was an inspiration to those currently learning piano.

Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Nienke Parma

Originally this group had as primary task to assist shepherds and farmers in controlling the movements of their livestock. A secondary task of many of the breeds was to protect and defend their herbivore companions, and their shepherd and his household, from predators and thieves.

Bailey in a playful mood

Depending on the different species and sizes of the herds and flocks of livestock and the environment in which they were kept, certain types of dog breed developed, resulting in a great variety in looks and temperament under the breeds.

The guard dogs within this group will stay alone together with the livestock, for which they must be able to form a strong bondage to their flocks or herds and never show any aggression towards them. At the same time they should act aggressively towards any predators and thieves. This required a special character and special individual training.

Depending on their task, sheep dogs, however, can work near or far, at the other side, next or behind the flock. Sheep are quite sensitive to the staring eye of the herding dog while goats are more stubborn and not afraid of sometimes attacking a dog. The sheep dogs meant for this task needed to be quick-witted and sensitive and respond to their master’s signals with great precision.

Cattle dogs work between the shepherd and the cattle, keeping the herd moving. As a result they tend to bark often and are not afraid to sometimes bite a stubborn cow in its lower leg. Irritated cattle, however, are very capable of lashing out with a hoof. Therefore, agile, cunning, and quick-thinking dogs ware needed that were also powerful, tenacious and aggressive with a low pain sensitivity.

We can recognize the following characteristics in the members of this breed group - in general they are quite active and very energetic (with the exception of the guard dogs), with a strong perseverance. They have a strong bondage with their own people and animals, though can be wary of strangers (especially the guard dogs), although the cattle and guard dogs are quite independent due to their tasks. Guard dogs and sheep dogs are prepared to defend their packs. And the cattle and sheep dogs have a strong tendency to chase moving objects, people and animals. In particular the sheep dogs can sometimes show excessive nervousness.

In this breed group, however, there is a clear difference between the working dog line and beauty line within some of the breeds. Often the working dog line is so full of temperament that they are unsuitable as family dogs, even when the owner develops alternative jobs for this dog such as joining dog sports.

Sheep dogs easily develop problem behavior when the owner forgets its natural disposition for certain work. For example, the German Shepherd Dog has a natural talent for defending its territory. When lacking the necessary education, it easily can develop territorial aggression and, as a result, can bite people.

Breed examples within this group are for the guard dogs the Maremma Sheepdog, Komondor and the Kuvasz. A typical cattle dog is the Rottweiler, although, for one reason or another this breed has been categorized in another group. Other cattle dogs are the Border Collie, Australian Kelpie, Australian Cattle Dog and the Welsh Corgi. Examples of Sheep dogs are again the Border Collie and Australian Kelpie, Rough and smooth Collie, Australian, Dutch, Belgian and German Shepherd.

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Thai-UK Education Festival 2005

Nopniwat Krailerg

The British Council of Thailand holds the Thai- UK Education Fairs throughout the country, including Bangkok, Khon Kaen, and Chiang Mai. Since there are more than 1000 students who have expressed interest in furthering their studies in the UK, the fair was very timely to guide students in deciding the best choices for their education in UK.

Peter Upton (left) director of Thailand’s British Council welcomed everyone. He was supported by the British Consul in Chiang Mai, Jon Glendinning.

More than 100 institutes gave advice to students and representatives from ‘Visit Britain’ gave factual information about UK’s cities and its geography, so that students could prepare themselves.

The fair was held under the cooperatives of the British Council of Thailand, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. It is a forum where international experts in every field of study can exchange views and information. It can open new attitudes to education, the most important factor needed to improve the future economies in all countries.

Operation Blessing joins “We love Thailand” partnership

Karen Thomson, Regional Director Operation Blessing

The Operation Blessing Foundation (Thai) based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, has joined the national We love Thailand partnership of churches and Christian NGOs in a united effort to assist survivors of the December 26 tsunami.

The partnership operates under the guidance of the Thailand Protestant Churches Coordinating Committee and the Christian community in Thailand. Food for the Hungry, World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, Youth with a Mission, and others have linked hands and hearts in this partnership. Food for the Hungry played a key role in starting the partnership together with Christ Church Bangkok.

John Quinley (L) and Peter Mawditt (Center) from “We love Thailand” talk to villagers in Ban Koh Nok

“We love Thailand” believes that we can be more effective if we are united in our effort to meet needs,” says Karen Thomson, Regional Director of Operation Blessing who is handling communications for the group. “We hope to provide emotional and psychological support for tsunami survivors in addition to helping rebuild lives and livelihoods.”

Boat builders at work in Ban Koh Nok

“We love Thailand”, whose theme is “Love is Real” will target up to five villages. Work has already begun in Phang Nga Province with boat building and repair in the villages of Baan Tap La Mu, Baan Koh Nok and Baan Nai Rai. A “work for cash” program has been instituted to give the villagers an opportunity to earn money through helping build and repair boats and fishing gear. When land issues are resolved by local authorities, the partnership will help rebuild homes, as well.

Operation Blessing’s International headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia (USA) has committed USD 300,000 toward the boat building project. “We feel the best thing we can do for people is to help them get back on their feet and help themselves. This helps meet their psychological needs and restores their dignity,” says Thomson.

New boat under construction at Ban Koh Nok

Those wanting to make a contribution to “We love Thailand” can wire the money c/o: Thailand Protestant Churches Coordinating Committee, Bangkok Bank, Head Office (Silom) 333 Silom Road, Bangkok 10500. Account No: 101-0-846515, Tel. 02-6569038.

In addition to helping Thailand, 10 percent of funds raised will be used to help other neighboring countries affected by the tsunami. “We love Thailand” will make distributions based on need, and is not conditional on religion, politics or gender.

Independent accounting for “We love Thailand” has been donated by Deloitte-Touche. Reports and progress can be viewed on the internet at: For further information, please contact Karen Thomson at 01/883-2341 or by email [email protected]

Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo addresses Chiang Mai

Staff Reporters
Photo: Saksit Meesubkwang

Payap University was honored when Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, who, together with Jose Ramos-Horta, was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1996 for their work towards a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in East Timor, gave an inspiring talk on his hopes for a better world.

The auditorium at Payap University was filled to capacity

His address was preceded by the President of Payap University Boonthong Poocharoen and Uwe Morawetz, the Chairman of the International Peace Foundation, who gave a brief history on the university, the challenges of today’s world and welcomed Monsignor Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo.

Nobel Peace Laureate Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo.

Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo gave a thought-provoking speech, leaving no doubt that with willpower, drive and belief the world ‘could’ be changed. However, even with ‘faith’ it was difficult for him not to become depressed when almost a third of the population in East Timor was killed and the media took no notice, when Belo, together with Jose Ramos-Horta wrote letters to the United Nations which were unanswered.

When the Timor population voted for democracy and independence in 1999, Indonesian militia groups marched in, burning down whole villages, raping, torturing and murdering. And again all this went almost unnoticed by the outside world.

Uwe Morawetz, the Chairman of the International Peace Foundation who is the driving force behind the series ‘Education For Peace’

Today the East Timorese people are still troubled by these memories and the word forgiveness is not easy to apply. Every family has lost loved ones, fathers, brothers, sons and daughters and while the people are willing to forgive, on the other side, they hope for justice.

Currently he is campaigning around the world to teach understanding to students and world leaders, the need of universal education for peace which should in today’s globalization be part of every curriculum so the leaders of tomorrow could help to solve conflicts rather than creating new ones.

Prem Center’s Junior School students learn with animals

Goats and wild boars enrolled on campus

David Michaels

For several weeks, Junior School students at the Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Chiang Mai have been enjoying a zoo enclosure set up in the middle of their playground. While the presence of goats, rabbits, and a wild boar may seem strange next to the see-saw and climbing bars, these animals are fitting quite well into the curriculum.

At the Prem Center Junior School’s petting zoo, Marcus makes a cute new friend.

Prem’s Junior and Senior Schools are 25 kilometers north of central Chiang Mai, adjacent to the working farm of owner Mom Tri, whose animals currently make their home in the Junior School playground.

The petting zoo is integrated into the Primary Years’ Program unit of inquiry entitled, “Animals and Their Needs”. Students learn about animal classification, and study the differences between mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Kindergarten teacher Ajarn Sara Shadravan says, “Through interaction and observation, we hope to guide the students in their discovery of what animals need in order to grow and thrive and how people benefit from having animals.”

After visiting the petting zoo and feeding the animals, the students created a bulletin board to share their knowledge with the rest of the school. Excitedly, the children now say, “Did you know that male goats have a long beard and curled horns and male pigs have more hair than female pigs?”

The petting zoo and use of Mom Tri’s farm animals are part of Prem’s wider environmental goals. In this rural setting, nature is a vital part of everyday life. In fact, nobody can feel that more strongly than the Junior School students who get to feed the rabbits and play with the goats.