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CMIS sweeps JV Basketball Championships

9th and 10th Grade Field Trip to Pattaya

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

Well-Being day at Prem puts theory into praxis

CMIS sweeps JV Basketball Championships

Kristen Davey, CMIS Athletic Director

Wow! CMIS has two more champion teams to our credit this year: both the girls and boys Junior Varsity basketball teams taking first place at the CMAC Basketball tournament held at Grace International School on March 5.

Winners are grinners

The impressive fact about the JV girls and boys teams is the amount of skilled players that both teams have. A few individuals do not carry these two teams; the entire team played some really great basketball. There are a few that stand out, but all the players were outstanding! It was no fluke that these teams took the gold, as both have a great record for the year.

Both teams lost only one game this season. Look out for them as they make their way to ‘varsity in a few years’ time! They could carry their winning records right through to 2006 and on! Way to go JV boys and girls! Way to go Liz and Marcus (the JV coaching staff) Applause all around!

9th and 10th Grade Field Trip to Pattaya

Johnny Velechovský (student at CDSC)

Recently, the 9th and 10th grades of the Christian German School Chiang Mai (CDSC) went on a weeklong field trip to Pattaya. The first day was a little hectic as we got off the train in Bangkok at 5 a.m. That’s right! At five in the morning after a 12 hour train ride. We didn’t have much time to rest because we started off a whole new and exciting day in Bangkok. Well, that’s the way to travel!

Grade 9 and 10 in a songtheow on the beach road in Jomtien-Pattaya.

After a nice day of sightseeing in the Royal Palace, Chinatown, and on a boat on the Chao Phraya River, we finally got our well deserved rest. The next day we arrived in Jomtien-Pattaya after another four-hour bus ride. We all felt that we did deserve a day on the beach, even though a busy schedule was still ahead of us.

We visited the Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm, enjoyed swimming at Jomtien Beach, went fishing in the sea, and had a ball at a local water park with huge slides. But different to school days, the time seemed to fly and the days seemed not to be long enough with all the activities our class teachers had thought of.

The last night in Pattaya came much too soon and to end the week on the beach in style, we made a small bonfire in the sand and relaxed after a week of adventures.

The trip back was another exhausting journey with a bus ride from Pattaya to Bangkok’s Hualampong Station and after a 14-hour train ride plus four hours delay, our group of tired, hungry, and sunburned student-tourists arrived at home sweet home Chiang Mai.

Who ever said that holidays are stress free? We definitely need vacation now.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

Children of the Thai-German Sunday school celebrate wintertime

Sonja Bachhofer

While children in northern Europe enjoy wintertime, their brothers and sisters in Chiang Mai at the Christian German School (CDSC) miss playing in the snow. The question was raised, “Why don’t we let it snow?”

It’s wintertime for the smaller children at CDSC.

This month, during the Thai-German worship service on Sunday, about 70 people, mostly young families, came together for cake and coffee – and worship, too, which was led that afternoon by Rev. Rob Collins.

But the younger generation had their own program. After the Sunday School lesson, the children had a lot of fun building two snowmen named “Dennis” and “Timon” made out of toilet paper, but with real carrot-noses. A crazy snowball fight ended “wintertime in Chiang Mai” after hours full of fun!

Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

Grade 5 Interview with David

Dao and Janina (Students in Grade Five, Prem International School)

After visiting the Chiangmai Mail offices as part of our project about media, we at Grade Five at Prem Tinsulanonda International School decided that we would like to discover more about what it’s like to be a journalist.

Grade 5 in the classroom with David

Last Friday David Michaels came to visit us. He writes articles for the Chiangmai Mail each week. He informs people about Premcenter and he also advertises and promotes the school.

He told us many things. He said that on Mondays he visits Ajarn Davidene to ask what the topic of his next article will be. Then he goes to find out more about his topic and sometimes he interviews people.

After that, he would go to his apartment to type out the article then send it to Ajarn Davidene for her to check. She then sends it back to David, and he sends it to the Chiangmai Mail.

David told us that he uses the questions, Who? What? When? Where? Why? And How? to help him. He also uses topic sentences to guide his article. It takes him about one hour and forty minutes to write an article.

Before leaving David answered all the questions that we wrote in our ‘Unit of Inquiry’ books and we took this picture in our classroom.

Well-Being day at Prem puts theory into praxis

Diana Van Mersbergen

Last Friday, the Grade 2-3 classes at the Prem Tinsulanonda International School came together for a day of various activities that promote making healthy choices in our lives. To be a well-balanced person, we looked at the decisions we make in our diet, personal hygiene, and rest and exercise routines.

Students at Prem’s Junior School enjoy their picnic lunch.

Prior to our “Well-Being Day”, all students determined their preferred style of learning, and activities were set up in stations according to these learning styles. This was based on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, which suggests that everyone has at least seven “Intelligences,” or types of mental achievement. Using this model helps students to identify their interests and learn most effectively.

The children were very busy all day making Health Alphabet books, sculpting healthy foods, writing and performing jingles to promote healthy living, creating mobiles, conducting surveys, recording sounds of healthy living, and setting personal goals for themselves to become more well-balanced.

For lunch, we asked the children to mix new and different healthy sandwich fillings, which we took with us on a picnic. Many children reported it was the best picnic lunch they ever had, despite the absence of sweets and chips! The day ended with all students presenting what they had learned and done, and also reflecting on their activity choices. Many children were convinced they hadn’t done any “work” at all, an indicator of how much fun they had.

Everyone agreed that the day was a huge success, and we are looking forward to more such days of using the Multiple Intelligences Theory to organize and choose meaningful activities for both our students and ourselves.