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Prem takes honors at CMAC track and field meet

Nano-technology at CMIS

Americans to train local English teachers

CMIS tours celadon workshops

Concert to help tsunami victims

Turning garbage to gold

Prem takes honors at CMAC track and field meet

Aria Inthavong
(Student athletic scribe)

Prem student Ann is focused as she launches the discus.

Prem’s Athletic director briefs her team before they begin competition.

Runners take their marks at the CMAC track and field meet.

Sonya from Prem clears the high jump at the CMAC Athletics Meet.

The atmosphere at the Chiang Mai Athletic Conference track and field meet was exciting for the competitors even before it began. School athletes were there by 8.30 a.m., although the meet didn’t start until 9 a.m. It seemed as if this was a mini-Olympic games for Chiang Mai schools, because so many nations were represented.

After the final tallying, Prem placed first, with the final scores being: Prem - 792, Grace - 511, Lanna - 306, CMIS - 242, NIS - 240, and APIS - 113.

Nano-technology at CMIS

Jon Hartmann, Career Counselor, CMIS

Last week, four lecturers from the International School of Engineering Chulalongkorn University addressed a keen group of 70 High School science students at Chiang Mai International School. Their topic was Nano-technology, which is about molecular size machines that are about to revolutionize our way of life.

All visitors from Chulalongkorn International College pose with Ajarn Supaporn (front row, second from right)

Professor Atiwan Chotopruek spoke on some applications in medicine, agriculture and science but likened it to the effect computers have had on our life. Nano-technology is in its early stages, similar to computers 20 years ago, so it is an exciting career option for science students.

Professor Proadpran Potisatorn talked about the International College at Chulalongkorn and how all kinds of options for students are available including postgraduate work at the finest American Universities.

Many students had the opportunity to hear and be inspired by the cutting edge of scientific research and were impressed by the fact that 80 percent of students have jobs before they graduate!

As a career option for a student who wants to stay in Thailand and follow a science pathway, Chulalongkorn International College offers good courses in English at a very affordable cost.

Americans to train local English teachers

The US Embassy in Bangkok and the Association of United States Alumni (AUA) plans to offer training courses for local English teachers across the country. The training program for English high school teachers is aimed at helping improve the quality of English teaching in Thailand.

AUA headquarters in Washington is producing video tapes to help train English teachers in various countries, including Egypt, Costa Rica and Thailand. The training will be offered once a month around the country, with the first program scheduled for April in three key regional main cities - Chiang Mai in the north, Khon Kaen in the northeast and Nakorn Si Thammarat in the south.

All participants will have to agree to become trainers after finishing their course, and set up a similar program in their schools for their colleagues.

“The program involves several new ideas for teaching English as a second language and new practices for students in the classroom,” foreign affairs education director, Jurairat Saengboonnam said.

The offer of the training program was made during a meeting of US embassy officers and senior Thai education ministry officials, led by Permanent Secretary for Education, Khun Ying Kasama Varawan Na Ayutthaya in Bangkok on February 10. (TNA)

CMIS tours celadon workshops

Jesse Burnette
(CMIS student)

Celadon, as a part of Thai culture, has been around for centuries. The art class of Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) was fortunate to be able to witness how much work goes into making such beautiful pieces of art.

Ricky and Zach, grade 7 and 8, go shopping

As a class we went to see the wonders of Premprachas Celadon Collection in Sankampaeng. We toured the celadon workshops watching the artists create pottery from blobs of clay that sells for thousands of U.S. dollars. We also saw the rainbow colors of the celadon glazes and the firing kilns.

On our departure, I believe our once ignorant teenage minds were given some culture. It was a memorable trip.

Concert to help tsunami victims

Watcharapong Jingkaujai

The tsunami catastrophe has brought to the attention of the world not only the great suffering of Thai people in the six affected provinces but also the spirit and concern of Thais as they try to assist their fellow citizens.

Officials announce the upcoming concert to help tsunami victims.

Chiang Mai will soon witness that kind of assistance when the Fuse Engine in cooperation with many Chiang Mai-based entertainment outlets hold a concert “Sea, Sand, Beach and Hope” on February 25 to raise money for the tsunami-affected people.

Taking place in the parking lot of the Central Airport Plaza from 6 to 10 p.m., many singers and bands such as T-bone, ETC, Penguin Villa, Arm Chair, and Acappella 7, will team up to show their concern for the affected people.

The donation boxes in front of the concert platform are large in expectation of large contributions to help relieve the pain and suffering of those affected.

Tickets are 400, 250 and 100 baht and are available at the public relations counter on the 1st floor of the Central Airport Plaza.

Proceeds from the concert will be used as a fund to revive the beaches and sea environment in the six provinces.

Turning garbage to gold

Chiang Mai teens help clean the city

Watcharapong Jingkaujai

Young volunteers from Ban Pong Noi School in Chiang Mai’s Muang district are attacking the problem of garbage smells and pollution, a serious image problem for Chiang Mai.

Sorasak Wajeesat, vice president of Tambon Suthep Administration Organization, cuts the ribbon to mark the opening of the school’s garbage bank, flanked by Uthit Phiwattana, director of Ban Pong Noi School.

The students, led by Sornsawan Khipanunt, established a project to “turn garbage to gold” or a so-called “garbage bank” in September last year right after the Social Research Institute carried out studies on public participation in air pollution solutions at the school and in nearby communities. The students received 20,000 baht cash in support from Tambon Suthep Administration Organization and, to give the students a further incentive; they are credited for recyclable garbage deposited.

The main purpose of the project is to reduce frequency of outdoor burning of garbage and promote long term awareness of young students in solving the city’s garbage management and air pollution.