We love Thailand Kids Camp
A week of fun at Tap La Mu
Four months have passed since the December 26 tsunami
cost so many lives and did so much damage in southern Thailand. Much has
been done in the way of cleanup and rebuilding homes and livelihoods. But
there is still much to do in the area of caring for those who experienced
this disaster - especially the children.
Kids only cast Chiang Mai with a group of children.
Tap La Mu Elementary School was in the deadly path of the
waves. Fortunately, it was a Sunday and the kids were at home. But most of
the school buildings and facilities were destroyed. Today there’s a lot of
restoration work going on, but not just the buildings.
one of the ‘Kids Only’ cast was one of about 25 people from Chiang Mai
who dedicated their time and holidays to bring some joy for those less
Songkran week (April 11-15) at the Tap La Mu Elementary
School was a time full of love and joy when “We Love Thailand” brought
125 volunteers from around the nation and the world for a very special Kids
Camp. Chiang Mai’s Kids Only cast and production team played a big role in
the effort with the more than 300 children attending!
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The opening ceremony was hosted by the Kids Only cast -
Tan, Nan, Champ, Sara and Pun Pun welcomed kids, parents and volunteers with
lively songs, dance and drama. Activities for the week included learning
English, arts and crafts, character development and lots of friendly
competition by way of sports and games.
Team leaders working with the children built strong
relationships and became really close during the week. They helped the young
campers express their feelings about what happened to them and their
Pet and Ploy are twin sisters who took part in this
“art therapy” activity. “We enjoyed drawing,” they said. “It made
this little boy ever forget what happened on December 26? We Love Thailand,
a coalition of Thai & international churches and NGOs worked together in
tsunami relief in southern Thailand and this camp brought back some smiles
in those little faces.
Andrew McDonald is a teacher working in Bangkok who
volunteered as a team leader. He commented, “The children are really nice
and accepted playing with us.”
Local villagers and teachers at Tap La Mu came to help
prepare lunch and snacks for everyone. They were excited because this was
the first time a camp like this had been held at the school.
Kids Camp organizer, Kim Quinley, has been working closely with the
school and the villagers in the Lamkaen district of Phang Nga since the
first week following the December 26 tsunami. Kim reported, “The biggest
success of this camp is seeing the joy and the smiles on the faces of the
children. We can give them things but that doesn’t mean so much to them as
the love and joy we gave them this week and I believe that the memory will
be with them always.”
American Embassy visits academic service at Rajabhat University
The US Embassy in Thailand sent its representatives,
Richard Boyum, head of the English Language Department in South East Asia,
and Dr. Suphatra Sutthiluk, information and public relation assistant at the
US Consulate General Chiang Mai, to visit the academy to learn about the
results of Robert J. Schmitt’s English language teaching.
left) Dr. Suphatra Sutthiluk, information and public relation assistant of
the US Consulate General, Chiang Mai, Robert J. Schmitt, English teacher,
Richard Boyum, head of the English Language Department in South East Asia
for the American Embassy, Bangkok, Asst. Prof. Ruangdech Wonglah, president
of Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, and Asst. Prof. Unchalee Wonglah,
director of the Institute of Language, Art and Culture.
Schmitt teaches university students for both master and
bachelor degrees at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University. Asst. Prof. Ruangdech
Wonglah, president of Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, Asst. Prof. Unchalee
Wonglah, director of the Language, Art and Culture Institute and Robert J.
Schmitt welcomed the representatives.
As the results appear to be very successful, and the English skill
development passing through long distance communication networks is going
well, the embassy has encouraged Robert J. Schmitt to continue teaching in
Chiang Mai Rajabhat University for his second term from August 2005 to June
Fun at APIS Kindergarten
At APIS kindergarten they have been exploring,
experiencing and having fun. The K3 class decided that the rabbits should
have a new home. They made drawings and after some discussion on price and
various other details and a little help from their friends, a new improved
rabbit hutch was completed. On the weekend the transfer was due to be made
it was discovered that the rabbit family had increased in number! So now the
proud mother and the new babies will have to stay in the old one until they
are bigger. In the meantime the others have been moved and another set of
babies has been born. So if you should wish for a bunny to take care of
please let us know as we are looking for new homes for some of them.
The children have enjoyed developing new dance skills in
collaboration with the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy, different styles of dance
have been introduced with the help of Karin Nicholas, an experienced dance
teacher and performer from Canada, whom the children love. We have made one
of the rooms into a dance studio with mirrors and the children have great
fun watching their reflection as they move to music.
our young learners enjoy reading as well as physical activity.
Parents may have noticed that our meals are healthier, with less sugar.
Lunches and snacks have also been enhanced by the provision of a new oven in
the kitchen so that meals are freshly cooked and do not have to be
transported from the school kitchens. K2/1 may have been particularly aware
of the changes because of their activities this quarter: Our favorite
activity this term was making a chef station; we used flour, colored cupcake
trays, measuring cups and spoons, beans and seeds to develop our sorting and
measuring skills. Everybody had great fun pretending to bake their favorite
Prem Students receive accolades at International Film Festival
Urs Jungo and David
Recently, four Grade 11 students at the Prem Tinsulanonda
International School received the “Special Prize of the Jury and the
Public” at a French film festival in the Philippines for IB (International
Baccalaureate) Diploma students. Sonya, Anita, Kikou, and Frida, students in
Prem’s French B class, submitted their film, entitled Racines,
along with eight other films from three IB schools in the Philippines.
poses in character during the film “Racines,” created by herself and
three other students in Prem’s IB French class.
All films presented were produced in IB classes of the
participating schools, from synopsis to final script to shooting. The themes
and storylines were left to the students to create, but the length of the
movie was limited to 7-12 minutes.
The jury that considered the films consisted of a
professional film maker, the Director of the German School of the
Philippines, and Francois Blamont, Cultural Advisor of the French Embassy in
(L to R)
Kikou, Sonya, Frida, and Anita work on a scene for their movie
“Racines”, which won an award at a French Film Festival in the
Sonya, Anita, Kikou, and Frida not only produced the
film, but wrote, edited, and acted in it as well. According to Sonya,
“Being part of the whole process was incredibly time-consuming but an
amazing experience. It was fantastic to dream up our own quirky characters,
turn them into French characters, and then see the final product of all our
work. It is gratifying that huge groups of French students and
embassy-workers in the Philippines gathered to watch and liked our film.”
The excitement is not yet over for this particular film. The jury
recommended that Racines be shown at the official French Film
Festival in Manila in May, as part of a series of events organized by the
Prepare for lots of laughs when Grace International School stages its fourth production
Two years ago, Eli Whittier was on his way to
Pennsylvania to join the Quakers when his ship was caught in a storm and he
ended up in Newfoundland. Since that time, he has been working to earn
enough money to bring his fianc้e to join him, while he has become the
de facto town preacher. Unknown to him, his fianc้e has married and
sends in her place a mail-order bride. And that’s where the fun begins.
members: (top row) Justin Hughes, Joe Tehan, Peter Harris and Bradley
Favazza. (Seated) Hannah Hudson, Adrienne Huser, Natalie Hallead, and
“The Mail-Order Bride” is a delightful tale of
caring, compassion, and humor as two people try to face the differences of
culture and new beginnings, and the town folk learn not to jump to
“The Mail-Order Bride” is the fourth stage production
for GIS. Grace productions are unique in that they are able to create an
intimate atmosphere by keeping the audience close to the action. Eight cast
members bring to life the lively and eccentric characters that reside in a
small Newfoundland town in the 1920s.
Even though this play has a small cast and a fairly
simple set, it still takes many hands to get everything ready for
performance. Renee Weygandt, who has worked as theatrical director in all of
the past GIS stage-productions, once again resumes her role as director for
this show. Jeanette Hall, the school registrar, is the producer and Aasa
VanderWaal is the student director for the second year in a row.
In addition, there are many other students and parents
who have volunteered their time to help on the stage crew in various ways
from make-up and costumes, to set construction and sound and lighting.
Performances are scheduled for May 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. in
the GIS Multi-Purpose Room.
Tickets are general admission. All seats are 200 baht and
limited seating is available.
For more information or to reserve tickets call 053-442-185 or email